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Ted Coutilish named Executive Director at Full Circle Foundation


Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.Full Circle Foundation(FCF) has named Ted Coutilish to the newly created position of executive director. He will begin on August 1, 2019.

Coutilish, of Grosse Pointe,was formerlyvice chancellor, marketing and communications, at Oakland Community College.

Coutilish has contributed to FCF communications over the past several years as a volunteer and brings nearly 30 years of higher education leadership experience. Before his work at OCC, Coutilish was executive director of marketing and communications at Eastern Michigan University.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, I am happy to congratulate Ted as our new executive director,” FCF Board President Bill Mestdaugh said. “Ted’s a father of a son with special needs, a nearly lifetime Grosse Pointe resident and his passion for people with special needs, marketing and communications, education, fundraising, the community and organizational leadership made him an ideal candidate for this position. As we continue to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are excited to have Ted leading our efforts to grow and build our organization. I look forward to his positive impact on our organization and our community.”

Sue Banner will continue to serve as FCF administrative coordinator. “I am excited to have a partner to help move the organization forward,” Banner said.

Coutilish has received numerous honors and awards, including Communicator of the Year from the International Association of Business Communicators(IABC), Halstead-Bresnahan Family Award from the National Fragile X Foundationand Distinguished Alumni from Grosse Pointe North High School.

Coutilish earned a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism fromWayne State Universityand a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Communications from the University of Detroit Mercy.

About FCF— Full Circle Foundation is a fully accredited charitable organization working in conjunction with the Grosse Pointe Public School System to provide opportunities for increased independence for individuals with special needs. FCF’s goal is to provide structured training programs where individuals with special needs can learn and practice skills that will allow them to function productively and contribute to their community. Training programs include an Upscale Resale Shop, Edible Garden, Laundry Program and Team 26. Students learn life skills such as cooking, arts and crafts, gardening, sewing, researching, copywriting and photography.

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