Blue Ridge Hospice Announces New Interim CEO

The Blue Ridge Hospice board of directors named Richard Kennedy to serve as interim president and CEO. 

“We are thrilled Richard has agreed to serve as interim CEO to lead and continue the tremendous progress we have made in providing quality end of life care to so many throughout the greater Winchester area. Richard’s strong community connections, his expertise in nonprofit leadership, and the executive positions he has held, most recently as CEO of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, ensures the ongoing vitality and success of Blue Ridge Hospice, while we conduct a search to find the permanent CEO,” said Board Chairwoman Jared Truban.

In mid-2019, Kennedy left as CEO of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber to work with various regional nonprofit community organizations. Previously, he was the fiscal manager for Apple Country Head Start shortly after re-locating to Virginia from Southern California. During Kennedy’s career, he has held financial positions ranging from CFO to controller to financial analyst in various industries such as computer manufacturing, banking, retail, transportation, and staffing.

“I am very grateful to the Blue Ridge Hospice board for instilling their faith and confidence in my leadership and expertise to lead this fabulous and dedicated staff,” Kennedy said. “I also look forward to continuing to serve our community as part of the Blue Ridge Hospice team, and in helping to further our philanthropic growth. As interim CEO, I will be able to ensure a smooth transition once we are able to hire a permanent CEO.”

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