Disability Services Expert Appointed to Prominent Government Role


The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services announcedthat it selected Kleckner J. Charles, ‘01, to serve as director of its division of Intellectual Disability Services. Charles brings decades of experience in advocating for individuals of varying abilities, having previously served as chief operating officer for The Arc Putnam New York; assistant executive director for Program Development Services in Brooklyn; and assistant executive director for Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families in Brooklyn. Charles said he is most proud of the time he spent working as direct care staff at an intermediate care facility supporting individuals diagnosed with severe autism.