EBCAP CEO and President Roy to retire later this year

DENNIS ROY will retire from the East Bay Community Action Program later this year after 18 years as CEO and President. / PBN FILE PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

NEWPORT – The East Bay Community Action Program will have a new CEO by the end of this year.

The health and human services nonprofit that serves both Newport and Bristol counties, as well as East Providence, announced Thursday that CEO and president Dennis Roy will retire later this year. Roy’s career in community action programs spans 34 years, including the last 18 as EBCAP’s top leader, EBCAP said.

The organization said there is no definite date on when Roy will leave EBCAP, as the agency is currently conducting a national search — led by EBCAP board chairman Jim Vincent — for Roy’s successor. Roy will continue to lead the organization while the search is underway and will assist in the leadership transition, EBCAP said.

EBCAP said Roy’s leadership has been instrumental to the agency’s growth since he became CEO and president in 2004. Among the results is securing $3 million in federal funding to build a new health center in northern California in 2010. the city and the expansion of services when EBCAP merged with East Bay Center in 2016.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Roy also led EBCAP’s response with the organization providing test kits and vaccines, emergency food and personal protective equipment, and assistance to families with distance learning support, the agency said. Currently, EBCAP provides services to more than 30,000 clients and patients each year through the agency’s 28 locations, with an operating budget of $44 million, EBCAP said.

Roy was also selected by Providence Business News as one of the publication’s Leaders & Achievers in 2020. He told PBN at the time that the wave of the health care future is to integrate primary care with behavioral health.

“It unites mind and body with one service delivery system,” Roy said at the time.

In a statement released Thursday, Roy said it was a “privilege” to work with EBCAP’s staff who “do their best to serve every member of our community.”

“It’s inspiring to witness the progress our families are making in achieving their goals through our support,” Roy said. “I’ve had the opportunity to interact with so many community leaders who strive to make a difference in our communities.”

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James Bessette is the editor of PBN’s special projects and also covers the non-profit and education sectors. You can reach him at [email protected] You can also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette

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