The Community Says Farewell

A big supporter of Little Friends is saying farewell.

CEO Jack Ryan is retiring after 39 years with the not for profit.

Ryan helped the organization grow from a small school and vocation program to 11 programs ranging from speech therapy to community living services, helping more than 800 children and adults a year.

“Everyone had the best interest in the people that we served at heart and they did their best, they weren’t afraid to take chances and advance,” said Jack Ryan, former CEO of Little Friends. “I think the thing I’m happiest about is the opportunity to build on that legacy.”

A public farewell was held for Ryan to honor his achievements with Little Friends and to wish him well on his retirement.

“I don’t know what to tell him, other than thank you,” said Kristi Landorf, the new CEO of Little Friends. “What he has done and his leadership for Little Friends set the tone for services for people with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Not just in Naperville, in Illinois.”

Chief Operating Officer Kristi Landorf will assume Ryan’s position. She joined Little Friends back in 2004.

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