Executive Director Transition

Westbrook, CT, September 22, 2017 – Denise Henry of Oakdale has been named executive director of SARAH Inc., succeeding Patricia Bourne, who announced her retirement earlier this year.


Henry has been associate director at SARAH Inc. for four years. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. During the course of her three decade career, she has worked extensively as a behavioral clinician, in quality assurance, project management, and the programmatic oversight for residential, day and employment services. She also has a strong working knowledge of human resources, fiscal and operational best practices and has co-owned and operated a small business.


Bourne has served as executive director of SARAH Inc. since 2006. During her tenure, SARAH Inc. has expanded its reach, providing supports and services to more than 600 children and adults with differing abilities in communities across Connecticut.


While Ms. Henry will officially assume her responsibilities on November 1, Denise and Pat will work closely over the next several months to ensure a smooth and successful transition.


“I expect to continue moving ahead with the strategic initiatives already begun by my colleague Pat Bourne, the Board and our management team,” Henry said. “I recognize both the opportunity and challenges social service agencies such as SARAH Inc. are facing in CT.   I look forward to bringing my skills and expertise to build on the 60 years of progress already achieved by this organization.”