The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
In her nine years as CEO of The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, Shawn Kros has created several new initiatives aimed at providing better job skills training for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and has increased funding opportunities for accessible housing for those the organization serves.
“Having gone through challenging times at The Arc (of the Northern Chesapeake Region), I learned that training and team development are not only key to growing nonprofit core competencies but are also key to engaging and motivating employees,” Kros wrote. In the past year, Kros implemented a professional development and incentive package for its entry-level and lowest-wage employees.
The private nonprofit chapter of The Arc of Maryland helps people with differing abilities lead better lives through services for transitioning youth. Before rising to CEO, Kros led several departments within the organization, including family services, treatment foster care, and human resources.
Under her leadership as CEO, the organization partnered with Harford Community College and University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health to develop a training institute attached to a hotel; the hotel will serve as a dormitory for the trainees, providing a college-like experience.
She is also president of the Maryland Association of Community Services and serves on the Harford County Local Management Board.
Kros earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Dana College and a master’s in social work from the University of Nebraska.
The Daily Record named Kros one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women and Most Influential Marylanders while the Baltimore Business Journal named her a Leader in Diversity.
The 2019 Most Admired CEO award is Kros’ second — she was also honored with the designation in 2017.