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He’s packed his bags, and left Church of the Assumption behind…

January 5, 2011

Photo by A. Palewski

Social service group Siloam has lost leader Joe Lukach, who becomes CEO at the Center of Autism.  You may recall that under Lukach, Siloam received controversial approval to demolish the 1849 Church of the Assumption, the twin-spired landmark on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia.  One wonders what impact the leadership vacuum may have on the fate of the historic church.

See previous post here and here.

Read Inga Saffron’s Philadelphia Inquirer thoughts here and here.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s October take on the Church of the Assumption is here and commentary on the value — and vulnerability — of historic houses of worship is here.

Center for Autism names Lukach CEO

Philadelphia Business Journal – by John George , Staff Writer

Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 12:19pm EST

The Center for Autism said Wednesday Joseph A. Lukach is taking over as CEO of the nonprofit autism treatment and evaluation center based in Philadelphia.

Lukach succeeds David St. Clair, who was serving as the center’s interim executive director.

Lukach has more than 20 years of experience managing organizations focused on improving the lives of special needs populations. He was previously executive director of Siloam, a Philadelphia HIV/AIDS service organization. Lukach has also served as a senior marketing and operations executive at Friends Life Care in Plymouth Meeting.

He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Temple University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

“Joe is a leader that brings vision, experience and enthusiasm to the center during a time in which it enters a new phase of growth.” said St. Clair.

As CEO, Lukach will lead the Center for Autism’s strategic plan — which focuses on increasing the availability of its evaluation and treatment services to people in the Philadelphia region. He will oversee the organization’s $10 million annual budget, programs that serve 700 people annually, two locations and 120 employees.

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