Wilkins honored by Women's Executive Council of Orlando

10/11/2010

The Women’s Executive Council of Orlando has named Ilene Wilkins, president and chief executive officer of UCP of Central Florida, as this year’s Central Florida Woman of the Year.

Founded in 1955, UCP of Central Florida provides support, education and therapy services for children with and without special needs, from infants to age 21. Services are offered at six locations throughout Central Florida, including downtown Orlando, east Orlando near the University of Central Florida, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Pine Hills and Winter Garden.

Wilkins joined UCP of Central Florida 15 years ago as center director. At that time, the organization had one preschool location with only 50 children, 25 team members and a $500,000 budget.

In 2002, she was promoted to president/CEO and, under her leadership, UCP has grown to become the fifth-largest nonprofit in the region, serving 2,400 children annually in six locations with 300 team members and a $13 million budget.

In 2009, UCP opened a 35,000-square-foot inclusive campus that allowed for a 200 percent increase in the number of classrooms available to special needs children in the community.

The Central Florida Woman of the Year award is given annually to a local woman who has exhibited special accomplishments and achieved outstanding results. According to the Women’s Executive Council, the goal of the annual Women’s Achievement Awards is to recognize women who work tirelessly behind the scenes, contributing unselfishly to the vitality and richness of Central Florida. -- Orlando Business Journal, October 11, 2010

 

 

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