Ronald (Ron) S. Vaughn is the Executive Director at New Horizons. He holds dual Master's Degrees in Non-Profit Management and Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Ron completed a Graduate Certification in Applied Counseling and Human Services from the University of Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Nyack College of Business and Leadership. Ron has been working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 38 years. As Executive Director, Ron is responsible for the overall leadership and management of New Horizons. Ron’s duties include managing our strategic planning and assisting the board of directors in developing and maintaining our strategic direction while also developing, implementing, and executing the organizational budget. Ron is passionately committed to supporting and advocating for all individuals with disabilities. His goal is to empower each individual—helping them to realize their full potential through person-centered planning, personalized training, and tailored programs and services that promote independence, choices in career exploration, and community involvement.
Kim Turner, Deputy Director, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received a BS in Psychology. After graduation, Kim launched his career in the mental health industry in Richmond, VA, at Tuckers Psychiatric Pavilion. He then spent the next five years at the Northern Virginia Training Center in Fairfax, Virginia, as the Unit Manager. There, he led the male unit for individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. In this capacity, he assisted with a major project moving individuals from state institutions into community housing. Kim later joined the Melwood Training Center as a Residential Manager. He then became the Quality Assurance Manager for the Residential Department. After nine years in this capacity, Kim began working for New Horizons as the Director of Case Coordination. He spent four years in this position and in 2016, became our Director of Program Services. Kim manages our Day, Supported Employment, Personal Supports, Case Coordination, and Nursing Programs. Kim’s passion is to see each individual we serve achieve his/her maximum potential through the services and support from New Horizons.
Jewells has lived in and traveled through many different countries as the offspring of military parents. She began college while her family was living in England and completed her Associates degree at the College of Southern Maryland. Jewells received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus. Prior to working at New Horizons Jewells worked in the health care industry in care management, marketing, and administration. Her passion is helping others achieve their goals.
Steve Faison is the Director of Transportation at New Horizons. Since joining the agency in 2007 as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) assisting individuals with disabilities, Steve has blossomed into a valuable manager and leader. In 2010, Steve became the Program Manager of Community Support Living Arrangements (CSLA, now referred to as Personal Supports), managing services in both the home and community settings. In 2012, he became the Associate Director of both CLSA and Transportation. Since 2016, Steve continues to lead our Transportation Department as its Director, bringing technological innovation and resources to manage our growing fleet. In addition, he has implemented a vehicle service plan that not only makes our fleet more efficient, but has saved the agency from ongoing repair costs. Steve is committed to providing the necessary transportation that enables each individual to become a productive, community citizen.
Rosemary Heard, Director of Finance, joined New Horizons in November 2022. Rosemary brings with her more than 25 years of experience from various industries such as healthcare, legal, construction, and government. She has worked in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining New Horizons, Rosemary worked for the DC Government for 14 years. At New Horizons, Rosemary manages all aspects of finance and accounting. She is responsible for cultivating and monitoring the organizational budget and collaborating with all department directors to ensure finances are in alignment with direct services. Rosemary is a people person who loves reading, writing, gospel singing, and has a great admiration for outstanding preaching. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Lawrence and special daughters Charmaine and Whittney and God grandbaby Iyonna.
Ellen Hall joined New Horizons in 2015. Ellen holds degrees in Art & Advertising Design, Fashion Buying and Merchandising and Baking & Pastry Arts. Prior to joining New Horizons, Ellen worked as a Director of Catering and Director of Marketing and Membership for some of the DC area’s most prestigious County Clubs and City Clubs. At New Horizons, Ellen is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic marketing and communications efforts for the organization including public relations activities, social media, and two monthly newsletters. She is also responsible for all fundraising and development goals, including planning for the annual golf tournament, “A Fairway to Help”, as well as other donor outreach events and activities and grant management. Ellen is devoted to bringing awareness to the abilities of those with developmental and intellectual disabilities and to reducing the stigma associated with this vulnerable population.