Scott Pralinsky takes the helm of GROW Associates, Inc.
Scott Pralinsky has been selected as the Executive Director, a role he will assume on April 25, 2022 upon a move from Arizona. He recently served as the Executive Director at Echoing Hope Ranch that provides residential, day, respite, habilitation and employment services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, provided by 152 staff. He took the organization from zero in the bank to doubling their revenues to $3M, expanded programming, added additional revenue streams, and reduced the staff turnover rate from 78.4% down to 12%. A graduate of UMass Amherst and the University of Santa Monica, Scott also participated in the National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities through the University of Delaware, and received a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management.
Scott has a lifetime of experience working with those unable to advocate for themselves. He began his career in Boston as a streetworker, developed a mentoring program at Rikers Island for young inmates, and worked as a Chaplain in a prison hospital in Massachusetts. After 13 years in the Air Force he found himself in Costa Rica where he founded a nonprofit called Tropical Adventures / Casa Milagro Foundation to support people, wildlife and the environment countrywide. This holistic approach included working with underage homeless sex trafficking victims.