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Kreider has new CEO

Arlan McClain
Arlan McClain

Stauter: ‘We’re going to have to start thinking more like a business’

DIXON – Kreider Services Inc. has a new CEO.

Effective today, Arlan McClain, 65, is retired. McClain was CEO of the human service agency for 37 years.

Jeff Stauter replaces McClain. Stauter was Chief Operations Officer of the agency for 9 months before his promotion. He previously was deputy director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. He also was an appropriations analyst in the Illinois General Assembly.

Kreider serves more than 500 people with developmental disabilities in five counties.

McClain has a contractual arrangement with the board of directors, and will be director emeritus for a year to help during the transition, he said.

The state recently made budget cuts that affected the agency. Its clients no longer are funded by the state, which also cut the Special Olympics money that Kreider received.

Stauter said he understands state budgets because of his experience as an appropriations analyst. He also hopes the agency will benefit from the relationships he developed during his work with the state.

But Kreider will have to start being more self-reliant to raise money, he said.

“We’re going to have to start thinking more like a business. I don’t think state and federal funding are going to be as reliable as they have been.”

Stauter said one of his goals as CEO is to further build causal friendships and relationships between people with disabilities and people without.

The Dixon community does that better than most, but Kreider has more work to do in that area, he said.

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