VALPARAISO | David Stupay on Monday was named the new president and CEO of Opportunity Enterprises after a yearlong search.
Stupay comes to OE from Espernaza Community Services, a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. He served as Espernaza's executive director for two years and director of finance and operations for four years.
He also has held two director-level positions at The Salvation Army and serves on the board of directors of the Lincoln Park Community Shelter and Coat Angels, advising other nonprofit agencies in the areas of finance, fundraising and staff development.
Stupay replaces Ellen DeMartinis, who served in the interim after the resignation of Bill Trowbridge in July 2012. DeMartinis will return to her position as OE’s vice president and chief operating officer.
Stupay and his wife, Vanessa, have relocated to Valparaiso. He said he looks forward to working with OE’s staff and clients.
“OE has a long history of creating a great impact in this community, and my hope is to build on that,” Stupay said.
One area Stupay said he is interested in seeing come to fruition is the expanded reach of OE’s services.
“The Lakeside facility is gorgeous, and I’m looking forward to getting that opened in a few weeks," he said. "It is located on the west corner of Porter County on Lake Eliza. The building is complete, and we hope to have programming by September.”
Thanking DeMartinis for her service, OE board chair Lee Lane said DeMartinis' expertise allowed the board to conduct a careful search for the right candidate.
“As a result, we have been able to find a leader who has strong financial management skills, a proven track record of success and the unique ability to truly inspire those around him. We are absolutely thrilled to have David Stupay join us as our new CEO, and the staff is incredibly excited as well,” Lee said.