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Walter Johnson Will Lead Turning Pointe Autism Foundation


Turning Pointe Autism Foundation named new CEO

Naperville resident Walter J. Johnson has been named the new Chief Executive Officer for the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation.  Johnson was one of the original Directors of Turning Pointe when the foundation was founded in 2007.

Randy Wolf, founder of the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation, said in a press release that Johnson was instrumental in helping to start the foundation and was selected to  help lead the foundation “to do even more for people and families affected by autism.”

Johnson is a familiar face at local events with a long history of leadership and participation in community. His resume shows a commitment of working in collaboration with corporations, government, civic-minded individuals and community service organizations.

In addition to his most recent position as the CEO of the YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County, Johnson was the former VP of the Heritage YMCA Group in Naperville. After graduating from North Central College in Naperville, Johnson worked for the college for over 20 years. He worked his way up from Assistant Director of Admissions to Director of Athletic Operations to Director of Athletics.

Johnson’s long list of honors and achievements is highlighted by him being awarded the Chicago United Way Innovative Program Award, his co-founding of the Naperville Jazz Festival and his NCAA Distinguished Service Award.

Johnson is the current President of the Exchange Club of Naperville, and he also serves on Naperville Fire and Police Board of Commissioners.

Did you know? Autism affects 1 in 110 children. Just ten years ago, that number was 1 in 10,000. Today, autism is more common in children than cancer, diabetes, Down’s Syndrome and AIDS combined. To meet the needs of this growing population, Turning Pointe Autism Foundation is partnering with families, schools, businesses and the community to support the specialized approaches, intensive therapies and accommodations necessary for our children and young adults to grow and thrive.

Through the Turning Pointe school, career development and employment, special recreation and residential programs, Turning Pointe is helping individuals impacted by autism develop the skills needed to achieve a competent and meaningful adulthood.

Career Development Center opening soon! Turning Pointe is opening its Career Development Center next month. The center is in the former Naperville Sun building located at 1500 W. Ogden Avenue in Naperville.

For more information, contact Kinsey Parker at (630) 570-7938 or e-mail kparker@turningpointeaf.org.

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