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Movers & Shakers: Karen Williams

MetroWest Daily News
June 25, 2017

Advocates, a Framingham-based provider of services to individuals facing life challenges, has appointed Karen Williams to vice president of Developmental and Brain Injury Services.

Williams, comes to Advocates with more than 25 years of experience as a health and human services professional. In her new role, Williams is responsible for the overall leadership and administration of the Developmental Services and Brain Injury Divisions. Williams oversees cross-functional services and systems to enhance the continuum of supports offered throughout Advocates.

“I have dedicated my career to supporting individuals with disabilities in community based settings,” said Williams. “I am looking forward to continuing my career at Advocates where I can have an impact on the Massachusetts service delivery system and, most importantly, the individuals and families it serves.”

Williams has extensive experience developing and directing programs and clinical services for people with disabilities and behavioral health needs. Prior to joining Advocates, she served as the senior director for disability and community services at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also previously served as program administrator at the Kennedy-Donovan Center, overseeing home and community-based services.

Williams earned a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation and parks management, with a concentration in therapeutic recreation and special populations, from California State University.