Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Michael Armstrong Retires After 20 Years at the Helm
Community Hope, the Parsippany based nonprofit organization serving homeless veterans and providing residential recovery for individuals with mental illness, has named Carmine Deo as its new Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds J. Michael Armstrong, who retires from the organization after two decades in the role.
“In the agency’s succession plan, Carmine Deo was tapped as our emerging leader several years ago and will seamlessly step into this new role after sixteen years of serving as our Chief Operating Officer and expertly overseeing our clinical programs,” said Diana Lunt, President of the Community Hope Board.
“He has a commitment to those we serve that inspires our staff to provide the highest quality of support to each and every individual who relies on Community Hope.”
She commended Mike Armstrong for his transformational leadership in which Community Hope grew from an organization serving 75 individuals annually to a statewide agency serving as many as 1,700 persons a year. He established the nonprofit’s first veterans program in 2004 and subsequently developed the umbrella of Hope for Veterans Programs, which have rescued more than 6,000 veterans and their family members from homelessness to date.
“It is an honor to follow in Mike’s footsteps and continue Community Hope’s work to address some of our society’s most pressing issues, whether it is helping veterans overcome PTSD or enabling a young person to find renewed hope in their struggles with mental illness,” said Deo.
Carmine Deo has served as Community Hope’s Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Clinical Services for the past 16 years. He has led and supervised the agency’s teams of employees with a focus on competence, motivation, and performance. He serves on the Board of Directors of the NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies and is a recipient of NJMHAA’s Courage and Compassion Award.
Founded in 1985, Community Hope was created by mental health professionals and family members of young adults with mental illness with the opening of a single residence serving five individuals. Today, the organization’s residential programs serve more than 140 individuals a day in recovery from mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse. It also is the lead charity rescuing veterans from homelessness in New Jersey.