Inroads to Opportunities announces leadership transition

Inroads to Opportunities, a nonprofit based in Roselle, announced its CEO and president, Michele Ford, will be stepping down after an illustrious, 35-plus-year career serving individuals with disabilities. Angela Calzone, who is currently serving as the agency’s vice president and chief operating officer, will succeed Ford effective July 1, according to a Tuesday announcement from the board of directors.

The Union County human services agency provides programs and services to individuals with disabilities ranging in age from 16 to retirement.

Ford leaves behind a great legacy. Over the years, she provided training for the leadership team and staff, worked to launch the organization’s transition from Occupational Center of Union County to Inroads, and supported the nonprofit on its subsequent strategic plan.

According to board Chairperson Jill Schafhauser: “Inroads had the pleasure of meeting Angela over a decade ago when she, as a consultant and trainer, came to steward our first Strategic Plan. … We look forward to her continued commitment to our mission.”

Prior to that her time at Inroads, Calzone, an award-winning business and talent management strategist, served as chief operating officer for the Webster Apartments in New York City. Earlier, she spent 10 years as a co-managing member of Change & Response Strategies LLC, a consortium of leadership, management, human resources, training and marketing strategists.

Previously, Calzone has held senior leadership roles at several top consulting and professional services firms across an array of verticals. Throughout her career, Calzone has received numerous statewide accolades in recognition of her exceptional leadership both as a serial entrepreneur and business professional.

Calzone stated, “I am humbled to be passed the torch from Michele Ford, and fully commit myself to leading this extraordinary agency into the future.”