Lisa Ward-Ross retiring after nearly four decades with ECVC nonprofit, eight years as CEO

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The CEO of ECVC, a nonprofit in the east, is retiring and passing the torch after working with the company since the 1980s.

Lisa Ward-Ross has been serving as CEO since 2016. Under her leadership, officials say, ECVC has grown its federal contracts and become a consistent, reputable contributor to workforce development efforts in Pitt County.

Founded in 1965, the nonprofit says ECVC is an agency that derives revenue from packaging, manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution of products for government and commercial customers, job placement services for persons with disabilities, janitorial contracts with local government and private businesses, and an on-site custom frame shop.

Ward-Ross started working with ECVC as a program director in 1986. Since that time, she’s served the initiative as vice president of rehabilitation services in 2001 and senior vice president in 2009, before becoming president/CEO in 2016.

The nonprofit has over 100 employees with significant disabilities and helps nearly 85 job seekers with disabilities obtain employment throughout Pitt County each year, according to officials.

Alongside her work at ECVC, Ward-Ross list of accolades doesn’t falter. She has been an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Rehabilitation Studies at ECU, a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Vice President and President of the NC Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (NCARF), and was appointed to the NC State Rehabilitation Council by Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger.

Ward-Ross says she is most proud of the impact ECVC has had on employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in our community.

Jason Thomas, current ECVC president will be taking Ward-Ross’s place July 1st.

“I’ve been blessed to learn so much from Lisa in the last eight years. Her knowledge, experience, and leadership have been invaluable to ECVC and have been instrumental in our growth and success,” says Thomas. “ECVC will forever be a better company because of the lasting impact Lisa has made. I speak for everyone associated with ECVC in wishing her the absolute best in retirement.”