Dale Anderson, MBA, brings over 30 years of experience in executive management of health and human service organizations and programs to the OPEN MINDS team. He currently serves as a Senior Associate and subject matter expert with OPEN MINDS strategic advisory services division where he leads client engagements related to new service line development, payer relations, strategic planning, business development, and training/education. His areas of expertise include contemporary intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) trends and innovative programming, recruiting and direct-care staff retention, community-based systems of care, and federal waiver guidelines and payer relationship management.
Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Anderson spent 23 years with Resources for Human Development (RHD), a national human services provider with more than 160 programs across the country. Prior to his retirement, he served as an Executive Vice President overseeing RHD’s New England operations. In this role, he was responsible for managing all programs across 5 states, securing new contracts and developing payer relationships, supervising over 800 employees, and overseeing the implementation of state regulations for licensing.
Mr. Anderson began his career with RHD as Director of Programs for Massachusetts where he was tasked with opening and running a new agency to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities. His responsibilities included interfacing with state agencies, identifying and recruiting both managers and direct care workers, and all administrative duties entailed in the logistics of the new operation. Eventually he went on to open similar programs in Rhode Island, Missouri, and Nebraska and grew the portfolio of agencies under his supervision to represent $35million in funding. In this role, Mr. Anderson was the impetus for the practice of creating adaptive spaces tailored to the individuals’ needs in group homes to make them more reflective of their residents and responsive to their needs.
Previously, Mr. Anderson worked for 13 years for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at W.E. Fernald Developmental Center, the Western hemisphere’s oldest publicly funded institution serving people with developmental disabilities. Before leaving W.E. Fernald, Mr. Anderson had spent seven years as a Division Director, responsible for the organization’s largest unit, comprised of 200 individuals and over 400 staff members. In this role, he spearheaded the center’s mandate to move individuals into appropriate community settings, resulting in over 100 placements.
Mr. Anderson began his career with W.E. Fernald as a teacher and then served as the Human Rights Officer for two state institution campuses, protecting the rights and leading investigations in support of over 900 individuals. In this role, he also was responsible for the training and education of staff at both campuses.
Mr. Anderson received his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Rehabilitation Administration from the University of San Francisco and his Bachelors of English from Bradley University.