Kendra Urdzik Named President and CEO at Judson Services, Inc.
CLEVELAND–Kendra J. Urdzik has been named president and CEO of Judson Services, Inc., a not-for-profit organization in Cleveland. With a career in the healthcare industry spanning more than 20 years, Urdzik has always been committed to a career in aging services.
In 2001, Urdzik found herself passionately engaged by Judson’s mission and vision. Since then, the Northeast Ohio native has gone on to serve in such key leadership positions as director of Judson Home Care, vice president of Judson at Home and, most recently, vice president of health services and chief collaborative health officer.
A licensed nursing home administrator with a certificate in gerontology, Urdzik earned her undergraduate degree in Health Science from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She earned an MBA in Health Care Management from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. She is an active member of LeadingAge Leadership Academy, a national organization for developing leadership in the healthcare industry.
Urdzik gives much of the credit for her professional success to her support network, which includes her husband, two children, parents, and her 95-year-old grandmother, who has helped her understand the challenges of aging from a personal perspective.
“Different perspectives fuel innovation,” Urdzik says. “Listening – really listening – to both residents and associates has given me wonderful insight into how every member of the Judson team has great ideas to share. It’s the key that lets us think outside the box.”
In her role as CEO, Urdzik intends to focus on workforce development, Judson’s memory support programs, and the use of technology to enhance information sharing and quality of life.
Effective April 15, Urdzik succeeds long-time Judson Services, Inc. President and CEO Cynthia H. Dunn who announced her plans to retire in January 2018. Dunn had been with Judson for four decades, serving in various positions. She was named president and CEO of Judson, a Cleveland-based not-for-profit organization, in 1992.