By TSB Community Contributor
The Collin County Committee on Aging (CCOA) announced today that Ray Ricchi has accepted the position of Executive Director effective January 1. Ricchi will be responsible for the strategic planning and operation of the Collin County Meals on Wheels and Senior Services in support of its mission and goals. The Executive Director is responsible for managing and attaining the necessary resources to meet the services, programs and activities that provide home delivered lunch, supplemental evening, and weekend meals and lunch meals at four senior centers and Senior Services in Collin County.
“I look forward to working with an experienced and dedicated staff whose mission is to serve our seniors in Collin County,” Ricchi said. “Living in one of the fastest growing counties in the country creates a greater need for our increasing senior population. Collin County Meals on Wheels and Senior Services is an essential resource for our beloved seniors. The success of our program is determined by our ability to provide a service that helps seniors remain in their homes and independent as long as possible. We are blessed to have individuals, foundations, grants and corporate funding so we can continue to service the needs of our seniors in Collin County.”
Wayne Rock, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, commented, “We are very excited to have Ray Ricchi leading Collin County Meals on Wheels and Senior Services as our Executive Director. Ray’s proven success and experience in both the public and private sectors will enable us to keep up in these challenging economic times. His service leadership and involvement in Collin County over the past 15 years will provide the essential skills to prepare for the continued needs of our Collin County seniors.”
Ricchi’s business career includes executive positions with Black & Decker, Master Lock, AlliedSignal, National Hot Rod Association, The Ballfields at Craig Ranch and Traxxas. Additionally, he is currently serving his second term on the McKinney City Council, representing District 4. Ricchi was formerly the Chairman of the McKinney Economic Development Corporation Board, Chairman of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and President of McKinney Little League Baseball. He presently serves as a board member of the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, the McKinney YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, Lone Star District, and is an honorary board member of the Public Safety Scholarship Foundation.
Ricchi has been honored as one of the 2011 YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Fathers of the Year and also named one of the 21st leaders for the 21st century by Inside Collin County Business in 2008.
Ricchi has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina in business administration, majoring in economics and finance. He has been a McKinney resident since 1991 and is the father of three children.
Meals On Wheels and Senior Services of Collin County a non-profit 501(c)(3) was founded in 1976 to serve the rapidly increasing needs of the area’s seniors, providing nutrition to improve their health by preparing and supplying meals to more than 750 homebound and isolated seniors daily. The seniors receiving meals through the Meals on Wheels program are unable to shop and/or prepare a balanced meal for themselves. Our staff and volunteers are often the only daily contact our seniors have. The Mission is to combat isolation and promote the heath, dignity and independence of those 60 years or older. For more information contact Meals on Wheels of Collin County, 600 N. Tennessee Street, McKinney, TX 75069. 927-562-6996 or www.mealsonwheelscc.org