Ron Zychowski’s proven track record spans more than 30 years of senior leadership positions in a variety of disciplines, with nearly two decades spent directly in human services management positions. He is well-versed in assisting private organizations and publicly-funded systems of care transform to improve performance measure systems and outcomes for children and families, as well as developing and executing multi-million dollar budgets − including the complex state and federal funding streams affiliated with child welfare systems of care.
After serving 25 years in the United States Army, Ron began his human services career in Florida as a Center Director for the Head Start Program followed by eight years of senior leadership positions with Florida Department of Children and Families, serving in three different districts and the state’s largest region. Through Ron’s leadership, countless children’s and families lives have been transformed for the better. Ron not only led the closing of one of Florida’s State Hospitals, but also the transition of Florida’s child welfare system from a public system to a community-based system of care. Additionally, Ron has served as CEO of three different community-based care lead agencies in Florida.
Ron has an unwavering passion for ensuring children’s and families’ lives are improved locally, regionally and nationwide. Ron joined Eckerd Connects in 2009, initially overseeing Eckerd Connects’ transition as the lead agency for community-based care in Florida’s Pasco and Pinellas counties, as well as nearly 30 different services and programs nationwide. Ron retired from Eckerd Connects as the Chief Quality and Performance Officer in 2016 and was subsequently appointed to the Board of Directors.