PERU — After nearly four decades of service as the chief executive officer of Horizon House, Jim Monterastelli retired on July 12.
Horizon House is a private non-profit organization that provides supports for people with intellectual disabilities in the Illinois Valley. When Monterastelli first took the position of CEO 38 years ago, the organization was a small agency that provided a few facility-based programs, had a small staff and a small budget. Under his leadership and vision the organization began evolving into a community-based agency that serves approximately 150 people with a staff of 170 and a budget of $6,800,000.
During his tenure as CEO, the agency secured a $1.2 million grant from HUD to open four community homes for people with disabilities. A capital campaign raised an additional $1.2 million to close Horizon South, an 84-bed nursing home in Oglesby, and move the residents into smaller homes throughout the Illinois Valley. He introduced person-centered planning that allowed services and supports to be customized to fit each person’s unique needs and wants.
According to Jeff Borelli, president of the Horizon House Board of Directors, “We appreciate all he has done for the people with disabilities and their families. Jim Monterastelli has left quite a legacy of accomplishments that have had a significant impact on the lives of people with disabilities.”
He continued, “In addition to having a strong vision for people with disabilities, Jim also assembled and honed a team of accomplished staff with many years of experience who will continue to provide the quality, breadth and compassion of services the agency has become known for.”
Dan Fitzgerald will be serving as Horizon House’s Interim CEO. Fitzgerald has been with the agency for 36 years. He has been the director of programs and services for nearly 30 years. He is active on a number of community organizations and boards. He lives in Oglesby with his wife, Nancy. He has two daughters, Dana in New York and Meg in Chicago.