Jim Paparella

Board Member

Jim Paparella is President & CEO of D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s in Grand Rapids. Previously, he served as Executive Director of Child and Family Charities in Lansing for 18 years. During his career, Mr. Paparella has counseled alcoholic and drug dependent adults, provided street level services to troubled adolescents and their families, managed a runaway and homeless youth shelter, developed a number of community-based youth and family programs, and engaged in creative partnerships including mergers. He also serves on a variety of nonprofit boards, advisory councils, and community service groups.  Mr. Paparella is an accomplished grant writer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant reviewer, and peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation. 

Mr. Paparella has a Master’s of Business from Northwood University and a Bachelor’s in Social Science from Michigan State University.

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