Rick Sebastian, President and CEO
Rick joined The Kennedy Collective in 2018. His life’s purpose is the connection with and empowerment of people who have disabilities to live vibrant and relevant lives. As the parent of an adult daughter who has multiple disabilities and as The President of The Kennedy Collective, headquartered in Trumbull, CT, Rick is present to the Power of Purpose, and he is a pragmatic visionary who leads and creates businesses where people make an impact and the work they do transforms communities.
Rick advocates for collaboration, self-determination, and community engagement through the alignment of public policy to meet the needs of disenfranchised people. He champions the provision of appropriate services & supports, and the creation of meaningful, dignified, and impactful employment.
Rick seeks opportunities to collaborate with other organizations to collectively scale the impact of employing people who have the greatest challenges. Rick is a change maker and committed to being an influencer in building Communities and Economies on Purpose.
Rick earned a BS in Psychology from Utica College of Syracuse University and an MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola Maryland.
Why Should Someone Contribute To The Kennedy Collective?
Because The Kennedy Collective further grows and develops our community.
What Sums Up The Kennedy Collective To You?
Brian Kennedy. He is not only the reason we were founded, but he continues to epitomize how people with disabilities can live a full life – in their community – with participation, work, socialization, spirituality, recreation education… and, without discrimination.
Why Are You So Passionate About The Kennedy Collective?
At the core of us all, we want to belong – and for far too long, people with disabilities, as well as their families, have been told that they don’t belong.