November 2, 2018
For Immediate Release

Contact: Julia Ahmet
(973) 463-9600, ext. 303

Community Hope Names New CEO Carmine Deo

J. Michael Armstrong Retires After 20 Years with Nonprofit

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Parsippany, NJ – Community Hope, the leading nonprofit in New Jersey serving homeless veterans which also provides residential recovery for individuals with mental illness, has named Carmine Deo as the incoming Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds J. Michael Armstrong, who retires from the organization after two decades in the role.

"In the agency's succession plan, Mr. Deo was tapped as our emerging leader several years ago and will seamlessly step into this new role after sixteen years of serving as our Chief Operating Officer and expertly overseeing our clinical programs," said Diana Lunt, President of the Community Hope Board. "He has a commitment to those we serve that inspires our staff to provide the highest quality of support to each and every individual who relies on Community Hope."

She commended Mr. Armstrong for his transformational leadership in which Community Hope grew from an organization serving 75 individuals annually to a statewide agency serving as many as 1,700 individuals a year. Mr. Armstrong established the nonprofit's first veterans program in 2004 and subsequently developed the umbrella of Hope for Veterans Programs which have rescued more than 6,000 veterans and their family members from homelessness to date.

"It is an honor to follow in Mike's footsteps and continue Community Hope's work to address some of our society's most pressing issues, whether it is helping veterans overcome PTSD or enabling a young person to find renewed hope in their struggles with mental illness," said Mr. Deo.

Mr. Deo has served as Community Hope's Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Clinical Services for the past 16 years. His experience in organizational strategy; growth; inter-agency collaboration and system improvement planning spans more than 25 years and includes developing and operating public and private veteran, mental health, substance abuse and homeless services programs. During his tenure as COO, he has led and supervised the agency's teams of employees with a focus on competence, motivation, and performance. His numerous credentials include Master of Business Administration; Master of Social Work; NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Certified Non Profit Leader; Certified Clinical Social Work Supervisor and Certified Military Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Clinical Social Worker. He serves on the Board of Directors of the NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies (NJMHAA) and is a recipient of NJMHAA's Courage and Compassion Award.