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Lifehouse Announces Retirement of Dori McDonnell After 23 Years of Service

Michelle Condit Promoted to Director of North Bay & Autism Services

Press Release – SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (March 17, 2017)Lifehouse, a Marin County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, today announced the retirement of Dori McDonnell, Manager of North Bay Programs. Dori has been a valuable member of the Lifehouse team for the past 23 years, providing exceptional care to the individuals served.

“We deeply appreciate all the dedication and hard work that Dori has contributed to Lifehouse over the past 23 years, and we wish her the best of luck on her next journey,” said Nancy Dow Moody, Lifehouse President and CEO.

McDonnell started the first Supported Living Program at The Meadows in Novato’s Lark Court. She also implemented a new Community Living Program in Sonoma, and two Supported Living Programs and a Senior Independent Living Program in Novato. With an educational and professional background in psychology and counseling, McDonnell also joined Hope Counseling in Petaluma in 2007, aiming to restore physical, emotional and spiritual balance to individuals, couples and families. She plans to continue her work as a marriage and family therapist after her retirement and has graciously offered to collaborate with Lifehouse to offer group therapy for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Michelle Condit has been promoted to Director of North Bay & Autism Services, which will include leadership of the North Bay programs.

Announcing the promotion of Michelle Condit, Nancy Dow Moody said, “Michelle’s seasoned expertise in the industry, education and certifications continue to serve as a great asset to our programs for people with autism and developmental disabilities at Lifehouse.”

Condit brings a wealth of experience and skills to her new position at Lifehouse, where she will oversee all of the North Bay programs. Condit is completing her Ph.D. in Organizational Systems and is certificated as a TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication related handicapped Children) practitioner through the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. TEACCH is an evidence-based service, training, and research program for individuals of all ages and skill levels with autism spectrum disorders. Condit was the Director of Autism Services at Lifehouse for the past two years and has been with the company for 10 years.

About Lifehouse

Lifehouse, a 501©(3) nonprofit, provides support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, enabling them to be productive members of the community. The organization began as a parent-led effort more than 60 years ago and is now one of the Bay Area’s most respected nonprofit organizations, dedicated to improving the quality of life of the people it serves through life skills training, community integration, advocacy and referral information. Independent living homes, intermediate care facilities, day support services, assessment, recreation and vacation travel for adult residents, as well as teen recreation integration programs, autism specialists, and in-home support for families are among Lifehouse’s many offerings. Additionally, Lifehouse provides support to individuals living in Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco counties and continues to grow. For more information about Lifehouse, please visit

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