The When, How, and Why of Repurposing a Campus

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:00 am - Wed, 17 May 2017 12:00 pm
Central Time (CT)

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  • Free for Alliance members
  • $49.95 for nonmembers

Webinar Description

This webinar will examine the when, how, and why of repurposing a residential campus and showcase creative approaches taken by two organizations. The webinar, which will be presented in four parts, will provide participants with the following:

Questions to ask and answer before beginning any repurposing project

  • An example of a campus repurposing that has already happened
  • An example of a campus repurposing that is just beginning.
  • A discussion of the ideas presented and some time for questions.

The first part of the webinar will look at the important things organizations need to consider when we are preparing for a campus-repurposing project. Maybe repurposing is a good idea.

The second part will look at the actual experience of repurposing two residential campuses from the perspective of the former CEO. The experience of Hathaway Sycamores Child and Family Services, a multi-service nonprofit in Los Angeles, will be explored, including ideas considered and ideas that were implemented. The process of repurposing will be explored as well as some lessons learned.

The third part will look at a major repurposing project that is just beginning in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A major repurposing of the Nazareth Campus, a former campus of an order of religious sisters, will be discussed. The process that has been initiated will be shared and the challenges that lie ahead will be explored.

The fourth part will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Who Should Attend 

  • Chief executives
  • Executives

Level of Learning & Objectives

  • Issues to discuss before deciding whether to repurpose a campus
  • Specific questions to should ask and answer before deciding on repurposing a campus
  • Steps followed for repurposing the campus at Hathaway Sycamores Child and Family Services
  • The process being followed to repurpose the Nazareth Campus


Tom Woll is a national consultant who has worked with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities as the facilitator of its project to help organizations become more family-focused, more community-based, and more results-oriented.

Woll spent 38 years, before he began serving as a consultant, working for Catholic Charities in Cleveland, Ohio. He was responsible for designing and implementing behavioral health services for 25 years. Woll then spent 10 years managing the merger of 21 Catholic Charities organizations, where he was responsible for designing and implementing an integrated service delivery system that would cover the eight counties of the Diocese of Cleveland, a 3,500-square mile territory.

Woll founded the Strategic Change Initiative in January of 2010. He has, since then, helped 275 organizations to prepare for the future.

William P. Martone is currently president of WPM Consulting and previously served for over 20 years as CEO of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services. Upon his move to California in 1994, Martone served as CEO of The Sycamores. Under his leadership, the agency grew from a residential treatment facility into a mental health and child welfare agency with a comprehensive array of programs and services offered today, including those services obtained through the merger in 2005 with Hathaway Children & Family Services.

Martone currently provides consultation services for the Building Bridges Initiative on residential program transformation, for the Alliance for Stronger Families and Communities in a peer faculty coaching capacity on residential transformation, and for federal legislative reform issues.

Martone earned his bachelor’s from Providence College and received his master’s from Russell Sage College.

Timothy Lieser is currently the president/CEO of Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo (CCDOK). Previous to his current position of CEO, Lieser’s professional career includes 34 years in direct care and supervisory and management roles for residential and outpatient treatment service.

Over the past eight years, Lieser has focused on the challenges, trends, and opportunities of blending the power of the residential treatment village milieu and the demand for increased community-based neighborhood integrated services driven by client and family engagement strategies.

Lieser has spent the last 15 months working with Community of Sisters of St. Joseph’s local and national governing boards; Catholic Charities of Kalamazoo bishop, board, staff, clients, community stakeholders, major donors, and for-profit and nonprofit organizations in southwest Michigan; and local, state, and federal government representatives to create possible models of a community within the community offering multiple client driven services within a safe, supportive, engaging resident driven community that could be developed on the beautiful 40-acre campus.

Direct questions to Rehana Absar, associate director at the Alliance, at 414-359-6552. 

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