Cincinnati-based LaRosa's chairman TD Hughes was named the National Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) Association's "Board Member of the Year" for his past service as board president of ProKids, a nonprofit that serves children in foster care. ProKids ensures foster children are in a safe and supportive home environments and helps guide those children to permanent homes.
The recognition was presented at CASA's Awards of Excellence banquet in Washington, DC, earlier this month. Hughes was selection from members of more than 1,000 boards of CASA organizations throughout the country. Under Hughes' leadership, ProKids doubled the number of children served. He also set a goal to serve all Hamilton County, Ohio, children awaiting foster care by 2016.
"TD's talent for strategic planning helped our board set a solid direction for ProKids over the next 5 years," says Tracy Cook, executive director of ProKids. "He helped us create lofty but attainable targets. He has been the vessel to improve ProKids as an organization and pillar in the community."