Community Bridges

Community Bridges Names Richard Royse as Executive Director, Succeeding Roy Gerstenberger

Date posted: October 26, 2015

October 26, 2015
Contact: Tish Casey
Creative Co-op
(603) 658-1600

Concord, New Hampshire (October 26, 2015) – Community Bridges, a leading non-profit organization committed to advancing the integration, growth and interdependence of people with disabilities within their home communities, today named Richard Royse as its new executive director effective November 2, 2015. Previously executive director of Northern California InAlliance, Royse comes to Community Bridges with three decades of leadership experience in organizations serving people affected by disabilities.

Royse succeeds longtime executive director Roy Gerstenberger, who has been named Director of the Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) after a successful 18-year tenure with Community Bridges.

“Following Roy is a tall order, because he has brought national recognition to Community Bridges for innovative solutions that lead to better care and better lives,” said Royse. “It’s exciting to join a vibrant, well-established area agency that is making a difference in the lives of people and the community every day.”

Gerstenberger, in turn, expressed confidence that Community Bridges will be in good hands. “Richard is a passionate advocate for those affected by disabilities, as well as a strategic problem solver with great ideas and energy,” he said. “He also offers relevant experience working in Massachusetts and California, which have human services models similar to New Hampshire’s.”

Royse’s 30-year career in human services includes a tenure as executive director of East Middlesex ARC (EMARC) in Middlesex, Massachusetts. An East Coast native, he also helped found the Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities. Royse is married with four children, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Kansas.

About Community Bridges

Part of the area agency system in the State of New Hampshire and serving communities throughout the central region of the Granite State, Community Bridges is a leading non-profit organization providing individualized, person-centered support to people of all ages who are affected by disabilities and those who care for them.

Nationally recognized for its innovative solutions and passionate about improving lives, Community Bridges provides services for individuals affected by developmental impairment, injury and aging, working to match those in need of care and their families with the best opportunities for enriching their lives and the lives of others as active members of the community. Services are available for a variety of needs, including Early Childhood Services, Residential and Day Services, Career Development, Case Management, Shared Living, Self-Directed Services and Individual and Family Support.

For more information about Community Bridges, please call 603-225-4153 or visit

Community Bridges is a non-profit agency serving the communities of central New Hampshire. Disability is a natural part of the human experience and may occur as a result of developmental impairments, injury, or aging. We advance the integration, growth, and interdependence of people with disabilities in their home communities in ways that promote their ability to have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves.