Board of Directors elects experienced health and human services executive to lead organization dedicated to creating a healthier Western New York
West Seneca, N.Y. – John Craik, a veteran leader with Buffalo area nonprofit health and human service organizations, has been appointed executive director of P² Collaborative of Western New York (P² Collaborative). Craik will begin his new position as executive director at P² Collaborative effective March 18, 2015.
Craik’s significant experience includes his most recent position as outreach coordinator at Fallon Health Weinberg and eight years as vice president with Baker Victory Services, as well as time with the Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns, Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center and five years as the executive director of Buffalo Prep.
P² Collaborative’s board of directors approved Craik’s hiring at its February 27 executive session following a national search for an executive director which began last fall, conducted by Performance Management Partners. A total of 72 candidates submitted applications, nine were listed as finalists, and four were invited in for in-person interviews.
“The goal of our intensive search was to find the person who will serve as the visionary and strategic leader for P² Collaborative, responsible for overseeing all key programmatic and financial outcomes for the organization,” said John Fudyma, M.D., chair of P² Collaborative’s board of directors. “John is exactly the individual we hoped we’d find. Under his guidance, we will continue to work with our partners across Western New York to drive innovations in health care, encourage collaboration and continue to create measureable health improvements throughout the region.
The candidate review process involved a five-person search committee which included P² Collaborative board members: Dr. Fudyma; Kevin Donovan, interim executive director and immediate past board chair; Michael W. Cropp, M.D., president and CEO, Independent Health; Art Wingerter, board treasurer and president, Univera Health; and Jeffrey Streb, Vice President, Human Resources at Bryant & Stratton College.
“We had many outstanding candidates for the position, but John really stood out,” said Donovan. He brings the right blend of transformational leadership, strategic organizational planning, business development and relationship management we were looking for. He really did his homework and it was clear he fully understands our critical health care mission, our staff, our programs and our partners.”
“I am very excited to begin working with this incredible organization,” Craik said. “The staff and board have put P2 Collaborative in a position where it can have a truly profound and lasting impact on the health of Western New Yorkers. We will continue to reach out to and work closely with a large number of collaborative partners from diverse areas of the community to make this vision a reality.”
P2 Collaborative is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of Western New York residents. The organization has experienced significant growth since its inception in 2002 and has led several successful initiatives that promote better health and health outcomes across the eight counties of Western New York. P2 Collaborative drives innovations in health and health care by bringing together individuals, community-based organizations, primary care practices, hospitals, health plans and other unique partners to magnify its impact.
As a neutral convener, collaborator and connector of resources and partners, P2 Collaborative is well positioned to play an even deeper role in the region and to help map out a course for its work, and help implement innovative solutions that address the region’s most daunting health challenges.
P2 Collaborative was recently awarded a $2.4 million, two-year contract with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) tied to the state-wide Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP). P2 was one of 11 regional contractors selected for this critical initiative.
Craik earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in organizational development from Cornell University. He also holds a certificate in Not-for-Profit Management from Harvard Business School Club of Buffalo and is a graduate of Leadership Buffalo.
Craik serves as an adjunct professor, teaching “Leadership in Healthcare” at D’Youville College, and is a fellow with the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.
He has also served on the boards of several organizations including Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center, Food Bank of WNY, Inc., Tapestry Charter School, and Friends of the Night People. He resides in North Buffalo with his wife and two children.