Walter W. Stockton is the Chief Executive Officer of Independent Group Home Living Program, Inc. (IGHL), an Eastern Long Island based not-for-profit agency that provides lifetime alternatives for people who are developmentally disabled.
Mr. Stockton was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology from California State University in Pennsylvania. In 1969 he accepted a position at Maryhaven Center of Hope in Port Jefferson, New York as the Director of Recreation where he subsequently served as Director of Residential Services.
After completing his Masters degree in Special Education at Adelphi University, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Careers at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, New York in 1974 where he was the Program Director of the Therapeutic Recreation Leadership Program and also initiated a curriculum in Community Residence Management.
In 1977 he established IGHL after receiving an initial Federal grant to convert a private home on Long Island’s North Shore into a residence for eight developmentally disabled adults. Since then the agency has opened 53 residential programs, 25 day programs and a 32-bed Nursing Intensive ICF for senior citizens, serving a total population of over 5,000 children and adults. IGHL employs over 1600 professional and support staff.
IGHL affiliate agencies include the New Interdisciplinary School (NIS) in Yaphank and Angela’s House, which includes 3 homes in Suffolk County for medically frail children.
In addition, IGHL owns and operates Flower Barn, a nursery and garden center.
Mr. Stockton serves as President and Acting Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Long Island Agencies serving people with developmental disabilities. He also served as a Member of the Quogue School Board for 18 years and as its President for 5 years.