NIAGARA FALLS – Niagara Cerebral Palsy announced this week that John J.M. Reardon, its chief financial officer since 2001, has been promoted to executive director and chief executive officer, succeeding Joseph Mineo.

Also, Salvatore M. Passanese, biology professor at Niagara County Community College, was elected chairman of the organization’s board of directors. Passanese is chairman of the NCCC’s Science, Health and Mathematics Division.

Reardon, long a prominent figure in local health circles, was executive director of the Niagara County Speech, Hearing and Language Center for 21 years before joining Niagara Cerebral Palsy. In his new role, Reardon will be responsible for managing a 350-employee, 25-site non-profit agency.

He is a member of the county Board of Health and chairman of the Cambria Zoning Board of Appeals.