President / Executive Director
Art Dykstra was named as the President and CEO of Trinity Services in 1987 after a distinguished 20 year career with the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Within that state agency, Art served as a Facility Director for two state operated developmental centers, served as the Chicago Regional Administrator for Developmental Disabilities for seven years and also worked as a Policy and Program Adviser to the Director of the Department.
When the Trinity Services Board of Directors hired Art in 1987, Trinity was operating two programs, a school and a developmental training center. It had a budget near $500,000 and employed 33 staff who served children and adults. Since that time, Trinity has become a statewide organization, developed programs in Reno, Nevada, expanded services to persons with mental illness and now operates over 12 major programs and several support businesses with a staff complement of nearly 1,200 employees and an annual budget of $56 million. Today, Trinity provides residential supports to more than 650 persons.
Art grew up in Racine, Wisconsin, attended Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Bradley University. After completing his psychology internship at Elgin State Hospital in Illinois, he held a variety of positions of increased responsibility within the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.
He has taught classes at the undergraduate and graduate level in psychology, public administration and Executive Leadership at several state and public universities.
In additional to his duties as the CEO of Trinity, Art is a frequent speaker at local, state and national conferences, sharing ideas on such topics as leadership, organizational culture, strategic planning and systems thinking.
Art has authored numerous journal articles, publications and thought pieces. He writes frequently for Perdido, an online leadership magazine. He is perhaps best known for his first book, Outcome Management, that provides insights and person-centered applications for leading disability-based organizations. His most recent work, You Won’t Believe This, addresses the destructive impact of gossip within organizations. Co-authored with Tim Williams, the book was published in the summer of 2015.
Art has served as the President of the Board on The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). He has also served as the past president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), the Illinois Council of Executive Directors of the ARC, and the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (IARF). He serves on numerous other board and advisory councils. He is a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Art has been recognized for his leadership with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Lewis University. Bradley University also honored him with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In November 2007, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies honored Art for his commitment to the CBT community with the Distinguished Friend to the Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Award. The Autism Program of Illinois recognized Art with the Autism Ally Public Policy Award through the ARC of Illinois in 2012.
Art and his wife, Anita, reside in New Lenox, Illinois. In his spare time, Art and Anita enjoy fishing, gardening and catching frogs.
You can send Art Dykstra an e-mail at ADykstra@trinity-services.org
or contact him by phone at (815) 485-6197.