Board of Directors

Richard Widgren

Former president of Life Beyond Barriers (LBB)

Mr. Richard Widgren is the former president of Life Beyond Barriers (LBB) and has moved to the position of in-house Advisor to the CEO of Urban Science, the 100% owner of LBB. He recently retired from Urban Science where he had served as Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Urban Science, he served as Vice President, Finance, and Controller, Kelly Services, Inc.; Corporate Controller, McLouth Steel; Audit Manager and Consultant, Ernst & Young; and Assistant Controller, Giffels Associates, Inc.
Mr. Widgren began his career in 1962 as an Internal Auditor for General Motors. In 2011, he was awarded the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s (RIM) Humanitarian Award for his dedication as a board member at RIM and his outstanding service to the community. He is now the Chairman of the RIM Foundation (research and education foundation for physical acute rehabilitation services). In addition to serving as Chairman for RIM Foundation, he is the Chairman of the Legacy Detroit Medical Center and Chairman of the Del Harder Rehabilitation Foundation. He was recently a trustee of the Detroit Medical Center and chairman of its audit committee, and director of Tech Team Global (NASDAQ) and chairman of its audit committee. In addition, he is chairman of the St. Clair Shores Tax Increment Finance Authority, the St. Clair Shores Corridor Improvement Authority, and the St. Clair Shores Brownfield Authority. Mr Widgren is also Trustee and Board Treasurer for The Helm, a senior services center for the Grosse Pointe communities located in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. In addition, he is the Vice Chairman of The Rehabilitation Hospital of Detroit Medical Center.
He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs, where he previously served as director. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Detroit Mercy.