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Centerstone Names Dr. Bob Williams CEO Emeritus and Chief Strategy Officer; Suzanne Koesel Becomes CEO of Centerstone of Indiana

Columbus, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, today announced that Dr. Robert J. (Bob) Williams, CEO of Centerstone of Indiana, has been named CEO Emeritus and Chief Strategy Officer, a new position created to help Centerstone respond to healthcare reform and other industry changes that are impacting the delivery of mental healthcare and addiction services across the nation. Williams will officially transition to his new position on January 1, 2011, and Suzanne Koesel, Chief Operating Officer-West, will become CEO of Centerstone of Indiana.

“We are excited to introduce Bob as CEO Emeritus and Chief Strategy Officer of Centerstone and Suzanne as CEO of Centerstone Indiana,” said David Guth, CEO of Centerstone of America. “Both have been invaluable members of our team and, in their new roles, will help further advance our mission of preventing and curing mental illness and addiction. Suzanne’s unique clinical insight and leadership will enhance our services across Indiana, and Bob’s expertise and years of experience in mental healthcare will benefit all of our operations across Indiana and Tennessee.”

Williams came to Centerstone in 2008 when Quinco Behavioral Health Systems, which he had led since 1991, joined forces with Centerstone and Center for Behavioral Health to become the largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit provider of community behavioral health services in the United States. Under Williams’ leadership, Centerstone expanded its presence in Indiana in 2010 when it merged with the Dunn Center in Richmond. Today, Centerstone of Indiana has almost 800 employees in more than 60 facilities across 17 central southern Indiana counties. It serves more than 20,000 individuals and families each year.

Robert Williams, PhDPrior to Quinco, Williams worked as a consultant for the Center for Creative Leadership for 10 years. He has served on the faculties of the University of Denver and the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and is past-president and two-term member of the Board of Trustees of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, one of Indiana’s largest school districts.

Williams currently serves on the Lawson Select Group on Mental Health, the Governor’s Mental Health Transformation Working Group, the Mental Health America of Indiana Board of Directors, the Bartholomew County Healthy Communities Council, the Bartholomew County Court Services Steering Committee, and is past-president of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. He also is a member of the Board of Advisors at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus.

As CEO Emeritus and Chief Strategy Officer, Williams will continue to be based in Madison, Ind. Koesel has worked in the behavioral healthcare field for more than 20 years. She joined Centerstone in 2008 from the Center for Behavioral Health and has been integral in Centerstone of Indiana’s operations.

Suzanne Koesel, MSSWKoesel has been a member of executive leadership teams for 12 years and has directed human resources operations, business development, marketing, grant writing, quality improvement and support services. At Centerstone, she has provided clinical leadership for Indiana adult division programs and general operations in Centerstone of Indiana’s west region and overseen addictions and forensic services, adult residential programs, and facility and environmental management functions. An active member of her community, Koesel has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and local human services committees.

Koesel holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., and a master’s in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Koesel will continue to be based in Bloomington, Ind.

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare. Through its affiliated organizations, Centerstone of Indiana and Centerstone of Tennessee, it provides a full range of mental health, addiction and related educational services to more than 75,000 individuals of all ages each year. The organization has nearly 130 facilities and 220 partnership locations throughout Indiana and Tennessee. It also operates Advantage Behavioral Health, a behavioral health administrative management organization, the Centerstone Foundation, and the Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), which is improving mental healthcare through innovative research and information technology. For more information about Centerstone, please explore our website: www.centerstone.org.

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