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PRC Appoints New CEO
Posted on 5/30/2013
The Board of Directors of Peace River Center, a 65-year old private not-for-profit community behavioral health organization serving Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties, announced today the appointment of J. William Gardam as incoming CEO for the organization. Mr. Gardam will join Peace River Center on July 8, 2013.
Gardam brings over 30 years of senior management, human services and healthcare experience spanning state government and the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Most recently Gardam was the President & CEO at Horizons, A Family Service Alliance based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Horizons provides mental and behavioral health counseling and assessment services for adults, children and families; specialized counseling and advocacy services for families of homicide victims and victims of violent crimes; consumer credit counseling; and home delivered and congregate site Meals On Wheels for seniors and head start centers across six Iowa counties. The agency is known for its excellence in service delivery and collaboration with other community based providers.
Prior to joining Horizons, Gardam held several positions with the Iowa Department of Human Services, including Division Administrator for Mental Health and Disability Services (State Mental Health and State Disabilities Authority) which manages the bureaus of accreditation, child and youth mental health services, adult mental health services and emergency and disaster mental health services; Division Administrator for the Division of Results Based Accountability; and, Regional Administrator for Field Operations responsible for child welfare, child and dependent adult protection, and eligibility determination for Iowa’s financial, health and work support programs and services covering 32 counties.
Prior to his appointment with the State of Iowa, Mr. Gardam served as CEO of the Georgia Children’s Home in Macon, Warner Robins and Augusta, Georgia; as Vice President of Development for Community Psychiatric Centers and President/Founder of Transitional Family Services in Macon and Atlanta Georgia and Las Vegas, Nevada; and, as Vice President and COO of Mental Health Management, Inc. in McLean, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia. He holds an MBA in Health Services Administration from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire.
A frequent speaker at national, regional and local professional and community events, Mr. Gardam was the recipient of the Governor’s Golden Dome Award for creation and implementation of the Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program.
Mr. Gardam shared this comment, “I am delighted by the opportunities I see at Peace River Center. I look forward to becoming a part of the stellar tradition and reputation it enjoys and to meeting and working with the employees, volunteers, Boards and the entire community as I learn about PRC and we build our future together.”
Deborah Garringer, chair of the Peace River Center Board of Directors, stated, “The selection was made after a thorough search process. This process involved the input of members of our PRC Board of Directors, as well as our executive management team. We are confident that Mr. Gardam brings a unique perspective about healthcare and has the qualities, experience and talents to lead Peace River Center and serve our community.”
Peace River Center (PRC) serves families in crisis, children and adults in need, as well as the severely and persistently mentally ill in Polk, Highlands and Hardee Counties. PRC also provides two domestic violence shelters, a Rape Recovery and Resource Center, Primary Health Care, Addiction Treatment Program, and 24 hour Crisis lines and Intervention to the communities it serves.