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Centerstone names Williams CEO Emeritus, Chief Strategy Officer

December 21, 2010
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Columbus, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone, a nonprofit provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, has named current CEO of Centerstone Indiana Dr. Robert J. Williams to the new position of CEO Emeritus and Chief Strategy Officer. Suzanne Koesel, currently Chief Operating Officer-West, has been named Williams' successor. Each will officially transition to their new position on Jan. 1, 2011. Williams' new position was created to help the organization respond to healthcare reform and other industry changes that are impacting the delivery of mental healthcare and addiction services across the nation. David Guth, CEO of Centerstone of America, is excited to introduce the new roles that Williams and Koesel will have within the organization.

“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," Guth said. "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. 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.

Prior 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.

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. Koesel 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.

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