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Skyland Trail board of directors elects new board chair

December 18, 2012
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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photos of Gordon and West

Skyland Trail, a nonprofit treatment facility for adults with mental illness, announced that after 25 years of service, board member, Mark West, has ended his tenure as the organization’s board chair. John C. Gordon, who has been a member of the Skyland Trail leadership team for more than 20 years, has been elected board chair, as the nonprofit enters a new phase of development and expansion.

West, who served as board president before becoming chair, will now serve on the Skyland Trail National Advisory Board where he will continue to assist with planned giving efforts, allowing the nonprofit to maintain strong fiscal health.

 “A source of great satisfaction to me has been being a part of the growth and development of Skyland Trail,” said West.  “Watching it become one of the premier mental health treatment facilities in the country has given me enormous pleasure.  This organization started in 1982 with my father’s vision of providing innovative treatments to adults with mental illness so they could reintegrate back into the community.  Today, Skyland Trail has a dedicated leadership team and a strong fiscal outlook.  I felt the board of directors was in a position to carry on our track record and made the bittersweet decision to pass the torch.”

Effective as of Dec. 6, Gordon assumed the chair position of the Skyland Trail board of directors.  “I’ve been a member of the Skyland Trail family and a friend of Mark for more than 20 years,” said Gordon.  “In that time, I’ve been amazed by the talented staff and heartened by the success stories of the thousands of individuals who have found recovery.  It’s an honor and a challenge to lead this board as we strive to give hope and independence to people with mental illness.”

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