May 10, 2016 – After a thorough and diligent nationwide search effort, the Board of Trustees at IBH Addiction Recovery Center is pleased to announce that Deborah Foster-Koch will take over as the agency’s new executive director effective July 1, 2016. Deborah holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Community Counseling from The University of Akron. She brings over 30 years of experience, and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Training Supervision Designation and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor-Clinical Supervisor. Deborah will replace Donald P. Finn who is retiring at the end of June.
Jim Kuhn, Board Trustee at IBH and Search Committee Chairman commented, “Deborah was selected because overall, she had the unique combination of clinical and administrative experience, education, and success in addiction recovery treatment. Deborah’s credibility with both internal and community-based stakeholders made her the top choice, as did the breadth of her technical and systems knowledge and most of all, her leadership and strategic acumen.”
As executive director, Deborah will be responsible for managing the business, fiscal, marketing, staffing, clinical direction and plan management aspects of IBH. She will manage long and short-term planning, program evaluations and compliance with federal, state, local and independent regulatory and funding entities. Deborah will report to the Chairman of the IBH Board of Trustees.
“The Board is very enthusiastic about Deborah assuming the duties of Executive Director, and excited about the advent of a new chapter for IBH,” said Linda Wilkins, IBH Board Trustee and Search Committee Member. “The Board is confident that Deborah has the full complement of skills and abilities necessary to lead IBH in the years to come, in partnership with the Board. IBH will continue to grow stronger, will adapt as needed to an ever-changing health care landscape, all while keeping a firm and singular focus on helping those with addiction to heal, recover and regain lives of meaning and purpose.”