Dixie Casford and Jennifer Leosz Named Co-CEOs for Mental Health Partners
Mental Health Partners (MHP) is pleased to announce Dixie Casford, MBA, LPC and Jennifer Leosz, LCSW, have been selected as its new Co-Chief Executive Officers. Previously, Ms. Casford and Ms. Leosz served as Vice-Presidents of Acute Care and Clinical Care, respectively, at MHP. They will begin their co-CEO responsibilities on January 1, 2020.
“Dixie and Jen are uniquely qualified to share this important and integral role,” said Keith Collins, MHP Board of Directors Chair. “They have spent years cultivating relationships with community partners and members on behalf of MHP, are intimately connected to our culture and strategic goals through their previous leadership roles on the Executive Team and have a wonderful connection with staff at all levels.”
Additionally, Ms. Casford and Ms. Leosz have a background in clinical care and leadership in behavioral healthcare and, by working side-by-side for years, the duo has formed a strong professional bond and an excellent working relationship.
“The Board of Directors ventured out of the traditional title structure in order to establish a progressive model that will best propel MHP forward in the fast-paced and rapidly evolving healthcare industry,” said Casford and Leosz. “We are ready to lead MHP by staying true to our mission, yet boldly stepping into new opportunities. We are more energized than ever about the future of MHP.”
Though this is a unique structure, there are many benefits of implementing a dual-CEO Model, including utilizing each CEO’s strengths to complement each other, expanding the talents needed for this role and accomplishing more through strategic delegation. Ms. Casford and Ms. Leosz will share fully in all responsibilities and duties of the CEO role.
MHP’s Board of Directors and Executive Team would also like to express their sincere appreciation to Hans Wiik for his time as Interim CEO. His leadership and hard work for the past two years helped move MHP through a challenging time and he will be remembered for his dedication to MHP’s staff, community and mission.
Additional information about this transition and future statements by Ms. Casford and Ms. Leosz on their vision and plans for the future of MHP will be posted on our website (www.mhpcolorado.org) and social media pages (FB: @MentalHealthPartnersCO | Twitter: @MentalHealthCO).
About Mental Health Partners:
In alignment with our mission – Healing is our purpose. Help is our promise. Health is our passion. – Mental Health Partners (MHP) provides immediate access to expert mental health and substance use care so people can enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives. For more information or to access services, call (303) 443-8500. For emergency assistance with a mental health crisis, please call 1 (844) 493-TALK (8255), text TALK to 38255 or go directly to our 24/7 Walk-In Center at 3180 Airport Rd., Boulder, CO.