David Lawrence Centers Welcomes New Board Leadership, Launches New President’s Cabinet to Support Expansion

David Lawrence Centers Welcomes New Board Leadership, Launches New President’s Cabinet to Support Expansion

Naples, Fl – David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC), Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit behavioral health provider serving children, adults and families, has welcomed new volunteer leadership through the installation of its new board officers, the addition of five new or returning board members and the launch of its new President’s Cabinet.

This expansive community leadership engagement process comes on the heels of the announcement of the launch of the organization’s Hope for Collier: Building Stronger Minds Together Initiative that includes a significant investment in capital improvements and professional staff. This includes building new and renovating existing state-of-the-art buildings at DLC’s Bathey Lane campus along with construction of the nearby Collier County Behavioral Health Center that DLC will operate; adding vital new clinical services; and employing teams of highly trained and credentialed practitioners to make those services possible.

The diverse expertise, community stewardship and vast philanthropic endeavors of this new volunteer leadership – many with a long history of support for DLC and mental health advocacy – will support this desperately-needed and long-overdue investment in behavioral health that is necessary to position DLC to meet the demand for services in Collier County over the next 30 years.

DLC Board of Directors Announcements

The following officers have been installed to lead the 2024 board of directors:
• Edward A. Morton, Chairman – former partner and consultant with Wasmer Schroeder who also spent 34 years with NCH Healthcare System, Inc., serving as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer
Rob Edwards, Vice Chairperson – Financial Advisor | Senior PIM® Portfolio Manager at Edwards Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Edward Boyer, Treasurer –retired 40-year veteran healthcare hospital executive
Mary Morton, Secretary – Chief Financial Officer of Moorings Park
Bob Magrann, Immediate Past President – retired senior executive with global brands such as Del Monte, Nabisco and Borden with extensive experience in the areas of sales, marketing, and strategic planning

The following new or returning board members have been added for a three-year term:
Robert C. Anton, MD, a 35-year veteran, board-certified Radiologist with Associated Radiologists, Inc.
Dr. Tom Lansen, retired 45-year veteran neurosurgeon
Tom Grady, attorney with GradyLaw and former member of the Florida House of Representatives
Garrett Richter, Florida Market President of First Foundation Bank, former member of the Florida House of Representatives and former member of the Florida Senate
Katherine Sproul, CEO of Halstatt and Former Co-President of Barron Collier Companies

The DLC Board of Directors also includes the following members: Scott Burgess, Chief Deputy Jorge Aguilera, Laird Grant Groody, Stephen J. Spahr, Marilyn J. Varcoe, PhD, Chris Vernon, Esq., Jeffrey Yun as well as honorary Board Members Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Polly Keller.

The President’s Cabinet

The new David Lawrence Centers President’s Cabinet is made up of volunteer Trustees who have a strong commitment to the mission and future of DLC. The purpose of the Cabinet is to assist DLC with development and implementation of strategies and programs related to fundraising, marketing/public relations, and community engagement, with a specific focus on executing any capital, comprehensive or endowment campaigns.

The Cabinet includes the following trustees, including three members of the DLC Board of Directors:
Edward Morton, Chairman
Dr. Robert Anton
Father Michael Basden, retired Rector at Trinity-by-the-Cove Church
Jill Basden, retired Teacher at Community School of Naples
Russell Budd, founding partner of PBS Contractors and Wall Systems Contractors and former Chairman of the DLC Board of Directors
Mary Beth Crawford, Principal with Cummings and Lockwood, LLC, former Chairman of DLC Board of Directors
John DeAngelis, Founder/Principal of DeAngelis Diamond Construction
Laird Grant Groody, retired investment manager with U.S. Trust and DLC Board Member
Diana Richter, community leader and mental health advocate
Richard Weisberg, President of Weisberg Wealth Management Financial Advisor

Special Advisors to the Cabinet
• Michael Benson, Managing Partner of Benson Blackburn and former Chairman of David Lawrence Foundation Board of Trustees
Michael Morris, CEO at Naples Global Advisors and former Chairman of the DLC Board of Directors and David Lawrence Foundation Board of Trustees

Morton, who joined the board in 2020 and previously served as Vice Chairman, brings more than 45 years of leadership, finance, strategic planning, and healthcare experience to these two vital leadership positions at a time when expansion is crucial for DLC’s ability to fulfill its mission to help everyone in need. He attributes his own family’s journey accessing life-saving mental health care at DLC and through other mental health professionals in Collier County as the reason he accepted this leadership role.

About David Lawrence Centers (DLC)

Southwest Florida nonprofit David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) is a national leader in providing compassionate, advanced, and exceptional mental health, substance use, and integrated healthcare solutions, available for children, adolescents, and adults. DLC’s innovative treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based services – a comprehensive system of care funded by community and government support. Each year, DLC serves 9,000 people through 342,000 treatment sessions. To learn more, please call 239-455-8500.

Jan 30, 2024 | News & Events, Press Releases

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