Just seven months after the high expectations that accompanied the hiring of Karen Carpenter-Palumbo as president and CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Professionals (NAATP), a familiar face, Dennis Gilhousen, was asked to return to the role following the resignation of Carpenter-Palumbo.
Gilhousen last served in the post, officially as the organization’s “interim” CEO, following the dismissal of longtime NAATP CEO Ron Hunsicker for misappropriation of funds on May 6, 2010, concluding a six-week investigation.
While reasons for Carpenter-Palumbo’s resignation, which was dated November 4 according to an initial report by Alcohol & Drug Abuse Weekly, were not given, Gilhousen stated that “it was a mutual parting, without acrimony and certainly without anything that threatens the integrity or security of the organization being involved.” He added that it was his understanding that Carpenter-Palumbo “resigned to pursue other interests in the behavioral health field, including consulting, and that she will be available to NAATP on that basis for at least the next few months.” With regard to his status, Gilhousen noted that “this time, they [the NAATP board] didn’t specify a timeline or specify that I would be referred to as ‘interim’ CEO. I’ve made a commitment that I would stay a minimum of one year.” He and his wife will be traveling, per arrangements made prior to his re-appointment, for the next two weeks.
Carpenter-Palumbo and NAATP board chair Kermit Dahlen could not be reached on Friday afternoon for comment.