The appointment of Michael Walsh, director of development at the Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., as the fourth president/CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) was announced this week by Kermit Dahlen, chair of NAATP’s board of directors.
Walsh is expected to take up his new position in early August. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in providing addiction services, as well as national and international experience as a lecturer. He also holds professional memberships in NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals and the Association of Intervention Specialists.
“We are very pleased to bring somebody with Michael’s background and enthusiasm into our organization,” Dahlen said in a news release. “We … believe Michael will bring us the kind of leadership we need to lead us into our next decade of growth as the leading organization of treatment providers. He is well acquainted with our field and the recovery community, and is passionate about what we as providers do.”
Walsh said of the provider association he will lead, “NAATP has been an integral part of my vision for our field and I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges we face. I plan to use all of my available resources and call on the collective experience of our current and former board members to lead NAATP in the fulfillment of its mission to provide leadership, advocacy, training and member support services that assure the continued availability and highest quality of addiction treatment to those we serve.”
For at least the foreseeable future, the principal office of NAATP will remain in Lancaster, Pa. Current president Dennis Gilhousen, who returned to serve in an interim capacity following the resignation of former CEO Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, will remain for a yet to be determined period to assist in the leadership transition.