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Valeo Announces New CEO

Bill-PersingerValeo Behavioral Health Care announced a new Chief Executive Officer today. Valeo has hired Bill Persinger Jr., MHA as CEO of Valeo Behavioral Health Care, Valeo Community Residence Program, Inc., and the Valeo Foundation. Persinger is a native Kansan and brings a wealth of knowledge in the mental health field. His career history includes positions as Executive Director of Mental Health Center of East Central Kansas in Emporia, Chief Executive Officer at KANZA Mental Health & Guidance Center in Hiawatha, and Program Director at Iroquois Center for Human Development in Greensburg.

He has a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Science, and a Bachelor of Science and Education from Emporia State University.

Persinger said upon acceptance of the position, “The CEO position is an opportunity to make a contribution to the health and well-being of others on a larger scale, continue Valeo’s ongoing contribution to public behavioral health policy, and bring my specific skill set to a fine organization that is poised for continued success. Many complex changes are upon our field of public mental health. I am fully prepared to actively lead the agency going forward as it excels in the areas of health integration, collaborative partnerships in the community, and many other developments on the near horizon.”

Persinger plans to relocate from Osage to Shawnee County. He begins his role as Valeo CEO Nov. 5, 2015. Christine Wills, Director of Mental Health Programs at Valeo has served as interim CEO since February 2015.

Westar Energy Donates $15,000 to YE

Westar Energy Donates $15,000 to YE

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