For Immediate Release --
Board of Directors Names New KidsPeace President
William R. Isemann to Assume Top Position,
Vows Emphasis on Quality, Safety, Stability and Service to Community
OREFIELD, September 23, 2008 – Following an exhaustive national search of dozens of highly qualified candidates to lead one of America’s oldest, most respected children’s crisis charities, the KidsPeace Board of Directors announced today that the top talent in the industry has been found within the organization’s ranks and named veteran healthcare executive William R. Isemann to the position of President and CEO of the 126-year-old nonprofit.
Mr. Isemann has more than 30 years of experience serving as CEO, COO, CFO at Danville Regional Health System, and in other top positions at major hospital and healthcare systems, including Humana and American Medical International, as well as several non-profit organizations. He has received a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Duke University, is a fellow and national advisory council member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Isemann joined KidsPeace in 2006 in the capacity of chief financial officer and since that time has worked against challenging national financial trends for healthcare charities to strengthen regional management and accountability, strengthen worker pensions and protect resources for the organization.
“Experience, a commitment to safety, organizational quality, and dedication to helping those in need are the characteristics that define Will Isemann’s life and career,” said KidsPeace Chairman Joel Newman. “These are the exact job qualifications we were seeking. Will is a person who genuinely cares about people.”
In accepting the position, Isemann stressed his focus on safety and high-quality programs, as well as guiding the organization through the financial challenges that face KidsPeace and other charities across the country.
“My top priorities are to ensure the safety of our kids, the quality of our programs, and to help create the most stable, positive working environment possible to make KidsPeace the best place for our children and the 2,000-plus dedicated staff who work so hard every day to help kids in crisis,” Isemann said.
Dr. Lorrie Henderson, who was serving as acting president, is leaving to take a position with another organization. Under his direction, KidsPeace introduced new procedures for helping children in crisis, created new safety supervisor positions, and added staff trainings to prevent the situations that our children often experience as a result of the traumas in their young lives. As a result, safety indicators across the organization have improved dramatically.
The board was highly complimentary about Dr. Henderson’s great service to the organization and for the many improvements that he instituted in the last year. “Lorrie stepped in and advanced not just the organization but the cause of kids,” said KidsPeace Board Chairman Joel Newman. “We are extremely grateful to him for his leadership, his significant contributions, and his personal commitment to the betterment of children’s lives. As a friend and a colleague, we thank him deeply for his invaluable work.”
In addition to creating the best possible environment for kids and staff, the new president is committed to building stronger bridges to the greater Lehigh Valley community – the public, our neighbors, and community and business leaders. A focus on community involvement and partnerships will be emphasized.
Isemann is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a graduate of Duke University and has served as adjunct professor in the University of West Virginia System and Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia. He and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters, Erin and Meghan.
“For 126 years KidsPeace has been a critical part of the safety net for children, and a proud part of the Lehigh Valley’s tradition of helping our friends, families, and neighbors,” said Isemann. “My aim is to do everything necessary to strengthen the organization and make our programs the best and strongest possible. In this way and by working hand in hand with the 1,200 dedicated staff who care for children every day in the Lehigh Valley, we will continue to meet the new and changing challenges of the difficult task we set for ourselves more than a century ago: To give the best to children who have been through the worst.”
KidsPeace is a 126-year-old national children’s crisis charity dedicated to giving hope, help, and healing to children facing crisis. Based in Bethlehem, PA with 50+ centers nationwide, KidsPeace directly helps thousands of children a day with life-saving treatment to overcome the crises of growing up. KidsPeace helps millions more each year through prevention and awareness campaigns designed to help America’s kids and parents avoid and overcome the kinds of crises that can strike any child – from disasters and personal traumas to family issues and life crises. KidsPeace was named “The Outstanding Organization” of its kind in the country by the American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children and was called “a prototype of what we need for all children everywhere” by the late, nationally renowned child and family expert, Dr. Lee Salk.
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