The Board of Directors of Places For People is pleased to announce that they have selected Laura McCallister as its new President & CEO after an extensive national search process. Joe Yancey, the former CEO of Places For People, announced his retirement after serving in the role since 2011.
Previously, McCallister served as the Vice President of Finance for Places for People. She has 21 years of experience with Places For People and six with Community Alternatives, which merged with Places For People in 2011.
“I’m truly excited and honored to be chosen as the new CEO of Places for People to lead us on our continuing journey of excellence,” said McCallister. “I look forward to partnering with our compassionate and talented staff and Board of Directors. I am very proud of the work of our organization,” McCallister said. “The people who we are privileged to serve are an inspiration to me and deserve our very best work to assist them in reaching their full potential and a purposeful and meaningful life,” McCallister added.
“I want to thank the search committee and the board for their investment of time and energy in the process and I am thrilled that they have chosen Ms. McCallister. I am confident that she will continue to execute the mission of Places for People with a commitment to quality and a focus on improving the health and well being of those we serve as well as that of our workforce,” said Yancey.
In addition to her extensive financial background, McCallister’s first position at Places For People in 1989 was as a social worker. McCallister’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University in St. Louis. She also serves as the CFO Committee Chair for the Missouri Coalition of Community Behavioral Healthcare and is a member of a state-wide committee working on IT/Billing payment system restructure.
“I am very excited about the future of Places For People,” says Joe Kline, Chair of the Places For People Board of Directors. “The Board and Search Committee prioritized leadership, core understanding of behavioral healthcare services, funding, advocacy, and the overall changing healthcare industry,” said Kline. “Laura is prepared to help lead this organization through a new and exciting phase of growth and innovation,“ Kline added.
“The entire board of directors is absolutely thrilled that Laura will be taking over as the CEO for Places for People. Her passion for our mission and her commitment to the organization will undoubtedly help lead the organization to continue to excel as one of the premier behavior health organizations.”
Despite retiring, Yancey will assist McCallister and the Board of Directors during the time of transition.
Kline thanked Yancey for his leadership for the organization and community, and said he has paved the way for future success.
“The board would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to Joe Yancey for his outstanding leadership over the last 10 years. He has left a lasting legacy on the organization and the community that we serve. We wish him well in his retirement as he transitions to the next chapter of his life.”
McCallister takes over during a pivotal period in the organization’s 48-year history.
“We are in the process of improving the way that we deliver behavioral healthcare,” Kline said. “As a result of our Certified Community Behavioral Healthcare Organization (CCBHO) status, we are expanding services in outpatient counseling, substance use, youth, and family services. We are also incorporating telephonic and video telephonic services into our services. In addition, we are launching the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and relocating to a brand new state of the art comprehensive Healthcare Center.”
“Laura will lead this next exciting new phase of growth for Places For People,” said Kline.