Dickinson Center, Inc. Board of Governors Appoint Interim Chief Executive Officer

Heidi Thomas

Fran Roebuck Kuhns, Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI) Board Chair announced yesterday the resignation of Jack Goga, DCI’s Chief Executive Officer. The effective date of this resignation was August 26, 2015. The Board recognized Jack for his years of service to the Dickinson family. During Mr. Goga’s tenure, a new facility was built on 43 Servidea Drive, new service lines were piloted, and Dickinson expanded its regional and state presence.

In response to this resignation, Ms. Kuhns announced that Ms. Heidi Thomas, Dickinson’s current Chief Financial Officer will be the interim Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Thomas has been with Dickinson Center since June 2004; her education includes a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University, a master’s degree in business administration from Clarion University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.  

Ms. Thomas is a life-long resident of Ridgway, PA, and is committed to the communities that Dickinson serves. Heidi has served or currently serves on various boards including C.A.P.S.E.A, Community Education Center, YMCA, Penn Highlands Elk, and WRC Senior Services. She is a graduate of Leadership Elk County, and over the years has volunteered as a coach for local youth sports. Ms. Thomas stated, “DCI is a valuable community resource made up of compassionate and dedicated employees. I’m excited about our future.  We will continue to be progressive with service expansion and improvement to better the communities we serve.”

Since 1958, Dickinson Center, Inc. has been committed to helping individuals reach their full potential by providing a comprehensive spectrum of behavioral health, intellectual disability, and prevention services. Initially, DCI opened to provide outpatient psychiatric care to rural northwestern Pennsylvania, and is now recognized as a leading rural behavioral health provider in northwestern Pennsylvania, serving Elk, Cameron, Potter, McKean, Forest, Warren, Jefferson, and Clearfield counties. 
DCI has been accredited under the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Standards for Excellence since 2010.  This accreditation is attained by the most well managed and responsibly governed nonprofit organizations that have demonstrated compliance with 55 specific Standards for Excellence based on honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability.