DCI Board of Governors Appoints Chief Executive Officer

Heidi Thomas, Dickinson Center CEO

Heidi Thomas, Dickinson Center CEO

Fran Roebuck Kuhns, Dickinson Center, Inc. (DCI) Board Chair is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Heidi Thomas as Dickinson Center’s Chief Executive Officer. The DCI Board met on July 21, 2016, and unanimously approved this appointment. Ms. Thomas has been leading Dickinson as Interim Chief Executive Officer since August 2015. The Board and DCI Administration agree that Ms. Thomas is an excellent fit for this role, and one who will successfully lead the organization through their pending affiliation with Journey Health System and future endeavors. 

Heidi 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 she is a Certified Public Accountant.

Ms. Thomas is a life-long resident of Ridgway, PA, and is married to Andy Thomas with two children Carli and Drew. 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. Kuhns states, “It is with overwhelming support and great pride that the board of directors appoints Heidi Thomas as the CEO of Dickinson Center, Inc. Heidi has done an outstanding job during this year of transition as Interim CEO; leading us through a strategic partnership, expanding our service lines, enhancing customer service to new heights, engaging our skilled and caring staff, and bringing our mission and vision to life. She is dedicated to DCI and will lead us forward into the future of behavioral health, intellectual disabilities, and prevention services for our consumers of today and tomorrow.

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.