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Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center Names C.T. O'Donnell President and CEO

Saturday, January 30, 2010 General News J E 4
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YORK, Pa., Jan. 29 The Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center, Inc., known for its mission to educate and inspire people of all ages to make healthy choices, has recruited Charles (C.T.) O'Donnell II, Ph.D., to serve as President and CEO. A talented non-profit leader, his goal will be to lead the Byrnes Health Education Center in expanding the delivery and distribution of health education services by growing regional and national partnerships and extending the international footprint.

"I'm thrilled to welcome C.T. O'Donnell to the Byrnes Health Education Center and to the York community!" said Susie P. Byrnes, Founder. "With 30 years of leadership experiences, C.T. possesses the knowledge and expertise to execute our entrepreneurial vision for health education both locally and internationally. We look forward to assisting C.T. in building upon the efforts of our staff, board of directors and innumerable community supporters as we implement our strategic initiatives."

Said board chair Jane H. Schussler, Esquire, "We are excited to have C.T. lead the implementation of an aggressive strategic plan with initiatives that are local, regional, national and international in scope. His extensive experience and proven record with expansion initiatives will be important to the growth of our organization."

O'Donnell previously served as President and CEO of KidsPeace National Centers, a 125-year-old, 2,400-employee nonprofit with $170 million budget and 65 centers across America. He conducted successful strategic planning processes that enabled the organization's leadership to significantly expand its high quality services to new and diverse populations and grow the KidsPeace footprint nationally.

O'Donnell holds a Ph.D. in business and technology from Capella University, a master's and 6th year Advanced Graduate Studies psychology degree with national certification from Duquesne University and a bachelor's degree from Wheeling Jesuit University. He also has completed the SPINM Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School.

Christian J. Izzo, Interim President and CEO, has provided leadership during the search for the President and CEO. The board of directors appreciates the leadership provided by Chris, an independent management consultant based in York, PA. Chris will return as a member of the board of directors for the Center.

About the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center:

The Byrnes Health Education Center was created through the vision of Susan P. Byrnes, R.N. who believes that education is the key to a healthier community. This 501(c) (3) non-profit organization is located in York, PA and is dedicated to keeping people WELL!

The Byrnes Health Education Center has five educational theaters and provides outreach programs to students and adults within the Harrisburg, York, Hanover, Lancaster and Northern Maryland areas. The LearntobeHealthy.org website is the eLearning tool of the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center which is reaching children and adults throughout the world.

The organization has 30 dedicated employees leaving a lasting impression of health education for people of all ages. Visit www.byrneshec.org to learn more.

SOURCE Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center
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