Avita Community Partners Names A New CEO

Friday April 10, 2009 - Avita Community Partners is pleased to announce Joe Rutherford has been named the organization's new chief executive officer (CEO). Rutherford will assume his new role May 1, and will be taking over for Carol Perkins, Avita's current CEO who is retiring after 34 years of service in the behavioral health and developmental disabilities fields.

"We are very fortunate to have a candidate of Joe's caliber to assume the CEO position," says Desiree Reddick-Head' chairman of Avita's board of directors. "We are confident he will continue the excellent leadership we are accustomed to while offering a fresh perspective to new challenges and ongoing organizational management."

With more than 26 years of managerial and clinical experience in the behavioral healthcare field, Rutherford comes to Avita from Tampa, Fla., where he most recently served as associate director for Northside Mental Health Center Inc. Prior to his tenure at Northside, Rutherford held positions with Behavioral Management Solutions Inc. in Johnston City, Tenn., the Center for Human Services Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Helen Ross McNabb Center Inc. in Knoxville, Tenn.

Rutherford received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the Tennesee Technological University in Cookeville, Tenn., where he also earned his master's in Psychology, as well. Later, he earned his Masters in Business Administration from NOVA University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"I look forward to working together with the Avita team in continuing to serve our consumers and furthering the mission and vision of Avita," says Rutherford.