Cynthia McLaughlin Appointed New CEO at Avita Community Partners

Wednesday October 12, 2011 - Cynthia McLaughlin has been appointed chief executive officer (CEO) of Avita Community Partners in Flowery Branch.

"We are very fortunate to have a candidate of Cindy's caliber to assume the CEO position," said Cheryl Barnet, former interim CEO and human resources director. "We are confident she will continue the excellent leadership we are accustomed to while offering a fresh perspective."

With 30 years of experience in behavioral health and developmental disabilities, McLaughlin comes to Avita from Johnstown, Penn., where she most recently served as the chief executive officer for Behavioral Health of Cambria County. Prior to that, she was the Human Services director and Mental Health/Mental Retardation administrator for Cambria County. She also served as director of services in three counties for Northwestern Human Services of Pennsylvania. She began her career at the Cambria County Association for the Blind & Handicapped.

McLaughlin is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she received a bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation and a master's degree in business administration. McLaughlin is a leader in the application of tele-medicine and managed care and has a proven track record of excellence in her field.

About Avita Community Partners

Avita Community Partners was formed by the 1993 Georgia State Legislature to serve persons experiencing the disabling effects of mental illness, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases. Avita serves individuals from 13 counties in North Georgia, including Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White Counties. Originally founded as Georgia Mountains Community Services (GMCS), Avita Community Partners' mission is to improve quality of life for persons with behavioral health and developmental disabilities.