WMCMH announces new executive director

LAKE, MASON, OCEANA CO. — West Michigan Community Mental Health, provider of mental health and substance abuse services in Lake, Mason and Oceana counties, announces the appointment of Lisa Hotovy, Ph.D., as executive director.

Hotovy has provided executive-level leadership at WMCMH for the past 11 years of her 14-year tenure with the organization. As deputy director of service enhancement, her responsibilities have stretched from strategic planning and program development at the organizational level, to collaboration and advocacy at the state and national level.

Meanwhile at WMCMH, she has overseen business functions including performance improvement, customer services, network management and others.

Hotovy will assume the full responsibilities of her new role in late summer or early fall. In the meantime, she and current Executive Director Rich VandenHeuvel, who leaves WMCMH for his new role as CEO of Lakeshore Regional Entity, are working together for a smooth transition.

“It’s a real honor to be chosen by the Board and to lead a talented group of people serving the community,”Hotovy said.

“With Rich’s leadership, WMCMH has gained a reputation for compassionate, person-centered care and innovative business practices. I’m eager to continue this tradition with our community partners and the people we serve.”