Ward brings vision and expertise to build on legacy of longtime President Gene Hall at state’s most comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment program

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 31, 2017) – The McLeod Addictive Disease Center today announced Mary Ward will join the nonprofit as president, bringing a wealth of experience in behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment, and becoming only the third president in McLeod’s nearly 50 years of serving clients in both Carolinas.

Ward worked most recently at Carolinas Healthcare System, where she was Assistant Vice President of Addiction Medicine in the Behavioral Health Service line. She also served nearly a decade at McLeod, managing cases and supervising case managers in its Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC) program.

“We are delighted to welcome Mary in her return to McLeod and are confident she is the perfect person to follow in the footsteps of our longtime and renowned president Gene Hall,” said McLeod Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Stetzer. “As the state’s leader in opioid treatment and offering the most comprehensive array of drug and alcohol services, thousands of people and their families depend on us to help them get healthy – and we are grateful to have such an accomplished leader joining us in that mission.”

Hall served for 36 years guiding McLeod through significant growth and expansion of services, and advocating for those in need and for the community to see beyond the stigma that often comes with addiction and treatment. Ward wants to build on that legacy.

“I can’t express how happy I am to be returning to a place whose mission is so close to my heart,” said Ward. “I want to build on the extraordinary legacy Gene has established in transforming McLeod from a single Charlotte treatment center to a complex network of centers offering adolescent and adult services.”

Beginning April 1, Ward said she will be listening and evaluating how well positioned McLeod is to meet treatment needs and criminal justice support services of a growing and increasingly diverse community.

“I want to look at how our services are delivered, our use of technology and how responsive we are to the way people can best receive treatment and medication to combat addiction,” Ward said.

Ward holds a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and an MBA and has deep roots in the community, serving on boards of Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center, Lily Pad Haven and Charlotte’s Sister Cities program. She also worked as director of grant programs and community relations for the Mecklenburg County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

McLeod last year provided services for more than 14,000 people living in the Piedmont and Western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina who were seeking education, intervention, treatment or support related to their addictive disease.  McLeod accepts people with and without health insurance, as well as those sentenced by federal and state courts to addiction treatment services.

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