Longtime employee and CEO of Charlie’s Place Recovery Center, Larry Churn, announced in December 2013 his plans to retire to the board in 2014. Mr. Churn has been with Charlie’s Place for 15 years, 9 of which he served as the CEO. His last day as CEO will be on Monday, March 31, 2014 and he will retire on August 31, 2014. Larry has been instrumental in the growth and transition of Charlie’s Place during his tenure, which has allowed the facility to serve an increasing number of patients. “We’re certainly going to miss the special attention Larry gave to the patients and his love of Charlie’s Place,” said Phil Kruse, Board Transition Committee.
The Charlie’s Place board conducted a local and national search for a new CEO, and announced on March 28, 2014 that Mrs. Amy Granberry, Chief Operating Officer of Charlie’s Place, has been selected as the new CEO, effective April 1, 2014.
The board strongly believes that Amy has the knowledge and experience needed to take Charlie’s Place to the next stage of growth, while also maintaining a strong connection to the community and a commitment to outstanding patient care. “Amy has always shown passion in her work, and she leads the staff in a professional manner. The board knew that our next CEO was right here in front of us.” said Brad Lomax, Board Chair. “She can use the skills she has developed over the last 15 years at Charlie’s Place and through her work in the community to take us to the next level.”
Amy is a resident of Portland, Texas and holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Relations and Business Administration. She has been a volunteer or staff member at Charlie’s Place since 1998. In 2004, she began the role of Director of Organizational Development. In January 2013, Amy was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, where she quickly excelled in gaining Charlie’s Place public exposure and increasing community donations through fundraising efforts.
Amy is deeply committed to her community and mission, volunteering on boards such as the Wenholz House, a rehabilitation center for recovering addicts, the Texas Homeless Network, MHMR of Nueces County Planning and Network Advisory Committee, Association of Substance Abuse Programs as Legislative Director and she is the Governor Appointee to the Housing and Health Services Coordination Council.
“I have been truly blessed to oversee the advancement of Charlie’s Place from our old houses on Country Club to the beautiful facility we now occupy. We have not only grown in size, but also in professionalism, community awareness and partnerships, and financial stability. It has been an honor to be a part of this great journey with such a wonderful staff. Having worked side by side with Amy Granberry, I am fully confident she has the essential qualities to lead Charlie’s Place in a positive direction.” – Larry Churn