Letter to Community Leaders from Mike Gibson
August 21, 2017
Greetings, Community Friends:
The Wabash Valley Alliance appreciates your interest in and support of our nonprofit organization, and the opportunity to work closely with you.
I am writing today as president of the board of directors, to tell you that Thomas Gilliom has been named chief executive officer, stepping in to fill the shoes of our long-time leader, Rick Crawley.
Crawley Now Our Consultant
As CEO since 2003, Rick Crawley’s achievements over the years included overseeing a staff that grew to more than 425, expanding our operations to today’s 17 sites, and handling administrative direction for delivery of our counseling, care and programs.
His experience is an asset to Wabash Valley Alliance, and one, thankfully, we will continue to tap. While he is handing over the leadership reins, Rick will continue to work closely with us, overseeing special projects as a consultant to the board of directors and our CEO. A couple of these will be working on behalf of Wabash Valley Alliance with the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers on public policy issues, and with the Indiana Division of Mental Health on local funding, professional staffing, and other issues and concerns.
Gilliom Moves to CEO
Thomas Gilliom, named CEO, brings vast experience and knowledge of both Wabash Valley Alliance and the mental health field to his post. He joined our organization in 2008, and most recently served as chief operating officer. In all, he has 40 years’ experience in the mental health field at two Indiana organizations.
He holds a psychology degree from Ball State University, earned a master’s in social work from The Ohio State University, and is a licensed clinical social worker. He is committed to continuing our mission and strengthening our vital partnerships in the communities we serve.
Tom has been married for 40 years to Martha Gilliom, a former college educator who is also a watercolor artist. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.
Please join me in thanking Rick Crawley for his years of leadership and in welcoming Thomas Gilliom to his new duties. Do call Tom or me if you have any questions. We value working with you for the good of the communities we serve.
Michael L. Gibson
President, Board of Directors
765/423-2610, office; 765/414-4250, cell