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Changes at Orchard Place

Posted September 20, 2012 in Des Moines West, Community Web Exclusives

Brock Wolff, Chief Executive Officer of Orchard Place, will leave his position on October 16 to take on a new role as Chief Operating Officer of Nexus Treatment, a multi-state non-profit children’s organization based in Minnesota. Wolff joined the organization in 2004, following the retirement of Earl Kelly who served as CEO for nearly 35 years.  “During Brock’s eight years as leader of the organization, Orchard Place continually strengthened the services we provide to children in central Iowa and successfully advocated for effective public policy relating to children’s mental health care,” said Christy Cownie, President of the Orchard Place board of directors.  “Brock has helped move Orchard Place forward during his tenure and we wish him well in his new position. “

The Orchard Place board of directors has appointed Val Saltsgaver, Chief Financial Officer and 13-year veteran of Orchard Place, as the interim CEO. She will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization and work with the board committee that is conducting the nationwide search to identify the next leader of Orchard Place.

Details about the position can be found at Interested applicants can also submit to Orchard Place’s HR department via

Orchard Place Overview
Orchard Place was originally founded in 1886 as an organization caring for orphans. Today, with a budget of $19 million and 325 dedicated staff, Orchard Place provides mental health care and behavioral services to nearly 8,000 children and youth each year. By interceding early with appropriate care, the organization develops stronger futures for young clients in central Iowa through Orchard Place/Child Guidance Center, an outpatient community mental health center for children, adolescents and their families; Orchard Place Campus, a residential Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children; and Orchard Place/PACE Juvenile Center, which provides academic instruction, substance abuse treatment, skill-building services and Juvenile Court follow-up.

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