Growth Horizons Leadership Transition: A Lasting Legacy and A Strong Future

Beth Davidson to retire from Growth Horizons after more than 40 years

Growth Horizons, a division of RHA Health Services, would like to share the news that longtime leader and current Senior Vice President Beth Davidson will be retiring from the organization as of April 29, 2022.

“I am so thankful I have had the opportunity to assist so many people supported by Growth Horizons to grow, make choices, have friends, and achieve their dreams for more than four decades,” said Beth. “I am proud of all that we have accomplished and the ways the organization has grown in my time here. I have full confidence in the leaders who remain at Growth Horizons, and I know that great things are ahead under Kim’s leadership. While I will miss the staff and people we support, I know the organization is in good hands as I step into the next chapter of my life.”

Beth joined Growth Horizons in 1982 as part of the direct care staff. She moved into roles as House Manager, Assistant Program Director, Program Director, and Residential Director, before moving into Growth Horizons’ top executive leadership role in 2016.

When Beth joined Growth Horizons, the organization had fewer than 10 community homes and provided only residential supports. Today, Growth Horizons supports people in 52 homes, and has expanded its services to include vocational opportunities, Community Participation Supports and Behavior Supports, internally and externally.

“Beth has been an incredible leader for Growth Horizons, and we thank her for her many years of service,” said Jeanne Duncan, Chief Executive Officer of RHA Health Services. “Her passion for her work and dedication to the people Growth Horizons serves are evident in all she does. Growth Horizons is better for having had her leadership and is well positioned for a bright future ahead.” In retirement, Beth looks forward to devoting more time to her hobbies including biking, running, traveling, volunteering, and spending time at the shore.


Kimberly Benner takes the reins as Senior Vice President

As Beth Davidson transitions into retirement, Kimberly Benner will step into the role of Senior Vice President, leading Growth Horizons. Kim is currently Senior Vice President for Salisbury Behavioral Health, another division of RHA Health Services, which provides behavioral health services in eastern Pennsylvania.

“Beth has been a remarkable leader, co-worker, and friend,” said Kim. “It has been an honor to work with her. Like everyone at Growth Horizons, I am truly going to miss her. I wish her the very best as she moves into the next phase of life. I look forward to working with and learning from this outstanding team and am excited to see Growth Horizons continue to flourish and help even more clients achieve their goals.”

Kim has more than 30 years of experience in clinical administration, executive leadership, and working with children, adults and families. She joined Salisbury Behavioral Health in 2005 as Vice President for the Northeast region, before being promoted to the organization’s top executive leadership position in 2009.

“Kim is a mission-minded leader who puts the people we serve at the heart of every decision,” said Jeanne Duncan, Chief Executive Officer of RHA Health Services. “I am confident that great things are ahead for Growth Horizons and Salisbury Behavioral Health under her leadership.”

Kim holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Chestnut Hill College, a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cedar Crest College. She is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP).


Strong Foundations & A New Generation of Leaders at Growth Horizons

Among the longtime leaders supporting Growth Horizons through its leadership transition is Operations Vice President Judy Dyjak. Judy joined Growth Horizons in 1979 as a direct care staff supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Judy has been a valuable resource for Beth, and I will also rely on her experience as a team member and leader as we make this transition,” said Kim. “She has been integral to the success that Growth Horizons has seen from the beginning, and I am looking forward to this opportunity to work with her and the whole Growth Horizons team.”

Judy has served in a variety of leadership positions with Growth Horizons, supporting the creation of residential programs in Bucks and Montgomery counties and the development of new services for adults with dual IDD and behavioral health diagnoses. Her participation and leadership in Growth Horizons’ Training Committee and Periodic Service Review Committee have been pivotal to the organization’s commitment to providing quality services to the people it supports.

“I have had the privilege of working with Beth Davidson for the past 40 years,” said Judy. “Her friendship, guidance and person-centered focus are felt throughout Growth Horizons. Although she will be deeply missed, Beth leaves behind a solid leadership team to pick up the reins as she transitions to the next phase of her life. We look forward with intention to continue our focus on people supporting people and growing together.”


A New Generation of Leaders

Thanks to the mentoring of dedicated leaders like Judy and Beth, Growth Horizons has a new generation of leaders ready to step into new roles to ensure continuity and quality of services.

Jill Eagono, Regional Director

Jill joined Growth Horizons in 2016 as a Residential Director, having worked in the IDD field since 1990. She has served in a variety of roles over the past 22 years including Social Worker, Program Director, Supports Coordination Director, and now Regional Director. Jill earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern College, after which she stepped into the world of IDD services and has never looked back. She is eager to begin this new role and continue to support the Growth Horizons team and provide quality care to people with IDD.

Chaunte “Shawn” Rhone, Regional Director

Chaunte Rhone, affectionately known as “Shawn,” has been with Growth Horizons since 1990, starting as a Direct Support Professional in residential IDD services. Since then, he has held many roles including House Manager, Assistant Program Director, Quality Improvement Coordinator, Residential Director, and now, Regional Director. During his tenure with Growth Horizons, Chaunte completed his education, receiving an MBA with a focus on Healthcare Management from Axia College and the University of Phoenix. He looks forward to collaborating with RHA Health Services to further increase quality services and supports for people in the IDD community.

Nicholas “Nick” Whitfield, Regional Systems Director

Nick has worked for Growth Horizons for nearly two years and was recently promoted to Regional Systems Director. He has previously held positions with Christ Home for Children, overseeing adjudicated children and children with autism, and with Milton Hershey School, overseeing its transitional living program.

Growth Horizons and Salisbury Behavioral Health are divisions of RHA Health Services. Founded in 1989, RHA began as a small provider of support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Carolina. RHA has since expanded to include a broad range of disability services and has continued to add other types of services across multiple states to meet communities’ needs. RHA has also added high-quality behavioral health services to support people with a wide variety of mental health and substance use needs as well as support services for those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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Growth Horizons Heroes!

During the COVID-19 outbreak, our team at Growth Horizons has been truly inspirational. They’ve continued to provide exceptional care, while also keeping themselves, others and the individuals we serve safe. Please join us in celebrating this extraordinary team!

We also want to share this thank you video from the family of one the individuals we serve. We’re always so glad to be able to help the people we serve and their families!

Sharing in the thanks to our amazing staff

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been increasingly proud of the amazing work of our staff to keep the individuals we serve safe and happy. We’re thrilled to share these messages of thanks from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Theresa Miller, Pennsylvania Secretary of Human Services.

Thank you to the entire Growth Horizons family for all that you do!

Governor Wolf’s Message to Direct Support Professionals

Digital Transformation with CIO of Salisbury Management, Inc.

Read how Salisbury Management, Inc.’s CIO, Shaun Poulton, is making a difference with the companies it serves, including Growth Horizons, on adapting technology solutions to enhance business practices.

Salisbury Management, Inc. Employee Engagement Response

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s SMI Employee Engagement Survey!  We had a very good response rate and are excited that so many of you shared your thoughts, opinions and feelings.  Attached to this email is a letter of response from David Volosov after review of the survey information.  Please post this response at SMI sites and encourage all employees to review.

2016 Salisbury Management, Inc. Survey Response

Upper Management Team Enhancements

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From: Paul Volosov, Ph.D., Chairman and CFO
Re: Upper Management Team Enhancements
Date:  March 23, 2016

The acquisition of Green Tree School and our internal expansion this year have created many new opportunities and responsibilities within our organization. In response to these changes, we have implemented several important changes within our upper management team:

 

  1. David Volosov has been promoted to President of Salisbury House, Inc. In addition to maintaining his prior responsibilities, David will oversee the day-to-day operations of Salisbury House and all its subsidiaries and affiliates.
  2. I have stepped down as President and will maintain my prior responsibilities as Chairman of the Board and CFO of Salisbury House and all its subsidiaries and affiliates.
  3. Kim Benner will retain her position as CEO of Salisbury Behavioral Health and New Story of Ohio. In addition, she has added the responsibilities as VP of Development for all of Salisbury House and all its subsidiaries and affiliates.
  4. Dana Monroe will retain her responsibilities as COO of the western division of New Story. In addition she has been promoted to CEO of New Story.
  5. Beth Davidson will retain her responsibilities as COO of the Bucks County division of Growth Horizons. In addition she has been promoted to CEO of Growth Horizons.
  6. Judy Dyjak has been promoted to COO of the Montgomery County division of Growth Horizons.
  7. Joe MacDonald has stepped down from his position as CEO of Growth Horizons. He has accepted the position as administrative consultant to Growth Horizons. We appreciate Joe’s many years of exceptional service and wish him all the best as he approaches retirement.

 

I am excited about the added strength our upper management team has achieved through these changes, and I look forward to many more years of providing quality supports to people with serious and complex challenges, offering excellent working conditions for all of our staff members, and expanding the good that we do every day. Please join me in congratulating all the people who have stepped up within our upper management team. I am confident that these changes and many others we are implementing will continue our efforts to become more and better every day. Congrats to all!

Change in Growth Horizons’ ownership effective 6/1/14…

To All Growth Horizons Clients, Staff Members, Families, and Friends-

Growth  Horizons, Inc. began as a not-for-profit corporation in 1979.  Since that time, it has provided residential  and habilitation services to hundreds of adults with intellectual  disabilities.  We are all very proud of  the many years of quality service that Growth Horizons has provided to so many people.  As founder and president, I am particularly proud of the hard work and dedication of our wonderful team who give their all every day of every year so that our clients can live a high quality life in the community.  I look forward to many more years of the same and ever higher quality service.

During the past three years, Growth Horizons, like many other Pennsylvania agencies that provide residential and habilitation services to adults with intellectual disabilities, has incurred substantial financial losses.  These losses threaten our ability to continue. 

We are fortunate that Growth Horizons is associated with Salisbury House, Inc.  Salisbury is a much larger organization that provides a wide variety of clinical and special education services to children and adults.  Because of its size and diversification, Salisbury is a financially sound organization with many  different sources of revenue.  It does not have the financial difficulties that Growth Horizons has.  In fact, it is financially strong.

 As of June 1, 2014, Growth Horizons will become a subsidiary of Salisbury House.  What will change at Growth Horizons?  Nothing and everything will change!  Nothing will change in the sense that the same great team, the same supervisors, and the same executive leadership, Joe MacDonald, CEO, and Beth Davidson, COO, will continue to do what they have been doing for years.  You, the clients, staff members, families, and friends of Growth Horizons will not see any change at all.  On the other hand, everything will change but only in the sense that the financial strength of Salisbury House will guarantee the financial viability of Growth Horizons.

Please  understand that we are making this change very thoughtfully with the knowledge and support of the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  We are fully committed to providing the very best services that can be provided.  We are just as committed to making sure that these services continue without interruption for years to come.

No doubt, many of you will have questions about this change.  Please fell free to contact Joe, Beth, or me at your convenience.

Paul Volosov, Ph.D., President of Salisbury House/Salisbury Management, Inc.*

410-653-0944

pvolosov@sbhmgmt.com

*For more information regarding Salisbury Management, click on the link on the top right hand corner of this page.

A Home of My Own- 20 years later

In September of 1993 after many  years of Joann telling us she was not happy with her current supports and months of planning with her team, Joann moved to her own place with 10 hours of support per week. This past September 2013 she celebrated her 20th year anniversary of living there and has continued to enjoy both her independence and freedom.

She has overcome some health challenges as she has aged, but she is still quite able to direct her Supports, her Support staff, and her Supports Coordinator.  She continues to travel to visit her parents in Florida once per year, host all her cousins at her “annual birthday bash”, call and visit family and friends as she chooses, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Her determination to stay healthy and maintain her own home is still as evident as it was twenty years ago.

Congratulations Joann!!

Growth Horizons joins The ARC Alliance in rally to address budget crisis…

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, approximately fifty consumers and staff from Growth Horizons participated in a rally to urge the Governor and Legislature to adequately fund programs for individuals with I/DD.

Consumers and staff from Pottstown, Lansdale, and Willow Grove programs were joined by about 250 other self- advocates in Doylestown, Bucks County to urge the restoration of cuts in funding for services. Mrs. Ginny Conway, the mother of Andy (Horsham), gave an eloquent talk on the struggles to get funding for services for her son. She was joined by numerous other family speakers and advocates who all urged the legislature to adequately fund community support. Sen. Bob Mensch, the father of Bill (Telford), talked about his struggles to get services and how he tries to educate legislators on the need for funding for I/DD services. All of the speakers made a point of acknowledging the dedication and hard work of the staff.  Many self-advocates, including Diane (Lansdale), Dennis (Willow Grove), and Phillip (Horsham), spoke out as well, urging legislators to stop the cuts.

What can you do? Contact your state legislator and urge them to restore funding cuts and to adequately fund community services for individuals with I/DD.

To find your legislator, go to:

www.legis.state.pa.us

 

 


Locations & Quick Contact Information

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1981 Hartel Ave., Levittown, PA 19057
Phone: (215) 945-9005
Fax: (215) 945-5274
Horsham Office
120 Gibraltar Rd, Suite 107, Horsham, PA 19044
Phone: (215) 706-2068
Fax: (215) 444-0185