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.