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COO at Walden Behavioral Health retires after 33 years

| July 09, 2017, 11:15 AM

Staff at Walden Behavioral Health gathered on Friday June 23rd to honor the achievements of Gary Lynch, Chief Operating Officer who retires this month after 33 years’ service to the community of Southern Maryland and Walden.

Dr Kathleen O’Brien, Chief Executive described “a deep sense of indebtedness and a heavy heart” on announcing Gary’s retirement following 33 years of “inspirational leadership” to the organization.

She added “Gary has been instrumental in shaping Walden into the outstanding organization it is today and I wish to place on record my personal gratitude for his steadfast partnership, loyalty and dedication to Walden’s mission. I also share the thanks of our board members, staff and clients for Gary’s extraordinary dedication to Walden and the communities of Southern Maryland.”

A staff picnic was held to mark the occasion where staff enjoyed barbeque food and ice cream, music and party games. The event was also supported by British military personnel (Royal Air Force and Royal Navy) currently based at NAS Pax River who provided support by setting up the event, allowing staff to relax and celebrate.


Since 1973 Walden has provided a comprehensive range of behavioral health treatment and recovery services designed to provide clients with the help they need, when they need it. They operate from locations across Southern Maryland; Waldorf, Charlotte Hall, Lexington Park and California. The crisis hotline, one of the oldest in the country, is available 24/7 on 301-863-6661

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Category: LIFE IN THE AREA, Local News, NEWS, Volunteer

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