Therapy Center of Philadelphia Announces Upcoming Leadership Transition
As we enter our 46th year, I am excited to share the news that I am preparing to leave my position as Executive Director of Therapy Center of Philadelphia (TCP) in June of 2018.
I feel tremendous gratitude for the experience and community that I’ve gained over the past 15 years from my beginnings at the agency as a young, new psychotherapist in 2003 to becoming executive director in 2007. I have been drawn to the power of our history and mission that psychotherapy can heal and save lives for low-income women and transgender communities if accessible and justice-minded. I have been lucky to work with so many talented mental health clinicians, clinical supervisors, board members, and volunteers over the years who all created what TCP is today. I have witnessed and supported the creation of many programs – from launching EMDR trauma treatment to low-income communities and the Maybe Baby program for LGBT prospective parents, to the expansion of our mission to serve transgender and gender non-conforming communities and the subsequent shift in our multi-racial and gender diverse organization to actively strive to be anti-racist and trans-affirming. Through it all, I have been the most proud of the organization’s ability to protect its core mission while knowing when to take risks to grow with the changing demands of clients today.
After 11 years as executive director, now is a good time for me to move on to new endeavors and a good time for Therapy Center of Philadelphia to broaden its horizons. TCP has a strong and committed staff and board to lead the organization, a solid “Change Team” to center and drive the racial and trans-equity work, and is positioned to grow to meet the increasing demands of our clients.
Over the next few months, a committee of board and staff will lead the search to recruit and hire a new Executive Director. I will be working internally with staff and board to create a smooth transition operationally and clinically. Below is a statement from our Board of Directors and click here for the job description that we hope you will circulate widely to help us find our next Executive Director. I am looking forward to remaining a friend and an incredible supporter of the organization as TCP and I continue into the next phase of our futures.
Statement from Therapy Center of Philadelphia
Board of Directors
As the Board Chair of Therapy Center of Philadelphia, I am writing with support and gratitude to announce the departure of our Executive Director, Alison Gerig, who plans to leave her position in June 2018. Writing this letter is bittersweet. While the Board of Directors is sad to see Alison leave, we are excited and confident about the new and exciting challenges she will take on as she moves into the next phase of her career. We are extremely grateful for all that Alison has done for TCP during her 11-year tenure as Executive Director. Alison’s many accomplishments include:
- Guiding the organization through a process to expand its mission to serve transgender and gender non-conforming communities and leading the organization in becoming trans-affirming and striving for trans-equity
- Recognizing the need and prioritizing TCP addressing issues of racial equity within TCP’s organization and at the board level. Includes working with staff and Board members to create a “Change Team” and organizing a two-day retreat where the staff and Board began to drill down on its commitment to racial equity
- Building the first community-based EMDR trauma program for low-income clients
- Moving and doubling office space to increase access to services
- Raising over $750,000 to ensure stability and sustainability of the organization
- Hosting three “Karaoke for a Cause” fundraising events
- Hosting five fundraising Clinical Symposiums on emerging clinical issues
- Launching an LGBT program for prospective parents called “Maybe Baby”
The unique and critical work of Therapy Center of Philadelphia, led for the last 11 years by Alison, has set the groundwork for this next phase in our journey. Her leadership has demonstrated how TCP is able to grow and adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients and the communities we serve. Through Alison’s leadership and commitment to TCP’s staff, clients, and mission, we are stronger as an organization.
TCP’s staff and Board hold the mission solidly and are committed to taking on the stewardship of TCP as we embark on this leadership change. We have created a Search Committee of board and staff to help search for an new ED. As we launch this process, we share with you the job announcement and hope you will distribute it widely.
Thank you, Alison. We are grateful for the opportunity to work together to build such an important mission under your leadership. We are inspired by all of you have done. We wish you the best as you embark on your next adventure.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
Laurice Smith, Esq.
Chair, Board of Directors