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Anthony M. Zipple, Sc.D., MBA, brings over 40 years of strategic development and leadership coaching experience to the OPEN MINDS team. Dr. Zipple currently serves as a Senior Associate, leading projects related to rehabilitation services, building and operating community services, leadership development, and community behavioral health services.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Dr. Zipple served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Centerstone of Kentucky, in Louisville, Kentucky. In this role, Dr. Zipple was Responsible to the Board of Directors and Centerstone of America for all fiscal, strategic, and operational aspects of the organizations. With a budget of $125 million and management responsibility for an additional $70 million of services, CKY employed more than 1,800 staff and serves more than 36,000 persons each year. Dr. Zipple successfully led the merger with Uspiritus, a $20 million provider of children’s residential and foster care services, as well as a successful affiliation with Centerstone of America which resulted in creating the largest non-profit community behavioral health company in the United States. Dr. Zipple also expanded integrated health care services, implemented lab services in all large locations and implemented one of the nation’s first health home for people with opioid addiction.

Previously, Dr. Zipple was the Chief Executive Officer for Thresholds, in Chicago, Illinois. In this role Dr. Zipple was responsible to the Board of Directors for all fiscal, strategic, and operational aspects of the organization. With a consolidated budget of $48 million and 800 staff, Thresholds was the largest provider of its kind in Illinois. Dr. Zipple was responsible for successfully leading Thresholds through Illinois’ FY 2008-2011 fiscal crisis without delaying payrolls or using lines of credit, as well as reorganizing and strengthening fund development resulting in doubling philanthropic revenue despite the recession. Dr. Zipple developed and expanded the use of high fidelity, evidence-based practices including dual disorders treatment, supported employment, wellness management and recovery, smoking cessation, and assertive community treatment.

Prior to Thresholds, Dr. Zipple served as the Chief Operating Officer for Vinfen in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Vinfen is the largest non-profit behavioral health provider in Massachusetts, with a budget of over $70 million, 200 program sites, and 1,400 employees. During his tenure, Dr. Zipple increased revenues by $9.5 million in his first year as COO. Other accomplishments of Dr. Zipple include the development of Vinfen’s first comprehensive risk management system, resulting in significant reductions in adverse incidents, development of several innovations such as a nationally recognized peer education model for people with severe mental illness, a psychosocial rehabilitation oriented inpatient program, intensive crisis stabilization programs, and a patented comprehensive, web-based client database.

Dr. Zipple earned his Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University. He earned his Master of Business Administration from University of New Hampshire. He earned his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Cincinnati. He earned his Master of Science in Environic Design and his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

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