Excelsior welcomes a new CEO, Susan Hébert, and says goodbye to Joan Gabrielson after 41 years

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Susan Hébert

With overwhelming gratitude, Excelsior will say goodbye to Joan Gabrielson after 41 years of service to Excelsior. We are saddened to see Joan leave, but excited to welcome Susan Hébert as our new CEO. A seasoned healthcare professional, Susan is a board-certified fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds Master’s Degrees in Social Work, Philosophy and Theology.  Susan will join the Excelsior team on July 7th, bringing with her over 15 years of progressive leadership experience.  She will provide Excelsior with expertise in operations, corporate culture, ethics and community health improvement. Additionally, her background in strategic planning, partnership development, senior leadership development, and employee/patient satisfaction will invite exciting new opportunities for Excelsior.

We look forward to a new chapter with Susan Hébert as our fearless leader. Excelsior’s Board Chair, Dennis Miceli, comments, “With the increasing need for a variety of behavioral healthcare and related mental health services for girls 11 – 18, both locally and nationwide, we look forward to working with Susan and gaining her talents and experience that will introduce Excelsior to new markets and strategic partnerships.” We welcome Susan with open arms and are excited to see where the future takes us.

Susan is eager to get started at Excelsior and remarks, “I am honored and thrilled to be the next trusted leader to serve this remarkable organization. I look forward to the privilege of working with the operations and foundation boards, leadership team, staff and community partners of Excelsior to build upon its strong legacy and create continually improving value for those we serve. It’s exciting to think that together, with our passion, resolve and creativity, we can, in a changing world, advance EYC’s fullest mission possibilities to improve the lives of the girls and young women who rely on us for the hope of a better future! I can hardly wait to get started!”


Joan Gabrielson

We can hardly wait either, but will deeply miss our former leader, Joan, whose passion and expertise brought Excelsior to where it is today. Dennis shares a few words recognizing Joan’s incredible work: “Congratulations to Joan Gabrielson on her retirement. Her dedication and commitment to EYC was a true inspiration to everyone who came in contact with her. Her guidance and leadership helped guide the organization and position it as the largest residential treatment facility for girls in the country.”

Thank you Joan for all your hard work and putting your whole heart into everything you do.