Community Unites Against Addiction at Maryville’s 10th Annual Race for Recovery
On a morning that featured perfect running weather, nearly 200 runners, walkers and supporters joined Maryville Addiction Treatment Center’s 10th Annual Race for Recovery 5K and Fun Walk on October 1st at Cooper River Park. Proceeds from the event support the Peter P. Black IV Scholarship Fund, assisting individuals unable to pay for substance abuse treatment at Maryville.
“We’re excited to see so many people from our local communities support this tremendous cause,” said Kendria McWilliams, CEO of Maryville. “Participants in our Race today are helping to increase awareness, reduce stigma, and support recovery from addictive disease.”
Kate Holt, founder of the Peter P. Black IV Scholarship Fund, took the opportunity to reinforce the need for sustained support for addiction recovery treatment funding and awareness. Holt lost her son, Peter, to substance abuse and invited those who lost loved ones to stand with her for a moment of silence.
“Maryville is saving lives through their efforts, and I am glad to be a part of it, so fewer mothers will have to go through losing a child,” said Holt.
Maryville Hosts Annual Recovery for Life Gala and Silent Auction
Over 300 people attended Maryville Addiction Treatment Center’s annual Recovery for Life Gala and Silent Auction. The event was held at Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield and featured special guest speaker and actor/producer/director Daniel Baldwin.
Frank Jones, Partner at Mints Insurance Agency, was honored with the Advocacy in Action Award for his passionate work in the addiction recovery field. Congressman Donald Norcross sent a proclamation that was presented with the award. As an addiction recovery advocate, Jones affects policy changes nationally for those with Substance Use Disorder.
“It was humbling to be honored by the Maryville Addiction Treatment Center,” said Frank. “This country needs to start taking Substance Use Disorder seriously, we’re out of time. My hope is the work I’m doing continues to make that happen.”
Baldwin was emphatic as he shared stories with the attendees about his own journey in recovery and those he is now striving to help. He made it clear that without the help of every individual in the room and more, real change in the world of recovery would be nearly impossible.
“We need to work harder to raise awareness and help those that struggle with this disastrous drug epidemic,” said guest speaker, Daniel Baldwin. “Maryville should be proud of what they’re doing because their effort is making a difference and it’s exactly what everyone should be doing nationwide.”
“I’m so grateful to have a community that cares so much about creating an impact in the world of addiction,” said Kendria McWilliams, Chief Executive Officer at Maryville. “Our guests had the chance to hear how their generous support is changing lives by helping our clients find health, hope and healing in recovery.”
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Maryville Welcomes Mary Jo Bernardo as Director of Performance Improvement
WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ (July 8, 2017) – Maryville Addiction Treatment Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Mary Jo Bernardo as Director of Performance Improvement and Compliance.
Bernardo serves as Maryville’s Corporate Compliance Officer; ensures accreditation and adherence to licensing standards; oversees staff development, training and credentialing; and is in charge of reviewing and creating policies and procedures for health and safety, privacy and security.
“Mary Jo brings a wealth of expertise and talent which will enhance our staff development and training,” said Kendria McWilliams, President and CEO of Maryville. “We’re delighted to welcome her to our leadership team at Maryville.”
Bernardo has a master’s in counseling services and a bachelor’s in education from the William Paterson University of New Jersey. Before joining Maryville, Bernardo was Chief Operating Officer of the Pennsylvania SPCA and Chief Operating Officer of Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation in the San Francisco Bay area. She served as Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Easter Seals Bay Area. She was also Vice President of Easter Seals New Jersey for 19 years.
“It’s an honor to be part of Maryville’s mission of providing high-quality addiction treatment in South Jersey,” Bernardo said. “I look forward to working with the exceptional professionals at Maryville.”
Maryville Welcomes Bill Crowe as Chief Development Officer
WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ (June 13, 2017) – Maryville Addiction Treatment Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Chief Development Officer Bill Crowe. Crowe oversees fundraising efforts, special events and internal procedures, coordinates volunteers and works to build Maryville’s relationships with the community and other organizations.
“Bill’s work ethic, fundraising experience and background in the field of addiction treatment are a significant asset to our operations,” said Kendria McWilliams, President and CEO of Maryville. “We’re very happy to welcome him on board so we can work together for Maryville’s success.”
Crowe is a graduate of Rowan University with a master’s in public relations and a bachelor’s in marketing. He previously served as Executive Director at Legacy Treatment Services Foundation and Associate Executive Director at the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addictions Agencies. He is a member of the Marketing and Membership Committee of the Southern New Jersey Development Council and is on the Board of Trustees of Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Mount Laurel, NJ, with his wife, Carol, and their four children.
“I’m grateful to have this opportunity and excited to collaborate with such dedicated professionals,” Crowe said. “It’s a privilege to be part of a team that’s helping people get the addiction treatment they need.”
United Way Honors Maryville CEO Kendria McWilliams
WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ (May 15, 2017) – Kendria McWilliams, CEO of Maryville Addiction Treatment Center, will receive the United Way’s Andy Wager Agency Director Award at an award ceremony Thursday, May 18th. The award is presented to an agency director who has demonstrated good agency management, remarkable leadership among peers and partnership with United Way.
“I’m honored to be making a difference in the field of addiction recovery,” said McWilliams. “Teamwork and collaboration are essential at Maryville in order to provide our clients with the highest level of care for their health, hope and healing.”
“Kendria is making a significant impact at Maryville and on the lives of those she serves,” said Jim Cawley, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. “Her leadership is helping to empower individuals in recovery and the skilled professionals she works with daily.”
McWilliams is a graduate of Ursinus College and West Chester University of Pennsylvania, with an MBA in Business. She has been CEO of Maryville since 2011, and was previously CEO of the American Red Cross Lower Bucks County and CEO of Eagleville Hospital in Eagleville, PA.
Ride for Recovery Benefits Maryville Addiction Treatment Center
WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ (May 10, 2017) – More than 80 motorcyclists revved their engines and rode for a cause in the 5th Annual Motorcycle Ride for Recovery and Bike Show Sunday, May 7th. The route took them from West Collingswood Heights to Williamstown, where riders parked at Maryville Residential and enjoyed a barbeque, 50/50 and basket raffle attended by over 300 people. All proceeds benefit the Peter P. Black IV Scholarship Fund at Maryville Addiction Treatment Center, which helps individuals unable to pay for substance abuse treatment.
“The Ride for Recovery is incredibly important for our clients in South Jersey who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders,” said Kendria McWilliams, CEO of Maryville. “Our mission is to help them find health, hope and healing in recovery and to ensure that all those who need treatment have access to it.”
Maryville Addiction Treatment Center Approved as VA Care Provider
WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ (April 5, 2017) – Maryville Addiction Treatment Center is expanding treatment options for South Jersey veterans under a new agreement with the Wilmington VA Medical Center, which adds Maryville to the VA’s Choice provider network.
“This partnership is incredibly important for veterans seeking recovery from substance abuse,” said Kendria McWilliams, CEO of Maryville. “Maryville is dedicated to providing the best possible treatment and linkage to recovery supports. My hope is that through this affiliation with the VA, more of our veterans will have access to the exceptional addiction and co-occurring disorders treatment we offer at Maryville.”
The Veterans Choice Program, established in 2014, allows veterans to receive care from approved providers in their own community when VA services are not available or when VA facilities are a considerable distance away. In 2016, local VA facilities were given the ability to establish local provider agreements with private organizations.
“It is our goal to do all that we can to remove barriers that separate veterans from the care they deserve,” said Robert Callahan, acting director of the Wilmington VA Medical Center. “VA can’t do this alone; it takes an entire community working together.”