ASHEVILLE, N.C., April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CooperRiis, a residential mental health treatment community in North Carolina, announces the appointment of Dr. Eric A. Levine as its new President & CEO.
Levine is the former Executive Director of ClearView Communities, a residential treatment program in Frederick, Md., for adults with serious and persistent mental health challenges. He replaces Michael Groat, Ph.D., who departed CooperRiis to become Chief Clinical Officer at Silver Hill Hospital, a private psychiatric facility in New Canaan, Conn.
"With more than 30 years working in education and mental health, Eric brings vast experience helping individuals affected by the challenges of mental illness and disabilities move toward healthy and fulfilling lives," said Donald R. Cooper, CooperRiis Board Chair & Co-Founder. "We're fortunate to have him joining our community and look forward to the positive impact he'll have on our residents, their families, and staff."
Levine began his career as a special education teacher, later overseeing schools for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disabilities. In 2005, he founded Eric A. Levine and Associates, an educational consulting firm that helps children and families in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metro area find appropriate services.
Levine earned a doctorate in Education Leadership (Ed.D.), an Ed.S. in Career Transition and Assessment, and a master's in Special Education from George Washington University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Association for Community Integration.
"I'm a believer in programs that maintain possibility and hope as core values. CooperRiis is a place where people come to heal and learn new skills to help them better manage their challenges so they can return to their lives," said Levine. "I'm excited to be collaborating with the highly skilled and motivated staff of professionals at CooperRiis as we work toward improving the lives of individuals impeded by mental health challenges."
About CooperRiis Healing Community
Founded by Donald R. Cooper and Lisbeth Riis Cooper, CooperRiis is a residential healing community in western North Carolina. Since 2003, CooperRiis has been helping adults living with mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, major depression and anxiety, achieve their highest levels of functioning and fulfillment. Visit www.cooperriis.org or call 828.894.7140.
Leslie Stewart, CooperRiis Chief Program Officer