Jody Levison-Johnson Named the Next President and CEO of the Council on Accreditation

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Richard Klarberg has stepped down from his position as the Council on Accreditation’s President and CEO after 17 years of service. After an extensive nationwide search, Jody Levison-Johnson, LCSW-C has been chosen to succeed him.

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Ms. Levison-Johnson [has a] demonstrated track record of leading innovation and change in both the private and public sectors, which gives her a unique perspective on how COA can adapt and evolve to further support better outcomes for children and families.

The Council on Accreditation (COA) is pleased to announce that Jody Levison-Johnson, LCSW-C will be its new President and CEO beginning on March 4, 2019. Ms. Levison-Johnson will succeed Richard Klarberg, who has ably served COA since 2001 and will now assume the role of special advisor to the CEO.

Ms. Levison-Johnson’s selection was the culmination of an extensive nationwide search conducted by the COA Board of Trustees. Chairman Phillip H. Redmond, Jr. expressed the board's gratitude for the exceptional leadership provided by Mr. Klarberg, as well as its excitement for, "Ms. Levison-Johnson's demonstrated track record of leading innovation and change in both the private and public sectors, which gives her a unique perspective on how COA can adapt and evolve to further support better outcomes for children and families."

Most recently, Ms. Levison-Johnson served as Assistant Vice President for Practice Improvement with the National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington, D.C. There, she managed initiatives for quality improvement and workforce development in organizations specializing in mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. Her extensive history of leadership in the human services field includes serving as the Chief Clinical Officer for a COA-accredited agency, as well as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Behavioral Health for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

As President and CEO, Ms. Levison-Johnson will build upon COA's 40+ year history of promoting best practices. She will lead efforts to increase the impact of accreditation, expand the organization's market share and advance thought leadership across the human services field.

"It's such a tremendous honor to be selected for this position," Levison-Johnson shared. "Accreditation represents one way that we can help ensure clinical, fiscal and operational excellence for those served by human service organizations. I am delighted to have the opportunity to partner with the COA Board, staff and accredited organizations to expand COA's footprint and ensure the delivery of quality care."

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The Council on Accreditation is an international, independent, nonprofit organization that accredits human service providers. Founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America (now the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities), its mission is to partner with human service organizations worldwide to improve service outcomes by developing, applying and promoting accreditation standards. COA’s goal is to promote excellence in the delivery of human services globally, resulting in the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities.

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