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Eckerd Youth Alternatives
Clearwater, FL

Eckerd Youth Alternatives Names David Dennis President and CEO

Tom Denham or Martha Chamberlain
727-461-2990, ext. 332

March 15, 2007

Eckerd Youth Alternatives (EYA), a leading private, not-for-profit organization serving at-risk and troubled youth, today named David Dennis as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

"David brings to EYA both strong leadership and outstanding achievement in directing juvenile justice, behavioral health programs, child welfare services and organizations. We're delighted to welcome him to EYA," said James T. Swann, EYA Chairman of the Board.

David Dennis comes to EYA with 18 years in leadership roles at private and public juvenile justice, mental health, behavioral health, governmental and social services agencies. He has held numerous leadership roles with the Devereux Foundation, as well as the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, and Lutheran Social Services of the South. In 2003, he was appointed by Florida Department of Children and Families to serve as District Administrator for District 7 Central Florida Operations.

A Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Childcare Administrator, Dennis also has directed clinical services at residential treatment programs for children and youth in Texas and Oklahoma. He holds a MA in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Seminary and a BA in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University.

Eckerd Youth Alternatives' nationwide search for a new top executive was supported by Signium International, which specializes in senior level executive search management consulting.

About Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc.
Founded by philanthropists Jack and Ruth Eckerd in 1968, Eckerd Youth Alternatives (EYA) is one of the nation's leading providers of services for troubled youth. As a private not-for-profit organization, EYA serves nearly 10,000 children each year. Since 1968, more than 69,000 young people have been helped through a range of five program models in 40 locations in nine states: Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. To learn more, call 1-800-554-HELP (4357) or visit our Web site at

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