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Posted March 12, 2005 

McKeagney Joins Eckerd
Youth Alternatives as COO

Media Contact: Rhonda Carpenter
Corporate Communications Specialist

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Bob McKeagney has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Eckerd Youth Alternatives, a leading private, non-profit organization serving at-risk and troubled youth through a range of 40 community-based and residential programs in eight states.

In his new role, McKeagney will lead all operations in support of the organization's strategic direction.

"We are elated to have someone of Bob's caliber and experience at EYA," said President/CEO Karen V. Waddell. "He is such a champion for youth and a welcome addition to our family to help us ensure that each child is given an opportunity to succeed."

Since 1994, McKeagney worked at the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), most recently, as vice president for program operations in Washington, D.C. There he oversaw CWLA's four principal program centers: the National Center for Research and Data, the National Center for Field Consultation, the Walker Trieschman National Center for Professional Development and the National Center for Program Leadership.

Before joining the CWLA, McKeagney worked as an independent consultant to state and local governments on social service, public health, income assistance and health care financing issues.

He also held progressively accountable roles for nearly 20 years with the Maine Department of Human Services, from caseworker to deputy commissioner, overseeing more than 130 programs.

"I am very pleased to be a part of Eckerd Youth Alternatives," McKeagney said. "I am looking forward to blending my years of experience with the extraordinary reservoir of talent and knowledge that already exists at EYA. I expect that we will be successful in helping more troubled youth than ever before."

McKeagney holds a master's degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College.

McKeagney and his wife, Clare, live in Oldsmar, Fla. They have four children and nine grandchildren, and enjoy spending leisure time at their lake home in Denmark, Maine, canoeing, hiking and sailing.

About Eckerd Youth Alternatives
Eckerd Youth Alternatives is a private non-profit organization that serves more than 9,900 at-risk and troubled youth each year. Since 1968, more than 63,000 young people have been helped through a range of 40 residential and community-based Eckerd youth programs: outdoor therapeutic treatment programs, juvenile justice programs, follow-up ReEntry programs and Hi-Five early intervention and prevention services. Headquartered in Clearwater, Fla., Eckerd Youth Alternatives provides youth programs in eight states: Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. For more information, call 727-461-2990 or visit our Web site at

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