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
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
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
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