Shawnee board elects officers, recognizes retiree

Portsmouth, OH – November 14, 2013 - The Board of Directors of Shawnee Mental Health Center, Inc. held its annual election of officers for the November 1, 2013 through October 31, 2014 term. Ronald B. Lynch was elected to serve as Chairperson. He is a resident of Adams County and is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. Paige Robbins was elected to serve as Vice Chair. She is a resident of Scioto County and is the Director of Scioto County Department of Job and Family Services. Jeff Gaskin was elected to serve as Secretary. He is a resident of Lawrence County and is an EMT with Lawrence County EMS and served on the South Point Village Council. Linda “Lou” Carter was elected to serve as Treasurer. She is a resident of Scioto County and is a Commercial Accounts Banker with PNC Bank.

The Board also said goodbye to Leslie Morton of Scioto County who leaves the all-volunteer board after six years of exemplary service. During her tenure, Mrs. Morton served on the personnel, program and nominating committees and held the office of Vice Chair of the board. Cynthia Holstein, CEO of Shawnee, expressed her appreciation for Mrs. Morton’s support and guidance, stating, “Leslie has kept our long-standing mission of ‘health, hope and healing’ in the forefront. Without community leaders like her we could not maintain a strong organization.”

Shawnee Mental Health Center, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency that has been providing comprehensive behavioral healthcare services to adults and children in Adams, Lawrence and Scioto Counties in Ohio since 1973.

More recently, Shawnee has expanded its services to include providing primary healthcare to adults and children at its Portsmouth, Coal Grove and West Union, Ohio clinics. Also, through the establishment of Southern Ohio Vocational Services, Shawnee is providing vocational services to adults with disabilities in 13 Ohio counties.

For more information about Shawnee and its services, contact Cynthia Holstein, CEO, at 740-355-8686 or, or visit our website at

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