CENTER CITY, Minn., Jan. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Highly respected health care executive Brenda Iliff, M.A., has been named executive director of Hazelden in Naples, Fla., a location of the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people recover from addiction. Iliff has more than 20 years experience in the addiction field, as both a clinician and health care executive. Prior to that, she worked in nursing home management.
As executive director, Iliff will oversee all operations and programs of Hazelden in Naples, where the facility provides an innovative, accessible community model for patients and families seeking recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Hazelden Naples offers comprehensive adult services ranging from on-site residential treatment to day treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, as well as family education and support.
"Brenda is very passionate about Hazelden's mission of offering hope for lifelong recovery from addiction and deeply compassionate to the patients she serves," said Mark Mishek, Hazelden's president and chief executive officer. "She has the credentials, vision and depth of experience necessary to lead Hazelden in Naples, and we are fortunate to have her on board again."
Iliff first joined Hazelden in 1994 and served in many different roles, including as executive director of Fellowship Club (St. Paul, Minn.) and clinical director of Hazelden's Women's Recovery Center (Center City, Minn.). For the past two years, she served as the clinical director at a treatment facility in Dallas, Texas.
"I am grateful to be able to return to Hazelden and serve in Naples," said Iliff. "The Naples community is the ideal place to provide an innovative community model of treatment to allow clients to practice real life recovery while doing treatment. Hazelden brings so many resources to restore hope, healing, and health to people affected by addiction."
Iliff completed her undergraduate degree in Gerontology and Chemical Dependency from Metro State University (St. Paul, Minn.) and received her master's degree in Counseling from Regent University. She is the author of A Woman's Guide to Recovery and is a spokesperson on women and addiction. Iliff succeeds Michael DeMask, Ph.D., who retired in late 2012.
Hazelden, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1949, helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. Built on decades of knowledge and experience, Hazelden offers a comprehensive approach to addiction that addresses the full range of patient, family, and professional needs, including substance abuse treatment and continuing care for youth and adults, research, higher education, public education and advocacy and publishing. It currently has facilities in Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York and Florida. Learn more at www.hazelden.org.
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