From the beginning, Resources for Human Development set out to grow a different kind of corporation, one based on a values-driven approach and an organizational structure that encourages and empowers employees to be more responsive to the people they serve – and each other.
RHD's Board of Directors hired Bob Fishman as the nonprofit's first CEO in 1970. Fishman implemented a values-driven culture and provided visionary leadership as the Executive Director/CEO of RHD, guiding the organization in its growth from a single Mental Health outpatient contract in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, to a highly diversified, creative human services corporation serving tens of thousands of individuals across the United States.
In his book The Common Good Corporation, Fishman writes: “RHD was conceived and developed as an experiment … about creating healthy workplace communities. The experiment confirms that large faceless groups cannot manage conflict successfully, but small working groups can – if employees are given the freedom to do so. I have come to believe that if human beings want to, they can settle almost every disagreement, but only in one time and in one place. That is what it is like to live in a world of infinite possibility. Add to this a set of values-based guidelines that small groups can use to manage their conflicts and we are well on the road to a common good corporate effort, with all the energy and creativity that such an effort releases.”
On September 25, 2013, RHD's Board of Directors announced Fishman's retirement from his role as Executive Director/CEO, with the title CEO Emeritus, transitioning the leadership of RHD to Dyann Roth as CEO.
“Resources for Human Development, and the individuals we are honored to serve, are so grateful for Bob’s leadership and his commitment to the values that guide us,” said Bertram Wolfson, President Emeritus of RHD’s Board of Directors. “The Board is fully supportive of the succession plan that Bob initiated several months ago, and we are all very excited to take part in the future of RHD under such capable leadership.”
CEO Dyann Roth has been with RHD since 1991, joining RHD full time as a Development Associate. She then became RHD’s Organizational Development Coordinator, where she helped create the corporation’s Leadership Development Program, a dynamic seven-month leadership journey grounded in RHD’s Values. Among her many contributions to RHD’s policies and practices, Roth helped lead the development of RHD’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Roth became Director of Corporate Operations in 2008. When RHD initiated its formal leadership succession, Roth was identified as the next CEO, and formally became the RHD Chief Executive Officer with Bob Fishman’s retirement on September 25, 2013.
Roth is a graduate of Penn State University, and received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.
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RHD's Board of Directors
Michael Denomme, Ph.D., M.S.W., Chairman
Sheldon Steinberg, V.M.D.
Anthony J. Parrotto
Avrene L. Brandt, Ph.D.
JoAnn E. Connelly, M.S.W., L.S.W.
Kevin Douglas, M.S.W.
Peri Higgins, M.B.A.
Diane Menio, M.S.W.
Caryn Reichlin Johnson, M.S., OTR/L, FAOTA
Terry Soule, M.S.
Samantha Jones-Thomas, B.S.N.
Bertram Wolfson, Esq., President Emeritus
RHD's Executive Team
Dyann Roth, Chief Executive Officer
Marco Giordano, Chief
Todd Silverstein, Chief Operating Officer
Gunter, Chief Clinical Quality Officer
Alicia Smith, Chief Human Resources
Divisional Executive Vice Presidents:
Sandy Cox-Scales (RHD Philadelphia Behavioral Health
& Housing Division)
Grace Dempster (RHD Pennsylvania IDD
Linda Donovan-Magdamo (RHD Pennsylvania Behavioral Health &
Bernie Glavin (RHD Northeast Division)
(RHD Midwest Division)
Jan Tarantino (RHD South Division)
Shared Services Senior Vice Presidents:
Dennis Roberts, Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development
Sharon Kauffman, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Fund Development