RHD CEO Dyann Roth

Dyann Roth grew up at RHD.

In 1991 Dyann joined RHD full time as a Development Associate. She then became RHD’s Organizational Development Coordinator, where she helped create RHD’s Access Team and 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, Dyann helped lead the development of RHD’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Dyann became Director of Corporate Operations in 2008. After Bob Fishman’s retirement, RHD’s Board of Directors named Dyann as CEO Sept. 25, 2013. But her RHD journey began long before that first full-time position.

“I actually started part-time, after school, when I was 15, and worked all through high school and college filling various roles, at Lower Merion Counseling Services and Central Office,” Dyann said. “Each time I had a role, I felt like the piece of RHD I was looking at was the most important. When I worked with New Beginnings programs, I felt like those programs were the most critical pieces at RHD. When I worked in the Access Team, I thought the work we were doing was so crucial, and I got to see so many different programs and departments; that was a really broad touch for the organization. When I worked in the fiscal department, I felt like that was the most important department.

“That helped me understand that every person has the experience that their role at RHD is really essential. And it is. But it’s only one part. So I feel like all my RHD experience has prepared me to see the whole picture. I know there are people fulfilling roles where I haven’t walked in those shoes, so I don’t know what that’s like. But I get that the folks in those shoes feel like that’s the most critical piece of RHD.”

Philadelphia Inquirer profiles RHD CEO Dyann Roth

RHD CEO Dyann Roth was profiled in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s weekly Executive Q & A feature, talking about RHD’s innovative services, her own career journey and what keeps her working in human services:

“As CEO, I feel like I have an opportunity to connect with more people across the organization who are doing really cool things and are really excited about it. I get amazed every day. I’m so in awe of so many people who are part of RHD; I always feel like I learn stuff from them. There’s a strength that I don’t encounter in other aspects of my life. And now we have an opportunity to learn from each other, support each other and build on each other’s ideas. At RHD, we believe that when you get a group of engaged people together, anything is possible. This role allows me to step back from the day-to-day a little bit, and help people step back from it, too, and say: What are we trying to do? And, what are we excited about? And, in doing that, I get excited.”

“As CEO, I feel like I have an opportunity to connect with more people across the organization who are doing really cool things and are really excited about it,” Dyann said. “I get amazed every day. I’m so in awe of so many people who are part of RHD; I always feel like I learn stuff from them. There’s a strength that I don’t encounter in other aspects of my life. And now we have an opportunity to learn from each other, support each other and build on each other’s ideas. At RHD, we believe that when you get a group of engaged people together, anything is possible. This role allows me to step back from the day-to-day a little bit, and help people step back from it, too, and say: What are we trying to do? And, what are we excited about? And, in doing that, I get excited.”

“Dyann is incredibly smart,” said Richelle Gunter, RHD Chief Clinical Quality Officer. “Her background and skills are in organizational development. She has embraced and been saturated in the RHD Values forever. I think her years of experience growing up with the Values as a guide have really prepared her to lead us.”

Dyann’s experience at RHD brings solidity and stability to RHD’s leadership, and she is committed to the quality service for which the organization is known.

“RHD has never been stronger,” Dyann said. “This is an awesome opportunity to serve. We all care so much about doing it well. It is always our goal to emphasize the person in the service, and being caring and intentional in how we’re treating those we serve. And, quite frankly, if they ever experience otherwise, we want to know about it. That’s the expectation, and I feel strongly about that.”

Philadelphia Business Journal features RHD CEO Dyann Roth

RHD CEO Dyann Roth was profiled in the Philadelphia Business Journal on her career journey and what makes RHD a special place to be: