Doug Tieman during 2017 ribbon cutting

Doug Tieman, left, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Carole and Ray Neag Medical Center in 2017.

SOUTH HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. - Caron Treatment Centers is preparing for a change in its top leadership for the first time in a quarter century.

The Berks County-based nonprofit addition and behavioral health center announced Monday that its president and CEO, Doug Tieman, will step down from his position on June 30, 2021, after leading the organization for more than 25 years.

"Throughout his leadership at Caron, Doug always kept my parents' vision of lasting hope, healing and recovery at the heart of every decision," said Linda Caron, a long-time board member whose parents, Catherine and Richard J. Caron, founded the organization in 1957. "Doug leaves a substantial legacy, not only for Caron, but also for the treatment sector as whole."

Tieman has overseen a number of projects during his tenure, including the creation of unique individual and family programming for a range of demographics and specialties, the construction of the Carole and Ray Neag Medical Center, campus-based research projects funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an expanded medical team to administer medication assisted treatment, and a professional advisory committee comprised of academicians and research and clinical thought leaders. A second medical center is under construction in south Florida.

"When I reflect on my career at Caron, I'm proud of how we evolved to focus on evidence-based protocols and prioritize science and medicine – while still keeping a strong foundation of spiritual recovery," Tieman said. "We have been able to grow and change substantially and still continue to have that 'magic mountain' feeling that arises when recovery gives families a second chance."

Tieman said he will remain involved with Caron to support his successor and serve as an advocate for the organization.

Caron said it has contracted with a Philadelphia-based firm to launch a national search for Tieman's successor.

"Doug has established Caron as a preeminent clinical and thought leader in substance use disorder treatment, so we know our search will attract an exceptional pool of candidates," said Thomas Flynn, the chair of Caron's board of trustees. "We have been blessed to be led for over two decades by an exceptional servant-leader and look forward to Doug's continued contributions as an invaluable advocate and member of the Caron community."

In addition to Pennsylvania and Florida, Caron provides services in Washington, D.C.; Georgia; and New York.

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