Kathleen Riddle, Founder of Outreach, Retires

July 10, 2018

Kathleen Riddle, the founder and chief executive officer of the non-profit and substance abuse treatment center Outreach in Richmond Hill, officially stepped down Saturday after coming up with the idea for the organization 39 years ago.

“It is with mixed emotion, joy, pride, sadness and relief that I step back from my lead role at Outreach,” said Riddle before her June 30 retirement. “Serving as the leader of this incredible organization has been the greatest honor of my life.”

As Riddle transitions into a part-time advisory role, Debra Pantin former CEO of VIP Community Services, will become the new leader of the substance abuse center, which has facilities in Richmond Hill, Brooklyn and parts of Long Island.

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