New Outreach Leader, Debra Pantin, Looks to Improve Access to Services

July 11, 2018

After nearly four decades with Kathleen Riddle at the helm, substance abuse treatment organization Outreach has a new leader.

On June 30, Riddle, the nonprofit’s founder, president and CEO, formally retired. After leading the organization for 39 years, she will take a part-time advisory role.

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

After an extensive search process, the board appointed Debra Pantin, a mental health and substance abuse treatment veteran, to take over as Outreach’s new president and CEO. Pantin was most recently the CEO of Bronx-based agency VIP Community Services.

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