Transforming Lives - The Newsletter of The Harris Center Issue 2 - Fall 2016 - Page 6

Daryl K. Knox, M.D. Named Chief Medical Officer of The Harris Center Daryl K. Knox, M.D., was recently appointed the Chief Medical Officer of The Harris Center. Having served as the Medical Director for the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at The Harris Center since 2006, Dr. Knox will now provide medical and clinical leadership and supervision across all divisions of The Harris Center while facilitating a consolidated medical approach to support the growing needs and demands of a health care entity of its magnitude. Dr. Knox currently serves as the President of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, he is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and he holds memberships in the Houston Psychiatric Society and the Harris County Medical Society. He earned his undergraduate degree in African American Studies and Pre-Medicine from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and he holds a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Tom Hamilton, Ph.D. - Celebrating a champion of The Harris Center After 16 years of dedicated service, Tom Hamilton, Ph.D., retired from The Harris Center Board of Trustees on September 30, 2016. During his tenure, Dr. Hamilton served as both the Chair of the Audit Committee and the Chair of the Board of Trustees while helping guide The Harris Center through a period of significant progress toward becoming a more financially secure organization that is now an integral part of the well-being of Harris County’s residents. During his last board meeting, Dr. Hamilton was presented with a proclamation from the Office of Harris County Judge Ed Emmett as well as other tokens of appreciation from his fellow board members and the staff of The Harris Center for being a champion of all those in our community affected by mental illness and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. Letter from the Honorable Jon R. Keeney, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Harris Center When I joined The Harris Center Board of Trustees in July 2014, I did so because I wanted the opportunity to serve Harris County by helping to improve the lives of those living with mental illness and/ or intellectual and developmental disabilities. My goal is accomplished through the work of The Harris Center’s professional staff whose mission of Transforming Lives creates a safe and clear path through the confusion created by mental health issues and enhanced quality of life for those born with developmental disorders. The bottom line for the staff of The Harris Center is to foster hope for every person in every situation. As the incoming Chair of the Board of Trustees, I welcome the opportunity to continue partnering with my fellow board members, Harris County Commissioners Court, community leaders and the many stakeholders who share the responsibility for doing this complex work. I also honor Dr. Tom Hamilton, my predecessor, for his 16 years of dedicated service and for his mentorship during this past year. Dr. Hamilton and the staff of The Harris Center have accomplished much in those 16 years, including tremendous growth, financial accountability and unparalleled service delivery. Our path forward in 2017 will be noted for additional major changes, including a nationwide search for retiring Executive Director Dr. Steven Schnee, improving client information sharing with all Harris County service providers, enhancing our relationship with all Harris County agencies, continuing to build upon the excellent and caring service provided by the staff of The Harris Center and, finally, celebrating the daily client successes created by all dedicated service providers. As we near the end of 2016 and begin preparing for a season that encourages both reflection and giving thanks, I want to say how much I appreciate your continued support of The Harris Center and those we serve. I wish you and your loved ones a joy filled holiday season, and I invite you to continue involving yourself in the rewarding work of The Harris Center and our efforts to continue Transforming Lives. Sincerely, Jon R. Keeney Chairman, Board of Trustees