Dixon Appointed President/CEO of Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center


ERIE, PA – The Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center’s Board of Directors recently announced that they have selected Adrienne Dixon, Ph.D., to serve as the agency’s president/CEO, following the retirement of James D. Mando.  

“After a very thorough search, the Board is proud to welcome Dr. Dixon as the next president/CEO of Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center,” said Board Chair William Miller III. “Dr. Dixon has been making a difference at Sarah Reed for 32 years.  She understands all the different aspects of this agency and most importantly, she understands the needs and the challenges of the children, adults and families we serve.  We are very confident in Adrienne’s ability to lead the agency into the future, as we look toward our 150th anniversary in 2021 and in the years to come.”

Prior to becoming the president/CEO of Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center, Dixon served as the agency’s associate vice president of residential and community services for the past 18 years. She has more than 35 years of clinical experience as a professional counselor and administrator.  Her area of focus has been with serious mental illness (children, families and adults) and includes settings such as inpatient, residential treatment, drug & alcohol and outpatient services.  Additionally, Dixon conducts professional training and workshops for organizations in the areas of diversity, organizational competence, clinical interventions, strengths-based assessment, supervision, and enhanced mental health services. She has focused her research interests and consultative services on mental health, cultural competence and multiculturalism. Her literary contributions include a book chapter in Culturally Competent Practices with Children and Youth who have Serious Emotional Disturbance, a treatment manual for cultural competence, numerous articles, professional presentations, and collaborative manuscripts.

Dixon plans to build on the Children’s Center’s vision of trauma focused, client-centered treatment for children, families and adults struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges.  She anticipates developing community partnerships that explore new ways to deliver innovative, quality behavioral health care that promotes a culture of wellness. 

Dixon received her undergraduate degree from Thiel College and went on to earn her postgraduate certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Vincent Health Center/Gannon University in 1992. In May 2008, she received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Gannon University. Dixon represents the agency on numerous boards at the local, state and regional level, including: the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College Board of Trustees, the Children’s Advocacy Center Board, the Erie Migrant Head Start Advisory Board, the Erie County Community Development Board, and the Greater Calvary Human Service Board.  As a faculty member in the counseling program at Edinboro University, she serves on the President’s Diversity Council and is co-chair of the Frederick Douglass Advisory Committee.

Serving the Erie Community since 1871, Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center is proud to be a leader in the successful care and treatment of children with mental health, behavioral health and severe emotional challenges, many of whom are victims of trauma and abuse. 

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