FHR announces Debra Paul as new President and CEO

Published 07/01/2013

Joseph Dziobek to retire as FHR President and CEO; Debra Paul named as successor

Lincoln, RI – July 1, 2013 – Effective today, Debra Paul will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Fellowship Health Resources, Inc. (FHR), succeeding Joseph Dziobek, who has held the position since 1984.

Paul joined FHR in January of 2012 as the agency’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to FHR, she was employed at Women and Infants Hospital for thirteen years, serving as CFO for six of those years. Preceding this position, she worked at KPMG as the firm’s Senior Audit Manager. Paul holds both an undergraduate degree in accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Bryant University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

“I am honored to accept the important responsibility of leading FHR, an organization that makes a significant impact in the communities we serve,” said Paul. “It is both an exciting and challenging time in the healthcare industry, and my goal is to ensure that FHR remains at the forefront of providing behavioral healthcare services, and evolves into a thriving national healthcare organization.”

“The Board followed a very thoughtful and deliberate search process, being mindful of what the organization wanted to achieve,” said FHR Board Chairperson William Emmet. “Debra combines passion for the FHR mission, extensive experience in the healthcare field, and the financial acumen to navigate turbulent times in healthcare.”

FHR, headquartered in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a nonprofit behavioral healthcare agency providing clinical and supportive services to persons recovering from mental illness, addiction disorders, and other life challenges. With programs in seven states, FHR assists nearly 3,500 individuals each year in improving their behavioral health, well-being, and quality of life.

Dziobek, recognized as a Visionary Leader by The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, has led the organization through nearly four decades of continuous development and transformation. During his tenure, he is credited with the expansion of 74 programs in seven states, and the agency’s growth from $1 to over $33 million in annual revenue.

Dziobek will remain with the agency until early January 2014, and will work in a support role during the transition in leadership, taking on the title of Director of Special Projects. In this position, he will focus on FHR’s agency-wide healing arts program, Studio 35.

“It has been a privilege to lead FHR through a period of significant transformation. I am very excited to see FHR’s next chapter, and am certain that Debra possesses the skill set and dedication needed to propel the organization forward,” said Dziobek.

"FHR has provided high quality services to the individuals we serve for nearly 40 years," Paul added. "I look forward to the opportunity to lead FHR's dedicated staff in working as a team to continue to offer the crucial programs established during Joe's leadership."