Jennifer Ernst new executive director for MHCC

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Jennifer Ernst

Jennifer Ernst

SARASOTA — The director of operations for Mental Health Community Centers Inc., which operates mental health centers around the region, has been appointed as executive director of the nonprofit.

Jennifer Ernst replaces Peter D. Howard, who is moving into a consulting role with the agency on a part-time basis.

“The board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Jennifer will continue to be an excellent steward of MHCC’s mission and a leader and advocate for those suffering from mental illness in Sarasota and DeSoto counties,” said the agency’s board president, JoAnn Tomer, in a statement. “The board’s action comes with the fullest confidence that Jennifer will continue to be an excellent steward of MHCC’s mission and a leader and advocate for those suffering from mental illness in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.”

Ernst had been MHCC’s director of operations since 2013, focusing on the agency’s four drop-in centers and implementation of the agencies two newest programs, including supportive employment and the peer-assisted liaison program. Before joining MHCC, Ernst had more than seven years of experience, including direct services and management positions, overseeing adults and children suffering from substance abuse at one of the largest not-for–profit organizations in Florida.

“MHCC offers vital programs in Sarasota and the surrounding counties. Working closely with Peter Howard will allow for a seamless transition for the members, staff and community. The mission and vision of the agency are close to my heart and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead MHCC as we continue to strive toward new endeavors,” Ernst said in a statement.

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