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CEO Pat Coleman To Leave BHR


St. Louis, Mo, March 6, 2023 – For over 26 years, Pat Coleman has made an indelible leadership imprint on behavioral health in our community and beyond. She rose through the ranks, beginning her Behavioral Health Career (BHR) career in human resources yet her passion, vision, and leadership commanded a higher calling as the president and CEO. Effective May 5, 2023, Pat will embark upon the next chapter in her leadership journey.

“Although I’m excited for my transition, I am saddened to leave BHR, my co-workers, and the behavioral health community, all of whom I’ve grown to love through the course of 26 years,” said Pat.

Pat has not only led the organization’s fiscal and strategic transformation, she empowered and mentored staff, worked tirelessly to serve the underserved, and made BHR one of the leading behavioral health organizations in the country.

“I have had the honor of working alongside Pat as a board member for over ten years and have watched, with such admiration, how her leadership, vision, and dedication to the communities we serve have transformed BHR, our region, and the behavioral health landscape. Her departure from BHR is bittersweet, but she leaves the organization in the capable hands of a highly committed leadership team, and I have no doubt she will continue to make a big impact in our community wherever her journey takes her,” said BHR Board Chair Lara Pennington.

“It has been a blessing to serve as president & CEO these past 10 years; with gratitude I step back so BHR and its new leadership can take the organization to the next level. It is well with my soul that I move on and move forward,” said Pat.

BHR wishes Pat continued success in her career endeavors.

About BHR
Established in 1994, BHR is a leading behavioral health nonprofit providing 24-hour crisis intervention support via 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and its local crisis number as well as mobile outreach, telehealth, community referrals, and mental health trainings. We serve the city of St. Louis and the counties of St. Louis, Jefferson, Iron, St. François, and Washington. For more information, visit