Dr. Robert E. Simpson, Jr., President

Dr. Simpson is a seasoned professional, executive and consultant who has served in a variety of senior executive leadership positions throughout his career. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brattleboro Retreat from 2006-2016 he led a significant turnaround that saw the organization become ranked by Modern Healthcare magazine as number 12 on its 2015 list of the 15 largest behavioral health providers in the United States. 

Rob has the experiences of a younger man in leadership and those of an older perhaps wiser leader to bring to bear. He has spoken to many legislatures, been interviewed by many newspaper reporters, worked with regulators, interacted on policy with Governors, Senators and Representatives, reported to several Boards of Directors and worked in both non-profit and for-profit organizations, including start-ups. Having also owned his own businesses, he has carried forward an understanding of the need for innovation and entrepreneurship in any business venture.

He provides expert consultation to Board and Executive leadership to leverage strengths toward creating results-driven strategic implementation by coaching leadership teams to shift organizational culture. Discrete areas of expertise include system alignment after mergers, transforming teams of uniquely trained executives, driving innovation in complex medical settings, and coaching leaders to recruit, develop and retain key professional talent.

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Peter D. Van Oot, Esq., Vice President & Chairman of the Board

Mr. Peter Van Oot, Vice President of the Leadership & Governance Group, has served as a Director and Corporate, Strategic and Governance Counsel at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC for nearly three decades.

A sage, seasoned and strategic counsel to sophisticated for-profit and nonprofit organizations and other mission-based organizations for three decades, Mr. Van Oot advises clients on strategic, governance, and regulatory issues.   Mr. Van Oot  is frequently called upon to lecture on corporate management, strategic and governance topics.

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