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Breakthrough Club announces interim executive director Douglas Winkley

Wichita, KS- Breakthrough, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people living with severe mental illness achieve their independence, has come under new leadership following the resignation of the executive director, Kathy Walter, in early January. Doug Winkley has assumed the role of executive director on an interim basis.

Breakthrough Club board president Steve Benjamin stated: “Following the abrupt Medicaid funding cuts Breakthrough Club has experienced, we are presently making strategic decisions in regards to the overall picture of the organization. The board and I will continue to analyze our economic climate for this year and beyond, and while this is taking place, Breakthrough Club will operate under the very capable leadership of Doug Winkley.”

Doug Winkley obtained his initial education with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Wichita State University, and continued his education within the United States Army. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1991. His carries a strong financial background in his 31 years at Intrust Bank when he retired as a Senior Vice President in 2009. Doug has served on the board of directors of Breakthrough Club for over 6 years, as President and most recently as Treasurer, and has been a longtime advocate of mental health services in Kansas.

“I am very pleased and honored to serve this organization in the capacity of interim-executive director,” Doug Winkley said. “Breakthrough Club is a solid organization that provides results, and I feel very privileged to be responsible for the oversight while the board of directors considers options for long term leadership.”

Winkley began serving in this position January 24.

With the funding cuts Breakthrough Club has experienced, and with the proposed cuts in mental health by the current state and legislative administration, Benjamin said “The constant that remains the same is our commitment to our members and the community for Breakthrough Club to provide quality mental health services for now and years to come.”

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