Lenape Valley Foundation Hires Health Care Executive Dave Herold as New CEO

Herold will take the reins on June 3, as CEO Sharon Curran retires after more than 20 years at the local behavioral health services provider


Lenape Valley Foundation is pleased to announce that healthcare executive Dave Herold has been hired to serve as the organization’s new chief executive officer.

A Bucks County native, Herold has more than 25 years of experience leading behavioral health and social services organizations serving the greater Philadelphia region. He takes the helm as longtime employee and CEO Sharon Curran retires after more than two decades at the nonprofit that helps more than 14,000 people each year.

“The demand for high-quality health care, particularly behavioral health and social services, is at an all-time high, and families across our communities are looking for help,” said Herold. “I am proud to join the team at Lenape Valley Foundation as we continue to devise creative solutions and partnerships to meet the needs of those we serve and help make our communities stronger and healthier.”

Herold previously served as assistant vice president of business development and strategy at St. Luke’s University Health Network. In that role, he designed and launched new psychiatry services for adolescents, co-managed the design and planning of new hospitals in the Bucks County region, and developed growth strategies for behavioral health services. He also led efforts to obtain a $4 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to implement the organization’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic model at Penn Foundation.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I am thrilled to welcome Dave to Lenape Valley Foundation,” said Rob Hutchison, president of the organization’s board of directors. “Under his leadership, we know our organization will continue to thrive as we develop innovative new ways to improve behavioral health care in Bucks County for everyone.”

Herold resides in Perkiomenville. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Messiah University and a Master of Business Administration from Lehigh University. He will start at Lenape Valley Foundation on June 3, 2024.

Lenape Valley Foundation provides more than 35 programs, including early intervention services and support for intellectual disabilities, as well as programs that address mental health challenges. Lenape Valley Foundation services can be accessed at outpatient offices in Doylestown and Bristol. The organization recently broke ground on a new, standalone crisis stabilization center that will offer an innovative new response to urgent behavioral health issues. The first of its kind in Pennsylvania, Bright Path Center will welcome, assess, and stabilize those experiencing challenges related to mental health, drug and alcohol use, and/or intellectual disabilities. Work is expected to begin this summer and the center is slated to open in late 2025.

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