Gary Larcenaire, President and CEO
For more than two decades, Texas-born behavioral health executive Gary
Larcenaire has dedicated his professional life to addressing and advancing the
challenges facing the mentally ill, their families and their caregivers.
A dynamic leader fascinated by organizational development and change management,
Larcenaire is President and CEO of Salt Lake City-based Valley Mental Health,
presiding over $56 million in revenue and more than 700 employees, operating in
three counties with more than 62 programs serving those with mental illness and
substance use disorders.
Less than one year after his arrival, he has achieved a radical fiscal
turnaround, bringing the financially beleaguered organization from a $1-million
per month loss to a break-even position. This has been realized through
increased efficiencies, providing a similar volume of service with far fewer
employees, and decreased reimbursement. Larcenaire has also established clinical
risk profiling to identify those at risk for higher levels of care (i.e.:
hospital and jail), thus implementing community based services to decrease those
Larcenaire has held several non-profit C-Level positions, most recently as CEO
of El Paso Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) where his greatest impact
on the underserved mental health population was achieved through partnerships
with legislators to craft and monitor legislation and project impact, while
managing a $42-million budget, 450 employees and nearly 200 contractors. During
this time, he also acted as Founding President and CEO of Sun City Behavioral, a
wholly owned subsidiary of El Paso MHMR and highly-profitable insurance company
that manages a network of 180 providers serving 45,000 covered lives.
Prior to joining El Paso MHMR, Larcenaire was COO of Permain Basin Community
Behavioral Health Centers, where he increased overall performance from “average”
to “exceptional” in three years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology,
and a Master of Public Administration, both from Angelo State University.
Named the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year by the League of United Latin American
Citizens (LULAC) in El Paso, Texas, Larcenaire is a past Chair of The Healthcare
Council the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and served as Treasurer for the
El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra. A 20-year member of Rotary International,
Larcenaire has been a Rotary Youth Leadership Award Counselor since 2004.
An avid lover of the outdoors, since moving to Salt Lake City, Gary has enjoyed
hiking, biking and mountain climbing with his family and Golden Retrievers.