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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 risks.

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.