Great Circle Names New President, CEO

St. Louis-based Great Circle, one of the Midwest’s largest behavioral health nonprofits, has named a new president and CEO.

Paula Fleming — who has served as the organization’s interim president and CEO since May — was appointed to the positions earlier this month following a nationwide search.

Great Circles has more than 20 locations across Missouri, Kansas and Illinois and serves 45,000 children and families annually, according to a press release announcing the news.


Fleming first joined the organization in 2005 and has since served in a variety of leadership roles, including chief operating officer and, most recently, acting president and CEO. 

Fleming stepped into those roles on an interim basis after former president and CEO Vincent Hillyer asked to be put on administrative leave. He did so after he was charged with child endangerment and assault, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. Hillyer left the Great Circle in July, the publication reported.


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