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Beverly Ryskamp accepted the appointment of Chief Operating Officer on Monday, September 09, 2019 and is effective immediately. Currently the Director of Innovation and Development, Ryskamp follows Bill Riley, who was Chief Operating Officer before becoming interim Executive Director. Riley plans to step down on Friday, September 27, 2019, as Bill Ward assumes the Executive Director role.
Ms. Ryskamp joined Network180 in 2011 as the Systems Development Manager, becoming Director of Innovation and Development in 2016. During Beverly’s time with Network180, she’s led many practice improvement initiatives including the Network180 Crisis Center project, and Kent County's Behavioral Health Home pilot and system-wide roll out. She has directed the administration of multiple state, federal and private grants in conjunction with system innovations. Since 2018, Ryskamp’s leadership on cost containment initiatives has yielded a projected $6 million in savings for the agency. She looks forward to continued system improvements, “This is an exciting time to be working in behavioral health – public awareness is increasing as significant system restructuring is happening. This brings about tremendous opportunity to shape our system in a way that is most beneficial to our community. My focus is to cultivate excellence in all areas of Network180 operations with an emphasis on improving the experience of care for the people we serve.”
Prior to joining Network180, Beverly supervised a home-based crisis intervention program and practiced law. Beverly is a licensed clinical social worker and an attorney. She is a graduate of Calvin College, the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and the University of Michigan Law School.
In the community, Beverly has served for many years on the Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness Steering and Funding Review committees and is also a member of the board of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.
The strategic innovation and systems management skill Ryskamp brings as Chief Operating Officer are valuable to the continued improvement and advancement of Network180, the public behavioral health system and, most importantly, to the individuals we serve in Kent County.