President & CEO
Deborah “Lee” Yount is President and CEO of Glenwood, Inc., where she has served as CEO since 1981. During her tenure, this private organization started by a small group of community leaders with a commitment to providing treatment, education, and research in the area of children’s mental health has grown into one of the largest non-profit behavioral health centers in Alabama, touching the lives of over 8,000 people each year. Prior to coming to Glenwood, Lee served as Director of a program for troubled youth and as a Counselor and Assistant Director of a substance abuse treatment facility. Lee has over 40 years experience supporting people with autism and behavioral health disorders.
Lee has an Associate Degree in Mental Health Technology, a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and a Masters Degree in Education with specialization in Developmental Disabilities Management from UAB. The Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management certifies Lee as a Behavioral Healthcare Executive. She also is certified as a Fellow by the American College of Healthcare.
Lee has served on numerous task forces and groups devoted to improving the quality of life of individuals with autism, mental illness, and behavioral health disorders. These groups have included the following:
Alabama Autism Task Force, Member and Chair of Systems of Care Subcommittee
Children’s Mental Health Intellectual Disabilities Member and Chair
Lieutenant Governors Task force on Developmental Disabilities
Alabama Autism Providers Network
Professional and Technical Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health for Joint Commission
Health Care Services Standards Committee for Child Welfare League of America
Standards of Excellence and Residential Care Standards Committee, CWLA
National Center for Professional Competence
Honors include: Finalist for Executive of the Year, Birmingham Business Journal in 2009; recipient of “Top 40 under 40” in 1988; and “Woman of the Year in Leadership” in 2006 by Child Welfare League of America. Lee also received the “Mallie M. Ireland Visionary Award” in 2007. Lee is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education