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Tykes & Teens Welcomes New Chief Executive Officer

Stuart, Fl - June 9, 2020 - Tykes & Teens is pleased to announce that Rodney Battles, MBA has joined the organization as Chief Executive Officer, overseeing all agency operations and programming in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties.  Battles comes to Tykes & Teens with more than 30 years of leadership experience and a passion for working with children and teens that began in the heart of Appalachia in eastern Kentucky.  A lack of opportunity for families in that region inspired his desire to make a meaningful difference, and provide resources to help those in need reach their full potential. Battles received a Bachelor of Science in Hospital Administration with minors in Marketing and Human Resource Management from the University of Alabama, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.

He began his career by serving a rural acute care hospital in Kentucky that was in danger of closing, where he led an operational and financial turnaround and helped create a new platform for rural healthcare delivery. Later, he developed a strategic vision with the board of a behavioral health and addiction program in North Carolina, where he helped introduce the first comprehensive continuum of care in the state.

Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of a mental health center where he led a psychosocial rehabilitation, workforce development, and supported housing program. Battles also served as Chairman of the Board of the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute, as well as sat on numerous other non-profit boards and served his community through advocacy and volunteerism. He is thrilled to join Tykes & teens and looks forward to having a profound impact on the lives of children and families on the Treasure Coast.

For more information, please call 772-220-3439 or visit