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    Oyauma Garrison Emphasizes Focus on Patients and Families as the New CEO of Maryhaven

    The Board of Directors of Maryhaven, Inc., Central Ohio’s oldest and most comprehensive addiction treatment and behavioral health provider, announced that Oyauma Garrison is the unanimous choice to serve as Chief Executive Officer, effective June 29, 2022.

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    Garrison comes to Maryhaven after four years at the helm of A Kid Again, a nonprofit that offers ongoing recreational therapeutic relief for families with children facing a life-threatening illness. A finalist for Columbus CEO’s CEO of the year, chosen by Columbus Business First as a Most Admired C-Suite leader, and selected by the National Black MBA Association for its Lifetime

    Achievement Award, Garrison has received an honorary doctorate from Franklin University for Community Leadership. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Dennison University and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Franklin University. He also acquired more than two decades managerial experience in the insurance industry.

    Maryhaven Board Chair, Kevin Brady, said, “Our Board was honored and excited by the number of talented, qualified candidates who expressed an interest in leading Maryhaven. After an extensive interview process, we believed that Oyauma’s flair for innovation, his extensive non- and for-profit leadership experience and his passion to continuously improve services to clients and families make him an outstanding candidate for our organization.”

    Garrison, who also has served on other nonprofit boards serving people with mental health conditions, said, “It is truly an honor to be able to advocate for those battling addiction recovery. Maryhaven has been an integral part of the Central Ohio community since 1953, offering recovery services to more than 300,000 of our loved ones and neighbors. I’m excited to lead an organization that inspires faith, hope, and trust as we expand our services to meet the growing needs and improve our community’s quality of life.”

    Brady also applauded Maryhaven’s existing leadership and staff for their great work at all times and especially during the search. “We are blessed with an incredibly dedicated and talented group of clinicians and caregivers,” he said. “The Board especially wants to acknowledge and thank Adam Rowan, interim CEO, for his leadership during the past six months. Adam will return to his role as COO and has a very bright future.”


    About Maryhaven

    Maryhaven is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is Central Ohio’s largest behavioral health service provider specializing in addiction recovery. Maryhaven helps individuals and families lead healthy lives free from addiction and mental illness by providing education, treatment and support. Maryhaven is Central Ohio’s oldest and most comprehensive treatment center and is one of the few centers in the country where people can get help for free. Learn more at

    For more information about treatment and how you can get help, visit or for an immediate response if you’re in a crisis text 741-741 to 4-HOPE.