Circle Family HealthCare Network CEO André Hines has resigned her position with the Austin-based health center, the nonprofit agency announced.
Hines became CEO in 2010 but spent much of her tenure dealing with the agency’s financial problems, including a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last year. Circle Family, which serves Austin and neighboring West Side communities, including Garfield Park and North Lawndale, receives much of its funding from the state. But the state’s financial woes in recent years have hurt many community-based organizations and nonprofits, such as Circle Family. The agency was also saddled with lingering debt, which Hines inherited as CEO, and reduced grant dollars for behavioral health sciences.
Circle Family has named Christopher Jackson, the agency’s chief financial officer since 2012, as interim CEO.
In a press release from the agency Thursday, Hines maintained that she’s leaving Circle Family in good hands.
“It has been both a privilege and honor to serve the community, serve alongside this wonderful team, and to be their leader the past four years. I believe [Circle Family] is in God’s hands and that is the best place to be,” she said.
A search for Hines’ replacement is currently underway, according to the release, which did not state what her future plans are.
The Circle Family HealthCare Network includes five West Side health clinics/centers. The Humboldt Park clinic closed last year. The agency has gone from 125 employees to roughly 80 within the last year. When it filed for bankruptcy in February 2013, the agency listed assets of roughly $738,000 and liabilities of just over $3 million.