Bucks County Herald

Beverly Haberle will turn over Council reins to Jennifer King

After 42 years of service, Beverly (Bev) J. Haberle is retiring as executive director of The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania Inc. effective Dec. 3. She will be succeeded by Jennifer King, who joined the organization Nov. 1.

The change in the organization’s leadership was announced by William Weigman, The Council’s board president. “Beverly is a nationally recognized pioneer in recovery support services. She advanced The Council as a servant leader and a person in long-term recovery who demonstrates daily that ‘Thriving in Recovery’ is not just a slogan.

“Her dedication has transformed how addiction is addressed in our communities and it is with immense gratitude to her that the board announces her retirement.”

Bev started with The Council in 1976 as a volunteer and was named executive director in 1980. Under her leadership, The Council has grown from one office in Doylestown to include eight offices throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.

As the organization’s focus expanded, the staff grew from two to more than 70 professionals with support from more than 400 volunteers. Bev’s drive and persistence has been recognized through the Livengrin Foundation’s Ford Hansel Award and the William White Lifetime Achievement Award from Faces and Voices-America Honors Recovery.

“I have been very blessed all these years to have been able to provide leadership to this organization,” Haberle said. “I value and respect the work of our staff and know this important mission will continue to be served by them under Jennifer’s strong leadership, operational background, and commitment.”

King has worked in social services her entire career. She joins The Council from Penn Foundation where she was the director of advancement for eight years. She is a certified fundraising executive, holds a master’s degree in communication from LaSalle University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Peter’s College.

Weigman said, “The board’s unanimous support of Jennifer to lead The Council into the future is recognition of her proven professional skills, experience, and dedication to serving this region.”

“As our community responds to the devastating opioid epidemic, it is such an important time to be working in addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. I am honored to be part of the Council’s future, and to further engage our community in helping people achieve and maintain long-term recovery,” she said.


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