Karey Wallace Joins START Treatment & Recovery Centers With Services From Harlem To Hollis

Karey Wallace has joined START Treatment & Recovery Centers as Vice President, human resources development. The non-profit is New York’s largest independent drug treatment agency and has treated more than 50,000 New Yorkers since it was founded 51-years ago.

“Karey Wallace brings more than two decades of HR experience across industries that include healthcare, social services, financial technology, and unionized construction,” says Lawrence S. Brown, Jr., MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM, START’s CEO. “She will work closely with the executive and leadership teams to ensure we continue to build a culture that attracts, retains and develops the best talent, and achieves a mutually rewarding partnership between START and its employees.”

In her new role, Wallace will report directly to the CEO and serve as part of the senior management team.  She will be responsible for all aspects of START’s human resource strategy, encompassing talent management, leadership development, employee relations, and compensation and benefits, as well as leading all human resource functions globally.


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Most recently, Wallace headed human resources at Lantern Community Service, a non-profit that provides supportive housing and shelter services.

In this capacity, she spearheaded the optimization of HR operations through recruiting, HRIS technology, consultation, performance development, employee relations and culture institutionalization aligned with values and vision.

Wallace is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and earned her Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential in December 2016.

She graduated from Pace University in New York with a degree in human resources management. She was born in Jamaica, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.

START has treated over 50,000 New Yorkers throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan since it was founded in 1969.

Its goal is to provide the highest quality of compassionate, comprehensive, evidence-based healthcare and social services; education of the public concerning maintenance of healthy lifestyles; and cutting-edge behavioral, biomedical and healthcare services research.

Its community-based treatment programs for adults and adolescents use individual and group counseling with medical and behavioral health professionals to treat patients; some of its clinics offer short-term, outpatient detoxification and a drug-free chemical dependency program for other non-opiate addictions.

Its outpatient services and programs for people seeking quality treatment for drug addiction and rehabilitation include comprehensive medical care and specialized HIV services; behavioral health and vocational services; and medical case management. For more information, visit www.startny.org.

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