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Tykes & Teens Appoints Jose Zirena as Chief Financial Officer

PALM CITY, Fla. (December 20, 2021) – Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents for 25 years, has appointed Jose Zirena, MBA, as Chief Financial Officer.

“We are thrilled to have Jose Zirena join the Tykes & Teens team as our Chief Financial Officer,” said Tykes & Teens CEO Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW.  “Jose’s extensive experience in turning around and growing healthcare organizations and nonprofits will be instrumental in ensuring Tykes & Teens’ continued sustainability and growth in serving children and families across the Treasure Coast with high quality mental health services for many years to come.”

“It is a pleasure to be a part of an organization that is committed the health and well-being of kids in the community,” said Tykes & Teens CFO Jose Zirena, MBA.  “When I learned that Tykes & Teens had a sliding fee scale for its clients and would not turn away anyone because of their inability to pay, I said, where do I sign?”

Jose brings more than 20 years of financial leadership experience to Tykes & Teens with a focus on building sustainable operations, securing funding and obtaining commercial financing for healthcare organizations.  Before joining Tykes & Teens, Jose served as Chief Financial Officer for Indian Stream Health Center in New Hampshire, Whole Family Health Center in Fort Pierce and Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley in Vermont, as well as key financial leadership roles in Miami, including Camillus Health Concern, Health Choice Network, Latin America Mission and MCC Services.

Jose earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of West Georgia, a Master of Arts Diploma in Educational Administration from the University of Lima in Peru and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Education from Florida Bible College.

When not working with numbers, you will find Jose traveling with his family, reading a book, or challenging friends and strangers to a game of chess.

Tykes & Teens Chief Financial Officer Jose Zirena, MBA

For more information on Tykes & Teens’ programs and services focused on providing high quality children’s mental health, visit www.tykesandteens.org or call 772-220-3439.

To learn more about how you can support children’s mental health in our community, visit www.tykesandteens.org/give-help/ or donate now.

About Tykes & Teens

Tykes & Teens has been a leading mental health provider for children and adolescent evidence-based programs and services for 25 years.  Our mission is prioritizing children’s mental health in our families, schools and communities through a wide range of prevention, education, and treatment programs and services.  Our passion and commitment are to empowering children and strengthening families by ensuring that all children have access to high quality counseling and mental health services, regardless of financial status.  We also advocate for increased awareness of mental health to remove the stigma and shame often associated with seeking mental health treatment.  We offer services from more than 50 locations, including outpatient offices in Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach, on-site services in all Martin County schools, and in schools in Okeechobee and Indian River counties, as well as collaboration with numerous community partners, in addition to virtual telehealth services.  We have continued to offer our services and programs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including virtual telehealth care.  We accept most insurance, private payments, and we are a Medicaid-approved provider. We have successfully administered a sliding fee scale for those in need when necessary for more than 20 years.  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, we also provide $750,000 in unreimbursed services to the communities we serve each year.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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