David Wawrzynek, MBA, brings more than 40 years of experience in public behavioral health to the OPEN MINDS team. Combining his clinical training and experience with his business/financial training, he brings a unique perspective and set of skills to the management of behavioral health services. As a Senior Associate and Subject Matter Expert in OPEN MINDS Consulting Practice, he leads projects related to value-based purchasing, financial modeling, and clinical/financial data analysis.

Before joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Wawrzynek spent 18 years as Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Spectrum Human Services, a private, non-profit community mental health organization in Western NY. In this position, Mr. Wawrzynek designed, implemented and monitored systems to support information technology, human resources, billing, budgeting, financial modeling and reporting, site operations, risk management, security, and change management.

Previously, Mr. Wawrzynek served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Fiscal Officer with Health Management Group in Buffalo, NY. In this role, he managed the corporate financial resources through the supervision and coordination of the functions of reimbursement, budget, banking, and general accounting.

Mr. Wawrzynek served his first 14-year tenure with Spectrum Human Services as Director of Financial Operations. In this role, he was responsible for the fiscal, facility, personnel, and business functions of the corporation. In addition, he was responsible for data analysis and worked closely with the Clinical and Quality Assurance Directors in the development and monitoring of performance and outcome indicators.

Before joining Spectrum, Mr. Wawrzynek served as an Outpatient Psychiatry Supervising Counselor with Buffalo General Hospital Community Mental Health Center. In this role, he held dual clinical and administrative responsibilities and assisted in the daily operation of the department, acted as a liaison to other hospital departments, and supervised staff activities.

Mr. Wawzynek began his career as a clinical Supervising Counselor for the City of Buffalo’s Division of Drug Abuse Services, where he was responsible for the supervision of all counseling and clinical activities at a community-based drug treatment center and provided counseling services for clinic patients.

In recognition of his professional successes, Mr. Wawrzynek was named as the 2007 Not-for-profit Chief Financial Officer of the Year by Buffalo Business First.

In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Wawrzynek has served in a number of leadership roles for affiliations, including past President for the New York State Cerner Software User Group; past Board President for Child Resource Network; and Treasurer for Spectrum Human Services Foundation.

Mr. Wawrzynek earned his Master of Business Administration and his bachelor’s in psychology from SUNY at Buffalo and his Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Syracuse University.

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