August 11, 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 Cheryl Christie, MS, as Chief Operating Officer.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Cheryl to the Tykes Team!” said Tykes & Teens CEO Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW. “Cheryl’s nonprofit leadership experience combined with her clinical background will be instrumental in continuing our mission of prioritizing children’s mental health and our vision of building resilient communities that value mental health.”

“I’m thrilled to be part of a team that supports children and provides access to quality mental health services which positively impact the lives of children and families in a significant way, as well as communities as a whole,” said Tykes & Teens COO Cheryl Christie.

Before joining Tykes & Teens, Cheryl served as the Executive Director at the United Service Organizations (USO) in Fort Drum since 2018. She began her nonprofit work as the Director of Operations at Mount Carmel Veterans Center from 2016 until 2018. She also previously served as a therapist at a psychiatric hospital, and she operated her own practice in Colorado from 2014 until 2018. Cheryl earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Ashford University in 2009 and her Masters in Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology from Capella University in 2013. A mom of four, Cheryl is passionate about Tykes & Teens’ mission and supporting children and families. Outside of work you’ll find Cheryl spending time with her four kids, dogs and enjoying the Florida sun.

Tykes & Teens Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Christie, MS

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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 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. 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. We also advocate for increased awareness of mental health to remove the stigma and shame often associated with seeking mental health treatment. Since our inception, we have provided affordable quality mental health services for more than 60,000 children in need across the Treasure Coast from more than 50 service 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.