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Helene M. Cross

President and Chief Executive Officer

Hope Academy

HQ Phone:  (317) 572-9401

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Hope Academy

8102A Clearvista Parkway.

Indianapolis, Indiana,46256

United States

Company Description

Hope Academy is a tuition-free, Indiana public charter high school for students in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. As the only recovery high school in Indiana - and just one of 30 nationwide - Hope Academy provides a supportive community for students... more.

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Background Information

Employment History

Executive In Residence

Butler University


President and Chief Executive Officer

Fairbanks Hospital Inc


Affiliations

Immigrant Welcome Center

Board Member


Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee

Member


National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers

Board Member


Education

BA

Psychology

Purdue University


MS


MS

Management

Indiana Wesleyan University


Web References(68 Total References)


www.hopeacademyrhs.org

in honor of Helene M. Cross
Donate Helene M. Cross First Hope Academy President and CEO When Helene Cross took over as president and CEO of Fairbanks in 2001, the organization was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt and had a facility that badly needed renovations. There wasn't even any money in the bank designated as reserves. That would sound daunting to the most optimistic. And yet she doesn't remember feeling scared. That included Rachelle Gardner, who in her first interview with Cross told her about her dream for a recovery high school. Having lived in the Indianapolis area since the 1970s and working her way up through the health-care and nonprofit ranks, Cross also knew many people with resources. One by one she went to friends at places like the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Lilly Endowment and United Way and explained what Fairbanks needed. One good piece of advice she got early on was to simply "paint the lobby. That would show everyone that change was afoot, however minor it may be. From that metaphor to something real, a grant allowed for some urgent upgrades including group room chairs and carpet. Renegotiating with insurance companies on reimbursement rates also helped shore up the bottom line. And a significant first-year change was adopting a new mission statement that focused on recovery, not just treatment. After 18 months and a little more financial security - along with an improved facility - Cross worked with the leadership group to begin determining how the focus on recovery could lead to the development of new programs. Cross and Fairbanks board member Dr. Chris Stack recruited individuals for a subcommittee to determine the feasibility of starting a recovery high school. "We were the only charter school application at the time to have unanimous support," said Cross, who credits a recovering high schooler's testimony for sealing the deal. "He had more metal on than I thought a body could carry, but he showed so much confidence in explaining why we needed a charter school like Hope Academy." The original business plan projected a loss up to a million dollars in the school's first five years until enrollment reached a projected 120 students. "We exceeded that expectation! said Cross, noting leadership furthermore decided to cap enrollment at 60 for academic and recovery purposes. Though Cross retired as president and CEO of Fairbanks and Hope Academy in 2012, she still attends every graduation that she's able to. And she still hears the same kind of feedback from students and parents every time: If not for Hope Academy, I never would've graduated. I'd probably even be dead. "That's pretty powerful," said Cross, who feels the same about Hope Academy now as she did when it opened 10 years ago. Make a donation to Hope Academy in honor of Helene M. Cross


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Helene M. Cross, Fairbanks, President and CEO
Helene M. Cross, Hope Academy, President and CEO


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Alltreatment.com interviews President and CEO of Fairbanks and Hope Academy, Helene Cross and COO of Hope Academy, Rachelle Gardner about Recovery Schools.
Helene M. Cross, President


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HELENE CROSS, PRESIDENT & CEO, FAIRBANKS - 01/13/2012
Helene Cross was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has lived in Indianapolis since 1974. Since that time she has worked in area health and human services organizations. Since 2001 she has served as President & Chief Executive Officer, Fairbanks and since 2006 she is also is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Hope Academy, the recovery high school at Fairbanks. Previously she held administrative positions at Easter Seals Crossroads, St. Vincent Hospital, Wishard Hospital, CICOA and The John Boner Center. Helene holds an MS Management, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana and BA Psychology, Purdue University. She has served on numerous boards and committees; the current ones... Read More


indy.kiwanisone.org

HELENE CROSS, PRESIDENT & CEO, FAIRBANKS - 01/12/2012
Helene Cross was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has lived in Indianapolis since 1974. Since that time she has worked in area health and human services organizations. Since 2001 she has served as President & Chief Executive Officer, Fairbanks and since 2006 she is also is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Hope Academy, the recovery high school at Fairbanks. Previously she held administrative positions at Easter Seals Crossroads, St. Vincent Hospital, Wishard Hospital, CICOA and The John Boner Center. Helene holds an MS Management, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana and BA Psychology, Purdue University. She has served on numerous boards and committees; the current ones... Read More


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