A nonprofit organization that works to prevent substance abuse and suicide has named a new chief executive officer.
Dwight Holton will be the new CEO of Lines for Life.
Holton will assume the primary leadership role at Lines for Life when co-founder Judy Cushing retires Feb. 10 after leading the organization for more than 20 years.
“Dwight Holton is a superb candidate to lead Lines for Life as it moves into its third decade of service to Oregonians” said outgoing CEO Cushing. “Dwight is passionate about the work we do and has been a strong supporter of Oregon Partnership-Lines for Life for many years.”
Holton was United States Attorney for Oregon, where he managed the U.S. Department of Justice offices throughout Oregon.
Holton led DOJ efforts to work with the health care industry and others to address the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. He held a summit with the governor, Lines for Life, the DEA and other regional and national leaders to reduce abuse. This effort served as a model for U.S. Attorneys throughout the nation.
Most recently Holton was counsel to the firm at Lane Powell, P.C.
“For 15 years as a prosecutor, by the time I got there something bad had already happened,” said Holton. “At Lines for Life, we flip that to prevent addiction and help people in mental health crisis find a way forward.”
“Dwight is really the perfect conclusion to our search for the next CEO of Lines for Life” said Dan McMillan, Lines for Life board president. “His commitment to prevention, compassion for people struggling with substance abuse and suicide, solid connections with decision makers and personal integrity made Dwight the top candidate.”
Dwight and his wife, Mary Ellen Glynn, live in Portland with their two children, Terence and Fiona.