Scott Burgess - Chief Executive Officer

Scott Burgess joined David Lawrence Center as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. As CEO, he works closely with the David Lawrence Center Board of Directors and is responsible for the overall management of center operations and development. He provides administrative, clinical and financial direction to the Executive Management Team at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Burgess comes to DLC after an illustrious 21-year career with Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health – an arm of Alexian Brothers Health System a large multi-hospital healthcare network – in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He began working for the mental health center as an entry level vocational counselor where he progressed to Executive Director – a position he held for five years. During his tenure with the organization he also served as the Manager of Aftercare Services, Director of Program Services and Director of Research. As such, he is a proven clinician with experience working with children, adolescent and adult populations and is a highly recognized supervisor, manager and leader with deep knowledge of community mental health and integrated healthcare.

Burgess earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Illinois State University; his Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from Concordia University; a certification in Clinical Research Trials from the University of Chicago; and in 2016 attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

Passionate about effective policy for those struggling with mental illness, Burgess co-authored legislation that became law in Illinois to develop its first ever five year statewide mental health strategic plan (2013-2018). Recognized as a leader in mental health treatment, he was appointed as a member of the Governor’s Task Force to develop the state road map for improved care which was completed and ratified in early 2013.

Burgess currently serves as the Chair of Circuit 20 Regional Council for the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Florida Council for Behavioral Health, and Co-chair of the Engagement COmmittee for Healthways Blue Zones Project.

In addition to his professional interests, Burgess enjoys sending time with his wife and three children and volunteering as a youth coach and at church.