BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The board of directors at O’Brien House has appointed Emily George Tilley as the new executive director.

“Emily Tilley demonstrated the highest degree of understanding and knowledge related to the needs of the organization, and most importantly, is passionate about the needs of its clients,” said Chairman of the Board of Directors Jessica Guinn Johnson.

O’Brien House engaged Emergent Method, a Baton Rouge-based consulting firm, to conduct a nationwide recruiting effort. The search generated “a large volume of interested and qualified applicants,” according to a media release.

In Tilley’s new role as executive director, she will lead the advancement of the organization’s mission through oversight of all organizational functions and operations, in addition to serving as the public spokesperson and figurehead.

“The organization means a great deal to me personally and serving as its leader is an incredible honor I take with extreme responsibility. I look forward to carrying out the mission, vision, and services we provide community members, like my mother, who are on their recovery journey,” said Tilley.

Tilley credits witnessing her parents struggle with addiction throughout her childhood as the driving force behind her dedication to O’Brien House. “O’Brien House saved my life and family through the support services it provided my mother. She was 11 years sober at the time of her death, largely due to active participation in O’Brien House’s alumni network and fellowship formed through its community-based support systems,” said Tilley.

Tilley’s previously served as a social worker for Baton Rouge Area Alcohol and Drug Center and several healthcare systems. She also served as a child welfare specialist for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

Tilley holds a master’s degree in Social Work and Public Administration from Louisiana State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is also working on her Doctorate in Social Work at Tulane University. Tilley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Board Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Licensed Addiction Counselor, Certified Financial Social Worker, among several other relevant credentials and certifications.

Tilley succeeds Todd Hamilton who will retire from the position, which he has held since 2013. Notably, Hamilton led the organization as it navigated the covid-19 pandemic, driving strategies to keep services and operations functioning. Additionally, during Hamilton’s tenure O’Brien House significantly elevated its profile and public awareness through collaborative efforts with community partners and leaders and added a women’s dorm facility and other campus improvements.

More about O’Brien House

O’Brien House, a nonprofit, long-term residential treatment facility that has served adults recovering from alcohol and drug addiction in the Greater Baton Rouge area for more than 50 years.