Great Circle Names Paula Fleming as President and Chief Executive Officer

Fleming’s Deep Experience in Behavioral Health Services Strengthens Nonprofit That Serves Children and Families In Missouri & Kansas

Great Circle Names Paula Fleming as President and Chief Executive Officer

(St. Louis – January 8, 2020) Great Circle’s Board of Directors today announced Paula Fleming has been selected to lead the organization as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Fleming was selected following an extensive, nationwide search. With more than 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit behavioral health field, Fleming holds a PhD in educational and counseling psychology and is a licensed professional counselor (LPC). She has been with Great Circle for almost 14 years in a variety of executive leadership roles.

As one of the Midwest’s largest behavioral health services nonprofits, Great Circle serves more than 45,000 children and families each year in Missouri, eastern Kansas and Illinois from its 20 locations.

“Our highest priority in the selection process was  to ensure Great Circle’s next leader embodies our core values and commitment to providing compassionate, expert care,” said Andy Miedler, Board Chair. “We had many strong candidates from across the country, but Paula distinguished herself through her accomplishments in behavioral health, her vision for the future of Great Circle and her unwavering commitment to the children and families we serve.”

“Paula’s collaborative style combines clinical and leadership expertise with dedication and service,” said Jack Gillis, Board Search Committee Chair. “During a time of tremendous growth and change for the organization, the Board unanimously agreed Paula is the right leader to guide Great Circle into the future.”

“I am grateful and humbled by the Board’s continued support,” said Fleming. “Great Circle’s work has never been more important, and I am energized every day by the tremendous impact  our team makes in the lives of those we serve. I look forward to listening to and working with our dedicated staff and partners to improve and grow behavioral health services for so many children and families in need.”

Fleming joined Great Circle in 2005 and most recently jointly served as Acting President and CEO.

“The Board applauds the steady leadership Paula has shown over the past several months,” said Miedler. “Her steady guidance enabled Great Circle to seamlessly continue delivering high quality services to children and families.”

Great Circle’s Board engaged EMD Consulting Group, an independent, third-party firm led by longtime St. Louis-area nonprofit leader Gary Dollar and his partners, to conduct the organization’s nationwide CEO search.


About Great Circle
Great Circle reaches more than 45,000 children and families each year, helping to reshape vulnerable lives through a community of partners, teachers and staff with wide-ranging behavioral health expertise. The organization and its 1,400 staff members provide specialized behavioral health services, including 24-hour care, respite programs, education and day treatment programs, including for children on the autism spectrum, plus a broad spectrum of community-based services, including parental support programs, foster/adoptive care, assessments, crisis management and family stabilization. For more information, visit

About EMD Consulting Group

Standing for Experience Makes the Difference, EMD Consulting, which is based in St. Louis, helps nonprofits build organizational strength through strategy & planning, executive leadership development, revenue, and capacity building projects.