(Granite Falls MN-) Long time Project Turnabout Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Mike Schiks is retiring at the end of this month. The Granite Falls-based addiction recovery center says Marti Paulson has been named as the new director and CEO. Project Turnabout is marking it's 50th year providing drug, alcohol and gambling treatment services, and Paulson, most recently Project Turnabout’s chief operating officer, succeeds Schiks who has led the organization leader since 2006. Schiks will be assisting Paulson in the transition process over the coming months.

Project Turnabout Board of Directors President Duaine Amundson says “We’re certainly sad to see Mike leave, and we’re extremely grateful for the impact he’s had on Project Turnabout. As a board we are pleased with our mission, culture, strategic plan and the cohesiveness of the teams currently in place. The board’s unanimous decision was that Marti was the best candidate to succeed Mike, and we’re confident of her abilities to lead the organization.” Paulson says “I joined Project Turnabout 16 years ago with energy and a passion to make a difference in the lives of those continuing to suffer with the disease of addiction, and I look forward to this new role with the same intentions. I am privileged and excited to have been given the opportunity to lead an exceptional management team and staff and help Project Turnabout meet the challenges of the next decade and beyond. I am honored to be a part of this great organization.”

Schiks, who spent more than a quarter century with the Hazelden Foundation, said “I am happy and excited Marti Paulson will be my successor,” said Schiks. “I could not agree more with her selection. I see it as an affirmation of the mission and values that I believe make this agency so special. I want to thank everyone who has supported me and the agency over the years. When I first arrived at Project Turnabout in 2006, I could not have known what a special place Project Turnabout is, or how much it would steal my heart. I look forward to watching it continue to grow and serve the people who need its help.”

Paulson said “Since the day he landed at Project Turnabout, Mike Schiks has been a mentor, a coach and a great role model, all while leading this very organization to great levels, I have big shoes to fill, but I am determined to fill those shoes – one step and one day at a time.”