President – Horizon Corporations
Brandy Vandermark-Murray was appointed President of Horizon Corporations in June 2023. She previously served as Senior Vice President of Operations at Horizon Corporations, where she had executive oversight of operations for all behavioral health programs. She has 20 years of clinical experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and has been instrumental in implementing integrated care throughout the organization.
Over the past 10 years, she has held various operational leadership roles within Horizon and played a critical role in expanding substance use services across Western New York. Her work includes the restructuring and expanding of the only community-based detox program in Erie County, as well as developing and opening both a young adult and women’s intensive residential program that were both the first residential programs in NYS to enter the new 820 regulations, allowing for more intensive clinical services to be offered in residential substance use programs. Brandy is committed and passionate about providing quality behavioral health treatment to all community members in conjunction with providing a quality and supportive work environment for those in the field.
Outside of Horizon, Brandy has served as an adjunct professor at Canisius College in Buffalo for the past 5 years. She teaches in the Graduate School of Mental Health Counseling, focusing on areas of substance use and the impact the opioid epidemic has had on communities and the behavioral health field. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and has a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling from Canisius as well. She enjoys spending time with her alma mater and developing new counselors in the field.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of substance use, Brandy has been awarded the ASAP Eileen Pencer Women’s Leadership Award. She has been instrumental in developing women’s specific programming for Horizon, including the expansion of training in perinatal mental health treatment and collaboration with local medical providers for early intervention. She enjoys community outreach and providing education on impacts mental health and substance use have on communities, individuals, and family systems. She is a strong advocate for the behavioral health workforce and for patient quality of care. Brandy serves on the boards for the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers (ASAP) of New York State and the Coalition. She is an active member of the Therapeutic Community Association of NYS. Brandy is actively involved in her community in Western New York. She is a graduate of Leadership Buffalo Class of 2022 and currently serves on various community boards. These activities give her opportunities for volunteering, connecting with others and sharing her expertise in behavioral health with others.
Brandy lives in Snyder, NY, with her husband and two children.