Senior Vice President of Operations
“It is an amazing opportunity to be able to work with patients and their families, to watch families and people heal and recover every day. People invite us into their lives at times of crisis and periods of hopelessness and I am grateful every day to work for an organization that understands and respects this responsibility that is given to us.”
Brandy Vandermark-Murray started her career with Horizon Corporations in 2006 as a substance use counselor. During her tenure she has served in several clinical and operational positions in both outpatient and residential programs within the organization. Brandy assisted in opening many of Horizon’s new facilities over the past 10 years including the outpatient family recovery centers, Terrace House stabilization and detox programming and expansions on our residential campus in Sanborn. From 2018 -2021 she served as Vice President of Horizon Village Inc. providing executive oversight to clinical and operational programming needs.
Brandy currently services as our Senior Vice President of Operations. While she continues her leadership role in our residential service line, she has expanded her oversight to our OASAS and OMH outpatient programs, ensuring we provide opportunities for innovative clinical treatment and executive oversight to operational planning.
Brandy’s expertise goes beyond Western New York as she has assisted with the implementation of new regulations in residential treatment and served as a consultant to various programs in New York State. Additionally she has presented at various state conferences providing training on leadership and clinical programming and implementation. She was awarded the Elieen Pencer Award for her outstanding contribution to the field of substance abuse by ASAP in 2019. She currently works as an adjunct professor at Canisius College in their counseling graduate department, sharing her passion of behavioral health and developing future counselors.
She has a Bachelors’ Degree in Political Science, Women’s Studies and Criminal Justice from Canisius College and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Canisius College. Brandy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well as a certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. She resides in Amherst, NY with her husband, children and therapy dog, Oxford.