Canvas Health Names Matt Eastwood as New CEO

The Canvas Health Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Eastwood, PhD, MPA, LMFT as the new Canvas Health Chief Executive Officer, effective September 1, 2015.

Matt has been a key member of Canvas Health’s executive leadership team since 2011 and will take over for Mark Kuppe, who has led the organization with distinction for eight years. Mark led Canvas Health from a Washington County human service organization to a thriving mental and substance use agency serving the greater Twin Cities area. The agency also offers statewide services through Crisis Connection and TXT4Life.

“Matt is an exceptional leader,” said Bob Johnson, Chair of Canvas Health’s Board of Directors. “Since joining Canvas Health, Matt has distinguished himself as a highly talented, inspiring and energetic leader whose creativity and positive attitude are among his greatest strengths. His proven record in transforming our operations as a growing agency is extraordinary. Matt was chosen in a competitive selection process from a strong field of candidates. He is known for his supportive leadership style and for building a high performance operations team.”

As Chief Operating Officer for the organization, Matt has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of Canvas Health. His accomplishments include aligning the clinical and business operations of the company with the mission, vision, and strategic plans for the organization.

Matt previously held director level positions with HealthPartners Medical Group and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. He has extensive mental and substance use clinic management experience, and has been a licensed mental health professional in Minnesota since 1992. Matt completed his PhD at Purdue University, and received a Master’s of Public Affairs degree from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

“Matt is an excellent choice for the agency,” said Kuppe. This is a great opportunity for Matt and an excellent opportunity for our organization. I am personally delighted to be handing over the reins to such an outstanding leader. In an effort to make this transition seamless for the organization, I look forward to working with Matt on this transition as he enters into his new role for September.”

“I am honored and excited to have been selected to lead Canvas Health,” said Eastwood. “This is an agency with a rich tradition and history of providing exceptional care to the people we serve. The breadth and depth of our programming is second to none, and positions us very well for the challenges and opportunities we will face in a changing and evolving health care world. The agency’s staff members are the key to our success and the engine that drives us forward. I look forward to continuing to work and grow with them as we strive together to bring to life the agency mission of bringing hope, healing, and recovery to the people we serve,” he said.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work for Mark these past four years. To say that I have learned a lot and grown professionally while working for him would be an understatement. His contributions to mental health treatment, to community mental health, and more recently to suicide prevention, are beyond measure. And while he may be retiring from Canvas Health, it is my belief that we have not heard the last of Mark’s contributions to the field of mental health, and I certainly look forward to any opportunities I might have to work with him in the future. Filling the shoes of a great mentor and friend will be no easy task. Mark’s support, and that of my colleagues, has helped me reach this landmark in my career. I thank them and will work my hardest to reward their trust and faith in me,” Eastwood concluded.

Canvas Health is dedicated to bringing hope, healing and recovery to people’s lives. Each year Canvas Health programs serve more than 8,500 children, adolescents, adults and elderly challenged with debilitating aspects of mental illness, substance misuse, aging, or physical and sexual abuse. Additional Canvas Health programs and services include: Crisis Connection, which answers 45,000 crisis calls annually; Homeless Youth Outreach, providing assistance with housing, employment and referrals to over 300 homeless youth; and Abuse Response Services, developing positive relationship and anti-bullying education for over 11,700 students.

Endowment fund contributions are welcome in honor of Mark Kuppe’s four decades of service to the organization; tax-deductible checks can be made out to Canvas Health and sent to Canvas Health Development Department at 7066 Stillwater Boulevard, Oakdale, MN 55128 or at