K. Blake HornePresident & CEO
Blake Horne office: 334.387.2112
K. Blake Horne, Ph.D. is the President/CEO of the United Methodist Children’s Home of Alabama and Northwest Florida, appointed May 16th 2012. A native of Hawkinsville, Georgia, he is a 1992 graduate of Mercer University where he majored in Christianity and History while pitching for Mercer’s NCAA Division I baseball team. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Family Therapy from Mercer University School of Medicine while serving as a graduate assistant baseball coach for two seasons. He also holds a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University. In addition, he pursued post-doctoral study at the Georgetown Family Center/Bowen Center for Study of the Family from 2004-2007.
Prior to his appointment to UMCH, Dr. Horne served as the Executive Director of The Samaritan Counseling Center of Montgomery from 1999 to 2012. Under his leadership, The Samaritan Counseling Center grew from its very founding into one of the largest outpatient providers of mental health services in the State of Alabama. While leading Samaritan, he oversaw the establishment of the River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards in partnership with the Auburn University Montgomery School of Business in 2009. He continues to serve as Asst. Professor of Family Therapy at Amridge University where he has taught since 2002.
Dr. Horne is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, Class XXIV of Leadership Alabama, and First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, where he has served as Stewardship Committee Chair. His board service has included the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy, Kiwanis Club of Montgomery Foundation, the Alabama Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Habitat for Humanity. He has been married to the former Tracy Prudames of Atlanta, GA since 1998, and has two daughters, Brooke and Arden.
Since assuming leadership at UMCH, Dr. Horne has made access to higher education for foster children a top priority, establishing the Knabe Higher Education Homes in collaboration with the University of Alabama and University of North Alabama through UMCH’s Tuscaloosa and Florence group homes. In addition, he has simultaneously lowered the agency’s dependence on government funding and its endowment, all while expanding the range of the agency’s services to children and families.