Dennis A. Hansen has been named new executive director of the Utah County Council of Drug Abuse (the Gathering Place) in Orem.

Hansen, an Orem native, brings to the agency many years of experience. He most recently was program director of adult services at Charter Canyon Hospital in Provo.The Gathering Place, an outpatient substance abuse treatment center, provides individual and group therapy for substances abusers and their families, and sponsors community education programs aimed at reducing substance abuse in Utah County.

Currently the Gathering Place is planning and implementing "Project Teamwork" training seminars on substance abuse prevention for school administrators, counselors, teachers and students.