Resource Center Dallas has hired Marisa Elliott to fill the newly-created position of chief operating officer effective Aug. 9, RCD officials announced today.

Elliott will be responsible for the internal, day-to-day operations of the center and will work closely with staff to strengthen existing programs and develop new opportunities, according to a statement announcing her hiring.

Elliot joins the center from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she served as the program coordinator and division manager for their psychiatry education program.

Previously, Elliott served as the interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer for the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas; regional director of operations for American Habilitation Services, which provides support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities, and director of services for Pecan Valley Mental Health/Mental Retardation of Stephenville.

The center added the COO position following a needs assessment and restructuring initiated earlier this year. Cece Cox, formerly the executive director, assumed the additional title of CEO in April, and will have an increased focus on external relations and with the center’s board of directors.

“Marisa’s strong business background and wide variety of non-profit experience will help Resource Center Dallas grow for the future while refining and refocusing our current programs,” Cox said.