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Centerstone America Leadership

David Guth - Chief Executive Officer

David Guth is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest behavioral healthcare providers. The non-profit organization, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, serves nearly 180,000 individuals in communities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, and nationwide through its national provider network.

Guth has served in the capacity of chief executive for Centerstone since 1991. With over 40 years of behavioral healthcare experience, 33 in executive leadership, his experience and expertise comprise a vast number of areas, both business and clinical. He has presented extensively before national and international audiences on the adoption of information technology in the healthcare industry, the integration of behavioral and primary healthcare, and the importance of improving the field of behavioral health through research-driven protocols. His insights on these topics and others have been featured in numerous professional journals. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from $6M in revenues and 300 staff serving 2,000 individuals to revenues of $327M and 5,200 staff serving nearly 180,000 people each year through 1,250 partnership locations and 211 facilities.  In addition, Centerstone contracts with over 700 specialty credentialed clinicians nationwide.

The National Council for Behavioral Health publishes Guth’s first book on mergers entitled, “Strategic Unions: A Marriage Guide to Healthy Not-for-Profit Mergers.  He has provided merger presentations through both the National Council and state trade associations and has consulted extensively with not-for-profits exploring mergers and with both for-profits and not-for profits in the areas of managing growth and business development. He is currently working on his second book on non-profit mergers.

Under Guth’s guidance, in 2013 Centerstone announced a joint venture with Unity Physician Partners to improve patient care and enhance the quality of healthcare across the U.S., by creating an environment in which primary care and mental health providers operate within a collaborative and co-located clinical model.  Unity Medical Clinics are embedded within select Centerstone facilities today offering coordinated, whole-health care.

He is the recipient of numerous recognitions including the National Council 2010 Visionary Leadership award, and is recognized as one of Health Care’s Power Leaders in the March 2013 Nashville Business Journal. As well, he recently received the 2016 Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk from the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work.

Guth received his BA in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and his MSSW in Social Work Administration and Planning from the University of Tennessee.


Melissa Larkin-Skinner, MA, LMHC - Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Florida

Melissa Larkin-Skinner is the Chief Executive Officer at Centerstone Florida. She is responsible for clinical and fiscal oversight of clinical operations. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, she has nearly 25 years of experience in mental health and addictions treatment programs including hospital, outpatient, crisis, community based, forensic and child welfare services. Larkin-Skinner has designed and operated innovative programs to meet community needs such as the Community Action Teams adopted as a statewide model. In August 2016, she received the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Administrator of the Year for her work in combating the opioid epidemic in our community.


John Markley, MBA - Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Illinois

John Markley serves as Chief Executive Officer of Centerstone Illinois, the state’s largest behavioral healthcare provider serving residents in eastern and southern Illinois through more than 30 locations, providing treatment, support and educational programs and services to individuals who have mental health and addiction disorders and specialized services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Centerstone employs over 525 staff in Illinois and serves more than 17,000 individuals annually.

Under Markley’s leadership, Illinois’ operations have expanded from serving residents in southern Illinois to include eastern Illinois following a 2015 merger with Wellspring Resources in Alton, Illinois (now Centerstone).

Markley has served on several national and statewide boards and is currently a member of several state and national associations.

He began his behavioral health career in 1985 as a staff accountant, was promoted to Director of Financial Services, and became CEO in 2005. He received his BS in Criminal Justice and in Accounting from Murray State University in Kentucky and MBA from Century University in New Mexico. As CEO, Markley is responsible for the leadership and operational oversight of Centerstone’s Illinois clinical divisions, specialized services, as well as strategic business development and fiscal accountability.


Suzanne Koesel - Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Indiana

Suzanne Koesel serves as Chief Executive Officer of Centerstone Indiana which has a network of more than 60 facilities in 17 Indiana counties throughout south and central Indiana and nearly 900 employees serving nearly 30,000 Hoosiers annually, and an annual revenue of over $52 million. She is responsible for the leadership and operational oversight of Centerstone's clinical divisions and specialized services, as well as strategic business development and fiscal accountability.

Under her leadership, Centerstone has continued to expand operations in Indiana, and has developed numerous state- and nationally-recognized services, including substance abuse treatment, peer support services, employment services and specialized re-entry services for adults.

Koesel is a licensed clinical social worker and received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. She is currently a member of the Mental Health America of Indiana Board of Directors. She is an active member of her community, serving on a variety of nonprofit boards and local human services committees. She has been with Centerstone since 1996.


Anthony M. Zipple, ScD., MBA - President and CEO, Centerstone Kentucky

Dr. Zipple is President and CEO of Centerstone Kentucky (formerly Seven Counties Services), based in Louisville. The 1450 dedicated Kentucky staff serve over 34,000 clients each year and partner with many collaborating organizations. Centerstone Kentucky is the state leader in the delivery of welcoming, evidence based services for mental illness, addictions, and developmental and intellectual disabilities. Zipple is also a Professor at Eastern Kentucky University and co-teaches courses in Psychiatric Rehabilitation ever offered at a Kentucky university.

He has almost 40 years of experience as a clinical manager, public administrator, consultant, teacher, researcher, and executive in the field of behavioral health. Prior to joining Centerstone in 2011, Zipple served as CEO of Thresholds in Chicago, COO of Vinfen in Boston, and Professor and Senior Research Associate at Boston University and its Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. He is a licensed psychologist, a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Dincin Fellow, and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. Zipple has published more than 65 articles, monographs, and book chapters and has trained and consulted with organizations across the US and in Asia. He is the recipient of the John Beard and Irvin Rutman Awards of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and the Hall-Render Leadership in Healthcare Award.


Robert N. Vero, EdD - Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Tennessee

Dr. Robert (Bob) Vero has worked in behavioral healthcare for nearly four decades. As Chief Executive Officer of Tennessee’s largest community-based behavioral healthcare provider, he is responsible for the leadership, fiscal accountability and operational oversight of all clinical divisions, specialized services, strategic business development. With an annual operating budget $70 million and a staff of 1000 employees, Centerstone Tennessee serves nearly 60,000 individuals and families each year.

Vero received his BA in Psychology and MS in Counseling from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.. He earned his Doctorate in Human Development Counseling from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

He is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Psychological Examiner. His clinical experience includes both private and community-based practice with special focus on substance abuse prevention, marriage and family therapy, and critical incident stress management services. He also has served as a psychological consultant to several law enforcement agencies and volunteered his personal service during 9/11 and in recent national disasters.

Vero has held adjunct faculty positions in both Omaha and Nashville and served as a volunteer Board member for several middle Tennessee not-for-profits including Cumberland University, where he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, and the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO) for which he is President-elect.


Barry Hale - Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Barry Hale works with the Executive Council (comprised of Centerstone’s CEOs) to ensure that enterprise operations decisions represent the best interests of the entire enterprise while supporting the unique strengths and challenges possessed by our service companies. He also ensures that Centerstone creates an effective enterprise budget each year and works to safeguard the organization’s place as an industry leader in engagement, efficacy, access and customer service.

Hale joined Centerstone in 2008 as Vice President for Business Development, at which time he oversaw Centerstone’s merger with Indiana-based Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) and Quinco Behavioral Health Systems.

Prior to joining Centerstone, Hale served as Chief Executive Officer of Quinco Mental Health Centers, headquartered in Bolivar, Tenn. During his career, he also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Health Service Initiatives, Inc., a health and human service consulting company based in Jackson, Tenn. He has served on the boards of Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations, Behavioral Health Initiatives, Caldwell Homes, and the Western Mental Health Institute Board of Trustees. Hale has also been a regular contributing member of the Region VI Mental Health Planning Council and St. Mary’s Catholic Church Finance Council. He has been a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers since 1981.

He received his BS in Sociology from the University of Memphis and his MSSW from the University of Tennessee’s School of Social Work.


Steve Holman - Chief Financial Officer

Steve Holman is the chief financial officer of Centerstone, the nation’s largest community based behavioral healthcare provider. In this role he directs fiscal operations for all of Centerstone’s companies (including Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Florida and Kentucky), assesses the organization’s performance, oversees financial reporting and analysis, and develops annual budgets and long-term financial strategies.

Holman brings more than 30 years of financial and management experience in a wide range of healthcare settings. Prior to joining Centerstone in 2013, he served as a founder and CFO for Precedent Health, Inc., a healthcare company based in Nashville, Tenn., that worked with providers and payers to manage accountable care organizations and bundled payment programs. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings and providing quality reporting programs.

Previously, Holman worked at Heritage Health Systems/Universal American Corp. (UAM) where he was CFO for the multi-state Medicare Advantage HMO division. He was an initial member of the Heritage management team which founded physician IPAs and HMOs that were focused on aligning the incentives of providers in gain-sharing models. While CFO of the HMO division of UAM, revenues grew from $120 million to $750 million. Holman also has held executive management positions in finance at Lakeside Community Health, FHP International Corporation and Deloitte & Touche where he was a partner in charge of the Los Angeles office health care audit practice.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.


Ramona Rhodes - Chief Operating Officer, Foundation and Executive Vice President, Marketing

As Chief Operating Officer for the Foundation, Ramona Rhodes provides strategic and operational planning and day-to-day guidance, ensuring the required infrastructures and supports are in place for achievement of annual philanthropic goals by the Foundation team. In her role for marketing, her work is focused in brand development, reputation management and referral marketing.

During Rhodes' 27-year tenure, the Centerstone organization has grown from a small, Nashville-based agency to a national multi-state, multi-tiered organizational enterprise serving over 150,000 individuals annually.

Under her leadership, the marketing team has received numerous recognitions.The 2002 Centerstone branding campaign was named a finalist by the Nashville Business Journal for the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Salute to Excellence Awards. Multiple advertising campaigns and publications have also received marketing and communication awards over the years, including several Telly and Addy® awards for creative excellence. Rhodes was also named a Health Care Hero in 2011 by the Nashville Business Journal.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., and is a member of the American Marketing Association. She has been with Centerstone since 1989.


Debbie Cagle - Chief Marketing Officer

Debbie Cagle is well-known and respected in the healthcare marketing, behavioral health and managed care industries, with more than 20 years of experience in the field. She has worked at Centerstone in a variety of roles for more than ten years, including executive leadership for Advantage Behavioral Health, a behavioral health managed care company; Centerstone Military Services, which provides programs and services to veterans and their families; and Centerstone Health Partners, which recently established integrated care clinics for clients with physical and behavioral healthcare needs. Today, she leads marketing and business development for Centerstone, creating and driving business strategy for revenue growth and market share. This includes strategy and oversight of payer relations and contracting, referral marketing, grant writing, branding and communication.

Prior to joining Centerstone, Cagle served as chief operating officer of ValueOptions of Tennessee; vice president of AdvoCare of Tennessee, a subsidiary of Magellan Health Services, and she has directed behavioral health managed care services contracting for HCA, Inc. and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Cagle graduated from Texas Woman's University with a BS, dually certified in Special Education, Mental Retardation/ Learning Disabilities and Elementary Education.


Wayne Easterwood - Chief Administrative Officer

As Chief Administrative Officer, Wayne Easterwood leads administrative and support teams for Centerstone, the nation’s largest community-based behavioral healthcare organization. His teams include technology, technical infrastructure, business intelligence, data analytics, human resources, and project management. The work involves planning, implementation and support of innovations as well as ongoing operations across the five-state organization. While often leveraging technology for improvement, the focus is always on improving the delivery of care.

Easterwood was the architect of Centerstone’s first electronic health record in 2001 which was among the very first in the nation for behavioral health.

He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Belmont University. Easterwood is the father of three sons, all of whom are way too actively involved in social media for his liking.


Dan Smith - Chief Human Resources Officer

Dan Smith is Chief Human Resources Officer for Centerstone. In this role he has responsibility for all aspects of Human Resources with emphasis on developing and maintaining a positive employee culture that promotes employee engagement and world class client care. Smith oversees important aspects of the organization’s operations such as employee recruitment, benefits administration, developing and implementing human resources policies and ensuring that Centerstone complies with regulations such as Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Smith’s career in Human Resources spans nearly 20 years with organizations such as Getty Oil, Mobil Oil and Humana. Prior to Cenerstone, Smith served as Vice President for Human Resources at Seven Counties Services, a not-for-profit community behavioral health organization based in Louisville. When Seven Counties Services affiliated with Centerstone in 2016, he was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer for Centerstone.

Smith is a graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He has earned the professional designation of Senior Professional – Human Resources and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. He has served on the Board of Stop Child Abuse and Neglect and held local and regional leadership positions with Boy Scouts of America and several youth athletic and development organizations.


Richard C. Shelton, MD - Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Research Institute

Richard Shelton is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer for Centerstone Research Institute. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He became a resident and Chief Resident at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (now the Longwood Program), a teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School. After residency, he was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health Intramural Program in Washington, D.C. before entering the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 1985. There he became the James G. Blakemore Research Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry. He also became a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Pharmacology.

Shelton joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in February 2012 as the Charles Byron Ireland Professor, Vice Chair for Research, and head of the Mood Disorders Research Program. He has served on NIH study sections and was the chair of the Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging review group. He has also actively served as a teacher and mentor; he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the residents of the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry four times and the residents of UAB Department of Psychiatry twice. He was recognized by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for his service to persons with serious and persistent mental illnesses with the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1994 and 2012. He also received the Dorothea Dix Professional Service Award from the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Centers in 2007 in recognition of his impact on the practice of Psychiatry in the State of Tennessee. Dr. Shelton’s research focuses on the development of new treatments for depression and bipolar disorder (experimental therapeutics), including the identification of new targets for treatment, prevention of serious mental illnesses, testing novel therapies, and identifying biomarkers of both disease and treatment response.


Gwen Watts - Administrative Chief of Staff

As Administrative Chief of Staff, Gwen Watts provides executive support to CEO David Guth, facilitates all board meetings and serves as the liaison for the organization’s boards of directors including maintenance to the board website.

Watts works closely with the executive team to ensure that projects are completed in a timely manner and that all details are carried through. All of Centerstone’s CEOs work closely with Watts to coordinate all enterprise-wide projects. She also works with Centerstone’s lawyers and transition teams. Watts orchestrates all of Centerstone’s board meetings and aids the All Boards Executive Committee in planning the board conferences and board leadership summits.

Working closely with CFO Steve Holman and COO Barry Hale, she organizes audit teams, affiliations, and due diligence projects.

Watts often serves as the organization’s de facto historian, having served in various key positions at Centerstone for more than 25 years. She graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in Social Work.


Michael Butler - Corporate Comptroller and Treasury Officer

Michael Butler serves as Treasurer and Corporate Controller for Centerstone.  He maintains Centerstone’s principal banking relationships, negotiates and monitors debt financing and cash balances, develops treasury policies, and ensures the company is in compliance with bank reporting and covenant requirements.  In his role as Corporate Controller, Butler submits monthly consolidated financial statements and metrics to the CFO and Board of Directors, assists in the integration of newly affiliated organizations, and provides support to the CFO and regional finance officers as needed.

He graduated from St. Bernard College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).


Sherry Harrison, MSSW - Corporate Compliance Officer

Sherry Harrison is the Chief Compliance Officer for the Centerstone enterprise and has worked in healthcare compliance for nearly a decade. She is certified in Healthcare Compliance, (CHC), Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) and Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC) through the HealthCare Compliance Association.

Harrison reports to the Chief Financial Officer of Centerstone of America and is accountable to the Centerstone of America Board of Directors. She administers and oversees the Centerstone Compliance Program which includes Privacy and Security. The Compliance/Privacy Officers in the various states, as well as the regulatory Security Officer, report to her.

Under Harrison’s direction the Compliance staff work to detect and prevent improper conduct and to promote adherence to the organization’s legal and ethical obligations. Minimizing Centerstone’s financial and reputational risk is the primary focus of the Compliance Program. Centerstone’s Compliance Program includes the seven elements of an effective compliance program as specified by the Office of Inspector General.

Prior to joining Centerstone, she had an extensive career in Tennessee State Government. Her career spanned more than 30 years and included leadership positions in the Tennessee Department of Human Services, the TennCare Bureau, and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Harrison graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a BS in Liberal Arts and a MS in Social Work.


Jan Goodson - Vice President of Business & Service Development

Jan Goodson, Vice President of Business & Service Development, oversees government grant writing and the Grants Office for the Centerstone enterprise. This includes engaging diverse funders in the organization’s work to ensure that people and families facing behavioral health issues find the best possible care and hope for recovery. This also involves coordination of federal grant funding across Centerstone to optimize and maximize the impact of related efforts.

Over the past thirteen years, such funding has expanded and improved care for thousands of individuals and families while supporting significant advancements in behavioral health prevention, treatment and research. Technology-enabled care, integrated primary and behavioral health care, addictions treatment, trauma-informed care and school-based therapy/case management are a few examples of the services that have been established, enhanced and/or expanded through grants.

Goodson received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, sociology, and criminal justice from Middle Tennessee State University and her Master of Business Administration from Washington State University. She led the Grant Writing team to earn the Centerstone Board of Director’s Outstanding Service Award in 2004, 2010, and 2012, and she has been recognized with awards from local business and medical publications. Goodson co-authored the Community Mental Health Centers chapter of Mental Health Services, APublic Health Perspective, 3rd edition, a book which David Shern, PhD, President and CEO for Mental Health America, called an “exceptional book [that] should be required reading for anyone designing or implementing health reform changes within public health or mental health systems.”


Dawn Kingsley - Vice President, Payor Contracting & Strategy

Dawn Kingsley is Vice President of Payer Contracting & Strategy for Centerstone. She directs all payer contracting and strategy for all Centerstone’s state business units (Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky). She focuses on bringing payers and providers together in partnership through various contracting efforts and reimbursement methodologies including a companywide focus on Value Based Care models using data and outcomes from Centerstone’s Center for Clinical Excellence including evidence based clinical health home and integrated care initiatives.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare and has held leadership positions with large national payer organizations as well as national providers. Additionally she has worked for a national consulting firm providing expert guidance in Medicare Advantage network expansion and payer strategy for regional and national health providing project management, organizational management and reporting oversight. She consulted on various projects related to Medicare Advantage, as well as value based care initiatives to help clients move from volume to value within their organizations.

Throughout her career she has provided expertise in payer contracting, reimbursement, and analytics, as well as process improvement and credentialing. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Political Science from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.


Natalie Stone - Vice President of Corporate Communications

Natalie Stone serves as Vice President for Corporate Communications for Centerstone, working to promote a positive, high-quality image of Centerstone.In this role, she directs overall graphic design and web strategy, as well as branding and internal communications for the organization. In addition, she serves as the communications and marketing lead for all mergers and affiliations.

Stone joined Centerstone in 2007 as Internal Communications Specialist and has guided Centerstone’s web strategy since moving into the role of Web Strategy Coordinator in 2008. After being promoted to Director of Web Communications, she also took on management of the organization’s graphic design team.Currently, she and her team are focused on affiliation work and updating organizational branding.

Stone graduated from Samford University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication.


Cathy Hendrix - Director of Online Communications

Cathy Hendrix is the Director of Online Communication for Centerstone. In this role, she directs overall web strategy, and manages web design and content creation for Centerstone's websites (internal and external), as well as their social media accounts. Working with Information Systems staff, Marketing and Public Relations staff and various "site owners," she ensures that the organization’s websites and web communications promote a positive, high-quality and consistent message throughout Centerstone.

Hendrix joined Centerstone in 2016 following ten years as Director of Communications for a religious organization. Her long career in the music industry, mainly in publicity, promotions and management capacities led her to Nashville in 1996 after residencies in Atlanta, New York and Dallas. She attended Louisiana State University with a focus on Liberal Arts (Communications).

 

Board of Directors
Jim Sweeten, Chair
A John Rose,Vice-Chair
Dick Fitzgerald,Immediate Past Chair
Linda Hobbs,Secretary
David Guth, Chief Executive Officer
Gwen Watts, Executive Liaison
Lee Brackett
Trish Lindler
Dr. Patricia Lucas


Centerstone Foundation

David Guth - Chief Executive Officer

David Guth is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest behavioral healthcare providers. The non-profit organization, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, serves nearly 180,000 individuals in communities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, and nationwide through its national provider network.

Guth has served in the capacity of chief executive for Centerstone since 1991. With over 40 years of behavioral healthcare experience, 33 in executive leadership, his experience and expertise comprise a vast number of areas, both business and clinical. He has presented extensively before national and international audiences on the adoption of information technology in the healthcare industry, the integration of behavioral and primary healthcare, and the importance of improving the field of behavioral health through research-driven protocols. His insights on these topics and others have been featured in numerous professional journals. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from $6M in revenues and 300 staff serving 2,000 individuals to revenues of $327M and 5,200 staff serving nearly 180,000 people each year through 1,250 partnership locations and 211 facilities.  In addition, Centerstone contracts with over 700 specialty credentialed clinicians nationwide.

The National Council for Behavioral Health publishes Guth’s first book on mergers entitled, “Strategic Unions: A Marriage Guide to Healthy Not-for-Profit Mergers.  He has provided merger presentations through both the National Council and state trade associations and has consulted extensively with not-for-profits exploring mergers and with both for-profits and not-for profits in the areas of managing growth and business development. He is currently working on his second book on non-profit mergers.

Under Guth’s guidance, in 2013 Centerstone announced a joint venture with Unity Physician Partners to improve patient care and enhance the quality of healthcare across the U.S., by creating an environment in which primary care and mental health providers operate within a collaborative and co-located clinical model.  Unity Medical Clinics are embedded within select Centerstone facilities today offering coordinated, whole-health care.

He is the recipient of numerous recognitions including the National Council 2010 Visionary Leadership award, and is recognized as one of Health Care’s Power Leaders in the March 2013 Nashville Business Journal. As well, he recently received the 2016 Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk from the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work.

Guth received his BA in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and his MSSW in Social Work Administration and Planning from the University of Tennessee.


Ramona Rhodes - Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer for the Foundation, Ramona Rhodes provides strategic and operational planning and day-to-day guidance, ensuring the required infrastructures and supports are in place for achievement of annual philanthropic goals by the Foundation team. In her role for marketing, her work is focused in brand development, reputation management and referral marketing.

During Rhodes' 27-year tenure, the Centerstone organization has grown from a small, Nashville-based agency to a national multi-state, multi-tiered organizational enterprise serving over 150,000 individuals annually.

Under her leadership, the marketing team has received numerous recognitions.The 2002 Centerstone branding campaign was named a finalist by the Nashville Business Journal for the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Salute to Excellence Awards. Multiple advertising campaigns and publications have also received marketing and communication awards over the years, including several Telly and Addy® awards for creative excellence. Rhodes was also named a Health Care Hero in 2011 by the Nashville Business Journal.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., and is a member of the American Marketing Association. She has been with Centerstone since 1989.


Nancy Low - Foundation Administrator

Nancy Low, as Foundation Administrator, manages daily operations of the Foundation. She serves as chief administrator of the donor database, facilitating enterprise-wide campaigns, policy development and monitoring, and works with various organizational teams in the development and finalization of annual plans and budgets. She has been with Centerstone since 2002 and in her current position since May 2015.

Low earned a BA in General Studies at Indiana University and a Certificate in Organizational Leadership & Supervision from Purdue. She is currently working towards her Masters of Management - Non-Profit at Lipscomb University.


Kathryn Sime - Director of Advancement

Kathryn Sime is Director of Advancement for Centerstone Illinois. She has been with Centerstone since 2010 and is responsible for leading private philanthropic fundraising efforts for Centerstone Illinois and the Centerstone Foundation.

She is a graduate of Luther College (BA) with a bachelor’s degree in English and French and DePaul University Master’s degree in Management of Public Service.  She also serves on the board of McLeod Summer Playhouse Theatre (Carbondale, Ill).
 

Board of Directors
Phil Krebs, Chair
Philippa Guthrie, Vice-Chair
George Stadler, Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Kay Whittington, Secretary
David Guth, Chief Executive Officer
Nancy Low, Executive Liaison
Linda Brooks
Richard Fitzgerald
Tim Knowles
Tom Mahler
Jack Wallace
Carol Zwick


Centerstone Research Institute

Richard C. Shelton, MD - Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Research Institute

Richard Shelton is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer for Centerstone Research Institute. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He became a resident and Chief Resident at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (now the Longwood Program), a teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School. After residency, he was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health Intramural Program in Washington, D.C. before entering the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 1985. There he became the James G. Blakemore Research Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry. He also became a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Pharmacology.

Shelton joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in February 2012 as the Charles Byron Ireland Professor, Vice Chair for Research, and head of the Mood Disorders Research Program. He has served on NIH study sections and was the chair of the Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging review group. He has also actively served as a teacher and mentor; he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the residents of the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry four times and the residents of UAB Department of Psychiatry twice. He was recognized by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for his service to persons with serious and persistent mental illnesses with the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1994 and 2012. He also received the Dorothea Dix Professional Service Award from the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Centers in 2007 in recognition of his impact on the practice of Psychiatry in the State of Tennessee. Dr. Shelton’s research focuses on the development of new treatments for depression and bipolar disorder (experimental therapeutics), including the identification of new targets for treatment, prevention of serious mental illnesses, testing novel therapies, and identifying biomarkers of both disease and treatment response.


Marlene Alvarez - Research Institute Manager of Facilities and Operations

Marlene Alvarez joined Centerstone Research Institute in 2012 to serve as the financial manager after her retirement from the State of Tennessee where she worked in the Department of Mental Health for 24 years as the Director of Operations. Prior to this role, she worked in the Department of Finance and Administration. She brings to the Research Institute her expertise in the financial management of grants and contracts along with knowledge of other fiscal challenges that face the Research Institute and other non-profit organizations. she holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University.


Kathryn Mathes, PhD, MS, BSN, NP - Vice President for Research & Evaluation

Kathryn Mathes is the Vice President for Research & Evaluation for Centerstone Research Institute. In this role, she provides leadership, management and oversight for 23 program evaluations and three clinical research projects in Tennessee and Indiana.

Mathes holds a PhD from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, an MS from the State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, a Nurse Practitioner certification from Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver, Colorado, and a BS in nursing from Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky. She served in the US Army Nurse Corp active duty for six years and two years in the reserves, she owned and operated her own evaluation consulting firm, BECS, INC., for eight years in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association where she is active in the Feminist Issues in Evaluation and Diversity Topical Interest Groups.

Mathes is the Lead Evaluator for My Health, My Choice, My Life, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, and Therapeutic Intervention, Education, and Skills (TIES), an Administration for Children and Families (ACF) grant.


Frank Stevens - Vice President of Informatics

Frank Stevens is the Vice President of Clinical Informatics. He has been with the organization since 1995. He ensures that electronic systems support the provision and review of clinical care. 

He trained as a researcher and a clinician, graduated from the Ohio State University in Ph.D. with a degree in Psychology and is clinically licensed in Indiana. He is trained in process improvement. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and Health Information Management Systems Society.


Ashley Newton, MPS, PMP - Director of the Center for Clinical Excellence

Ashley Newton, MPS, PMP is Director of the Center for Clinical Excellence. Ashley, along with her colleague Frank Stevens, PhD, VP for Informatics, will be leading the Center for Clinical Excellence team as it continues its work to develop research-based care models and provide training and technical assistance to Centerstone operations’ efforts to implement care models and excel in new value based care environments.

Newton joined Centerstone in 2006 and has first-hand experience in what it takes to be an excellent case manager, team leader, trainer, and supervisor. She has helped develop and launch several clinical care models in the past before coming to CCE – including a Mobile Therapy model for higher risk clients, a high fidelity ACRA-ACC addictions care for adolescents and transitional-aged youth, and refining outreach and engagement protocols in Children’s Case Management. Since joining the CCE team, she has lead the development and launch of the Centerstone Addictions Care Model.

She is an experienced project manager and has obtained the highest certification for project management, her PMP since joining the CCE team. Her experience in community mental health and her skills in project management, clinical model development, and research-based team management make her a unique fit for this role.

 

Board of Directors
Janet Ayers, Chair
David J. Melby, Vice-Chair
Tom Mahler, Immediate Past Chair
Jonathon Morphett, Secretary
Gwen Watts, Executive Liaison
Jennifer Bencie, MD
Bill Midgett
Gil Palmer
Nedda Pollack
A John Rose
Joan Sivley
Deborah Taylor Tate
Robert J. Williams, Ph.D


Centerstone Military Services

Kent Crossley, Executive Director

Kent Crossley’s 30-year military career began as a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point followed by Infantry and Special Operations assignments. These include assignments with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Commander, 364th Civil Affairs Brigade in Iraq, Chief of Analysis, Integration and Dissemination for Army Lessons-Learned, and Joint Lessons-Learned Team Leader. Overseas deployments include Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia), Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Kent holds two Master level degrees; one from Portland State University and the other from the U.S. Army War College.

Colonel (Retired) Crossley retired from military service in 2010 and returned to serve as a defense contractor with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization in Washington. There, he assisted reducing improvised explosive device implementation in Afghanistan, defeating enemy networks using these devices and fielding equipment to detect IEDs.

Crossley served 15 years as a U.S. Forest Service civil engineer culminating in an assignment as the Forest Engineer for the Plumas National Forest. Before coming to Centerstone Military Services, Kent formed Libre Energy Utility Professionals, LLC, a small business that reduces energy consumption in commercial and industrial buildings. In September, 2015, Crossley, a Wounded Warrior Project Alumni was selected as the Executive Director of Centerstone Military Services, part of Centerstone. Centerstone Military Services provides resources and mental health care to Service Members, Veterans and their families. He serves as a Board Member for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and USO Volunteer.

He is married to Deana Crossley, Clinical Director for Samaritan Recovery Community located in Nashville, TN. They live in Fairview, a small community west of Nashville.


Jennifer Carr, Director of Programs

Jenny Carr joined Centerstone Military Services soon after its inception in 2007. In her first role with the organization she personally interviewed hundreds of veterans, service members, family members and experts ranging from the Korean War to the present day conflicts. Currently, she oversees Centerstone's online psycho-educational and support groups, in-person support groups, and adaptive retreats. Carr has worked and published with Dr. Edward Taub and Dr. Gitendra Uswatte at their Constraint-Induced Therapy (CIT) Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to develop real-world measures of physical rehabilitation techniques for both adults and children. She holds a BA in philosophy from Birmingham-Southern College and a BS in psychology from UAB. Carr lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Kevin and their French Bulldog, Jolene.

Serving as the “point of the spear” for all things Military Services programs, Carr oversees program and outreach development as well as connects military Americans to Centerstone and other military non-profit services.


Jeney Slusser, Director of Advancement

Jeney Slusser currently serves as the Director of Advancement for Centerstone Tennessee and Centerstone Military Services, maintaining particular focus on donor cultivation, special events, employee giving, grant writing and government relations. She has been with Centerstone for four years, first serving as Media Specialist for the organization.

Slusser received her degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing and Organizational Communication. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, running, travelling, trying new recipes, coaching her kids’ soccer teams (Violet age 4 and August age 7), and occasionally binge watching Netflix.


Trenay Bynum, Communications Manager

Trenay Bynum is an award-winning writer and community advocate who holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in Public Service Management from Cumberland University. She has worked in the field of marketing communications for over two decades.  

She’s currently a marketing manager at Centerstone and most recently served as the Website and Communications Director for the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services.

Bynum is the author of two books, A Pictorial Journey of the Scarritt-Bennett Center: Celebrating Eight Years of Cultural Differences and Triumph! The Beautiful Face of Courage.

Currently, she is a Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee troop leader and the chair of the Children and Youth Ministry at Living Word Community Church. She is a recipient of the Journalism Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Spirit of Women Award (Community Service Division) presented by the Women’s Hospital at Centennial for her work with Figures of Nashville.

She has been featured in Tennessean's woman section, Nashville Business, Nashville Lifestyles Most Beautiful People, the Tennessee Tribune, Contempora magazine, among others Lifetime Television Network. 

 

Board of Directors
Mike McCalip, Interim Chair
Mike Enos, Vice Chair
Hugh Smith, Immediate Past Chair
Kent Crossley, Executive Director
Wes Pass, Secretary
Terri Ogden, Executive Liaison
David C. Guth, Jr.
Scott R. Himes
Jon Lopey
BG Eden Murrie
Linda Peek Schacht
Raghu Upender
Robert Wheeler
Albert Menefee III, Inactive