Home / About / Executive LeadershipExecutive LeadershipClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) David Guth Chief Executive Officer Steve Holman Chief Financial Officer Jason Hernández Chief Human Resources Officer Prasad Kodali Chief Information Officer Kevin Norton Chief Operating Officer Richard C. Shelton, MD Chief Science Officer Debbie Cagle Wells Chief Marketing Officer Ramona Rhodes President, Centerstone’s Foundation Jennifer Lockman, PhD Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone’s Research Institute Melissa Larkin-Skinner, MA, LMHC Regional Chief Executive Officer, Florida John Markley, MBA Regional Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Suzanne Koesel Regional Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Ben Middleton, MS Regional Chief Executive Officer, Tennessee More Centerstone LeadershipCenterstone of America Board Back to top Lee Brackett, ChairA John Rose, Immediate Past ChairJim Sweeten, Vice ChairPatricia Lucas, SecretaryDavid Guth, Chief Executive OfficerApril Van Epps, Board LiaisonReed FarleySara C. Huggins, JDPhil KrebsDavid Guth – Chief Executive Officer × David Guth is the Chief Executive Officer at Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Chief Executive Officer, Guth leads all areas of the organization, including quality of client care, strategies for growth, standards for operational excellence, and delivering strong financial performance. Guth has more than 40 years of health care leadership and has served as Centerstone’s Chief Executive Officer since 1992. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from $6M in revenues and 300 staff serving 2,000 individuals to revenues of $278M and 3,800 staff serving more than 140,000 people each year. Guth has served on the Board of Directors for many notable organizations, including Triad Learning, the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and the Board for University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work. He is highly-regarded in the industry and has received many recognitions, including the National Council Visionary Leadership award, Nashville Business Journal’s Health Care Power Leaders Award, and the Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk from the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work. Guth also works as an industry consultant, primarily in the area of affiliations, mergers, and acquisitions. The National Council for Behavioral Health published Guth’s book on mergers, “Strategic Unions: A Marriage Guide to Healthy Not-for-Profit Mergers.” Guth graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and from the University of Tennessee with his master’s degree in social work administration and planning.Melissa Larkin-Skinner, MA, LMHC – Regional Chief Executive Officer, Florida × Melissa Larkin-Skinner is the Regional Chief Executive Officer for Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Regional Chief Executive Officer, Larkin-Skinner is responsible for the leadership and oversight of Centerstone’s operations in Florida. Larkin-Skinner has 25 years of experience in all aspects of mental health and addiction care. As a licensed mental health counselor, she has worked with children and adults of all ages in diverse treatment programs including inpatient, outpatient, crisis intervention, intensive community-based care, and child welfare. She has designed and operated innovative programs to meet community needs such as the Children’s Community Action Treatment Team (CAT) which was adopted as a statewide model of care for Florida’s youth and their families. Larkin-Skinner serves as a persistent voice bringing attention to the opioid epidemic. She is an authority on the disease of addiction’s devastating effects on communities, regularly providing state and federal policy feedback and engaging in legislative advocacy as a mental health and addiction subject-matter expert in Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, D.C. She also serves as the sole behavioral health provider on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission. She is a recipient of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Administrator of the Year Award for her efforts combating the opioid epidemic. She serves as Chair of the Florida Council for Behavioral Health Board and is co-chair of the Florida Behavioral Health Association. Larkin-Skinner holds a master’s in healthcare administration from Saint Leo University and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of South Florida.John Markley, MBA – Regional Chief Executive Officer, Illinois × John Markley is the Regional Chief Executive Officer for Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Regional Chief Executive Officer, Markley is responsible for the leadership and operational oversight of Centerstone’s clinical divisions, specialized services, strategic business development, and fiscal accountability in Illinois. Markley began his behavioral health career at Centerstone in 1985 as a staff accountant. He became the Chief Financial Officer in 1987 and ascended to become Regional CEO in 2006. Under Markley’s leadership, Centerstone’s operations in Illinois have expanded from serving residents in southern Illinois to include western Illinois following a 2015 merger with Wellspring Resources in Alton. Markley has served on the Board of Directors for several industry associations and non-profit organizations. He is currently a member of the public policy committee for the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois and is also a Board Member for the Marion Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Markley graduated from Murray State University with bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and accounting and from Century University with a master’s degree in business administration.Suzanne Koesel – Regional Chief Executive Officer, Indiana × Suzanne Koesel is the Regional Chief Executive Officer for Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Regional Chief Executive Officer, Koesel 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, in Indiana. Koesel has more than 30 years’ experience in behavioral health and has been a part of Centerstone since 1996. She has held previous positions as Chief Operating Officer, Business Development Director, Therapist, Community Planner, and Grant Writer. Under her Leadership, Centerstone has expanded its operations in Indiana by more than 65%, opening seven new addictions residential treatment centers, adding 110 new permanent supportive housing units, and doubling school-based services. Koesel currently serves the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers as Chairperson for the Board of Directors and member of the Public Policy Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of Indiana and on the Bloomington Safe and Civil Cities Leadership Council. Koesel holds a master’s degree in social work from Washington University. Abbreial Drane – Regional Chief Executive Officer × Abbreial “Abby” Drane has been named the Regional Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky. Previously, Drane served as the Uspiritus President and CEO of Uspiritus where she lead the treatment, outcomes, regulations, human resources, financial and advancement programs helping vulnerable children in Kentucky. Abby is an experienced leader in the behavioral health industry, with more than 25 years as a chief financial officer, having served in that capacity in two of Kentucky’s largest community mental health centers — Seven Counties Services and Communicare. She has also served as adjunct accounting faculty for several regional universities and managed a small financial service business. Abby earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Missouri State University and her MBA from Western Kentucky University. She has also held a CPA license since 1990. With a passion for helping those in need, Abby has dedicated her professional career to serving children and families across Kentucky. Abby has the faith and vision to see a better life for those struggling with mental health and substance use issues at Centerstone.Ben Middleton, MS – Regional Chief Executive Officer × Ben Middleton is the Regional Chief Executive Officer for Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Regional Chief Executive Officer, Middleton is responsible for the leadership and operational oversight of Centerstone’s clinical service lines in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia, as well as strategic business development, fiscal performance and accountability, and the organization’s philanthropic fund development efforts. Middleton has worked in behavioral health care since 1979, specializing in substance use treatment and the continuum of services for those with mental illnesses. He began his career as an alcohol and drug treatment therapist in Alabama. As a consultant for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health, he led an advisory committee to develop a statewide culturally competent system of care for children and youth. He first joined Centerstone in 1985 and was named Director of Program Development for Alcohol & Drug Services at Centerstone in 1990. Middleton later advanced to Vice President for Core Services and Regional Chief Operating Officer before becoming Regional Chief Executive Officer. Middleton is an active volunteer board member with the King’s Daughters Home and the Madison Kiwanis. His professional memberships include the Nashville Substance Abuse Forum, Licensed Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse Counselor, and National Certified Addiction Counselor II. Middleton graduated from Oakwood University with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and from Alabama A&M University with a master of science degree in clinical psychology.Kevin Norton – Chief Operating Officer × Kevin Norton is the Chief Operations Officer at Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Chief Operations Officer, Norton provides leadership and management to Centerstone’s Regional Officers while ensuring operational excellence and positioning the organization for growth. Norton has more than 25 years’ experience in health care leadership and prior to joining Centerstone, he served as Chief Executive Officer for Lahey Behavioral Health Services in Danvers, Massachusetts. There he led the integration of behavioral health clinicians into primary care practices, drove the establishment of an enterprise risk management process to ensure quality and minimize risk, and led the integration of Northeast Behavioral Health with Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, as well as the merger of a $20M substance abuse treatment agency with a $50M community mental health center. Norton has served on the Board of Directors for many industry organizations, including the National Council for Behavioral Health, The Association for Behavioral Healthcare, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Norton graduated from State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, from Salem State University with a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and also from Suffolk University with a master’s degree in business administration.Steve Holman – Chief Financial Officer × Steve Holman is the Chief Financial Officer at Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Chief Financial Officer, Holman directs fiscal operations for all of Centerstone’s strategic business units, assesses the organization’s performance, oversees financial reporting and analysis, and develops annual budgets and long-term financial strategies. Holman also oversees Centerstone’s corporate compliance department, ensuring the organization is complying with all internal and external regulations. Holman has more than 30 years of financial management experience and prior to joining Centerstone, he served as Founder and Chief Financial Officer for Precedent Health, Inc., a health care company in Nashville, Tennessee, that worked with providers and payers to manage accountable care organizations and bundled payment programs. Holman has also held leadership positions at Heritage Health Systems/Universal American Corporation, Lakeside Community Health, FHP International Corporation, and Deloitte & Touche. Holman graduated from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the school of accounting.Ramona Rhodes – President, Centerstone’s Foundation × Ramona Rhodes is President of the Foundation at Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As President of Centerstone’s Foundation, Rhodes is responsible for advancing Centerstone’s mission through philanthropy. She works in direct collaboration with Centerstone’s Foundation Board of Directors in the areas of endowment investment and management, stewardship of donor intent, growth of philanthropic support, and day-to-day operational management of the nationwide Foundation team. Rhodes has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing and fundraising and has been with Centerstone since 1989. Other roles she has served within Centerstone include Foundation Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing & Communications. She created and developed the organization’s first marketing and communications office, including Centerstone’s first magazine, Reclaiming Lives. Rhodes has been named a Health Care Hero by the Nashville Business Journal and is a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. She has also held positions with the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO) and has been a member of the American Marketing Association and the Nashville City Cemetery Association Board of Directors. Rhodes graduated from Lipscomb University with a dual bachelor’s degree in Music Education & Piano Performance.Debbie Cagle Wells – Chief Marketing Officer × Debbie Cagle is the Chief Marketing Officer for Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Chief Marketing Officer, Cagle leads marketing and business development by creating and driving business strategy for revenue growth and market share. Her work includes strategy and oversight of payer relations and contracting, referral marketing, national policy, grant writing, branding, and communication. Cagle has more than 35 years’ experience in health care marketing, behavioral health and managed care industries and has held multiple executive leadership roles within Centerstone including for Advantage Behavioral Health, Centerstone’s Military Services, and Centerstone Health Partners. Prior to joining Centerstone, she served as Chief Operating Officer for ValueOptions of Tennessee and Vice President of AdvoCare of Tennessee. She has held positions in marketing and business development for HCA as well as directing behavioral health managed care services contracting for HCA and Vanderbilt University. Cagle is a member of the Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development, as well as Wilson County Women of Impact. She has been recognized as one of Nashville Medical News’ Women to Watch and as a Health Care Hero Community Leader by Nashville Business Journal. She has received the HCA Psychiatric Company MacNaughton Award for Community Service in addition to several awards from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Cagle graduated from Texas Women’s University with a bachelor’s degree, dually certified in special education, mental retardation/learning disabilities and in 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. Wayne 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’s degree 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.Jason Hernandez – Chief Human Resources Officer × Jason Hernández is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Chief Human Resources Officer, Hernández leads all human resources efforts across Centerstone’s multi-state footprint. His teams include Centerstone staff members working in talent acquisition and onboarding, learning and development, employee benefits, and employee support and engagement efforts. Hernández has more than 20 years’ experience in the human resources profession and prior to joining Centerstone was the Vice President of Human Resources for FedEx Freight in Memphis, Tennessee. There he was responsible for all aspects of the multi-billion dollar company’s human resources operations, including creating and delivering business-focused human resources strategies and implementing change management protocols and methodologies. Hernández is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and honorably served our nation from 1988 to 1993. He’s also served on numerous Boards of Directors, including those at Latino Memphis, MPact Memphis, Pi Kappa Alpha, Chapman University Alumni Association, and Porter-Leath Children’s Center. Hernández graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor’s degree in social science & biology and from Union University with a master’s degree in business administration. Additionally, he is currently working toward a doctorate degree in education – organizational leadership at Vanderbilt University.Prasad Kodali – Chief Information Officer × Prasad Kodali is the Chief Information Officer at Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Chief Information Officer, Kodali directs information technology operations and strategy for all of Centerstone’s strategic business units. As Chief Information Officer, Kodali manages approximately 90 staff members and budgets over $20 million in total. He is responsible for ensuring that projects are delivered on time, within budget, and aligning deliverables with core business needs as well as Centerstone enterprise’s technology infrastructure. Kodali has two decades of information technology experience. Prior to serving as Centerstone’s Chief Information Officer, Kodali led projects as a developer, solution architect, project manager, director of enterprise applications, and vice president at Centerstone and previous companies. He has managed teams that span multiple states in addition to staff in India and China. Kodali has led or been a part of over 50 different large scale implementations of technology projects in his career thus far. Kodali has served on several non-profit Boards of Directors, including Middle Tennessee Futbol Club and Youth Movement Inc.Richard C. Shelton, MD – Chief Science Officer × Dr. Richard Shelton is the Chief Science Officer at Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Chief Science Officer, Shelton provides consultation and guidance with regard to the science of behavioral health care. He serves the need for senior scientific input for Centerstone’s Research Institute, amongst Centerstone leadership, and in various other areas of the organization. Shelton has more than 35 years of mental health research experience, having begun his career as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health Intramural Program. Shelton has served on the faculty of Vanderbilt University as the James G. Blakemore Research Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry. He also held the position of Charles Byron Ireland Professor, Vice Chair for Research, and head of the Mood Disorders Research Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In addition to his role as Chief Science Officer for Centerstone, Shelton currently serves as the Director of Research for the UAB Huntsville Regional Medical Campus. Shelton is well-known amongst his mental health research colleagues and has been recognized numerous times for his contributions. He won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the residents of the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry four times and from the residents of UAB Department of Psychiatry twice. He has been 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 and has also received the Dorothea Dix Professional Service Award from the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Centers. Shelton graduated with his medical degree from the University of Louisville and completed his residency at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.Jennifer Lockman, PhD – Chief Executive Officer, Research Institute × Dr. Jennifer Lockman is the Chief Executive Officer of Centerstone’s Research Institute. As Chief Executive Officer, Lockman oversees all research and program evaluation activities at Centerstone. She leads the THRIVE Suicide Prevention Lab which focuses on developing and testing novel, brief psychotherapy interventions and developing and testing novel training strategies, two areas of focus for Centerstone’s Zero Suicide Initiative. Lockman has more than 10 years’ experience in suicide prevention and has been a part of Centerstone since 2007 in several capacities, including Research Associate, Evaluation Associate, Program Evaluator, and Director of Clinical and Transformational Research. She has extensive grant experience, having served as the principal investigator of two Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grants and two National Strategies for Suicide Prevention Grants. Lockman is a member of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration, American Psychological Association, International Association for Suicide Prevention, and American Association of Suicidology. Her research has been featured in academic journals including the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Military and Veterans Health, and Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior. She is a recipient of the Military Suicide Research Consortium Travel Award from the Military Suicide Research Consortium as well as the State of Tennessee Governor’s Award for translating suicide research to systems change across juvenile justice centers in the State of Tennessee. Lockman holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University and two master’s degrees in Psychology and Professional Counseling from Lipscomb University. She served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for both the VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention in Canandaigua, New York, and the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York.Ashley Newton – Chief Operating Officer, Centerstone Research Institute. Vice President, Center for Clinical Excellence × Ashley Newton, MPS, PMP is Chief Operating Officer for Centerstone’s Research Institute and Vice President of Center for Clinical Excellence. Ashley joined Centerstone in 2006 and has held both clinical and leadership roles. In 2017, she was named Vice President for Center for Clinical Excellence, leading all the clinical transformation efforts including identification, development, implementation and evolution activities in three separate areas: clinical models, processes and pathways. In her current role, Ashley continues to work closely with strategic business units to implement high-value treatment in the context of the local environments. Within CCE and the Research Institute, she will oversee the team’s operations management and collaboration. Newton holds a BA in psychology and an MA in professional studies and strategic leadership from Middle Tennessee State University. she is a certified ACRA-ACC clinical supervisor and a Project Management Professional (PMP), the highest certification for project management.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. Gwen 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 Gwen to coordinate all enterprise-wide projects. She also works with Centerstone’s lawyers and transition teams. Gwen 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. Gwen 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, Michael 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’s degree in accounting and business administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).Jodie Robison, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP, NCC – Executive Director, Centerstone’s Military Services × Jodie Robison, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Centerstone’s Military Services. With more than 18 years of behavioral health and management experience, Robison oversees Centerstone’s military-related services, programming, operations, business development and fundraising activities. She previously served as the lead clinician for Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone and prior to that as Director of Clinical Services for Centerstone’s Military Services. She first joined Centerstone in 2007 as a behavioral health worker in Pediatric Integrated Care before establishing her own private behavioral health practice in 2012. Robison received her master’s in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland and her doctoral degree in human services, social and community services from Capella University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counseling Association, and the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association. She is a military spouse, a military parent and has collaborated with numerous military-related organizations throughout her professional career.Jason Hernandez, MBA — Chief Human Resources Officer × Jason Hernández is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Centerstone, a not-for-profit health system specializing in mental health and substance use disorder treatments. As Chief Human Resources Officer, Hernández leads all human resources efforts across Centerstone’s multi-state footprint. His teams include Centerstone staff members working in talent acquisition and onboarding, learning and development, employee benefits, and employee support and engagement efforts. Hernández has more than 20 years’ experience in the human resources profession and prior to joining Centerstone was the Vice President of Human Resources for FedEx Freight in Memphis, Tennessee. There he was responsible for all aspects of the multi-billion dollar company’s human resources operations, including creating and delivering business-focused human resources strategies and implementing change management protocols and methodologies. Hernández is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and honorably served our nation from 1988 to 1993. He’s also served on numerous Boards of Directors, including those at Latino Memphis, MPact Memphis, Pi Kappa Alpha, Chapman University Alumni Association, and Porter-Leath Children’s Center. Hernández graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor’s degree in social science & biology and from Union University with a master’s degree in business administration. Additionally, he is currently working toward a doctorate degree in education – organizational leadership at Vanderbilt University.