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Melissa Larkin-Skinner, MA, MBA, LMHC – Regional Chief Executive Officer Melissa Larkin-Skinner, MA, MBA, LMHC – Regional Chief Executive Officer

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.


Roger Johnson – Regional Chief Operating Officer Roger Johnson – Regional Chief Operating Officer

Roger Johnson is the Regional Chief Operating Officer for Florida. He is responsible for operations including medical, outpatient and residential services. In addition, he oversees facility management and implements strategies for quality care delivery and growth. Roger began his career with Centerstone in 1994 as a part-time behavioral health technician. Over the years he has moved up through the organization working on the fiscal side as the manager of accounts payable and receivable, as well as contract management, and on the clinical side as the Director of Medical Services. Roger has been instrumental in the development of new programs including our satellite office in Sarasota, our clinical programs within the Sarasota and Manatee County jails and Centerstone’s psychiatric residency program. Roger currently serves on the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Directors. He has a BA in business management and has lived in the Bradenton community for more than 50 years.


Sean Gingras – Regional Finance Officer Sean Gingras – Regional Finance Officer

Sean Gingras is Regional Finance Officer in Florida. After college, Sean began as an audit intern for a big five accounting firm and within three years became an audit supervisor at a local firm. In 2007, he became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Sean joined Centerstone as the Director of Finance in early 2010. Sean is a current member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs, the Government Finance Officers Association, the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Manatee Young Professionals. He is also a current finance committee member for the Humane Society of Manatee County, a finance committee member for the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network and a board member of the Pinnacle Plaza Condo Association. He studied accounting at both the University of Florida, where he received a BA, and at the University of Central Florida, where he received his MBA in accounting.


Adina Bridges – Director of South Florida Practices Adina Bridges – Director of South Florida Practices

Adina Bridges is Director of South Florida Practices for Centerstone. She oversees multiple intensive outpatient programs encompassing Lee, Hendry/Glades and Sarasota Counties. Bridges began her career with Centerstone as a volunteer, completing groups within the Manatee County drug court program. Following continued study and internship, she transitioned to a therapist role for Mental Health Court and was promoted to Supervisor over Comprehensive treatment court. Bridges currently presides over Florida Assertive community treatment teams (FACT), Community Action teams (CAT), Assisted Outpatient treatment (AOT) and Lee Mental health court. Bridges is a licensed clinical social worker and certified Mental health first aid instructor. She holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social work and a Bachelor’s degree in behavioral healthcare with concentrations in both applied behavior analysis and adult community services from the University of South Florida. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to mental illness, available recovery techniques and treatment strategies.


Charles Whitfield, M.Ed., CLC – Vice President, Community Care Charles Whitfield, M.Ed., CLC – Vice President, Community Care

Charles Whitfield, M.Ed., is a certified life coach and Vice President of Community Care in Florida. He graduated with a BA in business administration and an MA in elementary education from Temple University in Philadelphia. Charles has been working for Centerstone since 2008, managing multiple programs including adult and child med clinics, targeted case management, forensic case management, adult and child therapy services including school-based therapy, child trauma services, rape crisis adult therapy, child advocacy trauma services, prevention and intervention programs. All operations for the outpatient front desk, Call Center, Walk-in Center, Access Center and mobile crisis services are under Charles’ management. He also manages Centerstone’s community paramedicine program and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


Gemma Clayson, MSCP, LMFT – Director of Community Programs Gemma Clayson, MSCP, LMFT – Director of Community Programs

Gemma Clayson is Director of Community Programs. With Centerstone since 2009, she has been working to help those with mental health and substance abuse issues for more than 15 years. Clayson started with Centerstone as a counselor with the children’s Community Action Treatment (CAT) team. After obtaining her license in marriage and family therapy, Clayson was named Supervisor of the CAT team in Manatee County. From there, she went on to manage three CAT Teams covering Manatee, Sarasota, and Desoto Counties. Clayson currently serves as Director of Children’s Community Programs, managing CAT teams in Manatee, Sarasota, Desoto, Hendry, Glades and Lee County as well as the Child Welfare Diversion Program in Manatee County. In this role, she participates on several community workgroups and boards. Clayson has a BA in Psychology, an MS in Counseling Psychology and a License in Marriage and Family Therapy.


Jessica Crosby Sullivan, PsyD — Director of Centerstone Jessica Crosby Sullivan, PsyD — Director of Centerstone's Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic

Jessica Crosby Sullivan, PsyD is Director of Centerstone’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), a grant funded program that delivers a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services to vulnerable individuals. She leads a team of clinicians and support specialists in coordinating evidence-based mental health care with physical health care that includes 24-hour crisis care services. An 18-year veteran in the behavioral health field, Dr. Sullivan is founder of Crosby Counseling Center where she has practiced,for four years, specializing in addictions therapy and wellness counseling. Dr. Sullivan has a PsyD in clinical psychology and a master of arts degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University. She received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and biomedical science from the University of South Florida. She served as President of the Board of Directors for the Postpartum Society of Florida (PPSF) and is a member of Postpartum Society International (PSI), American Psychological Association (APA) and Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).


Jane Roseboro, MA, MCAP – Vice President of Community Alignment Jane Roseboro, MA, MCAP – Vice President of Community Alignment

Jane Roseboro is Vice President of Community Alignment at Centerstone. With Centerstone since 2009, Jane has been working to help those with mental health and substance abuse issues for more than 18 years. She started with Centerstone as a counselor in the children’s substance abuse and mental health program. After less than a year, she was promoted to supervisor over the children’s substance abuse program to include outpatient counseling and prevention services and the Manatee County Drug Court Program. As Centerstone continued to grow, she began managing all of the new Centerstone treatment courts in Sarasota County. Jane was then promoted to Director of Forensic Services, where she oversaw the drug court and jail programming in Manatee and Sarasota counties, the Comprehensive Treatment Court Jail Diversion Program in Sarasota, homeless and forensic outreach in Manatee County and integrated care at the Department of Health in Sarasota and North Port. As Vice President of Community Alignment, Jane added the four FACT teams in Manatee, Sarasota and Lee counties to her oversight. She serves on several community workgroups and boards, forensics and integrated care, focusing on growth of programs. Jane has a BA in psychology and a MA in sociology with dual concentrations in addiction and family.


Robert Boxley, Ph.D. – Director of Clinical Training Robert Boxley, Ph.D. – Director of Clinical Training

Bob Boxley is the Director of Clinical Training for Florida’s psychiatry residency and doctoral psychology programs. He has been involved with the training of the next generation of doctors since 2001; nearly 200 doctors have received training under Dr. Boxley since that time. Dr. Boxley has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has been licensed as a psychologist for 20 years. During that time, he has worked with adults, children and adolescents in a variety of behavioral health areas. Prior to becoming a psychologist, he worked as a therapist in hospital and clinic settings for 17 years, working predominantly with children, adolescents and young adults. Dr. Boxley has a number of professional and research interests, including trauma, co-occurring disorders, positive psychology, childhood disorders. To learn more about the Centerstone Consortium Doctoral Internship in Psychology, please click here.


Suzanne Santangelo – Director, Marketing and Business Development Suzanne Santangelo – Director, Marketing and Business Development

Suzanne Santangelo is the director of marketing and business development in Florida. She develops and executes strategic communication and marketing plans that influence brand awareness and referral source goals. With extensive experience in healthcare marketing, public relations and community outreach, she focuses on relationship development and operational enhancements that further Centerstone’s mission.

Santangelo received a BA in mass communications from the University of South Florida and an MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.


John Markley, MBA – Regional Chief Executive Officer John Markley, MBA – Regional Chief Executive Officer

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.


Mirza S. Baig, MD – Regional Chief Medical Officer Mirza S. Baig, MD – Regional Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Mirza Baig has served as Medical Director for Centerstone in Illinois and its legacy organizations for nearly 15 years. Previously, he managed the forensic unit of an Illinois state operated facility for 20 years.

Dr. Baig received his MD from Kakatiya Medical College in India and completed his psychiatric residency at the Missouri Institute of Psychiatry. He is board certified in addiction medicine, psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, geriatric and administrative psychiatry, and has over 35 years of experience in psychiatric medicine.


Anne Tyree, MPA, CFRE – Regional Chief Operating Officer Anne Tyree, MPA, CFRE – Regional Chief Operating Officer

Anne Tyree, MPA, CFRE, is Regional Chief Operating Officer in Illinois. In this role, she oversees all operations, administrative, and support systems for 600 employees serving more than 12,000 clients annually. Previously, Tyree served as Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

She has over 20 years experience in strategic business planning, marketing, financial reporting and budgeting, business development, and capital project development. Tyree received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago and her MPA with an emphasis on health care from American Public University.

She has led a number of state and local boards and commissions, and is a past president of the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois.


Janette A. Heath, MA, NCC, LCPC – Vice President of Clinical Excellence Janette A. Heath, MA, NCC, LCPC – Vice President of Clinical Excellence

Janette Heath oversees quality management, clinical training, implementation of evidenced-based clinical models, and measurement of clinical outcomes for clients. She has more than 20 years of experience at Centerstone and its legacy organizations in assessment, crisis, community-based services, counseling and administration in Illinois. She received her BS in psychology with a minor in sociology from Culver-Stockton College and her MA in human development counseling with an emphasis in community counseling from the University of Illinois-Springfield. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the National Honor Society for counseling professionals.


Jean Alstat, MSEd, QMHP – Clinical Director Jean Alstat, MSEd, QMHP – Clinical Director

Jean Alstat serves as Clinical Director for behavioral health, community and prevention services in the Carbondale, Marion and West Frankfort offices in Illinois. In this role, she oversees a variety of services including Prevention, Early Head Start, Community Outreach, Early Intervention and Family Services.

Alstat received her MSEd in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Community Counseling. She has the National Counselor Certification and has worked for Centerstone and its legacy organizations for 20 years. She is a long-term resident of Jackson County.


Dalus Ben Avi - Director of Marketing and Community Engagement Dalus Ben Avi - Director of Marketing and Community Engagement

Dalus Ben Avi serves as Director of Marketing and Community Engagement in Illinois. In this role, she develops and implements new strategies for marketing, community outreach and both internal and external communication campaigns. She also promotes and advances Centerstone’s mission and serves as liaison to legislators on key issues. Ben Avi received her bachelor’s of science degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her master’s of science in organizational leadership from Argosy University.


Helen Blackburn, MS, LCPC – Director of Vocational & Residential Services Helen Blackburn, MS, LCPC – Director of Vocational & Residential Services

Helen Blackburn is Director of Vocational & Residential Services in Illinois. In this role, she oversees residential and vocational programming for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and/or mental health needs.

Blackburn received her MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern Illinois University. She is a qualified intellectual disabilities professional (QIDP) and a licensed clinical practicing counselor (LCPC). She has worked for Centerstone and its legacy organizations for a combined 11 years. She resides in Carbondale.


Emily Dellamano, LCSW - Director of Quality Improvement Emily Dellamano, LCSW - Director of Quality Improvement

Emily Dellamano is the Director of Quality Improvement in Illinois. In this role, she provides day-to-day Quality Improvement oversight to programs and staff. She is also involved in ensuring that the organization is adhering to all certification, licensure and accreditation standards. Dellamano received her Masters of Social Work from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She has worked for Centerstone and its legacy organizations since 2009. She was born and raised in the Alton area and resides in Madison County.


Kimberly Fleck, PHR, SHRM-CP – Regional Human Resources Director Kimberly Fleck, PHR, SHRM-CP – Regional Human Resources Director

Kimberly A. Fleck, Regional Human Resources Director, has worked for Centerstone and its legacy companies in Illinois for more than 30 years. Fleck has experience in support services, administration and human resources over the course of her career. She began working in human resources specifically in 1998 and was promoted to director in 2012. She was certified as Professional in Human Resources (PHR) in 2009 and as a Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) in 2015. She is a long term resident of Franklin County.


Jessica Harman, RN – Director of Behavioral Health Nursing Jessica Harman, RN – Director of Behavioral Health Nursing

Jessica Harman is the Director of Behavioral Health Nursing in Illinois. In this role, she is responsible for the organization and management of nursing services and medication assisted treatment (MAT) services state-wide. She also provides direct supervision of the nursing staff. Harman received her nursing diploma from Lutheran School of Nursing in south St. Louis and her BSN from Central Methodist University. She has worked in behavioral health for more than five years. With Centerstone, she has experience assisting with medication monitoring, completing MAT assessments, administering MAT medications and helping coordinate most medication.


Rebecca Hudzik - Clinical Director Rebecca Hudzik - Clinical Director

Rebecca Hudzik, LCPC, currently serves as a Clinical Director for Centerstone in Alton, Ill. In this role, she oversees office and community-based clinical services, as well as residential programming. She has been with Centerstone and its legacy organization for over 10 years in residential, community-based, quality improvement and administration in the behavioral health field. She received her master’s degree in professional counseling from Lindenwood University.


Megan Klaas - Operations Director Megan Klaas - Operations Director

Megan Klaas is Operations Director in Illinois, overseeing the grievance and Office of Inspector General (OIG) processes, statewide credentialing, health and safety functions, and the credentialing and operations support staff. Klaas supports and guides the operation team’s budgeting processes, as well as organizes and monitors the submission of state required reporting.

She previously served as Credentialing System Manager at Centerstone from March 2017. Klaas plans to work toward obtaining the Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist certification.


Stacey Overturf, BA – Regional Finance Officer Stacey Overturf, BA – Regional Finance Officer

Stacey Overturf serves as Regional Finance Officer in Illinois. In this role, she oversees the organization’s fiscal operations, supervising finance and revenue cycle staff. Overturf received her BA in accounting from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She has worked in finance for Centerstone and its legacy organizations for more than 30 years. She is a long-term resident of Franklin County.


Andrea Quigley, PhD, LCPC - Clinical Director Andrea Quigley, PhD, LCPC - Clinical Director

Dr. Andrea Quigley serves as Clinical Director for the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), Grant to Benefit Homeless Individuals (GBHI), and Centerstone Trauma, Treatment, and Training (CT3) grants, mental health and substance use treatment services for the Carbondale, Carterville, Marion, West Frankfort, and Anna outpatient offices, Halfway House federal and non-federal residential treatment program in Marion, and Fellowship House Campus inpatient detox and residential substance use disorder treatment facility in Anna. Quigley earned a doctoral degree in psychology through the Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) program at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.


Deniece Shivers - Housing and Facilities Director Deniece Shivers - Housing and Facilities Director

Deniece Shivers serves as the Housing and Facilities Director in Illinois. In this role, she manages the facilities and permanent housing offered by Centerstone in Alton. Shivers received her BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in St. Louis. She also received her Assisted Housing Manager Certification for HUD housing. She has held multiple roles for Centerstone and its legacy organizations for over 20 years.


Chrissy Wedel – Director of Customer Experience Chrissy Wedel – Director of Customer Experience

Chrissy Wedel serves as Director of Customer Experience in Illinois. In this role, she works to improve customer service, supervises customer experience specialists, serves on an enterprise customer improvement team, works with the customer experience sub-group affiliated with the board of directors and acts as the team lead for customer experience in numerous special projects. Wedel started working in customer service in 1996 and has been with Centerstone since 2007.


Suzanne Koesel, LCSW – Regional Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Koesel, LCSW – Regional Chief Executive Officer

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.


Shirley Arney, MBA – Regional Chief Administrative Officer Shirley Arney, MBA – Regional Chief Administrative Officer

Shirley Arney is Regional Chief Administrative Officer for clinic, administrative and support services in Indiana. As CAO, she manages all areas of operations.

Shirley has more than 25 years of experience in mental health management with expertise in team building, negotiation, data analysis and management, improving clinical practice and bringing new work groups together to develop clinical programs.

Shirley earned a bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, in 1993 and an MBA in 1996, both from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has been with Centerstone since 1977.


Robb Backmeyer, MSW, MBA – Regional Chief Operating Officer Robb Backmeyer, MSW, MBA – Regional Chief Operating Officer

Robb Backmeyer serves as Regional Chief Operating Officer in Indiana. He is responsible for adult services, including community support services, assertive community treatment (ACT) and residential services; child and family services, including SOC and therapeutic foster care; grants; and employment services.

Backmeyer graduated from Wabash University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history, and received a master’s in social work from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

He serves on the Board of Directors for Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana (ASPIN) and the Board for Communities in Schools, Wayne County, and the Board for Community Corrections, Wayne County.

He has been with Centerstone for 20 years and has worked with child and family services, quality improvement, utilization management and older adult services.


Bob Siegmann – Senior Vice President of Integrated Health Services Bob Siegmann – Senior Vice President of Integrated Health Services

Bob Siegmann is Senior Vice President of Integrated Health Services in Indiana. In this role, he manages psychiatric and nursing staff, a variety of integrated health services and Red Oak Industries. At different points in his career, Seigmann has managed most all community mental health center services. He directed the Solutions Training Institute for many years, sponsoring more than 85 events with nationally known speakers.

Siegmann received a BA in social work from Wabash College and an MSW and an MBA from Indiana University. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma black belt. He has been with Centerstone since 1974.


Linda Grove-Paul – Vice President of Adult Services Linda Grove-Paul – Vice President of Adult Services

Linda Grove-Paul is Vice-President of Adult Services in Indiana. SHe is responsible for all programming related to adults including addiction, forensic, supportive housing and several state and federal grants.

She attended Indiana University where she earned an MA in public administration, Finance, as well as her MSW. She is a member of NASW and the American Correctional Association.


Jenny Harrison, LCSW – Vice President of Crisis, Access, and Engagement Services Jenny Harrison, LCSW – Vice President of Crisis, Access, and Engagement Services

Jenny Harrison is Vice President of Crisis, Access, and Engagement Services in Indiana. She is dedicated to program development and education surrounding suicide prevention, both for her staff and for the communities they serve. She has more than 25 years of experience in behavioral health, serving in a broad range of roles in service delivery both prior to and during her tenure in administration. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after completing an MSW at Indiana University.


Rona Krueger, MSW – Vice President for Quality Improvement Rona Krueger, MSW – Vice President for Quality Improvement

Rona Krueger is the Vice President of Quality Improvement in Indiana. Since 2001, Krueger has managed the Quality Improvement Department for Indiana. As a CARF Surveyor, she provides expertise to Centerstone regarding accreditation activities. Additionally, Krueger is trained in Lean Sigma.

Her career has spanned the behavioral health continuum, including work in case management programs for children and adolescents, as well as for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Her clinical roles included providing therapy to children and families, as well as serving as a program manager for the same population.

She earned a BA from Defiance College and an MA in social work from the University of Cincinnati. She has been with Centerstone since 1995.


Darcey Meridith, MSW, LCSW – Vice President of Child Services Darcey Meridith, MSW, LCSW – Vice President of Child Services

Darcey Knote Meridith is Vice President of Child Services in Indiana. She oversees all aspects of child and family services, including clinical and administrative oversight of programs including home-based services, school-based services, systems of care and foster care.

Meridith got her BA in human development and social relations from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and her MSW from Indiana University-Indianapolis. She is a member of the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers and sits on the child services committee. She started working with Centerstone (then Dunn Center) in 1996.


Vinita Watts, MD – Medical Director Vinita Watts, MD – Medical Director

Dr. Vinita Watts has served as Medical Director in Indiana for more than three years and has been at Centerstone since 1990.

Watts earned her MD at the University of Kentucky with her adult residency and child/adolescent fellowship there as well. She is board certified in both fields.

Her professional Memberships include AACAP and ISMA and she is on the Indiana Psychotropic Medication Advisory Committee (PMAC) for Indiana Department of Child Services. Watts is a consultant to Southern Indiana Health Organization (SIHO) doing utilization review for mental health/addiction services. She has participated in clinical trials for Concerta and Adderral XR.


Kathy Christoff, LCSW – Director of Adult Services Kathy Christoff, LCSW – Director of Adult Services

Kathleen (Kathy) O’Brian Christoff is the Director of Adult Services in Indiana. She is responsible for the adult services in eight counties in the central and eastern area of Indiana, working with adults and their families with a higher need for services.

Christoff holds a BA in recreation and an MS in therapeutic recreation from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Indiana. She began her career with Centerstone (then Dunn Mental Health Center) in 1986. Her personal passion is for her two teenage daughters and her husband.


Scott Lewellen – Director of Marketing Scott Lewellen – Director of Marketing

Scott Lewellen is Director of Marketing in Indiana. He is responsible for setting strategic marketing, public relations and referral marketing goals. Lewellen has over 25 years of behavioral health experience in referral marketing, business development and program supervision.

Lewellen has worked in the for-profit, non-profit, inpatient and outpatient sectors. Under his leadership, the Centerstone referral marketing program in Indiana has been recognized by CARF as unique and contributing to positive treatment outcomes. He is a member of the American Marketing Association and has been with Centerstone since 2005.


Richard Prather - Compliance & Privacy Officer Richard Prather - Compliance & Privacy Officer

Richard Prather is the Compliance & Privacy Officer in Indiana. In this role, he administers and oversees the Compliance & Privacy programs in Indiana. He was employed as a clinician by Centerstone’s legacy organization in Columbus, Ind., in 2002 where he specialized in the treatment of the most severe and persistent forms of mental illnesses. He transitioned to the Compliance program in 2011.

He is certified in Healthcare Compliance and Healthcare Privacy Compliance by the Health Care Compliance Association. He received a Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University and is licensed as an LCSW in Indiana.


Ben Middleton, MS – Regional Chief Executive Officer 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.


Karen Rhea, MD – Chief Medical Officer Karen Rhea, MD – Chief Medical Officer

Karen Rhea serves as Chief Medical Officer in Tennessee. In this role, Dr. Rhea oversees Centerstone’s medical services and ensures that Centerstone’s psychiatric services are effectively integrated within programs.

Dr. Rhea has been at Centerstone since 2002 and has been interested in the use of psychotropic medications in community mental health settings, integration of related physical health parameters, research relationships with academic researchers, providing evidence-supported treatments that work, and in the leadership role of psychiatrists in community behavioral healthcare. She has also been a long-time facilitator of the Vanderbilt-Centerstone collaboration around teaching, research and clinical care. Dr. Rhea received her MD with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


Beth Hail, MSSW, LCSW – Regional Vice President Beth Hail, MSSW, LCSW – Regional Vice President

Beth Hail serves as Regional Vice President of the central region in Tennessee, which encompasses Davidson, Wilson, Williamson and Rutherford counties. Previously director of the Centerstone school-based services as well as child and adolescent services, she is a 23-year veteran of the organization.

Hail holds a MA in social work administration from the University of Louisville and is a licensed clinical social worker.


Matthew Hardy, PhD – Regional Vice President Matthew Hardy, PhD – Regional Vice President

Matt Hardy is Regional Vice President for Centerstone in the northern part of Tennessee, overseeing behavioral health outpatient clinics plus case management, peer support, psychosocial and school-based therapy services among others. He joined Centerstone in 2000 as a therapist, specializing in the treatment of adolescents and adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Additionally, Hardy is a critical incident responder, providing post-crisis aid to clients such as the National Football League and Nashville Fire Department. He also helped launch the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone, a facility that seeks to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families. Hardy holds a PsyD in psychology from Wheaton College and is a licensed clinical psychologist.


Ken Stewart, MA, LPE – Regional Vice President Ken Stewart, MA, LPE – Regional Vice President

Ken Stewart serves as Regional Vice President for the southern region in Tennessee, including Hamilton, Franklin, Coffee, Moore, Bedford, Lincoln, Maury, Lewis, Giles, Lawrence, Marshall, Perry, Hickman and Wayne counties. He joined Centerstone 28 years ago.

Stewart holds an MA in Psychology from East Tennessee State University and is licensed as a senior psychological examiner.


Sallie Allen – Vice President of Support Services Sallie Allen – Vice President of Support Services

Sallie Allen is Vice President of Support Services in Tennessee. In this role, she provides leadership for the people who experience Centerstone first: our customer call center and our front office professionals. She also manages the construction, expansion, maintenance and effective management for each of the Centerstone facilities throughout Tennessee.

Allen brings over 20 years of experience and expertise in facility management and customer service to her position in Centerstone’s leadership team.


Brad Nunn, PhD – Chief Clinical Quality Officer Brad Nunn, PhD – Chief Clinical Quality Officer

Brad Nunn serves as Chief Clinical Quality Officer in Tennessee. This role involves identifying opportunities for improvement and planning for improvement in clinical care and services. He provides leadership and direction for the Quality Council and other forums for clinical improvement. His department plays a significant role in the ongoing preparation for CARF accreditation. They coordinate and facilitate clinical audits and the response to such audits done by external agencies. They also maintain primary responsibility for oversight of follow-up regarding adverse occurrences and are responsible for oversight of the coordination of clinical training in line with strategic initiatives in Tennessee. Dr. Nunn obtained a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in 1987 and has been licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the state of Tennessee since 1988. He has worked at Centerstone since 1987 and during that time he helped establish both research and data analytics functions at Centerstone.


Julie Spears – Regional Finance Officer Julie Spears – Regional Finance Officer

Julie Spears serves as Regional Finance Officer in Tennessee, responsible for the general ledger and billing. Since joining Centerstone in 2009, she and her team have reduced bad debt from $3.6 million in FY09 to approximately $1 million in FY17, while net client service revenue for that same time period grew from $37 million to $59 million.

Spears is a 1993 graduate of Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kent., and has worked in mental health since 2001.


Becky Stoll, LCSW – Vice President of Crisis and Disaster Management Becky Stoll, LCSW – Vice President of Crisis and Disaster Management

Becky Stoll serves as Vice President of Crisis and Disaster Management in Tennessee. In this role, Stoll oversees the continuum of Centerstone’s crisis services, including the 24-hour crisis call center, the mobile crisis response team and Centerstone’s crisis management strategies, which is a public- and private-sector crisis preparedness and response service.

Stoll also represents Centerstone on a national and international scale through her roles as board chair and faculty member for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). In addition, she serves as mental health faculty for the American Red Cross, clinical director for the Nashville Fire Department’s Critical Incident Stress Management team, chair of the State Disaster Mental Health Response Committee and consultant and trainer for the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), the Association of Flight Attendants and US Airways.

Stoll has been with Centerstone for 16 years and previously served as director of crisis services and crisis management strategies. She holds a BA from Tennessee State University and an MA in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.


Carol Cox — Director of Therapeutic Foster Care and Early Childhood Services Carol Cox — Director of Therapeutic Foster Care and Early Childhood Services

Carol Cox oversees Centerstone’s continuum of care model for Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption, while meeting the performance-based contracting standards set by the Department of Children’s Services. She also directs Early Childhood Services grant programs that serve children ages five and younger and their families, including the Regional Intervention Program, Fatherhood Engagement, Breastfeeding Support, Parent Coaching and others. Ms. Cox received her MA in Clinical Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, is a licensed psychological examiner and has more than two decades of experience working with children and families in foster care.


Tonya Gilbert, MBA PHR, SHRM-CP – Director of Human Resources Tonya Gilbert, MBA PHR, SHRM-CP – Director of Human Resources

Tonya L. Gilbert is the Human Resources Director in Tennessee. In this role, she oversees employee relations issues and litigation matters, develops and implements cultural initiatives, ensures staffing requirements are met, ensures all procedures regarding employment and employees — including compensation, hiring and termination, assigned job responsibilities and others — are administered lawfully, equitably and in a manner that motivates employees to reach their full potential as individual staff members.

Her more than 15 years of HR experience has included support services, administration and labor relations over the course of her career.

Gilbert is a proud alumna of Tennessee State University, where she received a BS in speech communication/broadcast journalism. She also holds an MBA and a PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. She resides in Nashville.


Sherry Randles – Director of Mobile Crisis Services Sherry Randles – Director of Mobile Crisis Services

Sherry Randles is Director of Mobile Crisis Care services in Tennessee. In this role, she oversees the mobile crisis care services for Bedford, Cheatham, Coffee, Dickson, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Perry, Robertson, Stewart, and Wayne counties.

Randles has worked for crisis services in some capacity for over 10 years. She began her career at Centerstone as a therapist in 1995. She holds a MA in Counseling from Trevecca University and is a licensed professional counselor.


Kathleen Rogers, LCSW – Director of Quality Improvement Kathleen Rogers, LCSW – Director of Quality Improvement

Kathy Rogers is Director of Quality Improvement in Tennessee.

After starting her career at Dede Wallace Center as an outpatient therapist, she worked for Miller Medical and Nashville Healthcare, providing outpatient services to Prudential/PruCare members, before moving into more administrative and UM roles with Columbia Healthcare Network. She began Quality Improvement work in 2000 with Magellan Behavioral Health and was hired at Centerstone in 2005.

She received her BA degree in psychology from Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass., and her MSSW from The University of Tennessee School of Social Work.

Rogers is a native New Yorker who has been in Nashville for nearly 40 years. She and her husband, Bob, have two children and one grandson.


Mandi Ryan, MSN, RN – Vice President of Healthcare Integration Mandi Ryan, MSN, RN – Vice President of Healthcare Integration

Mandi Ryan is Vice President of Healthcare Integration in Tennessee. She is the Health Link administrator, which provides health home services by promoting whole-person care coordination, health promotion, and wellness coaching across all of the organization’s 19 outpatient clinics throughout Tennessee. She is leading the organization’s Behavioral Episodes of Care Initiative and Integrated Care primary care partnership in four of the outpatient clinics. She also serves as the project director for two Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grants, which provide health home services to adult clients in Nashville and Clarksville, resulting in improved mental and physical health outcomes. Under her leadership, Centerstone became one of the first providers to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a Behavioral Health Home for children and adults in May 2015 in four of the organization’s outpatient clinics and, in May 2016, received Health Home accreditation in all of the organization’s nineteen outpatient clinics throughout Tennessee. Ryan has over 15 years of experience in nursing, behavioral health, primary care and integrated services. She received her BS in nursing in leadership and administration from Walden University and her BS in biology from Ouachita University. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading.


John Sanders – Director of Adult Residential Services John Sanders – Director of Adult Residential Services

John Sanders is the Director of Housing Services. He has been with Centerstone since 1999.

Sanders attended MTSU and TSU, and received an MS degree in guidance and counseling. He is part of the Homeless No More steering board.


Phyllis Viltz – Director of Special Projects Phyllis Viltz – Director of Special Projects

Phyllis Viltz is the Director of Special Projects. In this role, she oversees several Federal, State and local government grants. Among these are the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), the U.S. Department of Labor Re-Entry Services for Young Adults, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Criminal Justice Liaison, Targeted Transitional and Community Targeted Transitional grants.

She has been with Centerstone for more than 20 years and has been in her current position since 2014.

Viltz graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Tennessee State University, and holds a Master of Science degree in guidance and counseling. She is licensed by the State of Tennessee as a Senior Psychological Examiner. She is a member of NAMI-TN and the American Psychological Association.


Scott Valentine, RHIA, CHPS, CHC - Compliance & Privacy Officer Scott Valentine, RHIA, CHPS, CHC - Compliance & Privacy Officer

Scott Valentine is Compliance & Privacy Officer in Tennessee. In this role, he is responsible for the administration, implementation and management of the Compliance and Privacy programs. Valentine is considered a subject expert on healthcare privacy and is a valued member of the compliance staff. He also serves as Title VI Coordinator for Tennessee. A graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with a BS degree in Health Information Management, he joined Centerstone in 1998. He holds certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) from the American Health Information Management Association, and  certifications in Health Care Privacy (CHCP) and Health Care Compliance (CHC) from the Health Care Compliance Association.


Ramona Rhodes – President, Centerstone 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.


Maria Wolfe – Director of Advancement Maria Wolfe – Director of Advancement

Maria Wolfe is the Director of Advancement for Centerstone’s Foundation. As Director of Advancement, Wolfe leads the annual and major giving efforts in Centerstone’s Tennessee region as well as for its Military Services. Maria joined Centerstone in 2020 with more than two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector. She spent ten years leading marketing, branding and membership efforts for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. She has also led marketing and fundraising initiatives with the Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix, the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, The Land Trust for Tennessee, and TechBridge, Inc. Wolfe holds an MBA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.


Erin Camfield – Director of Advancement Erin Camfield – Director of Advancement

Erin Camfield is the Director of Advancement for Centerstone’s Foundation. As Director of Advancement, Camfield is responsible for advancing Centerstone’s mission through philanthropy in the state of Illinois. She works in direct collaboration with the Foundation team, Illinois Board of Directors, and Centerstone leadership to steward relationships with community businesses and donors and advance annual and major giving efforts. Camfield joined Centerstone in 2021, with several years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. She developed a community sponsorship giving program with her prior non-profit organization and also managed a $5 million capital campaign project from start to finish. Camfield also contributes her time and talent with her community school’s parent teacher organization, where she serves as Treasurer. Camfield graduated from Saint Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.


Neely Sims – Director of Foundation Grants Neely Sims – Director of Foundation Grants

Neely Sims joined Centerstone’s Foundation team in 2017. She is responsible for working with senior directors and directors of advancement to research, identify and apply for grant opportunities. She focuses on developing strategies to increase Centerstone’s philanthropic funding and enjoys the challenge of identifying new opportunities for such a large organization with diverse program offerings.

Before joining Centerstone, Sims served as grants and research manager for a Nashville-based education technology company. She started her career working for Volunteers of America Southeast, writing federal and foundation grants to develop housing for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.

She has a Master of Social Work degree and certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Auburn University. She enjoys gardening and taking walks with her husband, son and dog, Guinness. Neely is based in Nashville.


Nancy Low – Foundation Administrative Officer Nancy Low – Foundation Administrative Officer

As Administrative Officer for Centerstone’s Foundation, Nancy Low manages the administrative services team, coordinates the management and execution of donor record and donation processing, assists in the development of the Foundation budget and strategy, facilitates board and employee giving campaigns, assists in policy development and monitoring and is liaison to various Centerstone teams in developing, aligning and implementing processes, plan and staff development.

During her career at Centerstone that began in 2002, she has served as quality improvement assistant, executive assistant to the CEO and liaison to the board of directors in Indiana and leadership project manager. In the latter role, she collaborated on project objectives, such as the strategic plan and the development and implementation of Centerstone’s Leadership Academy. Low began her current role in 2015.

She earned a Master of Management–Non-Profit from Lipscomb University in 2017, having previously earned a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Indiana University and a Certificate in Organizational Leadership & Supervision from Purdue University. In addition, she is a certified provider of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and has been trained in Lean Sigma and Carver Policy Governance. She is married with two sons, three grandchildren and a puppy named Trixie.  Nancy is based in Columbus, Ind.


Blas Villalobos, DSW – Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Blas Villalobos, DSW – Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone's Military Services

Dr. Blas Villalobos is the Chief Executive Officer of Centerstone’s Military Services. As the Chief Executive Officer, Villalobos leads the organization’s delivery of mental health and substance use disorder services to veterans, active duty military personnel, and military families. Villalobos also leads the organization’s partnerships with other military-friendly organizations, including partnerships with Wounded Warrior Project, Cohen Veterans Network, and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. Villalobos has more than 10 years’ of specialized experience working with veterans and the military community, most recently serving as the Director of Veterans Affairs for Chapman University. Villalobos has held previous positions as Veterans Affairs Manager for the Los Angeles Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Executive Director of External Programs for U.S.VETS. Villalobos is a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served honorably from 1999 to 2003. He is active in his community and currently serves on the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Board of Directors for JVS SoCal. He previously served as a committee member for the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans and as a Board Member for the Los Angeles Community Veterans Engagement Board. He began his academic career at Long Beach City College and holds doctorate and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Southern California, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University – Long Beach.


Anna Goletz – Clinical Services Manager Anna Goletz – Clinical Services Manager

Anna Goletz is the Clinical Services Manager for Centerstone’s Military Services. She supervises a team of clinical support specialists that locate the right counselor for veterans and military family members requesting services, maintains credentialing of each provider through Centerstone’s corporate policy and engages public and government organizations in the mission of Centerstone and Centerstone’s Military Services.

As a military spouse for the last decade, she has experience with both active duty and National Guard life. Goletz has extensive knowledge as both a mental health counselor and military spouse that aids in her passion for helping other military families and spouses.

Prior to joining Military Services in 2017, Goletz worked as a clinical therapist for Centerstone and as a Program Coordinator for the community-based services offered to children and families in Middle Tennessee. She has been a devoted Centerstone employee since 2009. She obtained a BA in psychology from Argosy University, and an MA in mental health counseling from Capella University.

Anna’s hobbies include spending time with her family, camping in Tennessee state parks, traveling or playing in her backyard. She loves to cook and hosts dinners and parties in the family home as frequently as possible.


Jennifer Lockman, PhD – Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Jennifer Lockman, PhD – Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone's 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, MPS, PMP – Chief Operating Officer, Centerstone’s Research Institute Ashley Newton, MPS, PMP – Chief Operating Officer, Centerstone’s Research Institute

Ashley Newton is Chief Operating Officer of Centerstone’s Research Institute. As Chief Operating Officer, Newton provides leadership and management to the executive leadership team for Centerstone’s Research Institute while ensuring operational excellence and positioning the organization for growth. She provides leadership across a range of clinical and operational projects that aim to close the science-to-service gap and that advance Centerstone’s Noble Purpose — delivering care that changes people’s lives. Newton also chairs the Enterprise Quality Council, a governance group leading system-wide initiatives that directly impact quality and risk management practices. Newton has more than 14 years’ experience in behavioral health service delivery and healthcare leadership, and more than 5 years’ experience in healthcare research leadership and clinical transformation efforts. In her previous roles at Centerstone, Newton developed and implemented models of care intended to improve access to care in rural communities and to address the complex needs of unique populations. Other clinical transformation efforts include integration of research and technology into clinical operations, implementation of clinical and quality metrics to drive value-based care readiness, implementation of change management and continuous quality improvement methodologies, new service line development and growth, and implementation of design thinking methodologies in community behavioral health settings. She also sponsors the Centerstone Women’s Network, an employee resource group that seeks to address the unique challenges women experience in the workplace. Newton is a member of the Project Management Institute, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, National Alliance for Healthcare Quality, and other various professional organizations. Newton holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a certified ACRA-ACC clinical supervisor, Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and is a Design Thinking Certification from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Shane Kuhlman, PhD — Chief Psychology Officer, Centerstone Shane Kuhlman, PhD — Chief Psychology Officer, Centerstone's Research Institute

Dr. Shane Kuhlman is the Chief Psychology Officer for Centerstone’s Research Institute.  As an integrated clinical and counseling psychologist by training, his primary role is in reviewing evidence based practices for Centerstone and developing clinical models tailored to fit systems of care.  Additionally, he works closely alongside the Director of Implementation Science and the Director of Clinical Education to identify problems, develop tailored trainings, and implement specialized curricula for disorders, clinical problems, and clinical contexts. He specializes in substance use and clinical/community suicide prevention. Kuhlman joined Centerstone in 2020 following his postdoctoral fellowship at the Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. He has a research program rooted in engaging clients in care and managing transitions of care to aid in suicide prevention.  His clinical experience ranges many contexts including crisis, inpatient, SUD residential, community outpatient, and substance use disorder treatment in an innovative inpatient medicine in psychiatry unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  Kuhlman has numerous peer-reviewed publications, primarily focused on risk factors for suicide prevention, upstream suicide prevention, substance misuse, and meaning making.  He was the project director and coordinator for two prior grants in suicide prevention. Kuhlman has a history of advocacy and community involvement in suicide prevention, including campus community based leadership and advocacy, directing campus community walks fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and walking two 18-mile overnight walks for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in New York City and San Francisco. Kuhlman earned his PhD in clinical and counseling psychology from the University of South Alabama and his master’s degree in psychology from the University of South Alabama.  Kuhlman completed his undergraduate degree in psychology as well as some of his masters work at The University of West Florida.


Taylor Moore, PhD – Vice President of Program Evaluation Taylor Moore, PhD – Vice President of Program Evaluation

Dr. Taylor Moore is Vice President of Program Evaluation at Centerstone’s Research Institute. Moore is responsible for internal operations, oversight of evaluation staff in multiple states, and all program evaluation services provided across the Centerstone enterprise. He plays a critical role in helping Centerstone achieve its vision to provide high-quality programs locally, eventually extending the use of Centerstone’s clinical models, pathways, and effective evidence-based practices nationally. Moore has more than 15 years of experience in research and evaluation of mental health and behavioral health programs at the local, state, and national levels. Prior to joining Centerstone’s Research Institute, Moore served as a lead project manager at ICF where he led the Training and Technical Assistance team for the National Outcomes Evaluation of the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Youth Suicide Prevention Program for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Additionally, Moore has led program evaluation teams at the Mental Health Center of Denver and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Butler University, as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in applied psychology from Colorado State University. He also completed the Evaluation Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Bre Banks, PhD – Director of Clinical Education Bre Banks, PhD – Director of Clinical Education

Dr. Bre Banks is the Director of Clinical Education for Centerstone’s Research Institute. Leveraging her training as a counselor educator, clinical mental health counselor, and researcher, Banks leads a team of clinical education specialists in the “translation of science to service” through development, deployment, and evaluation of novel clinical education and training strategies and products. A core part of her work is in the leadership of the Centerstone Center for Simulation in Behavioral Health, or the “SIM Center,” the nation’s first community-based simulation training center for behavioral health providers. Banks began her tenure with Centerstone’s Research Institute in 2010 as a Research Associate within the Program Evaluation department. Since then, she has served in research, evaluation, and training roles on federal grants totaling more than $19 million. Her research and clinical expertise lies primarily within suicide prevention and intervention, including the development and implementation of cross-cultural treatment and simulation training for suicide-specific evidence-based psychotherapies. Banks has provided treatment and psychotherapy in a variety of clinical contexts, including inpatient and outpatient community behavioral health centers, schools, and juvenile justice settings. Bre has also held several academic appointments in counseling and counselor education masters and doctoral programs, and currently maintains partnerships with the University of Tennessee, Johns Hopkins University, and Rocky Vista University. Banks maintains active participation in several professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and the American Association of Suicidology, where she is a regular presenter at annual conferences. She is also a member of the International Dialectical Behavior Therapy Strategic Planning Consortium. During her doctoral studies at the University of Tennessee, Banks was selected as a chancellor’s fellow. Banks earned a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and Supervision from the University of Tennessee, a master’s of arts in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University, and a bachelor’s of arts from the University of Tennessee.


Mary Claire Leverett, MPH – Director of Clinical Transformation & Quality Mary Claire Leverett, MPH – Director of Clinical Transformation & Quality

Mary Claire Leverett is the Director of Clinical Transformation and Quality for Centerstone’s Research Institute. Leverett leads a team of specially trained individuals who work with multiple stakeholders to improve quality of care and patient outcomes across multiple projects. She leads an interdisciplinary team to facilitate practice transformation through the use of specialized training, communication, collaborative learning, project and change management, workflow re/design, design thinking techniques, lean startup and continuous quality improvement techniques. Leverett works directly with quality improvement and implementation scientists to promote best practices and to advance the clinical integration, adoption, engagement and evaluation of clinical tools, including the use of data related to clinical decision support. Prior to joining Centerstone in 2016, Leverett worked for a primary care physician’s association in Georgia. She began at Centerstone in a junior position in what was then the Center for Clinical Excellence. Using her knowledge of primary care and care coordination, Leverett helped implement the Centerstone Adult Health Home Model. The Center for Clinical Excellence gradually evolved into the Clinical Transformation and Quality (CTQ) team, the variety of projects the CTQ team works on expanded, and she moved into her current leadership position. While earning her master’s degree, Leverett developed a passion for older adults and volunteered with her local council on aging to help implement new programs to address food insecurity in the community. She continues to donate and support those efforts through volunteerism. Leverett received her MPH in health promotion and behavior as well as a certificate in gerontology from the University of Georgia. She also earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Georgia. During her time at Centerstone’s Research Institute, Leverett has also obtained her Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) certification and a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.


L. James Schut, PhD – Director of Clinical Research L. James Schut, PhD – Director of Clinical Research

Dr. L. James Schut is the Director of Clinical Research at Centerstone’s Research Institute. With training in applied social psychology, program evaluation, mental health services research, and marriage and family therapy, Schut’s primary role is facilitation of clinical research with partnering organizations and scientific experts.  Schut liaises with clinical staff across the Centerstone organization, thereby creating and maintaining organizational research infrastructure.  Additionally, he works alongside other departments to identify, promote, and support collaborative research endeavors. Previously at Centerstone’s Research Institute from 2006 to 2009, Schut was Senior Program Evaluator of several federally funded program evaluations, including two SAMHSA grants focused on suicide prevention in youth, and served as co-principal investigator (PI) on an enhanced evaluation of gatekeeper training. He currently serves as PI on a contract with Otsuka Pharmaceuticals conducting a randomized trial to evaluate the clinical application of a brief screener for clients with schizophrenia. He is Site PI for a PCORI grant examining the comparative effectiveness of two programs for clients with co-occurring health and mental health concerns. Schut has more than 20 years of varied research experience in topics relevant to clinical education and research in mental health and substance abuse, with a particular interest in measurement-based care and prevention. Schut rejoined Centerstone’s Research Institute in 2020 following 11 years as associate professor for a CACREP-accredited counselor education program in Nashville, TN.  During his tenure, he taught doctoral level courses in research methodology, measurement, program evaluation, qualitative methods, and dissertation preparation.  He guided over 60 students successfully through the dissertation process. Schut earned his PhD in applied social psychology from Vanderbilt University and a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University.  He also completed his bachelor of arts in psychology from Hope College.


Alexis Kirk, PhD – Director of Implementation Science Alexis Kirk, PhD – Director of Implementation Science

Dr. Alexis Kirk is the Director of Implementation Science at Centerstone’s Research Institute where she focuses on building buy-in for change and creating supportive environments for implementing and sustaining change. Kirk works with leaders and teams to assess organizational readiness for change, identify existing organizational strengths and potential barriers to change, set goals and engage in strategic planning, and monitor progress for continuous learning and improvement. She helps teams prepare their systems for change by focusing on leadership skills for managing change, organizational culture and climate, effective workforce development practices (e.g., hiring, training, coaching, and teaming), and building infrastructures (e.g., communication and feedback loops, co-creation processes) to sustain change. Kirk leverages her skills in meeting facilitation, action planning, coaching, teaching, and training to build the competence and confidence of leaders and teams to help them meet their goals. Prior to joining Centerstone in 2020, Kirk worked as a public health analyst and implementation specialist designing and leading change at the federal, state, and local levels, across a variety of sectors, including healthcare, government, public health, mental health, and the nonprofit sector. She has extensive experience developing and implementing national quality reporting programs for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as consulting with teams to facilitate statewide scale-ups and pilots of evidence-based programs. Kirk earned her PhD in health policy and management from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a master’s in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor of arts in public policy from Duke University.


Brad Bills – Vice President of Systems Development Brad Bills – Vice President of Systems Development

As Vice President of Systems Development, Brad Bills focuses on software development for the various EHRs and business systems used throughout Centerstone. His teams include business analysis, software development, and configuration management. Bills joined Centerstone in 2011 as the Manager of Application Development to lead CenterNet development and assist with the implementation of myAvatar, Centerstone’s enterprise EHR platform replacing legacy systems across existing business units and incoming affiliates. After being promoted to VP, he took over responsibility for the design of all software including business systems. As Centerstone grows, he is responsible for ensuring that the software developed and implemented is meeting enterprise objectives and providing the value needed.

Bills has been working in IT since 2000 with the majority of that time in the behavioral healthcare space. Prior to joining Centerstone he spent 8 years at Qualifacts where he developed EHR software, implemented multiple EHRs, and architected the enterprise version of their current EHR.

Bills earned his BS in Computer Science from the University of Memphis.


Melissa Collette – Vice President of Enterprise Services Melissa Collette – Vice President of Enterprise Services

As Vice President of Enterprise Services, Melissa Collette focuses on user engagement of technology for clinicians, physicians and staff across the Centerstone business units. Her teams include technology procurement, IT help desk, EHR support and she leads the Information Technology Services Directors for all Centerstone companies. Collette joined Centerstone in 2012 as the EHR Project Director leading the implementation of myAvatar, Centerstone’s enterprise EHR platform.

With 20 years’ experience in IT, Collette previously worked for Bass Berry and Sims law firm in IT management roles leading business intelligence, client intranets, research and libraries. She also worked in enterprise software sales as a pre-sales Software Consultant for BMC Software.

Collette earned her MBA from Tennessee Tech and her BA in Business and Computer Information Systems from the University of Houston.


Lauren Conaboy – Vice President of National Policy Lauren Conaboy – Vice President of National Policy

Lauren Conaboy is the Vice President of National Policy. In this role she works to advance policy and regulatory initiatives to ensure access to affordable, patient-centered behavioral health services that are based in value and outcomes. Prior to joining the Centerstone team, Conaboy worked as the Government Affairs Director for Centerstone in Kentucky, where she advanced legislative and regulatory initiatives pertaining to mental health; ranging from engaging in the state’s 1115 waiver process to advancing policy objectives to bolster addiction and recovery services for Kentuckians seeking treatment for opioid abuse.

Conaboy holds a dual masters in Clinical Social Work and Marriage & Family Therapy from the University of Louisville and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Prior to her engagement in the health care sector, she worked for almost a decade running state and national public policy and advocacy campaigns, has engaged in multiple United Nations negotiations, and worked as a political consultant on the Hill.


Jan Goodson – Vice President of Business & Service Development 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.

Goodson received her BS in psychology, sociology and criminal justice from Middle Tennessee State University and her MBA 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 of Payer Contracting & Strategy Dawn Kingsley – Vice President of Payer Contracting & Strategy

Dawn Kingsley is Vice President of Payer Contracting & Strategy for Centerstone. She directs all payer contracting and strategy for all Centerstone state business units. 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 the Centerstone Center for Clinical Excellence including evidence based clinical health home and integrated care initiatives.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in health care 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 BA in Journalism and Political Science from Eastern Illinois University and a MA in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL.


Shawn Brooks – Executive Director, Special Projects and Initiatives Shawn Brooks – Executive Director, Special Projects and Initiatives

Shawn Brooks is the Executive Director of Special Projects and Initiatives. In his role, he will lead a number of special projects and support Centerstone’s strategic business units, shared services and Centerstone Solutions, the employee assistance program.

Shawn has worked in the nonprofit arena for 20 years and joined Centerstone over 10 years ago. He has held a variety of leadership roles at Centerstone, most recently serving as project management specialist and leading continuous quality improvement projects, strategic planning projects, affiliations and growth related projects.

Shawn graduated from Austin Peay State University with a B.A. in Psychology and minor in business management, as well as Claremont Graduate University with an M.A. dual concentration in program evaluation and developmental psychology. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


Melanie Adkins – Director of Payer Contracting Melanie Adkins – Director of Payer Contracting

Melanie Adkins joined Centerstone in 2016 as the Senior Director of Payer Contracting & Strategy for Centerstone. In her current role, she offers day-to-day support of all contracting and managed care initiatives. This includes developing and maintaining client relations within the managed care industry and health care payer organizations. Adkins has been instrumental in Payer negotiations across all Centerstone locations. She has been able to increase revenues for our services and get Centerstone’s new services contracted in order to realize revenue from those services.

Adkins has also aided in contracting initiatives for Centerstone Military Services as well as a number of national agreements. She has also been part of Centerstone’s initiative to engage Payers in Value Based Care contracting arrangements.

She brings 18 years of managed care contracting experience. She has worked for a number of Payers contracting for Medicaid, Medicare, EAP and Commercial lines of business. She also spent 8 years as a consultant helping Health Plans move into new markets and build provider networks.


Carol Bean – Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer Carol Bean – Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer

As Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer for Centerstone, Carol Bean leads our treasury operations, the accounts payable and payroll teams, financial planning and analysis, including the annual budget process and maintenance of the finance functions of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Carol also serves as the finance officer for all the shared services departments of Centerstone. She brings more than 20 years of finance, accounting, and health care experience. Previously, she has worked at Cigna, Coventry Healthcare, and Deloitte LLP prior to joining Centerstone in 2014. She holds a BBS degree in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.


Jane Bolin – Director of Customer Engagement Center Jane Bolin – Director of Customer Engagement Center

Jane Bolin is the Director of the Centerstone Customer Engagement Center, a single-point of access for all Centerstone consumers. As a central hub for all client-related communication, the Customer Engagement Center is equipped to receive, respond and refer clients to our services throughout Centerstone’s national footprint. She and her Customer Engagement Center team support Centerstone’s goal to lead health care in providing a superior customer experience known for convenience and hospitality.

As a mental health professional, customer service and communication enthusiast, Bolin has over 15 years of experience in mental health and person-centered services. She joined the Centerstone family in 2008 working for Centerstone Tennessee. She was the Program Coordinator for Crisis Care Services where she oversaw the daily operations of the crisis call center program and call team staff. She is a member of the National Association of Crisis Center Directors, Contact USA, and holds certification with the American Association of Suicideology. She earned her Master’s degree from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, GA.

Bolin is married to her college sweetheart and the couple have two active boys. The family loves living in Nashville and spending time outdoors in the many local parks and beautiful Middle Tennessee.


Chuck Pegg – Director of Information Technology Infrastructure Chuck Pegg – Director of Information Technology Infrastructure

Chuck Pegg, who has more than 20 years of industry experience at Centerstone, is responsible for helping to oversee the overall technology infrastructure, including the company’s servers, network and hardware for security.

Pegg holds an associate degree in Communication Electronics from Ivy Tech Community College-Richmond, IN.


Eric Stein – Director of Business Applications Eric Stein – Director of Business Applications

Eric Stein is the Director of Business Applications for Centerstone. In this role, he oversees all of the enterprise business systems, such as the financial, payroll and human resources software. His responsibilities include the integration of all the business systems between five states. He oversees a team of staff who focuses on gathering business requirements for new software and business systems. Stein brings more than 25 years of experience working in information technology in a wide range of job experiences. He served as Information Technology Manager for Quinco Behavioral Health Systems in Columbus, Indiana prior to their merging with Centerstone in 2009. Stein began his career at Quinco in the finance department where he was integral in designing a new financial and budgeting system. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and a minor in computer science.


Nikki Tumey – Director of Enterprise Analysis Nikki Tumey – Director of Enterprise Analysis

Nikki Tumey is Director of Enterprise Analysis for Centerstone. She and her team ensure that Centerstone’s operations have the information they need, when they need it, to support clinicians and to assist state leaders in making good data driven business decisions. She leads a highly distributed team, with skilled analysts based in every Centerstone state.

Tumey has been with Centerstone companies for most of her 29 year career, starting with Quinco Behavioral Health Systems in Indiana. Today as part of the Centerstone of America leadership team, she is able to use her extensive experience in billing, business operations, reporting, and process improvement to help streamline processes and information flow across all of Centerstone.

Tumey earned her Associates Degree in Accounting from Indiana Business College. She also holds a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma process improvement. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading.


Karen Keene – IT Security Officer Karen Keene – IT Security Officer

Karen Keene is the IT Security Officer for Centerstone and is responsible for the operational and regulatory security of information technology throughout Centerstone. Keene is charged with the development, implementation and monitoring of security policies, procedures and technical means in order to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information in Centerstone’s electronic information systems. Throughout her tenure she has been instrumental in helping Centerstone implement new technologies while ensuring that the organization is compliant with federal and state regulations. Keene’s institutional knowledge of Centerstone’s IT system is invaluable. Keene is involved in the daily operations of Centerstone’ IT system and is a key member of the compliance staff. She has been employed by Centerstone since 1984. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a BS degree in information systems.


David Guth – Chief Executive Officer David 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.


John Markley, MBA – Regional Chief Executive Officer John Markley, MBA – Regional Chief Executive Officer

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.


Melissa Larkin-Skinner, MA, MBA, LMHC – Regional Chief Executive Officer Melissa Larkin-Skinner, MA, MBA, LMHC – Regional Chief Executive Officer

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.


Suzanne Koesel, LCSW – Regional Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Koesel, LCSW – Regional Chief Executive Officer

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.


Ben Middleton, MS – Regional Chief Executive Officer 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.


Blas Villalobos, DSW – Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone Blas Villalobos, DSW – Chief Executive Officer, Centerstone's Military Services

Dr. Blas Villalobos is the Chief Executive Officer of Centerstone’s Military Services. As the Chief Executive Officer, Villalobos leads the organization’s delivery of mental health and substance use disorder services to veterans, active duty military personnel, and military families. Villalobos also leads the organization’s partnerships with other military-friendly organizations, including partnerships with Wounded Warrior Project, Cohen Veterans Network, and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. Villalobos has more than 10 years’ of specialized experience working with veterans and the military community, most recently serving as the Director of Veterans Affairs for Chapman University. Villalobos has held previous positions as Veterans Affairs Manager for the Los Angeles Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Executive Director of External Programs for U.S.VETS. Villalobos is a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served honorably from 1999 to 2003. He is active in his community and currently serves on the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Board of Directors for JVS SoCal. He previously served as a committee member for the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans and as a Board Member for the Los Angeles Community Veterans Engagement Board. He began his academic career at Long Beach City College and holds doctorate and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Southern California, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University – Long Beach.


Richard C. Shelton, MD – Chief Science Officer 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.


Kevin Norton – Chief Operating Officer 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 – 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.


Debbie Cagle – Chief Marketing Officer Debbie Cagle – 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.


Jason Hernández, MBA — Chief Human Resources Officer Jason Hernández, 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.


Prasad Kodali – Chief Information Officer 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.


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