Melissa Larkin-Skinner is the regional chief executive officer serving Florida. Overseeing all inpatient and outpatient services and programs, she is responsible for significant organizational growth since becoming CEO, expanding Centerstone’s presence from three to six counties.
As a licensed mental health counselor with 25 years of experience in all aspects of behavioral health, Larkin-Skinner has worked with children and adults of all ages in diverse treatment programs including inpatient, outpatient, crisis intervention, intensive community-based and child welfare. She has designed and operated innovative programs to meet community needs, including the first children’s Community Action Team (CAT) in 2004. CAT has been adopted as Florida’s statewide model serving youth who are struggling with severe mental health, behavioral and co-occurring disorders, along with their families.
A persistent voice bringing attention to the opioid epidemic, Larkin-Skinner is an authority on the disease of addiction and its devastating effects on communities. She regularly provides state and federal policy feedback and engages in legislative advocacy as a subject-matter expert in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. She has led Centerstone in the rapid expansion of treatment services for individuals fighting opioid addiction, including Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in hospital, clinic and jail-based sites. In August 2016, she received the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Administrator of the Year for her efforts toward combating the opioid epidemic. Larkin-Skinner currently serves as the only behavioral health provider on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission.
She received an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Saint Leo University and an MA in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Florida. She serves on Centerstone’s Executive Cabinet, contributing to enterprise mission, vision and growth.
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 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.
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.
Michelle Abercrombie is the Facilities Director in Florida. She directly oversees the maintenance, housekeeping, dietary and transportation departments. She is also responsible for the entire physical plant operation, as well as all of Centerstone’s outpatient facilities. Her priorities are maintaining a safe, secure and healing environment for clients and staff, as well as keeping Centerstone audit-ready for all agencies. Michelle also serves as the safety officer and chairperson of the Environment of Care Committee, dedicated to identifying and resolving safety issues for staff and clients and conducting internal drills. She also represents Centerstone on the ESF8, Manatee County Emergency Operations Center, and Organizations Active in Disaster. She has studied at Manatee Community College, Texas A&M Engineering, Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA, and has been certified with Emergency Management Institute, completing ICS 100 for health care and hospitals. Michelle grew up in Manatee County, working in the community for over 25 years with Volunteers of America, as owner/operator of Abercrombie Painting LLC. and with her family’s businesses, which included landscape architect and design.
Marilyn Agee is the Director of Nursing at Florida’s mental health and addiction hospital. She has 27 years of experience with Centerstone in supervising nursing care for adults, children and families seeking mental health and addictions services. Marilyn received a BS in nursing from Millikin University and certified as a master manager in 1995.
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.
Samantha Kolb is the Director of Addiction Center in Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with both a BA and an MA in social work. Samantha is a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 10 years of experience in behavioral health. She specializes in addictions treatment and currently manages the adult addiction continuum that includes inpatient, residential, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment, HIV and community-based family programs.
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.
Linda Transue is the Performance Improvement Director in Florida. She is a certified professional in health care quality, a licensed health care risk manager and a registered health information technician. Linda has over 20 years of experience in performance improvement and has been Centerstone’s corporate risk manager since March 2006. She has also been Centerstone’s Joint Commission coordinator since 1999.
Charles Whitfield, M.Ed., is a certified life coach and Director 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 the Walk-in Center, homeless outreach, the family safety intervention program, the children’s substance abuse prevention and intervention teams, the community paramedicine program and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
John Markley serves as Regional CEO in Illinois, serving residents in eastern and southern Illinois through more than 30 locations that provide treatment, support and educational programs and services to individuals who have mental health and addiction disorders and specialized services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Centerstone employs over 525 staff in Illinois and serves more than 17,000 individuals annually. Under Markley’s leadership, Illinois’ operations have expanded from serving residents in southern Illinois to include western Illinois following a 2015 merger with Wellspring Resources (now Centerstone) in Alton. He has served on several national and statewide boards and is currently a member of several state and national associations. Markley began his behavioral health career in 1985 as a staff accountant, was promoted to Director of Financial Services, and became CEO in 2005. He received bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and accounting from Murray State University in Kentucky, and his MBA from Century University in New Mexico. As CEO, Markley is responsible for the leadership and operational oversight of Centerstone’s clinical divisions, specialized services and strategic business development and fiscal accountability in Illinois.
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, 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 Heath oversees 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 also is responsible for quality and health information management. 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 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 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 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 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 A. Fleck, 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.
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 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.
Angela Manns is Medical Services Director in Illinois. In this role, she is responsible for managing statewide psychiatric and medical resources, as well as the state’s Medication Assisted Treatment services for adults addicted to opiates. In addition to recruiting and supervising all Illinois nursing staff, she is very involved in recruitment and hiring of physicians and nurse practitioners for the organization.
Manns received her BS in nursing from Kaplan University in Davenport, Iowa, and is currently pursuing her MS in Nursing from Maryville University in St. Louis. She has worked in medical services and Medication Assisted Treatment for Centerstone and its legacy organizations for five years.
Stacey Overturf serves as Regional Finance Officer in Illinois. In this role, she oversees the organization’s fiscal operations, supervising finance and accounts receivable staff. Overturf received her BA in accounting from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She has worked in finance for Centerstone and its legacy organizations for almost 30 years. She is a long-term resident of Franklin County.
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 19 years.
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 serves as Regional CEO in Indiana. She oversees more than 60 facilities in 17 counties throughout south and central Indiana and nearly 900 employees serving nearly 30,000 Hoosiers annually, and an annual revenue of over $52 million. She is responsible for the leadership and operational oversight of Centerstone’s clinical divisions and specialized services as well as strategic business development and fiscal accountability in Indiana.
Under her leadership, Centerstone has continued to expand operations in Indiana and has developed numerous state- and nationally-recognized services, including substance abuse treatment, peer support services, employment services and specialized re-entry services for adults.
She is a licensed clinical social worker and received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Indiana University in Bloomington and a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
She is a member of the Mental Health America of Indiana Board of Directors. She is an active member of her community, serving on a variety of nonprofit boards and local human services committees. She has been with Centerstone since 1996.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
Thelma Chandler is the Director of Indiana Military Services. She began working at Dunn Mental Health Center in 2002. As the Director of Indiana Military Services, Chandler provides regional crisis access and behavioral health services for veterans and their families.
Chandler received her MSW from the University of Cincinnati. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addiction Counselor. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and received the Indiana Chapter National Association of Social Workers of the year Award. She is a mental health provider for Wounded Warriors Retreats.
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 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 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.
Meagan Terlep is the Director of Child and Family Services in Indiana. She is responsible for supervising the financial and clinical programming of child and family services teams across 10 counties.
She is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis with an MA in clinical psychology-mental health counseling. She is a member of the suicide prevention workgroup, the alternatives to detention workgroup, Youth Services Center Advisory Board, Wayne County Child Fatality Review Board and Council for Youth Development. She is also an ASIST trainer and a volunteer at Wheeler Mission. She has been with Centerstone since 2009.
Abbreial “Abby” Drane is the Regional Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky. Previously, Drane served as the Uspiritus President and CEO, where she lead the treatment, outcomes, regulations, human resources, financial and advancement programs helping vulnerable children in Kentucky.
She is an experienced leader in the behavioral health industry, with more than 25 years as a chief financial officer in two of Kentucky’s largest community mental health centers — Seven Counties Services and Communicare. She has also served as adjunct accounting faculty for several regional universities and managed a small financial service business.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Missouri State University and her MBA from Western Kentucky University. She has also held a CPA license since 1990.
With a passion for helping those in need, she has dedicated her professional career to serving children and families across Kentucky. She has the faith and vision to see a better life for those struggling with mental health and substance use issues at Centerstone.
As Regional Chief Medical Officer, Scott Hedges works with the executive leadership team in Kentucky to ensure that the medical, nursing, laboratory and pharmacy decisions represent the best interest of the people our organization serves and the needs of the enterprise. To that end, his focus is on providing highly qualified medical professionals, state of the art medical technology and services that are compliant with Joint Commission, state and federal rules and regulations. The goal is for Centerstone to secure its place as an industry leader in the provision of medical services.
Dr. Hedges joined the preceding organization to Centerstone in 1987 as a volunteer at the crisis and information hotline. He took a four-year break while he attended medical school, and returned as a full-time employee in 1995. He was named associate chief medical officer for adult services in 1996 and then chief medical officer and senior vice president for medical services in 2009.
In addition to his role with Centerstone, Dr. Hedges is executive faculty with the University of Louisville Department of Behavioral Health Sciences. He has been associate hospital director for Central State Hospital, medical director for Wellspring Crisis Stabilization Unit and consulting medical director for Bridgehaven Mental Health Services.
He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has served on the Governors Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He has published many times and was recognized as the MediStar Physician of the Year in 2012. He is the immediate past president of the St. Joseph Catholic Medical Guild and is currently in seminary working toward ordination as a deacon in the Catholic Church.
He received his bachelor’s in chemistry and his MD from the University of Louisville.
As Chief Administrative Officer, Susan Rittenhouse works closely with many of the administrative areas that support operations in Kentucky. She oversees all quality and data analytics functions for the organization, as well as health information including project management of the electronic health records. In addition, Rittenhouse supervises all business staff in the operations sites as well as the utilization management department, which is comprised of authorizations, verifications and credentialing processes. She ensures that all these processes are efficient and effective to support the operations of the organization, which includes interfacing with payers to assure contracts and codes are set up correctly. She joined Centerstone in 1994 as a unit manager for one of the locations, then became compliance officer in 1997 before moving to her current role.
Prior to joining Centerstone, Rittenhouse served as chemical dependency director and provider relations and quality assurance director for United Behavioral Systems in Louisville. She also served as executive director of Women’s Residential Services in Libertyville, Ill., an addiction treatment center for women and their children. She received her BA in psychology with a minor in business administration from DePauw University and an MS in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University. She is also a licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor in Kentucky.
As Chief Operating Officer, David Weathersby works with his teams to address the behavioral health needs of the children and families in Kentucky. That includes providing a wide array of services to over 12,000 children per year in seven counties and over 150 schools. Their primary focus is on helping children and families stay together, choose safety, and realize their potential in all areas possible. Weathersby has been with Centerstone since 1994, working in a variety of roles including accounting manager, social worker, clinical supervisor, program manager, division director and vice president, a role he has held since 2008.
Weathersby received his MSSW from the University of Louisville in 1994, his MDiv/MEd Administration from Southern Seminary in 1989, and a BA in accounting/finance from Georgia Southwestern in 1985.
As Vice President of Addiction Services, Scott Hesseltine leads all clinical and financial aspects of the addiction services division in Kentucky. His responsibilities include a wide range of intensive outpatient programming, the pregnant and parenting women’s service line, the adolescent addiction recovery center and adolescent service line, as well as the 81-bed Centerstone Addiction Recovery Center (CARC) in downtown Louisville.
He joined Centerstone in 2015 from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, where he served in a variety of roles since 2005, most recently as the corporate director of clinical support & operations. Hesseltine has been a frequent guest on radio and television and routinely presents on a variety of topics related to addiction services.
He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) and the Kentucky Association for Addiction Professionals.He received a BA in psychology from George Mason University, an MA in addiction counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, Minn., and an MBA with a healthcare emphasis from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.
Shannon White, Vice President of External Affairs in Kentucky, brings her passion and enthusiasm for empowering others to Centerstone. She is a non-profit executive with 18 years of experience in both public- and private-sector leadership roles. She is the founder of Dress for Success Louisville, is a former president of YPAL and has served on numerous regional boards of directors. As the owner of Shine! Consulting, White worked with myriad organizations of all sizes across Louisville. For the past five years, she has led The Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky as executive director and helped pass vital legislation supporting families across Kentucky, launched the Norton Children’s Hospital multidisciplinary pediatric clinic and expanded SBAK awareness walks to five locations across the state.
Bonnie Thorson Young Vice President of Developmental Services in Kentucky. A licensed speech-language pathologist, Young has dedicated her career to helping individuals reach their potential, both as a clinician and an administrator. She has volunteered on numerous community boards and currently serves on the board of directors for Kentucky Voices for Health. A strong advocate for individuals, she is well known in the early intervention community for her efforts to help introduce and pass legislation leading to the creation of First Steps, the Kentucky Early Intervention System.
Prior to joining Centerstone in 1987, Young worked in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville, was part-time faculty at U of L, and practiced as a speech-language pathologist in both Iowa and Kentucky.
An avid bicyclist, she also enjoys slalom skiing in the summer and cross country skiing any time snow flies in the Commonwealth. En route to making Louisville her home in 1981, Bonnie attended undergraduate school at the University of North Dakota and earned her graduate degree at the University of Northern Iowa.
As the Information Technology Director in Kentucky, Travis Taggart works with the enterprise information technology department to evaluate business drivers as presented by leadership to ensure that IT services are designed and delivered to meet regional and corporate needs.
Taggart joined Centerstone in 2016 as the ITS director for Kentucky and oversaw the IT transition of Seven Counties services into Centerstone. Prior to joining Centerstone, he served as senior director of information technology at RiverValley Behavioral Health, a sister community mental health center in Kentucky. He received his BS in computer science from Indiana University in 2002.
Dr. Robert “Bob” Vero serves as the Regional CEO in Tennessee and Georgia. He has worked in behavioral health care since 1976 and is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Psychological Examiner. He has also worked as a psychological consultant to the Nebraska State Highway Patrol and the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department. In 2018, he was named as co-chair of Nashville Mayor David Briley’s Community Behavioral Health and Wellness Advisory Council, which advises the mayor in setting priorities around behavioral health, mental illness and substance use issues. Vero is a two-time recipient of the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organization’s Volunteer Leadership Award and has served three terms as president of the organization. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology and his master’s in counseling from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Vero earned his doctorate in human development counseling from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Ben Middleton serves as Chief Operating Officer in Tennessee. In this role, he oversees all of Tennessee’s clinical operations, which include outpatient clinic services; co-occurring disorder treatment; adult, adolescent and child case management; continuous treatment team; intervention services and court services. He specializes in alcohol and drug abuse treatment and services for those with mental illnesses.
A graduate of Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala., with an MS in clinical psychology, Middleton has been with Centerstone since 1990.
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 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.
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 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 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 serves as Vice President of Quality Improvement in Tennessee. This role involves planning for improvement in care and services. He provides feedback to management regarding whether care and services meet expectations of customers and he provides leadership and direction for the Quality Council. In addition, 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. QI also maintains primary responsibility for oversight of follow-up regarding adverse occurrences and is 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 helped establish a research department at Centerstone and served as Chair of the Centerstone Institutional Review Board from 2002-2007. He has been with Centerstone since 1987.
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 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.
Gino DeSalvatore is the Director of Residential and Academy Services. He has more than 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families in psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment and foster care. After completing his MA at Indiana University, he did post-graduate work at Harvard University, working with Eric Erickson as a research associate at the Eric Erikson Institute for Psychotherapy.
DeSalvatore has written and published a number of articles on children’s mental and behavioral health, including articles on working with families in residential care, juvenile fire setting, residential treatment programming and behavior management in residential care. He has also written chapters in two books: one on juvenile fire setting and one in the newest book on Re-Education.
He has served on a number of committees for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to improve the behavioral and mental health delivery system to Tennessee’s Children and Youth. His operation was one of the first providers to help DCS implement performance based contracting in Tennessee and in the first three years of this model has not only achieved but exceeded the expectations set forth by DCS.
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.
Lacy Monday is Director of Crisis Care services in Tennessee. In this role, she oversees the 24/7 crisis call center. Monday has worked for crisis services in some capacity for over 5 years. She began her career at Centerstone as the Program Coordinator for two federal suicide prevention grants.
Monday holds a MA in social work from the University of Tennessee and is a licensed clinical social worker.
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.
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 is Director of Healthcare Innovation 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 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 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 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.
As President of Centerstone’s Foundation, Ramona 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 to Centerstone and day-to-day operational management of the Foundation team across five states. During Rhodes’ 30-year tenure, the Centerstone organization has grown from a small, Nashville-based agency to a national multi-state, multi-tiered organizational enterprise serving over 170,000 individuals annually. Under her leadership, the marketing team received numerous recognitions. The 2002 Centerstone branding campaign was named a finalist by the Nashville Business Journal for the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Salute to Excellence Awards. Multiple advertising campaigns and publications also received marketing and communication awards over the years, including several Telly and Addy® awards for creative excellence. Rhodes was also named a Health Care Hero in 2011 by the Nashville Business Journal. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville and is a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. She has been with Centerstone since 1989.
C.F. Callihan II is Senior Director of Advancement for Centerstone’s Foundation. In this role, he leads a team of fundraisers and is responsible for securing philanthropic contributions for Centerstone’s Military Services, Centerstone’s Research Institute and clinical services for Centerstone in Tennessee. His team is focused on building impactful relationships with individuals and other institutional funders, raising awareness and funds through special events, annual giving and special campaigns.
Prior to joining Centerstone in 2017, Callihan led fundraising efforts for Louisville Ballet, increasing contributed annual revenue from $1.8M to $2.5M. He previously held positions in fundraising at the University of Louisville, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Music Academy of the West.
He holds a Master of Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a Bachelor of Arts in French and International Economics from the University of Kentucky. He is the father of a spunky Border terrier named Rigby. He is based in Nashville.
As Director of Advancement for Centerstone’s Foundation, Jocelyn Popit works to implement the plan and strategy for annual and major giving programs with a focus on those in Illinois. Relationships are at the center of her efforts: working with donors, employees, board members, volunteers, corporations, foundations and others to foster growth of Centerstone’s impactful services and organization as a whole.
Jocelyn joined the Marketing team at Centerstone in 2014 and built relationships with referral partners to spread the reach of Centerstone’s services in Illinois. As the spring transitioned to summer in 2018, she transitioned to Centerstone’s Foundation team, where she focuses now on stewarding dollars directly raised from donors to make the implementation of programs and client care possible.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Education degree, both from the University of Notre Dame. She and her husband attempt to keep up with the active pace of life with their son and daughter. She is based in Carbondale, Illinois.
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.
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.
Jodie Robison, Ph.D.. is the Executive Director of Centerstone’s Military Services. With more than 20 years of behavioral health and management experience, Robison oversees Centerstone’s military-related services, programming, operations, business development and fundraising activities.
She previously served as the lead clinician for Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone and prior to that as Director of Clinical Services for Centerstone’s Military Services. She joined Centerstone in 2007 as a behavioral health worker in Pediatric Integrated Care before establishing her own private behavioral health practice in 2012.
Robison received her master’s in counseling and personnel services from the University of Maryland and her doctoral degree in human services, social and community services from Capella University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counseling Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association.
She is a military spouse, a military parent and has collaborated with numerous military related organizations throughout her professional career.
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.
Dr. Jennifer Lockman is the Chief Executive Officer for Centerstone’s Research Institute. Lockman joined Centerstone in 2007 and 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 (funded by SAMHSA). She earned her PhD in counseling psychology from Purdue University and her MS in professional counseling from Lipscomb University. She has published in professional journals and speaks regularly at national conferences focusing on suicide prevention and translational science.
Ashley Newton, MPS, PMP is Chief Operating Officer for Centerstone’s Research Institute and Vice President of the Center for Clinical Excellence. Ashley joined Centerstone in 2006 and has held both clinical and leadership roles. In 2017, she was named Vice President of the Center for Clinical Excellence. In her current role, Ashley continues to work closely with strategic business units to implement high value treatment in the context of the local environments. Newton holds a BA in psychology and an MA in professional studies and strategic leadership from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a certified ACRA-ACC clinical supervisor and a Project Management Professional (PMP), the highest certification for project management.
Richard Shelton is the Chief Science Officer. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He became a resident and Chief Resident at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (now the Longwood Program), a teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School. After residency, he was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health Intramural Program in Washington, D.C. before entering the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 1985. There, he became the James G. Blakemore Research Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry. He also became a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Pharmacology. Richard joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in February of 2012 as the Charles Byron Ireland Professor, Vice Chair for Research, and head of the Mood Disorders Research Program. He has served on NIH study sections and was the chair of the Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging review group. He has also actively served as a teacher and mentor. He has won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the residents of the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry four times and the residents of UAB Department of Psychiatry twice. He was recognized by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for his service to persons with serious and persistent mental illnesses with the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1994 and 2012. He also received the Dorothea Dix Professional Service Award from the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Centers in 2007 in recognition of his impact on the practice of Psychiatry in the State of Tennessee. Richard’s research focuses on the development of new treatments for depression and bipolar disorder (experimental therapeutics), including the identification of new targets for treatment, prevention of serious mental illnesses, testing novel therapies and identifying biomarkers of both disease and treatment response.
Jennifer Armstrong serves as Vice President of Customer Engagement Operations for Centerstone, providing oversight for Customer Engagement Initiatives, including development and implementation of the Customer Engagement Center, a single point of access for all Centerstone consumers and new inquiries. Additionally, she is responsible for providing leadership and day-to-day management of a multi-site engagement operation for Centerstone, including but not limited to customer satisfaction, enhancing the customer experience, and improving the customer journey throughout the engagement process.
Armstrong received a BS in Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a MS in Clinical Social Work from the University of Tennessee at Memphis. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with Mental Health Service Provider Designation.
With over 20 years’ experience in behavioral health care, Armstrong has experience in therapeutic foster care, school-based, residential, outpatient and crisis services.
She joined the Centerstone team in Tennessee in 2008 as Triage Coordinator, responsible for expanding Centerstone’s Crisis Call Center programs and establishing best practices as this program expanded nationally, including being a provider for the National Football League Lifeline. She was promoted to Director, Crisis Care Services in 2013, with continued oversight of Tennessee’s Crisis Call Center and Tennessee’s new federal suicide prevention grant programs. She transitioned into her current role in August 2017.
Armstrong currently serves on the Standards, Training and Practice Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, is a Board Member for the National Association of Crisis Organization Directors, and was named a 2016 “Healthcare Hero” by the Nashville Business Journal.
Roy Axelson is Centerstone’s Vice President for Revenue Cycle. He previously was Vice President for Revenue Cycle for one of the nation’s largest physician specialty provider organizations. Prior to that, he spent more than ten years at St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis and at the corporate parent Ascension Health where his final role was national leader for physician revenue cycle operations. In addition to this, he spent 15 years with IDX Systems Corp (later absorbed by GE) as an implementation specialist for their revenue cycle products.
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.
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 is the Vice President of Public 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.
Larry Croney joined Centerstone in 2015. He is responsible for analytics, reporting and data warehousing across Centerstone and its affiliates and partners. As analytical needs are always evolving, he is focused on ensuring Centerstone has the right analysts, platforms and tools in place to make the best use of its significant data assets — both to optimize the operations of today and to plan intelligently for tomorrow.
Croney has been working with data and analytics since 2000, with the majority of that time spent in the health care provider space. Prior to joining Centerstone, he spent ten years at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), building and managing data warehouses, reporting and business intelligence tools across its hospital, physician practice and revenue cycle operations. At HCA, he learned the value of a stable data and systems foundation while operating at scale in healthcare.
Croney has an MBA from Tennessee Tech and earned his BS in Management Information Systems at Auburn University. He loves spending time with his family, and enjoys playing the drums, listening to music and running.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
Trenay Bynum is an award-winning writer and community advocate who holds a BA in Mass Communications from Tennessee State University and an MA in Public Service Management from Cumberland University. She has worked in the field of marketing communications for over two decades.
She previously served as Research Communications Manager Centerstone Research Institute and, in a prior role, served as the Website and Communications Director for the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services.
Bynum is the author of two books, A Pictorial Journey of the Scarritt-Bennett Center: Celebrating Eight Years of Cultural Differences and Triumph! The Beautiful Face of Courage.
Currently, she is a Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee troop leader and the chair of the Children and Youth Ministry at Living Word Community Church. She is a recipient of the Journalism Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Spirit of Women Award (Community Service Division) presented by the Women’s Hospital at Centennial for her work with Figures of Nashville.
She has been featured in Tennessean’s woman section, Nashville Business, Nashville Lifestyles Most Beautiful People, the Tennessee Tribune, Contempora magazine, among others Lifetime Television Network.
As Director of Payer Contracting for Centerstone, Kelley Goodson handles payer contracting strategy and negotiation for Tennessee.
She has been in health care for over 12 years after making a career change in 2006. During that time she has worked in credentialing, provider relations, contracting and specializes in strategic partnerships and value based programs.
Goodson has a BS in Economics and German from accredited East Tennessee State University. She studied abroad on 2 separate occasions in Germany, growing her intellectually and culturally.
In addition to her duties in her previous role with a large managed care organization, she was also the lead volunteer coordinator for the Nashville region, heading up volunteer events and projects for the Nashville site. She was awarded the Pinnacle Award for Community Outreach by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in 2011. She has been dedicated to the local community by tirelessly devoting her time and energy in addition to her responsibilities in the workplace and rallying the support of her associates to do the same.
Jack Noe is the Director of Training & Staff Development. He provides the organization with a consistent, stable, well-built, and usable learning courses. He continuously explores how to integrate tools that simplify processes, from the creation of training, courses, multimedia content, all the way to the creation of different types of reports and analytics.
Prior to this role, he served at several organizations designing and delivering successful programs in management development, team building, diversity, communications, customer service, sales, change management, performance management as well as many other topics.
Noe received a MS in Adult Education from Kaplan University and a double MBA in Business Administration and Project Management from Lakeland University. He also has three bachelor’s degrees in publishing, English/Literature and Marketing and Economics.
Brian Overton is the Director of Project Management and leads a team of project managers who ensure that enterprise initiatives progress according to accepted best practice project management principles. By working with stakeholders to clearly identify expectations, risks, dependencies and responsibilities, the Project Management Office is able to help Centerstone carefully manage resources and outcomes. In addition to his work on project execution, Overton is focused on portfolio management, resource management, strategic planning and quality improvement.
He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University, and upon graduation, served as a Supply Officer on the USS Ponce in the United States Navy. Following his military service he attended the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was selected as a Jenrette Fellow and received an MBA. Overton’s first experience in the healthcare industry then came at Emdeon, where he led the Enrollment Department through the implementation of new HIPAA regulations. He joined Centerstone in 2015 after holding a variety of Project Management and Operations roles at companies such as Dell, Amazon, and Asurion.
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.
Michael A. Rabkin is the Director of Corporate Communications. In this role, he provides leadership for content development and strategies for both internal and external campaigns and messaging, covering multiple state business units and other business entities, as well as develops innovative and original communication strategies. Prior to joining Centerstone, Michael was Communications Director for Passport Health Plan, a nonprofit managed care organization Kentucky, and Communications Director for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He also spent more than 17 years as an editor and newsroom leader for news organizations in New York City, Miami, Memphis, and more. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Penn State University.
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 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 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.
As Administrative Chief of Staff, Gwen Watts provides executive support to CEO David Guth, facilitates all board meetings and serves as the liaison for the organization’s boards of directors including maintenance to the board website.
Gwen works closely with the executive team to ensure that projects are completed in a timely manner and that all details are carried through. All of Centerstone’s CEOs work closely with Gwen to coordinate all enterprise-wide projects. She also works with Centerstone’s lawyers and transition teams. Gwen orchestrates all of Centerstone’s board meetings and aids the All Boards Executive Committee in planning the board conferences and board leadership summits.
Working closely with CFO Steve Holman and COO Barry Hale, she organizes audit teams, affiliations, and due diligence projects.
Gwen often serves as the organization’s de facto historian, having served in various key positions at Centerstone for more than 25 years. She graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in Social Work.
David Guth is Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest behavioral health care providers. The not-for-profit organization, headquartered in Nashville, TN, serves nearly 180,000 individuals in communities in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee in addition to individuals nationwide through its national provider network.
David has served in the capacity of Chief Executive for Centerstone since 1991. With over 40 years of behavioral health care experience, 33 in executive leadership, his experience and expertise comprise a vast number of areas, both business and clinical. He has presented extensively before national and international audiences on the adoption of information technology in the healthcare industry, the integration of behavioral and primary health care and the importance of improving the field of behavioral health through research-driven protocols. His insights on these topics and others have been featured in numerous professional journals.
Under his leadership, the organization has grown from $6 million in revenues and 300 staff serving 2,000 individuals to revenues of $327 million and over 5,000 staff serving nearly 180,000 people each year through 1,250 partnership locations and 211 facilities. In addition to this, Centerstone contracts with over 700 specialty credentialed clinicians nationwide.
The National Council for Behavioral Health published Guth’s first book on mergers entitled “Strategic Unions: A Marriage Guide to Healthy Not-for-Profit Mergers.” David has provided merger presentations through both the National Council and state trade associations and has consulted extensively with not-for-profits exploring mergers and with both for-profits and not-for profits in the areas of managing growth and business development. He is currently working on his second book on non-profit mergers.
Under David’s guidance, in 2013, Centerstone announced a joint venture with Unity Physician Partners to improve patient care and enhance the quality of health care across the U.S. by creating an environment in which primary care and mental health providers operate within a collaborative and co-located clinical model. Unity Medical Clinics are embedded within select Centerstone facilities today offering coordinated, whole-health care.
David is the recipient of numerous recognitions including the National Council 2010 Visionary Leadership award and was recognized as one of Health Care’s Power Leaders in the March 2013 Nashville Business Journal. David also recently received the 2016 Douglas Henry Award for Service to Children and Families at Risk from the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work.
David received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Vanderbilt University and his MSSW in social work administration and planning from the University of Tennessee.
As Chief Operating Officer, Norton provides day-to-day leadership and management to Centerstone’s regional CEOs to ensure Centerstone grows and maintains operational excellence. He is responsible for spearheading the development of Centerstone, including the communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and measuring the effectiveness of all internal and external processes.
Norton joined Centerstone in 2018, and brings 25 years of experience in behavioral health care, having begun his career as a therapist. Prior to joining Centerstone, he served as chief executive officer for Lahey Health Behavioral Services, a $105 million behavioral health subsidiary of $2 billion dollar not-for-profit health system. Prior to that, he worked as chief executive officer of Northeast Behavioral Health, Inc. and led the integration of their organization, a $20 million substance abuse treatment agency, into Lahey. This integration involved restructuring with a focus on quality of care and financial viability. Norton has also held executive leadership positions at CAB Health and Recovery Services, Inc.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from SUNY at Fredonia, a Master of Science in counseling psychology from Salem State University in Salem, Mass., and a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, Mass. He has served as a board member for the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Association for Behavioral Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Steve Holman is the Chief Financial Officer of Centerstone, the nation’s largest community based behavioral healthcare provider. In this role he directs fiscal operations for all of Centerstone’s companies (including Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois, Florida and Kentucky), assesses the organization’s performance, oversees financial reporting and analysis, and develops annual budgets and long-term financial strategies.
Steve brings more than 30 years of financial and management experience in a wide range of healthcare settings. Prior to joining Centerstone in 2013, he served as a founder and CFO for Precedent Health, Inc., a health care company based in Nashville, TN that worked with providers and payers to manage accountable care organizations and bundled payment programs. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings and providing quality reporting programs.
Previously, Steve worked at Heritage Health Systems/Universal American Corp. (UAM) where he was CFO for the multi-state Medicare Advantage HMO division. He was an initial member of the Heritage management team which founded physician IPAs and HMOs that were focused on aligning the incentives of providers in gain-sharing models. While CFO of the HMO division of UAM, revenues grew from $120 million to $750 million.
Steve also has held executive management positions in finance at Lakeside Community Health, FHP International Corporation and Deloitte & Touche where he was a partner in charge of the Los Angeles office health care audit practice.
He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.
Debbie Cagle Wells is well-known and respected in the health care marketing, behavioral health and managed care industries, with more than 20 years of experience in the field. She has worked at Centerstone in a variety of roles for more than ten years, including executive leadership for Advantage Behavioral Health, a behavioral health managed care company; Centerstone Military Services, which provides programs and services to veterans and their families; and Centerstone Health Partners, which recently established integrated care clinics for clients with physical and behavioral healthcare needs.
Today, she leads marketing and business development for Centerstone, creating and driving business strategy for revenue growth and market share. This includes strategy and oversight of payer relations and contracting, referral marketing, grant writing, branding and communication.
Prior to joining Centerstone, Debbie served as Chief Operating Officer of ValueOptions of Tennessee; Vice President of AdvoCare of Tennessee, a subsidiary of Magellan Health Services, and she has directed behavioral health managed care services contracting for HCA, Inc. and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Cagle Wells graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a bachelor’s degree, dually certified in special education, mental retardation/ learning disabilities and in elementary education.
As Chief Administrative Officer, Wayne Easterwood leads administrative and support teams for Centerstone, the nation’s largest community-based behavioral healthcare organization.
His teams include technology, technical infrastructure, business intelligence, data analytics, human resources, and project management. The work involves planning, implementation and support of innovations as well as ongoing operations across the five-state organization. While often leveraging technology for improvement, the focus is always on improving the delivery of care.
Wayne was the architect of Centerstone’s first electronic health record in 2001 which was among the very first in the nation for behavioral health.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Belmont University. Easterwood is the father of three sons, all of whom are way too actively involved in social media for his liking.
Dan Smith is Chief Human Resources Officer for Centerstone. In this role, he has responsibility for all aspects of human resources with emphasis on developing and maintaining a positive employee culture that promotes employee engagement and world class client care.
Dan oversees important aspects of the organization’s operations such as employee recruitment, benefits administration, developing and implementing human resources policies and ensuring that Centerstone complies with regulations such as Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Dan’s career in human resources spans nearly 20 years with organizations such as Getty Oil, Mobil Oil and Humana. Prior to Centerstone, Dan served as Vice President for Human Resources at Seven Counties Services, a not-for-profit community behavioral health organization based in Louisville. When Seven Counties Services affiliated with Centerstone in 2016, he was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer for Centerstone.
Smith is a graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He has earned the professional designation of Senior Professional – Human Resources and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management. He has served on the Board of Stop Child Abuse and Neglect and held local and regional leadership positions with Boy Scouts of America and several youth athletic and development organizations.
Prasad Kodali is the Chief Information Officer at Centerstone. In this role, he sets the strategic direction of the technology department including the management of approximately 80 staff members and budgets over $20 million in total. He is responsible for ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget while aligning deliverables with core business needs as well as Centerstone enterprise’s technology infrastructure.
In addition to having served as Vice President of IT, Kodali has led projects as a developer, solution architect, project manager and director of enterprise applications at Centerstone and at previous companies. He has managed teams that span multiple states in addition to staff in India and China.
Sherry Harrison is the Chief Compliance Officer for the Centerstone enterprise and has worked in health care compliance for nearly a decade. She is certified in Healthcare Compliance, (CHC), Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) and Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC) through the HealthCare Compliance Association.
Sherry reports to the Chief Financial Officer of Centerstone and is accountable to the Centerstone of America Board of Directors. She administers and oversees the Centerstone Compliance Program which includes privacy and security. The Compliance/Privacy Officers in the various states, as well as the regulatory security officer, report to her.
Under Sherry’s direction, the Compliance staff work to detect and prevent improper conduct and to promote adherence to the organization’s legal and ethical obligations. Minimizing Centerstone’s financial and reputational risk is the primary focus of the Compliance department. Centerstone’s Compliance policies include the seven elements of an effective compliance program as specified by the Office of Inspector General.
Prior to joining Centerstone, Sherry had an extensive career in Tennessee State Government. Her career spanned more than 30 years and included leadership positions in the Tennessee Department of Human Services, the TennCare Bureau and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Sherry graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and a master’s in social work.