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

Melissa Larkin-Skinner is the regional chief executive officer 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 – Regional Chief Operating Officer Roger Johnson – Regional Chief Operating Officer

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


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

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


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

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


Michelle Abercrombie, Facilities Director Michelle Abercrombie, Facilities Director

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, RN, BSN – Director of Nursing Marilyn Agee, RN, BSN – Director of Nursing

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.


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

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


Samantha Kolb, LCSW – Director of Addiction Center Samantha Kolb, LCSW – Director of Addiction Center

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

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

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


Linda K Transue, CPHQ, LHRM, RHIT – Performance Improvement Director Linda K Transue, CPHQ, LHRM, RHIT – Performance Improvement Director

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., CLC – Director of Community Care Charles Whitfield, M.Ed., CLC – Director of Community Care

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

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.


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Rebecca Hudzik - Clinical Director Rebecca Hudzik - Clinical Director

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


Megan Klaas - Operations Director Megan Klaas - Operations Director

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Robert N. Vero, EdD – Regional Chief Executive Officer Robert N. Vero, EdD – Regional Chief Executive Officer

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, MS – Chief Operating Officer Ben Middleton, MS – Chief Operating Officer

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Brad Nunn, PhD – Vice President of Quality Improvement Brad Nunn, PhD – Vice President of Quality Improvement

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 – Regional Finance Officer Julie Spears – Regional Finance Officer

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Lacy Monday, LCSW – Director of Crisis Care Services Lacy Monday, LCSW – Director of Crisis Care Services

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 6 years. She began her career at Centerstone as the Program Coordinator for two federal suicide prevention grants. Monday holds a M.A. in social work from the University of Tennessee and is a licensed clinical social worker.


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

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

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


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

Kathy Rogers is Director of Quality Improvement in Tennessee.

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


Ramona Rhodes – President, Centerstone Ramona Rhodes – President, Centerstone's Foundation

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 – Senior Director of Advancement C.F. Callihan – Senior Director of Advancement

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.


Jocelyn Popit – Director of Advancement Jocelyn Popit – Director of Advancement

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Jodie Robison, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP, NCC – Executive Director Jodie Robison, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP, NCC – Executive Director

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 – Clinical Services Manager Anna Goletz – Clinical Services Manager

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

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

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

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


Jennifer Lockman, PhD – Chief Executive Officer, Research Institute Jennifer Lockman, PhD – Chief Executive Officer, Research Institute

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 – Chief Operating Officer, Centerstone’s Research Institute Ashley Newton, MPS, PMP – Chief Operating Officer, Centerstone’s Research Institute

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 C. Shelton, MD – Chief Science Officer Richard C. Shelton, MD – Chief Science Officer

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.


Roy Axelson – Vice President for Revenue Cycle Roy Axelson – Vice President for Revenue Cycle

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.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Jan Goodson – Vice President of Business & Service Development Jan Goodson – Vice President of Business & Service Development

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

Goodson received her BS in psychology, sociology and criminal justice from Middle Tennessee State University and her MBA from Washington State University. She led the Grant Writing team to earn the Centerstone Board of Director’s Outstanding Service Award in 2004, 2010 and 2012, and she has been recognized with awards from local business and medical publications.

Goodson co-authored the Community Mental Health Centers chapter of Mental Health Services, APublic Health Perspective, 3rd edition, a book which David Shern, PhD, President and CEO for Mental Health America, called an “exceptional book [that] should be required reading for anyone designing or implementing health reform changes within public health or mental health systems.”


Dawn Kingsley – Vice President of Payer Contracting & Strategy Dawn Kingsley – Vice President of Payer Contracting & Strategy

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


David Guth – Chief Executive Officer David Guth – Chief Executive Officer

David Guth is 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.


Kevin Norton – Chief Operating Officer Kevin Norton – Chief Operating Officer

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 – Chief Financial Officer Steve Holman – Chief Financial Officer

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

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 – Chief Marketing Officer Debbie Cagle Wells – Chief Marketing Officer

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.


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

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Jason Hernández leads all human resources efforts across Centerstone’s multi-state footprint.  His teams include Centerstone staff members working in talent acquisition and onboarding, learning and development, employee benefits, and employee support and engagement efforts. Prior to joining Centerstone, Hernández was the Vice President of Human Resources for FedEx Freight in Memphis, Tennessee. There he was responsible for all aspects of the multi-billion dollar company’s human resources operations, including creating and delivering business-focused human resources strategies and implementing change management protocols and methodologies. Hernández is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and honorably served our nation from 1988 to 1993. He graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science & Biology and from Union University with a master’s degree in Business Administration.  Additionally, he is currently working toward a PhD in Education – Organizational Leadership at Vanderbilt University. Hernández has been with Centerstone since 2020.


Wayne Easterwood – Chief Administrative Officer Wayne Easterwood – Chief Administrative Officer

As Chief Administrative Officer, Wayne Easterwood leads administrative and support teams for Centerstone, the nation’s largest community-based behavioral healthcare organization.

His teams include technology, technical infrastructure, business intelligence, data analytics, human resources, and project management. The work involves planning, implementation and support of innovations as well as ongoing operations across the five-state organization. While often leveraging technology for improvement, the focus is always on improving the delivery of care.

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

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Belmont University. Easterwood is the father of three sons, all of whom are way too actively involved in social media for his liking.


Prasad Kodali – Chief Information Officer Prasad Kodali – Chief Information Officer

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.


John Lott, Chief Compliance Officer John Lott, Chief Compliance Officer

As Chief Compliance Officer, John Lott is responsible for the administration and oversight of Centerstone’s compliance program, which covers all privacy and security matters. Lott and his staff work to detect and prevent any improper conduct and to promote adherence to the organization’s legal and ethical obligations. Prior to joining Centerstone, Lott spent the last 15 years working in compliance, privacy, quality, and risk mitigation for a number of healthcare organizations, including Ernst and Young (EY), Tek Systems, Coquille Valley Hospital, Strategic Behavioral Health in Memphis, Tenn, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Relations and master’s degrees in Educational Administration, Adult and Continuing education, and Jurisprudence-Health Law. Lott has also earned numerous professional certifications in health care compliance and privacy.


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