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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.

Barry Hale – Chief Operating Officer, Emeritus

As Chief Operating Officer, emeritus, Barry Hale works on behalf of the enterprise on special projects and initiatives improving organizational quality, efficiencies, effectiveness, and patient outcomes.

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

Prior to joining Centerstone, Barry served as Chief Executive Officer of Quinco Mental Health Centers, headquartered in Bolivar, TN. During his career, he also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Health Service Initiatives, Inc., a health and human service consulting company based in Jackson, TN. He has served on the boards of Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations, Behavioral Health Initiatives, Caldwell Homes and the Western Mental Health Institute Board of Trustees.

Barry has also been a regular contributing member of the Region VI Mental Health Planning Council and St. Mary’s Catholic Church Finance Council. He has been a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers since 1981.

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

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 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 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.

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.

Dan Smith – Chief Human Resources Officer

Dan Smith is Chief Human Resources Officer for Centerstone. In this role, he has responsibility for all aspects of human resources with emphasis on developing and maintaining a positive employee culture that promotes employee engagement and world class client care.

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 – 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.

Ramona Rhodes – President, Centerstone Foundation

As President of the 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 located across five states.

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

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

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

Sherry Harrison, MSSW – Corporate Compliance Officer

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.