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Abbreial Drane – Regional Chief Executive Officer Abbreial Drane – Regional Chief Executive Officer

Abbreial “Abby” Drane is the Regional Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky. Previously, Drane served as the Uspiritus President and CEO, where she lead the treatment, outcomes, regulations, human resources, financial and advancement programs helping vulnerable children in Kentucky.

She is an experienced leader in the behavioral health industry, with more than 25 years as a chief financial officer in two of Kentucky’s largest community mental health centers — Seven Counties Services and Communicare. She has also served as adjunct accounting faculty for several regional universities and managed a small financial service business.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Missouri State University and her MBA from Western Kentucky University. She has also held a CPA license since 1990.

With a passion for helping those in need, she has dedicated her professional career to serving children and families across Kentucky. She has the faith and vision to see a better life for those struggling with mental health and substance use issues at Centerstone.


Scott Hedges, MD, FAPA – Regional Chief Medical Officer Scott Hedges, MD, FAPA – Regional Chief Medical Officer

As Regional Chief Medical Officer, Scott Hedges works with the executive leadership team in Kentucky to ensure that the medical, nursing, laboratory and pharmacy decisions represent the best interest of the people our organization serves and the needs of the enterprise. To that end, his focus is on providing highly qualified medical professionals, state of the art medical technology and services that are compliant with Joint Commission, state and federal rules and regulations. The goal is for Centerstone to secure its place as an industry leader in the provision of medical services.

Dr. Hedges joined the preceding organization to Centerstone in 1987 as a volunteer at the crisis and information hotline. He took a four-year break while he attended medical school, and returned as a full-time employee in 1995. He was named associate chief medical officer for adult services in 1996 and then chief medical officer and senior vice president for medical services in 2009.

In addition to his role with Centerstone, Dr. Hedges is executive faculty with the University of Louisville Department of Behavioral Health Sciences. He has been associate hospital director for Central State Hospital, medical director for Wellspring Crisis Stabilization Unit and consulting medical director for Bridgehaven Mental Health Services.

He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has served on the Governors Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He has published many times and was recognized as the MediStar Physician of the Year in 2012. He is the immediate past president of the St. Joseph Catholic Medical Guild and is currently in seminary working toward ordination as a deacon in the Catholic Church.

He received his bachelor’s in chemistry and his MD from the University of Louisville.


Susan Rittenhouse – Chief Administrative Officer Susan Rittenhouse – Chief Administrative Officer

As Chief Administrative Officer, Susan Rittenhouse works closely with many of the administrative areas that support operations in Kentucky. She oversees all quality and data analytics functions for the organization, as well as health information including project management of the electronic health records. In addition, Rittenhouse supervises all business staff in the operations sites as well as the utilization management department, which is comprised of authorizations, verifications and credentialing processes. She ensures that all these processes are efficient and effective to support the operations of the organization, which includes interfacing with payers to assure contracts and codes are set up correctly.

She joined Centerstone in 1994 as a unit manager for one of the locations, then became compliance officer in 1997 before moving to her current role.

Prior to joining Centerstone, Rittenhouse served as chemical dependency director and provider relations and quality assurance director for United Behavioral Systems in Louisville. She also served as executive director of Women’s Residential Services in Libertyville, Ill., an addiction treatment center for women and their children.

She received her BA in psychology with a minor in business administration from DePauw University and an MS in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University. She is also a licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor in Kentucky.


David Weathersby – Chief Operating Officer David Weathersby – Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, David Weathersby works with his teams to address the behavioral health needs of the children and families in Kentucky. That includes providing a wide array of services to over 12,000 children per year in seven counties and over 150 schools. Their primary focus is on helping children and families stay together, choose safety, and realize their potential in all areas possible.

Weathersby has been with Centerstone since 1994, working in a variety of roles including accounting manager, social worker, clinical supervisor, program manager, division director and vice president, a role he has held since 2008.

Weathersby received his MSSW from the University of Louisville in 1994, his MDiv/MEd Administration from Southern Seminary in 1989, and a BA in accounting/finance from Georgia Southwestern in 1985.


Scott Hesseltine MBA, LCADC – Vice President of Addiction Services Scott Hesseltine MBA, LCADC – Vice President of Addiction Services

As Vice President of Addiction Services, Scott Hesseltine leads all clinical and financial aspects of the addiction services division in Kentucky. His responsibilities include a wide range of intensive outpatient programming, the pregnant and parenting women’s service line, the adolescent addiction recovery center and adolescent service line, as well as the 81-bed Centerstone Addiction Recovery Center (CARC) in downtown Louisville.

He joined Centerstone in 2015 from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, where he served in a variety of roles since 2005, most recently as the corporate director of clinical support & operations. Hesseltine has been a frequent guest on radio and television and routinely presents on a variety of topics related to addiction services.

He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) and the Kentucky Association for Addiction Professionals.

He received a BA in psychology from George Mason University, an MA in addiction counseling from the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, Minn., and an MBA with a healthcare emphasis from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.


Shannon White, Vice President of External Affairs Shannon White, Vice President of External Affairs

Shannon White, Vice President of External Affairs in Kentucky, brings her passion and enthusiasm for empowering others to Centerstone.

She is a non-profit executive with 18 years of experience in both public- and private-sector leadership roles. She is the founder of Dress for Success Louisville, is a former president of YPAL and has served on numerous regional boards of directors.

As the owner of Shine! Consulting, White worked with myriad organizations of all sizes across Louisville. For the past five years, she has led The Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky as executive director and helped pass vital legislation supporting families across Kentucky, launched the Norton Children’s Hospital multidisciplinary pediatric clinic and expanded SBAK awareness walks to five locations across the state.


Bonnie Thorson Young, MA CCC-SLP – Vice President of Developmental Services Bonnie Thorson Young, MA CCC-SLP – Vice President of Developmental Services

Bonnie Thorson Young Vice President of Developmental Services in Kentucky. A licensed speech-language pathologist, Young has dedicated her career to helping individuals reach their potential, both as a clinician and an administrator. She has volunteered on numerous community boards and currently serves on the board of directors for Kentucky Voices for Health. A strong advocate for individuals, she is well known in the early intervention community for her efforts to help introduce and pass legislation leading to the creation of First Steps, the Kentucky Early Intervention System.

Prior to joining Centerstone in 1987, Young worked in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville, was part-time faculty at U of L, and practiced as a speech-language pathologist in both Iowa and Kentucky.

An avid bicyclist, she also enjoys slalom skiing in the summer and cross country skiing any time snow flies in the Commonwealth. En route to making Louisville her home in 1981, Bonnie attended undergraduate school at the University of North Dakota and earned her graduate degree at the University of Northern Iowa.


Travis Taggart – Information Technology Director Travis Taggart – Information Technology Director

As the Information Technology Director in Kentucky, Travis Taggart works with the enterprise information technology department to evaluate business drivers as presented by leadership to ensure that IT services are designed and delivered to meet regional and corporate needs.

Taggart joined Centerstone in 2016 as the ITS director for Kentucky and oversaw the IT transition of Seven Counties services into Centerstone. Prior to joining Centerstone, he served as senior director of information technology at RiverValley Behavioral Health, a sister community mental health center in Kentucky. He received his BS in computer science from Indiana University in 2002.


  • Kentucky Board Members Back to top
  • Michael Abate, Chairman
  • Robert Watson, Vice-Chairman
  • Curry Nicholson, Vice-Chairman
  • David Ray, Treasurer
  • Tia Coatley, Secretary
  • Abbreial “Abby” Drane, CEO, ex-officio officer
  • Aimee Davidson, Board Liaison
  • Koleen Slusher, Liaison
  • Russell J. Bird, MD
  • Craig Blakely, PhD, MPH
  • Terry Burden
  • Ashley Distler
  • Maresa Fawns
  • Bruce Ferguson
  • Peter Garrison
  • Denise Hall
  • Surinder “Sam” Kad, MD
  • Bill Kenealy
  • Steven Lee
  • Karen Long
  • Mike Lorch
  • Greg Mayes
  • David Miller
  • Denise Perry
  • Michael Ringswald
  • Felicia Smith, PhD
  • Kathleen Smith, PhD
  • Neil Stamp
  • Chris Teeley

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