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Centerstone Announces Executive Promotions

Nashville, Tenn. — Centerstone, Middle Tennessee’s leading provider of mental health services, has announced the promotion of two professionals:

  • Cathy V. Blakely will be director of core services for the northern region and
  • Michelle Covington will be director of community based mental health services for children.


“Cathy and Michelle have made valuable contributions to our services and programs here at Centerstone,” said David Guth, president of Centerstone. “Their insight into important behavioral health issues and professional ability are tremendous assets for our organization and the individuals and families we serve.”

Blakely’s responsibilities will include oversight of eight Centerstone clinics. Each clinic provides counseling services for individuals, families, couples and groups. This service focuses on helping people learn to cope with emotional and/or behavioral problems and teaches them to function as independently as possible.

Blakely has been affiliated with Centerstone for nearly 15 years, most recently serving as director of clinic based case management services and director of community based services. She received a master’s degree in human services from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff.

As a member of the management team, Covington will head the children and youth case management department, the HomeTIES and Kalico Kids programs, the Preferred Options program in Sumner and Montgomery counties, the regional children’s unit and the planned respite department.

For the past five years, Covington has coordinated the HomeTIES program. She has worked in various capacities for Centerstone for 11 years. Covington received her bachelor of science in social work from Belmont University and her master of arts in counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University, both in Nashville.