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Centerstone Research Institute Names Board of Directors

Business and Community Leaders from Tennessee and Indiana Will Lead Institute’s Important Mission to Bridge Research and Service

Bloomington, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.—The Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a not-forprofit organization of Centerstone, has announced the 11 members of its board of directors. CRI board members will help guide the operations and policies of the organization, and support its efforts to improve behavioral healthcare by reducing the time it takes pioneering research to become standard clinical practice.

“We are fortunate to have such an impressive group of community, business, technology and health leaders serving on our board at CRI,” said Dennis Morrison, Ph.D., CEO of Centerstone Research Institute. “Their leadership and guidance will be an important element of CRI’s success as we continue to grow and work to uncover cures for mental health disorders and
explore new ways to use technology to improve patient care.”

Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind. with an office in Nashville, Tenn., CRI is linking science to clinical service through diverse privately and publicly funded research studies and community-based projects, both independently and in collaboration with major academic institutions, behavioral healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies. Since 2001, CRI has conducted more than 100 service and clinical studies ranging from medication management for mental illness to suicide prevention in older adults. It has secured more than $40 million in federal and private funding.

Centerstone Research Institute board officers named today are as follows:

Steve Bryant (Chair)

Bryant is Business Development & Marketing Manager of BioConvergence LLC, in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a board member for the Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools and serves on the Life Sciences Advisory Board for Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He is also active within the Indiana Health Industry Forum and the Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership. Bryant holds a political science degree from Indiana University – Bloomington.

Janet Ayers (Vice-Chair)

As President of the Ayers Foundation, Janet Ayers is an active community leader throughout the state of Tennessee. She serves in leadership roles within the United Way of Unicoi County, the Unicoi County Economic Development Board and Unicoi County CHIPS, a women’s domestic violence shelter. She also is actively involved with the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and serves on the Nashville Symphony Board in Nashville, Tenn. Ayers holds a degree in healthcare administration from East Tennessee State University.

Ken Shidler (Secretary)

Shidler spent much of his career in the supermarket business throughout the United States, including with the supermarket giant Kroger. After moving to Indiana, he served as Community Branch Director for Consumer Credit Counseling in Bloomington, Indiana. He currently serves part-time as a career counselor at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business Career Services Office. Shidler holds a bachelor of science in marketing from Indiana University.

“The Centerstone Research Institute’s work to bring cutting edge mental health research to patients and healthcare providers more quickly is vital to improving our healthcare system,” Bryant said. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the CRI board. I believe that the diverse backgrounds of our board members, who are leaders across business, science, technology and education, will be a tremendous asset as we strive to guide the future of CRI and expand its reach nationwide.”

Additional members of the board include:

  • Don Buesching, Director of Epidemiology and Health Services Research Center of Excellence, Eli Lilly and Company (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Dr. Jessie Campbell, retired from Motlow State Community College (Tullahoma, TN)
  • Trish Lindler, senior vice president of Government Programs for HCA, Inc., (Nashville, TN)
  • Tom Mahler, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. (Winchester, TN)
  • Dr. Dennis Morrison, CEO of CRI (Bloomington, IN)
  • Gil Palmer, State Farm Insurance (Columbus, IN)
  • Nedda Pollack, retired banking executive (Lawrenceville, NJ)
  • Joan Sivley, retired healthcare executive (Nashville, TN)


Research gained from CRI’s studies is informing evidence-based service delivery not only in Tennessee and Indiana but throughout the nation. In addition to leading research efforts, CRI is developing and implementing the next generation of Electronic Medical Record technology across all of Centerstone. CRI also offers Behavioral Pathway Systems – a best practices benchmarking service – maintains an Institutional Review Board, and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice.

In 2008, CRI received the Excellence in Innovation Award from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

About The Centerstone Research Institute

The Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a company of Centerstone, is linking science to clinical service through diverse privately and publicly funded research studies and communitybased projects. The company works both independently and in collaboration with major academic institutions. Since 2001, CRI has conducted more than 100 service and clinical studies ranging from medication management for mental illness to suicide prevention in older adults. CRI maintains an Institutional Review Board and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice. The company also offers Behavioral Pathway Systems, a best practices benchmarking service. For more information about CRI, visit www.centerstoneresearch.org.

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