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Centerstone Research Institute Names Susan Markley Vice President of Business Development

Nashville, Tenn.—The Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research and information technology, today announced the promotion of Susan Markley to Vice President of Business Development. Markley, who joined CRI in 2009 as a Senior Consultant, will oversee growth strategies for the organization, working closely with CRI’s research, Knowledge Network and Behavioral Pathway Systems teams to explore ways they can grow and diversify their revenue streams.

“In her short time at CRI, Susan has demonstrated incredible leadership and insight in the area of business development and brought tremendous energy to our team,” said Dennis Morrison, PhD, CEO of Centerstone Research Institute. “I am confident that Susan’s extensive experience in behavioral health and her passion for this work will help propel CRI forward as we work together to identify new and exciting opportunities for growth.”

Markley has more than 23 years experience in the behavioral healthcare field. She formerly served as Chief of Business Development for Adult Services at Dunn Center in Richmond, Ind., which merged with Centerstone in 2009. At Dunn, she was instrumental in securing multimillion dollar funding for the development of a 60-unit permanent supportive housing complex for the chronically homeless and disabled. Prior to that, Markley served as Chief of Marketing and Service Development where she increased market share from 78% to 90% and substantially improved the Center’s community business partnerships.

Markley is certified in Organizational Development and earned a Master of Science degree from Indiana University. She also is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor through the State of Indiana. She provides seminars and workshops on topics related to mental health and leadership for providers and associations in the healthcare field.

About Centerstone Research Institute
Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) is a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research, information technology and clinical informatics. CRI conducts service and clinical studies and partners with leading research institutions to advance knowledge of mental health and addiction disorders and discover innovative treatments. The organization maintains an Institutional Review Board and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice. CRI also offers Behavioral Pathway Systems, a best practices benchmarking service. CRI is a recipient of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s Innovation Award and the 2010 Best Practices Award by The Data Warehousing Institute. For more information about CRI, please visit www.centerstoneresearch.org.

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