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New CEO, President Named at Centerstone

Organization Commends Accomplishments of Previous CEO



Nashville, Tenn.
— Centerstone, Middle Tennessee’s leading provider of mental health services, has undergone a transition in executive-level management:

  • David Guth, who has been president, will now serve as CEO, and
  • Bob Vero, who has been executive vice president and COO, will now serve as president and COO.


“With the retirement of our longtime CEO and Centerstone co-founder, George Spain, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Centerstone co-founder David Guth as CEO and Dr. Bob Vero as president and COO,” said David Paine, president of the board of directors of Centerstone. “David and Bob have vast experience in the mental health field and have served as executives for Centerstone’s family of facilities for many years.”

Guth has been president of Centerstone since its founding in 1997. Previously, he was president and CEO for Dede Wallace Center. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. degree in mathematics and from the University of Tennessee with an M.S.S.W. in administration and planning. Guth is a board member for the Tennessee Association of Community Mental Health Organizations, a member of the Nashville Downtown Rotary, and serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work. He also serves on the Governor’s TennCare Partners Roundtable.

Vero has been Centerstone’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 1998. He previously served as both the executive director and the director of treatment services for Luton Mental Health Services – a Nashville-based, community mental health center that initially hired Vero as an outpatient therapist in 1981. Vero also was a group behaviorist at the former Nashville Memorial Hospital and a licensed psychological examiner/clinical therapist at the Nashville Pain and Stress Clinic. He received his B.A. in psychology and his M.S. in counseling psychology from Creighton University and his Ed.D. in human development counseling from the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. He serves on the board of directors of the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations. Vero also served as a psychological consultant for the Metropolitan Police Department of Nashville for more than 10 years and has been involved in numerous behavioral health related boards, coalitions and task forces on the state and local levels.

Spain retired after 44 years of service to the Centerstone family of mental health facilities.