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Centerstone Tennessee Leadership

Robert N. Vero, EdD - Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Robert (Bob) Vero has worked in behavioral healthcare for nearly four decades. As Chief Executive Officer of Tennessee’s largest community-based behavioral healthcare provider, he is responsible for the leadership, fiscal accountability and operational oversight of all clinical divisions, specialized services, strategic business development. With an annual operating budget $70 million and a staff of 1000 employees, Centerstone Tennessee serves nearly 60,000 individuals and families each year.

Dr. Vero received his BA in Psychology and MS in Counseling from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.. He earned his Doctorate in Human Development Counseling from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

He is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Psychological Examiner. His clinical experience includes both private and community-based practice with special focus on substance abuse prevention, marriage and family therapy, and critical incident stress management services. He also has served as a psychological consultant to several law enforcement agencies and volunteered his personal service during 9/11 and in recent national disasters.

Dr. Vero has held adjunct faculty positions in both Omaha and Nashville and served as a volunteer Board member for several middle Tennessee not-for-profits including Cumberland University, where he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, and the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO) for which he is President-elect.

Ben Middleton, MS - Chief Operating Officer for Clinic Services

Ben Middleton serves as Chief Operating Officer for Clinic Services for Centerstone. As Clinic Services COO, Ben oversees all of Tennessee’s clinical operations which include outpatient clinic services; co-occurring disorder treatment, adult, adolescent and child case management; continuous treatment team; intervention services and court services.

Ben specializes in alcohol and drug abuse treatment and services for those with mental illnesses. A graduate of Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala. with an MS in clinical psychology, Middleton has been with Centerstone since 1990.

Sallie Allen - Vice President of Support Services

Sallie Allen is Vice President for Facility Operations and Customer Care for Centerstone Tennessee. In her role, she provides leadership for the people who experience Centerstone first: our Customer Call Center and our front office professionals. Sallie also manages the construction, expansion, maintenance and effective management for each of Centerstone’s facilities throughout Tennessee.

Sallie brings over 20 years of experience and expertise in facility management and customer service to her position in Centerstone’s leadership team.

John Sanders - Director of Adult Residential Services

John Sanders is the Director of Housing Services. He has been with Centerstone since 1999. Housing Services currently operates 225 beds providing supported housing and independent living and manage two shelters plus care grants. Sanders attended MTSU and TSU, and holds a Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling. He is part of the Homeless No More Steering Board  

Gino DeSalvatore, MS - Director of Residential and Academy Services

Gino has more than 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families, both in psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment and foster care. Gino is currently the Director of Residential and Academy Services. After completing his Masters at Indiana University, Gino did post-graduate work at Harvard University, working with Eric Erickson as a research associate at the Eric Erikson Institute for Psychotherapy.

Gino has authored/published a number of articles in his work in children’s mental and behavioral health including articles on working with families in residential care, juvenile fire setting, residential treatment programming and behavior management in residential care. He has also written chapters in two books, one on juvenile fire setting as well as a chapter in the newest book on Re-Education.

He has served on a number of committees for the Department of Children’s Services to improve the behavioral and mental health delivery system to Tennessee’s Children and Youth. His operation was one of the first providers to help DCS implement performance based contracting in Tennessee and in the first three years of this model has not only achieved but exceeded the expectations set forth by DCS.

Carol Draper - Director of Health Information Management

Carol L Draper, RHIT, graduated with an Associates of Science in 1990, and obtained Registered Health Information Management Technician (RHIT) certification in 1991. She has held HIM Director positions in various Health Care settings, i.e.; Acute Care, Home Care, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and now Behavioral Health. She is a member of American Health Information Management (AHIMA); Tennessee Health Information Management (THIMA); and American Records Management Association (ARMA). She oversees Centerstone HIM professionals.

Draper is married with two children and three grandchildren and she enjoys Scrapbooking, Sewing and Quilting.

Beth Hail, MSSW, LCSW - Regional Vice President

Beth Hail serves as Regional Vice President of the central region, which encompasses Davidson, Wilson, Williamson and Rutherford Counties. Previously director of Centerstone’s school-based services as well as child and adolescent services, she’s a 23-year veteran of the organization. Hail holds a master’s degree in social work administration from the University of Louisville and is a licensed clinical social worker.

Matthew Hardy, PhD - Regional Vice President

Matt Hardy is the northern area’s Regional Vice President, including Montgomery, Stewart, Houston, Humphreys, Dickson, Cheatham and Robertson Counties. He joined Centerstone 14 years ago as a therapist. Hardy holds a doctorate in psychology from Wheaton College and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Tennessee.

Elaine Hice - Director of Customer Care

Elaine has been with Centerstone since 1990. She is the Director of Customer Care for Tennessee and the Area Manager for the Southern Region of Tennessee. As Director of Customer Care, she assists with the creation, implementation and amending of computer/programming duties completed by the Support Staff. She also monitors and assists all staff with administrative billing and service failures generated through the billing process.

Kim King, MCJ - Executive Liaison

Kim King joined Centerstone in 2013 as Executive Assistant to the CEO of Centerstone Tennessee. As part of the executive management team, she provides strategic planning, creative problem solving, systems development and logistical support to accelerate the effectiveness of key leaders in the organization. Further, she serves as Board Liaison to the Centerstone Tennessee Board of Directors.

Kim earned a BA in Liberal Arts / Human Services and Child Development from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Tennessee State University/Middle Tennessee State University.

Jack Noe, MS, MBA - Director of Training & Development

Jack Noe is the Director of Training and Staff Development for Centerstone Tennessee. His work focuses on meeting the strategic needs of the organization and the professional development of staff. He oversees the Learning Management System for Tennessee and is the site administrator for the enterprise. He is passionate about education and believes that all staff should have the tools they need to better themselves both professional and personally.

Jack works extensively with all organizational levels creating, promoting, and delivering training solutions designed to support the organization’s strategic goals. He is passionate about creating an interactive and enjoyable professional environment that supports learning and education. He continuously explores best practices for training and professional development in higher education institutions to identify potential new programs for the organization. He collaborates with staff in order to conduct needs analysis to determine new training and professional development needs followed by design, development and delivery of appropriate training. He designs and develops instructional strategies that meet the needs of adult learners and assessment schemas that measure the staff's mastery of course material and ability to perform job related tasks. He applies instructional design theory to E-learning methodology to include learner interactivity, questioning techniques, and course assessments.

Prior to this role, he served at several organizations designing and delivering successful programs in management development, team building, diversity, communications, customer service, sales, change management, performance management as well as many other topics. He received a MS in Adult Education from Kaplan University and a double MBA in Business Administration and Project Management from Lakeland University. He also has three bachelor’s degrees in publishing, English/Literature and Marketing and Economics.

Brad Nunn, PhD - Vice President of Quality Improvement

M. Brad Nunn serves as Vice President of Quality Improvement for Centerstone Tennessee. He obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in 1987 and has been licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the state of Tennessee since 1988. Brad’s role involves planning for improvement in care and services. He provides feedback to management regarding whether care and services meet expectations of customers and he provides leadership and direction for the Quality Council.

In addition, his department plays a significant role in the ongoing preparation for CARF accreditation. They coordinate and facilitate clinical audits and the response to such audits done by external agencies. QI also maintains primary responsibility for oversight of follow-up regarding adverse occurrences and is responsible for oversight of the coordination of clinical training in line with strategic initiatives in TN.

Brad helped establish a research department at Centerstone and served as Chair of the Centerstone Institutional Review Board from 2002-2007. He has been with Centerstone since 1987.

Elliot Pinsly, LCSW - Director of Marketing & Business Development

Elliot Pinsly serves as Director of Marketing & Business Development for Centerstone Tennessee. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who joined Centerstone in February 2009 as a clinician on the Intensive In-Home Treatment team. He has served in numerous roles during his tenure with the organization including Referral & Outreach Coordinator, Authorizations Team Manager, and Intensive In-Home Therapist. Prior to joining Centerstone, Pinsly served as Rehabilitation Counseling Therapist with the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Nashville VA outpatient Mental Health Clinic.

He has held multiple board and council affiliations including his current role as the Chair for Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planning & Policy Council (Region IV) and previously as Chair for the Davidson County Community Advisory Board, a public charity which obtained 501(c)(3) status under his leadership. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Pinsly completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he ultimately received a Master of Social Work degree. He now resides in Nashville with his wife, Jessica, and his two sons, Aidan and Matthew.

Karen Rhea, MD - Chief Medical Officer

Karen Rhea serves as Chief Medical Officer for Centerstone. In this role, Dr. Rhea oversees Centerstone’s medical services and ensures that Centerstone’s psychiatric services are effectively integrated within programs.

Dr. Rhea has been at Centerstone since 2002 and has been interested in the use of psychotropic medications in community mental health settings, integration of related physical health parameters, research relationships with academic researchers, providing evidence-supported treatments that work, and in the leadership role of psychiatrists in community behavioral healthcare. She has also been a long-time facilitator of the Vanderbilt-Centerstone collaboration around teaching, research and clinical care. Dr. Rhea received her MD with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her Internship and Residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Kathleen Rogers, LCSW - Director of Quality Improvement

Kathy received her BA degree in Psychology from Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass., and her MSSW from The University of TN School of Social Work.

After starting her career at Dede Wallace Center as an outpatient therapist, she worked for Miller Medical and Nashville Healthcare providing outpatient services to Prudential/PruCare members before moving into more administrative and UM roles with Columbia Healthcare Network. Kathy began Quality Improvement work in 2000 with Magellan Behavioral Health and was hired at Centerstone in 2005.

Kathy is a native New Yorker who has been in Nashville for nearly 40 years. She and her husband, Bob have two children and one grandson.

Mandi Ryan, MSN, RN - Director of Healthcare Innovation

Mandi is Director of Healthcare Innovation for Centerstone. She is Centerstone’s Health Link Administrator, which provides Health Home services by promoting whole-person care coordination, health promotion, and wellness coaching across all of the organization’s nineteen outpatient clinics throughout Tennessee. She is leading the organization’s Behavioral Episodes of Care Initiative and Integrated Care primary care partnership in four of the outpatient clinics. She also serves as the Project Director for two Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grants, which provide Health Home services to adult clients in Nashville and Clarksville, resulting in improved mental and physical health outcomes.

Under her leadership, Centerstone became one of the first providers to receive accreditation from theCommission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a Behavioral Health Home for children and adults in May 2015 in four of the organization’s outpatient clinic and in May 2016, received Health Home accreditation in all of the organization’s nineteen outpatient clinics throughout Tennessee.

Mandi has over fifteen years of experience in nursing, behavioral health, primary care and integrated services. She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing in Leadership and Administration from Walden University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Ouachita University. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading.

Julie Spears - Vice President for Financial Services

Julie Spears serves as Vice President for Financial Services. As VP, she is responsible for the general ledger and billing. Since joining Centerstone in 2009, Julie and her team have reduced bad debt from $3.6 million in FY09 to approximately $500k in FY13.

Julie is a 1993 graduate of Georgetown College, Georgetown, Kentucky and has worked in mental health since 2001.

Ken Stewart, MA, LPE - Regional Vice President

Ken Stewart serves as Regional Vice President for Hamilton, Franklin, Coffee, Moore, Bedford, Lincoln, Maury, Lewis, Giles, Lawrence, Marshall, Perry, Hickman and Wayne counties—all of which form Centerstone’s southern region. He joined Centerstone 28 years ago, holds a master’s degree in Psychology from East Tennessee State University, and is licensed as a senior psychological examiner.

Becky Stoll, LCSW - Vice President for Crisis and Disaster Management

Becky Stoll serves as Vice President for Crisis and Disaster Management for Centerstone. In this role, Stoll oversees the continuum of Centerstone’s Crisis Services, including the 24-hour Crisis Call Center, Mobile Crisis Response Team, as well as Centerstone’s Crisis Management Strategies, which is a public and private sector crisis preparedness and response service.

In addition to her work at Centerstone, Stoll represents the organization on a national and international scale through her roles as board chair and faculty member for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). In addition, she serves as mental health faculty for the American Red Cross, Clinical Director for the Nashville Fire Department’s Critical Incident Stress Management team, Chair of the State Disaster Mental Health Response Committee and Consultant and Trainer for the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), the Association of Flight Attendants and US Airways.

Stoll has been with Centerstone for 16 years and previously served as Director of Crisis Services and Crisis Management Strategies. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.

Scott Valentine, RHIA - Compliance/Privacy Officer

Scott Valentine is the Compliance and Privacy Officer for Centerstone Tennessee. Valentine has been with the organization since 1998. He is responsible for the administration, implementation and management of the Compliance and Privacy programs in Tennessee. 

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn., with a degree in Health Information Management. He is a member of the American Health Information Management Association and the Health Care Compliance Association.

Board of Directors

Parker Griffith, Chair
Jim Sweeten, Vice-Chair
Mark Faulkner, Immediate Past Chair
Dana Oman, Secretary
Robert N. Vero, Ed.D, CEO
Kim King, Executive Liaison
Janet Ayers
Kelly Crockett Crook
The Rev. Canon Fred Dettwiller
Vince Durnan, Jr., Ed.D
Tracy Frist
The Rev. Bill Midgett
Jill Obremskey, MD
Kate Satz
Sperry Bell Simmons
Joan C. Sivley