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Work experience

Oct 2002Present

Clinical Director

Gainesville-NOVA Counseling
  • Provide assessments, counseling, treatment planning and discharge planning services for persons with mental health or substance abuse issues.
  • Consult and/or present on topics such as addictions, PTSD and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
Apr 2006Present

Owner, Clinical Director

AllCEUs

Own and serve as Executive Director for a large distance learning program, serve as part of instructional design team, focusing on design consultation, staffprofessional development/training, creation of online learning objects, and piloting/implementing new technologies for teaching and learning. Work with staff to design and develop quality online courses based on sound adult learning pedagogy and instructional design practice. Support staff in ongoing course evaluation and revision processes. Provide professional development experiences for staff such as course design seminars, software demonstrations, and best practice workshops. Maintain active engagement with the instructional design and online learning communities through publication, presentations, and ongoing professional development activities.

Began AllCEUs providing multimedia, online and face-to-face trainings in 2006.It has shown more than 30% growth each year, and in 2010, served 16,202 clinicians throughout the country.

Approved provider of continuing education and professional development training by:

  • The National Board for Certified Counselors
  • NAADAC, The Association for Addictions Professionals
  • CaliforniaAssociation of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Board of Georgia
  • Texas Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners
  • The Florida Boards of Nursing, Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Addiction Certification
  • The Connecticut Certification Board

Recruit, hire, train and manage both paid staff and interns

Maintain compliance with requirements set forth by accrediting bodies (e.g. National Board for Certified Counselors, Florida Bar, NAADAC).

Use innovative methods and materials to produce effective learning experiences including cooperative learning, thematic instruction and differentiation.

Regularly survey the market and competitors to ensure that AllCEUs maintains cutting-edge technology and service delivery.

Dec 1997Jun 2011

Director Residential, IOP and Related Services

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare

Prior Positions and Promotional Track:

  • Intern 1997
  • Addictions Counselor II 1997-2000
  • Addictions Counselor IV 2000-2001
  • Sr. Clinician 2001-2002
  • Program Manager I 2002-2003
  • Program Manager IV for Alachua, Bradford 2004-2006
  • Program Director Residential, Intensive Outpatient and Related Addiction and Psychiatric Services for clinics serving the 11 county catchment area. 2009-Present.

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is a free standing behavioral healthcare facility that provides a comprehensive array of psychiatric and substance abuse services to children, adults and the elderly. The following lists the types of services and programs I supervise, or have supervised at Meridian:

  • 60-Bed Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Services for Adults
  • 12-Bed Residential Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Program for Veterans
  • 10-Bed Residential Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Treatment for Mothers and Children
  • 16-Bed Residential Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescent Boys
  • 250 person capacity Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
  • Substance Abuse Detoxification Services
  • Free-Standing Clinics in Alachua, Bradford and Union Counties providing Outpatient Psychiatric, Substance Abuse and Psychiatric services in clinic, in home and in the schools

Experience directly related to a CEO Position

  • Achieve budgeted financial objectives for a multimillion dollar budget, ensuring departments meet productivity across multiple cost centers and multiple clinic locations.
  • Increase revenues and income through the development of two new revenue streams each year.

              Examples include:

  1. School-Based Prevention Programming (wrote the grant)
  2. Methadone Clinic, now serving nearly 350 people per day
  3. A Medicaid-based,Outpatient Program for men with trauma issues
  4. Meridian’s Telehealth Program (in Beta stages)
  5. Partial Hospitalization Programming as a residential alternative (in process)
  6. Providing fee-based online and face-to-face continuing education
  • Maintain or decrease the effective bad debt rate, achieve the margin percentage, and implement operating cost controls in the areas of staffing, supplies, etc.
  • Focus on census building efforts and strategic planning. 
  • Recruit clinicians in targeted specialty areas
  • Coordinate staff participation in new agency ventures
  • Develop new services to offer to fill identified service gaps and increase revenue. 
  • Supervise the development of more comprehensive outpatient care for persons with psychiatric and substance abuse issues including the implementation of a comprehensive, strengths-based program for outpatient services, walk-in clinics and partial hospitalization programming.
  • Develop positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Interact and communicate with executive management, ensuring the timely submission of month-end financial and operational reviews
  • Contribute to the development of corporate-wide strategic planning efforts
  • Maintain good communication with executive management.
  • Ensure that employees respond promptly to stakeholder requests for information. 
  • Provide clinical coordination and leadership, and clinical expertiseto ensure clinical quality and program compliance in all clinics throughout the 11 county area.
  • Partner with executive management to enhance organizational performance, and serve as a leader in accelerating learning and change at facility, network and regional levels.
  • Identify performance gaps. Plan initiatives for remedial actions and reaching goals.
  • Engage in data management, report and grant writing and compliance auditing.
  • Create and implement a continuous quality improvement plan grounded in measurable goals and objectives (dashboards).
  • Chair multiple committees including:E-therapy/telehealth; Best-Practice Implementation and Evaluation and Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment.

Education

Aug 1989Dec 2002

PhD

University of Florida

Dissertation was on the Differences in the Perception of (and Coping With) Stressors Among Emergency Service Personnel.

Skills

Key Skills
KEY SKILLS Awareness of State Regulations E-therapy TQM Principles Building Strategic Alliances Census Building & Strategic Planning Rapid Cycle Change Clinical Training and Development Managing Multimillion Dollar Budgets Website Development Accreditation Standards Compliance Outreach and Public Relations Work in Multidisciplinary Teams Communication Skills Program Development Written and Oral Presentations

Certifications

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Commission Certification of Rehabilitation Counselors

Licensed Professional Counselor

State of Virginia

Nationally Certified Counselor

National Board for Certified Counselors
20022013

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

State of Florida
19992002

Certified Victim Advocate

State of Florida

Interest

Alachua County Crisis Center: 1991-1993  Completed 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training and 6 hours of clinical supervision

Gainesville Pet Rescue; Helping Hands Pet Rescue; Prince William Raleigh County Animal Rescue 1994-present.

Summary

  • Visionary leader, bridge builder and licensed clinician with a Ph.D. and 9 years of experience in senior management in both for-profit and not-for-profit environments.
  • Enthusiastic, creative, and passionate director who believes that the key to organizational success is developing an environment that is supportive, engaging and self-monitoring.
  • Specializations include: Quality Improvement, waste reduction, rapid cycle change, program development, budget creation and management, and using technology in clinical and educational service delivery.

My Presentations

Sample Video

  • Addiction Counseling Overview
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Assessment in Counseling
  • Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults and Children
  • Behavior Modification
  • Bipolar and Depressive Disorders
  • Brief Therapy
  • Complicated Grief
  • Case Management | Referral | Service Coordination
  • Child Mental Health
  • Correctional Mental Health
  • Counseling Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Criticial Incident Stress Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders
  • Domestic Violence Identification and Intervention
  • Eating Disorders Counseling
  • Ethics in Counseling
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Law Enforcement Stress management
  • Legal Issues in Adult and Child Mental Health
  • Mental Health Issues in Jails and Prisons
  • Multicultural Issues in Counseling
  • Overcoming Trauma in the Borderline and Addictive Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A CBT Approach
  • PTSD and ASD Best Practices
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Prevention | Guiding Good Choices (TM)
  • Rape Trauma Stress Disorder
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Telehealth and Online Counseling
  • Treatment Planning
  • Verbal Crisis Intervention