|Mark Russler||Yellowstone Behavioral Health Center is a CARF accredited facility providing outpatient mental health services including family, individual and group therapy, therapeutic services for older adults, medication management and evaluation, psychological testing, case management services, and services to help people recovering from a serious mental illness to redevelop independent living skills. YBHC is also working with colleagues to pilot test Brief Intensive Therapy, a program that provides suicidal individuals with targeted, family-centered therapy on an outpatient basis, thereby avoiding long hospital stays.
Executive Director Mark Russler, a licensed clinical social with 28 years of experience treating clients with a variety of mental health and addiction disorders, has been at the helm for 11 years. According to his peers, Mark is not afraid to be creative in pushing the business of mental health to the next level and is known for his positive energy and leadership in moving innovative mental health solutions forward.
|Melanie Dallas||Highland Rivers Health is one of Georgia’s largest behavioral healthcare providers, annually serving more than 14,000 adults, children and families affected by mental health issues, substance abuse and addiction, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Highland Rivers Health serves veterans, Medicare and commercially-insured populations in a 12-county region of northwest Georgia.
CEO Melanie Dallas, a licensed clinical social worker and approved clinical supervisor with a master’s degree in community counseling, has been at the helm for two years. She was promoted after two and a half years as chief operating officer. Melanie is a seasoned executive leader in behavioral healthcare with proven ability to impact financial growth and positive organizational culture.
|Cari Cho||Cornerstone Montgomery in Rockville, Maryland is an independent, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization with the capacity to serve more than 2,200 adults and transition-aged youth. They specialize in comprehensive, evidence-based mental health and substance use disorder treatments and interventions. They are collocated and partner with an FQHC and the county to provide coordinated behavioral health, primary care, dental and homeless services.
President & CEO Cari G. Cho LCSW-C has been with Cornerstone for five years. She was previously employed at Threshold Services, where she held positions of increasing responsibility over the course of more than 20 years. She earned an MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a BA in psychology from The College of William and Mary.
Melissa Larkin-Skinner was named CEO of Centerstone of Florida in March after serving as the organization’s interim CEO since December 2016. Larkin-Skinner is a licensed mental health counselor with nearly 25 years of experience in mental health and addictions treatment programs. She joined Centerstone, formerly Manatee Glens, in 1997. She has served a number of roles during her tenure including chief clinical officer. Community Action Teams, one of the many innovative programs she designed and operated, was adopted as a statewide model.
|Deborah M. O’Brien||
Deborah M. O’Brien succeeded Dale Klatzker as President of The Providence Center on April 1. O’Brien joined The Providence Center in 1995 as director of quality improvement. She has a BS in Nursing and a Masters in Public Administration, both from the University of Rhode Island. She previously held positions at South Shore Mental Health Center (Rhode Island) and Rhode Island Hospital.