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Devereux's Senior Leadership Team

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Office of the President

Robert Q. Kreider
President and CEO

Robert Q. Kreider is the current President and CEO of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, and only the sixth President in the organization’s history, since Helena Devereux resigned from the position in 1957. Mr. Kreider joined Devereux in December 1994 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 1996, he and Devereux were recognized by the National Association of Corporate Treasurers and Treasury and Risk Management Magazine with the Alexander Hamilton Award for excellence in corporate finance. In 2001, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He has been a member of the Devereux Board of Trustees since 2003. 

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Marilyn B. Benoit, M.D., SHSA
Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Chief Medical Officer
Past President, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2001-2003

As Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Marilyn Benoit is responsible for overseeing our organization’s clinical strategies, treatment and outcomes. Specifically, she works to integrate the latest scientific and medical advancements with time-tested philosophies and compassionate family engagement to provide practical, effective and efficient care for the individuals we serve.

Dr. Benoit has been part of the Devereux family for nearly 25 years. From 1993-1998, she was the medical and executive director of Devereux’s former Washington, D.C.-based children’s behavioral healthcare program. From 2003 through 2011, she served as a member of the Devereux Board of Trustees, where she became the chair of the Clinical and Professional Committee of the Board. In January 2011, Dr. Benoit assumed her current position.

Dr. Benoit has lectured internationally and has published widely on several issues related to children’s behavioral health. In addition, she has served on numerous national task forces and councils, and has provided Congressional testimony on a range of issues including: child abuse, television and media violence, community violence, suicide in youth, and teen pregnancy.

Dr. Benoit is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center and an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry at Drexel University School of Medicine, and was a psychiatry professor at Howard University Hospital and the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Her focus at these educational institutions was the preparation of medical students and physicians to become psychiatrists. She also held previous academic positions at Howard University School of Medicine and the George Washington School of Medicine.

Dr. Benoit completed her medical degree and residency at Georgetown University Medical School, and is board certified in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She holds an advanced business degree as a Specialist in Health Services Administration from the School of Public Health at the George Washington University. She currently sits on the board of the Alliance for Childhood. Dr. Benoit is a past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2001-2003); a past trustee of the Child Welfare League of America and BestKids Mentoring; and was named among the “Top Doctors in the Washington, D.C. area” from 2007-2009 and 2016, and “Best Doctors of America” from 2005-2010 and 2016.

 

Carl E. Clark, II
Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Carl Clark holds more than 20 years of behavioral healthcare and human services experience. He joined Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in February 2015 as senior vice president and chief operating officer, where he currently oversees all operational aspects of the nonprofit’s network of 15 centers across 13 states.

Prior to Devereux, Clark served in a variety of roles over a 20-year period for NHS Human Services - a leading provider of education and human services to individuals with special needs - including regional executive director, senior vice president of program operations and, ultimately, executive vice president. Before NHS, he was the special assistant to the executive deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

Clark holds a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Penn State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University. He is a board member of the following organizations: the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association (RCPA) and Youth Services Alliance of Pennsylvania.

 

Robert C. Dunne
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer / Operating Vice President

Bob Dunne has held the role of senior vice president and chief financial officer, treasurer since 2008. In this position - along with his dual role as operating vice president he is responsible for our organization’s financial performance, as well as setting and implementing Devereux’s financial strategy and procedures across all centers. In addition, he oversees Devereux’s Information Technology efforts and all facility-related matters, among other areas.

Dunne joined Devereux in 1992 and, since that time, he has served in roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of finance, senior director of finance and controller. Before joining our organization, he spent nine years at international accounting firm Ernst & Young, most recently in the role of senior manager.

Dunne holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from La Salle University and, in 1985, he became a Certified Public Accountant. In addition, he serves on the boards of Devereux Cleo Wallace and the Devereux Cleo Wallace Foundation. Dunne also sits on the board of the Devereux Community-Based Care (a Florida affiliate of Devereux) and chairs its Finance Committee.

 

Stephen Nolan
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

As Devereux’s senior vice president and general counsel, Steve Nolan is responsible for the organization’s corporate legal function, including overseeing corporate transactions, contract negotiations, real estate and litigation matters. He also manages adherence to healthcare regulatory compliance issues, as well as governance, labor and employment matters.

Nolan brings more than 25 years of experience to his position. Prior to joining Devereux in 2015, he served as in-house counsel for Hackensack University Medical Center. Before that, he was in-house counsel for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Nolan also served as a litigation partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens and Young, with whom he practiced for nearly 15 years.

Nolan earned a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is active in his local community of Highland Park, N.J., having served as its elected Mayor from 2010 to 2012, and as a Municipal Planning Board member since 2002.

 

Leah S. Yaw
Senior Vice President of External Affairs

Leah Yaw has served as Devereux’s senior vice president of external affairs since 2012. She joined Devereux in 2009 in the role of vice president of development and communications.

Prior to joining Devereux, Yaw was the vice president of strategic advancement for KidsPeace, a national nonprofit organization serving children with behavioral health needs. She began her career serving the public relations and crisis communications needs of both for- and nonprofit corporations in an agency setting in New York City and the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

Yaw holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing and Public Policy, Summa Cum Laude, from the Honors College of the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Communication Theory, Summa Cum Laude, from the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

She serves on the board of trustees for the following organizations: Devereux Community Behavioral Health of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast; the Public Policy Advisory Committee for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities; the Advancement Committee for The Swain School; and the Centennial Planning Committee for Vision 2020.

 

Leah Yaw

Lorraine Barrett
Assistant Secretary

Lorraine Barrett has served as executive assistant to Devereux’s President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Kreider since 2013. In addition to providing administrative support to the CEO, she serves as recording secretary for all Devereux Board meetings, is responsible for disseminating Board meeting materials and maintains Board- and governance-related documents for the organization.

Barrett joined Devereux in 2001 as a part-time receptionist and, in 2003, became executive assistant to the chief operating officer. She then went on to assist Devereux’s vice president of operations and organizational development and the vice president of product development.

Prior to Devereux, Barrett was the public relations director for Richard Stockton University and marketing director for Northern Illinois University’s School of Theatre and Dance. She was also an adjunct theatre arts professor for both schools, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in acting, speech, dialects and theatre history. A professional actress for more than 20 years, Barrett has performed in theatrical productions in regional theatres across the country, as well as in New York, where she appeared in the original Broadway production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

A native New Yorker, Barrett holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master in Fine Arts from Ohio University.

 

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Vice Presidents

L. Gail Atkinson
Vice President of Operations

L. Gail Atkinson has served as Devereux’s vice president of operations since 2006. In this role, she is responsible for all programs and services - for children and adults - at our facilities in California, Colorado and Texas. She also oversees our organization’s national marketing efforts.

Atkinson, whose behavioral health career spans more than 40 years, joined Devereux in 1971 as an activity instructor and counselor for our former summer camp in Mount Ida, Ark. Following her graduation from college in 1973, she was hired as a recreation counselor for the Devereux Texas - Victoria center. During her time in Victoria, Atkinson was promoted through several supervisory positions, eventually being named executive director of the center in 1989. In 1993, Atkinson was transferred to Devereux Florida’s Melbourne Center in the role of executive director. She then moved to League City, Texas, in 1994, to become executive director of the Devereux Texas Treatment Network. In 2006, Atkinson was promoted to her current position of vice president of operations, where she managed our Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia and Texas centers. During her tenure as vice president of operations, she also held a dual role of Devereux Colorado executive director, from 2013-2014.

Atkinson is a licensed Master Social Worker (Texas) and a licensed Child Care Administrator (Texas). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Hendrix College and a master’s degree in General Administration from the University of Houston. She serves as a board member of the following organizations: the National Association for Children’s Behavior Health and the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services.

 

Rayni Brindley
Vice President of Operations and Organizational Development

As Vice President of Operations and Organizational Development, Rayni Brindley is responsible for developing and implementing operations-related strategies and initiatives across the Devereux organization. As part of her role, she oversees our operations support, human resources and learning business functions, and is focused on business process improvement. She has been in this role since 2016.

Brindley, whose behavioral health career spans nearly 20 years, has worked in various positions from direct care and clinical to management. Before joining Devereux, Brindley spent more than 12 years at NHS Human Services, most recently as vice president of behavioral health, where she managed nearly half of the organization’s adult behavioral health and children’s service continuum. During her time with NHS, she also held the following earlier positions: executive director of operations and corporate clinical director for autism services. Prior to that, she served in roles of increasing responsibility - including director of autism services at Paula Teacher and Associates.

Brindley is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and holds the following academic degrees: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Education in Special Education from the California University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she earned a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Pennsylvania State University.

She has been published in the areas of clinical issues and best practices, and has presented on a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders at national and international conferences.

 

Timothy Dillon
Vice President of Human Resources

Tim Dillon has served as Devereux’s vice president of human resources (HR) since 2007. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of human resources strategies and policies across the organization - with a goal of becoming an employer of choice in the field of behavioral healthcare and beyond. Specifically, he manages all activities related to benefits, compensation, recruitment and retention, and employee/labor relations.

Dillon joined Devereux in 1986 as national director of compensation and benefits, where he oversaw the modernization of the organization’s compensation system and launched the HR function in our New York center. From 1992-2006, he served as national human resources director and was successful in implementing Devereux’s recruitment strategy and retention plan, and many policies and best practices related to employee safety, workers compensation and human resources.

Before joining our organization, Dillon spent 10 years as the director of personnel services at La Salle University, where he was responsible for launching the university’s personnel department.

Dillon holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Relations and a Master of Business Administration from La Salle University. He also earned the Diversity Certification from the Society for Human Resources Management.

 

Carol Oliver
Pennsylvania State Director and Vice President of Operations

As Pennsylvania State Director and Vice President of Operations, Carol Oliver oversees all programs and services for children and adults at our Devereux Pennsylvania locations. She has been in this role since 2010.

Oliver joined our organization in 1983 as a community home supervisor for the Devereux Pennsylvania Adult Services center (formerly the Whitlock Center). She served in roles of increasing responsibility until 1990, when she was promoted to Devereux Pennsylvania Adult Services executive director. During her time in this position, Oliver oversaw the expansion of the center’s community program from seven community group homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to more than 40 homes. She also was instrumental in winning the first Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit, fighting for the rights of individuals with disabilities to live in their own communities.

Prior to joining Devereux, Oliver served 10 years as a junior high school teacher - focusing on the areas of English and reading in Northeast Pennsylvania. As a teacher, Carol had similar experiences to those of our founder - Helena Devereux - spending one-on-one time with students who were integrated in the classroom, but were challenged by a myriad of disabilities. Working with individuals with disabilities piqued her interest and prompted her to seek a new career path at Devereux.

Oliver earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Education from Misericordia College (now University), and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Wilmington University. She has been a long-standing member of the Pennsylvania Association of Resources (PAR) including serving as a board member and executive board member.

 

Tom Shurer
Vice President of Information Resources

As Devereux’s Vice President of Information Resources, Tom Shurer is responsible for our information technology (IT) function, including maintaining our IT infrastructure and applications, and implementing future strategies to enable innovation across the organization.

Shurer joined Devereux in 1984 as a speech language pathologist at Devereux Pennsylvania’s Leo Kanner Center and Health Services Units. During his tenure at Devereux, Shurer has held various management and administrative positions, including: residential program supervisor, director of quality improvement/regulatory affairs, program director - information resources, director of clinical technologies and national director of information resources. He has served in his current role since 2013.

Before joining our organization, Shurer was a speech language pathologist at Elwyn - a human services organization serving disabled and disadvantaged individuals.

Shurer has earned the following academic degrees: Bachelor of Science in Communications Disorders from Pennsylvania State University; a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from George Washington University; and a Master of Science in Information Science from Pennsylvania State University. He has presented on a variety of topics - including clinical technology best practices, business continuity, technology planning, data analysis and reporting, and system implementation strategies during national/regional conferences.

He is a former board member of the Arc of Chester County.

 

Gwendolyn B. Skinner
Vice President of Operations

Gwendolyn B. Skinner serves as Devereux’s vice president of operations. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations - including all programs and services for children and - adults at our Florida and Georgia centers. She has been in this role since May 2017.

Skinner - who has more than 30 years of behavioral healthcare experience - joined Devereux in 2009 as executive director of our Devereux Georgia center. Along with her team, she helped transform the center into a highly successful campus with significant clinical and operational expertise. Prior to Devereux, she served as the director for the Georgia Department of Human Resources' Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases and the Deputy Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Skinner has earned the following academic degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling and a Master of Education in School Psychometry from the State University of West Georgia; and Education Specialist in Counseling Psychology and Education Specialist in School Psychology from Georgia State University.

She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Skinner also has presented at the state and national levels, focusing on the areas of juvenile justice, mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive diseases. In addition, she and her husband have served as foster parents to more than 40 children.

 

Gwen Skinner

Lawrence W. Williams
Vice President of Audit and Compliance

Larry Williams has served as Devereux’s vice president of audit and compliance since 1998. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of our organization’s Corporate Compliance and HIPAA privacy programs, management of the Internal Audit department, and the development and implementation of an internal Medicaid Compliance Review program.

Prior to joining Devereux, Williams spent 19 years with the New York State Office of Mental Health and Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in senior management positions at adult and children’s psychiatric centers, developmental disabilities centers and the corporate office. In addition, he served three years as a vice president with MBNA America.

Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Delaware and a Master of Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. He also completed a labor relations program at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Williams is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association and is a former president of the New York State Chapter of the Association of Mental Health Administrators.