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Senior Leadership Team

Office of the President

Carl E. Clark II
President and Chief Executive Officer

Carl E. Clark II is the President and CEO of Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, and only the seventh president in the organization’s history, since our founder Helena T. Devereux resigned from the position in 1957. Prior to joining Devereux as senior vice president and chief operating officer in 2015, Clark developed a national reputation as one of the top operational and leadership experts in the nonprofit arena. For more than 20 years, he served in a variety of leadership roles at NHS Human Services, including regional executive director, senior vice president of program operations and, ultimately, executive vice president.

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Robert C. Dunne
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer / Operating Vice President
Chief Executive Officer QualityHealth Staffing, LLC

Robert C. Dunne has held the role of Devereux’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, treasurer since 2008. Along with his dual role as operating vice president, Dunne is responsible for the organization’s financial performance, as well as setting and implementing financial strategy and procedures across all centers. He also oversees Devereux’s information technology efforts and all facility-related matters. In addition, Dunne serves as chief executive officer of Devereux’s new staffing company - QualityHealth Staffing, LLC.

Dunne joined Devereux in 1992 and, since that time, he has served in roles of increasing responsibility, including controller, senior director of finance and vice president of finance. 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; 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 is also a board member of the Devereux Community-Based Care (a Florida affiliate of Devereux) and chairs its Finance Committee.

 

Rhea Fernandes, Psy.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

As Devereux’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Rhea Fernandes is responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the organization’s national network, which includes 15 centers across 13 states. Fernandes joined Devereux in 2016 as executive director of Devereux Pennsylvania’s Children’s Behavioral Health Services center, where she was responsible for the care and treatment of approximately 5,000 children and adolescents, annually, living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

Fernandes holds 20 years of behavioral health experience in both community-based and residential programming, serving children, adolescents and adults. Before joining Devereux, she was the executive director of children’s services for NHS Human Services, a large nonprofit organization based in Pennsylvania, with operations in seven additional states. During her time with NHS, she also held the roles of associate executive director of children’s services, and regional director of residential services. She has intern and extern experience in the areas of eating disorders and comprehensive assessments at the Belmont Eating Disorders Unit and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, respectively.

Fernandes has earned the following academic degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Mumbai, India; and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. She is a board member of the National Alliance of Mental Illness Montgomery County, Pa.

 

Rhea Fernandes, Psy.D.

Yolanda Graham, M.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Chief Medical Officer

As Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer, Dr. Yolanda Graham 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 tens of thousands of children, adolescents and adults served by the organization every year.

Graham is Board certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is an expert in the areas of: mental health, child advocacy, psychotropic medication management, behavioral management, and childhood sexual exploitation and trauma. She joined Devereux in 2011 as the medical director of Devereux Georgia and, in 2016, was promoted to her most recent position of executive director of mental health services at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. Graham who is widely recognized across the nation as a leading expert in the treatment of sexually exploited children developed and launched Devereux’s Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) program in 2012.

Prior to Devereux, Graham was the medical director at Youth Villages, Inner Harbour campus, in Douglasville, Ga. She also served as a consultant for STRIVE, LLC, where she helped to develop a clinical curriculum for commercially sexually exploited children. In addition, she worked as a clinical psychiatrist for organizations including Positive Impact, the Fulton County Metro Youth Detention Center and DeKalb County Community Service Board, among others. Graham lectures nationally and has been published widely on issues related to child/adolescent behavioral health and the commercial exploitation of children. She is an adjunct associate professor at Emory University and an adjunct assistant clinical professor at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Graham earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She completed her residency and two fellowships at Emory University. She serves on the following boards: Georgia Psychiatric Physician’s Association (president); Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Georgia’s Drug Utilization Review Board, Shared Hope International and Wellcare’s Behavioral Health Advisory Board. In addition, Graham is the past president of the Georgia Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

 

Yolanda Graham, M.D.

Leah S. Yaw
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

As Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Leah Yaw is responsible for developing, communicating, executing and sustaining strategic initiatives across the organization that are aligned with Devereux’s mission and core values. Specifically, this includes: overseeing the strategic planning process; building/sustaining organizational alignment and momentum to achieve set strategic goals; managing the mergers and acquisitions process; directing our strategic marketing function; and overseeing the Office of External Affairs. In Yaw’s External Affairs role, she manages all fundraising, crisis management, public policy and advocacy, internal and external communications, brand management and strategic marketing across the organization.

Yaw joined Devereux in 2009 in the role of vice president of development and communications and, in 2012, was promoted to senior vice president of external affairs. In 2018, she was promoted to her current position.

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

Rayni Anderson Brindley, M.Ed., BCBA
Senior Vice President of Organizational Development

As Senior Vice President of Organizational Development, Rayni Anderson Brindley, M.Ed., BCBA, is responsible for implementing various strategies and initiatives across the Devereux organization. As part of her role, she manages Devereux’s operations support and learning functions, with a focus on business process improvement. In addition, Brindley oversees the organization’s quality improvement (QI) function, where she is responsible for the QI data collection process, ensuring accurate and meaningful data usage throughout the organization, and integrating QI with operations to drive program quality and safety. Most recently, she served as Devereux’s vice president of operations and organizational development.

Brindley, whose behavioral health career spans nearly 20 years, has worked in various positions from direct care and clinical to management. Before joining Devereux, she 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.

 

Mike Ernst
Senior Vice President of People Operations

Mike Ernst, SPHR, SCP, is Devereux’s senior vice president of people operations. In this role, Ernst develops roadmaps for, and executes, all employee-related initiatives. Specifically, he is responsible for innovation in the following areas: talent acquisition, engagement and retention, employee development, and total rewards, along with further strengthening Devereux’s culture and employment environment.

Prior to joining Devereux, Ernst was the vice president of human resources at NHS Human Services Inc., a national behavioral healthcare provider in Lafayette Hill, Pa. While at NHS, Ernst managed the company’s people strategies and human resources activities, including: professional development and education, human resources business management and services, and talent acquisition and labor relations activities for more than 10,000 employees. Before that, he served in the following roles: worldwide director of human resources at Drug Information Association in Horsham, Pa.; senior consultant/strategist at The CBI Group, Inc., in Newark, Del.; director of human resources at the Office of the Governor Mitt Romney in Boston, and vice president of human resources/operations for CGN Marketing & Creative Services in Boston. Ernst started his career as a residential counselor and acting program manager with Devereux Pennsylvania.

Ernst holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from West Chester University. He earned a Senior Human Resources Certificate from Villanova University.

 

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.

 

Corporate Officers

L. Gail Atkinson
Vice President of Operations and Marketing

As Vice President of Operations and Marketing, L. Gail Atkinson 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 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. In 2018, she was promoted to her current position of vice president of operations and marketing.

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.

 

Melanie Beidler, M.S.
Vice President of Operations - Children’s Services

Melanie Beidler, M.S., serves as Devereux’s vice president of operations - children's services. In this role, Beidler oversees the organization’s Pennsylvania operations, focusing on the care, education and treatment of children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

Beidler joined Devereux in 1982 as a group counselor for children with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since that time, she has taken on positions of increasing responsibility and authority, serving in multiple direct care and supervisory roles at three Devereux centers. From 2011-June 2018, she held her most recent position as executive director of Devereux Pennsylvania’s Children's Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services center.

Beidler earned both a Bachelor of Science in Individual and Family Studies and Master of Science in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University. She is a graduate of the Leadership Main Line Program, an intensive leadership program. Beidler sits on the boards of the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services (PCCYFS) and the PCCYFS’ Southeast Region Council. She also will serve as a board member of Devereux’s new staffing agency - QualityHealth Staffing, LLC. In addition, Beidler participates on the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association Pediatric Care Work Group and Residential Treatment Center Work Group, and was a former board member of Safe Harbor, a shelter providing housing and services for Chester County’s homeless population.

 

Stephen Bruce, M.Ed., BCBA
Vice President of Operations - Adult Services

As Vice President of Operations - Adult Services, Stephen Bruce, M.Ed., BCBA, manages the care, treatment and outcomes of our adult population - living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Most recently, he served as executive director of Devereux Pennsylvania’s Adult Services center, where he oversaw the care and treatment of nearly 400 adults served by the center’s day habilitation and employment programs, and residences throughout southeast Pennsylvania.

Bruce brings more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership and behavioral healthcare experience to his role. Before joining Devereux in 2015, he was president and CEO of Midland, a provider of educational, residential and day services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New Jersey. Prior to that, he served a significant part of his career at Bancroft, a nonprofit provider of services for individuals with brain injuries, autism and intellectual disabilities. During his 25-year tenure at Bancroft, Bruce held early roles such as director of pediatric and adolescent services, and more recent positions including: vice president of planning/marketing/admissions, vice president of clinical operations, and vice president of strategic planning.

Bruce holds a Master in Special Education, with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Temple University. In addition, he is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has served as an adjunct professor at Temple University, where he has taught courses in Applied Behavior Analysis.

 

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.

 

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

Fran Wagner
Vice President of Audit and Compliance

As Vice President of Audit and Compliance, Fran Wagner 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.

Wagner joined Devereux in 1988 as an internal auditor and, since that time, she has served in positions of increasing responsibility, including financial director of Devereux Pennsylvania’s Children’s Behavioral Health Center, as well as several acting roles for the center director of operations, director of outpatient services and director of quality management. In 2005, she was promoted to the position of national director of Contracts and Accounts Receivable, where she oversaw cost reporting and multi-center contracting, and was as a trainer, consultant and advocate for the Revenue and Accounts Receivable functions at all center locations.

Prior to joining Devereux, she was a supervisor for a CPA firm performing Medicare and Medicaid cost report audits.

Wagner holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Accounting from Widener University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Fran Wagner

David A. Griffith, C.P.A.
Controller

David Griffith serves as Devereux’s controller. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the organization’s accounting, payroll, accounts payable and budgeting functions. Griffith has held this position since he joined the organization in 2012.

Prior to joining Devereux, Griffith was the controller for Crozer-Keystone Health System, a regional health system located outside of Philadelphia. He launched his career with the international accounting firm Ernst & Young, specializing in the healthcare industry. During his 11-year tenure with Ernst & Young, he held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as senior manager.

Griffith holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from King’s College, and earned the Certified Public Accountant designation in 2001. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association, where he serves as a director of the Metro Philadelphia Chapter.

 

Kathy-Ann Lewis, MBA, CTP
Treasurer

Kathy-Ann Lewis, MBA, CTP, has served as Devereux’s treasurer since 2017. In this position, she oversees our organization’s treasury and risk financing functions, counseling leadership team members and business units on various lines of insurance coverage. Among her other duties, she serves as a liaison for all risk engineering services and oversees all insurance programs, including: performing gap analysis on coverages, gathering exposure data for annual insurance renewals and negotiating insurance agreements. In addition, she is responsible for the following functions: cash management, debt administration and investment reporting.

Lewis joined Devereux in 2004 as a treasury analyst, and has held positions of increasing responsibility since that time. Specifically, she has been promoted into the positions of senior treasury analyst, treasury manager and assistant treasurer.

Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Villanova University. She also is a Certified Treasury Professional and is a member of the Association for Finance Professionals.