A Visionary Leadership Team Focused on the Future of Behavioral Healthcare

We are the country’s leading treatment provider, focused on delivering the highest-quality care and specializing in the treatment of teens, young adults, and their families who are struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, substance abuse, and many other mood disorders and addictions.

Our leadership team is dedicated to providing quality mental healthcare to teens, young adults, and families, and setting the standard of care in the adolescent and young adult treatment field. With decades of experience building top-tier treatment programs, as well as their own personal stories of recovery, our directors lead a team of more than 350 of the best rehab and mental health providers in the country.

As vocal mental health advocates for adolescents, young adults, and families, our healthcare leadership is focused not only on the future of Newport Healthcare, but also on the future of today’s young people.

Our Leadership Team

Joe Procopio

Chief Executive Officer

Joe Procopio has spent more than three decades in the medical and treatment field, gaining specialized skills in business development, strategic planning, fiscal analytics, and process improvement. He served in executive leadership positions with Acadia Healthcare Company (NASDAQ: ACHC) and with CRC Health Group, most recently as a Division President, and in management positions with Susquehanna Health and Geisinger Health System. At Newport Healthcare, Joe employs his wealth of insight, knowledge, and innovation to expand our services into new markets, with the goal of reaching more communities and supporting more teens, young adults, and families in need.

Jameson Norton, MBA, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer

An accomplished healthcare executive, Vanderbilt MBA graduate, and Marine Corps veteran, Jameson Norton has a depth of experience building strong teams, actualizing growth opportunities, and improving performance and patient satisfaction. As CEO of Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Outpatient Clinics, he achieved unprecedented growth in outpatient, inpatient, emergency psychiatry, telehealth, and integrated behavioral health services. Prior to that, he was CEO of Acadia Healthcare’s North Tampa Behavioral Health facility, where he oversaw a large inpatient expansion and launched a military program commended for its innovative approach to empowering post-traumatic growth. Jameson is currently the Board Chair of the National Association for Behavioral Healthcare and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Barbara Nosal, PhD, LMFT, LADC

Chief Clinical Officer

Barbara Nosal, PhD, has worked with teens, young adults, and families in the field of mental health, depression, and addiction treatment for more than 20 years. She developed and oversees the clinical and family programs for Newport Healthcare’s treatment programs. Dr. Nosal holds a Doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, in Palo Alto, California. Also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, she specializes in family systems, including restructuring family dynamics and healing childhood trauma.

Carol Arrowood

Chief Human Resources Officer

Carol Arrowood has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality, healthcare, and business services industries, formulating strategies and visions in core areas within Human Resources, as well as creating effective teams to further these goals. Her past positions include Chief Human Resources Officer of Foundations Recovery Network and Vice President of Corporate Human Resources Operations for O’Charley’s, Inc. At Newport Healthcare, Carol is a key member of the executive team, employing a deep knowledge of big-picture operations and finance to partner with leadership in moving the business forward. She focuses on building a culture of trust that emphasizes authenticity and transparency, while strengthening the HR infrastructure to support our industry-leading mental healthcare programs.

Jay Campbell

Chief Growth Officer

Jay Campbell brings to Newport Healthcare more than 20 years of experience in the behavioral health, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. Jay specializes in business development deployment and analytics, digital marketing integration, corporate public relations, and personnel development. His past positions include vice president of business relations for Acadia Healthcare and national director of business development for CRC Health Group. Jay focuses on building teams that connect dedicated individuals, create positive cultures, deliver measurable results, and develop the leaders of the future.

Keith Thompson, JD

Chief Legal Officer

Keith Thompson brings to Newport nearly 20 years of experience as a corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities, and general corporate governance. Before joining the Newport team in early 2022, he served for five years as the Deputy General Counsel for Acadia Healthcare. Prior to that, Keith was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for naviHealth, Inc. He also spent nine years at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, in Nashville, rising from associate to partner during his tenure there. Keith chooses to work in the mental healthcare field because, he says, “Each day, we have an opportunity to change lives for the better.”

Craig Hartman

Chief Financial Officer

Craig has more than 25 years of finance experience in Fortune 100 and private equity–backed healthcare services, medical device, and pharmaceutical companies. Since 2008, Craig has held multiple CFO roles for private equity-backed healthcare services businesses in direct-to-consumer medical products, multi-site healthcare services, physician practice management, and healthcare staffing. He has repeatedly built and led high-impact finance teams to successfully improve operational and financial performance in high-growth situations. He served as Vice President of Investor Relations for Caremark Rx through the acquisition by CVS and spent 11 years with Eli Lilly and Company in Finance, Global Treasury and Investor Relations. Craig holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in Economics from DePauw University.

Mary Clark

Chief Payer Relations Officer

Mary Clark brings to Newport Healthcare a unique combination of cross-sector healthcare experience and corporate governance. Over 35 years in the field, she has successfully led companies through mergers and acquisitions and worked with multiple constituencies to build operational excellence and exceptional business-to-consumer relationships. Past positions include senior VP of provider relations at One Call, a provider of healthcare solutions to the worker’s compensation industry; and VP of market service at Healthways, Inc., managing strategic business relationships with the nation’s largest medical home program. Mary and her husband of 31 years live in Jacksonville, Florida, and have two grown daughters.

Stevan Townsend

Chief Information Officer

Stevan Townsend has spent 27 years in the field of information technology, five of those in the behavioral healthcare industry. He specializes in leveraging keen business acumen and broad technology expertise to deliver solutions for business partners. Prior to joining the Newport Healthcare team, Stevan served as chief information officer (CIO) for Foundations Recovery Network in Brentwood, Tennessee. With a degree in information systems from Middle Tennessee State University, Stevan has an exceptional ability to support top-performing teams to solve business problems with easy-to-use technology solutions.

Kristin Wilson, MA, LPC, CCTP

Chief Experience Officer

Kristin Wilson has been working in the treatment field since 1997. During the past 20 years, her leadership roles have included clinical supervisor, executive director, and clinical outreach representative, as well as senior regional director of marketing for a major behavioral health network. Kristin is a licensed clinician who has worked in a variety of mental health treatment settings, including inpatient, residential, and outpatient levels of care for chemical dependence, process addictions, and eating disorders. She holds a Master’s degree in psychology and Creative Arts Therapies, is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a certified yoga teacher.

Danielle Roeske, PsyD

Vice President, Operations, Residential Services

Dr. Danielle Roeske has worked in the mental health treatment field since 2003, as a CEO, clinical director, program developer, family program director, therapist, and supervisor. Her experience spans acute psychiatric care, outpatient community therapy, and residential mental health and substance abuse treatment. Danielle holds a Master’s in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her accomplishments include the creation of an intensive family program for a longstanding treatment center. Early in her career, Danielle worked as a literary consultant and chemical dependency expert for the FDA.

Blake Kinsey

Vice President of Admissions

Blake Kinsey works closely with Newport Healthcare’s incoming clients and families, and serves as a liaison with insurance companies to guarantee coverage for patients’ treatment needs. With extensive experience in finance and admissions, and strong skills in communication and creative conflict resolution, Blake prioritizes identifying and addressing each client’s unique needs. His past experience includes managing companies’ insurance contracts; working with employer groups to fund treatment costs; and developing strategies for holding insurance companies accountable for providing coverage to their members.

Ryan Fedoroff, M.Ed

Vice President, Learning and Development

Ryan Fedoroff brings more than 15 years of academic leadership and classroom experience to her role at Newport Academy. As an educator, she is passionate about working with high-risk adolescents and is trained in restorative practices. Ryan has also worked with the Marin County (California) Youth Court and is a member of various community organizations working to combat youth substance abuse.

In her current role and in her previous role as Newport’s National Director of Education, Ryan works alongside clinicians to create interventions to assist students dealing with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. She also collaborates with special education teams to create protocols for managing classroom challenges for students dealing with auditory processing and executive functioning deficits.

Kim Storey

Vice President, Clinical Outreach

Kim brings to Newport a brilliant track record of performance across a 22-year career in healthcare. She has held field and leadership roles in pharmaceutical sales, referral-based account management, and clinical sales team management. Kim brings multidimensional experience, a tireless work ethic, and an ability to create strategic partnerships, lead change initiatives, and develop high-performing professionals. She joined Newport in 2021 and served as our Northeastern Senior Director of Clinical Outreach before ascending to her current role managing the activity and development of Newport’s National Clinical Outreach team. Kim also works closely with admissions, experience, clinical, and operational department heads to best serve our clients and their families.

Julie Fortune, LMFT

Vice President of Outpatient Services, Western Region

Julie has more than 15 years of experience in the mental healthcare industry, in direct care, supervisory, and leadership roles. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, she began her career as a therapist at Pacific Clinics, and advanced into a series of executive leadership positions, including director of clinical and administrative operations for Mental Health Systems programs in the Greater San Diego Area, and director of clinical operations for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Most recently, she spent four years at Providence Hospitals and Health Care, rising to executive director of the company’s Mental Health Institute Southern California. Julie is passionate about using her strengths to be an advocate and voice for those who are struggling with mental health conditions.

Ed Speedling, MHA, MSW, FACHE

Vice President of Outpatient Services, Eastern Region

Ed Speedling has spent his career building and leading successful, diverse teams to make a meaningful impact on public health issues facing their communities. He specializes in finding innovative solutions that improve outcomes, quality of care, and access to care, with the goal of creating positive change in current health trends. As president of ES Healthcare Consulting, LLC, Ed works with corporations and organizations to integrate physical and behavioral health programming. Before joining the Newport team, he served in leadership roles for BlueSprig Pediatrics, Inc., Corporation of America’s Capital Division, and ProMedica Health System, ensuring the successful implementation and growth of new services.

Annie Gendaszek

Associate Vice President, Compliance and Licensing

Annie brings to the Newport Healthcare team in-depth experience in quantitative and qualitative research. Additionally, she brings professional communication skills across a wide range of platforms. Annie continues to be fascinated by the interface of psychology and law, and has acquired degrees in both psychology and communication studies, along with a master’s in forensic psychology. With a background in the litigation field, Annie has provided trial support for the Denver District Attorney’s Office and has assisted deputy district attorneys in drug court with trial preparation and courtroom coverage.

Kristen Hayes

Associate Vice President, Public Relations and Communications

Kristen is an established public relations and communications professional with more than 20 years of experience in the field. In her previous position as Sr. Director of Communications, she played a key role in supporting the growth of Newport’s thought leadership, connecting our expert clinicians and leadership with publications and outlets including Forbes, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and the CBS Evening News, among many others. For the past 15 years, Kristen has worked in the mental health and addiction treatment space, providing PR, media, and marketing expertise. She is passionate about promoting treatment, removing the stigma around mental health, and supporting individuals who are struggling. Kristen graduated cum laude from UCLA with a BA in Communication Studies.

Cassie Pastula

Associate Vice President, Admissions

Cassie joined the Newport Healthcare team in 2013. She works closely with our Executive and Clinical Directors to ensure appropriate placement for clients and a seamless admissions process for both clients and the internal team. Cassie’s previous work experience includes event planning and management for the M&M Group in Huntington, California, planning, producing, and managing billing for more than 10 events each month. She also managed marketing, crafted advertising strategies, and oversaw content dissemination for NJ Law, APC, in Newport, California. Cassie holds an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Michael Roeske, PsyD

Senior Director, Newport Healthcare Center for Research and Innovation

Michael Roeske, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked and studied in a variety of treatment settings, including adult substance use disorder and adolescent mental health programs, community-based psychological services, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals.  He was also trained as a full battery assessor of children to older adults and has functioned as a supervisor, clinical director, educator, presenter, and operator. Dr. Roeske's work with the Center aims to establish Newport Healthcare as a leader and innovator in adolescent and young adult residential care, research, and program development.

Lindsay Daugherty, LICSW

Executive Clinical Director of Outpatient Services

Lindsay has more than 16 years of leadership and clinical experience in mental health and child welfare. She joined the Newport Healthcare team in 2018 and served as our National Clinical Program Director before moving into her current role. Lindsay’s prior positions include Director of Outpatient Services for Parkland Medical Center in Derry, New Hampshire, where she was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the mental health outpatient program; and clinical leadership roles at Beacon Health Strategies, Casey Family Services, and LifeShare, Inc. A licensed Clinical Social Worker, Lindsay holds an MSW from Springfield College School of Social Work and is trained in Attachment-Based Family Therapy, EMDR, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Caydin Sanders

National Director of Experience

Caydin joined the Newport Healthcare team in 2014, and established Newport’s Alumni Program as Director of Alumni Services, before becoming our National Director of Experience. Today, her contributions positively impact young people, families, and our team on a national level. Caydin continues to oversee Newport Healthcare’s Alumni Network while working to ensure that every aspect of Newport’s programming exceeds clients’ expectations. She has a degree in sociology, with an emphasis on social work, from California State University. Caydin is also a community volunteer for Mercy Without Limits, a nonprofit providing humanitarian relief around the world.

Samantha Quigneaux, LMFT

National Director of Family Therapy Services

Samantha is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been working from a family systems perspective throughout her career. As Newport's National Director of Family Therapy Services, she oversees all family programming, which utilizes Attachment-Based Family Therapy to provide support and psychoeducation to families throughout the treatment process. Samantha has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma, including sexual and physical abuse. She also has expertise working with the LGBTQ community and issues related to gender and sexuality. Samantha believes that a necessary step in the healing and recovery process is a strong and genuine therapeutic connection that creates safety and allows for growth.

Kara Becker

National Eating Disorder Clinical Director

Kara leads Newport’s national team in creating and managing eating disorder protocols and clinical programming across our locations. She brings to her role more than a decade of experience in the mental healthcare field, primarily working with adolescents and young adults struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. Before coming on board with Newport as an Associate Clinical Director in 2020, Kara served as a primary therapist and then program director for the Center for Discovery’s adolescent and young adult eating disorder residential programs. Her experience also includes two years as a school clinician/behavioral specialist for the Wellspring Foundation’s Wellspring Arch Bridge School. An AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow, Kara is certified in Gestalt Therapy and trained in EMDR, DBT, and Crisis Prevention through the Crisis Prevention Institute. She holds a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University.

Felicia Westmaas, RN, BSN

Director of Nursing

Felicia has more than seven years of experience in healthcare, working in a wide variety of settings—including floor nurse at a hospital, pre-op and post-anesthesia care at a surgery center, primary care, and public health. Currently licensed as an RN in 41 states, she served as a COVID first-responder nurse before joining Newport Healthcare’s medical team in 2021. Constantly seeking to grow and advance in her craft, Felicia brings compassion, expertise, and rapport-building skills that have supported her to quickly advance from floor nurse to management roles. Prior to becoming a nurse, Felicia worked in hospitality for four years. She is passionate about giving back to her community and providing support to clients and families as they navigate the healing journey.

Francine Le

National Director of Education

Francine Le is passionate about developing educators who will restore the learning experience for students who are healing from mental health challenges. She has been a valued member of the Newport Healthcare educational team since 2012, rising from tutoring and teaching positions to Education Coordinator and then Regional Director of Education before moving into the National Director position in 2022. In this role, she is responsible for all adolescent and young adult academic programs at our nationwide residential and outpatient locations. Francine holds a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Irvine and is trained in Motivational Interviewing and Trauma-Informed Strategies to Support Student Success in the Classroom.

Tara Krueger, PsyD

National Director of Clinical Program Development

Dr. Krueger joined the Newport team in 2018 as Associate Clinical Director in Orange County, California, and served as Clinical Director and National Director of Family Therapy Services before stepping into her current role. Previously, she was with Harbor Psychiatry & Mental Health in Newport Beach, California, providing individual and family psychotherapy to a multiethnic population of adults and children. Dr. Krueger has conducted research on stress and competency in parents of adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as on aggression and divorce consequences in girls. A frequent national presenter on mental health topics, she earned her doctorate from Argosy University and is trained in modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, Attachment-Based Family Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Gary Fedoroff, MC, CADC II

Director of Experiential Learning

Gary has been working with high-risk teens for nearly 15 years, in settings ranging from community centers to juvenile drug court. He excels in treating adolescents who have lost a sense of connection to self and others, and who are open to new experiences and activities that help them build self-esteem and perspective. Prior to moving into his current role, in which he develops and implements curriculum for Newport’s Adventure Therapy program, Gary served as our Program Coordinator of Intensive Outpatient Services.

Sterling Alexander, PhD

Director of Utilization Review

Dr. Alexander is a licensed clinical psychologist and skilled healthcare leader with two decades of experience in administration, quality assurance, risk management, and compliance. He began his career in behavioral health as the Director of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Division with a large nonprofit focused on improving the general well-being and education of the Asian, Pacific Islander, and other underserved communities. He went on to redesign protocols for utilization and fiscal management, strategic planning, quality, performance improvement, utilization metrics, and daily operations at a Fortune 500 managed care insurance company. Most recently, Dr. Alexander led quality assurance, compliance, risk management, privacy, and utilization review at chemical dependency and acute care inpatient behavioral health hospitals.

Dr. Prakash Thomas, MD


Prakash K. Thomas is board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry, and completed his residency and internship at Yale University. Along with maintaining a private practice in New Haven, Connecticut, he also held staff positions at Yale New Haven Hospital and Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc. His areas of expertise include teaching psychiatrists and medical students, and supervising physicians in training nurses, psychologists, and social workers. He has also authored several scholarly articles and books on child psychiatry. In addition to his clinical experience, Dr. Thomas spent two years teaching English as a second language to college students in China.

Michel Mennesson, MD


Dr. Michel Mennesson is board-certified in general psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with an added qualification in Addiction Psychiatry. He trained as a pediatrician and internist before entering the field of psychiatry, and completed his residency at Yale University. Dr. Michel draws from a variety of therapeutic approaches, as well as mindfulness principles, to find new and creative solutions to support successful treatment outcomes. He was the recipient of the Best Teacher Award during his tenure at the University of Connecticut Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Originally from France, Dr. Michel is a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation.

Gary Broadbent, LCSW, JD/MBA

Executive Director

Gary Broadbent, LCSW, JD/MBA, the Executive Director of Newport Healthcare’s campus in Oakley, Utah, has more than 20 years of experience in the field. Decades ago, Gary was part of the team that founded the original Oakley residential treatment program for teens. He went on to work for Magellan, providing crisis counseling for its members and traumatic event consultation services to Fortune 500 companies. Following a hiatus to obtain a JD/MBA, Gary became Director of Psychological Health for the Utah National Guard. After 18 months, he was promoted to Regional Director of Clinical Operations for the Western United States for the National Guard Psychological Program, and then became a program evaluator for the Department of Defense. Most recently, Gary was a Regional Sales Manager for Qualifacts + Credible, the leading EHR for large community mental health centers.

David Laxton, LPC, MEd

Executive Director

David Laxton, Executive Director of Newport’s treatment program in Kirkland, Washington, most recently worked in private practice providing mental health and substance use counseling to adolescent clients. He also provided counseling and evaluations for clients at The Recovery Center of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an IOP for professionals (doctors, lawyers, etc.) with co-occurring issues, and Our Lady of the Lake. David was also the clinic director of Baton Rouge Treatment Center, managing day-to-day operations and supervision; and the Director of Outpatient and Family Services for St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness, a long-term residential treatment center for males with co-occurring disorders.

Michael Tyers, MA, LMFT

Executive Director

Michael brings to Newport extensive leadership experience in the mental healthcare field, primarily working with children and adolescents and their parents. Most recently, he managed statewide education and training for licensed foster parents through the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence in Seattle. Michael also held management positions with the Juvenile Rehabilitation/Rehabilitation Administration in Washington State, administering juvenile parole services and community facilities for the entire eastern Washington region. Prior to that, he served in clinical director and executive director roles with Northwest Youth Services. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s in clinical psychology from Antioch University, Michael has extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in addition to a wide range of other modalities.

Leigh McInnis, LPC

Executive Director

Leigh McInnis supports team cohesion at Newport Healthcare, including the management and training of clinical staff and the facilitation of seamless collaboration among departments. She has worked in a variety of public mental health arenas, including nonprofit crisis prevention and response for adults, intensive in-home care for children and adolescents, and residential treatment facilities. In 2016, Leigh developed the clinical milieu for a non-suicidal self-injury unit in a Virginia residential treatment facility. She holds a Master’s in Community Counseling from Marymount University.

Jep Stokes

Executive Director

Jep Stokes, Executive Director for Newport’s programs in Los Angeles, is an accomplished healthcare administrator and respected leader. Most recently, he was the Market Vice President of Behavioral Health Services for HCA Healthcare. Jep also served as CEO of a 60-bed treatment facility with Acadia Healthcare, and as COO at Universal Health Services. With an extensive background in client relations and account management, and a degree in business administration from Stetson University, Jep has expertise in all facets of program and staff development.

Christopher Burke, PhD

Executive Director

Dr. Burke has more than 15 years of experience in the mental healthcare field, including over a decade in leadership roles. Before joining the Newport team, he served in CEO positions at US HealthVest, UHS’s Ceder Springs Hospital, the Colorado Department of Human Services, and the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Dr. Burke holds a PhD in psychology from Fielding Graduate University and is co-author of a study on multicultural psychotherapy competencies, published in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. His volunteer experience includes 18 months as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families. Prior to his career in behavioral health, Dr. Burke served for four years in the US Marine Corps.

Joe Vaccaro, PsyD

Regional Executive Director

Joe Vaccaro holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has extensive experience in the field. As Executive Director for Newport Healthcare’s teen and young adult programs in Southern California, he supports the clinical team and all departments in providing exceptional care and compassion to the families we serve. Dr. Vaccaro’s prior positions include clinical supervisor at Pathways Community Services, Garden Grove, California; and clinical psychologist at Pathways and at Sunny Hills Behavioral Health Incorporated in Fullerton, California. He completed his postdoctoral residency at Long Beach Job Corps, Long Beach, California, administering individual and group clinical supervision to doctoral candidates and practicum interns. Read a Q&A with Joe.

Matthew Nonoshita, CTE, CADC-II, RAS-II

Executive Director

Matthew has played an integral role in the initial and reaccreditation of multiple facilities according to Joint Commission standards of care. He has built and and supervised clinical, utilization, and administrative teams, increasing bed count and profit margin while decreasing operations costs. Matthew’s experience in crafting young adult programs, his personal recovery experience, and the diversity of his service gives him a broad understanding and multifaceted perspective on the treatment field.

Matthew has held leadership positions at a number of companies, including CEO of Premier Health Group in Newport Beach, California; Executive Program Director for Beachside Behavioral Health in Fountain Valley, California; and Program Director at Balboa Horizons in Costa Mesa, California, among others. During his early career, he served as a substance abuse counselor at Oasis Treatment Center in Anaheim. Matthew holds numerous executive and clinical certifications.

Helene D’Jay, LPC

Executive Director

Helene D’Jay, LPC, brings years of experience in the business world as a human resources professional, and extensive experience in her second career as a therapist, to her position as Executive Director of our young adults services in Connecticut. She previously served as the Clinical Director of Newport Academy’s East Coast campus. Her combination of therapeutic and management skills is invaluable in this role. Helene has volunteered for the Red Cross and spent six months counseling families and children in Newtown, Connecticut. She also served on a crisis team for the statewide 211 system.

Pamela Alba, MA, MFT

Executive Director

Pamela, our Executive Director in Northern California, is an established healthcare leader with more than 20 years’ experience in residential and outpatient treatment settings for addictions, mental health issues, and trauma. She has overseen all areas of operations, including fiscal, clinical, business development, personnel management, and regulatory compliance. Most recently, Pamela was Chief Executive Officer of Bayside Marin in San Rafael, California, where she also served as Senior Director of Clinical Services and Clinical Director. Additionally, Pamela held leadership roles for Timberline Knolls, Camp Recovery Center, and Caron Treatment Center, where she facilitated impressive growth and development, guiding them through the implementation of best practices and innovative treatment modalities.

Kristina Schemnitzer

Director of Young Adult Services

An experienced behavioral health leader with more than 22 years in the field helping adolescents, young adults, and families, Kristina oversees our young adult services in Washington State. Much of her career has been with Sunstone, Navos BHN Multicare Health System, an adolescent residential treatment program, where she held the positions of Children’s Residential Administrator, Operations Manager, and ultimately Director of Residential Services. Prior to her time there, she was Manager of Admissions for the Seattle Children’s Home. Kristina is an avid hiker whose hiking team, Alpine Trekkers, placed sixth out of over 100 teams for a 2016 Washington Trails Association fundraising event.

Anthony Long, LPC, NCC

Director of Outpatient Services

With more than a decade in the treatment field, Anthony has experience in a wide range of mental healthcare settings. He began his career as a counselor, first for Centra Health and then for Family Preservation Services, both in Lynchburg, Virginia, and also served as a clinician for Horizon Behavioral Health in an alternative school setting. Over nearly seven years with View Point Health in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Anthony served as a program director and program manager, and worked with leaders of the Department of Behavior Health and Developmental Disabilities to develop the first Autism Crisis Stabilization Unit in the state of Georgia. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Anthony holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Luciana Gonzalez, LCSW, ICS

Director of Outpatient Services

Luciana is dedicated to providing individualized care and adaptive environments for our adolescent clients, supporting each one to achieve sustainable recovery from their own unique starting point. She specializes in trauma-informed care and substance use disorder treatment, and is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, among other modalities. Before joining the Newport team in 2021, Luciana held management and coordinator positions for Norris, a residential youth care facility in Wisconsin; the Division of Youth and Family Services in Milwaukee County; and Wellpoint Care Network (formerly SaintA) in Milwaukee. A licensed clinical social worker with an MSW from the University of Wisconsin, Luciana entered the mental health field because she’s passionate about “being part of the village that creates a safe space for healing.  

Julie Miguel

Director of Outpatient Services

With more than a decade in the mental health treatment field, Julie brings to her role at Newport expertise in clinical leadership, supervision, and direct care. She has held positions in a variety of Southern California treatment settings, including program director at Olive Crest, serving at-risk children and families in California, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest; and director at Phoenix House in Orange County. Julie has also worked in public and therapeutic school settings as a teacher and therapist. As an instructor at Life College, she taught interpersonal communication skills to young adults with special needs. Julie has been a volunteer at Back Bay Therapeutic Riding Club since 2014. She earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from California State University–Fullerton.

Katherine Routt

Director of Outpatient Services

Katherine has worked in the mental health field for more than 20 years, primarily serving children and families in environments ranging from inpatient units to in-home situations. Before joining the Newport team in 2021, she held the position of clinical supervisor at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, a nonprofit health and human services organization serving the greater Saint Paul, Minnesota area. Katherine also ran her own mental health group, providing services in both rural and urban settings. She holds a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Hannah Chesser, LCSW

Director of Outpatient Services

Hannah has been working in the mental healthcare field since 2013. She began her career as a social worker, serving pediatric, young adult, and adult patients at the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. Over her seven-year tenure at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, Hannah rose from psychiatric social worker to Supervisor of Admissions. Before joining the Newport Healthcare team in May 2022, she was Director of Admissions at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Hannah holds a master’s in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science degree in social work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Marc A. Rappaport, MA, LMFT

Director of Outpatient Services

Marc Rappaport brings to Newport Healthcare more than 20 years of experience in the mental healthcare field. He has worked in a variety of settings, including a 24/7 psychiatric crisis unit, an outpatient treatment facility, nonprofit agencies, and a medical detox center. Before joining the Newport team, Marc’s recent roles included Clinical Director of Non-Residential Services for Swords to Plowshares, providing critical care to military veterans; Project Director at PRC Baker Places’ psychiatric respite program for adults in recovery; and Supervisor for the city of San Francisco’s Comprehensive Crisis Services Department, providing crisis intervention for families and children experiencing emotional distress. Marc holds a Master’s in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Najah Dail, LPC, LCPC

Director of Outpatient Services

Najah Dail joined the Newport team in 2019 as a Primary Therapist, and quickly rose to a Program Director role and then to her current position as Director of Outpatient Services for our treatment center in Virginia. She has nearly 10 years of experience in the mental health field, in both direct care and managerial positions, at companies including New Directions, Childhelp, and 1Life1Love, Inc. Najah holds a Master’s in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and a Bachelor’s in psychology from Chowan University, and has specialized training in Attachment-Based Family Therapy and EFT. “In many cases, healing involves a village,” she says. “The effort, commitment, and passion we put behind the work we do here at Newport is endless, and it’s incredibly meaningful to witness the positive impact it has on the young people and families we work with.”

Elizabeth McCarron, MSS, LCSW

Director of Outpatient Services

Lizzy is a licensed clinical social worker who is devoted to working with teenagers and young adults, appreciating and valuing their creative minds and extraordinary resilience in the face of challenges. After graduating from Fordham University in New York City, Lizzy recognized her passion to support others by building trusting relationships, and pursued training at Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, subsequently receiving her Master’s in Clinical Social Work.

Beth Hanline, MSW, LCSW-C

Director of Outpatient Services

Beth Hanline, Director of Outpatient Services at Newport’s program in Rockville, Maryland, has over a decade of experience in the field, and is trained in Attachment-Based Family Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, trauma-informed care, and Solution-Focused Therapy. Beth also has extensive training in crisis intervention, and specializes in helping youth with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, school anxiety, and school avoidance issues. Prior to joining the Newport team, Beth worked as a therapist and program director at the Board of Child Care, in multiple capacities for the Armed Forces Services Corporation, as a child psychiatric consultant at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and as a school social worker at the Foundation School of Montgomery County.

Allyson Bell, PhD

Director of Outpatient Services

Allyson Bell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with adolescents, young adults, and families. She attended the University of California, San Diego, and California State University, Chico before continuing on to Pacifica Graduate Institute where she received her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Bell joined the Newport team in 2021 as a Family Therapist and moved into an Associate Clinical Director role before becoming Director of Outpatient Services at our location in Westlake Village, California, in 2022. She is trained in a variety of treatment modalities and has worked with young people across a range of settings, including inpatient, residential, and outpatient services. Dr. Bell is dedicated to creating safe spaces to help teens and families find new understanding and move forward with a renewed sense of connection and purpose.

Misty R. England, LCSW, MBA

Director of Outpatient Services

Misty, Newport’s Director of Outpatient Services in the Dallas area, was most recently the Director of Clinical Services for Perimeter Behavioral Hospital of Dallas, where she assisted in opening the facility. Previously, Misty held leadership roles at Sundance Behavioral Health Hospital and Mesa Springs Behavioral Health Hospital, focusing on revitalizing and growing outpatient programming. A certified Trust-Based Relational Intervention practitioner, Misty is passionate about creating warm, home-like environments in which young people and families can heal.