A Visionary Leadership Team Focused on the Future of Behavioral Healthcare
We are one of the country’s leading treatment providers focused on delivering the highest-quality care, 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 committed 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
Jamison Monroe co-founded Newport Academy in 2008 and today serves as Executive Chairman of Newport Healthcare. Prior to founding Newport Academy, Jamison worked in multiple mental health and co-occurring disorder treatment facilities – starting his career as an overnight coordinator and working his way up to Executive Director. Jamison is an active social activist and credited expert in Teen and Young Adult mental health. In 2014, Jamison was the recipient of the Freedom Institute’s Mona Mansell Award and in 2017 was awarded the Conversation Inspiration Award by Be a Part of the Conversation. Jamison studied economics at the University of Texas in Austin and is married with two children.
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.
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, 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.
Carter Barnhart brings to her role extensive knowledge of every aspect of the treatment experience, from admissions to operations to discharge planning. Having attended a Newport Healthcare program as a teenager, Carter brings her own experience of personal recovery to her work of optimizing the patient experience throughout each phase of treatment. A graduate of New York University with a degree in the Psychology of Success, Carter serves on the boards of the New York Provider Liaison Association and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and speaks frequently at schools, conferences, and hospitals.
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 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.
A visionary leader with 30 years of experience in the mental healthcare field, Shelley Dodd excels in building highly engaged, creative teams, and optimizing operations using a patient-first, results-oriented approach. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addictions Counselor, and Certified Level II EMDR Therapist, she has worked with adolescent, adult, and inmate populations. Before joining Newport Healthcare in 2020, Shelley served as a consultant for behavioral health and healthcare organizations. Her prior positions include CEO for the Pavilion, UHS’s 106-bed psychiatric hospital in Amarillo, Texas; Director of Behavioral Health for the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Missouri; and Program Director for Horizon Health’s Lutheran Medical Center.
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.
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.
Jim Adams has more than 30 years of experience in finance and accounting, eight of those in the field of behavioral health. He has led financial operations for both publicly traded and privately owned companies, including his role as VP of Finance for Apria Healthcare Group, one of the nation’s largest home healthcare providers. Jim also served in CFO positions for companies specializing in physician practice management, hospital reimbursement, and insurance and IT services. He is dedicated to supporting Newport Healthcare’s mission to provide clinical excellence to as many families as possible in an underserved and growing market.
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 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.
Prakash K. Thomas is board-certified in child and adolescent psychology, 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.
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.
Gale Saler has 40 years of experience in the mental health treatment field, helping individuals and families recover from mental health, substance abuse, and other co-occurring disorders. She has been instrumental in developing and operating some of the most effective Maryland recovery centers. Gale was the founder and CEO of NorthStar Academy, which became part of the Newport Healthcare family of programs in 2018. A Certified Intervention Professional and life coach, she served as president of the Maryland Addiction Directors Council for six years. Gale was awarded the Governor’s Citation in recognition of her advocacy on behalf of the citizens of Maryland.
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.
Dr. Michael Roeske has worked in the mental health treatment field for nearly 20 years, in roles including chief operating officer, chief executive officer, clinical director, and assessor of children, adolescents, and adults. A licensed clinical psychologist, he has worked in community mental health clinics, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment programs. In addition, he has served as a national presenter, adjunct professor, and trainer of psychotherapy graduate students, and is a frequent speaker on opioid use disorders.
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.
Crystal Burwell specializes in treating young people suffering from depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders, as well as highly sensitive people. With a PhD in Counselor Education, she is a public speaker and healthcare consultant. Her previous positions include regional clinical supervisor for Northstar Psychological Services in Marietta, Georgia; and program director for Walden Behavioral Care, where she started the first intensive outpatient program for binge-eating disorders. She is a Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist and Board-Certified TeleMental Health Provider.
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.
Jennifer Dragonette spearheaded the establishment of Newport Academy’s Northern California program, where she continues to serve as Executive Director. Her experience in the field includes clinical and leadership roles for Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa’s Chemical Dependency Services and for Petaluma Health Center, where she was the Director of Behavioral Health. Dr. Dragonette also developed curriculum for a program to support parents and children in the aftermath of the Petaluma wildfires in 2017. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and served as a federal investigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before transitioning in to the treatment field.