Leadership Academy Graduates Members of Behavioral Health

The 2019 Leadership Academy class celebrated the conclusion of training on Thursday, September 12, in Albemarle, marked with participants making personal presentations about what they learned during the five-month, educational program.

The 17-member class met once a month beginning last May covering topics which included human resources, customer service and leadership.

This year’s Leadership Academy program was designed for behavioral health management leaders highlighting the skills needed to be successful managers within Monarch. In recent years, Leadership Academy has been designed for long-term services and supports staff.

The program is unique because each participant takes away a different perspective to bring back to their respective teams. Rocky Mount Behavioral Health Practice Administrator Leigh Daughtridge said that leadership is a team approach and participating in this year’s Leadership Academy has assisted her in strengthening that concept. “As leaders, we rely on the team we manage to operate successful clinics,” she explained. “We also rely on our team of peers for support and feedback. Our leaders rely on us as part of their team and on each other for peer-to-peer support.”

Director of Operations, Enhanced Services, Intensive In-Home and Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Angela Adkins appreciated the opportunity to build relationships with fellow leaders who she may not have otherwise met. “You often hear that it takes a village to raise a child but this is also true in companies. It takes a village to get the job done, and building relationships with others in leadership provides opportunities to share ideas and collaborate,” added Adkins.

Finance Budget Analyst Kristi Furr appreciated participating in this year’s Leadership Academy: “I have really enjoyed getting to know the practice administrators and directors on a more personal level. I believe that this will help with communication and sharing of ideas moving forward.”

The following 2019 Leadership Academy participants each received a certificate commemorating their achievement of completing the program:

  • April Vannoy, Practice Administrator (PA) Mecklenburg and Gaston
  • Candice Fewell, PA Cleveland and Lincoln
  • Donna Shavers, PA Forsyth
  • Judith Chappell, PA Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic / Stanly
  • Sarah O’Horo-Nash, PA Davidson
  • Lora Umberger, PA Guilford
  • Leah Warden, PA Wake – Cary / Navaho Road
  • Brian Maxey, PA Behavioral Health Urgent Care, Wake – Zebulon, Fuquay-Varina, Wake Forest
  • Regina Branch, PA Robeson and Scotland
  • Leigh Daughtridge, PA Nash (Rocky Mount);
  • Jacquelyn Young, PA Wilson Outpatient
  • Angela Adkins, Director of Operations, Enhanced Services, Intensive In-Home in Forsyth County
  • Shannon Atkinson, Director of Operations, Enhanced Services, Individual Placement and Support
  • Britni Eaton, Director of Operations, Enhanced Services – Assertive Community Treatment Team / Community Support Team
  • Jeannie Gerstemeier, Program Director, Crisis – Bellemeade Crisis Center
  • Kellie Thompson, Program Director, Crisis – Lumberton Facility-Based Crisis Center
  • Kristi Furr, Finance Budget Analyst

The committee organizing this year’s Leadership Academy included: Chris Thompson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer – Behavioral Health; Jim Kelley, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Long-Term Services and Supports; Robin Henderson-Wiley, Vice President of Operations, Outpatient Services Behavioral Health – East; Derrick Jordan, Vice President of Operations, Outpatient Services Behavioral Health – West; Lyndril Leonard, Vice President of Operations, Enhanced Services; Teresa Gaskin, Vice President of Operations, Crisis Services; Kara Froberg, Director of Organizational Development; and Marie Ward, Executive Assistant.

Photo caption: Members and presenters of the 2019 Behavioral Health Leadership Academy posed in front of Monarch’s Creative Arts and Community Center during this year’s July session.