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Leadership Team

Corporate Executive Team and Senior Leadership

Shelly Cuny Barry

Shelly Cuny Barry

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Shelly Cuny Barry is Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Recovery Centers of America. Serving as a key member of the leadership team, Shelly provides talent acquisition expertise, strategic direction and insight regarding hiring strategy. She is responsible for the human resources operations for corporate, inpatient and outpatient staff while also overseeing employee education, training and development.

Prior to Recovery Centers of America, Shelly has served in senior leadership roles at Tower Health at Phoenixville, Brandywine and Chestnut Hill hospitals and the Memorial Hospital of Salem County. In these roles she led HR systems across multiple hospitals, physician practices and ambulatory services, managed succession planning, training and development, compliance, policy management, wage and salary administration, employee onboarding, benefits administration, performance management and fair hiring practices.

Rachel Legend

Rachel Legend

Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health

Rachel Legend has joined RCA as Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health. Rachel will oversee strategic and operational direction throughout RCA’s network.

With a background focused on executive healthcare leadership focusing on quality metrics and fiscal responsibility, Rachel (LICSW) most recently ran several inpatient facilities, outpatient programs and a large in-home clinical program as group CEO for Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS). She was also CEO of Fuller Hospital, a premier Massachusetts behavioral health hospital with a diverse suite of inpatient and outpatient care options.

Rachel has devoted her professional life to advocacy, progressive change and social justice for marginalized and disenfranchised communities. A longtime community activist, she has lobbied for youth-initiated policy changes in schools, facilitated support groups for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, led a speaking bureau regarding discrimination and anti-bullying, and provided crisis response in a variety of settings in addition to her long-term healthcare leadership experiences.

Lancer Seaman

Lancer Seaman

Chief Information Officer

Lancer’s background includes over 30 years as a healthcare-focused Chief Information Officer with experience across practices, MSOs, hospitals and health care IT companies.  His experience has leveraged advanced disruptive technology solutions to assist healthcare organizations in overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges. His experience includes building and running scaled IT departments; partnering with executive leads to develop IT strategies that advance key corporate and department objectives; managing IT/cyber security programs; and developing and implementing advanced enterprise analytics strategies across clinical, operational, revenue cycle and payer contracting functional domains.

Prior to RCA, Lancer has served as Chief Information Officer of the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute for nearly a decade.  Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is a renowned, multistate orthopedics platform that leveraged advanced IT strategies to support coordinated care programs as well as financial & operational performance oversight. Lancer has also held the positions of CISO/VP of IT for DeliverHealth, CIO/VP of IT at Practice Management Partners/NextGen RCM Services, an MSO of RCM and IT services. Lancer has also served as Chief Information Officer and CISO at Innovative Health Systems and Director of IT for SoftMed Systems.

Dr. Peter Vernig

Dr. Peter Vernig

Vice President of Mental Heath Services

Dr. Peter Vernig serves as Vice President of Mental Health Services at Recovery Centers of America. In this role, he oversees mental health care across the organization, including outpatient, inpatient and digital health, as well as the expansion of mental health services into new market and service lines. He has experiences in a wide range of settings and clinical populations and expertise with many different facets of modern behavioral healthcare.

Dr. Vernig holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University and an MBA in Healthcare Management from West Texas A&M University. He is licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania and holds faculty appointments at Drexel University College of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Substance Use and the president of the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association.

Prior to RCA, Dr. Vernig served as Chief Clinical Officer at Friends Hospital, the oldest private psychiatric hospital in the United States.

Dr. Hyong Un, MD

Dr. Hyong Un, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Hyong Un, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer, at Recovery Centers of America. He leads the development and implementation of the clinical behavioral health strategy for Recovery Center of America. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Un has deep experience in health care spanning 30 years.  Prior to joining RCA, he was the Chief Psychiatric Officer for Aetna /CVS where he led the design and oversaw the implementation of Aetna’s behavioral health and employee assistance program.  He was also the psychiatrist-in-chief for Friends Hospital and Penn Friends Behavioral Health System, a provider-owned managed behavioral health organization.  Dr. Un’s clinical interests are in psychopharmacology, workplace mental health and determinants of overall health and wellbeing.  Dr. Un has served on multiple boards including advisory board to the Director of National Institute of Mental Health, APA’s Center for Workplace Mental Health, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness, and National Depression Center of Excellence.

Peter Barbuto

Peter Barbuto

Vice President, Business Development

Peter Barbuto is Vice President of Business Development at Recovery Centers of America. Since joining RCA in March 2017, Mr. Barbuto has worked to fulfill his mission of community advocacy and to serve as a resource for anyone seeking help for addiction.

Prior to RCA, Mr. Barbuto worked as Director of Business Development at American Addiction Centers, as an outreach coordinator for a South Boston housing development, and as a manager of a long-term residential facility for adolescents.

Outside of RCA, Mr. Barbuto serves on the board of directors of the Gavin Foundation, as well as on the board of the South Boston Collaborative Center, which honored him with the Beacon of Hope Award in 2015. In 2016, he was also conferred the Massachusetts Labor Assistance Professionals Community Service Award.

Kevin Mullin

Kevin Mullin

Senior Vice President of Acquisitions

Kevin Mullin is Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Strategy and Business Transformation at Recovery Centers of America. In this capacity, Mr. Mullin leads the acquisition team for all businesses, including inpatient, outpatient, MAT, digital health and laboratory services. His team oversees all real estate leases, joint ventures, strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Recovery Centers of America, Mr. Mullin held several senior roles in real estate consulting, corporate acquisitions, real estate development, solar development, employee benefits, venture capital, and startup formation and capital raising.  He was a partner, founder, co-founder, funder, capital raiser for five technology companies. Specifically, he co-founded a wireless scanning company with substantial investment from Goldman Sachs, Motorola and Symbol Technologies. He also co-founded and co-funded 3rdWire, which merged into Rajant Corporation, a pioneer of scalable kinetic wireless mesh networks.

Deanna Telese

Deanna Telese

Chief Administrative Officer

Deanna Telese is Chief Administrative Officer at Recovery Centers of America. In this role, Mrs. Telese oversees the finance, accounting, payroll, accounts payable, purchasing, billing, accounts receivable, compliance and quality departments. She is integrally involved in the day‐to‐day operations of RCA and has been a key member of the leadership team that has guided the acquisition and development of seven inpatient facilities, seven outpatient locations and the first of a chain of Medically Assisted Treatment clinics as well as a lab performing COVID‐19 testing.

 Prior to joining RCA, Mrs. Telese worked as a key member of the executive team in the role of VP‐Corporate Controller at NHS Human Services, Inc. where she designed, implemented and managed NHS’ accounting, budget, and internal control processes.

Kevin McClure

Kevin McClure

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin McClure serves as Chief Financial Officer of Recovery Centers of America. In this capacity, Mr. McClure oversees finance, accounting, information technology, business development and project management, as well as operational oversight of Genetworx. This involves providing data and information to operators to serve RCA’s patients most effectively and to ensure financing is available to expand services to treat as many patients as possible.

Prior to RCA, Mr. McClure served as CFO at Merakey (formerly NHS Human Services) for 15 years, bearing responsibilities similar to those at RCA.  Before that, he was a manager at Grant Thornton LLP, focusing on healthcare clients.

J. Brian O’Neill

J. Brian O’Neill

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Facility Chief Executive Officers

Troy L. Brindle

Troy L. Brindle

Chief Executive Officer of Outpatient

Troy Brindle, LCSW, prior to joining RCA as Chief Executive Officer of Outpatient, was serving as the Chief Operating Officer for Access Services.  Troy concurrently served as a national consultant supporting key Integrated Behavioral Health initiatives for Refresh Mental Health.  Previously, he was a partner and Vice President of Springfield Psychological where he led innovation, expansion, and sustainable growth. He has provided outpatient treatment to children, adolescents, and adults for both mental health and substance use disorders for the past 25 years. He has led organizations in growing sustainable inpatient and outpatient service lines by building high performing teams with a focus on increasing access, improving patient satisfaction, collaboration with external providers, clinical quality and demonstrating strong patient outcomes. Troy received his BSW from Cairn University and his MSW from Rutgers University.  He has served on the NASW-PA board of directors since 2011 in a variety of capacities including President. Troy has served on the National Board of NASW and currently serves on the NACSW National board.  In 2015, Troy received the Alumni Recognition Award from Cairn University and in 2019 was the recipient of the Rehabilitation & Community Provider Association Service Innovation Award for Pennsylvania for his work in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH).  Troy is a founding member and on the steering committee for the Coalition for the CommonHealth (C4CH). The C4CH is working in partnership with key stakeholders to transform Pennsylvania’s healthcare delivery system with a primary focus on “Whole Person Primary Health”.

In 2018, Troy was featured on the nationally televised Informed Series with Rob Lowe for his pioneering work in IBH. He has also worked in partnership with the NASW Clinical Care Committee to develop a IBH certificate program to nationally promote and advance the social work profession.  He has been a sought-after presenter for local, state, and national conferences throughout his career. Troy is family oriented, deeply committed to his faith, and enjoys spending time with his wife Suzanne and two daughters Brianna and Kyra.

David Blenk

David Blenk

Chief Executive Officer at Monroeville

Blenk comes to Recovery Centers of America as the Site CEO with over 30 years’ experience working in human services. From an early career focused on community development in the hospital and university neighborhoods of Pittsburgh to a later career in addiction treatment,

Blenk has risen through the ranks in lead roles with progressively increasing responsibility in five organizations including Gateway Rehab and Livengrin Foundation. Blenk served previously as an executive director, an executive vice president, and a CEO. Originally pursuing a career in design, Blenk holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture from Penn State University and the State University of New York at Buffalo respectively. With unique qualifications as a CEO, Blenk brings strategic thinking, service leadership, and sound knowledge of business operations to the role.

When asked about his interest in RCA, Blenk states he was motivated by the mission to save 1,000,000 lives and by the concept of delivering world class treatment in world class facilities. A 2012 participant in Leadership Pittsburgh, Blenk knows the varied facets of the Pittsburgh community and will work to make RCA the primary regional resource serving those struggling with addiction.

David is an avid outdoorsman. He owns a small cabin on 5 rural acres in western Pennsylvania. When he’s not working he can be found fishing, canoeing, hunting, picking berries or tapping trees for his next batch of homemade jelly or maple syrup.

Donald Schroeder

Donald Schroeder

CEO, Indianapolis

Donald Schroder, MBA, LPC, CPRP, CEAP, has joined Recovery Centers of America as CEO of our Indianapolis treatment center. Schroeder has more than 30-years’ experience in behavioral health treatment at the senior management level.

Prior to joining RCA, Schroeder managed treatment centers for Perimeter Behavioral Health in Arkansas and Missouri, totaling 188 beds. He also led Palmetto Behavioral Health’s Summerville, South Carolina treatment center.  As Executive Regional Director for Symetria Recovery, he established 12 comprehensive behavioral health treatment centers in Texas.

Schroeder earned his B.A. in Psychology, and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois.  He earned his MBA from Colorado Technical University. Schroeder is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri, Georgia, and Texas.

Jameson Pinette

Jameson Pinette

CEO Danvers/Regional Vice President

Jameson Pinette has over a decade of healthcare leadership experience, successfully directing several hospitals.  At RCA he serves as the CEO of the Danvers, Massachusetts location as well as overseeing the CEOs at locations in St. Charles, Illinois and Monroeville, Pennsylvania.  He is responsible for driving positive patient outcomes while delivering the highest level of services and quality of care that is responsive to patients’ needs.

Mr. Pinette graduated from James Madison University and earned a master’s degree in management from Merrimack College.  Prior to joining RCA, he served in leadership positions at Arbour Hospital and Quincy Center, HRI Hospital, and Whittier Health Network.  Mr. Pinette also serves as President of the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems.

Marcus Smith

Marcus Smith

Chief Executive Officer, RCA Capital Region

Marcus Smith is CEO of Recovery Centers of America Capital Region. In this role, his responsibilities include overseeing a team of world-class addiction professionals, providing superior substance use disorder treatment. He also interacts with the local community, extending the support and resources available through RCA. Prior to this role, Smith served as Clinical Director at the facility.

Before joining RCA, Smith served as Executive Director of Calvary Healthcare, Director of a 75-bed Adolescent Residential Treatment Center for Adventist Behavioral Health and Wellness Services, as well as overseeing the RTC graduate internship program.

Smith is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia, specializing in the treatment of adults suffering from depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, sexual trauma and trauma generally.

He is also a member of The American Colleges of Healthcare Executives, a clinical member of the Association of the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and holds affiliations with American Counseling Association, Maryland Counseling Association, DC Mental Health Counseling Association, among other clinical professional bodies.

Karen Wolownik Albert

Karen Wolownik Albert

Chief Executive Officer, RCA at St. Charles

Karen Wolownik Albert, LCSW joins RCA with over 20 years of experience in progressive behavioral health leadership. As a frequent public speaker and advisor regarding local, state, and federal behavioral health issues and initiatives, she is also a subject matter expert on in substance use issues and treatment, juvenile justice and child welfare, therapeutic intervention, and case management.

Karen was the recipient of the 2018 Dr. C. Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award presented by the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health for her work in connecting patients to treatment and improving the system of care for persons struggling with Substance Use Disorder. Karen serves on the Board of Directors of the Lake County Opioid Initiative and Live4Lali.  She worked on the core team of Task Force members in the development and launch of the nationally recognized A Way Out Program, a law enforcement deflection program for persons seeking Substance Use Disorder treatment.

She looks forward to expanding addiction treatment in Illinois and continuing RCA’s mission of saving one million lives, one neighborhood at a time.

Kat Stevens

Kat Stevens

Chief Executive Officer

Kat Stevens is the CEO of Recovery Centers of America at Westminster. She has a BS in Psychology, with a concentration in Women’s Studies. She also has an MA in Counseling Psychology with concentrations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child & Family Interventions and is a Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). With over 13 years of experience in Behavior Healthcare, including 10 years of working especially with substance use and co-occurring disorder treatments, Kat has provided leadership in multiple modalities of treatment, including acute treatment services, inpatient and residential services, and community-based support professionals. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Kat was awarded 40 under 40 Top Leader by the Worcester Business Journal.

Kat’s background is in project management, clinical treatment, direct care, training facilitation, and quality improvement, with clinical experience in CBT, suicidality assessment, motivational interviewing, group, individual, community-based, and family therapies. She also has experience working with diverse populations, such as trauma survivors, LGBTQI, adolescents, adults, and families. Stevens provides quality, patient-centered, individualized treatment to help engage and support patients and their families in a safe, therapeutic environment.

Robert Bunyon

Robert Bunyon

Chief Executive Officer, RCA at Bracebridge Hall

Bobby Bunyon is CEO of Recovery Centers of America at Bracebridge Hall in Earlville, Maryland. In this role, his primary responsibilities include leading and mentoring a team of dedicated, mission-driven addictions professionals in delivering superior substance abuse care. He also ensures the local community is aware of the resources and support available through RCA.

For over a decade, Bobby has been an influential leader within the addiction treatment field. Before assuming his current role, he served as Recovery Centers of America’s Corporate Director of Clinical Operations for over three years.  Prior to RCA, he worked at Retreat Behavioral Health, a provider of substance use disorder and mental health services in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Bobby received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.

Corey Richey

Corey Richey

Chief Executive Officer, RCA at Lighthouse

Corey brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and skill to RCA at Lighthouse addiction treatment center in New Jersey. She believes strongly in the power of patient advocacy, and is personally and professionally invested in RCA’s mission to save one million lives.

Corey has 10 years of experience in addiction/psychiatric care, initially beginning in case management and then expanding to mental health screener in a psychiatric crisis center, which is where she found her true passion in helping those in a crisis state to stabilize and take their first step to wellness and recovery.

Corey completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at The College of New Jersey and obtained her Master of Science in Psychology from Walden University.

Steve Wicke

Steve Wicke

Chief Executive Officer, RCA at Devon

Steve has forged a national reputation for executive healthcare leadership and strategic planning with three decades of experience in operational leadership, financial oversight and strategic development focused on systems and programs. From Philadelphia to Alaska, Steve has led multi-disciplinary teams of mental health professionals providing comprehensive behavioral healthcare services in all aspects of residential operations. Stellar local reputation, having built one of most successful drug and alcohol treatment centers in PA leading a staff of more than 650 in multiple locations. Steve has held the following national positions:

  • President and General Partner, White Deer Run Treatment Centers
  • COO and CFO, Boys and Girls Home and Family Services
  • Residential Services Director, Family Centered Services of Alaska
  • Associate Director, Devereux
David Dorschu

David Dorschu

Chief Executive Officer, RCA at Raritan Bay

David Dorschu, MS, has over eighteen years of experience in the substance abuse field, serving in various leadership positions which incorporate the entire continuum of care, including Clinical Director, Risk Management Director, QA Director, Outpatient Program Director, and currently as Chief Executive Officer of the RCA at Raritan Bay drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. David began his tenure at RCA in 2016 as CEO of the Lighthouse, a 133-bed inpatient rehab center in Mays Landing, NJ. David has utilized these various leadership roles to form a treatment philosophy based on the latest, empirically supported research.

“The patients we are so fortunate to serve have provided to us a tremendous gift: the willingness to share their pain and offer us a glimpse into their brokenness. They are under no obligation to do so, therefore we must treat this gift as a sacred trust and privileged responsibility.“

David earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Villanova University.

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