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Fredericka "Freddie" Ford

Fredericka “Freddie” Ford

Chief Executive Officer for Recovery Centers of America at Capital Region

Fredericka ”Freddie” Ford serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Recovery Centers of America (RCA) at Capital Region. Freddie comes to RCA with over 18 years in healthcare operations management and quality assurance with focus on behavioral health, medical surgical operations, acute, and substance abuse facilities across all services line.

Before joining RCA, Freddie served as the regional CEO working with several organizations on the West Coast including Newport Healthcare and US Healthvest. In these roles, she was responsible for all aspects of operations and the implementation of detox and specialty psychiatric programs. In 2021, she founded Behavioral Institutes of America, a group of multi-specialty behavioral health facilities in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Prior to this, she held ownership of Meridian Behavioral Health Systems with over 16 facilities and programs across the country. Freddie was the Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Business Development of Carolina Health Partners, where she oversaw day-to-day operations and developed corporate infrastructure and managed care training for staff. Freddie has been in previous executive roles with Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, Universal Health Services, Acadia Healthcare, American Addiction Centers and American Hospital Management Corporation.

Freddie holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Business from Fisk University, received a Master’s degree in Executive Business Management with a concentration in Healthcare Management from Seton Hall University and received a Master’s degree in Medical Bioethics from the University Of Pennsylvania- School Of Medicine. She is a member of The American College of Healthcare Executives and National Association of Health Service Executives.

Freddie’s philosophy has emphatically professed that leadership must be part of the solution and work collaboratively with all stakeholders. She believes that every experience in her facilities should reflect the same care and expectation as if it were her family member. This expectation will be reflected every minute, every day from investors to staff members. Simply put, “Quality of care should be as natural as breathing”.

Dr. Carolyn Thangawng

Dr. Carolyn Thangawng

Medical Director of Recovery Centers of America at Capital Region

Dr. Carolyn Thangawng is Medical Director of Recovery Centers of America at Capital Region.

Dr. Carolyn Thangawng serves as Medical Director at RCA Capital Region and has a passion for public health and addiction. Dr. Thangawng earned an M.D. from the University of Vermont and completed her public health and general preventive medicine residency with an MPH in epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She holds a master’s degree in psychology and aided in the investigation of brain function early in her career using neuroimaging techniques. Dr. Thangawng completed her addiction medicine fellowship at Caron Treatment Centers/Tower Health and holds a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. She was instrumental in developing and expanding access to opioid treatment programs in the Maryland Department of Corrections and Baltimore Pre-Trial Complex under the State Opioid Use Disorder Examination and Treatment Act of 2019. Dr. Thangawng is a member of the adjunct faculty of addiction medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Leslie Cross

Leslie Cross

Clinical Director, Capital Region

Leslie Cross is the Clinical Director for Capital Region providing supervision to the team of therapists and group facilitators as well as helping guide the future clinical program at Capital Region. Leslie’s dedication to evidence-based treatment combined with her deep understanding of addiction’s impact on individuals and their loved ones further our mission to save lives.

Prior to her role as Clinical Director Leslie was an inpatient Therapist at Capital Region. While at RCA, Leslie developed the innovative Balance Program, a specialized regimen available across all RCA sites that are tailored to individuals experiencing co-occurring SUD and mental health disorders. The program is designed for patients enrolled in inpatient and outpatient treatment programs who have been diagnosed with at least one co-occurring mental health disorder such as anxiety, bipolar, bipolar manic-depressive disorder, borderline personality traits, impulsivity, history of trauma, major depressive disorder and others.

 Before joining RCA Capital Region, Leslie worked with the Charles County Health Department for nearly 15 years. During her tenure, she served as an outpatient therapist and clinical supervisor. While there, she also provided treatment services, including individual and group therapy to incarcerated individuals at the county’s detention center at both the intensive outpatient program (IOP) and general outpatient program (GOP) levels of care. Prior to the Charles County Health Department, Cross was a direct care worker for the nonprofit treatment center Walden Sierra.

Cross witnessed firsthand the effects of addiction in her family. This life experience fueled her drive to understand substance use disorder (SUD) and to be an advocate for evidence-based treatment.

Kent Alford

Kent Alford

Director of Nursing

Kent Alford RN, BSN,MSN FNPc, an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Registered Nurse and current Nursing Director for Recovery Centers of America Capital Region.. Kent is the former Chief Nursing Officer for both Poplar Springs Behavioral Hospital 300 beds with inpatient and outpatient services and the former Chief Nursing Officer of Behavioral Health  Shady Grove Adventist Behavioral Health a major Hospital with over 400 employees and 185 beds.

Education profile includes Coppin State University BSN in Nursing, Current Family Nurse Practitioner DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Senior Student class of 2023. Kent has over twenty years Behavioral Health experience as working as a clinician, Child Mobile Treatment, Inpatient and Outpatient Behavioral services and over a decade of Executive and Senior Executive experience. Kent serves on several community level Mental Health Committees. Kent is the Co-Chair Behavioral Health Advisory Group and the Maryland Chair of the Behavioral Health Committee NAACP Chair of Behavioral Health Committee, Board member Psych U Stigma Committee. Kent is also Adjunct Faculty at Catholic University BSN program. Kent is published articles on the Comfort Room in “Inpatient Behavioral Health Settings”. Kent has piloted many state of the art programs in Behavioral Health programs around the state included but not limited to Tele-psychiatry at both Prince William Hospital  Washington Adventist Behavioral Health and Current UMCRH. Kent is also a member and Executive Vice President of the 100 Black Men Prince George’s County Deputy Director of Intake.

Loreal Hamilton

Loreal Hamilton

Senior Alumni Coordinator for Capital Region

If you would like to get in contact with Loreal regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at Capital Region, please email [email protected].

Loreal is an Air Force Veteran. She is passionate about helping others and inspiring them in their recovery journey. She has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health. Most recently, she worked for Blinded Veteran’s Association assisting Veteran’s in accessing services of all kinds.

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What do you hope to accomplish as an Alumni Coordinator?

As Capital Region’s Alumni Relations Coordinator, my goal is to establish an active Alumni community that provides a safe, welcoming, and supportive space to experience recovery and all it can offer. It is my hope that the Capital Regional Alumni will help break down the stigma associated with seeking treatment and pursuing recovery.

In your opinion, why do you believe an alumni program is so important for those who want to achieve long-term recovery?

The Alumni Association exists to help alumni achieve long-term recovery by providing a network of engaged individuals who encourage one another and ensure no one feels they have to do the work of sobriety on their own. I am also an advocate for helping families understand the disease of addiction and the systemic issues it causes within the family unit.

What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?

This position allows me to meet people at all aspects of their recovery journey. Whether they are on Step One, Step Twelve, or living in active daily recovery it is my goal to meet them where they are to encourage and give back to others.

What is your favorite quote, and why?

My favorite quote – “We Delight In The Beauty Of The Butterfly, But Rarely Admit The Changes It Has Gone Through To Achieve That Beauty”. – Maya Angelou

This quote makes me remember to take a big-picture view when looking at individuals and develop compassion at every stage in their journey.

Craig Farrell

Craig Farrell


After spending many years in the Commercial Finance world as a Sales Manager and Financial Analyst, Craig found himself in many family addiction battles.

After a family member nearly passed and his mom, dad and brothers found their relationships strained, finding a new life became paramount.  Achieving personal recovery 8 years prior, he struggled to help those closest with Family addiction issues.

He chose to pursue a second career in the Recovery Field.

5 years ago, Craig felt led to a position in Peer Recovery and wanted to utilize his pain to help others. After serving in both the Homeless and Community peer populations he was assigned to the Hospital Emergency Room and Mental Health Wards in Anne Arundel County to help those experiencing overdoses and Substance Use Disorders. It is here where he found a new purpose to help those struggling to overcome both their addictions and find a way to recovery.

Craig is excited to join RCA as the Mid Atlantic Interventionist so he can help those find recovery before the visits to Emergency rooms and Mental health wards begin.

Thomas Jay Spears

Thomas Jay Spears

Director of Admissions

I am currently the Director of Admissions and I oversee the front desk and Receptionist staff. My main objective is to grow our census and to assist the Clinical Team in improving and maintaining a high standard for the facility that supports our patients in the goal of being the best versions of themselves.

I previously worked for CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield for 18 years as a manager in different roles from Accounting and Finance to Claims. In my accounting role, I was tasked to make sure that we stayed in compliance with GAAP and in Claims my focus was ensuring that all Claims Processors worked as efficient and as productive as humanly possible.

I am currently on a monthly committee with the Charles County Chambers of Commerce working to create a task force to assist law enforcement in situations where RCA can provide support for those that would benefit from treatment in comparison to incarceration.

Associates degree in accounting through Strayer University. Major has recently changed to pursuing a Masters’s in Health Care Management. Certificates include Project Management, Operations Management, Management Training, Ethics & Wellbeing, Treating Addiction with the Justice involved Population and LGBTQAI Culturally Competencies.

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