Capital Region inpatient team
Director of Nursing
Kent Alford RN, BSN,MSN FNPc, B.C.is 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Dr. Jeffrey Gall
Before beginning his career in medicine, Dr. Jeffrey Gall spent a year and a half on active duty for training in the USMC Reserve, completing Boot Camp at Paris Island and continuing to a course in Ground Radio Repair at 29 Palms, CA. He left the Marines with an Honorable Discharger as a Sergeant (E-5), having served briefly during Operation Desert Storm.
Dr. Gall completed his BS in Biology from The George Washington University, and entered medical school at GW, finishing in 2001. Following an internship in 2002 in Internal Medicine at North Shore – NYU in New York, Dr. Gall completed his Emergency Medicine Residency in GWU in 2005, becoming Board-Certified in Emergency Medicine in 2006. Following his residency, he worked at a variety of Locum Tenens jobs in the ER, before accepting a job as Assistant Professor of Medicine with The University of Maryland. He worked in Baltimore City for four years before taking a leave of absence for 6 months to do a training program in Retrieval Medicine in Queensland, Australia. This job involved helicopter and fixed-wing transports of ill patients from remote sites. Since returning from Australia, Dr. Gall has worked in Maryland exclusively, both on the Eastern Shore and with the UM Capital Region Health system in PG County. One thing he’s noticed during his time in emergency departments: Patients who frequently re-visit the ER for substance abuse.
His interest in addiction treatment, and for having a good option for intervention to treatment, lead him to Recovery Centers of America. In addition to being Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, Dr. Gall is also personally attached to substance use disorder treatment, as he has watched family members navigate through a confusing and often frustrating process of treatment and relapse. He is eager to contribute to RCA’s mission of breaking the stigma of addiction and getting patients effective, comprehensive addiction treatment.
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Recovery Centers of America at Capital Region | Corporate Vice President of Strategic Growth
Bobby Bunyon is Interim CEO of Recovery Centers of America at Capital Region in Waldorf, Maryland.
Along with this interim role, Bobby is Corporate Vice President of Strategic Growth, where he executes strategies to improve admissions for RCA’s sites, working with the company’s business development, marketing and operations teams to align innovations with evolving addiction treatment needs.
For over a decade, Bobby has been an influential leader within the addiction treatment field. Before assuming his current role, he served as CEO and Corporate Director of Clinical Operations at RCA at Bracebridge Hall. 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.