Movers & Shakers: Leadership Changes at Hopebridge, Promises Behavioral Health

Hopebridge hires VP of clinical services

Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers — one of the nation’s largest autism treatment providers — has expanded its leadership team with the hire of a new vice president of clinical services.

The company announced the addition of Adam Hahs on Monday.

In his new role, Hahn will be responsible for guiding Hopebridge’s clinical leadership team, enhancing quality of care and helping drive research initiatives. Before joining the company, he served as the director of the undergraduate applied behavioral analysis (ABA) program at Arizona State University and was also the president of the Arizona Association for Behavior Analysis (AZABA).


The new hire comes as Hopebridge recently announced plans to add more than 2,700 employees and up to 20 new locations in 2021. The ABA treatment provider currently has more than 50 locations nationwide. 

Promises Behavioral Health adds VP of operations development

Promises Behavioral Health — a family of behavioral health programs with facilities across Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts — has hired a new vice president of operations development.

Brian Stoesz comes to the role with more than 35 years of experience, which includes involvement in growing behavioral health organizations. As VP of operations development, Stoesz will help identify growth opportunities and targets for Promises, in addition to helping launch new facilities and train new personnel to lead them.


“I want to bring my thoughtful leadership to Promises and help this organization build an incredible portfolio of innovative, high-quality behavioral health treatment centers,” Stoesz said in a press release announcing the news.

Overall, Brian will help the company go through 2021 “with a growth mindset and market strategy that will push the organization closer to becoming a national standard in behavioral health care,” according to a press release announcing the news.

Lorenz Clinic appoints chief clinical officer

Lorenz Clinic — a multidisciplinary Minnesota-based mental health clinic system — has hired a new chief clinical officer.

Matthew Syzdek has been tapped for the position. As CCO, Syzdek will lead all clinical aspects of the organization, which has four clinic locations in the Minneapolis area.

Before coming to Lorenz, Syzdek was most recently director for outpatient mental health at Fairview Health Services.

NABH hires director of government relations, strategic initiatives

The National Association for Behavioral Healthcare (NABH) has hired a new director of government relations and strategic initiatives.

John Snook will step into the role on Jan. 18. He joins the organization from Treatment Advocacy Center, where he’s served as executive director since 2015. Overall, Snook has more than 15 years of advocacy and policy experience, both at the state and federal levels.

Formerly the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS), NABH is a trade association that advocates for behavioral health providers. It has about 1,800 member organizations, which span the continuum of care.

Monte Nido CMO becomes president of board for international eating disorders group

The chief medical officer of Monte Nido & Affiliates has been named the president of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) Board of Directors.

Joel Jahraus officially began his two-year term Jan. 1, after serving as president-elect for a full year.

Headquartered in Malibu, California, Monte Nido is a PE-backed eating disorder treatment provider that offers the continuum of eating recovery services. Meanwhile, iaedp provides education and training standards for eating disorder treatment.

Jahraus has been a member of iaedp for more than 20 years.

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