Movers & Shakers: LifeStance Fills New C-Suite Role; Ashley Addiction Treatment Hires VP of Engagement

LifeStance Health creates, fills new C-Suite position

LifeStance Health, a private equity-backed outpatient behavioral health provider, has named Felicia Gorcyca as its first chief people officer.

Gorcyca comes to LifeStance Health from TPG Capital — a Dallas-based private equity company that backs LifeStance alongside Summit Partners and Silversmith Capital Partners — where she was an operations director.

Gorcyca was the chief people officer at Stack Sports, a software company that makes products for the sports industry. She has also been a consultant, primarily in healthcare services for the firm Spencer Stuart, and was previously the global head of people operations for data and software services company Solera Inc.


Along with the hire of Gorcyca, LifeStance — which operates over 370 centers across 27 states — announced that it is moving its headquarters from Bellevue, Washington to Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Mantra Health appoints new medical director

Mantra Health, a digital mental health platform for college students, has appointed Nora Feldpausch as medical director of Wellround, the company’s provider group.

Feldpausch has been with Mantra Health since 2019 and was most recently a medical advisor for the company. She also has previous experience developing and implementing behavioral health programs for students at Colorado State University and Michigan State University.


In her new position, Feldpausch “will oversee Mantra Health’s recruitment of diverse and culturally competent providers, ensure clinical excellence and continue to build holistic and student-centered treatment approaches,” according to a press release announcing the news.

Headquartered in New York, Mantra Health partners with higher education institutions to deliver mental health services to students ages 18 and over. Mantra Health’s services are currently available in Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and New York, and the company has plans in the works to expand into other states.

Ashley Addiction Treatment fills new VP role

Havre de Grace, Maryland-based Ashley Addiction Treatment has announced Tara Handron as its first vice president of engagement.

Handron comes to Ashley from Caron Treatment Centers, where she had been a regional vice president for the provider in the Washington, DC-area.

In her new role with Ashley, Handron will help with the inpatient and outpatient provider’s fundraising and alumni network operations, according to a press release announcing the news.

Ashley Addiction Treatment operates several locations in Maryland, in addition to its main campus in Havre de Grace, located north of Baltimore.

L.A. treatment facility hires new clinical director

Westwind Recovery, a Los Angeles addiction and mental health treatment facility, has named Drew Williams as the clinical director of its inpatient center.

Williams has extensive experience as an educator in addiction treatment. He’s the founding director of the Addiction Studies department at Antioch University Los Angeles, which he led until his retirement in 2014.

Williams has also created Master’s level addiction studies courses for the California State University system and has served in board positions for the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators, as well as the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California.

Williams also operates a private practice that treats addiction and co-occurring disorders.

New CEO named at Cincinnati SUD treatment nonprofit

The Cincinnati-based Addiction Services Council, a nonprofit, community-based provider of alcohol and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, has named Lisa Mertz as its new president and CEO.

The CEO position became available when with the retirement of Nan Franks last year. Ami Brophy had been holding the position on an interim basis.

A registered nurse, Mertz was the director of operations for Philadelphia-based Nova Home Health Care before joining Addiction Services Council in her new role. She has been a peer mentor in Ohio for the Hamilton County Justice Center since 2016.

As president and CEO, Mertz will oversee a staff of 24, according to the Cincinnati Business Journal.

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