Acadia Healthcare Adds to C-Suite; Bicycle Nabs One Medical Vet for COO Role

Acadia Healthcare Co. Inc. names new C-suite member

Franklin, Tennessee-based Acadia Healthcare Co. Inc. (Nasdaq: ACHC) named Judith Scimone its chief human resources officer.

She will report to company CEO Chris Hunter. In her new role, she is tasked with developing and advancing Acadia Healthcare’s people strategy and helping it become the “premier employer of choice” within behavioral health.

“She brings deep experience, leadership skills and ingenuity to our Human Resources function at a pivotal moment both for our industry and Acadia,” Hunter said in a news release. “Her unique experiences in leveraging talent, technology, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies in support of organizational excellence will ensure we are optimally positioned to care for both our employees and all those we serve – including patients, referral partners, investors and our broader communities.”


Scimone previously worked as senior vice president of human resources for the U.S. business and global functions of MetLife, a financial services and insurance company.

Acadia Healthcare is the largest pure-play provider of behavioral health services. It presently has the ambition to double its revenue by 2028.

Bicycle Health hires ex-One Medical VP as COO

Virtual opioid use disorder (OUD) Bicycle Health has hired Amy Finney as chief operating officer. She previously worked for the hybrid primary care provider One Medical, which Amazon acquired for $3.9 billion last year.


She led several initiatives during her 11 years at One Medical. Her role will be to lead Bicycle Health’s clinical operations through the company’s next phase of growth, according to a news release.

Finney oversaw about 200 commercial and senior health clinics in 29 markets. One Medical’s clinics offer care on a fee-for-service, value-based and direct primary care basis.

“Despite navigating a shifting regulatory landscape, Bicycle Health has continued to expand geographically and deepen our relationships with payers across the United States,” Bicycle Health CEO Ankit Gupta said in the release. “Amy’s expertise will ensure we maintain this momentum as we keep scaling our clinical operations and strengthen our relationships within the healthcare ecosystem to better reach those looking to access high-quality virtual OUD treatment.”

Like other virtual behavioral health companies, Bicycle Health is waiting for and trying to anticipate what the Drug Enforcement Administration will do to regulate prescribing controlled substances via telehealth. The agency may bring back in-person exam mandates before patients can engage with virtual treatment that requires a controlled substance with limited exceptions.

In September, the company landed an additional $5 million following a $50 million Series B round. It operates in 32 states directly and in 48 states via partnerships.

Autism services provider Little Leaves names new top clinical leader

Silver Spring, Maryland-based Little Leaves Behavioral Services announced Dr. Ivy Chong will join the team as chief clinical officer.

The company offers center-based behavioral health services and early intervention for preschool-aged children on the autism spectrum.

In the newly created role, Chong will lead clinical and operational teams and oversee the company’s services and regional growth. Little Leaves Behavioral Services operates 14 centers in Florida, Maryland and Virginia.

“As autism rates continue to rise, I am eager to bring my expertise to Little Leaves and work collaboratively to support young children facing social, communication, and behavioral challenges, paving the way for brighter futures,” Chong said in a news release.

She previously served as senior vice president of children’s services at May Institute.

Little Leaves Behavioral Services is a division of Philadelphia-based human services company Fullbloom. 

SOL Mental Health names new CEO, rebrands

In May, Denver-based The Collective Integrated Behavioral Health rebranded to SOL Mental Health and named a new CEO.

Kevin Trexler takes on the role as company co-founder Evan Lengerich transitions to the role of president.

“Kevin brings strong leadership and decades of experience in health care services to the company,” Lengerich said in a news release. “Most importantly, Kevin is aligned with our mission and values and focused on creating an environment where clinicians can deliver outstanding patient care.”

Trexler comes to SOL Mental Health after working as CEO of American Dental Partners from 2015 to 2021. His previous work includes work at DaVita Healthcare Partners.

SOL Mental Health offers services in Colorado, New York, Maryland and Texas. It recently acquired New York-based Neighborhood Psychiatry.

REAL hires ex-Netflix and Headspace execs

New York City-based therapy provider REAL announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer and a new vice president of content.

Valerie Texin takes on the CFO role after working as CFO for the competition platform of Los Angeles-based Skillz Inc. Her background also includes financial roles at NBCUniversal Media, where she worked for 13 years and with a financial planning and analysis director role with Netflix.

Tarika Khan is now vice president of content. She joins REAL after a roughly three-year stint as a content leader for Headspace Health. She has overseen content development across several industries including the entertainment industry.

Ellie Mental Health announces new chief marketing officer

Melissa Amponsah now holds the chief marketing officer role of the national mental health clinic franchise provider Ellie Mental Health.

The Mendota Height, Minnesota-based company recently created the role, which will oversee integrated marketing efforts for new and existing franchises, according to a news release.

“The chief marketing officer position is the latest of the senior hires we have been making to position ourselves successfully based on the monumental growth we have seen over the last two years,” Erin Pash, CEO and co-founder of the company, said in a news release.

Amponsah’s leadership roles include work at Target (senior marketing manager of food and beverage) and Regis Corp., the parent organization of Supercuts (head of marketing).

AI mental health tool developer Woebot Health names CFO

San Francisco-based mental health artificial intelligence development company Woebot Health named Matt Borowiecki its chief financial officer.

He comes to the company from the CFO role at Biofourmis, a digital therapeutic and disease management company. He will report to Woebot Health CEO Michael Evers and lead the company’s capital management and financial operations, according to a news release.

“Matt’s deep understanding of the health care industry and investment acumen will be instrumental as we mature our operations and move to the next level of our company’s growth,” Evers said in the release.

Borowiecki’s other work includes roles at MassMutual Financial Group, Aetna and Morgan Stanley.

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