The Center for Discovery Names New CEO; Pelago Adds to Leadership Team

Lee Equity-backed Bradford Health Services names new CEO

Birmingham, Alabama-based Bradford Health Services named Lisa Evans its new CEO, succeeding Mike Rickman, who held the role for about five years.

Evans previously worked as corporate chief operating officer at Perimeter Healthcare, an Atlanta-based behavioral health company that operates 10 locations across six locations in the Southern U.S. Her previous leadership roles include gigs at Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) and HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA).

“I am confident her focus on the patient experience will serve to differentiate Bradford’s offerings from those of our competitors,” Jon O’Shaughnessy, Bradford Health Services board chair, said in a news release.


Bradford Health Services operates 40 locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Middle-market private equity firm Lee Equity Partners acquired Bradford Health Services in 2022.

Pelago names new chief product officer

Michael Reiff is now chief product officer for the virtual behavioral health provider Pelago. In June, the company changed its name from Quit Genius to Pelago. Reiff will oversee product management, user experience, design and engineering. 


“For me, this move is far more personally significant than any role I have previously taken on, and I can’t wait to get started,” Reiff said in a LinkedIn post.

He comes to the role from Experian Partner Solutions, where he was senior vice president and head of product. He also held leadership roles at Netspend, Vertive and Dun & Bradstreet.

Pelago announced in June that it expanded its alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder services to teens.

The company focuses on providing value-based care services to enterprise customers. In 2021, Pelago raked in $64 million in Series B funding, bringing its total raise to $78.6 million.

OneFifteen adds to leadership

Nonprofit addiction treatment provider OneFifteen has named Michele Perry as its senior director of the hybrid care program.

The provider is a part of Alphabet’s (Nasdaq: GOOGL) life science subsidiary, Verily. It was formed in partnership with Kettering Health Network and Premier Health.

It recently transformed from a management services organization to a direct care provider. It previously partnered with Samaritan Behavioral Health to provide care.

OneFifteen launched four years ago and has served about 7,000 patients. It operates at a campus in Dayton, Ohio, that includes 100 treatment beds. Its care model is focused on wrap-around services that address social determinants of health and tech tools that enable measurement-based care. The company hopes to begin value-based care contracting in the next year or two.

Motivo hires chief business officer

Motivo, a tech startup that provides virtual mental health clinical supervision, has named Jon Stout its new chief business officer.

In this role, he will be instrumental in shaping the company’s strategic direction and growth efforts by overseeing business development, partnerships, marketing and operations.

“His alignment with our vision and values, combined with his proven track record in healthcare leadership, uniquely positions him to help us tackle the behavioral health workforce shortage head-on,” Rachel McCrickard, CEO and co-founder of Motivo, said in a news release. “Jon’s leadership will be instrumental in our commitment to expanding access to clinical supervision and supporting therapists in their vital roles in mental health care.”

Stout most recently worked as a venture partner at Optum Ventures, the venture capital arm of the health services organization of the same name. He came to the role after working as chief growth officer at AbleTo, a telehealth and mental health tech company. Optum acquired AbleTo in 2020.

The Center for Discovery undergoes leadership transition

Harris, New York-based The Center for Discovery has named the organization’s president, Theresa Hamlin, its new CEO. The move maintains longevity in the top executive spot at the organization.

Hamlin succeeds Patrick Dollard. He led the organization for 43 years. Dollard will become a senior advisor for the organizations. Hamlin joined The Center for Discovery in 1983 and currently serves as the organization’s president.

The change is effective at the start of 2024.

“Patrick is a legend and pioneer who has created a gold standard for the care of people with disabilities,” Ed Sweeney, chairman of The Center for Discovery’s board of directors, said in a news release.

The Center for Discovery provides health care and education services to children and adults with complex conditions, medical frailties, and autism spectrum disorders. The nonprofit organization cares for about 1,200 patients.

For the year ending 2021, the Center for Discovery’s revenue totaled $121 million while posting a $3.8 million loss, according to its most recently available federal financial report.

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