BHCOE Appoints New CEO; Former Optum Behavioral Health CEO Joins .406 Ventures

The Behavioral Health Center of Excellence’s founder passes CEO torch

The Behavioral Health Centers of Excellence (BHCOE), an autism treatment accreditation body, named Anya Perea, the company’s president, its new CEO.

Perea, who was educated and previously worked as a social worker, served as vice president of integrations at Refresh Mental Health before joining BHCOE.

“The opportunity to lead BHCOE in this next phase of the organization’s evolution is an immense honor,” Perea said. “Our success will be a result of aligned values and collaboration – not only within the BHCOE team, but within our larger community, including oversight committees, providers, parent groups, and individuals with autism.”


BHCOE develops voluntary consensus standards for applied behavior analysis (ABA) and autism treatment organizations.

The company’s founder, Sara Litvak, will remain an advisor to BHCOE.

Trip Hofer joins .406 Ventures as venture partner

The former CEO of Optum Behavioral Health Solutions, Trip Hofer, joined Boston-based health care venture capital firm .406 Ventures. Hofer also took on the CEO position at Redox, a health care software and .406 portfolio company, in October.


The new venture partner previously held leadership roles at AbleTo, CVS Health, UnitedHealth Group and Health Dialog.

“Working with Trip as an executive leader in our portfolio over the past 20 years has been both fun and successful,” Liam Donohue, co-founder and managing partner of .406 Ventures, said in a statement. “He is one of the most admired executives in U.S. healthcare and will add enormous domain and operating expertise to our investment work.”

Several of Hofer’s previous companies, including AbleTo andHealth Dialog, are .406 portfolio companies.

“We immediately formed a connection and a fluency of communication that has led to many successes,” Hofer said about managing partner Donohue. “We share a common vision and urgency for improving US healthcare. I look forward to working closely with .406 directly and through my new role as CEO of Redox.”

Path Mental Health builds out C-Suite with three new executives

Therapy and psychiatric service provider Path Mental Health recently onboarded a new chief commercial officer, chief operating officer and general counsel.

Path named Quartet Health vet Jay Meyers its new chief commercial officer. Meyers is tasked with overseeing payer partnership growth to expand the company’s covered lives as well as driving cost efficiency.

Meyers previously served as Anthem’s chief growth officer and Wellvana Health’s CEO.

Path tapped David Katcher as its chief operating officer. Katcher most recently worked as the chief operating officer of the hospitality platform AvantStay and previously held the position of head of global operations at Lyft. He will use his background in hyper-growth startups to expand services nationwide.

Tracey Scraba joined Path as the company’s first general counsel. Scraba most recently worked as deputy general counsel of Signify Health and previously served as chief privacy officer of CVS Health. She has also held executive roles at Aetna.

The company said that the new hires are coming on board at a “pivotal moment” for the organization as it looks to scale its services nationwide.

Youth mental health company Charlie taps two new executives

Bozeman, Montana-based Charlie hired a new chief product officer and head of digital innovation.

Udi Milo, the company’s new chief product officer, is tasked with delivering an “industry-leading mental health treatment experience to clients.”

Milo most recently co-founded and served as CEO of Fibo, a tech-enabled real estate company. He previously worked as vice president of product and growth at Tinder and head of product, driver and ride growth engagement at Lyft.

Donald Johnson will serve as Charlie’s head of digital innovation. Johnson previously worked at Optum in multiple roles, including chief architect of OptumInsight and chief technology officer of Optum’s State Government Solutions.

“Udi and Don’s innovative spirits and proven track records of solving complex challenges with inventive solutions make them the perfect additions to Charlie Health’s team,” Carter Barnhart, CEO and co-founder of Charlie Health, said. “I’m confident that their impact will further our efforts to address the nationwide mental health crisis we’re currently experiencing.”

Charlie’s offerings include individual therapy, family therapy and a virtual intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Compass Pathways names new chief financial officer

Compass Pathways (Nasdaq: CMPS) announced that Teri Loxam will serve as its chief financial officer, effective March 2024. Loxam will serve as an advisor until then.

Loxam previously worked as chief financial officer of Gameto, a biotechnology company, as well as the chief operating officer and financial officer of Kira Pharmaceuticals. She has served as a board member of vaccine company Vaxcyte and heart disease research and development company Cardiol Therapeutics.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the field of mental health and excited to bring my strategic, financial and operational expertise to the table, helping to steer the company towards continued success and innovation,” Loxam said in a LinkedIn post.

Loxam succeeds Mary-Rose Hughes, who will continue to serve as interim chief financial officer until Loxam’s tenure begins.

Behavioral health, SUD treatment company Flourish Behavioral Health hires new chief clinical officer

Flourish Behavioral Health named Angela Swolsky its chief clinical officer, according to a LinkedIn post.

Swolsky most recently worked as the director of program development at Tal Behavioral Health. She has also worked as a clinician at several other behavioral health companies.

“I’m pleased to announce that I’ve accepted the position of Chief Clinical Officer at Flourish Behavioral Health,” Swolsky announced via LinkedIn. “It’s an honor to collaborate with such dedicated and innovative professionals who share my vision and values of creating a positive and lasting impact in the behavioral health industry.”

Flourish offers partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) and IOPs, as well as outpatient, family counseling, medication assisted-treatment (MAT) and peer support services.

Substance use disorder treatment provider YourPath appoints new chief operating officer

Saint Paul, Minnesota-based YourPath hired Philip Rutherford as its new chief operating officer.

Rutherford previously worked as chief operating officer of advocacy organization Faces & Voices of Recovery. He has worked in nonprofit and for-profit technology sectors, In this new role he will lead YourPath’s expansion.

He has held positions on several national committees, including the National Institute of Health and the FDA.

“We are thrilled to announce that Philip Rutherford will be joining YourPath as our Chief Operating Officer,” read a post on YourPath’s LinkedIn page. “Phil has been a role model for many of us at YourPath over the years, demonstrating a commitment to innovation rooted in empowerment, equity and outcomes.”

YourPath’s services include MAT, care coordination, counseling, coaching and peer support.

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