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Accanto Health recruits new CEO

Eating disorder company Accanto named behavioral health veteran Tom Britton its new CEO.

Britton is tasked with driving growth and improving accessibility of treatment at Accanto.

“As the awareness of eating disorders and the need for quality, compassionate care continues to grow, it’s vital to have our next leader be someone who understands multi-site behavioral health care services and appreciates the unique needs of clients, families, and staff,” Dirk Miller, executive chair of Accanto Health and founder of The Emily Program, said in a statement. “Tom’s passion for behavioral health and his commitment to excellence in care and walking beside those we serve make him the right fit to lead us forward.”


Britton most recently served as CEO of substance use disorder (SUD) provider American Addiction Centers. He has previously held the CEO title at Gateway Foundation and Acadia Healthcare.

St. Paul, Minnesota-based Accanto is the parent company for eating disorder treatment providers, the Emily Program, Veritas Collaborative and Gather Behavioral Health. The companies offer a full continuum of care for children, adolescents and adults. Accanto is backed by private equity firm Vestar. 

“As Accanto CEO, I am humbled to lead our incredible teams in the journey beside those we serve,” Britton said in a LinkedIn post


Gateway Foundation announces new director of development to expand fundraising arm

Nonprofit SUD provider Gateway Foundation selected Ave Marie Costa as its new director of development.

Costa previously worked as director of philanthropic partnerships and corporate engagement at the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo. She will be responsible for furthering Gateway’s fundraising efforts as part of a planned philanthropic expansion.

Gateway Foundation provides SUD and mental health disorder treatment nationwide, with locations in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Illinois, Wyoming, Michigan, New Jersey and California.

The provider recruited Jeremy Klemanski to be its CEO in Jan. 2023, taking over the role from Tom Britton. 

Gateway Foundation hired two new executives in Nov. 2023, tapping Deborah Solmor as general counsel and Jim Scarpace as chief clinical officer. 

Behavioral health software company Lightning Step names new chief financial officer

Lightning Step selected Matt Wesolosky as its new chief financial officer. Wesolosky will head up the finance, accounting, reporting and human resource divisions in his new role.

Houston, Texas-based Lightning Step offers behavioral health and SUD providers an all-in-one electronic medical record (EMR), revenue cycle management (RCM) and customer relationship management (CRM) platform.

Wesolosky previously served as vice president and controller at EHR company Net Health.

“We’re excited to have Matt join our team as CFO,” Brent Michael, CEO of Lightning Step, said in a statement. “His expertise, combined with his stellar record of helping drive growth for SaaS companies, position him perfectly to help take our business to the next level.”

The company says it is entering a high-growth phase and that Wesolosky will ensure effective financial management and transparency during this period.

Lightning Step partnered with digital SUD software solution provider CHESS Health in Nov. 2023, giving its customers access to CHESS’s smartphone app. One month prior, it named Brent Michael as CEO.

Multi-Health Systems Inc. elevates chief revenue officer to CEO

Behavioral health assessment and technology solutions company Multi-Health Systems Inc. (MHS) named John Clarke as CEO.

Clarke joined the company in 2020 and previously served as its chief revenue officer. Before joining MHS, he served as president of Strategic Management Consulting.

“From its founding over 40 years ago, MHS has always been in the business of helping others,” Clarke said in a statement. “This purpose shines through in all that we do. I am grateful and inspired by the opportunity to lead with this purpose in mind and with our passionate, committed team at MHS we will continue to positively impact the world around us” 

Toronto, Ontario-based MHS provides data-driven digital solutions to behavioral health companies designed to evaluate, track and leverage human-centric data.

Thriveworks hires former chief of staff as vice president of enterprise success

Mental health company Thriveworks re-hired Irene Frohlich as its new vice president of enterprise success.

Frohlich previously served as the company’s chief of staff from 2022 to 2023. She was then self-employed, according to her LinkedIn profile, and recently returned to the company.

“My return is fueled by the passion to make quality mental healthcare more accessible,” Frohlich said in a LinkedIn post. “I’m looking forward to leading the Enterprise Success team and collaborating with amazing teammates.”

Lynchburg, Virginia-based Thriveworks provides outpatient mental health care services. It offers counseling and psychiatry services and launched a youth mental health program in 2022. It raised $340 million in 2021. 

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