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Our Staff

Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

We believe that collaboration with parents (or caregivers) is essential to each individual’s overall development and future success. The Hughes Center utilizes a multi-disciplinary team approach in conjunction with family partners to provide comprehensive evaluations and evidence-based treatment interventions that build upon the strengths and abilities of the individuals we serve within a secure campus setting.

Our team of dedicated professionals includes board-certified psychiatrists, licensed therapists, registered nurses, licensed special education instructors and highly-trained mental health counselors.

Our Administrative Team

Mark Howard, Chief Executive Officer

The Hughes Center would like to welcome Mark Howard to the team as it’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Mark joined UHS in 2018 as the CEO of Fairmount Behavioral Health a 235-bed inpatient and chemical dependency rehab/detox facility in Philadelphia. While at Fairmount, he developed a number of specialized programs including Medication Assisted Treatment for patients struggling with addiction, DBT programing for adults, and enhanced services for children/adolescents. Prior to joining UHS Mark served as the executive leader for behavioral health in a med surge facility in Richmond, Virginia and the principal of a public day school in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

Mark has worked in the behavioral health field for over 28 years in a variety of administrative and clinical settings. He has extensive experience in clinical assessment, program development, and specialized educational services for children with disabilities.

Mark received his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Louisville with a specialization in Administration and Children/Families. He later received his Post Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Dr. Terrence Bethea, Medical Director

Lisa Buchanan, Chief Operations Officer/Admissions

Lori Thurman, Chief Financial Officer

Adam Anderson, Director of Operations

Jacqueline Scolpini, Administrative Director of Education

Cindy Pruitt Rhodes, Clinical Director

Kathryn Ferris, Director of Nursing

Jon Monroe, Director of Plant Operations

Sonya Brink, Utilization Management

Alison Waymouth, Director of Business Development

Bradley Fussell, Director of Risk Management / Quality Improvement

Leslie Sheets, Human Resources Coordinator

Kalli Worley, Patient Advocate

Tamera Poindexter, Director of Education – Danville Day School

Elizabeth Hoskins, Director of Education – South Boston Day School

Dr. Maxine Casey, Director of Education – Christiansburg Day School

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The Hughes Center’s professional staff are here to help. Call 434-836-8500. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.