Michael Cartwright, Chairman & CEO
With almost 20 years of experience, Michael is a noted behavioral health expert, author and entrepreneur whose treatment philosophy is based on 15 federally funded research studies on dual diagnosis and addiction. He applies to his treatment programs the 5 Essential Elements he has developed during the course of his career. An avid fitness enthusiast, Michael has experienced firsthand the dramatic transformation possible through exercise, nutrition, total mindset and overall lifestyle changes when he lost 60 pounds in five months. He served on the Senate Help Sub-committee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, and established the first and largest national interventionist conference. Michael lives in Brentwood, TN with his wife and two children.
Jerrod Menz, President
Jerrod is the former General Manager of Wits Inn and Vice President of Chapman House Addiction Facilities. With 15 years of experience, he is the co-founder of Forterus, a premier rehabilitation facility in Southern California. Jerrod is also the founder of Addiction Hotline, a Riverside, CA-based 24-hour addiction hotline service.
Candance “Candy” Henderson-Grice, Chief Operating Officer
Candy joins American Addiction Centers with over 22 years of healthcare experience. Prior to her position with us, she worked nine years for CRC Health Corporation, the largest behavioral healthcare provider in the country. She held various positions of increasing responsibility, rising from Executive Director, Director Operations, Vice President Operations to Division President. For eleven years she worked for Comprehensive Addiction Programs, a full- service addiction treatment provider of residential and opiate treatment. The company was acquired by CRC in 2003. Candy is an experienced leader in growth-oriented organizations, merger/acquisitions, startups, turnarounds, talent recruitment, program development, financial planning, market analysis and community relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Alabama and Masters in Psychology & Counseling from Troy State University.
Kirk Manz, Chief Financial Officer
Kirk has 23 years of professional experience as founder and chief executive of five communications companies, managing partner of a boutique investment banking firm, institutional account manager in the securities industry, independent business consultant and as a senior healthcare executive. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Igaea, an international voiceover IP Company, and founder of Private Capital Group, a boutique investment banking firm. He is a Securities Principal and holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 24 licenses. Kirk is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Mike Stetar, Chief Technology Officer
Mike spent more than 27 years with UPS prior to joining American Addiction Centers. Mike worked in various technology roles during his many years at UPS. He brings with him vast knowledge and experience in multi-facility IT system architecture and design. He now resides in Nashville, TN with his wife and children.
Mike Blackburn, VP Sales
Mike is a certified Employee Assistance Professional, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Labor Assistance Professional, Substance Abuse Professional and is Certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management. He retired from the Providence, RI, Fire Department with the rank of Battalion Chief and is a proud member of the Rhode Island Fire/Police Union. To Mike, “It’s not just the gift of recovery, but sharing that gift with others that is the true blessing.”
Adam Mittelberg, VP Marketing
Prior to joining American Addiction Centers, Adam was the Director of Worldwide Sales at Griffin Technology. Adam brings over 15 years of executive sales and marketing experience to the organization, spending much of his career within highly successful interactive marketing and technology based companies. He holds a BA in Marketing and resides outside of Nashville, TN with his family.
Toril Newman, MSSW, LCSW | Clinical Director, Desert Hope
Toril Newman has worked in the addiction field for more than 30 years and has been in and around 12-step recovery since 1986. After receiving a Masters Degree in Social Work with an LCSW license, she was a Clinical Director of a 30-bed treatment center, gaining experience in mobile crisis and psychiatric intake and assessments. Mrs. Newman has a clinical social work focus and experience in addiction treatment, eating disorders, severe and persistent mentally ill (SPMI) patients, and dual diagnosis.
David Lee, PhD | CEO, Greenhouse
Dr. David Lee brings more than 20 years of experience as a facility director for chemically dependent and behavioral health clients, managing all levels of care, including, inpatient, outpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and EAP services.
Dr. Lee holds a Masters in Clinical Social Work and a doctorate in Healthcare Administration. He was educated at Century University, Washburn University and Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Lee is a results-driven mental health professional who offers a solid, verifiable career track record of successfully propelling behavioral health care organizations to operational efficiencies and clinical excellence.
Dr. John Talmadge, MD, PLCC | Addictionologist/Psychiatrist, Medical Director, Greenhouse
Dr. John Talmadge is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Talmadge completed his residency training at the Duke University and University of Wisconsin Medical Centers. He was among the first physicians certified by both The American Society of Addiction Medicine and The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. For many years, he has served our veterans at the Dallas VA Medical Center, where he established an award-winning teaching service in psychiatry and addiction medicine. Dr. Talmadge has extensive experience in treating mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, substance use disorders, dual diagnosis and family problems. Dr. Talmadge is an expert on many clinical and medical topics, including but not limited to biological aspects of addictions, pain management, psychotherapy, relapse prevention, the 12 Steps, intervention, bipolar disorder and prescription drugs addiction.
Dr. Ralph E. Carson, RD, Ph.D. | Executive Director, FitRx
Dr. Carson has been involved in the clinical treatment of addictions and eating disorders for over 35 years. His unique background in health science and medicine (BS Duke University, BHS Duke University Medical School) coupled with nutrition and exercise (BS Oakwood College, Ph.D. Auburn University) has prepared him to integrate neuropsychobiological intervention and proven psychotherapeutic treatment. Dr. Carson honed his skills in communication and often-complicated science into enjoyable, practical and informative workshops. He has consulted with numerous addiction and eating disorder treatment centers throughout the country and is an in-demand speaker at conferences and workshops. Dr. Carson has also developed several eating disorder programs and corporate wellness programs. He is an active board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA). Working with Academy Medical Systems, he developed workshops for professional groups throughout the country on topics such as exercise therapy, sports nutrition and eating disorders. He authored several popular book on nutrition, lifestyle practices, good health and the brain: “Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruits” and the recently published “The Brain Fix: What’s the Matter with Your Gray Matter?”
Michelle (Shelly) DeMarsilis, LCSW, cPT | Executive Director, FitRx
Shelly DeMarsilis is a driven mental health professional with a balanced vision and 27 years of diversified experience. She has worked with dual diagnosis, post-traumatic stress disorder and adult survivors of sexual assault in both direct care/program management and development. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. Shelly has extensive experience teaching alcohol and drug education and working and as a primary therapist and clinical supervisor for patients struggling with eating disorders. Ms. DeMarsilis is also experienced in team-building and change management techniques.
Kayla Little, RD, LD, CpT | Wellness Director, FitRx
Kayla Little has been in the fitness and wellness field for the past six years and has personal training, group exercise and facility management experience. Affiliated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and American Council on Exercise, she graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Dietetics and minor in Fitness Instruction. Ms. Little taught an undergraduate Fitness & Wellness course for two years and has served on the board of many nutrition and fitness groups. She completed her Dietetic Internship to become a Registered Dietitian at Loyola University Chicago and has been a practicing R.D. since 2010. Ms. Little has experience in coaching people of all ages to eat well not only for their health, weight management and performance, but also for the treatment of disease.
Marc Turner | CEO, Forterus
Marc Turner came to Forterus in Southern California in 2012 and provides oversight for both the San Diego and Murrieta locations. He has over 30 years of experience in healthcare having working in both hospitals and residential treatment centers. Mr. Turner holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MS from North Carolina State University. He worked with psychiatric patients for more than 30 years before transitioning into the addiction and dual diagnosis field.
Wayne Raiter, MA, LICSW | Developer of the American Addiction Centers Family Program, Author of the Systemic Family Intervention Model
With more than 35 years of clinical experience, Wayne Raiter is the owner of Executive Care Inc., dedicated to helping today’s business leaders and teams meet the increasing demands of the international business climate; co-owner of KnowWhy Consulting; founder of Lakewood Counseling and Career Center in Minneapolis; and founder/owner of Speare/Raiter Training in Boston. Mr. Raiter is a founding member of the Association of Intervention Specialists and current member of NII. He is the author of the Systemic Family Intervention model, a unique method of intervening with dysfunctional systems, and has led thousands of interventions. He is also the co-author of the Landau Raiter Transitional Family Therapy Family Intervention for Dual Diagnosis. Mr. Raiter co-wrote The Forgiveness Myth and Walking Miracles, and currently has a clinical practice in the Atlanta area.
Dr. C.C. Nuckols, Ph.D | Clinical Consultant
Dr. Cardwell C. Nuckols is described as one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America. He has served the behavioral medicine field for over 35 years and for the last 20 years is considered one of the leading experts in the world on addiction and recovery. Dr. Nuckols’ background includes advanced work in such areas as medical research, pharmacology, neurobiology, education and psychology. His personal spiritual path has involved studies into various spiritual traditions, predominately early Contemplative Christianity. Dr. Nuckols is on the review board of Counselor Magazine and serves as the conference chairperson for national conferences including the US Journal offerings “Neuroscience Meets Recovery” and “Counseling Skills.”