Leadership Officials for the WestCare Orgranization

Richard (Dick) Steinberg, President and CEO

From his earliest days working at the local YMCA, Mr. Steinberg has simply been interested in helping people build better lives. As a Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in South Vietnam, Dick demonstrated leadership abilities early in his career. In addition to supervising Army personnel, facilities and programs, he developed a Substance Abuse Program for his battalion as well as Medical Civic Action Projects assisting elders, women and children in the villages. Returning stateside, Dick worked as an Educational Therapy Assistant in the Long Beach Veterans’ Hospital. There he arranged educational programs for patients suffering from spinal cord injuries and/or substance abuse.

In 1978, Mr. Steinberg joined Fitzsimmons House, a therapeutic community treatment program in Las Vegas, NV, and, a year later, became the Director. Fitzsimmons House began to grow and expanded operations on Mt. Charleston at the historic Harris Springs Ranch. Under Dick’s leadership as President/CEO, early growth also included service expansion in Arizona and California becoming what is now known as WestCare. In Las Vegas, WestCare added the woman’s and children’s campus on Rancho Drive and a crises triage and de-tox center in downtown.

Today, Dick continues to lead WestCare operating all aspects of WestCare Foundation, Inc., including board development, program design and implementation, fiscal and legal matters, services and protocols, resource development and community relations. Under his tenure as President/CEO, WestCare has grown to be one of the nation’s largest, nonprofit organizations addressing the broad array of health, wellness and human services. WestCare’s current operations exist in over one-hundred-thirty facilities expanding across seventeen states, the U. S Virgin Islands and the pacific islands of Guam, the Northern Marianas, the Marshall Islands, the Confederated States of Micronesia, Palau and American Samoa.

As Mr. Steinberg has responded to the ever-expanding need for services, particularly among under-served/under-represented populations, he has also made significant contributions to the profession and is a recognized leader his field. He is Past President of Treatment Communities of America (TCA), a member of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, American Correctional Association, National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors, Western States Youth Services Network, World Federation of Therapeutic Communities and the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions. Dick has served as appointee to SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council, as well as the Forensic Addictions Corrections Treatment Board for the University of California San Diego Medical School.

Mr. Steinberg received his Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Nevada Las Vegas following a BA in Psychology from California State University Long Beach.

Mike Lavin, Chief of Facilities (COF)

Mike Lavin is responsible for licensing, maintenance, and renovation in excess of 80 facility sites located in Nevada, California, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky and Florida. He monitors all facilities for compliance with all codes and regulations for health, fire, safety and Americans with Disabilities Act. He is also a National Certified Addiction Counselor.

Maurice Lee, Chief Operations Officer (COO) – Off Shore/International Operations

Maurice Lee is responsible for daily operations, supervision and organizational management of WestCare Foundation. Prior to his appointment as COO, Mr. Lee was the Senior Vice President of the Western Region (California, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, and Guam). He has 23 years of experience providing substance abuse treatment services, which includes 15 years directing, planning, implementing, operating, and monitoring budgets, contracts, and personnel in substance abuse treatment programs within the criminal justice system. During the past sixteen years he has acted in a supervisory capacity, leading teams of qualified substance abuse counselors in the implementation and development of quality in-prison therapeutic community programs. This experience includes supervision of staff, hiring and evaluation of staff, developing and monitoring program budgets, assurance of program compliance with contract requirements, clinical supervision and review of participant files, and assurance of compliance with agency policies and procedures. Mr. Lee is Level I FACT Certified, and holds numerous other chemical dependency licenses and certifications, including being a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas. Mr. Lee has been instrumental in developing gender responsive substance abuse services for male and female offenders in California including the Region I SASCA, in-custody treatment programs at PVSP and ASP, the DTF at Bakersfield, and FFPs at Fresno and San Diego.

Robert Neri, Chief Program and Services Officer (CPSO)

Robert L. Neri has been a member of the Sr. Management team with WestCare Foundation since 2001. He is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician (LMHC) in the State of Florida and holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Vermont College. Mr. Neri is also a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP). Mr. Neri has over thirty years' experience working in the healthcare field and has been responsible for designing, overseeing and maintaining clinical operations of three non-profit substance abuse treatment providers in Florida. Throughout his career he has developed and managed residential therapeutic communities for adolescents and adults. In addition to his work with WestCare Foundation, Mr. Neri served as the Executive Vice-President for Operation PAR, Inc., where he worked for 22 years, 1975-1997, and was the Clinical & Administrative Director for Phoenix Houses of Florida, Inc. 1999-2001. Additionally, Mr. Neri is nationally known and recognized for his knowledge, expertise, and experience designing treatment systems for substance abusers in the criminal justice system and played a significant role in designing specialized treatment for women and their children. He has published several journal and research articles relating to that experience.

Dr. Frank Scafidi, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer (CCO)

Frank A. Scafidi, Ph.D, serves as WestCare's Chief Clinical Officer. Dr. Scafidi earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology and Psychology in 1983 from Loyola University in Chicago. In 1984, he received his Master's degree in Applied Developmental Psychology, and in 1988 received his doctoral degree in Applied Developmental and Child/Adolescent Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami. Dr. Scafidi has over 22 years experience of progressively increasing responsibility in clinical, program, administrative, research, and evaluation practices. At the University of Miami, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology, Research Assistant Professor, Director of the Mother-Infant Drug Treatment Program, and Co-Director of the Touch Research Institute. Dr. Scafidi directed an intervention program funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse for depressed and drug using teenage mothers and their infants and was the Primary Investigator of numerous NIMH and NIH studies examining the effects of touch on the growth, development and medical course of high-risk pediatric and adult populations. He is widely published in the field of child development. Dr. Scafidi also currently serves as the Chairperson of the Data Safety and Monitoring Board for a NIDA funded study at Florida International University.

Peggy Quigg, Executive Vice President (EVP)

Peggy Quigg is responsible for the oversight of all senior staff for nationwide operations in sixteen states and the two US territories of the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands (including Guam). She serves as the liaison for the WestCare Board of Directors. Peggy has over 25 years in the substance abuse field having first served as a volunteer on a local community anti-drug coalition. Her professional experience began in law enforcement and then service with the National Guard's Drug Demand Reduction Program. Peggy has executive leadership experience at both the state and federal level, serving as the executive director of a large, statewide not-for profit organization in Missouri and as a member of the senior management team at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and National Guard Bureau in Washington, DC.

Craig Knierim, Chief of Staff (COS)

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Ken Ortbals, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) / Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Mr. Ken Ortbals is WestCare's Chief Information Officer (CIO). Ken leads the information management and electronic information technology (IT) division, which is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining WestCare's data infrastructure and information management systems, including the implementation of certified electronic healthcare record system. Ken joins WestCare from his position as the Chief Operating Officer and Technology Director of First Call in Kansas City, MO. First Call provides clinical, educational and prevention services to individuals and families in the Greater Kansas City area impacted by alcohol and drug addiction. Previously, Ken worked in the private sector managing major project implementations in the wireless communications industry for the multinationalmanagement, consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, ACCENTURE.

Jim Hanna, Chief General Cousel (CGC)

James Hanna has been the General Counsel for WestCare Foundation since 2009. Mr. Hanna serves as WestCare's chief legal, ethics, governance, and is responsible for determining legal interests and options for WestCare and recommending WC's legal posture and practices. The General Counsel ensures that all business practices, policies and dealings meet legislative and corporate requirements and provides counsel to WestCare management and WestCare's Board of Directors on all legal matters. Mr. Hanna holds a Juris Doctorate and LL.M.,Tax from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Jeff Caudill, Sr. VP - Regional Divisions

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Tammy Collins, Sr. VP Research & Program Design - Regional Divisions

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Kathryn Ervin, COO /Ohio East-End - Regional Divisions

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Shawn Jenkins, Senior Vice President
Zone: California

Shawn Jenkins joined WestCare California in Fresno, California in 1990. Shawn has served in numerous positions within the organization; starting as a Staff on Duty, he moved quickly into the role of Counselor in the residential therapeutic community treatment program. In 1996, Shawn was promoted to Director of Operations for WestCare California, where he was responsible for all agency purchasing, facilities, licensing, grounds, maintenance, company vehicles and client transportation. In 1998, Shawn became Deputy Administrator of the Criminal Justice Division of WestCare California, where he worked directly with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). During this time he was instrumental in the expansion of both the in-prison and aftercare treatment systems, and WestCare California experienced significant growth becoming a contracted provided with the CDCR, responsible for the full continuum of aftercare services in (33) counties. In 2002, Shawn took on the role of Regional Vice President of WestCare California. In this capacity, Shawn oversaw a staff of eight Directors and ensured the provision of effective residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment, sober living services, health education and prevention, case management, community outreach, and a multitude of other services. In 2005 Shawn shifted into the role of Senior Vice President of the Western Regions where he was responsible for the overall operations of WestCare California, WestCare Nevada and WestCare Arizona. In 2008 Shawn moved into the position of Chief Operating Officer of WestCare Foundation where he was responsible for (8) states and a US Trust Territory. During Shawn's four years as COO, WestCare experienced significant growth in contracts, acquisition, and mergers. In 2010, Shawn turned in his suitcase and his frequent flyer pass to come back home and assume the role of Regional Vice President of WestCare California. In 2013, Shawn was promoted to Sr. Vice President of WestCare California, where he is responsible for more than fifty service contracts and over 15 different service locations.

Beverly Watts Davis , Chief Operations Officer (COO) – West Regions

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Frank Rabbito, Chief Operations Officer (COO) – East Regions

Mr. Rabbito began his career in health and human services in 1973 as a social worker for the Miami-Dade County Welfare Department. He quickly rose through the ranks to Program Supervisor and District Welfare Supervisor. In 1984, he was appointed to Division Chief for Special Services in the Miami – Dade County Department of Human Services. In 1987, he entered state government as Director of the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, District XI, Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Program for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties (Florida Keys). In this capacity he contracted for and licensed state services to private non-profit agencies and local government, supervised the operations of the state forensic hospital in Miami, Florida, and all state services in Monroe County, including: child welfare, aging and adult services, child support enforcement and economic services. In 1992, he was appointed District XI Program Manager for Economic Services, supervising 1,400 state employees providing AFDC, Food Stamp, Refugee Assistance, Child Support and medical assistance services. In 1993, Mr. Rabbito returned to local government as Director of Court Services for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Administrative Office of the Courts. He supervised programs in the circuit's Criminal, Family, and Juvenile Courts and the County Courts. He was later appointed to the Director of Court Programs and Projects. In 2004, after 30 years of public service, he retired from government and began work for the WestCare Foundation. Mr. Rabbito served as the Sr. Vice President for WestCare Florida and Caribbean Operations and manages programs in St. Petersburg, Miami, Key Largo, Marathon, Key West, St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. Johns, U.S. Virgin Islands and has currently taken helm as WestCare's Deputy Chief Operations Officer. Mr. Rabbito earned a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and Master of Science in Management Degree from Florida International University.

Michael Langford, VP Regional Operations Georgia-Eastern Region

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Margaret (Peg) Moss , VP Regional Operations West Virginia - Eastern Region

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Sharon Crippen, Sr. VP Florida Operations - Eastern Region

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Sarah Thomas-Nededog, Senior Vice President
Zone: Pacific Islands

Sarah Thomas-Nededog has committed herself to the human service profession for more than 30 years. Her efforts to improve the lives of those person's most underserved in the community has repeatedly showed her innovative spirit by networking with NGO's and other like-minded social workers and human service professionals who have supported one another during very difficult periods of growth and economic hardship on Guam. Sarah's past leadership includes serving as the Deputy Director for GGARP-SPIM Senior Citizens Program, Program Officer for the Guam Humanities Council, and Executive Director for Sanctuary, Incorporated, where, under her leadership, became Guam's first accredited non-profit agency through CARF. She extends herself personally by serving on many local boards, tasks forces, and various committees including, the Territorial Parole Board, the Public Guardian Review Board, the Micronesian Youth Services Network and Payuta (Guam's Umbrella Organization for Non Profits). Most recently, Sarah served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Vice Speaker BJ Cruz of the 31st Guam Legislature. Ms. Thomas-Nededog continues to be an advocate, educator, manager and staunch supporter for improving the standards of service for non profits and for socio-economic development for Guam and Micronesia. She is highly recognized and held in high regard by her peers and was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the local NASW chapter. Sarah was born and raised on Guam and is a proud graduate of the University of Guam where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology and her Masters in Public Administration. Sarah also has a Graduate Diploma in Non Profit Management and has completed all but her dissertation for a doctorate degree in Human Services from Capella University.

Cristian Duarte-Ramos, Senior Vice President
Zone: Carribean and Eastern Offshore

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Kendall Tutein, Regional Vice President, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Elizabeth Coggs, Regional Vice President, Midwest & Great Lakes

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Shannon Alvarez, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

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Robert Silverang , VP Human Resources - Human Resources

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Savannah Jones , VP Talent Management-Human Resources

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Kathy Paxton, Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Business Development

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Richard Jimenez, Vice President, Special Projects

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