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Ann Bray

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Bray joined Phoenix House on July 1, 2015, as its third President and CEO. Before joining Phoenix House, Ms. Bray served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the East Region of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF). In that position, she oversaw treatment operations from New York to Florida, led the development of HBFF’s strategic plan and annual business planning cycle, and developed and executed new business start-ups and services across the organization. Prior to this position, Ms. Bray served as HBFF’s General Counsel and, among other responsibilities, managed the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation merger.

Early in Ms. Bray’s career, she worked as a registered nurse, primarily in acute care settings. In 1992, Ms. Bray graduated magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law, where she was a member of the school’s Law Review. Ms. Bray subsequently worked as a partner in a health care litigation practice and as in-house counsel for Catholic Health Initiatives, a large national nonprofit healthcare organization. In 2010, she obtained her M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul/Minneapolis.

Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. joined Phoenix House as Chief Medical Officer on September 15, 2013, after serving as Chair of Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, Dr. Kolodny is a national expert on the opioid addiction epidemic. In his clinical practice, he specializes in the treatment of opioid addiction.

Dr. Kolodny has a long-standing interest in public health and community psychiatry. He is currently the Executive Director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) and was previously the Medical Director for Special Projects in the Office of the Executive Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. For New York City, he helped develop and implement multiple programs to improve the health of New Yorkers and save lives, including city-wide buprenorphine programs, naloxone overdose prevention programs, and emergency room-based screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for drug and alcohol misuse.

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Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D.

Founder and President Emeritus

Dr. Rosenthal, who founded Phoenix House in 1967, is presently President of the Rosenthal Center for Addiction Studies.

Michael D. Berkowitz

Senior Vice President and Director, Human Resources and Workforce Development

Mr. Berkowitz joined Phoenix House in July 2012 as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Workforce Development. Prior to joining Phoenix House, he was Senior Vice President, Global Compensation and Benefits at Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for managing compensation and benefit expense of approximately $15 billion. Before joining Merrill in 2005 he was a Senior Vice President, Human Resources at JPMorgan Chase from 1986 – 2005 where he held numerous senior human resource positions in Corporate Finance, Global Private Banking and Asset Management and Consumer Financial Services. Michael received his MPA degree in Healthcare from the New York University Wagner School of Public Service. He earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration and an MBA degree in Organization Behavior from Drexel University. He also attended executive programs in Human Resources at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

Michael serves on the Board of Directors of the Wellspring Foundation, a residential mental health treatment center and the Leadership Council for The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare located in Boston MA. Michael is also a member of the New York City Ballet Advisory Board.

Shawna Morris

Senior Vice President and Executive Director, California

Shawna R. Morris, MPA, FACHE, joined Phoenix House in 2016 as Senior Vice President and Executive Director, California. Prior to joining Phoenix House, she was Vice-President for Mental Health Services at Burrell Behavioral Health in Missouri, where she expanded wraparound services for adults, enhanced addiction treatment services, and was instrumental in the expansion of eating disorder services and collaborations with primary care providers. From 1997-2014, she held a variety of positions at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas, ranging from the Director of Marketing and Business Development to Chief Operating Officer. In her role as COO, Ms. Morris was accountable for creating and executing the Clinic’s strategic plan and building successful internal and external business relationships. She earlier served in high-level management positions at ValueMark Healthcare Systems, Inc. and Human Affairs International, Inc. A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2013, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master of Public Administration in 2002 and received a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Psychology from Grace College.

Jill Nevins

Vice President and Director of Development

Ms. Nevins joined Phoenix House in January 2012 as Vice President and Director of Development. Before joining Phoenix House, Jill served as Senior Major Gifts Officer at The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national land conservation and urban parks creation organization, where she was responsible for a portfolio of major donors and secured the first seven-figure gift from an individual for the urban parks program. Prior to joining TPL, she served as an independent consultant raising major donor gifts and advising on all aspects of building a development effort. From 2006 to 2008, she served as Associate Director of Development at the Ross Institute where she helped lead the development effort to raise funds for the newly launched Ross Global Academy Charter School in Manhattan, based on the model and pedagogy of the Ross School in East Hampton, NY. From 1994 through 2006, Ms. Nevins worked at Projects Plus, Inc., a fundraising consulting firm, where she ended her tenure as Vice President responsible for raising approximately $10 million annually. Ms. Nevins is a graduate of Fordham Law School and Simmons College.

Doug Reed

President, Phoenix House Texas

Doug Reed joined Phoenix House in 2013 as senior vice president and regional director of Phoenix House Texas. Prior to joining Phoenix House, Mr. Reed worked in finance and in nonprofit development, starting out at the Southland Corporation where he served in various marketing and public affairs roles. He also worked as senior vice president of regional management and public affairs for Fidelity Investments, where he provided government and community affairs, business development, and site leadership for management teams operating in Fidelity’s ten domestic regional centers. He also led a team that managed regional grants administration for Fidelity Foundation, a New Hampshire-based corporate foundation. Prior to joining Phoenix House, Mr. Reed worked as a senior banker in the Private Bank at J. P. Morgan and then served as director of development at Children’s Medical Center Foundation in Dallas.

Doug received a bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from University of Dallas. He has served on the boards of University of Texas at Arlington College of Business, Aberg Center for Literacy, Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Texas Association of Taxpayers, and American Heart Association Dallas Affiliate. He served as chairman of the board of directors at Baylor Medical Center and Irving Hospital Authority.

Peter Scaminaci

President and Regional Director of Phoenix House New York

Mr. Scaminaci joined Phoenix House in September 2014 as Senior Vice President and New York Regional Director. He has extensive executive management experience working in New York healthcare systems. Prior to joining Phoenix House, he was the Associate Executive Director at North Shore University Hospital and before that he worked for seven years at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, where he received four promotions culminating in his last position as the Assistant Vice President of Clinical Operations. Mr. Scaminaci launched his career at Saint John’s Queens Hospital (later acquired by St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers) where he was promoted to Administrative Director of Radiology. Mr. Scaminaci has an MBA and MS in Healthcare Management from St. Joseph’s College.

Deborah Simpson Taylor

Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Region

Ms. Taylor joined Phoenix House in November 2010 as Senior Vice President and Director, Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic, when Vanguard Services Unlimited joined Phoenix House. Ms. Taylor’s career in the treatment of substance use disorders spans 38 years, since 1972. She joined Vanguard in 1989 as Executive Director and assumed the title of CEO seven years later. She was responsible for Vanguard’s growth to 14 programs serving over 800 persons, plus their families, annually. Prior to joining Vanguard, she was employed by Virginia Hospital Center as Program Manager of the Adolescent Addiction Treatment Program. During her career, she has also worked for Suburban Hospital in its Addiction Treatment Unit in Bethesda, Maryland, the Psychiatric Institute of Montgomery County, Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia’s Alcohol and Drug Services. A resident of Arlington, Virginia, Ms. Taylor is currently an appointed member of the Arlington County Partnership on Children, Youth and Families. She serves as a Board Member of the Arlington Committee of 100, on the Program Committee of Leadership Arlington Board of Regents, and as the Chair of the Partnership for a Healthier Arlington Committee on Teen Age Binge Drinking and Serious Drug Use. Her work in the field has been broadly acknowledged.

Most notably, she received the Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Distinguished Service Award in 1993, the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Legislative Achievement Award in 1998, the 2002 Northern Virginia Coalition for the Mentally Disabled Distinguished Service Award, the 2003 Arlington Community Hero Award, the 2007 Kiwanis Community Service Award, the 2007 Leadership Arlington Community Leader Award, the 2007 Person of Vision award from the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women, the 2007 VAADAC Walter Kloetzli Award, and the 2010 Virginia Association of Drug and Alcohol Program Ginger Acey Award. Ms. Taylor is a psychiatric nurse certified in Chemical Dependency.