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Ann Bray

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ann Bray joined Phoenix House in July 2015, as its President and Chief Executive Officer.

Before joining Phoenix House, Ms. Bray served as Chief Strategy Officer and VP of Operations for the East Region of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (HBFF). In this role, 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.

Earlier in Ms. Bray’s career, she worked as a registered nurse, primarily in acute care settings and as a partner in a health care litigation law firm and as in-house counsel for Catholic Health Initiatives.

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 also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul/Minneapolis.

Michael D. Berkowitz

Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer

Prior to joining Phoenix House, Mr. Berkowitz served in various senior leadership positions, including Managing Partner at Silverpoint Advisors, Chief Human Resource Executive at Sixth Geer, and Senior Vice President of Global Compensation and Benefits at Merrill Lynch.

Prior to these roles, Mr. Berkowitz was a Senior Vice President, Human Resources at JPMorgan Chase for 19 years, where he held numerous senior human resource positions in Corporate Finance, Global Private Banking, and Asset Management and Consumer Financial Services.

Mr. Berkowitz 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 Massachusetts. Mr. Berkowitz is also a member of the New York City Ballet Advisory Board.

Mr. Berkowitz holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration in in Organization Behavior from Drexel University, and a Master of Public Administration in Healthcare from the New York University Wagner School of Public Service.

Byron Calamese

Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer

Before joining Phoenix House, Mr. Calamese served as Executive Vice President, Brand Communications for Cone Communications, a globally-recognized Omnicom agency specializing in marketing and corporate social responsibility. In this role, he oversaw integrated marketing functions, business operations and innovation and drove key consumer marketing strategies for companies such as Timberland, Whole Foods Market, General Mills, Keurig Green Mountain, and others.

Prior to this role, Mr. Calamese worked for the adidas Group serving as head of global public relations for the Rockport division where he led consumer and retail brand and product programs in the US, Eurozone, and Asia.

Mr. Calamese started his career in journalism, reporting on city government, breaking news, and urban affairs for The Boston Globe.

Mr. Calamese holds a Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing from Emerson College and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northeastern University.

Heidi B. Goldstein

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

As the principal legal officer and a member of the National Executive Team, Ms. Goldstein is responsible for overseeing all of the legal affairs of Phoenix House and its affiliates, reporting to the President/Chief Executive Officer and National Board of Directors. Ms. Goldstein provides legal counsel, guidance and strategic advice on a wide range of matters regarding the organization’s operations and programs, including governance, real estate, litigation, risk management, employment, regulatory, and compliance.

Prior to joining Phoenix House, Ms. Goldstein practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for many years, where she was part of the general litigation group, and represented businesses, individuals and nonprofit organizations in varied controversies, including complex commercial litigations, arbitrations, mediations and regulatory investigations. The clients Ms. Goldstein represented from the exempt organizations sector included private foundations and public charities (with missions ranging from cultural exchange to health care, social services, religion, and the arts).

Ms. Goldstein currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Binghamton University Alumni Association.

Ms. Goldstein graduated from Binghamton University, with honors, and from New York University School of Law.

Shawna Morris

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 to 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.

Ms. Morris holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Psychology from Grace College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Benjamin R. Nordstrom, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Nordstrom is a Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist. Prior to joining Phoenix House, Dr. Nordstrom worked as a faculty member at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. In these positions, he taught psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and criminology at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.

Dr. Nordstrom also served on the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s expert consensus panel on the use of medications in the treatment of opioid use disorders, and as a consultant to the State of Vermont, where he co-facilitated learning collaboratives designed to improve medication-assisted treatment. He also served on the steering committees for drug courts and mental health courts, and is the past President of the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Professionals Health Program. Dr. Nordstrom also served in the Middle East as a psychiatrist in the United States Army Reserve.

Dr. Nordstrom holds a Doctor of Medicine from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and a Master of Arts and PhD in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his training in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Doug Reed

Senior Vice President and Executive Director, 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 was a Director of Development at Children’s Medical Center Foundation in Dallas. In this role, he was responsible for operations management, donor research, and reporting.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Reed served as a Senior Banker in the Private Bank at J. P. Morgan and as Senior Vice President of Regional Management and Public Affairs for Fidelity Investments. For Fidelity, Mr. Reed provided government and community affairs, business development, and site leadership for management teams operating in Fidelity’s ten domestic regional centers. Mr. Reed also led a team that managed regional grants administration for Fidelity Foundation.

Mr. Reed 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. Mr. Reed has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Baylor Medical Center and Irving Hospital Authority.

Mr. Reed holds a Bachelor degree from University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas.

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.

Deborah Simpson Taylor

Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic

Debby Simpson Taylor joined Phoenix House in November 2010 and serves as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic.

Ms. Taylor’s career in the treatment of substance use disorders spans 38 years. She joined Vanguard in 1989 as Executive Director and assumed the title of Chief Executive Officer 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, Ms. Taylor 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.

Ms. Taylor is an appointed member of the Arlington County Partnership on Children, Youth and Families. Ms. Taylor also 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.

Ms. Taylor is a psychiatric nurse certified in Chemical Dependency.

Robert E. Wilson

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Wilson has over 40 years of experience in the accounting, consulting, and healthcare fields. Before joining Phoenix House, Mr. Wilson served in various leadership positions including, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Providence Service Corp., Managing Director in the Healthcare Advisory Services Practice of Grant Thornton, LPP, Managing Director of Healthcare at Huron Consulting Group, and a Partner at Arthur Anderson.

Mr. Wilson has served as a Board member and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Compliance Committee of Providence Health & Services and Board Member and Chair of the Audit Committee of Rual/ Metro Corporation.

Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business, and a Master of Business Administration from California State University-Los Angeles.