Leadership

PAT LAWLER

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick W. Lawler is chief executive officer of Youth Villages, one of the largest private providers of services to troubled children and their families in the country. Under his leadership, Youth Villages has established an array of specialized treatment programs operated by an effective team of more than 3,000 employees in 74 locations in 58 cities. Youth Villages' mission is to help children and families live successfully. Read Full Bio

  • Bryan Jordan

    Board Chairman
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    First Horizon National Corp.

  • William “Bill” T. Giles

    Vice Chairman
    Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Finance, Information Technology and ALLDATA
    AutoZone

  • Matthew Tarkenton

    Secretary
    Executive Vice President
    The Tarkenton Companies Managing Director
    Renova Partners

  • H. Patterson “Pat” Ritz

    Treasurer
    Chief Executive Officer
    Footwear Specialties International

  • Mike Bruns

    Chairman Emeritus
    Founder and Former President
    Comtrak Logistics

  • Jennifer Bush

    President - Gulf Region Cummins Sales and Services
    Cummins

  • Marietta C. Davis

    Former Vice President of U.S. Dynamics
    Microsoft

  • Vanessa Diffenbaugh

    New York Times Best-selling Author
    Co-Founder
    Camellia Network (now LifeSet Network)

  • Judith H. Edge

    Corporate Vice President
    Human Resources
    FedEx Corporation

  • Nicholas R. Ehlen

    Commercial Real Estate Broker
    Melvin Mark Brokerage Company

  • James D. Lackie

    Vice Chair
    Lackie Trading, Inc.

  • John Robert Pitts

    Majority Co-owner and Chief Manager
    Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, LLC

  • David Tyler

    Principal
    Grant Thornton, LLP

  • Darryl “Chip” Wade

    Executive Vice President of Operations
    Red Lobster

  • Gerald Laurain

    Chief Investment Officer
    First Tennessee Bank Advisors

  • Elizabeth B. Rose

    co-founder and partner
    Caiola & Rose, LLC in Decatur- Georgia

  • Jack A. Eiferman

    Director
    Goulston and Storrs

  • Gary Shorb

    Executive Director of The Urban Child Institute

Community leaders serve on Youth Villages’ Local Boards to actively promote and support our mission to help children and families live successfully and advocate proven solutions for the foster care/child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Board members play a significant role at the local level establishing Youth Villages as the leading provider of effective programs for troubled children and their families.

Middle Tennessee Board

Bill HamburgCo-chair
CommunityVolunteer

Chris PattersonCo-chair
Vice President
Vison Software Technologies

Kellye StuartCo-chair
Community Volunteer

Vaughan DePillo
Reporting Director Reimbursements HCA

Paul Dent
Managing Consultan
Cumberland Consulting Group

Ann Gilbert
Community Volunteer

Nate Kenney
Vice President of Operations
Thomas & Company

Shannon Lapsley
Assistant Director of Community Development
Vanderbilt University

Sarah Looney
Directo
UBS

Meghan Markie
Instructional Designer, Global Sales Operations

Dell

Heather Neisen
Director of Account Services

Enliven LLC

Helen Roudi
Senior Specialist, Corporate Events and Social Responsibility

Tivity Health

Tony Sharpe
Financial Center Manager /Assistant Vice President

Bank of America

Lisa Small
Community volunteer

Shirley Speyer
Community volunteer

Pat Wallace
Community Volunteer

Jeremy Werthan
Community volunteer
Betsy Walkup
Chair Emeritus

West Tennessee Board

Frank Cianciola
President and CEO
Banc3

Daphne Large
President and CEO
Data Facts

Lee McWaters
Broker/Owner
McWaters and Associates

Richard Miller
Managing Partner
Gullane Capital

Laura Rosas
Retired
Millington Telephone

Joel Smith
Senior Vice President
First Tennessee

Christopher Vescovo
Partner
Lewis Thomason Law Firm

Mississippi Board

Ravi Raju
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
Exceleron Software Inc.

Amanda Tollison
Attorney
Butler Snow

Stephanie Rippee z
Attorney
Watkins and Eager PLLC

Susan Smith
Pediatric Nurse
UMMC

Deidra Johnson
Psychiatric nurse
VA Medical Center

Frankie Springer
Legal Assistant
Springer Law Firm

Francis Springer
Attorney
Springer Law Firm

Tracy Diez
Vice President of Marketing & Sales
Magnolia Federal Credit Union

Marquis Arterberry
President & CEO
ProCore Security

Georgia Board

Julie Seitz, Board Chair
Director, Workplace 2020
The Coca-Cola Company

Edwin CookAttorney and Founder
Edwin Cook Law

Rick CrainMaster Certified Coach and Trainer
Breakthrough Business Solutions

Marietta DavisVice President of US Dynamics
Microsoft

Robert DouglassExecutive Director
J.P. Morgan Securities

J. Todd Giles
Managing Director
BMO Harris Bank

Dara MannPartner
McKenna Long & Aldridge

Cynthia ParksFounding Partner
Parks Wood LLC

Robert ReardenAttorney
Sheley and Hall, P.C.

Matt SwiftSales Center Vice President
AT&T Global Enterprise Solutions

Matt TarkentonExecutive Vice President
The Tarkenton Companies

David TylerPartner, Health Care Advisory Services
Grant Thornton

*member of Youth Villages National Board of Directors

North Carolina Board

Jesica Averhart – Chair
Executive Director
Leadership Triangle
Durham

Doug Cruitt – Chair Emeritus
Co-Founder
Everest Medical
Winston-Salem

Natalie Frazier Allen
Founder & CEO
The Arts Empowerment Project
Charlotte

Laura Crago
HR Training & Development Director
Givens Estates
Asheville

Michael Dombeck
VP of Business Development
Precision BioSciences
Durham

Josephe Featherstone
American Tobacco Campus YMCA Director YMCA of the Triangle
Durham

Nan Gray
Regional Marketing Manager
Sprint
Charlotte

Claire McGarry
Proposal Development Consultant
Chapel Hill

Katherine McKinley
Principle Consultant
RPG
Raleigh

Kim Priddy
Lead Pastor
Sedgefield Presbyterian Church
Greensboro

Bill Roberts
President
Market Commercial Real Estate
Asheville

Wendy Shanahan-Harbin
President
Asterisk Creative
Charlotte

Claire Taylor
Managing Director of Sales
Piedmont Natural Gas
Charlotte

Jennifer Terry
VP, Children's Services, CHS Medical Group Division, Carolinas HealthCare System
Charlotte

Oregon Board

Bethany Bounds – Portland
Community Advocate

Adam Crowell – Portland
MetLife Insurance

Nicholas Ehlen* – Portland
Melvin Mark Companies

Alistair Firmin – Lake Oswego (Chairman)
Community Advocate

Ian Galloway – Portland
Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco

Joanne Horstkotte – Portland
Emeritus Member, Community Advocate

H. Patterson Ritz* – Tualatin
Footwear Specialties Intl.


Robin Henderson – Portland
Providence Medical Group

*Member of Youth Villages National Board of Directors

Massachusetts Board

Mr. Peter Campanella

Ms. Sandra Edgerley Mr. Bob Gendron President & CEO GenCon

Ms. Janet Glidden

Mr. Paul S. Grogan President & CEO The Boston Foundation

Ms. Margaret Hall National Executive Director GreenLight Fund

Ms. Yvonne Hao COO & CFO Pillpack

Mr. Ryan Hayden Partner of Advanced Risk and Compliance Analytics PricewaterhouseCoopers

Ms. Joanna Jacobson, Chair Board Chair Strategic Grant Partners

Ms. Beth Klarman President The Klarman Family Foundation

*member of Youth Villages National Board of Directors

Caroline Hannah
Chief Operations Officer - Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington, D.C.

Cliff Reyle
Chief Human Resource & Information Officer

Fred Thomason
Chief Medical Officer

Greg Gregory
Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Jones
Chief Marketing Officer

Jody Paine
Chief Operations Officer - Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Tennessee

Patrick Lawler
Chief Executive Officer

Richard Shaw
Chief Development Officer

Tim Goldsmith
Chief Clinical Officer

Amanda Futral
Executive Director - Alabama, Mississippi and Oklahoma

Amanda Tillman
Program Director - East Tennessee.

Anne Cannon
Program Director - Educational Services

Andrew Grover
Executive Director - Oregon

Ann Meeks
Senior Director - Grants and Development Research

Annie Smith
State Director of Community Based Programs - North Carolina

Brittany Farrar
Program Director - Specialized Crisis Services

Carlos Hawkins
Campus Director - Deer Valley

Catherine Smith
Managing Director - Business Planning and Policy

Charmaine Kromer
Executive Director of Tennessee

Deneen Aceto
Managing Director - Financial Services

Hughes Johnson
Managing Director - Compliance and Performance Improvement

James Mulroy
General Counsel

Jan Palmer
Campus Director - GCIRT

Jannelle Roberts
Campus Director - Germaine Lawrence

Jessica Foster
Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships

Jill Terry
Managing Director - Information Technology

Kate Cantrell
Regional Network Director of Strategic Partnerships - West Coast

Katja Russell
Managing Director of Partner Operations

LaTonya Pendleton
Managing Director - Human Resources

Lisa Copeland
Managing Director - Placement Services

Lori Sustek
State Director of Community Based Programs - Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Matt Stone
Executive Director of Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Nicole Fannin
Regional Residential Director

Nicole Gebke
Executive Director of Residential Services

Paul Enderson
Executive Director of North Carolina

Paula Jordan
Managing Director - Support Services

Rebecca Hancock
Regional Residential Director

Sarah Hurley
Managing Director - Data Science

Shelby Terry
Senior Director of Development - West Tennessee

Stephanie Pugh
Program Director - West Tennessee

Stephanie Cole-Farris
Campus Director - BCIRT

Stephanie Grissom
Program Director - Middle Tennessee

Tanya Anderson
Executive Director of Georgi

Program Development Advisory Committee Members

Elizabeth Cauffman

Elizabeth Cauffman is a Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior in the School of Social Ecology and holds courtesy appointments in the School of Education and the School of Law. Dr. Cauffman received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center on Adolescence at Stanford University. At the broadest level, Dr. Cauffman’s research addresses the intersect between adolescent development and juvenile justice. She has published over 100 articles, chapters, and books on a range of topics in the study of contemporary adolescence, including adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, parent-adolescent relationships, and juvenile justice. Most recently, findings from Dr. Cauffman’s research were incorporated into the American Psychological Association’s amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in Roper v. Simmons, which abolished the juvenile death penalty, and in both Graham v. Florida and Miller v. Alabama, which placed limits on the use of life without parole as a sentence for juveniles. As part of her larger efforts to help research inform practice and policy, she served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice and currently directs the Center for Psychology & Law at UCI. To learn more about her research, please visit her Development, Disorder, and Delinquency lab website.

Anthony Petrosino

Anthony Petrosino, Director of the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center, specializes in social policy research, with an emphasis in program and policy evaluation and research synthesis. He is also Project Director/Senior Research Scientist in the Learning Innovations Program at WestEd, and Senior Research Fellow at the George Mason University Center for Evidence-based Crime Policy. Petrosino's extensive background and training in topics such as school safety, juvenile and adult criminal justice, and violence and other prevention efforts help to expand WestEd's work in these areas. He co-directs seven federally funded research studies, including five randomized controlled trials, for the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Petrosino has a long history of conducting research syntheses. Prior to joining WestEd, he helped develop the Campbell Collaboration (C2), an organization that conducts reviews of research on the effects of social interventions. For example, he led the C2's pilot review (on the "Scared Straight" delinquency prevention program), and his paper based on that analysis won the Pro Humanitate Literary Award from the North American Child Welfare Resource Center in 2003. Petrosino was the Founding Coordinator for C2's Crime & Justice Group, receiving a Distinguished Service Award for his service. He has published over 150 juried articles, book chapters, and other publications, and serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Experimental Criminology. Petrosino received WestEd's Paul D. Hood Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field, and was named Honorary Fellow by the Academy of Experimental Criminology.

Alex R. Piquero

Alex R. Piquero is Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, Adjunct Professor Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice, and Governance, Griffith University, Faculty Affiliate, Center for Violence and Injury Prevention George Warren Brown School of Social Work Washington University in St. Louis, and was Co-Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology from 2008 to 2013. Prior to arriving at UT-Dallas, he was on the faculties of Florida State University, University of Maryland, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/City University of New York, University of Florida, Northeastern University, and Temple University. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of criminal careers, crime prevention, criminological theory, and quantitative research methods, and has collaborated on several books including Key Issues in Criminal Careers Research: New Analyses from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development (Cambridge University Press, co-authored with David P. Farrington and Alfred Blumstein) and Handbook of Quantitative Criminology (Springer, co-edited by David Weisburd).

His work has been cited over 23,000 times (h-index=85) and he has been ranked as the #1 criminologist in the world since 1996 in terms of scholarly publications in elite criminology/criminal justice journals. In addition to his membership on over a dozen editorial boards of journals in criminology and sociology, he has also served as Executive Counselor with the American Society of Criminology, Member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel Evaluating the National Institute of Justice, Member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on A Prioritized Plan to Implement a Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice Reform, Member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics, Member of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network at Ohio State University, and Member of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Adolescent Development & Juvenile Justice.

Professor Piquero has given congressional testimony on evidence-based crime prevention practices in the area of early-family/parent training programs, and has provided counsel and support to several local, state, national, and international criminal justice agencies, including various police and correctional agencies. In 2015, United States Attorney General Eric Holder appointed him to the Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board. Professor Piquero is past recipient of the American Society of Criminology's Young Scholar (2002) and E-Mail Mentor of the Year (2005) Awards, Fellow of both the American Society of Criminology (2011) and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2011), recipient of the Western Society of Criminology President’s Award (2017), and has also received numerous teaching awards including the University of Florida's College of Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year Award (2004), the University of Maryland's Top Terp Teaching Award (2008), the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2014), as well as the University of Texas at Dallas Diversity Award.

Professor Piquero has served on a large number of departmental, school, college, and University committees, including most recently Co-Chair of the UT-Dallas Committee on Qualifications (i.e., University tenure and promotion committee). In August 2015, he was selected by UT-Dallas President Wildenthal to serve on the UT System Working Group for Concealed Carry and he is organizing the UT-Dallas implementation of the new Campus Carry Bill. His research has been featured in several television and newspapers including: The New York Times, Reuters, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and the Dallas Morning News.

Alisha R. Pollastri, Ph.D.

Alisha R. Pollastri, Ph.D., is Director of Research and Evaluation at Think:Kids. For the last decade, Dr. Pollastri’s research has focused on the identification of neurobiological, social, and environmental factors that contribute to disruptive behaviors, particularly in children. At Think:Kids, Dr. Pollastri is responsible for evaluating how, and for whom, Collaborative Problem Solving works best. Through the analysis of data collected in our clinic and in our partner schools and agencies, Dr. Pollastri strives to promote a clearer understanding of challenging kids and to improve child outcomes.

Dr. Pollastri earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at Clark University, and completed a clinical internship in community and school-based mental health at South Shore Mental Health Inc. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Tim Goldsmith

Dr. Tim Goldsmith has been a member of the Youth Villages executive staff since 1989. As the chief clinical officer, he provides leadership and supervision in the development and implementation of all clinical models and interventions. Dr. Goldsmith has direct responsibility for the clinical, research and evaluation, placement services and performance improvement and compliance departments.

He has been intimately involved in the development and implementation of evidence-based programs at Youth Villages, including trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy, Multisystemic Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving and other outcome-based strategies. Dr. Goldsmith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Lambuth College and earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from the University of Southern California. He has served a gubernatorial appointment to the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, been a member of the national advisory council of the Children in Managed Care Initiative of the Center for Healthcare Strategies (funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation), and has served as an advisor board member for MST Services.

His professional publications include the Children's Mental Health and Research Policy conference, Blueprints Conference, Florida Child Welfare conference and the Alliance for Children and Families conference.

Kristin Landers, M.A., LMFT

Kristin Landers, M.A., LMFT is the Clinical Director of Partner Operations for Youth Villages. Prior to this position, she served as Clinical Program Manager for the YVLifeSet program serving youth age 17 – 22 who are aging out of the child welfare or juvenile justice system or who otherwise find themselves without the necessary skills to make a successful transition to adulthood. She developed the program model, which specifies principles, practice elements, interventions, and outcomes; she also created and implements the model fidelity measurement system that provides a comprehensive review of program functioning from multiple perspectives. She oversees the implementation of the clinical model, which features structured supervision and consultation with model experts; she led the team that selects, trains, and monitors the work of the clinical consultants, who are all licensed clinicians as well as experts in the YVLifeSet model.

She is responsible for ongoing development of the model through the identification of new evidence-based or research-informed practices for the population and the translation of those interventions into practice. The YVLifeSet Program was the subject of the largest clinical trial to date to test the impact of services for this population and remains one of the only programs to demonstrate multiple positive impacts. As a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, her work with victims of domestic violence, opportunity youth, and families with multiple challenges has informed her search for the most effective interventions to ensure long-term success for young people.

Drew Mangrum, MDiv, LMFT is the Clinical Program Manager for the YVLifeSet program. In this position, he oversees the program practice and fidelity adherence in the seven states where YVLifeSet is serving to help young adults successfully reach their interdependent living goals. He is responsible for the program model reviews that ensure that instrumental and long term outcomes are achieved by effective implementation of interventions along multiple domains of practice.

He is responsible for the ongoing development of the licensed clinical consultants who monitor progress and quality of service provided in the YVLifeSet program. Prior to this position, he served as a licensed consultant for community based programs, providing clinical oversight, development, and support to direct care staff and has over 20 years of experience in the field. Outside of Youth Villages, he serves as associate pastor at his church, providing mentorship and pastoral care for youth, young adults, and their families in his community.