Chief Executive Officer


Chief Executive Officer

Patrick W. Lawler is CEO of Youth Villages, a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health, committed to building strong families, delivering effective services and significantly improving outcomes for children in child welfare systems across the country.

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Board of Directors

Local Boards

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.


Frank Cianciola
President and CEO

Daphne Large
President and CEO
Data Facts

Lee McWaters
McWaters and Associates

Richard Miller
Managing Partner
Gullane Capital

Laura Rosas
Millington Telephone

Joel Smith
Senior Vice President
First Tennessee

Christopher Vescovo
Lewis Thomason Law Firm


Sarah Looney

Paul Dent
Ardent Health Services

Vaughan DePillo

Jason Egly
Farmers Insurance

Meredith Forehand

Matthew Gann
Tennessee Board of Regions

Beth Jones
Alternative Solutions, LLC

Nate Kenney
Thomas & Company

Kim Lapidus
The Skillbuilding Co-Op, LLC

Shannon Lapsley

Meghan Markie

Sarah McGehee
JLC Representative

Sarah Mickle
Pierce Public Relations

Shannon Millen
Kronos HR Solutions

Domnique Haywood Miller
United Healthcare

Sara Oeser
Lipscomb University

Chris Patterson
Vision Software Technologies

Helen Roudi
Tivity Health

Bailey Saunders
The Journeys Group

Tony Sharpe
Renasant Bank

Lisa Small
Community Philanthropist

Tiffany Bellafant Steward
Tennessee State University

Shayleen Stuto
Technology Advice

Sheila Taylor
Omni Community Health

Michelle Warren


Marquis Arterberry
President & CEO
ProCore Security

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

Deidra Johnson
Psychiatric Nurse
VA Medical Center

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

Stephanie Rippee
Watkins and Eager PLLC

Susan Smith
Pediatric Nurse
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Francis Springer
Springer Law Firm

Frankie Springer
Legal Assistant
Springer Law Firm

Amanda Tollison
Butler Snow


Julie Seitz
Director, Workplace 2020
The Coca-Cola Company

Edwin Cook
Attorney and Founder
Edwin Cook Law

Dara D. Mann
Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Adrienne Mittons

Cynthia Parks
Founding Partner
Parks Wood LLC

Robert Rearden
Sheley and Hall, P.C.

Matt Tarkenton
Executive Vice President
The Tarkenton Companies

Paul Zachos
Keller Williams Realty


Natalie Frazier Allen
Founder & CEO
The Arts Empowerment Project

Justin Arnall
Mortgage Loan Originator; Vice President Mortgage Bankers Association of WNC
Crew Lending – A Division of Goldwater Bank, N.A.

George Awad
Freelance Graphic Designer

Tia Bethea
Community Impact Manager
Google Fiber

Sara Boehm
Civic Leader

Meredith Buckner
Registered Radiologic Technologist/Magnetic Resonance Imaging Mission Hospital

Devon Cains
Client Director
F5 Networks

Laura Crago
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones

Nancy “Nan” Gray
Regional Marketing Manager

Craig Paridy
Director, Executive Alignment & Messaging
Duke Energy Corporation

Jennifer Van Lue
Individual & Family Therapist
Aspire Center for Personal Growth


Peter Campanella
Board Chair

Amy Crate

Sandra Edgerley

Paul S. Grogan
President & CEO
The Boston Foundatio

Ryan Hayden
Partner of Advanced Risk & Compliance Analytics
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Joanna Jacobson
Managing Director
Strategic Grant Partners

Beth Klarman
The Klarman Family Foundation

Sharon Liszanckie
Executive Director
Boston Preparatory Charter Public School

Yvette Lowenthal-Mulderry

Pamela (Giasson) Lynch
Product Development Leader
TPI Composites, Inc.

Mark O’Donnell
Senior Vice President & CDO
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Helen Chin Schlichte

Kevin Tabb
President and CEO, Beth Israel Lahey Health

Wendy Vincent
Managing Director
Crescent Advisors


Sister Guadalupe Guajardo
Province Leadership Team
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

Jaquelyn Reyes Alonzo

Bethany Bounds
Community Advocate

Mariel Combs
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Oregon Department of Justice

Adam Crowell
MetLife Auto & Life

Nicholas Ehlen*
Commercial Real Estate Broker
Melvin Mark Brokerage Company

Ian Galloway
Senior Research Associate & Oregon State Community Development Field Mgr
Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco

Robin Henderson
Chief Executive, Behavioral Health
Providence Medical Group

Joan Horstkotte
Emeritus Member

Linda Jackson-Shaw
Community Advocate

H. Patterson Ritz
Footwear Specialties Intl.

D. Colby Schlicker
Executive Vice President of Marketing
Watson Creative

Charles Swindells
Charles Swindells Law

Senior Leadership

Patrick Lawler
Chief Executive Officer

Jessica Foster
Chief Strategy Officer

Tim Goldsmith
Chief Clinical Officer

Greg Gregory
Chief Financial Officer

Caroline Hannah
Chief Operations Officer – Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma and Oregon

Jennifer Jones
Chief Communications Officer

Jody Paine
Chief Operations Officer – Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Tennessee
Scott Palmer
Chief Information Officer

Cliff Reyle
Chief Human Resource Officer

Richard Shaw
Chief Development Officer

Fred Thomason
Chief Medical Officer

Deneen Aceto
Managing Director – Financial Services

Tanya Anderson
Executive Director of Georgia

Anne Cannon
Program Director – Educational Services

Stephanie Cole-Farris
Campus Director – Bill’s Place

Lisa Copeland
Managing Director – Placement Services

Andrew Grover
Executive Director of Oregon

Nicole Fannin
Executive Director of Residential Services

Brittany Farrar
Middle Tennessee – Regional Director

George Edmonds
Regional Program Director

Rebecca Hancock
Executive Director of Residential Services

Adeyinka Hansen
Campus Director – Bartlett

Rosalyn Hare
Managing Director – Bill’s Place

Amanda Futral
Executive Director – Alabama, Mississippi and Oklahoma

Hughes Johnson
Managing Director – Compliance and Performance Improvement

Colby Jonas
Campus Director – Dogwood

Paula Jordan
Managing Director – Support Services

Sarah Hurley
Managing Director – Data Science

Stephanie Pugh
Program Director – West Tennessee

John Norris
Managing Director – General Counsel

Jan Palmer
Campus Director – Rose Center for Girls

Ken Kimble
Managing Director of Development – Regional Growth

Raymond Primes
Managing Director – Bill’s Place

Katja Russell
Managing Director of Partner Operations
Senior Director – Grants and Development Research

LaTonya Pendleton
Managing Director of Human Resources

Charmaine Kromer
Executive Director of Tennessee

Catherine Smith
Managing Director – Business Planning and Policy

Rhonda Stempkovski
State Director of Community Based Programs – Mississippi

Luke Self
Managing Director – Recruiting

Raymond Primes
Managing Director – Bill’s Place

Catherine Smith
Managing Director – Business Planning and Policy

Annie Smith
State Director of Community Based Programs – North Carolina

Nikki Swann
Program Director of Middle Tennessee

Lori Sustek
Managing Director of Community Based Programs – Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Jill Terry
Managing Director – Information Technology

Amanda Tillman
Regional Program Director – East Tennessee

Melissa Jackson-Wade
Program Director for East Tennessee

Matt Stone
Executive Director of Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Kate Cantrell
Regional Network Director

Advisory Committees