With 20 years of leadership experience, Rachel is an experienced behavioral healthcare executive. She began her career at Discovery Behavioral Health as a VP, Operations & Military Services, quickly rising to the position of Senior VP of Operations for Discovery’s mental health division. Currently serving as Substance Use Division President, Rachel also maintains oversight of the company’s growing military services brand. She prides herself on her ability to balance quality patient care with strategic priorities, is versed in change management, organizational leadership and improving clinical and financial operational indicators. Rachel’s vision for the SUD Division is to continue to provide evidenced based quality clinical care, stellar customer service, facilitate the removal of access barriers, engage in continual process improvement and to remain fiscally responsible to our shareholders.
Rachel’s extensive background includes serving as CEO for Starlite Recovery Center (Acadia Healthcare) in Centerpoint, Texas and CEO for Oak Hills Hospital and Madison Oaks Academy in Jackson, Tennessee. She also has served as the Administrator for a competency restoration program in WA and Executive Director to a large adolescent PRTF in MO. In addition, to these roles, she spent eight years in the US Army Reserve, achieving the rank of Sergeant as a Quarry Specialist while based in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and is the spouse of a retired active-duty service member. Throughout these roles, Rachel has led 5 bed expansions, 3 turnarounds and 4 denovos while consistently increasing patient experience, and clinical/financial KPI’s.
Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology & criminal justice from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, as well as an MBA from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Rachel enjoys being creative, reading, riding motorcycles, traveling and spending time with her husband, and 7 children (5 humans and 2 pups).