Paul Hackman, CEO 

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Mr. Hackman is Pavillon’s Chief Executive Officer. His years of work in the field of addiction and behavioral treatment have given him a deep conviction as to its value and a no-nonsense awareness of the struggles necessary to lead a successful program. He is committed to providing patients and families with lifelong tools and the resources needed to maintain recovery from the disease of addiction.

Prior to joining Pavillon, Mr. Hackman was with Ridgeview Institute for 11 years, beginning his tenure as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. He became President in Spring 2004. Mr. Hackman brings 20 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare industry, also serving as Vice President of Health Alliance Behavioral Health Service Line in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2000 – 2002. He was also in private practice as an LISW in the state of Ohio from 1985 – 2002.

John Roberts, MD 

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Dr. Roberts is the Medical Director and Addiction Psychiatrist for Pavillon. He came to Pavillon with nearly 20 years’ experience serving as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. While there, he was the attending psychiatrist for the inpatient dual diagnosis inpatient unit and was the director of the clinical outpatient division for the Center for Drugs and Alcohol Program.

He received his Doctor Of Medicine from Louisiana State University and completed his psychiatric residency as well as fellowships in substance use and anxiety disorders at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Roberts is board certified in psychiatry and has lectured throughout the Southeast on substance use and psychiatric disorders. He is also an Assistant Professor at USC School of Medicine at Greenville Health System.

Barbara Bennett, MSN, RN, LNC, CARN-AP, LCAS, COO

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Barbara Bennett oversees Pavillon’s daily operations as Chief Operating Officer. She was most recently the Executive Director of the NC Caring Dental Professionals Program, a state-wide advocacy and monitoring program for dental professionals. Previously Ms. Bennett was the administrator over a behavioral services division with a healthcare system, providing a full continuum of substance abuse and psychiatric services.

Her career includes 10 years of teaching in higher educational venues at the University of Kentucky and Western Carolina University. She has several articles and chapters published in refereed health journals, books and clinical publications. Currently, Ms. Bennett serves as the President of the North Carolina Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions, and is a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse Advance Practice (CARN-AP) nurse and also a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) in North Carolina.

Brian Coon, MA, LCAS, CCS, MAC 

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Brian is Pavillon’s Director of Clinical Programs. His duties include direction of the evaluation and treatment of the medical, legal, and other professionals served at Pavillon, development of organization-wide clinical programing, clinical staff education, internal and external training, outcome evaluation, research and publication. Brian leads pre-admission clinical coordination and approval for admissions to Pavillon’s residential programs. Additionally, Brian is responsible for development and integration of the use of technology within Pavillon’s clinical services.

He received both his undergraduate degree in psychology and his master’s degree in community-clinical psychology from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He began his full-time clinical work during his graduate internship in 1988. Since that time he has worked in addressing co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders in roles ranging from clinician to clinical supervisor and manager of multiple treatment programs. He is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and nationally credentialed as a Master Addiction Counselor. His clinical background is in cognitive-behavioral psychology and evidence-based treatment of co-occurring disorders in various residential and outpatient modalities and levels of care.

Lesley Pregenzer, Director of Alumni and Development

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Lesley works with individuals, foundations and corporate partners to garner financial assistance that increase our program offerings and campus amenities, and she is also Pavillon’s alumni director. She brings over 20 years of experience in private, public, and non-profit domestic and international organizations, serving as Major Gift Officer at Spartanburg Regional Foundation and Washington State’s Division Director for the March of Dimes.

Denise Kagan, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Kagan received her master’s and doctoral degrees at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY in clinical psychology. She interned at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset NY and completed pre-doctoral fellowships at both SUNY, Downstate in Brooklyn, NY and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston, MA before completing a 4-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. Her post-doctoral training focused intensively on psychodynamic psychotherapy, family and group systems, psychological assessment and therapeutic milieu treatment with patients considered “treatment resistant”.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Kagan served as a psychologist at The Menninger Clinic’s Professionals in Crisis Unit, as well as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX where she supervised post-doctoral students.


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Bob Hennen is the Outpatient Services Manager for Pavillon. He is responsible for program development and management of Pavillon’s outpatient programs in North and South Carolina.  Bob is licensed to provide addiction counseling in North and South Carolina and has experience working in a wide range of settings. His recent focus has been the integration of technology into treatment and recovery, utilizing emerging community support systems within treatment, development of a Recovery Coach position within an outpatient setting, and outcomes tracking.  He has always been focused on practical application of the 12 Steps, recovery throughout the lifespan and during life-stage transitions, and helping people obtain and sustain a meaningful recovery. 

Wolf Yoxall, MA, CAC

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Wolf is Pavillon’s Spiritual/Wellness Director, providing individual and group spiritual counseling and experiences. He also teaches Tai Chi and Yoga Holistic Recovery. Wolf serves as an adjunct professor at Mary Baldwin College, teaching world religions and Chinese history and culture. A certified spiritual counselor and ordained minister, he taught English in China and has spent more than 30 years working with native cultures throughout North America.

Nicole McLean, LCMHCS, CCS, LCAS

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Nicole is Manager of the Women’s Primary Treatment Team. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, Certified Clinical Supervisor and a Licensed Certified Addictions Specialist in North Carolina. Nicole has fifteen years of experience in outpatient as well as private practice setting that serve mental health and substance use disorder individuals. She provides group and individual counseling, provides lectures and has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. 

Catherine Prather-Loewen, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

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Catherine is Pavillon’s Women’s Program Manager and serves as lead clinician for our Extended Care program. She also plays an integral role in the Professionals’ program. Catherine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Supervisor who is highly trained in trauma-related addiction, nutrition and recovery and relapse prevention in relation to co-occurring disorders.

Tom Dukes, LMHC, LCAS

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Tom is a licensed mental health counselor with more than 24 years’ experience in the fields of mental health and substance abuse services. Tom has 25-plus years of recovery in the 12-Step lifestyle and is the clinical manager of the men’s residential program at Pavillon. Tom was in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist in South Florida for 10 years and has served on staffs for the Drug Abuse Foundation, Renaissance Institute and Watershed Treatment Services.

Kent Spear, CPA

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As Chief Financial Officer, Kent oversees all financial operations for Pavillon.  His responsibilities include overseeing financial planning/forecasting, establishing of financial policies/procedures, risk management, banking and investment relationships, as well as providing daily financial oversight.

A graduate of Western Michigan University, Kent began his career in public accounting at BDO USA, LLC in Grand Rapids, MI.  He has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, most recently, as financial controller for Reid Health, in Richmond, IN. 

Kaye Benedum RNBC, BSN

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Kaye is the Manager of the Nursing Department. She is a graduate of the University of NC at Greensboro School of Nursing and holds a national Nursing Certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She has 32 years of inpatient psychiatric and substance use treatment experience. She is a member of the NC Chapter of the International Nurse Society on Addictions.

She manages a team of 15 highly experienced nurses and support staff who provide expert patient care including admission assessment, detox services, medication administration, and discharge teaching.

Pavillon’s clinical and professional staff includes: 

  • Addiction Psychiatrist
  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Substance Use Disorder Counselors
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors 
  • Health and Wellness Counselors
  • Spiritual Care Director
  • Continuing Care Case Managers

Board Members

  • Mark Buthman – Chair
  • Connie C. Mele – Vice Chair
  • Pat Marriott – Secretary
  • Lanier Cansler – Treasurer
  • Cheryl Kaynard, JD, MPA
  • David Truscott
  • Tom Covington
  • Robert S. Goodale
  • Lake Jameson, Jr., MD
  • Bill Mance
  • Ramesh Krishnaraj, MD