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

Barbara Bennett oversees Pavillon’s daily operations as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Bennett served for 9 years as the Chief Operating Officer at Pavillon prior to her appointment as CEO. Previously she was the Executive Director of the NC Caring Dental Professionals Program, a state-wide advocacy and monitoring program for dental professionals.  Ms. Bennett has also been an administrator over a behavioral health services division within a healthcare system, providing a full continuum of psychiatric and substance use disorder 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.  Ms. Bennett has a Chemical Dependency Certificate from Union College in  Kentucky, is a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse- Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) nurse and also a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) in North Carolina. 

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.

Brian Coon, MA, LCAS, CCS, MAC 

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Brian is Pavillon’s Director of Innovation, Training and Research. He came to Pavillon in 2008, and prior to his current role served as Clinical Director at Pavillon for ten years beginning in 2011.  His current duties include ongoing development of organization-wide clinical programing, clinical staff education, internal and external training, outcome evaluation, research and publication.  Brian is responsible for development and integration of the use of technology within Pavillon’s clinical services.  Brian assists in direction of the evaluation and treatment of the medical, legal, and other professionals served at Pavillon and leads pre-admission clinical coordination and approval for admissions to Pavillon’s residential programs.


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.

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 serves as Pavillon’s Director of Treatment Services. Her duties include managing both Primary and Extended Care treatment programs, providing clinical supervision and assisting with the professional assessment team. Prior to joining Pavillon, Nicole had nine years of experience in outpatient services and private practice, in both primary mental health and primary substance use disorders. She has served a variety of populations that include military families, adults and children/adolescents.   Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master of Arts degree in Counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, Certified Clinical Supervisor and a Licensed Certified Addictions Specialist. She specializes in working with adults who are dealing with addiction, anxiety, codependency, relationship issues, and other life stressors. Nicole has specific training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Gestalt Therapy.

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
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologists

Board Members

  • Mark Buthman – Chair
  • Connie C. Mele – Vice Chair
  • Pat Marriott – Secretary
  • Lanier Cansler – Treasurer
  • Cheryl Kaynard, JD, MPA
  • David Truscott
  • Julie Huneycutt
  • Robert S. Goodale
  • Bill Mance 
  • Bowman Gray, IV
  • Keith Wood
  • Verla Neslund