Welcome to the Pavillon Team approach that taps into all team members knowledge, skills, creativity, insights and the effort of everyone on the team to accomplish the team’s goal of delivering excellent patient care through collaboration, partnering and cooperation, resulting in 91% of residential patients reporting they remain in recovery after 12 months.

Members of our team include Administration, Business Development, Clinical/Counseling, Community Relations, Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, Medical/Nursing and Philanthropy.

barbara bennett
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

BARBARA BENNETT

kent spear
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

KENT SPEAR

michael wilkerson
MEDICAL DIRECTOR

MICHAEL WILKERSON

brian coon
CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER

BRIAN COON

Trudy Avery
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

TRUDY AVERY

charlie dennis
TREATMENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

CHARLIE DENNIS

nicole mclean
OUTPATIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

NICOLE MCLEAN

denise kagan
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

DENISE KAGAN

rhett owensby
YOUNG MEN’S PROGRAM MANAGER

RHETT OWENSBY

kaye benedum
NURSING & MEDICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR

KAYE BENEDUM

wolf yoxall
SPIRITUAL & WELLNESS DIRECTOR

JAMES “WOLF” YOXALL

amy lancaster
Director of Alumni Services

AMY LANCASTER

tara hamlin
NON-CLINICAL SUPPORT SERVICES DIRECTOR

TARA HAMLIN

bryan kilby
EXECUTIVE CHEF

BRYAN KILBY

mac sutherland
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

SUSAN “MAC” SUTHERLAND

shay allen
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

SHAY ALLEN

frank sheheen
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

FRANK SHEHEEN

barbara bennett

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

BARBARA BENNETT

MSN, RN, LNC, CARN-AP, LCAS

Barbara 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 NCCDP, a state-wide monitoring program for dental professionals. Ms. Bennett has also been an administrator over a full continuum of psychiatric and substance use disorder services located within a healthcare system.

Her career includes 10 years of teaching in higher educational venues and several 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.

kent spear

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

KENT SPEAR

CPA

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.

michael wilkerson

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

MICHAEL WILKERSON

MD, FASAM

Dr. Michael Wilkerson has been working in the field of substance use disorder for over 25 years with a focus on treating healthcare professionals during the majority of this time. He has served as the Medical Director and Corporate Medical Director for Bradford Health Services in Alabama, and as Medical Director of Talbott Recovery Center in Atlanta, Georgia. As a native North Carolinian, Dr. Wilkerson returned to his “home state” when he joined the talented clinical team at Pavillon. Dr. Wilkerson is nationally named a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine in recognition of his high level of achievement and dedication to the field of addiction medicine.

brian coon

CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER

BRIAN COON

MA, LCAS, CCS, MAC

Brian received his undergraduate degree in psychology and master’s degree in community-clinical psychology from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Brian began his full-time clinical work with substance use disorders during his graduate internship in 1988.  He came to Pavillon in 2008 and served as Clinical Director for ten years beginning in 2011.  His current duties as Chief Clinical Officer include program development, staff education, outcome evaluation, research and publication.  He is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and nationally credentialed as a Master Addiction Counselor. His background is in cognitive-behavioral psychology and evidence-based treatment of co-occurring disorders.

Trudy Avery

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

TRUDY AVERY

As Pavillon’s Development Officer, Trudy oversees all fundraising for the organization. She has a BA from SUNY Excelsior College and a graduate certificate in Meeting Management from Bentley University.

In addition to her professional career, Trudy sits on many organizational boards and community coalitions and has testified at the state and federal levels on mental health parity and access to substance use treatment.

Trudy and her husband, Rick, live on Cape Cod and are the parents of four sons. As a very grateful mother of a son in long-term recovery, Trudy’s passion is reflected in every aspect of her work.

charlie dennis

TREATMENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

CHARLIE DENNIS

MA, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS

Charlie earned an MA in Clinical Psychology at a psychodynamically-oriented degree program and a post-graduate certificate in Mindfulness in Psychotherapy. Charlie completed a year of doctoral work in the PsyD at Roosevelt University, he went a different direction and moved to North Carolina in 2017. Charlie has been with Pavillon since 2017, while he took a short hiatus to revisit working in the wilderness therapy industry, he returned to Pavillon shortly thereafter. Charlie holds an MA in Clinical Psychology, is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), and currently a Certified Clinical Supervisor. (CCS).

 

nicole mclean

OUTPATIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

NICOLE MCLEAN

LCMHCS, CCS, LCAS

Nicole is Director of Outpatient Services. She began her career with Pavillon in 2014; first as a counselor and then managed both Primary and Extended Care treatment programs. Before joining Pavillon, Nicole had nine years of experience in outpatient services and private practice, in both primary mental health and substance use disorders. 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.

 

denise kagan

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

DENISE KAGAN

PHD

Denise Kagan received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University’s Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies in Garden City, NY. She completed intensive post-doctoral training with a focus on psychotherapy, family and group systems, psychological assessment, and therapeutic milieu treatment at the Austen Riggs Center.  She then served as a psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The Menninger Clinic.  At Pavillon she works with all therapeutic programs towards initial assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning for all patients, as well as consulting to the multi-disciplinary treatment teams. She also conducts psychological testing and both individual and group therapy.

rhett owensby

YOUNG MEN’S PROGRAM MANAGER

RHETT OWENSBY

LCMHCA, LCAS

Rhett serves as Manager of Pavillon’s Young Men’s Program. He began his career in the recovery field working as a Recovery Coach while completing his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Upon completing his studies, Rhett has taken his personal experiences and passion for working with young adults into the continued development of the Young Men’s Program. Rhett believes the power of community will help people achieve their goals. He embodies Pavillon’s commitment to individualized care by providing young men with an experience that allows them to grow and affords them the opportunity to flourish in recovery.

 

kaye benedum

NURSING & MEDICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR

KAYE BENEDUM

RNBC

Kaye is our Director of Nursing and Medical Services.  She manages an all-RN Nursing Department as well as our physician assistants and coordinates clinical activities for our medical residents in training. A graduate of the University of NC-Greensboro School of Nursing,  Kaye holds a National Certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.  She is a member of the NC Chapter of the International Society of Nurses on Addiction.

Before coming to Pavillon in 2011, she worked in a number of inpatient psychiatric settings serving child, adolescent, and adult populations.  She has over 30 years of psychiatric and substance use treatment experience.

wolf yoxall

SPIRITUAL & WELLNESS DIRECTOR

JAMES “WOLF” YOXALL

MA, CSC 

James “Wolf” Yoxall, MA, CSC and Ordained Minister, is the Spiritual/Wellness Director at Pavillon. Wolf provides spiritual direction, wellness counseling, spiritual group process, lectures on spirituality and mindfulness practices in SUD treatment. Wolf also facilitates spiritual wellness retreats and presents experimental lectures on the aspects of spirituality and wellness as it pertains to overall wellbeing.  He is a published author and artist. Wolf is certified in Outdoor Education, Martial Arts and has worked extensively with diverse Indigenous cultures. Wolf has been guiding people in all walks of life spiritual guidance and practical wellness applications for over thirty-five years.

amy lancaster

Director of Alumni Services

AMY LANCASTER

LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Amy is the Director of Alumni Services. She began her career in 2011 as a recreational therapist and has experience in a variety of treatment settings. Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy from East Carolina University in 2011 and her Master of Social Work degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2015. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), and a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS). Amy has been with Pavillon since 2017. She is passionate about quality patient care, helping others have fun in recovery and improving systems. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, spending time with family, and social justice advocacy.

tara hamlin

NON-CLINICAL SUPPORT SERVICES DIRECTOR

TARA HAMLIN

Joyfully serving Pavillon with 12 years of continuous service and with over 22 years of management experience, Tara Hamlin is the Director of Non-Clinical Support Services.  Her pursuit of excellence has earned her opportunities in various management positions throughout her career and she is currently responsible for multiple non-clinical departments for Pavillon.  With a background in hospitality operations, Tara’s expertise in customer and employee satisfaction benefits the organization as a whole and she is committed to providing a positive experience for patients, their families, and Pavillon employees.

bryan kilby

EXECUTIVE CHEF

BRYAN KILBY

My name is Bryan Kilby. I am the Executive Chef of Pavillon International. I have an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Culinary Arts/Baking & Pastry from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. I have been a Chef for more than 30 years! I love my job at Pavillon! I love being a part of something bigger, a part of someone’s journey! Over the last several years I lost 130#s and learned a lot about nutrition and exercise which is incorporated into the weekly menus I write for our patients. My favorite “food thing” to do is smoked meat and I really enjoy making sauces!

mac sutherland

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

SUSAN “MAC” SUTHERLAND

SHRM-CP

Susan “Mac” Sutherland has been a part of the Pavillon family for 9 years – beginning as the Admissions Manager and later moving into the role of Human Resources Manager, where she has worked for the last 7 years. Mac has a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies and is certified as an SHRM-CP. She is responsible for the overall management of the Human Resources department and strives to provide the highest level of support to Pavillon employees.

Mac enjoys reading, writing, and spending time exploring the beauty of Western North Carolina. She is the parent of two grown children and a granddaughter. Additionally, she loves walking the local trails with her amazing French Bulldog, Lexi Louise.

shay allen

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

SHAY ALLEN

With 20 years of experience working in the substance use treatment industry, Shay has an unsurpassed record of engaging healthcare professionals into treatment for their substance use disorder. Shay is a trained interventionist, who is skilled at working with persons considering treatment and their family members. Previously a national marketing representative for Bradford Health, Shay worked for 17 years with Dr. Michael Wilkerson, Pavillon’s current Medical Director, in a business marketing/treatment partnership covering 38 states. With the recruitment of both Shay and Dr. Wilkerson to Pavillon, this effective and powerful team are now representing Pavillon to our patients, families, and referral sources.

frank sheheen

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

FRANK SHEHEEN

MS

Frank Sheheen has been a SUD professional beginning in 1988. He was named the Addiction Professional of the Year for South Carolina in 2010. He began as volunteer for the SC Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors in 1989. He was named Volunteer of the Year in 2003. He served on the Board for eight years culminating as President for two years.

In 2003 Frank became Director of the SC Recovering Professional Program. He remained in that position until 2018. At the beginning of his tenure as Director, the SCRPP monitored Health Care Professional with a diagnosis of SUD for four professions. The number in monitoring was  225. Over the next 15 years this grew to sixteen professions and 525 in monitoring. Frank has worked in several capacities in the treatment field. After his retirement from SCRPP he joined the Business Development team at Pavillon.

He resides in Columbia, SC with his partner Alice McCrory. Frank has a daughter and a son as well as two grandsons. Frank is an avid bicyclist and rides four to five thousand miles each year.

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