Leadership Team

A video message from Tuerk Schlesinger, AltaPointe CEO

Under the leadership of Tuerk Schlesinger, chief executive officer, AltaPointe Health Systems’ day-to-day administrative and clinical operations are directed and planned by a group of company officers and directors designated as the AltaPointe Leadership Teams. The teams’ all-encompassing oversight for the organization include the areas of administration, communication, facility and safety management, financial planning and execution, human resources, information technology, mandatory and regulatory statute oversight, psychiatric medicine and clinical treatment, risk management and quality control, strategic planning, among other responsibilities.

The leadership team members work together under the direction of the chief executive officer to coordinate and plan for changes, corporate growth and expansion of services.

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Executive Leadership Team

Tuerk Schlesinger
Chief Executive Officer
Tuerk Schlesinger

Tuerk Schlesinger, MBA, is the chief executive officer of AltaPointe Health Systems where he has served for 18 years. Based in Mobile, AltaPointe is Alabama’s most comprehensive, behavioral health organization and operates in seven counties. AltaPointe provides a continuum of mental and behavioral healthcare for children, adolescents, and adults.

Under Schlesinger’s leadership, the organization has grown from employing 277 to 1,450, increasing its annual budget from $17 million to $85 million, and from serving an average of 7,000 individuals each year to more than 30,000 in 2016. Operations include BayPointe and EastPointe psychiatric hospitals, 10 outpatient locations, two private professional counseling facilities, 25 adult residential group homes, nine adult foster homes and two adolescent transitional age homes. As CEO, Schlesinger established AltaPointe’s partnership with the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry for which the organization’s psychiatrists provide the administration and faculty.

He serves on the Alabama Region E Regional Care Organization (RCO) Board, a community-led, regional organization that coordinates the health care of Medicaid patients. In addition, he is a member of the Alabama State Health Coordinating Committee (SHCC). Schlesinger also is a member of the Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards-Executive Committee, the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Mental Health Corporation of America-International Planning Committee, the Alabama Healthcare Reimbursement Reform Task Force-Steering Committee, various Alabama Department of Mental Health committees and subcommittees as well as many other organizations. He also serves on the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board.

Schlesinger earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Auburn University and a master of business administration degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile. In 2008, Schlesinger was named a Behavioral Health Champion by the nationally circulated Behavioral Healthcare Magazine.

Julie Bellcase
Chief of Staff

Julie Bellcase, MBA, joined AltaPointe Health Systems, then known as Mobile Mental Health, in 1981, and has held a variety of positions including, chief operating officer for 16 years and director of human resources for 17 years. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree and a master’s in business administration degree from the University of South Alabama. Bellcase is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, the United Way of Southwest Alabama Agency Directors, Leadership Mobile’s Class of 2010, the Mobile County Department of Human Resources Quality Assurance Committee, Helping Families Initiative, Communities That Care, Bridges to Better Health Coalition, the Mobile County Public Health Advisory Board, and Mobile United’s steering, finance, and communications committees.

Sandra Parker, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Parker graduated from the University of Alabama in 1982 with an honors degree in biology. She attended medical school and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Alabama-School of Medicine in Birmingham. Parker completed her fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for the Health Sciences in Little Rock. As a second year resident, she was awarded her department’s Most Outstanding Resident Award, and as a fellow, she was awarded her department’s Most Outstanding Child Fellow Award. Parker is dual certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. During her tenure at AltaPointe, the organization has grown from 300 employees to more than 1,300 employees. In addition to her role as AltaPointe’s medical director, she is vice-chair and associate professor for the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Parker has received numerous honors and awards throughout her career. She is the president of the Alabama Hospital Psychiatric Association and past president of the Mobile Bay Psychiatric Association, a local chapter of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2007, she was named an Alabama Health Care Hero by the Alabama Hospital Association. She was appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley to serve as a member of the Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council, a position she still holds. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in the USA College of Allied Health Professions, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and the USA College of Nursing. Parker has served as a member of the USA Center for Healthy Communities Advisory Committee. Past appointments include the Mercy Medical Advisory Board, the Mayor’s Transitional Task Force on Healthcare, and the Mobile Ballet Board of Directors. Her major psychiatric interests are in the fields of autism-related disorders, healthcare disparities and telepsychiatry.

Steve Dolan
Chief Information Officer
Steve Dolan, Chief Information Officer

Steve Dolan joined AltaPointe Health Systems in 1987. He has more than 35 years’ experience working in the technology field both at the development and executive level. Dolan first served AltaPointe as a programmer analyst, senior analyst, and technology director, before taking the helm as chief information officer. He served on the Alabama Dept. of Mental Health’s (ADMH) community technology committee which planned the application infrastructure for a statewide community provider data repository. He served as a community technology representative for the ADMH hospital EHR initiative. Dolan has served on several technology and user group boards in healthcare, education, and community action where he has participated as workgroup leader, innovation lead, and chair. Under his direction, AltaPointe’s technology team has received several awards in excellence for its use of disruptive technology in the areas of hospital medication management, decision support, innovation management, and system interoperability. Dolan is a past member of Data Processing Management Association (DPMA), a member of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS-Alabama CIO Peer Group), American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), American Telemedicine Association (ATA), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HMFA), and is currently serving as vice-chair of Avatar National User Association (ANUA), a national user group for a behavioral health software vendor. Dolan is a member of the Class of 2015 Leadership Mobile. Dolan earned a bachelor’s of science from Spring Hill College.

Jessica Esker
Chief Financial Officer

Jessica Esker is AltaPointe's Chief Financial Officer. She joined AltaPointe in 2015 as a financial analyst before taking over as director of patient accounting. Esker earned a bachelor's degree in health service administration from Auburn University and is currently enrolled in Auburn's MBA program with an expected completion date of 2017.

Milton Burke
Chief Quality Officer

Milton Burke, MDiv, joined AltaPointe as the Chief Quality Officer in August 2014. Burke has more than 27 years of professional quality/utilization management and managed care experience in both not-for-profit and for-profit behavioral health, rehabilitative health and child welfare settings. Most recently, he was the Regional Director of Quality Management for Children’s Home Society of Florida, Inc. He is a Peer Reviewer for the Council on Accreditation and is certified as a Quality Assurance Reviewer for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Burke completed his undergraduate studies at Huntingdon College in Montgomery and received his master’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta. Burke oversees performance improvement, CarePointe, and centralized services.

Cindy Atkinson
Associate Executive Director of Community Mental Health for the Sylacauga Region

Cindy Atkinson, M.Ed., J.D., was appointed to the position of AltaPointe Associate Executive Director of the Sylacauga Region after AltaPointe merged with Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center where she served as executive director. She has a bachelor’s  in teaching the hearing impaired from the University of Montevallo and a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Atkinson graduated from the Birmingham School of Law with honors and has been a member of the Alabama State Bar since 2001. She is a Leadership Sylacauga alumna and a former board member of ARC of South Talladega County. The AltaPointe Sylacauga Region serves Clay, Coosa, Randolph and Talladega counties in east central Alabama.

 

 

 

Alicia Donoghue
Director, Human Resources

Alicia Donoghue, SPHR, joined AltaPointe in June 2010 as director of human resources. Donoghue, a native of Mobile, earned her undergraduate degree in human resource management with a minor in psychology from the University of South Alabama. Prior to joining AltaPointe, Donoghue worked for eight years as the director of human resources for Evergreen Medical Center/Gilliard Health Services, Inc. She was an active member of the Escambia/Conecuh County chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management, serving as vice president and president-elect. Donoghue has also earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

Administrative and Clinical Leadership

Robin Riggins
Director, Integrated Healthcare Services

Robin Riggins, LCSW, is the Director of Integrated Healthcare Services for AltaPointe Health Systems. She joined AltaPointe in April 2014 as Executive Director of Community Behavioral Health Services. She was appointed to the position after AltaPointe merged with Baldwin County Mental Health where Riggins served as executive director. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Alabama. The licensed certified social worker is a Baldwin County Alabama Free Clinic board member as well as a Jennifer-Claire Moore Foundation board member.

Sherill Alexander
Director, Performance Improvement

Sherill Alexander, RN, BSN, MQSM, joined AltaPointe Health Systems, known as Mobile Mental Health Center, in 1995. Since 2003, she has been responsible for AltaPointe’s performance improvement program, the training and education department and consumer needs. Alexander earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama with a minor in sociology. Alexander also earned a master of science degree in quality systems management from the National Graduate School of Quality Management in Boston, Massachusetts. At AltaPointe, she has held the positions of consumer needs specialist, nurse manager and staff nurse. Before she joined the organization, she worked as a staff nurse for the University of South Alabama’s Doctor’s Hospital on the child and adolescent unit. Alexander is a member of the American Nursing Association (ANA), the National Association for Healthcare Quality and a licensed registered nurse with the Alabama Board of Nursing

Phil Cusa
Hospital Director
Phil Cusa

Phil Cusa is the Hospital Administrator for EastPointe. He joined AltaPointe in 2013 as the EastPointe Hospital Assistant Administrator. He took over the helm as the administrator in 2014. He also became the administrator of BayPointe Hospital in 2016. Cusa comes to AltaPointe via Thomas Hospital where he served in the capacity of administrator until June 2011. He joined Thomas Hospital in 1992 as the Chief Financial Officer and left to form PLC & Associates, LLC a healthcare and business consulting company.

 

Phil has more than three decades of experience in healthcare which includes stops at JFK Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla. There he held the positions of Director of Managed Care and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to the healthcare field he held different financial positions in the banking, construction, and sugar cane/farming industries in South Florida.

 

Cusa received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business in 1974 from Florida Atlantic University. He has been active in the Alabama chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association since 1993.

 

Cusa is currently chairman of the board of the Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast, in Daphne. He served on the board and finance committee of Shared Services Healthcare and the Advisory Board of Med Assets in Atlanta. Phil also serves on the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce board, the Fairhope Yacht Club board and president of the Fairhope Eastern Shore Kiwanis Club.

 

 

Megan Griggs
Director, Adult Outpatient Services

Megan Griggs, MS, joined AltaPointe in 2003 as a therapist for the adult community services department. She has served as AltaPointe’s clinical director of adult outpatient services since 2005. She earned a bachelor’s of science in behavioral science from Athens State University and a master’s of science in clinical psychology from Alabama A&M University. Griggs is a member of the Alabama Clinical Directors Association and has held the positions of secretary and vice president. Griggs is actively involved in National Alliance for Mental Illness-Mobile and the Mobile County Domestic Violence Task Force. She is a Leadership Mobile 2013 alumna and a member of Mobile United.

Olivia Nettles
Director, Children’s Outpatient Services

Olivia Nettles, LPC, NCC, joined AltaPointe in 1993 as a therapist in child and adolescent outpatient services. Nettles steadily moved into management roles beginning in 1996 as assistant director of child and adolescent outpatient services and in August 2002 as director of performance improvement. She began her role in 2008 as the clinical director of AltaPointe’s children’s outpatient services. In her role she oversees the clinical programming of AltaPointe’s child and adolescent outpatient clinics and intensive outreach services, the transitional age residential services and BayView Professional Services.

 

With the closure of Searcy Hospital in 2012, she was instrumental in developing the Centralized Service Center. This department oversaw the placement of committed consumers within AltaPointe’s continuum and is currently the utilization management department that tracks and monitors levels of for committed patients involved in the commitment process. Prior to this position, she held the role as the Director of BayPointe Hospital and Children’s Residential Services since 2002.

 

A proven mental health counselor and leader, she also has been an active member of the National Alliance for Mental Illness-Mobile Board of Directors. Nettles graduated with honors from The University of Alabama where she earned a bachelor’s of science degree in commerce and business administration with a major in marketing and a master’s of arts degree in counselor education. She is a National Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Counseling Supervisor in Alabama. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association, Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association and NAMI Mobile.

David Beech
Director, Adult Residential Services

David N. Beech, LPC, MBA, joined AltaPointe in 1993 and has held the positions of adult outpatient services assistant director, access to care coordinator, and therapist. He earned a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Alabama and a master’s in counseling from the University of South Alabama and a master’s in business administration from Spring Hill College. Beech is a licensed professional counselor. He is a member of the NAMI Mobile board of directors and served as chair of the first-ever franchised NAMI-Walks event in 2014, which raised its goal of $50,000.

Robert Carlock
Director, Environment of Care
Robert Carlock, Director, Environment of Care

Robert Carlock, MBA, joined AltaPointe Health Systems in 1996 and has held positions as therapist, assistant coordinator of day treatment, children’s outpatient coordinator, assistant director of BayPointe Hospital, assistant director of adult residential services and assistant director of regional specialized services before being promoted to the Director of Environment of Care. Carlock earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s of science in community counseling from the University of South Alabama. He also holds a master’s of business administration from Spring Hill College. As a Certified Healthcare Engineer (CHE), he is a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal School Board of Trustees, the Alabama Society of Healthcare Engineering, Alabama Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals Advisory Board and the Gulf Coast Hospital Engineers Association for which he has held the offices of president, secretary and treasurer.

Carol Mann
Director, Public Relations

Carol A. Mann, APR, has served as AltaPointe’s director of public relations since 2006. She is an accredited public relations professional, and past president of the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF), the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA) and the PRCA-Mobile Chapter. She represented SPRF on the governing body of the examination for accreditation in public relations, the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), from 2001-2004.

 

Mann was inducted into the SPRF Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2012, she received PRCA’s Grover C. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award – the organization’s highest award, honoring distinguished service to the profession and to PRCA. She received the SPRF Professional Achievement Award in 2004 and the PRCA Philip R. Forrest, Jr. Practitioner of the Year Award in 2004.

 

Mann’s public relations work has earned more than 40 awards from SPRF, PRCA and other professional communication organizations.

 

She is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and served on the USA National Alumni Board from 2005-2011. Mann is the professional adviser to USA’s Public Relations Student Society Association (PRSSA) and USA’s PRCA Student Chapter. She has served on numerous community boards and committees including the following organizations: Crimestoppers, United Way of Southwest Alabama, Salvation Army Christmas Committee, Camp Rap-A-Hope, Lifelines Counseling, Ashland Place United Methodist Church, the Better Business Bureau, and Mercy Life.

Jarrett Crum
Administrator, BayPointe Hospital

Jarrett Crum, LCSW-PIP, is the BayPointe Hospital Administrator. Crum returns to AltaPointe after having served as CEO of Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta, GA, a 79-bed children’s acute psychiatric hospital and residential treatment facility.  His previous employment with AltaPointe was as administrator during the opening of EastPointe Hospital. Crum received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern Mississippi.  A licensed certified social worker (LCSW) and a private independent practitioner (PIP), he previously worked for Mobile Infirmary Medical Center (MIMC) for more than 15 years. During his tenure at MIMC, Crum served as team leader of the psychiatric case management department where he oversaw utilization management, social services/discharge planning and community marketing. He also helped develop the Infirmary Hospice Care organization and received the Infirmary Health System “Leader of the Quarter” award. Crum has been an active participant in the Alabama Hospital Association-Psychiatric Constituency and was recognized as the Outstanding Service Chairman in August 2012.