Acadia Healthcare promotes executives to lead Sierra Tucson Group

Acadia Healthcare, operating a network of 595 behavioral healthcare facilities around the world, has promoted Sierra Tucson Chief Executive Officer Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC to lead as the CEO of its newly-formed Sierra Tucson Group comprised of Sierra Tucson (Tucson, Ariz.), Sunrise Ranch (Riverside, Calif.,) and Sierra by the Sea (Newport Beach, Calif.) Sierra Tucson’s Chief Operations Officer Valerie Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC has been appointed as CEO of Sierra by the Sea and Sunrise Ranch.

Successfully operating Acadia Healthcare’s flagship behavioral health facility, CEO Vinck has served in executive leadership positions at Sierra Tucson since 2014 including chief operations officer and chief clinical officer, where she has established groundbreaking outcomes and recovery programs that have earned top recognition within and outside the industry. She recently oversaw a major campus extension of Copper Sky, a 30,000-square-foot therapeutic environment that offers both inpatient and outpatient customized care. An industry advocate, Vinck speaks worldwide on industry topics and has repeatedly been named one of the top leaders in Arizona for both healthcare and behavioral health and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP.) Recent accomplishments include speaking at the House of Commons in London and being named 2019 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business by AZ Big Media.

Dr. Valerie Kading has served as chief medical operations officer and interim chief medical officer, prior to becoming COO at Sierra Tucson. Most recently, Dr. Kading led the implementation of electronic health records facility-wide resulting in significantly improved patient care and efficiency. She also led the strategic initiative of certifying Sierra Tucson as one of the first behavioral health facilities to offer Zulresso™, recently approved groundbreaking IV antidepressant for postpartum women. Dr. Kading’s expertise has included the effects of adverse childhood experiences on substance use, mood disorders and suicide, perinatal mood disorders, and unique treatment needs of licensed professionals. She was recently awarded the 2019 State Award for Excellence from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, largely in part for founding the Southern Arizona Advanced Practice Nurse – Nurse Practitioner Society.

NAI Horizon hires land, industrial specialist Christopher Lewis

NAI Horizon announced it has hired land and industrial specialist Christopher Lewis, former designated broker and owner of a Valley brokerage company.

Lewis, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, has extensive experience in distressed properties, REOs and underperforming assets. In addition to value-add opportunities, Lewis has significant experience in vacant and agriculture land. He also possesses considerable knowledge of the trustee sales process.

Lewis, who will serve as a vice president at NAI Horizon, was designated broker/owner of Arizona Brokerage Company for 6 years.

“I am happy that Chris decided to join our NAI team,” said Terry Martin-Denning, CEO/Designated Broker of NAI Horizon. “His areas of expertise fill a niche that will allow NAI to better serve our clients.”

Amendola promotes Marcia Rhodes to vice president

Amendola Communications, a nationally recognized, award-winning healthcare and health IT public relations and marketing agency, has promoted Marcia Rhodes to the position of Vice President, the agency announced today. The promotion is the latest in a steady progression of responsibility for Rhodes, who originally joined the agency in 2013 as Regional Managing Director before being promoted to National Managing Director. In each position, Rhodes held many integral roles in client relations, operations and human resources.

As one of only two Vice Presidents in an agency that leans toward a flat hierarchy, Rhodes will continue to lead many of the agency’s client accounts, conduct media training and continue to build out the operational and human resources infrastructure that has made the agency a textbook example of the 21st century workplace—flexible, nimble and tech-enabled, with strongly collaborative teams located throughout the country. Rhodes will also spearhead new recruitment programs to support the agency’s rapid expansion into digital marketing, analytics and event management. 

“Marcia leads by example in everything she does, whether it’s working tirelessly to amplify our clients’ national and trade media coverage; onboarding new Amendola hires with her typical warmth and thoroughness; or making sure that our remote teams have the most up-to-date tools and processes they need for client success. Additionally, she is a highly respected mentor to numerous Amendola employees,” said Jodi Amendola, CEO of Amendola.

J. Stephen Tracy, Katie Whelan join  Platinum Living Realty

Platinum Living Realty, an independent luxury real estate brokerage with four offices across Arizona, announced that Katie Whelan has joined their brokerage. Prior to becoming a realtor, Whelan held a variety of leadership and executive positions with well-known retail companies such as Target, Toys R Us, Michaels Stores, and PetSmart, where she oversaw product development and design in addition to other responsibilities. After more than 15 years in the industry, Whelan decided to parlay her business skills into a real estate career.

“We are so happy to have Katie join Platinum Living Realty,” said Michelle Macklin, co-owner of Platinum Living Realty. “Katie is a skilled negotiator who believes in the power of a win-win approach and will bring a lot of value to the Platinum Living Realty team.”

J. Stephen Tracy has also joined their brokerage. J. Stephen, or Steve, is a veteran retailer with more than three decades of real estate experience to assist those looking to buy or sell a home.

“We are pleased to have Steve join Platinum Living Realty,” said Macklin. “Steve’s diverse background will serve our clients well in achieving their real estate goals.”