Acadia Healthcare Leadership
Acadia Healthcare’s Senior Management Team has more than 130 years combined experience in the behavioral health industry. With extensive national experience and a proven track record in all key disciplines, our goal is to create a world-class organization that sets the standard of excellence in the treatment of specialty behavioral health and addiction disorders.
Joey A. Jacobs
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Joey A. Jacobs joined Acadia in February 2011 and has served as the Chairman of the Acadia board of directors and as Acadia’s Chief Executive Officer since that time. Mr. Jacobs has extensive experience in the behavioral health industry. Prior to joining the Company in 2011, he co-founded Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. (“PSI”) and served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PSI from April 1997 to November 2010. Prior to founding PSI, Mr. Jacobs served for 21 years in various capacities with Hospital Corporation of America (“HCA,” also formerly known as Columbia and Columbia/HCA), most recently as President of the Tennessee Division. Mr. Jacobs’ background at HCA also included serving as president of HCA’s Central Group, vice president of the Western Group, assistant vice president of the Central Group and assistant vice president of the Salt Lake City Division. Mr. Jacobs serves on the board of directors of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Mental Health Management, Inc.
Brent Turner joined Acadia in February 2011 and served as a Co-President of the Company from that time until April 2012 when he was named President. Previously, Mr. Turner served as the Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration of PSI from August 2005 to November 2010 and as the Vice President, Treasurer and Investor Relations of PSI from February 2003 to August 2005. From late 2008 through 2010, Mr. Turner also served as a Division President of PSI overseeing facilities in Texas, Illinois and Minnesota. From 1996 until January 2001, Mr. Turner was employed by Corrections Corporation of America, a private prison operator, serving as Treasurer from 1998 to 2001.
Chief Operating Officer
Ron Fincher joined Acadia in February 2011 and has served as Acadia’s Chief Operating Officer since that time. Previously, Mr. Fincher served as PSI’s Chief Operating Officer from October 2008 to November 2010. As Chief Operating Officer of PSI, Mr. Fincher oversaw hospital operations for 95 facilities. Mr. Fincher served PSI as a Division President from April 2003 to October 2008. As a Division President, Mr. Fincher was responsible for managing the operations of multiple inpatient behavioral healthcare facilities owned by PSI. Prior to joining PSI, Mr. Fincher served as a Regional Vice President of Universal Health Services, Inc. from 2000 until 2003.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Duckworth joined Acadia in April 2011, after having served since May 2010 as Director of Finance at Emdeon Inc., a leading provider of revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, which was then a NYSE-listed company. Previously, Mr. Duckworth was a Manager with Ernst & Young LLP, which he joined in 2002. Among a number of healthcare clients he served at Ernst & Young, Mr. Duckworth worked with Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. (PSI) throughout that company’s eight-year tenure as a public company, including a number of years in which he served as Audit Manager.
Christopher L. Howard
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Christopher L. Howard joined Acadia in February 2011 and has served as the Company’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since that time. Before joining the Company, Mr. Howard served as PSI’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from September 2005 to November 2010. Prior to joining PSI, Mr. Howard was a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, a law firm based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Bruce A. Shear
Executive Vice Chairman
Bruce A. Shear joined Acadia in February 2011 and has served as the Company’s Executive Vice Chairman and President since that time. Prior to joining the Company in 2011, Mr. Shear served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of PHC since 1980 and Treasurer of PHC from September 1993 until February 1996. From 1976 to 1980, he served as Vice President, Financial Affairs, of PHC. Our Board believes that Mr. Shear is qualified to serve as a director due to, among other things, his extensive knowledge of and experience in the healthcare industry and his knowledge of PHC. Mr. Shear has served on the Board of Governors of the Federation of American Health Systems for over fifteen years and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. Since November 2003, Mr. Shear has been a member of the Board of Directors of Vaso Active Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company marketing and selling over-the-counter pharmaceutical products that incorporate Vaso’s transdermal drug delivery technology.