Regional and Corporate Management
Vice President, Operations
Bill joined The Network in 1997 as state director of Florida, a position he held until he was named executive director in 2009. Today, Bill is vice president, overseeing The Network’s human services operations in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. Bill has extensive experience overseeing operations in children’s mental health, therapeutic foster care, I/DD waiver services, and ICF/MR. Active in government relations at the state and local levels, he currently serves as a gubernatorial-appointed board member of the Florida Independent Living Council. Bill holds a B.A. from the University of Florida and an M.S. in counseling from St. Thomas University.
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Litigation and Risk
Andrea joined The MENTOR Network in 2001 to head up the Network’s Litigation and Risk Management function. She came to The Network after practicing law for seven years with a mid-sized Boston law firm. In her current position, Andrea manages the Network’s professional and general liability insurance program, which includes claims reporting and litigation management, and oversees The Network’s incident risk management and reporting activities. She also manages The Network’s uninsured litigation. Andrea holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Bowdoin College.
Vice President, Finance Operations
Margie has more than 25 years of experience in financial management in a variety of health care and human service settings. Her career at The MENTOR Network includes roles as regional business manager and, most recently, national business director for The Network. A licensed CPA, Margie has extensive experience in accounting, billing, auditing, and acquisition integration. She holds a B.A. in business administration from Mundelein College and has particular expertise in developing and instituting best business practices.
Vice President, Operations
Neil began his human services career in 1979 as a direct care worker in a state institution for people with developmental disabilities. A strong inclusion advocate, he left the institution in 1980 and joined REM Minnesota as program director, where he developed home-like settings and in-home services for individuals in the community. In 1987, he was promoted to executive director and went to Ohio to start a REM operation in that state. As vice president, Neil’s current responsibilities include oversight of human services operations in West Virginia and the I/DD programs in Indiana and Ohio. He has a B.A. from Southwest State University and has completed the graduate program in long-term care administration at the University of Minnesota.
Chief Financial Officer, NeuroRestorative
In his role as Chief Financial Officer for NeuroRestorative, Sean is responsible for the organization’s accounting and finance functions. Most recently, Sean served as vice president of financial planning and analysis for The MENTOR Network. In that role, Sean oversaw the budgeting, forecasting, modeling and strategic analysis and transaction diligence for The Network. Prior to joining The Network in 1997, Sean held positions in public accounting at Coopers & Lybrand and Grant Thornton. A Certified Public Accountant, Sean earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting at Western New England College and his MBA at Babson College.
Vice President, Operations
David Doth is responsible for the oversight and direction of all human services delivered in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and I/DD Services in Illinois. Prior to joining The MENTOR Network in 2004, David served as vice president for the Institute for Human Services Management in Bethesda, Maryland, where he worked with states and local governments as a national-level human services consultant. In the 1990s and early 2000s, David served as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, as deputy commissioner of finance, state budget director for the State of Minnesota and as the commissioner of public health for the City of Minneapolis. David holds an M.P.A. from the University of Minnesota.
Vice President, Operations
As vice president of operations for The MENTOR Network’s Redwood operating group, Robert oversees all human services operations and program growth initiatives in Arizona, California, Oregon and Nevada. He was promoted into this role in June of 2012 after leading California MENTOR for two and a half years as its senior executive director and spearheading initiatives to enhance growth, innovation and quality of services for the individuals we serve. Robert joined The MENTOR Network in 2008 as state director for MENTOR Oregon, where he led the expansion of residential, foster and day programs into rural, underserved regions of the state. Prior to joining The MENTOR Network, Robert developed supported employment and transition services for Villa Esperanza Services. A former development executive with The Walt Disney Company, Robert holds an honors degree from Pepperdine University, and completed graduate studies in rehabilitation leadership through the University of Wisconsin.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
As chief financial officer for The Network's Redwood Operating Group, John oversees a team of professionals who partner with operations to drive growth as well as conduct budget and business management activites for the group. John's previous roles at the company include management of the reimbursement group, payroll services, real estate and leasing management services, and financial reporting and analysis. John came to The Network with the acquisition of REM, where he spent seventeen years managing the accounting and information technology departments, along with reimbursement analysis, cost reporting, budgeting, rate negotiation, and legislative initiatives. His previous experience as a C.P.A. includes audit experience with Deloitte & Touche, and accounting management in a hospital setting. He holds a B.S. in accounting and finance from Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Vice President of Operations, NeuroRestorative
Mike oversees operations for NeuroRestorative and, together with the organization’s COO and CFO, develops the organization’s strategic plans and budgets. He is also an active participant in the due diligence process for acquisitions and program growth. The early years of Mike’s career were focused on practical training and direct care, first as a behavioral specialist and later as a staff psychologist, project coordinator and psychological associate before assuming a leadership role with Learning Services Neurobehavorial Institute. In 2003, Mike became the executive director of Network partner MENTOR ABI, now known as NeuroRestorative. Mike earned his MBA in health care administration from the Regis University School of Management and an MS in clinical behavioral psychology from Eastern Michigan University.
Judy S. Kalisker
Vice President of Compliance and Compliance Officer
Judy joined The MENTOR Network in 2010 and oversees the organization’s compliance function. Her responsibilities include ensuring that The Network has effective policies and practices that comply with the myriad of laws and regulations governing The Network’s programs. In addition, she oversees compliance-related training, auditing and monitoring of Network activity to ensure compliance with laws and internal policies and practices, and investigation of potential non-compliance. With extensive experience in labor and employment law, Judy worked at Boston Scientific Corporation for several years, where she directed its corporate integrity program before being appointed to lead the global compliance and ethics investigations function. She holds a B.A. in government from Cornell University, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Vice President of Treasury, Procurement and Real Estate
Chris joined The MENTOR Network in 2001 to lead the development of the company’s treasury function. He has also played a critical role in The Network’s capital markets transactions. In his current capacity, Chris oversees The Network’s treasury, business insurance, procurement and real estate functions. Prior to joining The Network, Chris worked in various accounting and finance roles at a global financial services firm based in Boston. A Certified Treasury Professional, Chris holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts.
Chief Development Officer, CareMeridian
Dan was appointed chief development officer of CareMeridian in 2003. With more than 15 years of healthcare experience in both the public and private sectors, Dan is responsible for directing all development, sales and marketing efforts. Prior to joining CareMeridian, Dan was CEO of Premier Care Orthopedics, a physician practice management company. During his tenure there, he founded Signature Health Services, a multi-specialty MSO. Dan previously served as executive vice president of business development for South Coast Rehabilitation Services, where he was responsible for leading strategy, development and sales and marketing initiatives. He played a pivotal role in growing the company from a private, regional provider into a nationally recognized company with $100 million in annualized revenue. Dan currently serves on the board of Signature Health Foundation and is a member of the Civic Entrepreneur Organization. He holds a BS in kinesiology and biology from the University of Houston and played professional baseball in the Seattle Mariners’ organization.
Vice President, Operations
Patti joined The MENTOR Network in 1998 as state director for Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In 2002, she became the director of national business development for the Northeast Region. As vice president, Patti oversees operations for Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Prior to joining The Network, Patti worked for Charles River Health Management as director of Commonworks, a managed care network of residential treatment providers serving adolescents in the custody of DCF, the Massachusetts Child Welfare agency. She also worked for Wayside Youth and Family Support Network in various clinical and management roles. Patti has a B.A. in mathematics from Holy Cross as well as an M.S.W. from Boston College.
Vice President, Corporate Finance
Mike oversees The Network's corporate accounting, tax, insurance, audit, financial controls, billing and shared services functions. Mike joined The Network in 2008 after a 27-year career at The Gillette Company and its acquirer, Procter and Gamble, where he served in a wide range of financial management roles, most recently as director of financial services for North America. Mike holds a B.S. in accounting and an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Bentley College.
Chief Financial Officer, Cambridge Group
In his role as Chief Financial Officer for the Cambridge Group, Tom is responsible for the operating group’s accounting and finance function and partners with operations to help guide strategy, policy and growth plans. Prior to joining The MENTOR Network, Tom worked at Iron Mountain for 15 years where he held the position as Senior Vice President, Controller. He previously worked at AT&T Capital Corporation and Data General where he held various finance positions. Tom holds a B.S. in Accounting from Bentley University and an MBA from Nichols College.
Vice President, Field Human Resources
As Vice President of Field Human Resources for NeuroRestorative and the Cambridge Operating Group, Maria employs a comprehensive talent management strategy that attracts, engages and retains talented employees. Maria started with The Network more than 20 years ago and has been involved in many aspects of HR strategy and support, including employee relations and benefits. During her career at The Network, Maria played a key role in the transition of transactional activities to our shared services center in North Andover and a variety of other projects. She holds a BS from St. Michael’s College in Vermont.
Edwin J. Mikkelsen, M.D.
Dr. Mikkelsen is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a consultant to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Department of Developmental Services. Major research interests include: law and psychiatry, administrative aspects of psychiatry, and pervasive developmental disorders. Dr. Mikkelsen received Massachusetts’ Department of Developmental Services Special Recognition for Human Rights Advocacy in 2000, the Institute on Dual Diagnosis Award of Excellence for “exemplary innovations in thought and practice regarding people who have dual diagnosis” and the American Psychiatric Association’s 2003 Frank J. Menolascino Award in recognition of his contributions providing psychiatric services for persons with developmental disabilities. Dr. Mikkelsen maintains a bibliography of more than 90 professional publications and co-authored the book Criminal Offenders with Mental Retardation: Risk Assessment and the Continuum of Community-Based Treatment Programs. He has been the Medical Director for The MENTOR Network since 1990.
Vice President, Quality Assurance and Service Development
As vice president of quality assurance and service development, Gerry oversees all quality management and customer assessment programs at The MENTOR Network to ensure the highest quality, innovation, and flexibility of services provided. Under Gerry’s direction, The MENTOR Network has implemented an aggressive quality improvement program, including clearly articulated standards that offer a clear vision and set expectations; cutting-edge systems that collect data and map trends; and a professional network that regularly reviews and addresses regulatory and compliance issues. Prior to joining The Network in 2007, Gerry devoted more than 30 years of his career to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He served the long-term care community for four years as assistant secretary for disabilities and community services; the I/DD community for more than a decade as the commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services; and adults and children requiring mental health assistance in Boston as director of mental health services for seven years at the Department of Mental Health. He holds a B.A. in special education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M. Ed. from Antioch University, and an M.P.A. from Harvard University.
Vice President, Total Rewards and HR Services
Pam’s primary focus is leading the development and implementation of total rewards programs and HRIS improvements that align with the business strategy and ensuring The Network’s HR shared services center supports the organization through efficient and effective HR and payroll transaction processing. Before joining The Network in 2005, Pam served as a director of compensation and benefits for two large healthcare systems in Massachusetts, as well as vice president of human resources for an engineering firm. Pam holds a B.L.S. in social work from Boston University, a master's degree in management from Cambridge College, and is ABD in Capella University’s PhD organization and management program. Pam is also co-author of two technical employee benefits books published annually by Aspen Publishers in New York: Quick Reference to COBRA and Quick Reference to HIPAA.
Ed Traisman, M.D.
Pediatric Medical Director
A professor of clinical pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and The Network’s pediatric medical director, Dr. Traisman is an expert in policy and practice issues related to children with medically complex conditions. He has published and presented extensively on the subject, and is known throughout the country for his expertise in child development and the medical welfare of children. A resident of Evanston, Illinois, Dr. Traisman continues a third generation pediatric practice in the heart of Chicago, where he is also an active member of the attending staff at Children’s Memorial Hospital. In 1998, he received the Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical Association. Dr. Traisman has been The MENTOR Network’s pediatric medical director since 2002.
Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions
As vice president of mergers & acquisitions, Dave leads The Network's efforts to identify, prioritize, complete and integrate acquisitions, as well as facilitating transaction management and negotiations. He joined the organization in 2009 after spending much of his career in the environmental sector. Dave managed operations and business development for Browning-Ferris Industries, led business development at United Site Services and served as CEO of National Waste Network. Dave also worked for an investment bank, The Woodbridge Group, Inc., where he led the environmental business segment. He began his career with a national CPA firm in Boston. He holds a B.S. in accounting from Bentley College. David.Turgeon@TheMentorNetwork.com.
Vice President for Field Quality Assurance
In her role as vice president for field quality assurance in the Redwood Operating Group, Jane provides leadership and direction to operations to implement The Network's quality improvement and risk management programs. As a member of the company’s quality assurance leadership team, Jane helps establish the quality improvement management framework for The Network. She is also an editor and creator of Safety Net, The Network’s monthly newsletter for caregivers and those who support them. Jane started her career in health and human services providing direct support and then supervising services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Minnesota. Prior to joining The Network in 2003, Jane supervised all I/DD licensing for the State of Minnesota. Jane also has experience as a human services licensor and taught elementary-aged children with emotional/ behavioral needs. She holds a BA in psychology and education from Luther College and completed graduate courses in special education at Minnesota State University.