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Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Michael T. Cartwright
Michael T. Cartwright
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Michael T. Cartwright Mr. Cartwright has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since 2011 and currently serves as our Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since June 2013. Mr. Cartwright has almost 23 years of experience in the addiction treatment industry. In 2009, Mr. Cartwright co-founded Performance Revolution, LLC (d/b/a FitRx), a company focused on weight management and served as its chief executive officer until it merged into Forterus, Inc. in 2011. In 1999, he founded Foundations Recovery Network, LLC, a national alcohol and drug treatment company, and served on its Board of Directors and as its president and chief executive officer until 2009. Additionally, in 1995, Mr. Cartwright founded Foundations Associates, a not-for-profit alcohol and drug treatment center in Nashville, Tennessee, and served on its Board of Directors and as its chief executive officer until its purchase by Foundations Recovery Network, LLC in 2007. While at Foundations Associates, Mr. Cartwright conducted over 10 federally funded research studies on dual diagnosis and addiction. Mr. Cartwright also served on the U.S. Senate Help Subcommittee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Cartwright currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.
Michael Nanko, Ph.D.
Michael Nanko, Ph.D.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Michael Nanko, Ph.D. Dr. Nanko joined the company as President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2018. Throughout his career, Dr. Nanko has held a number of positions in the healthcare industry, including behavioral health and addiction services. Prior to joining American Addiction Centers, Dr. Nanko served as President of Behavioral Health Services (BHS) for HCA, Inc., coming on board in August 2015 initially in the succession role of Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Nanko had overall accountability for the service line, inpatient and outpatient services, as well as the access response centers that support the acute care hospitals and ERs across the company with behavioral health needs. Before joining HCA, Dr. Nanko served in an executive capacity at Kaiser Permanente Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in Northern California, where he held a dual role in health plan and operations with responsibilities across the continuum of care including specialty care provided to members outside of Kaiser. Prior to that experience, Dr. Nanko held a variety of positions in healthcare and nonprofit management, including as Vice President of Psychiatry and Continuing Care Services at Cedar Sinai Medical Center and Health System in Los Angeles, California, which included inpatient and outpatient addiction services, and as Vice President of Mercy Healthcare Arizona/Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health) in Phoenix, Arizona. Some of his earliest exposure and experiences with addiction services occurred when he was CEO of Sierra Vista Hospital in Sacramento, California, and later as COO for a large not for profit mental health and addictions services agency in Los Angeles County, California. Mr. Nanko's educational background includes a BA, MA and Ph.D in Psychology.
Andrew W. McWilliams
Andrew W. McWilliams
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew W. McWilliams Mr. McWilliams joined the company as Chief Accounting Officer in August 2014 and was named Chief Financial Officer in January 2018, bringing over 18 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. From October 1998 through August 2014, Mr. McWilliams worked as an auditor with Ernst & Young LLP, a national public accounting firm. During his tenure with Ernst & Young, Mr. McWilliams served multiple healthcare clients and also gained experience across a variety of corporate transactions, including public offerings of securities and mergers and acquisitions.
Chris Chi
Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Chris Chi is AAC’s Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Chris advises AAC on a wide range of matters, including those involving healthcare regulations, litigation strategy, managed care relationships, mergers and acquisitions and securities law. He works closely with colleagues throughout the company to further AAC’s mission of providing high-quality, innovative care for those suffering from alcoholism and other forms of addiction, collaborating on matters involving clinical care, diagnostic testing, patient confidentiality and Twelve Step recovery principles.

Before joining AAC, Chris served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of IASIS Healthcare, a healthcare services company with $3 billion in annual revenue that operated acute care hospitals, outpatient centers and physician clinics across the country, including a managed care division with more than 600,000 covered lives that operated health plans in three states. Before that, he was a mergers and acquisitions and securities law partner at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. He started his legal career at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP in Los Angeles, California. Chris was a reporter with the Los Angeles Times before attending law school at the University of Virginia. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
Karen Abbott
Chief Compliance Officer
Karen Abbott is AAC’s Chief Compliance Officer. Karen is responsible for the management and oversight of AAC’s Compliance Program, including administration of HIPAA, Privacy & Security functions, implementation and review of Compliance standards, policies and procedures, management of Compliance education and training, monitoring and auditing the effectiveness of the Compliance Program, and oversight of any Compliance related investigations. In her role she also is responsible for reporting to Senior Management and the AAC Board of Directors on Compliance activities and Compliance Program effectiveness as well as making recommendations for response to and prevention of certain risk as appropriate.

Before joining AAC, Karen served as Chief Compliance Officer, Sr. Vice President and Sr. Counsel at Diversicare Management Services in Brentwood, TN—a $144 million public company that owns and operates centers and skilled nursing facilities, which provide skilled nursing, short term rehab, and long term care primarily in the Midsouth & Southeast regions of the country. Prior to joining Diversicare, she was Chief Administrative Lawyer, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at IASIS Healthcare—a healthcare services company with $3 billion in annual revenue that operated acute care hospitals, outpatient centers and physician clinics across the country as well as a managed care division with more than 600,000 covered lives that operated health plans in three states. She received her undergraduate degree from Carson Newman University. While working at various startup and large healthcare companies in the greater Nashville area, Karen obtained her law degree from Nashville School of Law.

Board of Directors

Michael J. Blackburn
Director
Mr. Blackburn is a certified employee assistance professional, licensed alcohol and drug counselor, labor assistance professional and substance abuse professional and is certified in acute traumatic stress management. He formerly served as our Senior Vice President of Business Development, a position that he held from 2012 to December 2017. He previously served as the Partner and Senior Vice President of Treatment Solutions Network (TSN) from 2007 to 2012 until TSN was acquired by us in August 2012. Mr. Blackburn also served as the Director of Members Assistance Program for Teamsters Local 251 in the Providence, Rhode Island area from 2003-2007. Mr. Blackburn served 30 years on the Providence, Rhode Island Fire Department and retired as a Battalion Chief. He remains a member of the Rhode Island Fire and Police Retirees Union. Mr. Blackburn received his certificate in drug and alcohol counseling from the University of Rhode Island. Based on his knowledge of the Company, our business and his extensive experience in the addiction treatment industry, we have determined that Mr. Blackburn is qualified to serve as a director.
Jerry D. Bostelman
Chief Executive Officer, Vaco Holdings, LLC
Mr. Bostelman joined our Board of Directors in July 2012. Mr. Bostelman is chief executive officer of Vaco Holdings, LLC, a professional staffing firm, which he co-founded in 2002. Prior to co-founding Vaco, Mr. Bostelman was a regional manager for Robert Half International Inc., a provider of staffing services for accounting and finance professionals, where he worked from 1997 through 2001. From 1993 through 1997, Mr. Bostelman served as an auditor for Arthur Anderson. Mr. Bostelman served six years in the Marine Corps Reserves, including a five month active tour of duty in the first Gulf War.
Lucius E. Burch
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Burch Investment Group
Mr. Burch joined our Board of Directors in February 2012. Since 1989, Mr. Burch has served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Burch Investment Group, formerly Massey Burch Investment Group. Mr. Burch began his tenure at Massey Investment Company (the predecessor of Massey Burch Investment Group), as a financial analyst and portfolio manager in 1968. Mr. Burch is also the chairman and chief executive officer of Collateral Guaranty, a credit enhancement fund. Mr. Burch is the former chairman of CoreCivic, Inc. (f/k/a Corrections Corporation of America) (NYSE:CXW), an operator of private prisons and detention centers and has served on numerous private and public company boards.
Michael T. Cartwright
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AAC Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Cartwright has served as Chairman of our Board of Directors since 2011 and currently serves as our Chief Executive Officer, a position he has held since June 2013. Mr. Cartwright has almost 23 years of experience in the addiction treatment industry. In 2009, Mr. Cartwright co-founded Performance Revolution, LLC (d/b/a FitRx), a company focused on weight management and served as its chief executive officer until it merged into Forterus, Inc. in 2011. In 1999, he founded Foundations Recovery Network, LLC, a national alcohol and drug treatment company, and served on its Board of Directors and as its president and chief executive officer until 2009. Additionally, in 1995, Mr. Cartwright founded Foundations Associates, a not-for-profit alcohol and drug treatment center in Nashville, Tennessee, and served on its Board of Directors and as its chief executive officer until its purchase by Foundations Recovery Network, LLC in 2007. While at Foundations Associates, Mr. Cartwright conducted over 10 federally funded research studies on dual diagnosis and addiction. Mr. Cartwright also served on the U.S. Senate Help Subcommittee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services from 2003 to 2004. Mr. Cartwright currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems.
W. Larry Cash
Director
Mr. Cash most recently served as President of Financial Services, Chief Financial Officer and member of the board of directors of Community Health Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CYH) from 1997 until his retirement in May 2017. Prior to his tenure at Community Health Systems, Mr. Cash served as Vice President and Group Chief Financial Officer of Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation (NYSE:HCA) from 1996 to 1997, Senior Vice President Finance and Operations of Humana, Inc. (NYSE:HUM) from 1973 to 1996 and as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1970 to 1973. He currently serves on the board of Cross Country Healthcare (Nasdaq: CCRN) and privately owned HealthChannels Inc. For 11 consecutive years, Mr. Cash was recognized as one of the Top 3 CFOs in the healthcare sector by Institutional Investor magazine. Mr. Cash is also a member of the Nashville Health Care Council. The Board of Directors believes that Mr. Cash is qualified to serve as a director as a result of his extensive knowledge of and experience in the healthcare industry, his prior extensive board experience, including service on the boards of directors of companies traded on NYSE and Nasdaq, and his general business and financial acumen.
Darrell S. Freeman
Executive Managing Director, Zycron, Inc.
Mr. Freeman joined our Board of Directors in January 2013 and was appointed Lead Independent Director in June 2014. Mr. Freeman currently serves as the executive managing director of Zycron, Inc., an information technology services and solutions firm he founded in 1991. Mr. Freeman served as the executive chairman of Zycron, Inc. from the Company's formation in 1991 until April 2017. Mr. Freeman co-founded Tennessee-based Reliant Bank in 2006, and he has served as a board member and a member of the audit and compensation committees of Commerce Union Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for Reliant Bank (NASDAQ: CUBN), since 2006. Since 2016, Mr. Freeman has also served as the chairman of the board of S3 Asset Management, a technology and medical equipment recycling company. Additionally, in 2007 Mr. Freeman co-founded Pinnacle Construction Partners, a construction management firm, and has served as the chairman since 2007. In 2017, Mr. Freeman was appointed to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees of Middle Tennessee State University by Governor Bill Haslam. From 2012 to 2016, Mr. Freeman served on the Tennessee Board of Regents. Beginning in 2006, Mr. Freeman served two terms as chairman of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and in 2005 served as the chairman of the 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee. Mr. Freeman was also a founding board member of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center in 2010.
David W. Hillis Sr.
Director
Mr. Hillis most recently served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AdCare, Inc. (“AdCare”), which we acquired in March 2018, where he managed services and acquisitions of facilities specializing in alcohol and drug addiction care. Mr. Hillis also served as Chief Executive Officer of AdCare Hospital of Worcester, Inc., a 114-bed hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, from 1974 until our acquisition of AdCare and as Chairman of AdCare Criminal Justice Services, Inc., a company providing alcohol and drug treatment services to federal, state and county jails and correctional facilities from 1989 until our acquisition of AdCare. Mr. Hillis has served as Chairman of the board of directors of Fallon Community Health Plan since 2003 and sat on the audit, academic affairs and finance committees of the board of trustees of Endicott College from 2005 until 2014. He is also a former member of the board of directors of the Central Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross. Based on his extensive experience in the addiction treatment industry, we have determined that Mr. Hillis is qualified to serve as a director.