Title: Advancing Women Leaders in Behavioral Health: Masterclass in Leadership Development


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Featured Facilitators


Cherlyne Short-Majors
Andrea Barthwell
Ann Miller
Arden O’Connor
Maryann Rosenthal


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Date: Sunday, March 4
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Series Info: This event is part of an ongoing series that will continue at our WCSAD, CORE, and CCSAD conferences. Please check those websites for updated information and make plans to join us.



The relative shortage of female leadership presents an urgent challenge to the behavioral health sector. Technological, financial, legislative, and other factors are advancing and furthering the industry, making gender equality advances paramount. As a group representing half of the targeted treatment population, women should be strategically involved at the highest level in terms of creating new structures, modalities, and paradigms for how treatment is defined, delivered, regulated, and compensated. Women have a unique perspective that is necessary for steering the behavioral health community through the current and upcoming waves of change and transforming present challenges into opportunities for growth.

The first portion of the 2018 Master Classes will focus on essential factors for leadership success and career advancement. Empowered, high-performing women leaders will share global, practical and personal steps necessary on the road to Leadership. During this class, women will have lecture material and small group experiences, allowing for discovery of current opportunities in the field, as well as guidance on how to follow one’s bliss.

The critical mass indicates that the time is right for women to step up and help guide the future of behavioral health’s choices about how clients are treated, how businesses are structured and operated to comply with legislative policy, how organizations remain ethical and healthy fiscally, and how the economical delivery of quality series can remain sustainable.


Featured Facilitator Biographies

Cherlyne Short-Majors, PhD

Cherlyne Short Majors, Ph.D., has held senior executive level positions in marketing, business development and administration for numerous internationally recognized, behavioral healthcare treatment providers including Charter Behavioral Health (National Director of Managed Care), Betty Ford Center (Executive Director of Business Development), Cirque Lodge (National Director of Business Development), UCLA-affiliated Summit Centers (Executive Director) and, most recently, Constellation Behavioral Health (Chief Development Officer; Senior Strategic Advisor). Additionally, she introduced an innovative pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders to the European market by embedding the product in leading Swiss clinics (Director of International Business Development). Dr. Majors’ experience in the fields of child/maternal health and behavioral health spans 30 years in a variety of settings, including treatment of alcohol and drug dependent children and adults, as well as the creation and direction of programs designed to provide such treatment. Her consulting practice includes domestic and international strategic business development, and quality improvement for behavioral health treatment providers. Dr. Majors’ education includes a Ph.D. in Addiction Studies (International University of Graduate Studies); Masters of Liberal Arts (Southern Methodist University); Masters of Arts in Medical Anthropology (Southern Methodist University); Master Addiction Counselor (National); Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (Texas); Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Inactive); Certification in Small Business International Management (Small Business International Trade Association of Oregon); and a Lifetime Teacher’s Certificate (Texas). Dr. Majors is a Founder of The Women’s CEO Global Alliance in Behavioral Health and is committed to encouraging and supporting existing and emerging women leaders through coaching and mentoring in a private practice. Most recently, she founded WILLOW Institute which is dedicated to developing leadership training for emerging women leaders in Behavioral Health. Having a global interest in cross-cultural healthcare systems has motivated Dr. Majors to enjoy international travel to and study in approximately 60 countries.

Andrea Grubb Barthwell, MD, DFASAM

Andrea Grubb Barthwell, M.D., D.F.A.S.A.M., is the Chief Medical Officer for Treatment Management Company and the Founder and Director at Two Dreams Outer Banks, a comprehensive wellness center for the treatment of alcoholism and substance use disorders. She is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington, DC-based global health care and policy-consulting firm EMGlobal LLC.

Dr. Barthwell’s current work is focused on developing strategies to expand access to treatment for opioid dependence disorder, expanding practitioner knowledge of urine drug testing in the identification and treatment of substance use disorders, and helping individuals and families prevent substance use disorders with the lecture series, “The Parents Academy.”

Dr. Barthwell served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President George W Bush from 2002 to 2004. As a member of the President’s sub-cabinet, Dr. Barthwell was a principal advisor on policies aimed at reducing the demand for illicit drugs.

During Dr. Barthwell’s tenure, the Bush Administration widely publicized science-based facts about the dangers of marijuana use and the harms of drug legalization. The Administration encouraged student drug testing as a deterrent to the initiation of drug use and as an early identification tool, and it promoted the expansion and improvement of drug courts. The ONDCP 25-Cities Initiative fostered local coordination of drug treatment and control efforts.

ONDCP coordinated with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to provide funding for screenings, brief interventions, and referrals to treatment to fund early intervention services in hospitals and other general medical and community settings to reach people at risk of dependence on alcohol or drugs. In fiscal year 2004, the President’s drug treatment initiative, Access to Recovery, received a $100 million appropriation from Congress. Initial grants were awarded in 2004 to 14 states and one tribal organization.

While serving the Executive Office of the President, Dr. Barthwell was an active member of the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth and the White House Domestic Violence Working Group. She also worked closely with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to define the scope of its Health Services Research portfolio.

Dr. Barthwell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University, where she served on the Board of Trustees, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School. Following post-graduate training at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical Center, she began her practice in the Chicago area. Dr. Barthwell serves as President of the multi-disciplinary Encounter Medical Group (EMG, an affiliate of EMGlobal), was a founding member of the Chicago Area AIDS Task Force, hosted a weekly local cable show on AIDS, and was president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

In 2003, Dr. Barthwell received the Betty Ford Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. In 1997, Dr. Barthwell’s peers named her one of the “Best Doctors in America” in addiction medicine.

Ann Miller, PhD

Ann Miller has worked in the mental health and substance abuse treatment field since 1978 in the U.S. and abroad. She has served in a variety of clinical and training roles, as well as senior management positions at a number of substance abuse treatment centers in the U.S., including Smithers’ Center in NYC, Freedom Institute in NYC, Father Martin’s Ashley outside of Baltimore, Caron Treatment Centers and CRC Health Group which is the largest for-profit provider of addiction treatment centers in the US. She opened the first residential treatment center in Moscow, Russia in 1991. Ann was also involved in the first online addiction treatment program, eGetgoing, accredited by the Joint Commission and CARF. Dr. Miller spent more than a decade consulting with investment firms involved in the behavioral healthcare industry. Ann is currently Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer of Vizion Health, LLC, a company that owns and operates acute psychiatric hospitals and addiction treatment centers in the U.S. Ann received two Masters’ Degree and her PhD from Columbia University in New York City. She is on the Board of Mind Over Matter, an outpatient mental health treatment provider in Texas, and Calyx Recovery Centers, an outpatient addiction treatment provider located in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Ann currently resides with her husband in Thornton, PA.

Arden O’Connor

Arden O’Connor founded the O’Connor Professional Group to address the needs of families and individuals struggling with an array of behavioral health issues, including addiction, mental health disorders, eating disorders, learning, and other developmental challenges. With several relatives in recovery, Arden is passionate about helping families and individuals navigate the highly fragmented treatment system in a way that creates positive outcomes and allows families to heal.

Arden is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She remains heavily involved in community activities, as a board member of Winsor School Corporation, Collaboration for Family Flourishing, Massachusetts Association of Mental Health, and Justice Resource Institute (former chair). Previously, she served as a board member for the Harvard Club of Boston, Victory Programs, and Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Boston. She maintains professional affiliations with the following organizations: Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, Boston Estate Planning Council, Worthy Circles and Family Firm Institute.

Maryann Rosenthal, PhD

Dr. Rosenthal is a licensed clinical psychologist with a background and career working in both the business and clinical sectors of health care and extensive experience in the field of mental health, substance abuse and recovery. The author of Be A Parent, Not A Pushover, Maryann has consulted throughout America, Australia, Europe, and Asia on family dynamics and life achievement issues. She has been published in numerous magazines and has collaborated on many books.

Dr. Rosenthal served on the Board of Directors for Sias International University in Zhengzhou, China. Appointed by the Governor of California, she served on the State of California’s Developmental Disabilities Board and has been a member of the Domestic Violence Council since 2000.

Maryann is most proud of being co-founder of SensoryWorks LLC, an innovative and evidence based program that explores the relationship between mind and body using neural based body strategies to help patients change behavior. SensoryWorks addresses the importance of community re-entry by focusing on self-regulation and teaching essential competencies for living.

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