Meet the Leadership Team at Serenity Behavioral Health Systems
Chief Executive Officer
Charles “Chuck” Williamson is the CEO of Serenity Behavioral Health Systems. Mr. Williamson has served as the CEO of Serenity since 2004.
Prior to coming to Serenity, Mr. Williamson served as the CEO of a Federally Qualified Health Center in West Virginia. He worked in that capacity at the Community Health Foundation at Man, West Virginia, for nine years.
Mr. Williamson served as President of the Greater Augusta Health Network beginning in 2009 until 2013.
Mr. Williamson has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from West Virginia University. He also possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Marshall University.
Born and raised in Man, West Virginia, Mr. Williamson now resides in Evans, GA. with his wife Patty and youngest son. His oldest son attends The University of South Carolina and is studying to be a physician. In his time off, he loves to be active in his church music program at the Sanctuary Church in Evans, GA.
Chief Financial Officer
Todd Deal moved to the Augusta area in 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marshall University in Huntington, WV and is a CPA. He is originally from West Virginia and has spent time in South Carolina and North Carolina.
He has 20+ years behavioral health finance experience. It includes IDD, a state psychiatric hospital and private psychiatric hospitals.
CSU Program Director
I am originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Aiken South Carolina 10 years ago with my husband and 2 daughters. Shortly after our move here I began working at Serenity. I became the nurse manager of the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) in February 2017. I am a certified psychiatric and mental health nurse and have worked as a nurse for over 35 years. I believe it is my calling and I know it is my passion to help others live their lives to the fullest. For Individuals admitted to the CSU, discharge planning starts on admission. When there is a plan there is hope, and when there is hope there is a future. There is nothing more rewarding than to work with our Individuals and to see the smiles return to their faces and to hear hope in their voices. Serenity gives me the opportunity to have and to share that experience.
Director of Compliance and Quality
Kellye Lewis-Cox was born in Dayton, Ohio and raised in Warner Robins, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia Southern University and her Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Augusta State University. She worked at the Medical College of Georgia before being hired at Serenity in 2012. She received her LPC in the state of Georgia in 2015. She is married and has three cats. In her spare time, she enjoys watching football and running ultramarathons.
Intellectual and Develpmental Disability Director
My name is Heather DuBose and I am the Intellectual & Developmental Disability Director, DDP, and Behavior Specialist for Serenity Behavior Health Systems. I graduated from University of South Carolina-Aiken with a Bachelor in Psychology and Minor in Business Management in 1999. I worked at Tri-Development for a year while in college providing care to IDD individuals. After I graduated in 1999, I moved to Rome, Georgia and worked at Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital as a Social Service Case Manager on the acute psychiatric unit for 4 years. In 2004, I became the Behavior Specialist for the IDD Program at Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital and during that time was the Acting Team Leader for a year on an ICF/DD 32 bed facility. In 2006, I moved back to the Augusta Area and started working for Serenity Behavioral Health Systems as the Behavior Specialist for the entire program. I truly love working with IDD Individuals and helping to improve their lives and plan to continue to do so until I retire (and then after).
Child and Adolescent Program Director
John Moore was born In Fort Leonardwood Missouri. His father’s Military service took him to several places before coming to Augusta from Tehran Iran. John completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Augusta State University and later when on to earn his Masters of Education at the same University. Before becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Georgia John had more than 20 years of experience in Business Administration and Management. Prior to working at Serenity John worked as a supervisor for another counseling agency providing intensive interventions for children at risk. He currently serves as the Program Director and Apex Coordinator for the child and adolescent program at Serenity Behavioral Health Systems and is a Board member for the Augusta Partnership for Children.
Adult Outpatient Healthcare Director
Terrell Yelverton came to Serenity in May 2014 as a Registered Nurse working primarily with the CST program. He transitioned to a position within the Adult Outpatient Program and assumed the role of Adult Outpatient Healthcare Director on November 1, 2017. Terrell holds an ADN and BA in Sociology from Augusta University.
Away from Serenity, Terrell loves to spend time with his family and watch college football.
I am the facilities manager for serenity. I am married to a wonderful lady and blessed with 2 beautiful children. I am a graduate of Augusta Technical College with a degree in Residential/Commercial Electricity, Heating/Air Condition, and Industrial Maintenance. I served with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for 17 years as a sergeant and instructor. I am pleased to be here to assist the individuals we serve here in making their experience at Serenity a pleasant one.
Program Director Addictive Disease Services
Cyndi Taylor grew up in Augusta, GA and attended college locally. She received her M Ed. in Counseling at Augusta State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Master Addictions Counselor and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. Before joining Serenity Behavioral Health Systems as Adult Outpatient Program Director for the Satellite clinics, Cyndi served as Regional Director at Transitional Family Services. Cyndi specializes in treating adolescents and adults with Substance Use Disorder. She is actively involved in several community organizations including the Augusta Coalition for Addiction Recovery Awareness and the Columbia County Community Connections Drug Free Communities Coalition.
Good afternoon, I’m Stephen Martell and have been the Community Supports Program Director since 2014. I actually started my tenure here at Serenity in 2012 as an intern from Georgia Southern University. Nothing gives me greater joy than to watch people learn, grow, and succeed. At home I have a beautiful girlfriend with 2 girls; one 2 year old and one 13 year old. We also have a little dog named Reina that we rescued in 2016. I love relaxing with family, cooking a good meal, and fixing up stuff around our home.
Karen D. Paschal
Community Services Program Director
Karen D. Paschal is the Community Services Program Director for Serenity Behavioral Health Systems and Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to becoming CS Director she was the Program Manager for P.A.T.H here at Serenity for five years. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with emphasis in Criminal Justice.
Karen is a native of Augusta, Ga. she has been married for 22 years and they have 2 beautiful children. She is passionate about helping others and feels like Serenity Behavioral Health gives her the opportunity to fulfill that passion. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family relaxing and having fun.
Human Resources Director
Lisa Gilbert is Serenity’s Human Resources Director. She began her tenure with Serenity back in 2016 as an HR Representative then took on the task of payroll processing back in 2017. With her Human Resources background along with previous job experiences she was promoted to HR Director in 2018. She achieved her BBA in Human Resources back in August, 2017 from AIU.
Lisa was born in Augusta, Ga. Her family moved away from Augusta when she was a child. She then returned as an adult to raise her daughters here in the local area. When she isn’t working and sitting behind a computer she enjoys traveling to the beach and mountains where she likes taking pictures of nature.