Meet Our Staff

Rivendell Behavioral Health has extensive staff that is dedicated to making sure all patients receive quality care while staying with us. Meet the team of people who make sure we’re staying true to our mission to provide help and hope to those in need.

Leadership Team

Ballard Sheppard, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, Administrator

Deana Thomas, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Jessica Rouse, RN, BSN
Chief Nursing Officer

Lynn Bledsoe
Director of Nutritional Services

Wanda Calvin
Executive Assistant to CEO & Communications Supervisor

Laura Davis, LCSW
Director of Risk Management/Performance Improvement

Jennifer Goodman, LMSW
Director of Outpatient Services

Misty Juola, LPE
Director of Clinical Services

Fred Knox, BA, MA
Director of Assessment & Referral

Kellie Mayle, BA
Human Resources Coordinator

Sara McClain, BA
Director of Business Development

Spencer Smith, BA
Director of Environment of Care (EOC Director)

Tonyia Stanton
Director of Business Office

Kelly Stewart, BA
Director of Utilization Review (UR Director)

Our Physicians

J. Gary Tharp, MD 
Medical Director & Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

John Schay, MD
Psychiatry

David Streett, MD
Adult Services Psychiatrist

Jill Bryson, MD
Internal Medicine

Russell Burton, MD
Internal Medicine