Chairman & Co-Founder, American Addiction Centers
Known as an addiction industry author, national speaker, and overall trailblazer, Michael Cartwright has been a behavioral healthcare entrepreneur for over 20 years. Having started four companies, Michael’s treatment services have spanned 12 states across the nation and served both the public and private sectors. From government grants, Medicaid and Medicare to commercial insurance and private pay, Michael has provided services to many population segments.
Committed to quality, effective care, Michael has directly supervised 15 federally-funded research studies regarding best treatment practices. Identified as an expert on program development, integrated care, and research-based approaches, Michael was appointed to the U.S. Senate Help Sub-Committee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, a bi-partisan Technical Advisory Workgroup and NASADAD/NASMHPD Joint Task Force. Michael was also a founding board member of Dual Recovery Anonymous and currently serves as a member of the National Steering Council on Co-occurring Disorders.
The culmination of his research and experience are the foundation of his book Believable Hope: 5 Essential Elements to Beat Any Addiction.
In Believable Hope, Michael shares his personal struggles, recovery process, and 5-pronged approach, the 5 Essential Elements, that have caused dramatic, healthy transformations for thousands of people.
Currently, the Chairman of the Board for American Addiction Centers, a national behavioral healthcare company with treatment centers located in Southern California, Nevada, Texas, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Florida, Michael offers treatment and recovery options for drug, alcohol, and mental health disorders. The 5 Essential Elements play a key role in American Addiction Centers’ clinical programs and are integral to the AAC culture.
In addition to co-founding American Addiction Centers, Michael launched the national Lifestyle Intervention Conference
. This annual conference focuses on all lifestyle addictions, including food, obesity, sex, pornography, gambling, smoking, and gaming. Currently in its sixth year, this is the only conference in the country where treatment professionals for all behavioral health specialties come together in one place.
Michael currently lives in Franklin, TN, with his wife and two children.
Kirk Manz, Chief Financial Officer
Kirk has 23 years of professional experience as founder and chief executive of five communications companies, managing partner of a boutique investment banking firm, institutional account manager in the securities industry, senior healthcare executive, and independent business consultant. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Igaea, an international voiceover IP Company, and founder of Private Capital Group, a boutique investment banking firm. Kirk is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Andrew W. McWilliams, Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. McWilliams joined the company as Chief Accounting Officer in August 2014. 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.
Kathryn Phillips, General Counsel & Secretary
Ms. Phillips joined the Company in 2013 as General Counsel and Secretary. From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Phillips served as Managing Partner of Sevier Phillips & Associates, a legal, compliance and political consulting practice focused primarily on healthcare clients. From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Phillips was General Counsel and Secretary of National Renal Alliance, LLC, a national renal disease management and dialysis provider, where Ms. Phillips served as the chief legal and government affairs officer. From 1999 to 2004, Ms. Phillips practiced with the law firm of Stites & Harbison PLLC. In 1999, Ms. Phillips served as General Counsel for Alexander for President, the presidential campaign of Senator Lamar Alexander. From 1995 to 1998, Ms. Phillips practiced with the law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.
Mike Stetar, Chief Technology Officer
Mike spent more than 27 years with UPS prior to joining American Addiction Centers. Mike worked in various technology roles during his many years at UPS. He brings with him vast knowledge and experience in multi-facility IT system architecture and design. He now resides in Nashville, TN with his wife and children.
Mike Blackburn, Sr. VP Business Development
Mike is a certified Employee Assistance Professional, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Labor Assistance Professional, Substance Abuse Professional and is Certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management. He retired from the Providence, RI, Fire Department with the rank of Battalion Chief and is a proud member of the Rhode Island Fire/Police Union.
Adam Mittelberg, Chief Marketing Officer
Prior to joining American Addiction Centers, Adam was the Director of Worldwide Sales at Griffin Technology. Adam brings over 15 years of executive sales and marketing experience to the organization, spending much of his career within highly successful interactive marketing and technology-based companies. He holds a BA in Marketing and resides outside of Nashville, TN with his family.
Paul Reed, VP of Operations
A South Florida native, Paul Reed, LCSW currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for American Addiction Centers. Mr. Reed earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida International University. Prior to joining American Addiction Centers, Mr. Reed was the Regional Director of Florida Programs at CRC Healthcare Inc. With over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health industry, Mr. Reed has managed programs with a 200+ bed capacity, attained and sustained both JCAHO and CARF accreditations and specialty licenses, and spearheaded several expansion projects driven by capacity limitations and consistent waiting lists.
Cindy Dill, VP of Human Resources
Cindy Dill joined the company in 2014 as Vice President, Human, Resources. Cindy has been in human resources, specifically in healthcare for twenty years. Cindy worked 12 years for Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. (PSI) as Vice President, Human Resources. PSI owned 93 hospitals in 32 states, as the largest for-profit operator of owned or leased freestanding psychiatric inpatient facilities. Cindy is an experienced leader with mergers and acquisitions, startups, finance, operating in fast-paced organizations, human resources and management of large teams. Prior to PSI, Cindy worked for Response Oncology, Inc., a public corporation operating 44 cancer treatment centers and managing 10 physician practices in 24 states.