• Stacey Cook, M.S.W., LCSW, CPNLP
    President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

    SalusCare’s Board of Directors named Stacey Cook, MSW, LCSW, CPNLP President & CEO of the organization as of May 12, 2016. Stacey had been serving as Interim President/CEO since October, 2015.

    For more than 28 years, Stacey has called Southwest Florida home. She is a graduate of the Lee County Public Schools and earned her Master’s in Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2001 and was licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in 2003.

    She began her tenure working in the behavioral healthcare field in 1993 as a volunteer with the Rieves Residential program at the former Ruth Cooper Center/Lee Mental Health. In May, 1994 Stacey began her employment with the same organization, working as a behavioral health technician at the short term residential treatment program. In February 1997, she accepted a clinical case management position and, in 1999, transferred to the David Lawrence Center (DLC) in Naples to work as a case management supervisor through a DLC/Lee Mental Health partnership. Stacey also led the Naples FACT team for two years prior to returning to Lee Mental Health in 2005 as Director of Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. In 2006, that role expanded to include directing the community treatment teams as well.

    In June, 2008 Stacey was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Residential and Outpatient Services. In 2012 and 2013, her roles and duties expanded as she began leadership of children’s case management, therapeutic behavioral on-site services, the children’s comprehensive community service team, outpatient psychiatry, outpatient substance abuse treatment, felony drug court and prevention.

    Stacey has also served as a surveyor for CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) an international independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. In 2014 and 2015, Stacey was a member of Allocations Team #10 for the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties.

    She brings more than 18 years of management experience to her role as Chief Executive Officer of SalusCare.

  • Ronne Apicella, B.S.
    Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    Ronne Apicella was named SalusCare’s Chief Financial Officer in October 2015. Ronne began her career in the behavioral healthcare field in 2011 as Director of Accounting for the former Lee Mental Health Center, and continued in that role post-merger with SalusCare. She brings more than 20 years accounting experience to her position as CFO.

    Prior to working for SalusCare, Ronne was employed by the Ultralife Corporation in Newark, New York as their Financial Reporting Manager, handling all of the company’s SEC filings and tax reporting. In 2006, Ronne moved to Florida and became Controller of Ultralife’s energy services division and part-time controller of their facility in the United Kingdom. She also has experience working in the accounting field for an investment firm and a prestigious art gallery in New York City.

    Ronne earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (with a concentration in Accounting and Finance) from the University of Buffalo in 1995, and passed the Certified Public Accountant exam in New York in 1999.

  • Dr. Zaheer Aslam
    Vice President & Chief Medical Officer

  • Mary Gray, B.S.
    Vice President of Human Resources

  • Jessica Plazewski, M.A., MCAP, CBHCMS, RMHCI
    Vice President & Chief Operations Officer (COO)

  • Debra Patterson, M.A., LMHC
    Vice President, Quality Management

  • Michelle Sutherland
    Executive Administrator

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