Tag Archives: Leadership Team

Tag Archives: Leadership Team


Chief Executive Officer

Jay Crosson began his career with Cumberland Heights in 1993 and accepted his role as Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Prior to becoming CEO, Jay was the CFO of the organization.

Jay began his career at Cumberland Heights in admissions, and, at various times, managed the admissions, accounts receivable and patient accounting departments.

Jay is a grateful recovering alumnus, having been a patient at Cumberland Heights in 1989. His personal experience of treatment at Cumberland Heights and the transformative power of the 12 Steps shape his leadership principles today.

Jay is a Nashville native and graduate from MTSU, with an MBA from Belmont University.

Chief Clinical Officer

Cinde Stewart Freeman is Cumberland Heights’ Chief Clinical Officer and has been with Cumberland Heights for 25 years. During her tenure Cinde has served in nursing, clinical management, and administrative roles.

Cinde is a bachelor’s prepared nurse with a master’s degree in counseling. She served on the Board of Directors at both AWARE and Thistle Farms. Cinde has developed and presented professional trainings on a wide variety of clinical skills, as well as process improvement, clinical supervision, and workplace wellness. She is an Oral Examiner for the Tennessee Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor for the LADAC.

Cinde received her bachelors in nursing from Western Kentucky University and her masters from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Chapman Sledge accepted his role as Chief Medical Officer at Cumberland Heights in 2009. For the previous 15 years, he had been Medical Director of Addiction Treatment Services at Pine Grove Behavioral Health in Hattiesburg, MS.

Dr. Sledge is a nationally known physician in addiction medicine, served on the board of directors for the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and regularly speaks at conferences around the country. Dr. Sledge was among the first group of physicians to receive certification by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He also serves on the Medical/Scientific Committee of the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence.

Dr. Sledge is a graduate of LSU and the University of Mississippi, School of Medicine.

Chief Operations Officer

Butch began his career with Cumberland Heights in 2006 and accepted his current role in 2015.

Butch began counseling in 1989 and worked with Cumberland Heights through the 90’s doing Aftercare, contract work and individual counseling. He worked for one of the state’s first Intensive Outpatient Programs at the Jackson Counseling Center in Jackson, TN and the Jackson Area council on Alcoholism. During this time he developed two pilot addiction programs in the greater West Tennessee area. Butch also maintained a private practice specializing in family of origin work with addicted populations and worked with Impaired Professionals. Butch is a State Licensed and Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor

Butch is a Jackson, Tennessee native. He is a graduate of Lambuth University and earned an MBA from Union University.

Co-Chief Development & Marketing Officer

Martha Farabee is Chief Development & Marketing Officer at Cumberland Heights. She has nearly 30 years experience in non-profit fundraising and has been with Cumberland Heights since 2009.

Martha previously served as Vice President of Development and Marketing at the Sexual Assault Center in Nashville, as Director of Development at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, and as Director of Development at the Martha O’Bryan Center. Martha has held leadership roles within the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Middle Tennessee Planned Giving Council, and was named the first AFP Fundraising Executive of the Year in 2000.

An Alabama native, Martha is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Co-Chief Development & Marketing Officer

Cindy Patterson accepted her role as Chief Development and Marketing Officer in 2019.

Cindy has more than 16 years of experience in non-profit fundraising, most recently serving as Development Officer for United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. Prior to that she was V.P. of Development for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, a position she held for 10 years after serving as Development Director for NashvilleRead. Before her many years in fundraising, Cindy was the Manager of Premium Services for American Airlines.

Originally from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

Chief Financial Officer

Robin Cox is the Chief Financial Officer at Cumberland Heights, the Southeast’s premier alcohol and drug addiction treatment center. Robin accepted her role at Cumberland Heights in 2006.

Robin previously worked as Controller at Accu-Crete, Inc., a concrete contractor based in Washington D.C. She is currently responsible for business accounting activities including, preparing financial statements, creating an organization budget, and managing payroll. Robin is an advocate for education and volunteers at Coopertown Elementary School.

Robin is a middle Tennessee native and a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

Chief Human Resources Officer

Kathryn Mastin, Cumberland Heights Chief Human Resources Officer since 2015, has spent more than 30 years as a Human Resources professional. Most recently she served as the Human Resources Director at Parallon, one of the country’s largest revenue cycle partners, with more than 15,800 employees serving hospitals and physician practices.

“My goal at Cumberland Heights is to help provide the best possible care for our patients,” said Mastin. “The way I’m able to contribute is by taking care of our employees so they can carry out our mission.”

Mastin is affiliated with the United Methodist Church where she serves many roles and sits on the board. She’s also on the regional board of directors at the Center for Youth Ministry Training where they find new ways to minister to young people. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee.

Executive Director for Community Based Services

Randal Lea is a licensed addictions counselor with thirty years of clinical and administrative experience, half of it at Cumberland Heights. Lea received master’s degrees in counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University and in psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Mr. Lea has been a frequent presenter on such topics as Assessment, Ethics, Dreamwork, and Trauma. He is a certified practitioner of DreamTending and a Qualified Clinical supervisor.

Previous to his current role as Executive Director of Community Based Services, Mr. Lea served eight years as Assistant Commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. In 2008, he was recognized by the Praed Foundation as a national “Systems Champion” for implementing a statewide children’s assessment for DCS. He also received the “Friend of Children Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2010 from Tennessee Voices for Children after seven years on their board and was recognized in both 2000 and in 2015 as “Professional of the Year” by the local chapter of NAADAC.

Director of Psychiatric Services

Dr. Howard L. Burley, Director of Psychiatric Services Cumberland Heights, is an addiction psychiatry specialist, and has been practicing for 34 years.

Dr. Burley graduated from Meharry Medical College School Of Medicine in 1985 and specializes in addiction psychiatry.


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