Executive Team

Executive Team


Chief Executive Officer

Tom leads the organization with nearly 40 years of experience in behavioral health. After serving as CEO of New Arizona Family since 1999, he helped facilitate the merger with Triple R Behavioral Health to form Lifewell Behavioral Wellness in July 2011. Tom has served the behavioral health community in various different positions to include Chief Operations Officer, Director of Capacity Management Services, Clinical Director, Team Leader, Case Manager and Psychiatric Technician. He has held positions at Camelback Psychiatric Hospital System, East Valley Behavioral Healthcare Association and ComCare, a Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) for Maricopa County.

He has also served as a consultant on several project panels, including Multnomah County Crisis Planning in Oregon, PacifiCare Panel in California, Managed Health Network in Tennessee, Catalina Behavioral Authority in Arizona and the Towers Perrin Project to reorganize the Regional Behavioral Health Authority in Maricopa County.

Tom enjoys spending time reading theology and apologetics.



Executive Vice President/CFO

Doris brings 18 years of experience in behavioral health to Lifewell Behavioral Wellness and has worked previously at the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) and provider levels. She has expertise in Single Auditing, OMB A-133, Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP) and Arizona Tax-Exempt Organizational rules and regulations and is well versed in accounting, auditing and taxes.

Prior to joining Lifewell Behavioral Wellness in 2004, Doris has consulted with numerous non-profit organizations and private businesses. Her background includes financial restructuring, financial management, project oversight, day-to-day agency accounting operations, supervision of staff and consultants and technical writing.

Doris holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Business Administration from University of Alabama and earned her CPA (Certified Public Accountant) in 2000.

In her free time Doris enjoys traveling, tennis, spending time outdoors and with friends and family.



Chief Operations Officer

Kip oversees facilities and property management, including building construction, rehabilitation and property maintenance. With more than 20 years of experience, Kip joined the agency in 2002 after serving for 14 years at the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) for Maricopa County, where he filled a variety of roles, including Case Manager, Team Leader, Site Manager, Area Director, Program Coordinator for Adult Services, Director of Planning and Special projects, Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator and Clinical Outreach.

Kip holds a Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from University of Redlands.

In his spare time, Kip enjoys spending time with family and friends.



Chief Clinical Officer

Nicole oversees all aspects of Lifewell Behavioral Wellness’ clinical programs. These services are available at all Lifewellness Centers throughout the valley. Nicole has extensive experience working in the provider community developing, implementing, evaluating programs using evidence based strategies.

Nicole brings over 13 years of experience in the behavioral health field and joined Lifewell Behavioral Wellness in 2002, having previously served as Clinical Director, outpatient manager and therapist.

Nicole earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Phoenix and at Rio Salado Community College teaching psychology and substance abuse courses. Nicole is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor.

On a personal note, Nicole enjoys spending time with family, sports, outdoor activities and traveling.



Chief Development Officer

Ron brings over 35 year of experience in behavioral health and is focused on expanding Lifewell Behavioral Wellness’ high quality programs and services, development of strategic partnerships with various stakeholders and integrated care that is member oriented and performance driven.

Prior to joining Lifewell in 2014, Ron has served in a number of capacities including his most recent tenure as CEO of CHOICES Network for the past seven years. Other behavioral health positions held by Mr. Smith include Assistant Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health, CEO of Phoenix Interfaith Counseling, Bureau Chief of Children’s Services for ADHS, Director of Children’s Services for Value Options, Executive Director of Camelback Hospitals Counseling Center and Executive Director of Community Behavioral Health.

Ron holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University and is Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arizona.

When time permits, Ron enjoys golf and visiting his adult children living in California and Texas.



Chief Information Officer

Bryan oversees implementation and utilization of all Lifewell Behavioral Wellness technology, including application development, telecommunications, enterprise hardware and software including Lifewell Behavioral Wellness’ Electronic Health Record (EHR).

With over 18 years of experience as an information technology consultant in the behavioral health field, including over 10 years consulting for New Arizona Family Inc. and Triple R Behavioral Health, Bryan joined Lifewell in 2011.

He holds a variety of certifications from technology organizations, including Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, VMWare, EMC and SCO.

In his free time Bryan enjoys working with youth groups and traveling with his family.



Chief Quality Officer




Human Resources Director

Alexandra manages the Human Resources Department at Lifewell Behavioral Wellness and provides strategic leadership to recruiting, employee relations, staffing and retention, compensation, benefits and legal and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Lifewell Behavioral Wellness in 2009, Alexandra served in various Human Resources roles with increasing responsibilities.

Alexandra received her Master’s Degree in Law from the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg (Austria) and earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) in 2012 and SHRM – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) in 2015. She is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys spending time with her family and pets, working on home improvement projects and traveling.



Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Greg Gale has been practicing and providing leadership in the field of psychiatry, substance use and integrated care in the Phoenix metropolitan area for over 13 years. He most recently joins us from his role as Medical Director at a Medicaid Managed Care Organization in Southern Arizona and previously as a national medical director overseeing behavioral health, substance use and integrated care services for Humana Behavioral Health. He combines his recent managed care experience with his past experience, expertise and passion for Community Psychiatry. In the community he last served as CMO and VP of Clinical Services at Partners in Recovery, a not-for-profit behavioral health and substance use service organization, which operated 5 clinics throughout Maricopa County. He spear headed the 1st integrated physical and behavioral/substance SMI (serious mentally ill) private practice care delivery program in Maricopa County and the 1st Arizona state licensed dual integrated physical and behavioral/substance use health licensed clinic. Prior to this role he served in a Medical Director role providing leadership to the 23 SMI clinics at ValueOptions and Magellan Health Services (contracted Regional Behavioral Health Authority in Maricopa County), which are both leading national behavioral health managed care organizations. He originally moved to Arizona after gaining experience as Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director at a Community Hospital in San Francisco and after working as a staff psychiatrist at a not-for-profit multi-disciplinary group practice in Berkeley, California. He completed his residency program at Harvard Medical School (Harvard Longwood) in Boston, Massachusetts and completed his medical education at Northwestern University in Chicago.



Director of Finance

Christian brings 17 years of accounting and finance experience to Lifewell Behavioral Wellness and has a strong background in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and the rules and regulations surrounding Nonprofit Organizations. Christian manages the Finance Department at Lifewell Behavioral Wellness and provides leadership over the day to day accounting activities, the procurement department and the processing of behavioral health claims.

Prior to joining Lifewell in 2012, Christian worked for a public accounting firm as an Audit Manager, specializing in auditing Behavioral Health Nonprofit Organizations.

Christian earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Arizona State University.

In his spare time Christian enjoys playing sports with his children, going to the movies and traveling with his family.