Frank VieraFrank Viera

President & CEO


Those who know me know I am a passionate person. Between my wife, kids and grandchildren, golf, any movie with Will Farrell, or my Red Sox, I am always happy to talk about the passions in my life. Six years ago, I brought my passion for mental healthcare to NCG and I have enjoyed every moment since. Even more passions include ensuring that we treat our employees with unsurpassed respect, being responsible to our communities, and most of all helping those with mental illness. A proud Greyhound of Assumption College, I bring extensive experience from “C” level and management positions in organizations such as Inova Health System, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Capital Hospice, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Rhode Island Hospital, and Pricewaterhousecoopers.

Debbie Sikes2Debbie Sikes

Chief Clinical Officer


My dad says what we do is "the work of angels.” Quality care is my passion. I love touching every program we provide through our work in the Institute. Coming up on 2 decades with NCG, I have had the rare opportunity to help shape a vision that, simply said, helps people. And while I love what I do, we all need respite from time to time, and travel is mine. If I can’t resist the pull of a work call, then a trip is in order! Maybe someday I'll leave my phone behind.

Joan Green CFO 200x200Joan Green



I want to make sure that we use resources wisely to promote efficient healthcare. I have been with NCG since 2010. My career, spanning four states, included manufacturing, insurance, healthcare, transportation and a marina. When not at work, I enjoy ballroom dancing, playing bridge (cards), and as much beach time as I can get in.

Sean BlairSean M. Blair

COO, Mental Health Services


I grew up playing sports in northern New Jersey. When annual soccer tournaments brought me to Virginia, I knew this would one day become home. I graduated from the University of Richmond in 1996 (B.A.) and from Springfield College in 1998 (M.S.), right before being hired as NCG's first community-based counselor. I am proud of NCG's growth and the opportunities to improve lives through our services. In my downtime, I enjoy golf, SportsCenter, chocolate, and Seinfeld re-runs. I root for the Yankees, Knicks, Rangers, Cowboys, and UVA. Why the Cowboys? Ask me.

Chief Operating Officer, Community-based Services  

Angela Edmonds200x200Angela Edmonds

COO, Treatment Foster Care


I was excited to find my home with National Counseling Group in March of 2010. I have been a long-time athlete, participating in softball, lacrosse and cheerleading since I was 8 years old. I continue to have a passion for fitness and enjoy running in races and competing in physique shows through the National Physique Committee. I have been happily married to the man of my dreams since 2012 and confidently exclaim that my biggest accomplishment in life is my son.

Ashley KemnitzAshley Kemnitz

Vice President of Outpatient Services


I joined NCG in 2005 in order to make a difference in the lives of those that live in my community. I have a passion for people and doing things better. I am a ruthless optimist, an organizer, a connector, and a life lover. I am an addict of coffee, home decorating, sunshine, and all things seafood, especially blue crab. Above all, I love spending time with my husband and two daughters.

Stephan StarkStephan Stark

VP of Brand & Customer Experience


There is nothing I love more than finding creative and effective ways to serve people, and then sharing those success stories. Other than my wife, Rebecca, and my children, Mina and Hayden, this is my greatest joy. Of course, a close third is eating anything in mass quantity. Want to have lunch? We can eat and talk about services.

Trevor SchrotzTrevor Schrotz

VP of Analytics


I am a second degree black belt in a peaceful Japanese martial art called Aikido, which I have studied for 9 years. I also play the drumset in two bands, and have the great fortune of touring Europe and the US each year. Numbers, science, and music are lifelong passions, and I enjoy problem-solving and understanding what makes things tick. I have two wonderful children, a son and a daughter, and a beautiful wife whom I have known since childhood.

Besty Kersey_VP-HRBetsy Kersey

VP of Human Resources


As Vice President of Human Resources, Betsy oversees the company’s people strategy for ncgCARE. In this role, Betsy ensures that ncgCARE hires and retains top talent and strives to create a culture that exemplifies a great place to work. Before joining ncgCARE, Betsy held many leadership positions for Snagajob and LandAmerica and most recently as the VP of Human Resources and Operations for PartnerMD. She was recognized in 2014 as the HR Strategist of the Year for Small Companies. Betsy has also served on the board of Richmond SHRM from 2015-2016 and the Children's Museum's Jr. board from 2011-2015. Betsy lives in Richmond, VA., with her husband and two children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, cooking and traveling

jDesai200Jitendra Desai, MD

Medical Director


I have lived in Roanoke for over 35 years. In addition to my love of psychiatric medicine, I love playing golf and drumming in my spare time. Co-workers have lovingly dubbed me G2, and I am the founder of both Walnut Avenue Associates and Avenues to Recovery. I am board certified in addiction psychiatry as well as adult and geriatric psychiatry. I enjoy helping people help themselves.

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Nicholas C. Riehl, JD, MBA

VP of Corporate Development and General Counsel


Nick joined ncgCARE in 2015 to assist the team in corporate development, specifically mergers and acquisitions. Nick had previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Community Alternatives, Inc., a company providing community based behavioral health services in western Pennsylvania.

Mr. Riehl earned his bachelor’s in business management from Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania, his MBA and Juris Doctor from the University of Akron. Mr. Riehl is licensed to practice law in the Pennsylvania and is registered to provide corporate counsel in Virginia. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Council for Children, Family, and Youth Services, an organization representing human service providers across the state.

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