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Joan ShepherdJoan Shepherd
Nurse Practioner

Joan Shepherd has been a Nurse Practitioner with The Coleman Institute since 2008. She enjoys both the medical and coaching aspects of this position and has received certifications for completing programs at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Martha Beck Life Coaching, and as a 200 hour Yoga Works instructor.

Outside of work she hikes mountains with her husband, spends time with her family and enjoys running, yoga and calligraphic arts.

April AshworthApril Ashworth
Nurse Practioner

April Ashworth joined The Coleman Institute in May of 2015. Prior to joining the practice, she was a liver transplant coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University for 14 years. She was involved with clinical research and has been active in several publications. Additional experience includes working as a registered nurse in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit, Burn Unit and Brain Injury Rehabilitation. A Pennsylvania native, she earned her undergraduate nursing degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her spare time, she enjoys scuba diving, underwater photography, mountain biking and snow skiing.

Jennifer PiusJennifer Pius
Director of Clinical Services

Jennifer Pius is the Director of Clinical Services for The Coleman Institute. Her main role is providing support and medical information for potential patients and their family as well as performing clinical assessments to ensure each patient is appropriate for our services. She is the guiding voice on the phone helping those who are struggling with addiction. Jennifer holds a Bachelors Degree in Recreational Therapy and a minor in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. After several years of working as a therapist, she began her career at The Coleman Institute in March 2000.

During her spare time, Jennifer enjoys running, yoga, traveling and cheering on her favorite college basketball team, the VCU Rams. Her daughter also keeps her busy with gymnastics and cheerleading practices.

Amy StewartAmy Stewart
Clinical Supervisor

Amy Stewart is the Clinical Supervisor for The Coleman Institute. She speaks with potential patients and their families in order to provide support, answer questions and perform clinical assessments to ensure the patient is an appropriate fit for our services. Amy holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and two Associates Degrees in Human Services and Arts and Sciences. Amy previously worked for 13 years with troubled youth and their families in the city of Richmond as a Site Supervisor. Amy began her career at the Coleman Institute in June 2012.  During her spare time, Amy enjoys going to the movies, horse-back riding, spending time with family and traveling. Amy also stays busy taking care of her children.

Rachel NorthRachel North Allen
Director of Recovery Services

Rachel North is the Director of Recovery Services for The Coleman Institute. Her main role is to work with patients to develop a plan to begin the process of recovery after detoxification treatment. She also directs program development regarding aftercare and recovery. Rachel holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently working towards state licensure to earn Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credentials. During her free time, Rachel enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, hiking, running and following all New England sports teams.

Andrew BlakeAndrew Blake
Chief Operating Officer

Andrew is the Chief Operating Officer for the Coleman Institute, responsible for day-to-day operations as well as strategic planning, marketing and infrastructure improvements. Andrew joined the Coleman Institute in 2015, bringing over 20 years of executive and management experience, most recently as Senior Business Director of Credit Card Operations at Capital One. Earlier in his career with Capital One, he held key positions in retail banking, marketing and strategic planning. Additionally, Andrew worked as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company in Moscow, Russia and Sydney, Australia. Prior to his business career, he was a Company Executive Officer and Platoon Leader in the United States Army.

Andrew holds a B.A. degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Stanford University, and an International MBA from the University of South Carolina. Andrew resides in Richmond with his wife, Elizabeth, and two children.

Gene WilsonGene Wilson
Vice President - TCI Affiliate Offices

Gene Wilson joined The Coleman Institute team in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. Currently, Gene is now focused on the development and expansion of TCI affiliate offices across the United States as well as supporting the current 9 affiliate offices. Prior to TCI, his career included senior operations leadership positions in a variety of industries, both public and private, ranging from hospitality, staffing, golf equipment and instruction, and residential services. Gene graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Industrial Economics. Outside of TCI, he passionately pursues golf and family, particularly his 5 grandchildren.

Morgan TurnbullMorgan Turnbull

Morgan Turnbull is the Controller for The Coleman Institute. He is responsible for all areas of Accounting & Finance, including Financial Statements, expense & variance analysis, budgeting and payroll. Morgan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Economics, a Certificate in Accounting, and a Master’s degree in Finance, all from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Morgan started his career in Accounting with Coopers & Lybrand. More recently, he was Controller for Advanced Technologies in Home Care for 5+ years before he joined The Coleman Institute in March, 2012. During his spare time, Morgan likes to travel, follow the UFC and practice Krav Maga.

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