Leadership Team

Jody Levison-Johnson, LCSW-C is the President and CEO at the Council on Accreditation. She is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in the field of human services. Prior to joining COA, she served as the Assistant Vice President of Practice Improvement at the National Council for Behavioral Health, where she oversaw the organization’s consulting portfolio and a large, privately funded adolescent mental health initiative. Before that, she was the Chief Clinical Officer for Choices Coordinated Care Solutions, a children's care management organization. There, she handled all program operations, as well as service and business development activities. From 2011 to 2014, Jody served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health, where she managed publicly funded behavioral health services, including the statewide public sector managed care efforts. Using wraparound and managed care technologies, she led the implementation of the Coordinated System of Care for children/youth at greatest risk. Prior to working in Louisiana, Jody was the Vice President of Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI), a non-profit management and consulting services organization. where she had oversight of all of CCSI's service quality, system development and evaluation activities. In short, Jody has driven several cross-system initiatives focused on residential reform and the enhancement of the community-based service array for children, youth, families. She has extensive knowledge in leadership, organizational change, public sector behavioral health, strategic and sustainability planning, service and program reform, and managed care implementation and operations.

Richard Klarberg, JD is a Special Advisor to the President and CEO at the Council on Accreditation (COA).  He was previously President and CEO at COA, a role which he held since joining COA in 2001. Prior to joining COA, he was the Senior Vice President of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the Executive Vice President of the American Health Foundation, and a member of the law firm, Javits & Javits. He served two years in VISTA—the domestic Peace Corps—and taught developmentally challenged children in a New York City public school. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and Queens College of the City University of New York.

Jim Carr, MBA, CPA, CTP, CMA is the CFO of the Council on Accreditation (COA). He is responsible for COA's financial affairs including financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting and cash management. Prior to joining COA in 2010, Jim held Senior Financial Officer positions most recently at Cerami & Associates, Inc. and Crossborder Exchange Corporation. He has an extensive background in financial planning and control, accounting and reporting, treasury, financial analysis, and systems development. Jim graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance.

Michael De Cicco, MS, MPHIL is the Vice President of External Relations & Communications at the Council on Accreditation (COA), where he oversees the Business Development, Marketing, Recognitions and Partnerships, and Business Intelligence groups. A data-driven business development and marketing executive, Michael brings over two decades of experience to COA. Prior to joining, he held senior leadership roles at some of the most respected, award-winning global communications agencies, where he had the privilege of working with some of the world’s largest and most iconic companies and brands. He also has significant experience working as a senior administrator in academia and for global broadcast corporations. Michael holds his BA in European History and French, his MS in Information Science, and his MPhil in Information Studies. Currently, he is working on his PhD dissertation. A true global citizen, he speaks seven languages and is an avid traveler.

Shannon Green, MA, LMHC is the Vice President of Accreditation and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations, which is responsible for facilitating organizations through the accreditation process by providing valuable insight, standards interpretations, and technical assistance to organizations seeking accreditation. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of West Florida and a MA in Counseling from Webster University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of experience working on behalf of children and families. Prior to joining COA in 2013, she spent her career working in an Intensive Residential Treatment Center and Specialized Therapeutic/Treatment Foster Care programs.  She is accomplished in counseling, psycho-social assessments, crisis intervention and advocacy specifically for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral issues. For years, Shannon has enjoyed training staff and caregivers on better understanding youth that have experienced severe trauma and how to best support them. Presently, she is grateful for the opportunity to assist organizations in implementing best practices for their staff and for those that they serve in their communities.

Kathy Chanda, BS, SPHR is the Vice President of Human Resources at the Council on Accreditation (COA).  She is responsible for the direction and oversight of COA’s strategic human resource operations.  Prior to joining COA in 2009, she had 20 years of strategic and operational leadership expertise as a consultative business partner in leading global teams to drive results in full-scale, human capital initiatives.  She has a particular emphasis in leadership, engagement, culture and organizational and individual effectiveness.  She has a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Stephanie Pacinella, MA is the Vice President of Evolving Practice and Standards Development of the Council on Accreditation (COA). She joined COA in 2001 in the Standards Development department focusing on best practices in behavioral health and has since broadened her responsibilities. Stephanie currently oversees all standards development initiatives and has been instrumental in the design and implementation of best-practice standards for non-profit, for-profit and governmental agencies/organizations. Stephanie has a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego and an MA in Community Psychology from Marist College.

Joseph Seoane, BA is the Vice President of Client Relations of the Council on Accreditation (COA) and in his current role collaborates with his departmental colleagues in interfacing with all of COA's accredited and prospective organizations across all its business lines with regard to their pursuit of accreditation. Prior to joining COA in 1998, Joseph was a project coordinator at the Legal Action Center (LAC) in New York City, where he assisted in the development and coordination of legal conferences and trainings across the United States. LAC is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the U.S. whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas. Joseph holds a BA in English from Fordham University.


Private Organization Accreditation

Sweetser, a Maine non-profit agency operating since 1828, provides comprehensive mental and behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services. Statewide, it serves around 15,000 consumers a year, including children, adults, and families in outpatient, office-based, and residential settings.


ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions

Tim Spearin, Vice President, Quality Assurance

ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) since 1996.  Reaccreditation attests that a member organization continues to meet the highest national operating standards as set by the COA.  It also provides assurance that ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions is performing services which the community needs, conducting its operations and funds successfully.
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