Charles Lea Center



The Charles Lea Center has a highly dedicated and experienced leadership team that is focused on providing excellent services that meet the individual needs of each person served by the Charles Lea Center. While each member of the leadership team has a core area of responsibility, it is their collective effort, collaboration and commitment to the mission that distinguishes them as highly skilled and effective.

Everyone on the leadership team also knows that the success of the Charles Lea Center is based on the collective effort and commitment of every employee of the Charles Lea Center. With more than 525 hard-working employees, the Charles Lea Center has been able to meet its mission, and for that the leadership team is thankful and humbled by the compassion and professionalism each staff member brings to the Center.

Jerry Bernard

Chief Executive Officer

Shannon Childress

Senior Vice President of North Carolina and Ancillary Services

Robert Decker

Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer

Lois R. Durrah, MA, LPC, NCC

Senior Vice President of Community Supports

Sheila Garrison

Vice President of Quality, Risk Management, Awareness & Prevention

Caroline Lybrand, MAT, BCBA

Vice President of Clinical Services (BCBA)

Kim Norris

Senior Executive Assistant

Kristie Kendall

Vice President of Professional Development

Steve Ragland

Vice President of Special Projects

Tori Johnson

HR Director

Charles Lea Center Foundation Leadership