Michael Kotzen, MBA, FACHE - President
Michael is the President of Community Based Care, LLC (“CBC”) and is also a member of CBC’s Board of Directors.
Michael is responsible for developing and implementing the overall strategy of CBC while ensuring the delivery of the highest quality service to CBC’s clients and families. Michael is driven to expand CBC’s reach so that more clients can benefit from CBC’s promise of customer focus, commitment to quality and dedication to its well- trained, outstanding staff.
Michael brings more than twenty-five years of diverse healthcare leadership experience. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University and a MBA from St. Joseph’s University. Michael is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Gene Rodgers, MSW - Executive Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development
Gene Rodgers is the Executive Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development of Community Based Care, LLC. (CBC) as well as a member of the CBC Board of Directors.
Mr. Rodgers provides the overall strategy for the agency as well as focuses on marketing, business development, rapid growth, and managing multiple acquisitions thru the closings.
Mr. Rodgers leads the marketing and business development teams in North Carolina and surrounding southeast states. He is personally involved in the acquisitions from identifying a target, to valuation and all the way thru to closing working with financial and legal professionals and executing the deal.
Mr. Rodgers has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UNC- Wilmington, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a veteran in the field of behavioral health and, more specifically, services for the Intellectual and Developmentally Disabled (I/DD). Since 1992, Mr. Rodgers has risen to progressively higher executive level positions in the industry.
Since 2000, Mr. Rodgers has been specifically focused on business development in the I/DD and Behavioral Health private provider space thru both organic and acquisitive growth strategies.
Laurie McDaniel, MPA - Chief Financial Officer
Laurie McDaniel has worked in both the public and private sector for over 20 years with much of that experience being in finance. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Appalachian State University. Ms. McDaniel worked for HomeCare Management Corporation for ten years as both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer of CBC, LLC.
Richard Edwards, MS - Chief Program Officer
Richard Edwards joined CBC in early 2017 with over twenty years’ experience in behavioral healthcare in North Carolina. Over his career, Richard has worked in and overseen a wide range of facility-based and community-based programs and settings, serving people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, substance use disorders and mental health challenges. Areas of special interest include program operations, quality management, and process improvement.
In addition to his work in the non-profit and for-profit service sectors, Richard has worked as a consultant reviewer for a national accreditation agency, done public policy work on behalf of provider associations, and is an active volunteer in his local community.
Laura Fortier, Chief Human Resources Officer
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Laura is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of Human Resources including leadership development, workforce planning, talent management and planning, compensation and benefits and employee relations. Laura provides strategic leadership to HR ensuring alignment of strategies with the mission, vision and values of the Community Based Care family of providers.
Prior to joining CBC, Laura has served in HR in a number of leadership capacities during her career including healthcare, distribution and non-profit organizations. .
Laura earned both her Bachelor of Science in Management and Master of Business Administration from North Carolina State University.
Corby Brooks, Chief Information Officer
Corby Brooks joined CBC in late February of 2017 after serving as AVP of Human Resources with Lindley Habilitation Services for over 10 years. He is excited to join the CBC team, and for the new opportunity and promotion.
Since 2007, Corby has owned and operated CB Web Innovations, a website design and internet marketing company that serves many successful businesses throughout the Triad. He has over 10 years experience helping businesses grow using the power of technology and the internet. His expertise lies in website development, internet marketing and using technologies to increase business efficiency and communication.
He received a master's degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and taught classes as an adjunct faculty member. Corby currently lives in Burlington, NC and enjoys fishing, camping, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Mary Benson, Director of Data Management and Analysis
Mary Benson joined CBC March 2017 with 19 years’ experience in the Intellectual /developmental disability field. Prior to CBC Mary worked for HomeCare Management Corporation starting as an Administrative Assistant before moving into her last position as Administrative Coordinator. A large responsibility in 2013 was to transition HomeCare to an Electronic Health Record and that is currently Mary’s focus across all holding for CBC.
Mrs. Benson is originally from Jacksonville, NC and now resides in Mint Hill, NC with her husband.
Chris Foster, Director of Marketing and Development
Chris joined CBC in October of 2017 after several years at Lindley Habilitation Services. He served in several departments at Lindley, but most recently oversaw all of Lindley’s marketing efforts. He has worked in the I/DD field for over 15 years, including over a decade in non-profit management, marketing and programming. He is excited to be able to help support all of CBC’s holdings with their marketing efforts.
His experience also includes broadcast and print journalism, as well as event planning and working in the public school system as a behavioral and mental health counselor. He received his degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Liberty University. Chris currently lives in Greensboro with his wife and three children. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth soccer and all things Carolina Panthers.
Rob Patterson, Controller
Rob Patterson joined the CBC team in 2018 after seven prior years working with the Lindley Habilitation acquisition. He has over 20 years of progressive accounting experience, with 15 years of that at the Controller or CFO level. His background is primarily in the staffing industry, with valuable additional experience in manufacturing, consulting, and operations. A graduate of NC State University, Rob currently resides in Mocksville, NC with his wife and daughters.
Melinda Frederick, Chief Executive Officer at Community Innovations Inc.
Melinda Frederick is the Chief Executive Officer at Community Innovations Inc. and has worked for the organization for over a decade.
With over 27 years in the behavioral health field in Florida and North Carolina, Melinda, a National Board Certified counselor and NC LPC has provided therapy and assessment for people of all ages in all types of settings, and served as a leader, clinician, and supervisor for other behavioral health professionals, as well as a clinical trainer and training director. For the past five years, Melinda has focused on provision of IDD services as quality management director for CI. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, both from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.
Melinda strives to develop innovative methods to help care providers increase their effectiveness and exceed standards of care and service. A passionate, versatile, and experienced professional, Melinda continues to embrace the challenges of meeting the needs of people in the fast-changing environment of the 21st century.
Wendy Steele, Chief Executive Officer at Lindley Habilitation Services
Wendy has been with Lindley Habilitation Services for 18 years and as many on Lindley's management team started with the company as a direct care staff while obtaining her Bachelors degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. As the company has grown over the years, Wendy has grown in her position as well. She was one of the first Qualified Professionals and helped to set a high standard of what it means to Provide Exceptional Services to Exceptional People. Wendy served as the Chief Clinical Operations Officer prior to be promoted to CEO in February of 2017.
Wendy lives in Asheboro, NC with her husband and two boys and is an elder and active member of Vintage Church as well as serving on the Board of Directors of Community Concepts, INC.
Margaret Mason, MA - Chief Executive Officer at HomeCare Management Corporation & Hughes Behavioral Mental Health Services
Margaret’s primary responsibility is to ensure that people served, and their families, receive high quality services and supports. In addition, Margaret works to ensure that HCM and Hughes BMHS are great places to work.
Margaret began working in human services while she was a graduate student at Appalachian State University. As a student, she created and led a summer enrichment program for children in underserved communities. After graduating with her Master of Arts degree she worked in behavioral health residential care as a direct service provider.
In 1997 Margaret joined HCM. Over her time with HCM she worked as a Qualified Professional for mental health and intellectual and developmental disability services, Director or Training and Quality Improvement and Chief Operating Officer. In 2015 she joined the leadership team with Hughes BMHS and provides executive leadership for HCM and Hughes BMHS, each within the CBC family of providers.
Margaret has served in state-wide committees and boards to advocate on behalf of behavioral health providers and the people they support. She is currently Board Member and Past-President of the North Carolina Providers Council, Vice-Chair of the I/DD Committee at Vaya Health and voting member of Partners Behavioral Health Management Provider Council.
Margaret, her husband Scott, two children Anna and Logan, and two dogs Gracie and Wesley live in Gastonia NC.
Lee Suelzle, Chief Executive Officer at Suncoast New Options
As Chief Executive Officer of Suncoast New Options, Lee guides the strategy and direction of the organization, and is responsible for ensuring the company’s leadership teams and organizational structure can effectively sustain continued expansion of quality, community-based services. Since joining Suncoast New Options in 1999, Lee has become the driving force behind the overall mission and vision of Suncoast New Options, Inc.
Lee began his career in human services more than 25 years ago, providing direct care to individuals with developmental disabilities. With continued growth, he became a Lead Support Coordinator, training others in the field. Nothing is impossible with Lee; he has been one of the leading pioneers in the developmental disabilities (DD) service arena.
Prior to joining Suncoast New Options, Lee served as a mental health counselor, promoting positive change in the lives of at risk Individuals.
During that time, he found a passion to not only make a difference, but to be the difference, to those who needed a voice. Since then, his voice continues to be heard loud and clear, promoting lives of independence, dignity, and respect.