Executive Leadership Team

Leadership Teams

Maine Behavioral Healthcare operates under the guidance of three primary leadership bodies:


Strategy Team

The MBH Strategy Team is made up of the Maine Behavioral Healthcare CEO, Spring Harbor Hospital President, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice Presidents, and the Chief of Psychiatry.

Stephen Merz

Stephen M. Merz, FACHE

President

Stephen Merz, FACHE, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, has more than 20 years of experience as a healthcare executive. Previously he was the Vice President and Executive Director of Behavioral Health at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, one of New England’s largest hospitals.

Starting as an administrative fellow in 1995, he assumed ever-increasing responsibilities over more than 20 years in New Haven becoming vice president and executive director of behavioral health. He undertook a number of initiatives to help transform and integrate mental health care into the larger system and the community, including programs that brought mental health care into other medical services and setting up transitional support for patients returning home.

Stephen holds a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.


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Mary Jane Krebs, FACHE

President of Spring Harbor Hospital

Mary Jane Krebs, FACHE, is the President of Spring Harbor Hospital and Senior Vice President of the Intensive Service Line at Maine Behavioral Healthcare. She is leading the priority of safe patient flow and lowering lengths of stay for adult patients at Spring Harbor, as well as cultivating employee engagement across the Maine Behavioral Healthcare system to attract and retain the best professionals in the field.

Previously, Mary Jane was the CEO of Community Counseling Center, now also part of Maine Behavioral Healthcare; Chief Clinical and Nursing Officer at Spring Harbor and Maine Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry; and Vice President of Clinical Services at Jackson Brook Institute. Mary Jane completed her undergraduate nursing degree at the College of New Jersey and graduate degree at New York University.

She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a steering committee member of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, serves on the Southern Maine Area on Aging Board of Trustees, the Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors and chairs the MHA Mental Health Council.


Michael Abbatiello

Michael Abbatiello, MPPM, CPA

Senior Vice President of Operations and Finance

With over twenty-seven years of experience in healthcare finance, Michael R. Abbatiello, CPA, MPPM is the Chief Financial Officer of Maine Behavioral Healthcare managing the areas of Finance, Patient Accounts, Supply Chain, Practice Management, Health Information Management, Revenue Cycle, Information Services and Facilities Management. Michael has taken the lead in negotiating behavioral health commercial insurance agreements on behalf of MaineHealth, leveraging the strategic advantages of our entire Behavioral Health Service Continuum.

Michael is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Organizational Management from the Muskie School of Public Service where he developed longitudinal research on the financial vulnerability of Maine's social service sector. Taking an active role in Augusta, Michael advocates for financial and policy matters that impact behavioral health resources across the MaineHealth system. His entrepreneurial spirit and focus on customer service comes from a history of a family-run business where he learned the benefits of investing in a positive customer experience.


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Linda S. Durst, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center

Dr. Linda Durst currently serves as Senior Vice President, Medical & Clinical Affairs for Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center. Prior to her work with MBH and MMC, Dr. Durst was Medical Director of the Institute of Living and Associate Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Hartford Hospital. She previously served as Chief Medical Officer at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine and Medical Director/Vice Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Durst has been actively engaged in the area of suicide prevention, developing a suicide screen for the University of Arizona Health System, South Campus, active in multiple quality improvement teams on suicide prevention, and has taught physicians and non-physicians in suicide assessment. She received training at the Zero Suicide Academy in Maryland, as a member of one of 20 teams selected nationally and internationally. Most recently Dr. Durst was trained in the CASE interviewing strategy developed by Shawn Shea, MD to assess for suicide risk and the CBT-suicide prevention module developed by David Rudd, PhD. She recently chaired the Hartford Healthcare Behavioral Health Network’s Suicide Prevention Task Force and had been responsible for rolling out Zero Suicide to the Hartford Healthcare Behavioral Health Network and assisting in the roll-out in the state of Connecticut.

Dr. Durst was elected as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists in 2017, for her expertise in Administrative Psychiatry.


Katie Fullam Harris

Katie Fullam Harris

Senior Vice President, Government Relations, MaineHealth

Katie Fullam Harris serves as Senior Vice President of Government & Relations and Accountable Care Strategy for MaineHealth, Maine’s largest health care system. She works with policymakers and employers to shape and respond to public policy and market changes, and she leads efforts to develop new system initiatives that support MaineHealth’s accountable care goals. Prior to joining MaineHealth, Katie was the Director of Government Relations for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. She has also served as a program director for the Maine Development Foundation and as Assistant to the Commissioner for the Maine Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.

A native of Maine, Katie has an MS in Health Care Policy and Management from the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine, and a BA from Columbia University. She is an active triathlete and runner, and she and her husband live in Cumberland with their 2 dogs.


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Steven P. Stout, MD

Medical Director for Ambulatory Services

Steven P. Stout, MD is the Medical Director for outpatient psychiatry. A graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, he received board certification in psychiatry in 1996. Dr. Stout has held leadership positions at Maine Medical Center, most recently as Adult Outpatient Medical Director.

Dr. Stout is a firm believer in the process of recovery. “We are all knocked down at some point… that is life. But we all struggle in our own ways to stand up again and move forward.”

He believes that good health care considers the mind and the body.  This connection reinforces the vital importance of good communication between an individual’s behavioral health and primary care teams. 

 

 


Robert McCarley

Robert McCarley, MD

Vice President of Medical Affairs for Intensive Services

Robert V. McCarley, MD is the Vice President for Maine Behavioral Healthcare Medical Affairs for Intensive Services including Crisis, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), contracted services at Southern Maine Healthcare and Pen Bay Medical Center, and at Spring Harbor Hospital.

Dr. McCarley has practiced in Maine for 14 years, working for 10 years at MMC in the outpatient psychiatry Partial Hospital Program, and as the Outpatient Psychiatry Residency Coordinator. He subsequently became the Medical Director of Spring Harbor Hospital, which merged with Maine Behavioral Healthcare.

He trained at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatric Residency Training Program, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston. He graduated from the George Washington Center School of Medicine in Washington DC.

Dr. McCarley has five children, and enjoys skiing, walking in the woods with his dog, and living with his family and community in Maine.



Matthew Siegel

Matthew Siegel, MD

Vice President of Medical Affairs, Autism and Developmental Disorders Services

Matthew S. Siegel, MD is the Vice President of Medical Affairs, Autism and Developmental Disorders Services at Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Tufts University and Faculty Scientist at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. His educational background includes undergraduate studies at Amherst College followed by Stanford Medical School, and training at Brown University in child psychiatry and pediatrics. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in systems of care and research for children with autism, intellectual disability and co-occurring emotional and behavioral disorders.


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Jennifer Hunt-Maclearn

Chief Nursing Officer

Jennifer Hunt-MacLearn is the Chief Nursing Officer for Spring Harbor Hospital. She has been with the hospital since its inception in 1999 and has over 25 years of providing leadership in nursing, infection control, training, risk management, and quality management. Prior roles have included Director of Professional Development & Performance Excellence, and most recently, Vice President of Operations, Intensive Services.

Jennifer’s professional affiliations include the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a Master’s of Science in Nursing – Psych/Mental Health, has received an Advanced Nursing Leadership Certificate from Saint Anselm College and is a 2014 alum of the Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership HLD course.

 


Melania Turgelsky

Melania Turgelsky, LCSW

Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

Melania Turgelsky is the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Maine Behavioral Healthcare. She is responsible for planning and directing strategic and long-range goals aligned with MaineHealth and Maine Behavioral Healthcare interests.  Responsibilities include oversight of the MaineHealth behavioral health service line, and ensuring coordination of Maine Behavioral Healthcare strategic and management, strategic improvement projects and select annual business development plans.  Prior roles include Vice President of Quality and Performance Improvement at Maine Behavioral Healthcare and Chief Operating Officer at Community Counseling Center.

Melania has a Masters degree in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work and a BA from Yale University.  A childhood spent in Kenya and Nigeria influences her perspective on life and work.  She is an active member of her community, volunteering annually for the Beach to Beacon Road Race and other community organizations.



Operations Council 

This key leadership group was formed to enhance and streamline communication between our organizational leaders, primarily focusing on operational issues. The Council meets weekly to review safety events, critical incidents, announcements, program dashboard review, in addition to a rotating cycle of weekly topics in four key areas:

  1. Inpatient/Intensive Services,
  2. Ambulatory/Integrative Services,
  3. Safety/Quality, Performance Improvement, and
  4. Corporate/Financial services and People & Culture

Medical Staff Leadership Council

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This team of clinical leaders includes members of the Strategy Team, and our medical staff leaders. The purpose of the council is to provide overall clinical direction for MBH, including new program development, and oversight of key quality/value metrics, and clinical leadership.