Patti Greenough, M.Ed., C.P.P., has more than 40 years experience in the field of substance abuse and mental health prevention and treatment with 25 years as the CEO of EPIC Behavioral Healthcare in St. Johns County, Florida. In her position as CEO, she has taken the agency from a small single focus organization to a multi-faceted behavioral health care service delivery system, expanding the agency to meet the ever increasing needs of her community including leading the effort to bring a 16-bed inpatient detox and residential treatment center to St. Johns County.
Patti is an active participant in several community and state organizations. She currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Behavioral Health Association, a Past-President of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, and a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida. On a local level, Patti serves on several organizations including the St. Johns County Behavioral Health Consortium, Public Safety Coordinating Council, Health Leadership Council, Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Team, PACT Prevention Coalition, Continuum of Care Planning Board Establishing Committee Workgroup, and the United Way Agency Directors Association.
In previous years, Patti served on the original committee of the Florida Certification Board to develop the certification for addiction prevention professionals and was an initial member of community boards and workgroups to address community need through the establishment of such entities as the PACT Prevention Coalition, Safety Shelter/Betty Griffin House, Kids Bridge Family Visitation Center, Communities in Schools, St. Johns County Juvenile Justice Council, the Community Health Improvement Partnership, Juvenile and Adult Drug Courts, West Augustine Weed and Seed Strategy, and the Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition. She was also instrumental in creating new substance abuse services in her community such as the Anti-Drug Initiative with the State Attorney’s Office, an in-jail addictions program with the Sheriff’s Office, Drug Treatment Court, and an alternative to suspension program with the School District. She also successfully transitioned the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency under the EPIC umbrella which has allowed mentoring services in her community to expand exponentially.
Patti earned double major Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Florida State University and a Masters Degree in Counseling Education from Florida Atlantic University. Before coming to St. Augustine to assume her current position, Patti’s professional career included positions as a Juvenile Probation Counselor, Family Therapist, Clinical Director of a Residential Treatment facility, and Program Director of a Substance Abuse Prevention Unit. Patti has received several prestigious awards including the Leader of the Year from the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Florida Distinguished Service Medal from the Adjutant General of the Florida National Guard, designation of Who’s Who in Prevention Leadership for the State of Florida, and the Sheriff’s Community Service Award.
Over the past 24 years, Patti has quintupled the size of EPIC Behavioral Healthcare and has successfully expanded the provision of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support services throughout her community relying on the integration of evidenced-based practices throughout all program service systems, continuous quality improvement, a diverse and committed local Board of Directors, and a proactive, experienced and dedicated staff.
Dr. Baringer has over 46 years experience as a psychiatrist. He first served as a flight surgeon in the Navy and then studied psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical School. In addition to being in private practice, he was also an instructor in psychiatry at the school. He came to Florida in 1971 as an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Florida Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville. Dr. Baringer then came to St. Augustine as the Medical Director of Tri County Mental Health Services in 1973. Since then, he has had a private practice and also continues to be on the Flagler Hospital Medical Staff. Dr. Baringer provides clinical consultation to the staff at both EPIC campuses and also sees patients.
Teresa has more than 26 years experience working with non-profit organizations. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Masters of Science degree in Counseling & Human Services, both from Florida State University. Her accomplishments include program management, marketing and public relations, special event and fundraising coordination, development and management of training programs, volunteer training, volunteer program management and crisis intervention. During her 17 years at EPIC Behavioral Healthcare, she has been responsible for the management of their community-based prevention programs, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and the agency fundraising activities and special events. Teresa is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive fund development strategy for the organization. She also serves as our media and public relations specialist. Teresa is a QPR Instructor (Question, Persuade, Refer - a Suicide Prevention strategy). She is also a recipient of the Who’s Who in Prevention Leadership for the State of Florida. Teresa chairs the Cultural Diversity Committee for our company.
Brandon has 5 years experience working with EPIC Behavioral Healthcare. He was promoted to the position of Operations Manager after holding other positions including Team Leader of the Prevention Unit, BASICS Counselor, and SUCCESS Counselor. Brandon's responsibilities include: Information Technology, Data Management, Database Administrator for our Electronic Health Record system, Risk Management, and Purchasing. His is also Chair of the agency's Technology and System Support Committee and Risk Management Committee. Brandon represents EPIC as past chair of the St. Johns County Tobacco Free Partnership and Chair of the St. Johns County Juvenile Justice Council and sits on several councils throughout the community. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Flagler College.
Tim joined EPIC in December, 2014 as Chef and Facility Manager for the new EPIC Recovery Center. Tim has over 30 years experience in the local restaurant and hospitality industry as chef, partner, and owner and has experienced the many facets of operating service oriented businesses. After ‘retiring’ from restaurant life, he began a new venture in setting up and operating private school lunch programs and also worked with the Council on Aging to modernize their Meals on Wheels and Congregate dining experience. Tim is currently in the process of getting his Certified Dietary Manager certificate and in addition to overseeing food services, manages both the North and South EPIC campuses.
Melanie is the Clinical Director at EPIC with specific oversight of our mental health and substance abuse programs. She has over 20 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and adults in the mental health and substance abuse field. Her most recent experience has been working as a Clinical Director in South Florida for a non-profit community based program. She is very knowledgeable in evidenced based practices especially Solution Focused Therapy and is certified in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). She received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and her Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy both at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL. Melanie is also a Qualified Supervisor for Licensed Mental Health Counselors and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Florida.
Tami joined EPIC in 2011 as the Finance Coordinator and became the Director of Finance & Human Resources in 2014. She has over ten years experience in the banking industry, serving as a Branch Manager before switching careers to the financial field where she has accrued over 15 years experience in Bookkeeping. She received her Associates degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from St. Johns River State College and is currently pursuing her Accounting degree at St. Leo's. Tami moved to Florida from Missouri in 2002 to be closer to family. Tami served on the Heath and Safety Committee for four years, currently serves on the Risk Management Committee, and is the Chair of the Staff Development Committee.
Tracy has over 11 years experience in nursing care for patients in acute, skilled rehab, long-term care and hospice settings. She has served in an administrative role for over 9 years in both acute and long-term care settings and is very knowledgeable in the treatment modalities associated with substance abuse. She received her Bachelors in Nursing degree and her Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida. Tracy is a native of St. Augustine and looks forward to serving her the community here in her hometown.