Leadership at Frontier Health

Frontier Health’s leadership is comprised of professionals dedicated to its mission and services for the entire region.


Kristie Hammonds

President and CEO

Kristie Hammonds, BSW, MBA, is the President and CEO of Frontier Health. She returns to Community Behavioral Health Care after holding key positions for ISHN, United Healthcare and AMERICHOICE, where she helped implement the Medicare Advantage network for Region 1, oversaw recruitment and expansion projects for physicians and licensed clinicians in 10 states and implemented a new startup TennCare program in East Tennessee.

Diane Bowen

Diane Bowen

Senior Vice President of Operations

Diane Bowen, M.Ed., has been with Frontier Health since 1990 and most recently was the Director of Quality Improvement and Compliance.  She has a Master’s Degree from East Tennessee State University. Ms. Bowen provides oversight for compliance and HIPAA activities and training within the agency and acts as the Chief Compliance and HIPAA Officer. She also provides direction and leadership for quality initiatives within the organization, including oversight of Frontier Health’s Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the implementation of the national and statewide quality initiatives.  Ms. Bowen is responsible for exploring and implementing integrated care opportunities with primary care in our communities.   Mrs. Bowen is also a CARF Accreditation Surveyor and since 2013 has participated in CARF surveys nationwide. Mrs. Bowen holds memberships with Tennessee Hospital Association and  the Mental Health Corporations of America, both since 2001.  She is an active member of the Quality Committee with the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations and the East Tennessee Fraud and Abuse Workgroup.


Rachel Parsons

Chief Financial Officer

Rachel Parsons joined Frontier Health in 2017 to serve as our Chief Financial Officer. Rachel is a certified healthcare finance professional and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Rachel graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. She received a master’s degree in accounting from East Tennessee State University. Rachel joins us after a successful career as an auditor for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and as the CFO for Mountain States Medical Group.

C. Allen Musil Jr., M.D.

Senior Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director

Allen Musil, M.D., has been practicing child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry since 1998. His education includes an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, and medical school at Quillen College of Medicine in Tennessee. He completed a triple board residency and fellowship at the University of Kentucky and is board certified in general pediatrics, child-adolescent psychiatry, and adult psychiatry. He has worked as an emergency room pediatrician and medical director of both in and outpatient child psychiatric services. Dr. Musil is a member of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics-Fellow, and the Christian Medical and Dental Society. He is also a part-time assistant clinical professor at East Tennessee State University and Lincoln Memorial University in both the departments of pediatrics and psychiatry. He specializes in ADHD, mood disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

Kathy Benedetto

Senior Vice President of Tennessee Children’s Services

Kathy Benedetto, LPC, LMFT, joined Frontier Health in 1977 and was most recently the division director of Tennessee Children’s Outpatient Services. She has a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Radford University and is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Senior Psychological Examiner.  She is a clinical member and Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy. She is on the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations C&Y Subcommittee, the Tennessee Council on Children’s Mental Health, and on the boards of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, the 1st Judicial District Children’s Advocacy Center, the Board of Commissioners for the Johnson City Housing Authority and is chair of the Region I Mental Health Planning Council.

Sherri Feathers

Sherri Feathers, LCSW

Senior Vice President of Specialty Services

Sherri Feathers, LCSW, has been with Frontier Health since 1992 and was most recently the Division Director of Tennessee Specialty Services. She has a Master’s Degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Feathers currently serves as a Governor appointed member of the state advisory council for the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.  She is also on the Appalachian Regional Homeless Coalition Board of Directors.  Locally, she is a member of the State Crisis Quality Council and the Northeast TN Provider Collaborative.

Ms. Feather’s has a long history of providing leadership within Frontier Health.  For the 15 year prior to her move to Specialty Services, Ms. Feathers was the Division Director of Frontier’s Children’s Continuum Services where she was active in the Tennessee Alliance for Children and Family State Board and worked collaboratively with the Department of Children’s Services, often serving as facilitator for the Northeast Cross Functional Team.

Eric Greene

Senior Vice President of Virginia Services

Eric Greene, LPC, joined Frontier Health in 1998, served as division director of Virginia Adult Substance Abuse and Outpatient Services. He developed a multi-disciplinary mental health therapy team and program for the three-county catchment area and developed and implemented nine new consumer service programs for the Planning District One Community Services Board area. Greene received his master’s degree from Radford University and is an approved counselor for licensure and certification from the Virginia Board of Counseling. He is a member of the Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps, the Southwest Virginia Regional Perinatal Council, the LENOWISCO Health District Diabetes Coalition and the Wise County Chamber of Commerce.

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Virginia Naseri

Senior Vice President of Tennessee Adult Services

Virginia Naseri, LCSW, has been with Frontier Health since 1993 and was most recently the division director of Tennessee Adult Services. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Naseri has previously chaired the Region One Mental Health Planning Council; currently serving as the Assistant Chair.  Ms. Naseri  is also involved in the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Statewide Planning and Policy Council, chairing the Adult subcommittee.  Ms. Naseri donates much of her spare time working with youth and young adults in “Destination Imagination”, which is a  volunteer-led, educational endeavor that helps participants with creative and collaborative problem solving challenges.  She is currently the Region 5 Chair of Destination Imagination and serves on the statewide board.

of Directors

Barbara Moody

Todd Smith
Vice Chair

Lester Lattany

Samanthia Dishner
Member at Large

Duane Miller
Past Chair

Preston Ayres

Kandy Childress

Maranda Demuth

Kenny Gilley

Paul Montgomery

Dan Pohlgeers

Dr. Kristen Westover

Sandy O’Dell
Ex Officio

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