Executive Management

Jerome E. Rhodes – Chief Executive Officer
Jerry Rhodes joined CRC in 2003. Rhodes has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining CRC, he was the Chief Executive Officer for Comprehensive Addictions Programs Inc. (CAPs) for ten years.  CAPs was a privately held company backed by several venture capital investors that, under Rhodes’ leadership, became a national, full-service addiction treatment provider of both residential and opiate treatment. The company was acquired by CRC in February 2003. Prior to his CEO role at CAPS, Rhodes was the Vice President of Operations for two years and the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for two years. Before joining CAPS, Rhodes was the Director of Development for Beverly Enterprises, the nations largest publicly held nursing home company, for four years. He was responsible for all new facility projects and developed over 40 facilities with an aggregate value of $120 million and the acquisition of another 50 facilities with an aggregate value of $150 million. Prior to this position, he was the Chief Development Consultant with Wilmot Bower & Associates, a nationally renowned Architectural and Development firm specializing in healthcare facilities. Rhodes also worked for Manor Care at various capacities. He holds a B.A. degree from Columbia Union College, with high honors.

Philip L. Herschman – Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Philip Herschman is a national behavioral healthcare expert with over 35 years of experience. He is a featured speaker on clinical excellence and addiction treatment with keynote and panel conference presentations for the West Coast Symposium of Addiction Disorders, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), Moment of Change, and the CRC Health Group Professional Development Workshop. Dr. Herschman has been a featured expert for The Today Show, magazines like Time, Renew, Addiction Professional, and Behavioral Healthcare, as well as Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Weekly (ADAW), Metro newspaper, Health News Digest, Click On Detroit, Technorati, RTTNews, and radio shows such as the John Tesh radio show, Mancow Experience, IRN/USA Radio Network, KXYL-AM Texas, and KLZZ-FM Minnesota. In his role as Chief Clinical Officer for CRC Health Group, Dr. Herschman is responsible for the measurement and improvement of clinical services and the research and development of new treatment technologies. He also oversees the CRC Clinical Advisory Board of distinguished healthcare industry experts. Before joining CRC in 2002, Dr. Herschman served as Chief Executive Officer of Behavioral Health Concepts, a national mental health management company that he founded in 1993. He also spent eight years with Republic/OrNda Health Corporation where he developed and managed free-standing psychiatric and substance abuse treatment hospitals. Prior to Republic, he served as Regional Vice President of Operations for Horizon Health. Dr. Herschman began his career as a Clinical Psychologist in Southern California where he practiced for 10 years. Dr. Herschman currently sits on the Board of Starpoint Health, an outpatient surgery center management company, and on the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board of NOVX Systems Inc., a point-of-collection drug screening solution company. He is a past Board member for the California Opioid Maintenance Providers (COMP) association. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

LeAnne M. Stewart – Chief Financial Officer
LeAnne Stewart joins CRC with nearly 25 years of experience in finance.  Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Nash Finch Company, one of the country’s largest wholesale grocery distributors, and most recently she was Chief Financial Officer of Granite Construction, a publicly traded, diversified heavy civil contractor and construction materials producer.  Stewart spent nearly 10 years at Ernst & Young LLP where she managed complex transactions including the initial public offering of a major airline.

Stewart is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant, and earned her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Pamela Burke – Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Pamela Burke has been with CRC since 2005. Prior to joining CRC, Burke was a partner at the law firm DLA Piper Rudnick US LLP. Before working at DLA, Burke worked for Ernst & Young in its National Tax Office. She received her B.A. in Government from Cornell University and her J.D. from George Washington University.



David Duerst, Senior Vice President, Sales, CRC Health Group
David Duerst joined CRC in July 2011 with 20 years of sales leadership experience. Prior to CRC, Duerst spent six years with Ther-Rx Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company that markets branded pharmaceuticals. He served as Vice President of Sales, which included the launch of several products, a sales force deployment strategy, learning and development, and sales operations. He spent 12 years with Johnson & Johnson in positions of increasing responsibility within sales, marketing and business analytics. Duerst received his undergraduate degree in marketing from Kansas State University.