Tim serves as the Chief Executive Officer for The Stepping Stones Group. Joining the company June 2018, he brings a proven 25-year track record of leading and advising healthcare companies and organizations through growth and transformation. He is responsible for setting the company’s strategy and ensuring its services bring value to all stakeholders.
He most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Health Options (Beacon) and its predecessor companies from 2007 through 2017. A small, founder-owned company upon his arrival, Tim and his leadership team developed and executed strategies that grew the company from $35 million to $2 billion in annual revenue in 2017, making Beacon the largest independent manager of behavioral health benefits in the United States.
Before joining Beacon, Tim served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Mitt Romney. In this capacity, he oversaw a $12 billion budget and approximately 22,000 employees who delivered programs and services through 15 state agencies to more than one million Massachusetts residents. His signature accomplishment during his tenure as Secretary was developing, passing, and implementing the landmark Massachusetts health care reform law in 2006. This reform law is credited with reigniting the national health care debate that resulted in the Affordable Care Act.
Preceding his service in the Romney Administration, Tim was a vice president in the investment banking division of JP Morgan.
In addition to his responsibilities at The Stepping Stones Group, Tim serves as Senior Advisor to Beacon Health Options’ Board of Directors and as a board member for Addiction Campuses, a substance use disorder residential treatment facility company, based in Nashville, TN.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College, where he served as a member of the college's Board of Trustees from 2007 – 2016, including service as chair. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Merrimack College in 2014 for his contributions to public service.
Karen joined The Stepping Stones Group in January 2018 as Chief Financial Officer. She previously served as Vice President, Finance and Controller at NES Rentals, a national provider of construction equipment rental and services to industrial and non-residential commercial contractors.
Prior to NES, Karen spent 5 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers working in the Audit and Transaction Services groups. Karen graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Accounting.
Sara Palmer joined the Stepping Stones Group in 2019. Prior she was the founder of StaffRehab which serves the California, Washington, Illinois markets for Special Education, Behavioral and Health Services for School Districts. During this time she and her team grew StaffRehab to 375 providers strong. She specializes in creating scalable teams and maintaining margins.
Previously Palmer was a partner at Project Pro Search a finance and accounting search firm based out of Southern California. She got her start in Recruiting at Robert Half International on their Accountemps team.
She's a graduate of Georgetown University with a major in Management and Art History. She's also married with a new daughter.
Anthony joined The Stepping Stones Group in March 2015 and has guided the company through tremendous growth over the years. He leads our healthcare brands which have grown to five operating divisions (MTC, CTS, AV, SOS and Cobb) with more than 1000 therapists working across the U.S.
Anthony previously served as the Senior Vice President of Jackson Therapy Partners, an occupational, speech and physical therapy staffing firm, after serving as Vice President of Development and Marketing since 2009. He was also the President of Healthcare Support Staffing, a hospital, pharmacy and outpatient clinic staffing company, for five years.
He received a B.S. in finance and marketing at Florida State University, College of Business.
Jennifer is our Senior Vice President of People Services and has a diverse background in HR. She has worked for entrepreneurial focused businesses and has helped businesses grow through both organic growth as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Outside of the office her family farms and she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Jennifer is certified in HR holding both her SPHR and SHRM-SCP and holds an MBA.
Mark led the Cobb Pediatric team for 14 years before joining The Stepping Stones Group in January 2018. During this time, he worked alongside the Cobb Pediatric owner to grow the company into one of the largest providers of special education services to school districts in the Southeast.
Previously, Mark served as a Senior Vice President of what is now Wells Fargo, where he worked as both a corporate Relationship Manager and as a Capital Markets currency trader, supporting and growing client relationships across the U.S.
Mark graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.S. in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance. He is married and has two children.
Michael (Mike) joined The Stepping Stones Group in September 2018. By way of background, Mike served as Chief Operating Officer at Beacon Health Options (Beacon) from 2007 through 2014. During his tenure, Mike successfully executed and integrated three founder-lead acquisitions that expanded Beacon’s product and geographic reach. His work style is down-to-earth, methodical and “team-first” focused.
In addition to Mike’s responsibilities at The Stepping Stones Group, Mike serves on as an advisor to Ieso Digital Health and Workit Health. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from Framingham State University and a Master in Business Administration from Babson’s Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business. He and his wife Kare are parents to two high school-aged boys (Michael and Christopher) and reside in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Katie is the Senior Vice President of Recruiting/Lead Generation and is responsible for the management, growth, success and outcomes for the recruitment teams through her strategic planning and leadership.
She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a double major in Marketing and Management. Prior to coming on board, she was the Senior Director of Recruitment at AMN Healthcare, where she led a team of 18 members with the highest headcount for all of their travel nursing divisions.
She is an adventure enthusiast and a runner, and just recently completed her first Ragnar relay race and is currently looking to train for her next half marathon.
Halyna began her role as the Associate Director of Cumberland Therapy Services in 2007 and has served schools for over 16 years. She built relationships with multiple districts as the single point of contact, interviewing and matching clinicians with school districts, and managing the supervision of our clinical team as well as all client services, invoicing, and contract compliance. She received a Masters in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources from the Keller Graduate School, Fort Washington, PA. Halyna is a mom of two and now oversees the Midwest/Atlantic Region as a Regional Market President.
Diane is the Senior Vice President of the Talent Acquisition Team (TAT) that specializes in working with graduate students and universities. Diane especially enjoys engaging with the Clinical Fellows. Her clinical expertise ranges from pediatric to geriatric care.
Diane was the President of Staffing Options & Solutions, SOS, for 23 years, which is now part of The Stepping Stones Group family. At SOS, Diane was responsible for developing and implementing new programs and the operational management of SLPs, OTs, and PTs. She has held leadership positions in the Indiana Speech and Hearing Association and the Indiana Speech and Hearing State Convention.
Diane graduated from Ball State University with an MA in Speech Pathology.
Nick is the Senior Vice President of Operations/Technology. He has over 15 years of experience in the recruiting/staffing industry, holding numerous titles throughout the organization. Nick is responsible for the technical infrastructure across the company. Nick also facilitates the integration of acquisitions into The Stepping Stones Group brand.
When he isn't solving all of our problems, he spends his free time with his wife and two darling kids.
Christine is the Senior Vice President of Quality. She is responsible for leading and overseeing our Clinical Quality Program and Bridge Academy, our professional development resource.
Prior to joining The Stepping Stones Group, Christine worked with Cobb Pediatric for over 15 years. Over that period of time, she was part of a team that grew the company from providing speech services in Atlanta, GA with 35 therapists, to providing multidisciplinary services in eight states with over 400 special education providers. With a firm belief in the approach of “therapists leading therapists,” Christine and her team focus on providing quality support to all therapists on staff.
Christine received her Bachelor’s of Education from the University of Georgia and her Master’s of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Tennessee.
Laurie is the Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations. She leads the Clinical Management Team for The Stepping Stones Group (SSG) which consists of 20+ clinical leaders of various disciplines.
She is a firm believer in the collaborative process in order to achieve positive outcomes. Effective communication, paying attention to details, analyzing situations, and providing solutions are some of the skills that Laurie uses daily in her role. She is passionate about developing clinical leaders within the organization, and providing them with team building and leadership development opportunities.
Laurie is also involved in business development, strategic sales, and growth/maintenance of large clients for the organization.