About Our Leadership

Ms. Jean Toole is the President and CEO of Community Friendship, Inc. (CFI), a comprehensive provider of recovery oriented services for adults with mental illnesses in the metropolitan Atlanta.  Ms. Toole’s career in mental health began in 1974 at the Comprehensive Mental Health Center in Savannah. After leaving Savannah, Ms. Toole served as Director of Beacon House in Gwinnett County for two years where she successfully converted a small, traditional day treatment program with limited attendance into a psychosocial program offering a broad range of training and treatment services.

In 1981 she came to CFI where she started and was named the Director of the Work Opportunities Program prior to assuming the role of the Executive Director (now CEO) in 1984. Jean has served on the National United State Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Board (USPRA) Board of Directors and is currently a Board Member of the Georgia Chapter of PRA where she serves as Treasurer.

In 2014 she received the Irvin Rutman Award from PRA for leadership in the field. In addition, Ms. Toole was the recipient of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network 2012 Consumer Supporter of the Year award and the 2003 Provider of the Year Award.

Jean Toole​

The Community Friendship, Inc. (CFI) Leadership Team is made up of a diverse group of professionals with a wide range of expertise in behavioral and mental health services, recovery orientated services, nonprofit management, fund development, program development and evaluation, financial management, employee relations and more. Together, we provide responsive programs and services of the highest quality to the Atlanta community. Proficient in higher educational standards, CFI’s Leadership Team combined represents over a century of expertise, education, knowledge and skills as they provide services that make recovery possible for individuals living with mental illnesses.

Leadership Team

Jean Toole – President and CEO
Rocile Cain – Chief Operating Officer
Debbie Henderson – Chief Financial Officer
Rene Bazel – Director of Development and Communications
Beth Boersma – Director of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Program 
Diane Clemons – Director of Human Resources
Christy Drummond – Director of Case Management and Homeless Outreach
Shirley Estell- Director of Rehabilitative Housing
Kesha Greene – Director of Phoenix House/Presley Woods/Rosalynn Apartments
Jean Mevoli-Cannon – Director of Work Opportunities and Peer Support Services
Donna Snellgrove – Director of Quality Assurance and Training
Carrie Vanzant – Director of O’Hern House
Lola Williams – Director of Access and Intake

Board Of Directors

Weslee Knapp, Board Chair – Keller Knapp Realty
Hakim Hilliard, Esq. – Board Vice Chair – Hilliard Starkey Law Firm
Eve Byrd, Board Secretary – Director of The Carter Center Mental Health Program
Bill Warren, Board Treasurer – KPMG, LLP
Lei Ellingson – The Carter Center Mental Health Program
Carole Galanty – Community Advocate
Anno Hardage – CEO Girls Inc.
Sakinah Jones, Esq. – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP
Willa Presmanes – MTM Behavioral Health Consultants
Robin Ratliff – Assistant Vice President and Public Information Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta ​
Rachel Waford, Ph.D. – Emory University, School of Medicine, Decatur Family Psychiatry
John Watson – Retired DBHDD
Donna Williams Lewis – Media Consultant
Keith Wood, Ph.D. – Emory University School of Medicine
Melissa Yost – Senior Counsel, Managing Attorney Southern Company

Advisory Board

Frank Alexander, Esq. – Emory School of Law
Regina Cannon – Chief Equity and Impact Officer, Center for Social Innovation
Susan Culpepper – Fund Development Consultant
John J. Gates, Ph.D. – Retired DBHDD
Jo Ann Haden Miller – Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
Scotty Hendricks, Jr. – New York Life Insurance Company
Mary Leslie – Retired City of Atlanta
Jay L Levin, Esq. – Retired Partner Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLP
Jim Maddox – Retired Atlanta City Council 
Roger Naik, Pharm. D.  – Market Pharmacy 
James M. Ney, Esq. – Retired Holt, Ney, Zatcoff, Wasserman
Christine Schneider, Esq. – Senior Council Thompson Hine
Richard P. Shuey, Esq. – Law Office of Richard P. Shuey 
Sherry Jenkins Tucker – Executive Director Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network