About the Center
The McNabb Center is the region’s leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual’s “Well Mind, Well Being,” we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood. Since 1948, the Center has proudly served individuals with the most needs and fewest resources. Today, the McNabb Center delivers support to more than 43,000 people throughout East Tennessee each year. For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 1-800-255-9711.
200 Tech Center Drive
Knoxville, TN 37912
Helen Ross McNabb
Seventy years ago, a determined Helen Ross McNabb made an appeal to the Knoxville City Council for funds to help open a mental health agency for children. At this time, there was a great need, but little attention given to those suffering with mental illnesses. Due to her persuasive efforts, one of the first community mental health clinics was established in the state of Tennessee. The agency was first created for children but quickly grew to also serve adults in 1955. The clinic opened in a house near the University of Tennessee campus in 1948.
The Center's Growth
In 1953 the small center took the opportunity to become independent of the City Health Department and became a non-profit corporation under its own board of directors. Adult services were officially added in 1955. Throughout the following decades, the Center provided comprehensive community mental health services. When necessary, the Center would operate neighborhood satellite clinics to provide onsite services to outlying areas. It has always been the history of the Center to find ways to serve those in the community who have no advocates and no means to serve themselves.
Board Of Directors
Pictured: Mr. Whit Addicks; Dr. Rebecca Ashford; Mr. Wade Davies; Ms. Melissa Drinnon; Dr. Jerry Epps; Mr. David Hall; Mr. George Kershaw; Mr. Brian Rauch; Mr. David Roddy; Ms. Cindy Sexton; Ms. Laura Shamiyeh; Mr. Mitch Steenrod; Mrs. Traci Topham; Mr. Carl Van Hoozier; Ms. Andrea White
Not Pictured: Mr. Robbie Arrington; Ms. Eden McNabb Bishop; Mrs. Jenny Brock; Ms. Cheryl Rice; Mr. Clarence Vaughn, Mr. Mickey Wade, Mr. David Wedekind
President & CEO
Senior Vice President of Operations
Vice President of Organizational Excellence
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer & Vice President
Dr. Dovile Paulauskas
Chief Medical Officer
Senior Vice President of Development & Government Relations
Key Funding Partners
Since its founding in 1972, the Helen Ross McNabb Foundation has worked diligently to support the work of the McNabb Center. In addition to providing leadership and direction, the Foundation’s staff and 26-member volunteer board actively raises, holds and invests funds on behalf of the Center. Funds raised by the Foundation over the years have contributed greatly toward the stability and growth of the Center.