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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 30,000 people throughout East Tennessee each year. For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 1-800-255-9711.

Contact Information

McNabb Center
201 W. Springdale Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

Office: 800.255.9711

History

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: Dr. Rebecca Ashford, Ms. Heidi Barcus, Dr. Amy Cathey (Chair), Mr. Wade Davies (Chair-Elect), Dr. Jerry Epps, Mr. Scott Ferguson, Dr. Joe Johnson, Mr. Dale Keasling, Mr. George Kershaw, Mr. Randy Miller, Hon. Richard Stair, Mr. Clarence Vaughn, Mr. Carl Van Hoozier, Ms. Andrea White
Not Pictured: Mr. Whit Addicks, Ms. Eden McNabb Bishop, Mrs. Jenny Brock, Mr. Brian Rauch, Ms. Cindy Sexton, Ms. Laura Shamiyeh, Mr. Mitch Steenrod

Executive Staff

Jerry Vagnier

President & CEO

Mona Blanton-Kitts

Regional Clinical Vice President

Stephanie Carter

Vice President of Operations

Paula Hudson

Senior Director of Compliance & Quality Systems

Leann Human-Hilliard

Regional Clinical Vice President

Jason Lay

Chief Financial Officer & Vice President

Dr. Dovile Paulauskas

Chief Medical Officer

Houston Smelcer

Vice President of Development & Government Relations

Accrediting Body

Memberships

Key Funding Partners

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