Ms. Smiley is the Chief Executive Officer at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. She has 20 years of experience working in hospitals, thirteen of which are psychiatric inpatient settings. She has been a healthcare manager/operator for nineteen years, focusing primarily on mental health, but has also worked in acute physical rehabilitation, skilled nursing and emergency department settings. Ms. Smiley earned her BS in Psychology at Florida State University and her MSW at Florida International University. Her Master of Business Administration was achieved at the University of Maryland, University College. In addition to working in the private sector, she has worked for non-profits as well as state government in DHHS, North Carolina. Ms. Smiley is passionate about advocating for those who don’t have a voice. She believes in connecting and partnering with other mental health stakeholders to create a seamless care system.
Dr. Albrecht completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1991. She completed the 2nd degree nursing program at Marymount University in 1994, obtained a MBA in Hospital Administration and MSN in Nursing Administration in 2004, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Drexel University in 2015. She is ANCC Certified in Gerontological Nursing, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Pain Management, and Nursing Administration and earned her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in Healthcare from Villanova University in 2016. She has 23 years of progressive nurse leadership experience working with children, adolescent, adult, forensic, and geriatric patient populations in both the inpatient and outpatient, and private and public sectors. Dr. Albrecht joined the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute in February 2017 and serves as the Chief Nurse Executive. Dr. Albrecht serves as a content expert reviewer for ANCC psychiatric mental health nursing and gerontological nursing exams. Additionally, she has been a preceptor and mentor to Master and Doctorate level nursing students at various universities. Dr. Albrecht’s vision for the nursing department at NVMHI is to become a Center of Nursing Excellence with Magnet Designation.
Dr. Azure Baron is the Director of Psychology and Forensic Services at The Institute. She is responsible for overseeing the department of psychology as well as the treatment and management of individuals admitted to Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute with criminal justice involvement. Dr. Baron earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, an accelerated, accredited program jointly sponsored by the College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed her internship at Howard University and her residency with the Fairfax Falls Church Community Services Board. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and has more than sixteen years of experience working in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. Dr. Baron has extensive training and experience conducting forensic evaluations and providing treatment to individuals with forensic involvement. She has worked for both private and public industries, and was awarded a grant to develop a treatment program guided by evidenced-based approaches to care for high risk, violent offenders in the District of Columbia. Dr. Baron was also appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to serve on the esteemed Forensic Review Panel. Dr. Baron is aware of the unique needs of the populations we serve, and is committed to the provision of person-centered, trauma-informed, and recovery-focused care.
Cynthia Lott, Director of Human Resources at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, is an accomplished HR professional with over 26 years of experience with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services with thirteen of those years focused in Human Resources. Cynthia holds a BS in Psychology. Cynthia is responsible for implementing human resource management strategies that enable NVMHI to recruit, train, and retain a high performing and motivated workforce. She is responsible for developing and implementing onboarding processes, training and staff development, performance management, employee retention, benefits management and employee relations strategies. Cynthia specializes in talent management, staffing, and classification & compensation.
After graduating from Michigan State University, Donna relocated to Virginia, and has spent much of her time serving in the public sector. Donna worked for seven years at the University of Virginia Health System before transitioning to Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute in 1999. Since 2002, she has been a part of NVMHI’s Risk Management Department.
As the Director of Compliance and Quality Management, Donna supports the hospital’s mission to provide safe, quality recovery focused inpatient treatment through the implementation of the hospital’s Risk Management, Standards Compliance, and Investigations Program, and through oversight of the Health Information Management (HIM) department. Through collaboration and consultation she coordinates and evaluates hospital-wide program effectiveness and compliance for meeting and sustaining relevant standards for continued accreditation/certification. To include: The Joint Commission (TJC)/Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/Office of the Inspector General (OIG)/Office of Human Rights (OHR). She strives to assess opportunities for incorporating evidence based and best practices in the quest for ongoing compliance.
Dr. Rashid completed the combined 7 year BA/ MD program at The George Washington University, followed by Psychiatry residency at the University of Illinois-Chicago during which he was named a chief resident, and after graduation went on to complete a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine through Georgetown University/ Inova Fairfax Hospital. He is board certified in Psychiatry and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Rashid has dedicated his career to public sector inpatient psychiatry, with nearly a decade as a staff psychiatrist at NVMHI before being named Medical Director. He has been recognized as an educator by The George Washington University, twice receiving the Clinical Faculty Award for his work with psychiatric residents, and the recipient of the prestigious Elaine W. Cotlove MD Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Education in 2013. He continues to teach at NVMHI, and is also an active teaching faculty in the Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship through Inova Fairfax Hospital. He is recognized as a recovery-oriented psychiatrist in the Northern Virginia region and has consulted to the Virginia Recovery Initiative. As Medical Director at NVMHI, Dr. Rashid is committed to the mission of NVMHI, and works to provide clinical leadership that promotes an understanding of patients encompassing biological, psychological, social and spiritual perspectives. He believes in a balanced and integrated approach to the diagnosis and treatment of serious mental illness that is humanistic, scientific, and ultimately based in caring and service.
Katherine Beach is the Director of Social Work and Admissions at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. She is responsible for the Departments of Social Work, Admissions, and Utilization Management with a primary focus on overcoming challenges and obstacles in service deliveries, as well as serving as a liaison to community agencies. She earned her BA in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Maryland College Park and her MSW from the University of Maryland Baltimore. She holds an advanced level of licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with over ten years of post-licensure experience. Ms. Beach has experience in residential treatment centers, public health settings, private sector hospitals, and with military support centers. She also has extensive leadership experience in various settings to include inpatient psychiatric units, as well as outpatient partial hospitalization programs. Ms. Beach believes in providing safe, quality treatment to support recovery from admission to discharge. She is passionate about coordination of efforts among an individual’s support system to enhance well-being.
Savneet Brar is the Chief Financial Officer at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute. She has seventeen years of experience in financial management working in acute care health systems. She has worked six years focusing specifically in Behavioral Health financial and general operations. Savneet holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the George Washington University in Washington DC. In this role, she ensures the organization runs in the most cost-effective manner while overseeing financial reporting, accounting and disbursements, decision support, internal audits, accounts receivable, financial management and planning.