Advantage Leadership

Advantage Clinical Director Joan Quinn

Joan Quinn
Interim CEO

Joan Quinn became Clinical Director at Advantage in 2017 after serving as Program Manager for the Child & Adolescent (C&A) clinic since 2014.  In addition to managing the C&A clinic, Joan supervised the implementation and growth of numerous grant-based programs including the Georgia APEX Project for school-based counseling, Project Light - an Early Psychosis Intervention Collaborative (EPIC), and the Zero-Suicide Initiative.  Prior to arriving at Advantage, Joan had worked in Seattle and Massachusetts as a clinical supervisor and psychotherapist for nearly 15 years, serving both adults and children struggling with trauma, severe and persistent mental illness, and substance abuse.

Born in Ontario, Canada, Joan graduated with Bachelor of Art degrees in both philosophy and English from the University of Toronto.  Joan went on to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in integrative health, from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia.

Joan’s focus moving forward is on growing a recovery-oriented system of care at Advantage that emphasizes equity and social justice.  She believes that the path to healing begins with a collaborative, understanding, and accepting therapeutic relationship which emphasizes best practices and evidence-based treatments.  When clients feel truly received, the door is opened toward living their best lives.

Joan lives in Athens with her husband. When she’s not pursuing her passion in service to others, Joan enjoys yoga and going sailing.


Advantage PhD, PharmD, Quality Assurance Director, Janice T. Callaway

Janice T. Callaway
PhD, PharmD, Quality Assurance Director

Janice T. Callaway is a graduate of Mercer University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Doctor of Pharmacy) and the University of Georgia (Masters and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work). She has been associated with Advantage Behavioral Health Systems since 2000 in various capacities. Initially Dr. Callaway was a volunteer and contract clinical consultant to the COPE (Community Outreach, Prevention, and Education) program and the Global Arts and Skills recovery-oriented program. She became employed with the Advantage in 2003.

During her employment, Dr. Callaway has served as the organizational Risk Manager, Program Manager for C&A Clinic and School-Based programs, the organization's Utilization Management and Accreditation Manager for continuous quality improvement, the Director of Medical Services, and currently as the Director of Quality Assurance.


Advantage Dir. of Business Development, Evan Mills

Evan Mills
Director of Business Development

Evan Mills came to Advantage in 2012 to assist with diversifying Advantage's financial portfolio through the pursuit of local, State, and Federal grant opportunities.  Prior to coming to Advantage, Evan worked for Athens-Clarke County government for 10 years administering federal grants to local nonprofit organizations and coordinating the continuum of care for homeless services within this region.  Evan hold two degrees from the University of Georgia, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Social Work.

Evan is responsible for the initiation and development of grant supported programs as well as the ongoing grant management activities that support program design and evaluation of service delivery outcomes. Evan sits on several local and State nonprofit boards whose missions coincide with the underlying foundation of Advantage's purpose which is to provide support to those most in need.


Advantage Dir. of Clinical Business Develop. Laurie Wilburn Bailey

Laurie Wilburn Bailey
Director of Clinical Business Development

Laurie Wilburn Bailey is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in Community Behavioral Health treatment and management. She holds Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Education Degree in Community Counseling-both from The University of Georgia. During her time with Advantage Laurie has served children, adolescent, and adult populations with mental illness and/or substance use disorders and has worked in community-based, clinic-based and crisis services. With a passion for clinical treatment, a commitment to this community, and a determination to fill gaps in service needs, Laurie quickly moved into roles that allowed her to develop community partnerships and create new programs. With the ever-changing tide of Behavioral Health Care, she has had many opportunities to pursue this interest. This new role will allow her to focus more time and energy to expand the services we provide to the community and those we serve.

Other responsibilities include clinical training in evidence-based practices and clinical supervision to interns and staff working toward licensure.

Laurie is a founding member and past-President of Athens Resource Center for the Homeless; served on the boards of Athens Homeless Property Corporation and Mental Health America-Northeast Georgia Chapter; and is a 2015 graduate of LEAD Athens. She is a former board member and current sustaining member of Junior League of Athens. Laurie served as Clinical Director of Advantage from 2007-2017, and she is excited to be able to move into her new role. She is married with one child and resides in Athens.


Advantage Director of Finance Gail Smith

Gail Smith
Director of Finance

Gail L. Smith joined Advantage as Senior Accountant in October 2016 and became Director of Finance in February, 2017.  She holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Georgia State University (1982), with an emphasis in Accounting. Gail brings with her 30 years of experience in healthcare management, including 10 years with CSB services.

When away from Advantage, Gail enjoys family time with her two daughters and three amazing grandsons. Her favorite pastime is any activity related to her hobby farm — horseback riding, wrangling, and chicken herding. Gail was born, raised, and resides today in Alto, Ga.


Advantage Care Manager Alissa Darnell

Alissa Darnell
Care Management Director

Alissa Darnell joined Advantage as the Director of Care Management in November, 2016. She is a Doctoral Candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Alissa has a passion for empowering people and serving her community. As a psychotherapist, she has worked with youth and adult populations in Community Service Board (CSB) and private practice settings. In recent years, she has worked as a Quality Assurance Manager, providing Evidence Based Trainings to staff and community partners, utilization management/review, and technical assistance to staff in a Georgia Community Service Board.

The Care Management Department provides support and oversight of clinical and business operations in Advantage’s outpatient clinics, specialty programs, and the Intellectual Developmental Disabilities program. This collaboration is designed to promote consistency in organizational processes, resulting in increased client care and staff satisfaction.

Alissa is married and has a one son. They enjoy learning about different cultures, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Advantage Dir. of Information Systems Anne Campbell

Anne Campbell
Director of Information Systems

Anne Campbell joined Advantage in October 2016 in a shared services business agreement with Avita Community Partners CSB as the Director of Information Systems.
Anne brings forward 20 years of experience with information systems administration, project management and leadership.

She has key responsibilities that include representation on Advantage Executive Team, leadership of MIS and Billing Departments, and all initiatives as related to the organization EHR System (CareLogic) Administration.

Anne enjoys vacations at St. George Island, shopping, spending time with friends/family and loves 80’s music.


10 Locations

Our services cover the 10 county region of Northeast Georgia. We operate 6 behavioral health outpatient clinics and 7 clinical sites for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities.