Carol Reynolds, MAI, CCIM – President
Carol is a caretaker for her adult daughter who lives with mental illness. Over the past several years, this role lead Carol to immerse herself in education on the governmental programs available to assist with care and housing for men and women living with mental illness. Through NAMI courses and active monitoring of various therapy programs, Carol realized the benefits of a secure and safe environment for the care and stabilization of these adults.
Carol is now professionally recognized as an authority on valuation, operational overview, and market feasibility of senior housing and healthcare across the United States. These include psychiatric hospitals (adult and adolescent), rehabilitation hospitals, assisted living facilities, group homes and acute-care hospitals. Carol holds a BS in Real Estate from Georgia State University, obtaining her MAI (Member of the Appraisal Institute) in 2000 and her CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) in 2002.
Carol is passionately dedicated to providing mentally ill adults and their families with the very best care, therapeutic programs and facilities.
Edward Handy is an experienced professional in clinical and operational Healthcare Program Development. He spent twenty-nine years with the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry (Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, with specialty in Community Psychiatry). His extensive expertise in designing and developing integrated behavioral health programs, includes in-patient and outpatient program design, Partial Hospital Programs, Outpatient Clinics, Faculty Practice Development, and Comprehensive Evidence-Based Clinical Continuums of Care, as well as clinical architectural design of psychiatric/neuro-behavioral units with coordinated outpatient components.
He was the Principal Clinical Program Designer for Park Royal Hospital in Fort Myers, FL—a free-standing psychiatric hospital which opened with 76 beds and has expanded to 104 beds. There, Edward provided clinical advisement on Curriculum Design (inpatient and outpatient units), Medical Attending Staff Development (Psychiatrists and Hospitalist: recruitment/contracting and By-law composition), and Regulatory Compliance (State, Federal and Hospital Accreditation).
Edward’s vast community psychiatry skills have been utilized by national healthcare organizations, colleges/universities, Mental Health State Departments, Profit and Non-Profit hospital/medical systems, Community Mental Health Agencies, Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities. Edward’s military service history consists of an Honorable discharge (Captain) United States Air Force. MOS: Management Analysts Officer (Behavioral Services focus: clinical program design on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Anger Management). Edward’s insights and experience are a valuable asset to The Cottages Programs and Teams.
Dr. Naureen Munawar, M.D.
Dr. Naureen Munawar earned her Psychiatry Training from New York Medical College, completed her Psychoanalytic and Cognitive Behavioral therapy training from New York, and a Neuropsychiatry fellowship from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Munawar’s research interests include cultural impact on Depression and Bipolar disorders. She has extensive background in Community Mental Health and also Assertive Community Treatment and Private Practices.
Dr. Munawar is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu and Gujrati. She’s married and is a proud mother to her 2 year old son, Zayan.
Howard Wilson – Chief Operating Officer
Howard’s Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach, lead him to a 20 year career in advertising, illustration, graphic design, and marketing communications in both California and Georgia producing work for many large companies and national accounts.
In the mid-1990s, he transitioned to the oil and natural gas industry, providing capital through limited partnerships for projects such as the drilling of oil and natural gas wells and pipeline construction, in Texas, Louisiana, and Kentucky.
In the late 1990s, Howard founded and served as a corporate officer and director of Lakota Energy, a publicly traded company in the oil and natural gas industry which was later converted into Lakota Technology. Upon exiting this business in early 2000, Howard founded and operated a consulting firm, servicing a wide variety of industries including both publicly traded and private companies (Oil & Natural Gas, Senior Living, Real Estate, Hotels, Resorts, Biotech, Renewable/Alternative Energy and Internet Technology).
Howard is also COO-Americas with Equility Capital, a Global Alternative Capital Provider headquartered in the United Kingdom, providing capital solutions ranging from $20 million to over $1 billion for companies in the US, Canada, Central America, South America, Asia, and Europe. Prior to this, he worked with a European Private Equity Group offering financing solutions to US companies.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
LPN will monitor medication and behavior changes of the those residing at The Cottages in-house residency program, day program participants and for those residing in our independent living (male or female) housing. The LPN will report and document adverse reactions to medications or treatments. The LPN will also gather information from male or female participants in The Cottages’ program, including their health history, nutritional intake and how they are currently feeling. The LPN may use this information to complete insurance forms, pre-authorizations, and referrals, and share information with doctors and clinical team members to help determine the best course of care. The LPN will often teach family members how to care for a relative or train family and residents regarding healthy habits. The LPN’s primary role relates to medication management and documentation.
Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)
The Cottages on Mountain Creek uses Georgia trained peer advocates to work with our residents. The CPS’s incorporate WRAP techniques listed by National Registry for Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD – WRAP WORKS!). This program has developed people who have experienced mental health challenges and sought ways to overcome the effects of the illness and medications. The results of this program have helped those living with mental illness to identify what techniques they can use as their own wellness tools to relieve difficult feelings and maintain wellness.