Dr. Alyson Kuroski-Mazzei, a California psychiatrist with North Carolina roots, has been named chief executive officer and chief medical officer of the proposed HopeWay mental health center, scheduled to open this summer in south Charlotte. She will start work in April.
Kuroski-Mazzei, 40, currently serves as medical director of the San Diego Professional Group for American Addiction Centers’ Southern California operations. She got her psychiatry training at Duke University School of Medicine and her forensic psychiatry training through the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
The nonprofit HopeWay Foundation, founded and chaired by retired Charlotte banker Bill Blue, is renovating buildings on a 12-acre campus on Sharon Road West to provide residential and day treatment for adults with mental illness. It will have rooms for 36 residential clients and space for 50 additional day clients. The staff will include three psychiatrists and 20 therapists.
In 2006, Kuroski-Mazzei founded the Forensic Psychiatry Program & Clinic at UNC Chapel Hill and served as its director and director of training. She has continued her national forensic psychiatry work through the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry for the past 10 years. And she has also served as the medical director of auality at Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital and medical director of Fellowship Hall, a specialty hospital for alcohol and drug addiction treatment, both in Greensboro.
Kuroski-Mazzei is returning to North Carolina with her husband, Paul, and two sons, ages 7 and 11.
HopeWay’s continuum-of-care program is based on that of Skyland Trail in Atlanta and is supported by Charlotte’s two major hospital systems, Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health. The Charlotte campus was previously home to Amethyst, a substance abuse treatment center in southeast Charlotte.
Kuroski-Mazzei is actually the second chief executive officer for the proposed center. In December, after a month on the job, the previously named CEO, Daniel Brown, returned to his previous job as chief operating officer for behavioral health at Albemarle-based Monarch. In a statement, Brown said he made the decision “due to family considerations.”