Established in 1998, UltraGroup is a healthcare management company providing comprehensive solutions to rural health hospitals for inpatient and outpatient adult and senior behavioral healthcare and medical stabilization services. UltraGroup's commitment to the vision of providing quality health services is demonstrated through its steadfast dedication to ethical business practices in a highly professional manner. We consistently follow our standards of:
Integrity: Consistently provide honest and truthful information.
Respect: Treat all patients, clients and associates with the utmost respect at all times.
Responsibility: Always be responsible for our actions and commitments.
Professionalism: Passionate about the high level of our demonstrated professionalism.
Meet the Team
Chief Executive Officer
As co-founder and principal of UltraGroup, Kelly brings a strong hospital operations background to the outsourcing industry. He has worked with several private and publicly traded companies including HCA and HealthTrust, as well as served as CEO of small rural hospitals and large tertiary facilities. His responsibilities have also included a 120 bed psychiatric hospital, which is still a regional leader in service line development and clinical modeling. With a BS from Tennessee Tech and an MHA from Duke University, Kelly has provided strategic and operating management services to numerous businesses and healthcare ventures for over 30 years.
Gerald (Jerry) McFadden, LCSW
Jerry has over 30 years of experience in social work and case management in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse treatment settings. He has worked with adult and geriatric populations and has consulted in long - term care. Following his development and directing of a very successful UltraGroup program that proved to be a vast resource to the hospital and community, Jerry joined the UltraGroup staff as a regional director. Soon thereafter, he was elevated to his current position where he is responsible for all existing clinical operations. Jerry earned a BS in Psychology from SEMO State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Jerry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor.
Sherri Shaw, MS, LPC, NCC
Vice President of Inpatient Services
Sherri is a Southeast Regional Director for UltraGroup. For over 20 years, she has provided behavioral health services to those in both rural and urban settings. She has served in key leadership roles in both CAHs and one of the largest behavioral health facilities in the United States. This experience allows her to offer insights, practical applications and assistance to allow hospitals to better serve seniors. She is also a certified instructor for Non-Crisis Prevention Institute. Sherri graduated from Troy University where she earned her MS degrees in both Counseling and Psychology. Sherri also earned her Ph.D in Forensic Psychology from Auburn University.
Wendy Riggs, MSN, RN - BC
Director of Nursing Education
Wendy brings over 10 years of experience, providing clinical nursing guidance for staff in both the inpatient units as well as the intensive outpatient units. She performs chart audits, insures the programs are compliant with all CMS, state and regulatory body regulations, performs quality surveys and collaborates with program staff to problem - solve. Wendy also provides educational trainings for both new and current program staff. She has worked in adult, geriatric, child and adolescent mental health for the past nine years both as a floor nurse and in administration, and she has a strong background in policy writing and staff education. Wendy graduated from Lincoln Land Community College with an Associates of Arts degree in Allied Health & Nursing and from Chamberlain College of Nursing with both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Administration. Wendy obtained her ANCC board certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing in 2012.
Director of Business Development
As Director of Business Development, Jacob provides support and direction to UltraGroup programs on referral generation, community outreach and growth opportunities. He has worked in several different roles within the behavioral health industry including inpatient and outpatient services. Jacob began his career in behavioral health as a Mental Health Tech in a 112-bed, free-standing psychiatric facility. Since then, he has worked as a HR/Compliance Coordinator, Financial Counselor, and Director of Business Development in different inpatient facilities across the country. Jacob earned a BS in Healthcare Administration from Auburn University.
Chief Financial Officer
As co-founder and principal of UltraGroup, Karen has served as the Chief Financial officer since 1998, directing the firm’s financial services, including cost report analysis, financial projections, coding audits and hospital charge-master reviews. Karen brings a broad array of “real world” experiences, including serving as CFO in a rural hospital. Additionally, she served as Corporate Controller for a multi-hospital system and was responsible for the financial management and reporting of all the system’s small rural hospitals. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is a CPA, and has over 20 years experience in health care auditing and consulting.
Mary Massena, LCSW
Vice President of Outpatient Services
Mary has over 10 years of experience in leadership, providing essential clinical and management skills and regulatory knowledge. She has strong hospital experience, having worked in crisis response, case management social services, intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric units. She has worked as the manager of IOP's and Inpatient units and spent several years providing clinical psychotherapy in hospital based - programs, community mental health centers and private practice settings. Mary earned a BA in Sociology from Greenville College and a Masters in Social Work from Saint Louis University. Mary has also earned her clinical licensure with a specialization in clinical practice.
Sheila Frazier, RN
Director of Performance Improvement & Compliance
Sheila develops and revises policies and procedures to meet CMS and state regulations, assists with new program staff orientation and training, identifies opportunities for improvement in existing programs, and performs chart audits. Sheila brings over 30 years of Nursing expertise to UltraGroup with broad range of experience including urban emergency rooms, rural home health, long term care with case management, quality assurance and educational training and leadership. Sheila graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with an Associate of Arts degree in Allied Health & Nursing and from McKendree University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Tashua Grizzle, PhD, LNHA Regional Director
Tashua is a Regional Director for the Southeast Region with over 25 years of healthcare experience. She joins the UltraGroup team specializing in healthcare leadership, long-term care, behavioral health, quality assurance, risk management and performance improvement. She has served in numerous leadership roles for the U.S. Army, the State of Georgia, and a large metro Atlanta hospital. Her leadership roles have included direct oversight for outpatient medical clinics, adult mental health, skilled nursing facilities, developmental disability, and addictive diseases service programs. Tashua earned both a Bachelor degree and Masters in Health Administration (MHA) from Clayton State University. She received her PhD in Health Services from Walden University. Tashua earned her RN license through Capscare Academy and is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.
James Huff, RN
James is a Regional Director for UltraGroup with a strong background in mental health nursing skills. He has over 15 years of experience working in both adult and geriatric inpatient psychiatric units as a Nurse, and as a Program Director. He also has experience as a nurse on Med-Surg, ICU, & ED units as well. James worked with UltraGroup to develop and open a highly successful Geriatric Inpatient Psychiatric unit that provided much needed services to clients and their families in rural Kentucky. After this successful venture James joined UltraGroup as an Outreach Coordinator and was soon promoted to his current Regional Director position working with both Inpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs. He graduated with an Associate in Arts degree and an Associate in Nursing degree from Southeastern Kentucky Technical college.
Kenna Dunlap Johnson, MBA, MSW, LCSW
Kenna has over 16 years of experience working in the behavioral health industry. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings with a primary focus on both the older adult and child/adolescent populations. Kenna has served as the Program Director for an UltraGroup IOP as well as the Director of Behavioral Health for a rural hospital system. She has also served as the Director of Admissions/Intake for a 106-bed free standing psychiatric and addictions treatment hospital. Kenna earned both her BS in Psychology and Master in social work from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. In addition, she earned her Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. Kenna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and carries expertise in clinical leadership, integrated behavioral health in primary care, telehealth, workforce development and the provision of psychotherapeutic services.