Leadership & Staff

Meet the BrightView leadership team committed to changing lives through addiction treatment that works.

Chief Executive Officer

Chad Smith

Chief Executive Office - Chad Smith, MS, JD

Mr. Smith is one of the founders of BrightView and handles daily operations, corporate compliance, legal representation, corporate strategy, and enterprise technology and infrastructure. He is also an attorney and certified HIPAA security professional who has focused his career on healthcare operations, technology and compliance. Prior to joining BrightView, he co-founded a series of healthcare technology companies where he managed technical and professional service teams, oversaw business development and sales, and acted as the privacy officer. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Northern Kentucky University, College of Health Informatics, where he teaches courses focused on the intersection of law and healthcare technology. Mr. Smith obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Akron, Master of Science in Health Informatics from Northern Kentucky University, and his Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law.

President & Chief Medical Officer

Shawn A. Ryan, MD, MBA, ABEM, ABAM

Chief Medical Officer - Shawn Ryan, MD, MBA, ABEM, ABAM

One of BrightView’s founders, Dr. Ryan is responsible for strategic development, alignment of operations and medical practice, clinical and outcomes research, and maintaining focus on the mission and vision of the company. For over 12 years, he has practiced in the Greater Cincinnati area. During that time, he functioned as a hospital administrator for Mercy Health (Department Chairman of Quality and Patient Safety). There, he saw how heroin/opioid abuse affected communities and for the past 7 years, has worked tirelessly to help resolve it. He serves on regional, state, and national committees/workgroups focused on turning the tide of this epidemic. He is the immediate past president of the Ohio Society of Addiction Medicine and the Chair of Payer Relation for ASAM. A board-certified addiction specialist and a board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Ryan trained in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati and simultaneously obtained his MBA while completing his residency.

Chief Development Officer

Dylan Jackson, MBA

Chief Development Officer - Dylan Jackson, MBAMr. Jackson brings his experience investing in the private equity markets and leading growth in operating companies to BrightView, where he leads new facility growth, corporate development, sales and marketing. Prior to joining BrightView, he was an investment professional at Orchard Holdings Group and The Sterling Group. Before that, he worked at Procter and Gamble as a capital projects manager and a new product delivery leader. Mr. Jackson has an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Chief Financial Officer

Brad Barker, MBA

Chief Financial Officer - Brad Barker, MBA @2xMr. Barker ensures BrightView’s financial health so we can continue to provide comprehensive care to those in need. He spent the last 10 years assisting small and middle market companies to grow and succeed, and he believes BrightView’s evidence-based approach to care is what people need in addiction treatment services. Mr. Barker has an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and Bachelor degrees in Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Michigan.

Chief Operating Officer

James Craver

Chief Operating Officer - James CraverMr. Craver leverages his vast experience in running multi-site healthcare operations to help BrightView make an impact in the community he calls home. Prior to joining BrightView, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Ambulatory Services for MedStar Health and was responsible for urgent care, multi-specialty practice and telehealth operations. An Ohio native, Mr. Craver earned his BBA in Finance and BBA in Management from the University of Cincinnati.

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