President and Executive Director
Kevin is entering his fourth decade of nonprofit management. His career includes leadership roles in Wisconsin, Ohio and Missouri. Kevin has Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Social Work, an MSSW and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin. In each of his leadership positions, including his current role here at Provident, his vision has been to create a viable, relevant, mission-driven service mix that is accountable, sustainable, and inspirational. He is recognized as a person who collaborates well in the community, develops his team and is a strong fundraiser. Kevin has a particular passion for system advocacy, and has sparked successful statewide legislation in education, foster care and suicide prevention.
Julie Ann Breneman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director of Human Resources
Julie Ann joins the Provident team with over 25 years of Human Resources experience in both nonprofits and the public sector. She oversees a team responsible for the entire life cycle of Provident employees. This includes everything from recruiting, compensation, employment law, and career growth to maintaining an inclusive and dynamic culture. Julie Ann holds a BA in English from Truman State University.
Kimberly Brown, M.P.P.A., LNHA, CDP
Administrator at Mary Ryder Home
Ms. Brown holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is also certified in Non-Profit Management & Leadership. She is a practicing licensed Nursing Home Administrator, accomplished in the Principles of Long-term care and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Ms.Brown has 30 years of experience in Nonprofit Leadership & Management and Residential & Senior Long-term care. Prior to coming to Provident Behavioral Health, Brown held the position as Executive Director of other Senior Care communities, including Cardinal Ritter Senior Services as well as offering her services as a Consultant for regulatory compliance for DESE.
Ms. Brown is a volunteer, a mentor, a missionary and advocate for many causes in the Metro St. Louis area. Brown is a Board Member of Assisi House, an organization that creates small, communal housing for previously unhoused individuals, and she provides support to a missionary abroad volunteer. Ms. Brown has been recognized for her excellence in healthcare and volunteerism.
Stephanie French, CPA
Director of Finance and Administration
Stephanie has been with Provident since 2011 and oversees all financial and accounting, facility, and technology-related functions. Stephanie has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from McKendree University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant through the State of Missouri. Prior to joining Provident, Stephanie was a tax manager specializing in not-for-profit tax compliance.
Lindsay Jeffries, LPC, CRC, CFTP, CGDC, CDCS, Director of Clinical Services
Director of Clinical Services
Lindsay has been with Provident since 2016 and is the first person to fill the newly-created Director of Clinical Services. She oversees the 67 people who make up Provident’s Life Crisis and Clinical teams. Under her leadership, staff members answer calls to the lifeline as well as see clients in the office.
Director of Advancement
Julie has served several valuable roles within Provident since joining the team in 2010. She began her career with the organization writing and managing grants, then served as the director of community engagement, where she worked with community partners and oversaw the Afterschool program. She was named the director of advancement in 2017 and leads all fundraising efforts as well as continuing to provide high-level guidance to her previous teams.
Operations Manager of Mary Ryder Home
Yvette has been employed with Mary Ryder Home for 24 years and has served as the Lead Nurse. She will continue to oversee medication management and all nursing staff. She will also tend to licensure duties required by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Director of Youth Programs
Gail joined Provident in May 2017. Her years of experience as a teacher and Afterschool administrator are apparent as she oversees ten sites and works closely with Site Supervisors and the Afterschool Coordinator. In addition to her daily responsibilities, Gail also is involved with the HOMEGROWNSTL initiative out of the Brown School at Washington University and has become a MASN (Missouri Afterschool Network) ambassador. Gail is also a co-champion in partnership with the YMCA for Design for Change, a social impact program which focuses on STE(A)M. In 2021, she was inducted into the Missouri Afterschool Networks Hall of Fame for her 15+ years of exceptional work.
Bailey E. Wahlquist, LPC (MO), LCPC (IL), NCC
Director of Strategic Planning and Compliance
Director of Psychiatric Services
Bailey began her service to Provident as a clinician, then redeveloped the organization’s compliance programs before becoming the Director of Strategic Planning and Compliance. She manages the agency’s Joint Commission Accreditation, clinical audit process, continuous quality improvement initiatives, and agency Strategic Planning, as well as serving as our Privacy and Security Officer.