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The staff of Diamond Grove Center is comprised of qualified behavioral health professionals of multiple disciplines. These disciplines include psychiatry, psychology, pediatric medicine, social work, nursing, recreational therapy, occupational therapy and education. Get to know some of the compassionate members of our staff by reading the biographies below.

Patrick Swoopes, Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Swoopes has served as Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Grove Center since 2000, where he is responsible for day-to-day operations. Patrick has nearly 30 years of experience in Behavioral Health, having held several positions in the field including County Administrator for local CMHC, Associate Administrator and Administrator for Diamond Grove Center, Director of RTC programs, Director of Outpatient, served as National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and Chief Executive Officer. Patrick earned his degrees from Mississippi State University, and, as a former athlete, was unanimously inducted into the Lauderdale Sports Hall of Fame (Alabama) and drafted by the New Orleans Saints.

Patrick is a member of the Mississippi Hospital Association, Prairie Council Hospital Association, currently a member of the Mississippi Department of Human Services Advisory Board and was active Board member for the local Boys and Girls Club.

Grace P Kelly, MD, Medical Director
Grace is the Medical Director at Diamond Grove Center. She has been practicing adult, adolescent and child psychiatry for the past 36 years. She trained at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey and did an Internship and Residency in Psychiatry at New York Medical College Psychiatric Institute. In 1987, after completion of Residency training she came to Mississippi from New York to fulfill National Health Service Corp obligation to provide psychiatric services to underserved areas. She has been practicing psychiatry in Mississippi since then.

Laura Shotts, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Laura worked at Diamond Grove Center as an RN supervisor from 2007 to 2011. She received her associate degree in nursing from East Central Community College in 2004, her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2009 and her Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in nurse executive in 2011. She returned to us in 2016 in her role as CNO.

Annette Collins, LPN, Utilization Review Coordinator
Annette has been employed at Diamond Grove Center for 15 years. She started as LPN for the residential program and was promoted to the Utilization Review Coordinator in 2013. She started her nursing career in August 1996 when she attended Mississippi University for Women and graduated from East Mississippi Community College.

Bobbie Love-Johnson, MS;Eds, Admissions Coordinator
Bobbie has been employed with Diamond Grove Center in a contractual PRN position for over 10 years and assumed a fulltime role as an acute therapist in 2018. She has earned her role as Admission’s Coordinator beginning in 2019. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and later returned and earned her Masters of Science Degree in Special Education and Specialist Degree in Community Counseling both from Mississippi State University.

Gloria Norris, MS, Director of Residential
Gloria has been employed with Diamond Grove Center for 15 years. She started as a therapist and earned her role as Program Director of Residential in 2006. Gloria received her Bachelor of Science from Mississippi Valley State University and her Master of Science in Counseling Education from Mississippi State University.

Jackie Wilson, MS/PHD Candidate, Social Services Director
Jackie has been employed at Diamond Grove Center for 20 years. She started as a therapist and earned her role as Social Services Director in 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and later returned to earn her dual master’s degrees in both Special Education and Counselor Education. She is currently pursuing her PHD in general psychology at Capella University.

Rosalynn Yarbrough, MS-Director of Business Development
Rosalynn is a 14-year senior employee at Diamond Grove Center. Her journey began in October 2005 as therapist for seven years. Rosalynn transitioned into the role of Mobile Assessor and Marketing for the south central portion of Mississippi. Currently, Rosalynn is providing services to residents in north Mississippi where she serves as the Director of Business Development/Marketing and Mobile Assessor. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Mississippi State University and also earned a second master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The University of West Alabama. Rosalynn’s passion is to serve and to serve those who may have a need.

Stacy Thames, MS, Activity Director, Patient Advocate
Stacy has been employed at Diamond Grove Center for 21 years. He holds an associate degree from East Central Community College, bachelor’s degree from Mississippi Valley State University and master’s degree from University of the Rockies. Stacy is also the basketball coach for Diamond Grove Center.

Lisa Shackelford-Thompson, Educational Director/Principal
Lisa Shackelford-Thompson joined Diamond Grove Center in 2016 after retiring from the Starkville School District where she served as a teacher, bus driver, Reading Facilitator, Assistant Principal and Principal for a total 30 years. Lisa started her career at Diamond Grove Center as a science teacher. After teaching science for four years, she was promoted to Education Director/Principal.
As the Education Director, Lisa works closely with teachers and other Stake Holders in making sure patients receive a quality education while they are patients at Diamond Grove Center.
Lisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University. Lisa also holds a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from UT Martin.

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