Meet the Team
ARCH Academy has assembled some of the best adolescent addiction treatment staff with proven results for our teen Drug & Alcohol Recovery Center. Here you can meet the team of ARCH Academy who work right along side your child or loved one. We bring decades of experience to recovery and looking forward to walking with you on your journey.
Dean Porterfield, LPC-MHSP, NCC
Dean Porterfield currently serves as the Director of ARCH Academy. Dean has been with Cumberland Heights for over 8 years. As the Director he is responsible for day to day operations of ARCH as well as overseeing program development, staff development, referral relations, research and community outreach/education on teen addiction. Dean has served as Executive Director of an outdoor therapeutic program for adolescent males for over 10 years. Dean also has served on the Board of Director of NATSAP (National Board of Therapeutic Schools and Programs), and frequently presents at national, regional and local conferences. Dean is also an approved LPC clinical supervisor. Dean brings over 18 years experiences working with the adolescent population and their families. He believes in a strength-based approach and understands that authentic relationships with the teens and families we serve is paramount for lasting change.
Chapman Sledge, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Chapman Sledge accepted his role as Chief Medical Officer at Cumberland Heights in 2009. For the previous 15 years, he had been Medical Director of Addiction Treatment Services at Pine Grove Behavioral Health in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Sledge is a nationally known physician in addiction medicine, served on the board of directors for the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and regularly speaks at conferences around the country. Dr. Sledge was among the first group of physicians to receive certification by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He also serves on the Medical/Scientific Committee of the National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence. Dr. Sledge is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Family Medicine and was certified by the American Board of Family Practice in 1986.
Mary Culver, EDS
Mary Culver joined the ARCH Academy family in 2020 as our teaching principal. Prior to ARCH, Mary taught both a first-grade class for students with emotional/behavior disabilities during the day, as well as college course at the University of Georgia at night. She says both were very different experiences that taught her a lot. Mary even started a non-profit called Henry Horizons to help community kids make connections. Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Special Education. She holds a Master of Science in Education and has an Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership and Administration with a minor in School Law. Mary was also named United Way Volunteer of the Year. Mary’s goal is to make ARCH Academy one of the best places to learn, heal and make good things happen for our growing generation.
Matthew Silvey, M.S, CPRS
Matthew Silvey joined the ARCH Academy team as a teacher in 2019. As an educator, Mathew taught Agriculture at the high school level as well as Agriculture Systems for Austin Peay State University as an adjunct professor. He holds at Outstanding Thesis Award from Omicron Tau Theta, honorary professional graduate society in career and technical education. His goal at ARCH Academy is to create a safe, stable educational space for young men and to inspire them to find life-long recovery by sharing his own story. Matthew is celebrating nearly 25 years of sobriety.
Sherry Vautier, MA, LADAC II
Sherry Vautier is a Tennessee native and has been a counselor at Cumberland Heights since 2013. She has a LADAC II and a MA degree in Mental Health Counseling. Her goals at ARCH are to provide guidance and help to families who bring their loved one into our care. Sherry often says to those struggling, “I want to be your hope until you can find your own again.”
Katrina Stanford, MA
Before becoming a counselor at ARCH Academy in 2020, Katrina Stanford worked for 12 years in the Research Department at Meharry Medical College. During her final few years there, she was also in school full-time, working toward getting her clinical and mental health counseling degree. Katrina received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Tennessee State University. She got her Masters of Science at the University of Phoenix and Masters of Arts from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Katrina’s goals at ARCH are to positively impact the lives of those struggling with substance use disorder and provide a space for teens to be open and honest.
Deanna Szabo, M.S, NCC
Deanna Szabo has been with Cumberland Heights since 2014, first as a Clinical Associate in the Youth Program. She completed her master’s degree from Lipscomb University in professional mental health counseling with a specialization in addiction and now works at ARCH Academy as a primary counselor. Her goal at ARCH is to help young people uphold their individual freedom and authenticity, two things that often compromised by the disease of addiction.
Royce Douglas, CPRS
Royce started working at Cumberland Heights part time for a few months before accepting a full time CA position. A year and a half later he transitioned to the Adolescent Team Leader position where he supervises the youth CA’s and helps create a safe, comfortable environment for the boys to learn about addiction, while also holding them accountable for their behaviors. Before working at Cumberland Heights, Royce worked with kids who had major behavior issues for 5 years. Royce has worked at Cumberland Heights for 5 years.
Conner Davidson, CPRS
Conner Davidson is the ARCH activities counselor, helping those struggling with substance use disorder since 2014. Prior to working with teen boys, Conner worked with the Young Men’s Program at Cumberland Heights. Conner grew up in Nashville, graduating from Nashville Christian School in 2008. He is currently going to school for his LADAC. Conner’s main goal at ARCH is to provide residents with therapeutic experiential therapies that challenge them physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. In his program he hopes to promote growth, a sense of purpose and direction.
Cole Szabo, B.S, LADAC I
Regional Outreach Coordinator ARCH Academy
Since Cole joined the Cumberland Heights team in 2015, his goal has been to provide top notch care to patients and spread the mission of our facility with every interaction. Cole is an alumnus of Cumberland Heights, being treated for substance use disorder in 2013. He knows the struggles young men face when battling addiction and he wants to use his experience to guide others on their path to recovery. Cole is a LADAC, and currently working on his B.A. at Lipscomb University.
Ricky Sanders has been feeding patients’ stomachs and recovery since August of 2018. He is originally from Nashville and is a graduate of Father Ryan High School and Aquinas Junior College. His for the ARCH Academy are to not only feed young men three nutritional meals daily, but to teach them skills in the kitchen and in life. Ricky says he is looking forward to meeting new friends and helping them overcome their struggles. An alumnus of Cumberland Heights, Ricky feels blessed to give back and be a part of the ARCH Academy team.