Inspiring brighter and healthier lives.
The Transition House believes individual wellness is the foundation of a healthy community. We are here to guide and empower you through your own personal journey by providing exceptional individualized care. We are a community provider that will always work to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our community.
We believe in seeing others and helping them along the journey of awareness, courage,
confidence and joy.
We believe in giving our clients and employees the support, tools, and information to inspire and build brighter and healthier lives.
We value equality and inclusion, respecting all individuals for their lived experiences and ensuring an environment of acceptance that allows us to continually evolve, united around a common mission.
We believe in harnessing our creativity and seeking new ways of doing things for the benefit of our mission.
We believe relationships are foundational to our success and the key to creating a better society, both internally as we work together to drive our mission, and externally as we seek to maximize the impact on our communities.
Learn more about our leadership team at The Transition House, Inc.
Melissa Lucas joined The Transition House, Inc. in 2015 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer for all five TTHI entities. She leads the team by leveraging her broad and comprehensive knowledge of all matters related to the business and organization, as well as the vision to steer its course into the future. Before being named CEO in April 2020, Melissa was the Chief Human Resources Officer and was responsible for all aspects of human resource management. She led The Transition House, Inc. through the challenging process of separation from a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) while supporting the rapidly growing business. Her career has included over 15 years in high-level Operations and HR Management positions and has led her to extensive success in linking people strategies to strategic business planning. Melissa has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Human Resource Management and holds professional certifications through SHRM and HRCI. She is a member of numerous boards across the substance abuse, mental health, and corrections fields. Outside of work, Melissa is an animal lover who enjoys outdoor adventures such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking trails. Having grown up on the North Shore of Massachusetts, you may also find her swimming in the cold Atlantic Ocean.
Jennifer began her career in Behavioral Health in 2006 with the Linda Fay Griffin House in
Worcester, MA she was a Program Director of the residential women’s facility for substance use
and mental health, a fee for service Clinician, and an advocate for recovery treatment in
In 2011, she moved to Florida and joined The Transition House, Inc. team as a substance abuse
counselor. Shortly thereafter she was promoted to Clinical Supervisor and in 2013, she was
promoted to Chief Operating Officer.
Jennifer has since moved back to her home state of Massachusetts and continues to serve as the
Chief Operating Officer of all six TTHI corporations (FL, WA, TN, IN, KS & MA)
Jennifer has her Master’s Degree in Human Services and is currently completing her Doctoral
Program in Human Services with a specialization in Organizational Leadership.
“TTHI has seen such incredible transformation in my time being with the company, I am
incredibly grateful to be part of a team that empowers and supports each other”
Dr. Jaymes Gonzales is a licensed psychologist and graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage-Fairbanks Clinical-Community Psychology Ph.D. program. He has worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families over a 15-year career that includes a variety of inpatient and outpatient service settings. His professional special interests include phase of life transitions, identity development and change, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), premarital counseling, court ordered treatment, gender-rooted clinical issues and role demands and working with LGBTQ-identifying individuals. In addition to psychotherapy and clinical assessment, he is experienced in providing clinical supervision, individual and agency-level consultation, teaching university psychology courses, program development and management, cross-cultural service provision, rural and remote-rural service development and delivery and telehealth services. Research areas of interest include cultural and personal identity development, identity changes throughout the lifespan, healthcare access and the use of technology in clinical service delivery. Outside of work, Jaymes enjoys kayaking, hiking, snowboarding, camping, playing soccer and is an avid Seattle Seahawks fan.
Mr. Wainwright began his corrections career in 1980. Wainwright advanced through all security positions retiring as Warden of the Central Florida Reception Center. His experience spans Reception Centers, Youthful Offender, Close Management Male and Female, death row and several major correctional institutions throughout the State of Florida. Mr. Wainwright joined The Transition House, Inc. in January 2014.
Paige Hudson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She obtained her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University in 2016. She is currently a PhD candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University and expects to complete her program by Spring of 2022. She joined The Transition House in 2017 as a Clinician before becoming the Director of Programs for Tennessee in 2018. Paige currently serves as the Director of Quality Services for The Transition House. She is passionate about supporting the wonderful work of The Transition House with quality data showing how the organization works to inspire brighter and healthier tomorrows. She values creativity and ingenuity in finding new ways to best support her teammates, peers, and clients. Paige engages in a person-centered and psychodynamic approach. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is the catalyst for healing and that experiences in our past shape how we experience life in the present.
Paige is a proud member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, National Council on Behavioral Health, and Psi Chi Psychological Honor Society. She serves on the Ambassador Network for the National Council on Behavioral Health, engaging in advocacy opportunities on the local, state, and federal levels.
Shaun Peterson came on board in 2017 as an Executive Administrative Assistant for The Transition House, Inc. Shaun Peterson has 5 years of management experience and has a passion for working in the health and human services industry. Shaun prides herself on her organizational skills and building strong processes that allows the administrative team at The Transition House, Inc. be effective and efficient.
Melinda Rios holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration Human Resources Management as well as Society for Human Resource Management and Professional in Human Resources® certifications. Over the past 10 years, Ms. Rios has held HR roles for as many as 1,000 employees in various types of industries such as home health, insurance brokerage, manufacturing, construction and non-profit. She joins The Transition House, Inc. with experience in several areas of HR, including employee relations management, leading internship programs, restructuring organizations and strategic planning, among others.
Lisandra Gonzalez is the Financial Controller for The Transition House. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Everett University and holds professional industry certifications from the Construction Financial Management Association. She has over twelve years of experience in the behavioral health, manufacturing, distribution, construction, engineering, education, and hotel industries. She finds her position highly rewarding as it combines her love of accounting and analytical and organizational expertise with her passionate commitment to support the progress of the clients. Her personal interests are enjoying outdoor activities with her family, volunteering at her church and at The Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida.
Dr. Kimberly Quigley graduated from Webb School of Knoxville in 1993. She moved on to Georgetown University, earning a BSLA in German Language and Linguistics. She completed work at the Harvard University Health Careers Program, at which time she decided to pursue medicine. After graduating from medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 2001, Dr. Quigley completed an internship in Pediatrics, followed by a residency in Psychiatry. She holds board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Quigley has provided medical leadership for outpatient mental health settings, hospital systems and recovery programs. Dr. Quigley has over 15 years of experience in partnering with children, adolescents, adults, mature adults and their families in deciding if and how psychotropic medication can be used to help them attain their personal goals for wellness and wholeness in their lives. In her spare time, Dr. Quigley is the chess coach at the Episcopal School of Knoxville. She is a strong community advocate for developing chess programs across the East Tennessee area for children of all backgrounds. She is active at Emerald Youth Sports as a soccer coach and volunteer.