Adam Hartzell, named CEO in December 2019, is a seasoned chief executive who brings a deep understanding of community-based organizations to his work as CEO of SouthLight. Throughout his career he has demonstrated his commitment to mission-driven work, addressing social determinants of health, building collaborative teams, and implementing best practices as he strives to be a good steward of community resources.
Most recently, Adam has served as interim Executive Director of Dress for Success of the Triangle. However, he launched his non-profit career nearly two decades ago serving as Executive Director of InterAct, a family services organization in Raleigh. Adam’s expertise in operationalizing service delivery models has led him in recent years to focus on innovative projects at the intersection of social need and healthcare delivery including lead roles at Advance Community Health and United Healthcare.
Adam’s strength is in creating, implementing and uniting key stakeholders behind numerous marketing, fundraising and strategic plans. Among his proudest accomplishments has been completing a multi-million-dollar capital campaign while at Interact that launched a nationally recognized collaborative model that provided wrap-around services in a first-of-its-kind whole-person care model.
Prior to that, Adam was an attorney in Raleigh and, before law school, a journalist in New York City. Today, he lives in Wake County with his wife Melissa and two boys with whom he enjoys soccer, camping, canoeing, theater and going to the beach.
Michael S. Lancaster, M.D. is a Board-Certified Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist and serves as the Chief Medical Officer for SouthLight. He received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1971 and his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1975. After a pediatric internship at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans, he completed a residency in General Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adult Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Lancaster has over 36 years of diverse medical experience which includes since 1981 maintaining an inpatient and outpatient private practice, 12 years as Regional Medical Director for a national managed care company, 6 years as Chief of Clinical Policy for the Department of MH/DD/SAS/ for the state of North Carolina, and 5 years as Medical Director for Behavior Health Integration at Community Care of North Carolina.
Dr. Lancaster is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, North Carolina Psychiatric Association, and the North Carolina Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Lancaster is married, has two children and one grandchild, and enjoys reading, fishing, traveling, and cheering his teams (Blue Devils, Durham Bulls, and Carolina Hurricanes) on to victory.
Chief Medical Officer
MIKE LANCASTER, MD
Tania Hubbard received her BA in Psychology and Religion from Chowan University in Murfreesboro, North Carolina in 2004 and her MA and ED.S in counseling psychology from Seton Hall University in New Jersey in 2009. She is currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer at SouthLight Healthcare. Tania is responsible for ensuring that the organization's daily operations run smoothly by providing support and coaching to all programmatic leaders in the organization around the strategic implementation of the mission and vision of the organizations. Tania has a passion for community-based programs, leadership development as well as strategic planning. Before working at SouthLight, she worked at several other organizations to implement new programs and to successfully lead several program turnarounds.
Chief Operating Officer
Mike Florio serves as SouthLight's CFO, and is also a partner of Rankin McKenzie, LLC, one of North Carolina’s largest financial management firms. As an accomplished consultant and CFO with over 30 years of experience, Mike’s financial, strategic, and leadership experience have made significant contributions to many organizations in the health care, food, retail and consumer goods manufacturing business segments. He has developed a broad and extensive array of business experiences in a variety of industries including the profit and not-for-profit categories. Additionally, he has led several successful turnaround situations and ERP implementations.
Prior to joining Rankin McKenzie and consulting, Mike was a senior executive with FHI 360 and Chief Operating and Financial Officer of All Kinds of Minds and The Body Shop Hair and Skin Care Company USA, where he also served as a member of the U.S. Board. Early in his career, he was employed by Nabisco Brands and received awards for “Best Profit Achievement” and an Edison Award for “Best New Business Introduction of the Year” when he served as Group Director of New Business Development. Mike has had clients in the not-for-profit arena and has also served as a senior executive in both start-up and global enterprises in this sector. He continues to serve not-for-profits as a volunteer with the local Executive Service Corps of the Triangle.
A native of New York, with over twenty-four years living in North Carolina, Mike attended Hofstra University in New York where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology and St. John’s University where he earned a Master’s of Business Administration as a Graduate Business School Research Assistant with a full scholarship. He was an honors student in both Economics and Psychology and was a Division I athlete while attending Hofstra University.