Founding Partners

Jonathan Evans

Founding Partner

Jonathan has been employed in the behavioral healthcare field for over 30 years. His career began at Hamot Institute for Behavioral Health where he was initially employed in the emergency department providing initial evaluations for patients presenting in the emergency room. During his tenure at Hamot IBH he worked in many departments including emergency/ crisis intervention, outpatient therapy, Director of the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center(DEC) and the Director of the Adult Division, including inpatient behavioral health, substance abuse and geriatric units, outpatient services and the partial hospitalization programs. In addition, Mr. Evans served on the trauma rehabilitation team.

Jonathan left Hamot IBH in 1993 to become the founding President and CEO of Safe Harbor Behavioral Health. Safe Harbor was established to provide intensive outpatient services to patients with serious mental illness and to provide 24 hour a day crisis intervention services to anyone in Erie County.

Jonathan initiated a telepsychiatry program at Safe Harbor Behavioral Health 7 years ago through a SAMSHA Grant, successfully enhancing access to care in the outpatient clinic. Recently, Safe Harbor launched SafeLine, a 24-hour a day line dedicated to children and adolescents who are being bullied. Safe Harbor’s annual operating budget has grown from the initial $300,000 to over $ 12 million. It provides outpatient services to approximately 7000 individuals and employs over 250 full and part-time staff. Jonathan has presented at a number of national conferences on behavioral healthcare including Open Minds Performance Institute, The National council on Behavioral health Care and the Pennsylvania Community Providers Association on topics ranging from productivity contracting for clinicians, strategic planning and telepsychiatry.

He was also the founding Board Chairman of Presque Isle Psychiatric Associates, a non-profit organization that provides psychiatric coverage for hospitals and community based providers. In addition, Jonathan serves on many Boards including:

• President, The Pennsylvania Community Providers Association
• The Erie Center on Health and Aging, Immediate Past Chairman
• Community Behavioral Health Network Pennsylvania, Provider Advisory Board.
• Advisory Board of Directors, Open Minds Inc., a nationally based behavioral health consulting firm.
• Erie Shriners Hospital, Allied Pediatric Health, Chairman, Board of Directors.
• Senatorial Advisory Committee on Human Services, Senator Sean Wiley.
• Health Care Advisory Board, Congressman William Kelly.

He received his Bachelors Degree in Psychology and his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Lee Penman

Founding Partner

Lee has successfully served in a variety of psychiatric nursing and healthcare administrative roles over the years. Her career began at Hamot Institute for Behavioral Health in a 30-bed Adult inpatient unit, serving in many capacities as a charge nurse and emergency assessment nurse. She has participated in a number of hospital committees focused on the enhancement of patient care. She was subsequently named to the Institute’s Diagnostic and Evaluation Center team, providing initial behavioral health evaluations for patients on a scheduled and emergency basis.

In 1993, Lee became one the founding administrators of Safe Harbor Behavioral Health. As Clinic Director, she established protocols for the successful integration of psychiatric and nursing services in a community setting including one of the largest non- hospital based Clozaril clinics.

She coordinated participation in research studies conducted in conjunction of the University of Pittsburgh and University Hospitals of Cleveland. In that position she managed the operations of a clinic serving over 7,000 active clients and employing five full-time psychiatrists and five mid-level providers. She played an active role in Safe Harbor’s launch and implementation of a tele-psychiatry program, successfully enhancing access to care in the outpatient clinic.

She has also received key recognition in the healthcare industry, earning the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) award for Behavioral Health Professional of the Year and the Hispanic American Council award for Community Service Award.

She received her Nursing Degree from the Villa Maria College of Nursing, Gannon University.

Cindy Hendrickson

University Relations Manager, General Electric

Lucinda Hendrickson began her career in 1983 with GE on the Manufacturing Management Program in Syracuse, NY. Cindy spent the first half of her career in supply chain where she held roles of increasing responsibility from Shop Supervisor to Materials Manager and Plant Manager. This was followed by various cross-functional positions in sales, finance, quality, and human resources. Cindy was the GE Transportation Health Care Manager for eight years and currently works for GE Corporate as a University Relations Manager. These positions were held in GE Construction Equipment Business, GE Government Electronic Systems, GE Motors, GE Aviation, GE Transportation and GE Corporate.

Cindy is a native of upstate New York and graduated from Clarkson University with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering.

She has served on a number of non-profit boards including: Erie County Rape Crisis Center Board, Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority Board, Glenwood YMCA Board, Childhood Obesity Task Force, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health Board, and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Liberty Eberly, DO

Founding Partner

Dr. Liberty Eberly is a licensed Psychiatrist practicing since 2009 in Community Mental Health. This includes experience providing telepsychiatry since 2010. She has participated in the COMPASS grant program with St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, PA studying the effects of a team approach (includes a Primary Care Physician, Psychiatrist and Case Manager) with patients experiencing a chronic medical condition and depression.

Dr. Eberly is very interested in the coordination of primary care and behavioral health care. She is a member of American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Eberly earned her D.O. degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Millcreek Community Hospital, Erie, PA. She also holds a Master’s in Medical Education.

Nauman Islam
Founding Partner

Nauman is an international business leader with experience in Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the USA. He has more than 17 years experience in various roles with increasing responsibility, such as P&L management, sales, marketing and operations. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Roper Industries, GE Oil & Gas, Cameron and Ingersoll Rand. Nauman completed his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in July 2010. He also holds Bachelor Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University in 1997.

Robert Wilson, PhD, MD

Founding Partner

Dr. Robert Wilson is a licensed Psychiatrist with two decades of experience working in Community Mental Health. This includes experience working in integrated care delivery teams as well as providing services to rural areas via telepsychiatry. He has a great interest in expanding the availability of psychiatric services to areas of need. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, currently serving as President-elect.

He is a past president of the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society. In addition, he has experience in computer software design and development, primarily in the fields of security and data analysis. Dr. Wilson earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY. He completed his residency in psychiatry and his Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a recipient of a Service Recognition Award from NAMI of Erie County.