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Cornel Hubbard, J.D., CCEP | Senior Director Service Operations

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Cornel Hubbard is the Senior Director of Service Operations for Magellan of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Behavioral Health Services Administrator. In this role, Cornel is responsible for overall oversight of operations of the Virginia Care Management Center. Prior to his current role, Cornel served as the Virginia Customer Service Director where he was responsible for all aspects of customer service delivery and customer service relations with the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, Cornel worked at Magellan Health in Louisiana and served as the Adult System Administrator for the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership. He monitored the benefits for recipients of the 1915i State Plan Amendment. Cornel also served as the senior manager of permanent supportive housing; helping to launch an unprecedented integrated housing, community-based services and managed care model. Cornel also led the Follow-up Support team for clinical operations. Cornel joined Magellan Health Services in February of 2012 as a supervisor in Member Services. He assisted in the successful launch of the Louisiana Care Management Center.

Cornel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas as well as a Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Cornel is a certified Mediator by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. He is also Mental Health First Aid Certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. A native Kansan, Cornel is a strong supporter of the regional Kansas professional and collegiate sports teams.

Mira Signer | System of Care Director

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Mira Signer is the System of Care Director for Magellan of Virginia. Ms. Signer is responsible for leading the strategy and planning efforts in system transformation. She works to help Virginia’s behavioral health systems evolve and expand using a recovery and resiliency informed, strengths based, regionally focused and multi-year approach.

Mira’s motivation to transform the mental health care system stems from personal experience and lessons learned from supporting friends and loved ones with mental health conditions. She is passionate about creating a behavioral health care system that is comprehensive, user-friendly, and welcoming.

Prior to joining Magellan, Mira served as the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia (NAMI VA). From 2007 to 2017, she led the efforts to reform the mental health care system and transform public perceptions about people with mental illness. Mira provided leadership on numerous statewide initiatives including the Joint Subcommittee Studying Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth in the 21st Century, the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health Services and Crisis Response and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Homelessness. For her efforts related to system transformation, Mira was recognized as a Game Changer in 2017 by the Virginia Housing Alliance, and was honored in 2016 with the NAMI Executive Director Leadership Council’s Peer Excellence Award. In 2011, Mira was selected as a Top 40 Under 40 by Style Weekly.

Mira received her Master’s in social work administration, planning and policy practice from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where she received the David N. Saunders Legislative Advocacy Award and the School of Social Work Social Justice Award. In 2014, Mira was recognized as the VCU School of Social Work Outstanding Graduate of the Last Decade for her contributions to the mental health field and the field of social work. In her spare time Mira enjoys working out and exploring Richmond’s outdoors and cultural opportunities scene with her family.  

Danyelle Dutton Smilovich | Provider Relations Director

Danyelle Dutton Smilovich is the Provider Relations Director for Magellan of Virginia. Danyelle has been with Magellan since June 2010, initially working in Network with various public sector and commercial plans in the state of Florida. She transitioned to the Virginia office in October 2013 and is responsible for provider relations and overall network development.

Previous to Magellan, Danyelle worked at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on several state and national grant-funded substance abuse research programs. The programs included delivering behavioral interventions, HIV education and testing and substance abuse prevention program evaluation for children and adolescents. During this time, Danyelle gained valuable experience working with the provider community and increased her interest in behavioral health.

In her spare time, Danyelle enjoys decorating and traveling. She also enjoys finding new ways to keep active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Her most recent activities include indoor cycling and TRX suspension training.

Stephen Towns, PMP, CSM | Director Project and Program Management

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Stephen Towns is the Director of Project and Program Management for Magellan of Virginia. Previously, Stephen served as the Senior Information Technology Project Manager, Product Owner/Scrum Master, responsible for all leadership and Agile Scrum ceremonies for Magellan’s digital product development, eRebate Migration, and FirstIQ application. 

With over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field, he is proficient in project and program management, healthcare analytics, customer innovation and delivery management, specializing in financial, transportation and manufacturing industries. Stephen has a Master of Divinity degree and Masters of Arts in Christian Education from the Samuel Dewitt School of Theology at Virginia Union University. He is currently attending Regent University, School of Business and Leadership earning his Doctorate in Strategic Leadership with a concentration in Healthcare Leadership.

Stephen has the heart of a servant and proudly serves as the Team Lead for the Magellan Cares Team.

Stephen is an avid sports enthusiast and for nearly 25 years officiated high school, college and semi-professional basketball. For over 20 years, he has dedicated time to be involved in ministry-related work. In his downtime, Stephen very much enjoys travelling with his wife.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Esq. | Compliance Manager

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Elizabeth Fitzgerald serves as the Compliance Manager for Magellan of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Behavioral Health Services Administrator. Elizabeth assumed her role in November 2014 when she joined Magellan as a member of the corporate compliance department. She oversees the implementation and operation of Magellan’s compliance program in Virginia, which includes policies, training and regulatory issues.

Prior to her current role, Elizabeth served as an Assistant Attorney General, in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), for the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. While serving in the MFCU, she investigated numerous fraud allegations, participated in coordinated investigations with the Department of Justice, litigated cases in federal court, and presented at the American Bar Association’s national health care fraud training. Elizabeth also spent time as a state prosecutor focusing on family and domestic abuse.

Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Psychology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College) and a J.D. from Gonzaga School of Law. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar and is admitted to practice in the E.D. Va. and W.D. Va. She resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and son. Elizabeth is an avid sports fan and, when time allows, she enjoys good wine and traveling.    

Danette Brady, M.A., LPC | Director Clinical Care Services

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Danette Brady assumed the role of the Director of Clinical Care Services for Magellan of Virginia’s Behavioral Health Services Administrator in November of 2016. She is directly responsible for the direction and management of clinical operations. Since joining the Magellan team in October of 2015, Danette has worked as a care manager, Lead Care Manager and as Manager. In her previous role as the Manager of Clinical Care Services for the Residential Team, she was responsible for the management and coordination of care management staff and assisted in the identification and development of strategic and operational goals and plans.

Prior to joining Magellan in 2015, Danette has worked in the mental health profession for 25 years in a variety of settings including residential, community-based services, the public schools system and private practice. Her practice focused on individualized and strengths-based practices for children, adolescents and families with a focus on trauma and recovery. In addition, she has led new programming initiatives for special populations in residential treatment. Danette has played a pivotal role in the implementation of new residential programming and processes.

Danette holds a B.A. in Psychology from Randolph Macon’s College and a Master in Counseling Psychology from Radford University. She has been licensed as a Professional Counselor for 20 years and is a member of the Virginia Counselors Association and the Richmond Area Counselors Association. She resides in Goochland, Virginia and enjoys traveling, reading, equestrian sports and spending time with her two teenage children.


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