“Set a goal so big that you can’t achieve it until you grow into the person that can.”
Cory Williams, Chief Executive Officer
Cory Williams exemplifies a hard work ethic, and this is visible in his success as an outstanding entrepreneur. Cory’s strong upbringing helped set him on the path of a successful leader. He stands firmly on ethical practices, motivates his employees to reach their personal goals, and incorporates the best leadership management skills into his businesses. This code of personal and business ethics has evolved into his success as an entrepreneur. Cory has been lauded by others in his community, as he has moved his business accomplishments in a forward direction.
His career began at Goodyear Tire as a college intern, and later as a full time employee. While working in a variety of managerial positions at Goodyear Tire and Troxler Electronics, he always had an entrepreneur spirit. At the age of 22, Cory started a medical transport company While owning and operating the medical transport business, Cory experienced many highs and lows of entrepreneurship that taught him many lessons – which he contributes to his success today.
Along his road to success, Cory received many accolades, such as being named Employee of the Year at Goodyear Tire and Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Chairman of the Board at EPIC Partners, as well as key member of the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce. He has served as a longstanding member of Vistage Executive Leadership Group. Most recently, Cory was appointed board member at Tammy Lynn Center in Raleigh North Carolina.
Cory is no stranger to hard work. His parents were excellent role models. They worked tirelessly to provide for him and his two sisters. His grandmother was also a major influence and inspiration to Cory and instilled in him as a child that he could do whatever he put his mind to. Cory continues to incorporate this philosophy and the lessons he learned from his parents and grandmother into his work today.
Cory is an avid sports fan. He participated in many sports, from little league through college, which helped to develop his competitive spirit. He strives to never make the same mistake twice. His belief is that he never loses – he either learns or wins.
Cory is the proud dad of twin boys, with his beautiful wife, Patrice. He enjoys raising them to become productive citizens that will follow their dreams and achieve their goals.
Jessica Snead, LPC
Director of Outpatient Services
Jessica Camp Snead is a licensed professional counselor who has over 14 years of experience in the counseling field. She has provided counseling services to a variety of individuals, particularly children and adolescents, in various settings within Halifax County, as well as the City of Danville/Pittsylvania County communities and schools. With training in trauma informed care, Jessica utilizes a collaborative and compassionate approach to counseling in an effort to foster hope, healing, and resilience. Jessica’s passion lies in program development and ensuring the efficient operation of behavioral health services that are provided within her community. She is excited to expand EPIC’s outpatient services in order to make them more accessible to those in need.
Jessica obtained her bachelor of arts in psychology from James Madison University in 2006 and her master's degree in community/college counseling from Longwood University in 2009. Throughout her career, Jessica has gained experience through a variety of roles in both direct care and management. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Virginia Counseling Association, and Association for Play Therapy. Jessica has training in play therapy, expressive art therapy, trauma informed cognitive behavioral therapy, and grief counseling.
Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include being an active member of Halifax County Little Theatre, participating as a singer of a local band, and contributing to the Halifax County community through music and theatre art.
Bevin Lovelace, LPC
Chief Operating Officer
Bevin Lovelace is a licensed professional counselor who has a passionate commitment to client and program development and the counseling process. Bevin joined the Epic family in 2018 and has served many roles within the organization. Bevin obtained her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech and her master's degree in community and college counseling from Longwood University. Bevin has direct-care and management experience within the outpatient, inpatient, and community level services areas. Bevin's areas of specialization include play therapy, families with children who have special needs, education advocacy, and program development. Outside of work, Bevin spends much of her time with her 3 daughters, who are all extremely active. Bevin also enjoys spending time with friends, going to concerts and sporting events, and playing with her cocker spaniels, Parker and Lily.
Dr. Stacey Atkins, LMSW
Clinical Director, Richmond
Dr. Stacey Atkins joined the Epic family after retiring from 32 years of federal government (Uniformed Services). Her passion and first love is social work and she comes with over 25 years of public, social and behavioral health knowledge, and experience. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services with a concentration on behavioral health from Capella University, a Master of Social Work from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Social Work and a minor in Psychology from the University of the District of Columbia. She is currently a Licensed Master Social Worker in the District, Maryland, and Virginia. She also earned a certification in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University.
Dr. Stacey brings with her years of experience gained from diverse assignments ranging from her leadership positions with the United States Public Health Service; augmented with her assignments within the Department of Defense where she served in numerous leadership and volunteer roles that have advanced the mission of the Nations Mental Health and is considered a subject matter expert in Mental Health. She has experience working with individuals of all ages, families, and groups, she possesses knowledge of relevant federal state and local laws, regulations and polices. She identifies herself as a servant leader, team player, self-motivator and results driven individual. She also believes that in this phase of her life she has a responsibility to equip others with the knowledge she has gained while continuing to learn new things herself! Her favorite quote is “ Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration wonderful things can be achieved (Mattie J.T. Stepanek)
Veronica Onsurez-Pannell, LPC
Senior Director of Behavioral Health: Child & Family Services and Addiction Recovery & Treatment Services (ARTS)
Veronica joined the Epic family in 2021. She comes with over 27 years of behavioral health knowledge, experience with Federal Government Drug Courts and held various leadership positions for several Community Services Boards. She earned a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from VCU, with a concentration in Substance Abuse and Mental Health. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Master Addiction Counselor. Veronica has worked with adolescents and adults from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds with a broad range of needs. She has extensive experience in providing substance use and mental health services to the community and the criminal justice population. Veronica is a native of New Mexico and can provide services in Spanish. In her current role Veronica oversees all aspects of the Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services program. She also provides direct oversite for the Child and Family Services program for the Danville location.
Shanel Beard, LPC
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Richmond
Shanel Beard, M.Ed, LPC is a licensed professional counselor from Chatham, Virginia. Shanel received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from The University of Virginia and her Masters of Education from The College of William and Mary. Shanel has served others by aiding them in improving their mental health and overall life experience for several years in various capacities. Shanel’s passion is providing hope to those who need it the most. Shanel loves singing, dancing, all things sports, and spending time with her family. Shanel came to Epic in August 2019 and currently serves as the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives working out of our Richmond office.
Marcus D. Belcher
Marcus joined the Epic family in 2017 and has served in a few roles within the organization. In 2007, he obtained his Finance degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has experience with insurance, recruiting, finance, marketing, and customer service. With Epic, Marcus specializes with marketing and business development out of the Richmond, VA office. Outside of work, he spends most of his time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys playing basketball, reading books and hanging with friends.