Management Team

Carl Kester

President and CEO

Carl Kester is the President and CEO of Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers. Carl has been with Lakeside-Milam since 1993, serving as President since the year 2000 and adding the role of CEO in 2012. Carl is the son of Charles Kester, one of our organization’s founding members and is the majority owner.  Carl is a past President of the Washington State Association of Addiction Providers (AAP) and the Board Chair of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP).

Julie Mitchell

Senior Vice President of Operations

As part of the Lakeside Milam team since the beginning, Julie Mitchell has served in multiple positions including Administrator of both outpatient and inpatient facilities, Vice President of Quality Assurance, and currently as Senior Vice President of Operations. In this capacity, she oversees all of our outpatient programs, supervises program development, acts as a liaison with governmental agencies and federal and state legislators. She is the head of the Health & Safety Committee, and she also ensures that our programs and our policies and procedures exceed CARF standards, enabling us to repeatedly receive the highest level of accreditation they offer.

Amy Luehrs

Vice President of Finance

Amy has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and has passed the CPA exam.  She has been with Lakeside-Milam since 1999 and had experience with accounting for both health care and technology organizations prior to that time.

Terry Rogers, MD.

Medical Director

Dr. Rogers, a graduate of Cornell University Medical School, practiced pulmonary and critical care medicine for 15 years at Swedish Hospital, followed by 8 years in a senior executive position at Regence Blue Shield and its predecessor company. He has recently retired as the CEO of the Foundation for Health Care Quality. He has been the Medical Director of Lakeside Milam Recovery Centers for 15 years.

Elizabeth Meloeny, M.Ed., CDP


Elizabeth has been working in the behavioral health field since 2004 and has been with Lakeside-Milam since 2013.  During that time Elizabeth has held a variety of roles and is currently the Administrator of the Kirkland Inpatient Treatment Facility.  Elizabeth is a certified Chemical Dependency Professional and has a Master’s degree in Education.  Her experience in the field and the value she places on helping others in achieving individual recovery has been an integral part of her ability to represent the mission of Lakeside-Milam.

Judi Bixby

Director of Alaska Services

Judi grew up in a fishing community in Southeast Alaska and continues to call Alaska home.  In 1982 she found a path to recovery and went on to get a BA from Seattle University.  For almost 30 years, she has been with Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers. Judi loves working with our treatment partners throughout Alaska and creating solid continuing care programs for patients to segue into after residential treatment.

Quincy Jefferson

Director of Training

Quincy Jefferson is a Chemical Dependency Professional with vast experience in both residential and outpatient treatment.  Since joining Lakeside Milam in 1997, He has worked in direct patient services, administrative capacities and is currently a member of the Corporate Management Team as the Director of Training.

Monica Talley

Director of Human Resources and Administration

Monica Talley started working for Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers on September 16, 1986. During Monica’s time at Lakeside she has been in many roles within the company starting out as administrative assistant, then moved to medical records, purchasing, accounts payable, payroll and secretary to the then President/CEO, Chuck Kester and is currently the Director of Human Resources and Administration.