During his tenure, Vaya has expanded its reach from western North Carolina to serve 31 counties across the state. Brian led the organization through two successful consolidations with neighboring managed care organizations, the most recent happening in 2021 with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. His expertise has been instrumental in developing collaborative partnerships with other organizations throughout the state to pursue common goals for the benefit of Vaya Health members and all North Carolinians.
Brian has served on the Statewide LME/MCO Provider Steering Committee on Standardization and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Waiver Advisory Council. In 2015, Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Brian to the N.C. Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force, where he co-chaired the Subcommittee on Prescription Opioid Abuse, Heroin Resurgence, and Special Topics.
Prior to coming to North Carolina, Brian worked for nearly two decades in public service positions in New York, including as Commissioner of Mental Health in Delaware County, Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health in Broome County and Executive Director of Fairview Recovery Services, a nonprofit mental health/substance use recovery-based organization. In 1996, Gov. George Pataki appointed Brian to chair the New York State Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a master’s degree in social work from Maywood College.