Piedmont Geriatric Hospital’s leadership team is comprised of professional individuals who have years of experience in the field.

Emma Lowry, Psy. D, Facility Director/Clinical Director

Dr. Emma Lowry is the Facility Director for Piedmont Geriatric Hospital. She also serves as the facility’s Clinical Director and has been overseeing the clinical operations of the facility since March 2017. Dr. Lowry is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She obtained a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy. D.) from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington D.C. Campus and completed internship training at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has worked at inpatient facilities with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services for the past 25 years and has extensive experience in the assessment/treatment of serious mental illnesses in both adults and older adults. Dr. Lowry was previously employed as a Treatment Team Psychologist at PGH (2003-2006) and was delighted to return in early 2017 in the role of Clinical Director because she enjoys working with older adults. She also has strong interests in self-care strategies for treatment providers and in the professional development of early-career supervisors and managers.

Email: Emma.lowry@dbhds.virginia.gov

Phone: 804-766-3229

Fax: 434-767-2346 Back to List

Steve Bowen – Assistant Director of Administration

Steve Bowen graduated from Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School as a Journeyman Welder and for a brief time was an Inspector on Aircraft Carriers and Submarines. After employment at PGH, he attended Southside Virginia Community College and acquired his Master Tradesman in both HVAC and Plumbing. During his career at PGH, he has held at least seven different positions in the Physical Plant Department. Two of the most challenging were becoming the first Safety Officer and Campus Facilities Manager. Steve remains an advocate in local politics and participates on many committees/ commissions. Burkeville and PGH has always held a special place in his H.E.A.R.T.

Email: Steve.Bowen@dbhds.virginia.gov

Phone: 804-766-3247

Fax: 434-767-2356 Back to List

Ramesh Chaudry, MD., Director, Medical Services PGH

Dr. Chaudry attended Santa Monica City College and earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of California, Los Angeles. He moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1994 after matching in the Residency Training Program in Psychiatry at Medical College of Virginia/VCU. He completed his fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry in 2000 and joined Piedmont Geriatric Hospital as staff psychiatrist. From 2009 to 2012, he served as Chief of Staff at the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation. He returned to PGH in July 2012 as Director of Medical Services while still continuing to manage Psychiatry Services at VCBR. Dr. Chaudry is certified as a Diplomate in Psychiatry, C & L Psychiatry and in Geriatric Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He also holds certification as a Sexual Offender Treatment Provider by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Psychology.

Email: Ramesh.chaudry@dbhds.virginia.gov

Phone: 804-766-3466

Fax: 434-767-2352 Back to List

Brittany Bak, Psy. D, Clinical Director

Dr. Brittany R. Bak is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist who joined the Piedmont Geriatric Hospital (PGH) family in April 2020 and oversees clinical operations and the Piedmont Geriatric Institute. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Spanish from Ohio Northern University (ONU) in Ada, Ohio in 2009. She then went on to study clinical psychology with an emphasis on forensics, trauma, and women’s issues at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology (WSU-SOPP) in Dayton, Ohio. She completed her pre-doctoral internship through Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Virginia and subsequently earned her Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) in 2014. Dr. Bak then worked at Greensville Correctional Center’s Sex Offender Residential Treatment (SORT) Program in Jarratt, Virginia for about year before accepting a treatment team psychologist position at Eastern State Hospital (ESH) in Williamsburg, Virginia in May 2015. Dr. Bak served in her role as a treatment team psychologist until she was promoted to full-time forensic evaluator in 2018. In addition to her work at ESH, Dr. Bak has also conducted evaluations for veterans regarding compensation for mental health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury and has taught at Bryant & Stratton College. In 2019, Dr. Bak opened a private practice to perform outpatient forensic evaluations. Her research interests include violence risk assessment with women, group therapy best practices, and issues related to trauma.

Email: Brittany.Bak@dbhds.virginia.gov

Phone: 804-766-3436

Fax: 434-767-2352 Back to List

Regina Johnson, MSN, BSN, RN, Chief Nurse Executive

Ms. Johnson began her clinical career as a Licensed Practical Nurse in September 2000. In 2007, she earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA and began working as a Registered Nurse. She went on to continue her studies in 2014 by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Ms. Johnson earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing in July 2019 from Queens University of Charlotte. Over the course of her career, her path has involved work in various clinical settings which include the Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) unit, resource department, adult and geriatric psychiatric units, and the acute care division. She has held leadership positions as a charge nurse, shift manager and clinical manager. In April 2018, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society and is an active member of the following organizations: Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders, Virginia Nurses Association, National Black Nurses Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. What she loves most about being a part of the PGH team is working with a group of supportive colleagues and having the opportunity to lead the Nursing Department. This allows her to impact and influence employees and the organization, as they focus on staying at the forefront of the rapid changes in the world of healthcare. She is married, the mother of one son and a family dog. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and participating in community service activities.

Email: regina.e.johnson@dbhds.virginia.gov

Phone: 804-766-3239

Fax: 434-767-2344 Back to List

Romekka Hamilton, MPH, LSSGB, Healthcare Compliance Director

Romekka Hamilton began undergraduate studies at VCU to become a medical doctor. However, halfway through her college career, she decided that medical school was not for her. She knew she wanted to do something in healthcare, but she was uncertain on what path to take. She began working in Performance Improvement as a Program Coordinator about 6 years ago. She was captivated by the structure and results that Improvement Science yielded. It was simple, yet complex, and always worked to improve some aspect of safety and/or quality in patient care.After a few weeks in that position, she realized she had found her calling. She is an employee alumnus of VCU Health. She learned the many invaluable roles of process engineering and project management during her tenure there. Subsequently, she pursued her Master’s Degree in Public Health, completing the degree in 2016. Additionally, she is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified. She joined the team here at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital as Director of Healthcare Compliance in October 2020. She looks forward to growing with the team. She knows that her skills in LEAN/Six Sigma and process engineering will be instrumental in ensuring that our facility and organization will continue to grow successfully.

Email: Romekka.Hamilton@dbhds.virginia.gov

Phone: 804-766-3302

Fax: 434-767-2153 Back to List

Lewis Hackett, Ph.D, LCP, Psychology Director

Lewis is originally from England but obtained his doctorate in psychology from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (VCPCP). He was fortunate to work at PGH as a post-doctoral fellow before becoming a fully licensed psychologist and the Psychology Director. There are many aspects of his job that he greatly enjoys, but the highlight is enhancing the quality of life of our patients through individual and group therapy. Lewis also greatly enjoys supervising staff and providing training in the area of geropsychology. When he is not working, he loves to play tennis, hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, travel around Europe, and take lots of photos.

Email: Lewis.hackett@dbhds.virginia.gov

Phone: 804-766-3455

Fax: 434-767-2381 Back to List

Andrea Moran, MT-BC, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Director

Andrea is a Board Certified Music Therapist and currently serves as the Director of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Department at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital. She has worked in geriatric psychiatry as a music therapist at two inpatient psychiatric hospitals and for the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. The focus of most of her career, and her passion, is with the geriatric population. She is an accomplished musician, proficient on over 10 instruments. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy and has been a participant in the Commonwealth’s first System LEAD leadership program through DBHDS. There she earned the Virginia Public Sector Leadership certification in collaboration with UVA and Virginia Tech Universities. Two quotes that Ms. Moran truly believes in are “Great leaders don’t tell you what to do. They show you how it’s done” and “Leadership is earned. You want your team to feel like they work with you, not for you.” – Eli Martin

Email: Andrea.moran@dbhds.virginia.gov

Phone: 804-766-3344

Fax: 434-767-2313 Back to List

Cindy Arthur, Fiscal Director

Cindy Arthur serves as the Fiscal Department Director for the Nottoway Campus of Piedmont Geriatric Hospital and the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation. Cindy has over 30 years of experience in Accounting with the majority being spent in Governmental Accounting. Her most recent promotion was to the role of Fiscal Director in December 2017. Since taking over that role, she has worked on streamlining financial services and reworking many of the processes related to accounting, payroll and timekeeping. She enjoys her role as Fiscal Director and is highly regarded by her peers. She has served in many capacities over the years; chair of the department-wide financial group and as lead on the DBHDS General Ledger project of the Cardinal Financial System. Cindy is passionate about supporting her team and co-workers to ensure the Nottoway Campus achieves its goals and missions. Cindy’s biggest blessings are her husband, her children and her son-in-law, all of whom she is extremely proud of and loves spending time with. Her hobbies include music, singing, and playing piano. Cindy holds a BS in Business with a concentration in Accounting from Averett University.

Email: Cindy.arthur@dbhds.virginia.gov

Phone: 804-766-3254

Fax: 434-767-2291 Back to List

Jennifer Lehman, SHRM-SCP, PGH Human Resources Director

Jennifer is HR Director for PGH on the Nottoway campus. Mrs. Lehman brings a wealth of experience having worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia in several different agencies. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Health Science from Liberty University and is also a graduate of VCU’s Risk Control Institute. She is SHRM-SCP certified. After beginning her state career in 2006 working for VDOT, she subsequently worked at VSP, VADOC, VDEM and ultimately PGH. Before coming on board with the state she worked for Bon Secours and HCA. At HCA, she helped implement the “Bee Well” program which focused primarily on Employee Health and Wellness. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs. She is very proud of her husband and two sons and enjoys watching them play baseball. Her hobbies include being outside, gardening, fishing, and playing golf.

Email: Jennifer.Lehman@dbhds.virginia.gov

Phone: 804-766-3231

Fax: 844-527-2887 Back to List

Keith Lauer, IT Director

Prior to coming to work with VCBR and PGH, Keith worked with Critical Access hospitals in an administration role in Nebraska and Colorado. He has a successful history of managing support groups, has implemented Cerner and supported seven other EHRs over his career. His previous experience in Virginia was centered around managing IT and process improvement groups for HCA, Capital One, Bank of America, UPS Freight, and the Federal Government. When not at work, Keith enjoys woodworking, riding his Harley, and working on projects around the house.

Email: keith.lauer@dbhds.virginia.gov

Phone: 804-766-3420

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