Spring Hill Leadership & Staff

Executive Director - Eric Ekberg, MBA, CADC, LADC

Executive Director Eric EkbergEric Ekberg, Executive Director at Sunspire Health Spring Hill, has over 12 years of experience in the addiction treatment field. As a certified and licensed substance abuse counselor, Eric is passionate about helping those affected by substance use disorders. He most recently served as director for an outpatient treatment facility specializing in opioid dependence and has also worked as director for a long-term inpatient addiction treatment facility. Prior to his experience in addiction treatment, Eric spent over 16 years in the investment management business and holds an MBA in finance from NYU.

Medical Director - Ximena Sanchez-Samper, MD

Ximena Sanchez-SamperMedical Director of Sunspire Health Spring Hill, Ximena Sanchez-Samper, MD is a Board Certified addiction psychiatrist. Dr. Sanchez-Samper trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and completed her addictions fellowship through Massachusetts General Hospital in 2004. After working with adolescents and young adults (and their families) with substance use disorders at Children's Hospital Boston for many years, she transferred to McLean Hospital where she is currently the Medical Director at one of one of their residential programs.

Dr. Sanchez-Samper is an advocate of incorporating Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) into the comprehensive care of patients struggling with alcohol and opioid use disorders and has been prescribing Buprenorphine (Suboxone) since obtaining her waiver in 2003. She co-authored both a book chapter (Opioid Use by Adolescents. Handbook of Office-Based Buprenorphine Treatment of Opioid Dependence. 2011) and published an article in a peer review journal (Adolescent Substance Abuse. General Considerations. Pediatrics in Review. 2009) addressing the needs of patients struggling with addiction and its aftermath. Dr. Sanchez-Samper is an instructor at Harvard Medical School and enjoys lecturing nationwide on substance use disorder identification, diagnosis and treatment.

Clinical Director - Alice Lenhart, MA, MEd, LMHC

Clinical Director Spring Hill Alice LenhartAlice Lenhart is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician and serves as Clinical Director at Sunspire Health Spring Hill in Ashby, Massachusetts. Alice brings years of experience as a mental health professional and educator to her work at Spring Hill. She has specialized in substance abuse treatment and suicide intervention, and practices solution-focused, client-centered treatment, emphasizing positive attributes and resilience, and setting attainable goals that reinforce meaningful progress towards sustained recovery. Alice’s clinical expertise includes cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness skills. Alice has extensive experience in program development, education and training programs, transformational leadership, and has served on the faculty of Rivier University and Southern New Hampshire University.

Alice holds master's degrees in counseling psychology and education, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership, focusing on aftercare and recovery-sustaining support services.



Director of Operations - Robin McRae

Director of Admissions - Cynthia Kelly

Director of Utilization Review - Stacie L. Meacham, LMHC

Director of Family Programming - Linda Maguire, LICSW 

Regional Director of Clinical Outreach - Amy George

Director of Clinical Outreach - Marybeth Adams, LMHC

Primary Therapist - Thomas J. Thelin

Primary Therapist - Alicia Patterson, MS, MHC

Primary Therapist - Charles Sexton-Diranian, LADC II

Primary Therapist - James S. Direda, LICSW, PhD

Primary Therapist - Johan Green, PhD

Primary Therapist - Richard Gates