Leadership Team

Our leadership team: Jill Clark, Derek Hitchcock, Edward St. John, Tim Monroe, Brian Philson and Beverley McGill.

Left to Right: Jill Clark, Derek Hitchcock,(retired) Edward St. John, Timothy Monroe, Brian Philson, Beverley McGill
Not Pictured: Lara Hewson, Chris Robinson

Brian D. Philson, LMSW, ACSW
President/ CEO

Brian started with Highfields in July, 2006 as the director of residential services. He was promoted to vice president of programming before being promoted to President/CEO in August 2008. Brian earned his master’s degree in social work at Michigan State University and bachelor’s degree in social work at Spring Arbor College, where he later became an instructor. He is a member of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services, a Board Member of the Michigan Federation for Children and Families, Governor Appointee to the Michigan Board of Social Work and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Timothy M. Monroe, LMSW, ACSW, DCSW
Vice President

Tim provides leadership and oversight for Highfields’ treatment services. These include residential treatment, home-based counseling, family preservation, mental health services, family violence prevention and treatment, wraparound, afterschool programming and the Ingham Academy and Pride programs. Tim’s most recent affiliation with Highfields began in 1989 (he also worked for Highfields from 1980-85 as a residential and family counselor). From 1989-93 Tim served as a Treatment Coordinator in the residential program. In 1993 Tim became the Director of Community Services, Clinical Director 2007 and was appointed to Vice President in 2012. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Michigan University and a master of social work degree from Michigan State University. Tim also provides insurance based mental health treatment for Highfields, internal and external training, and is an instructor for Lansing Community College.

Jill B. Clark, MSW, LMSW
Director of Community Services, South Team

Jill began her Highfields career at Highfields in 1988 as an in-home family counselor. She has helped develop and implement many of the programs in Community Services. Jill has held positions as team leader, supervisor, community services coordinator, and associate director. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her master’s degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University. Jill has been active for several years in the Michigan Home-Based Family Services Association (MHBFSA) and currently serves as President of the association.

Beverley McGill, MA
Director of Fund Development

Bev came to Highfields in September, 2011. She has ten years of experience in fund development, most recently as the Director of Development at Cascades Humane Society in Jackson, Michigan. Bev earned her master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, a BSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Certificate in Fundraising Management from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Edward St. John, MBA
Director of Finance

Edward came to Highfields in January 2015 as Director of Finance. He has over twenty-five years of non-profit accounting, auditing and management experience, most recently as the Finance Manager at Peckham, Inc. in Lansing, Michigan. From 1993-2009, Edward served as Internal Auditor, Manager of Accounting, and Corporate Controller for TechnoServe, Inc. in Norwalk, Connecticut. From 1988-1993 he served as Senior Accountant for Save The Children, Inc. in Westport, Connecticut. Edward earned his MBA from Spring Arbor University, and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont.

Lara Hewson, MSW, LMSW, IMH-E® (III)
Director of Quality and Education

Lara joined Highfields in July 2011 as as Home-Based Therapist. She was promoted to Community Services Supervisor and supervised Home-Based, Home-Based 0-3, and Autism Case Management. In August 2016, Lara was named Highfields' Director of Quality and Education. Lara promotes professional excellence and continuous improvement in programming; and the administration of evaluation measures of contracts, licensing and COA; corporate compliance, HIPAA and standards. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, and Secretary of the Jackson/Hillsdale Association for Infant Mental Health. Lara earned her BA in Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University, and her MSW from University of Michigan.

Chris Robinson, MSW, LMSW
Director of Residential Services

Chris started his Highfields career in 2010 as a Family Counselor in the residential program.  In 2012, Chris became the Manager of Clinical Services and then was promoted to the Director of Residential Services in 2017. As Director, Chris is responsible for providing leadership and maintaining a quality residential treatment program. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Social Work degree both from Michigan State University.  Chris provides several internal trainings and also facilitates Motivational Interviewing trainings nationally.