Carter Pate was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer of Providence in November 2017. Mr. Pate brings to Providence extensive experience in healthcare, logistics, transportation and government contracting, areas directly aligned with the Company’s operating businesses and end markets. Mr. Pate joined Providence from Carter Pate, LLC, a resource for management and boards of directors seeking expertise and interim C-suite services, where he served as Founder and CEO. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the CEO of one of the largest privately owned passenger transportation contracting firms based in the United States. Prior to that, Mr. Pate spent nearly two decades at PricewaterhouseCoopers, most recently serving as Global & U.S. Managing Partner, Capital Projects, Infrastructure & Government Practice. During his tenure at PwC, Mr. Pate held multiple leadership positions and advised Fortune 500 companies and G-20 governments. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for BioScrip, Inc. and Board Chair of Compensation for Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. Author of "The Phoenix Effect" (now in five languages), Mr. Pate was recently named a “Board Governance Fellow” by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Pate holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Greensboro College and a masters of accounting & information management from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Kevin Dotts was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Providence and LogistiCare in August 2018. Mr. Dotts has over 30 years of experience as a finance and accounting executive at multiple technology companies, serving 14 of those years in the position of chief financial officer. Before joining Providence, Mr. Dotts served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Birch Communications, Inc. and its successor, Fusion Connect, Inc. since February 2017. Prior to that Mr. Dotts held CFO roles at Internap, Culligan International and Earthlink. Mr. Dotts began his career at General Electric Company (“GE”) and served in increasingly senior financial roles during his 15 years of tenure at GE. Mr. Dotts received a bachelor’s degree in finance and computer systems management from Drexel University.
Chinta Gaston has served as our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since January 2019. Ms. Gaston also serves as LogistiCare’s General Counsel since 2003. Ms. Gaston is responsible for all legal matters relevant to the company including contracting, litigation, and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining LogistiCare, Ms. Gaston was a managing director at Kroll Associates in New York City where she served as a compliance advisor to numerous companies and directed many internal corporate investigations. From 1992 to 1997, Ms. Gaston served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the Southern District of New York. In that capacity, Ms. Gaston represented federal agencies in a wide variety of areas including international public law, constitutional law, and regulatory and business issues. Ms. Gaston began her legal career at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York City. Ms. Gaston received a bachelor’s degree in linguistics with honors from Harvard University and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Suzanne G. Smith was appointed Chief Accounting Officer of Providence and LogistiCare in February 2019. Ms. Smith has more than two decades of accounting and finance experience in a variety of industries. She most recently served as Chief Accounting Officer of Cumulus Media from May 2017 until February 2019. Previous appointments include Vice President and Corporate Controller of staffing firm, EmployBridge, interim Chief Financial Officer for Acuity, and Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller of Serta Simmons Bedding. Ms. Smith graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology and received a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Georgia State University. She is a CPA licensed in Georgia.
William Severance has served as our Executive Vice President, Finance, Office of the Providence CEO since August 2018, having previously served as our Interim Chief Financial Officer from April until August 2018, and as our Chief Accounting Officer from 2016 until April 2018. Prior to joining Providence, Mr. Severance held the Chief Accounting Officer and Controller role at a number of companies, including: the Gilt Groupe, a pioneer in e-commerce in the U.S.; Travelport Worldwide, a global travel commerce platform providing distribution and technology solutions to the travel industry; and IAC/Interactive Corp, a leading media and Internet company. Mr. Severance also worked for 11 years for Ernst and Young in the Atlanta, New York and Hamburg, Germany offices, providing services to a wide range of companies, including American Standard, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Mizuno USA, Mobil Oil, Time Warner Music Group and Staples. Mr. Severance received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana State University and is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs.