CCCG Leadership


Carol Pitts

Carol Pitts

Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, CPCS
Approved Supervisor, AAMFT
Acting CEO, Director of Counseling, Clinical Director

Carol Pitts is the acting CEO, Director of Counseling and Clinical Director of the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia. She has been affiliated with CCCG since 1990 and has been on the clinical staff since Jan. 1, 1993. Carol is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor.

As Director of Counseling, she supervises the Counseling Program, Counselor Training Program, and iThrive, our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for substance use disorders.

She has served as Director of Counseling since January 2012, and Clinical Director since September 2008. She has been supervising for 26 years and has been a counselor for 29 years. In her leadership, supervision, and counseling, she works from an integrated, holistic, person-centered philosophy. She has a passion for helping others in need and for training persons also committed to this work.

In addition to her leadership at CCCG, she has a full supervision practice and enjoys therapy work with individuals, couples, and families, and she leads groups for women. She also has facilitated clergy consultation groups and serves as faculty and supervisor for the resident training program, which prepares students for licensure as professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and clinical social workers. She is a nationally known trainer in spiritually integrated psychotherapy. Carol received her BA in journalism from Drake University in 1981, her M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1989, her M.A. in psychology from Duquesne University in 1990, and her Ph.D. from Emory University in 1995. She is ordained as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, exercising, reading, and being outdoors.

Contact Information:
404-636-1457 ext. 406
cpitts@cccgeorgia.org


MaryBeth Hayes

MaryBeth Hayes

MDiv, ACPE Supervisor
Director of Chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Education

MaryBeth Hayes is the Director of Chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). She is a CPE Supervisor certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE). She has served as Director of Spiritual Care in both psychiatric hospitals and general hospitals, and was most recently the Executive Director of The Chaplaincy Center in Providence, RI, an organization similar in structure to the CPE program at CCCG.

MaryBeth graduated from Oklahoma State University and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. She completed mediation training at Texas Wesleyan School of Law, and did most of her Systems Centered Training in Philadelphia.

Born and raised in the Congregational Church of New England, she has returned to her heritage after being ordained a Southern Baptist in 1989. She currently holds ministerial credentials in the United Church of Christ. She served as an acute hospital chaplain in the 1980s as well as a youth minister. She served as Director of Spiritual Care at Terrell State Hospital within the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation in the 1990s, and was the Executive Director of The Chaplaincy Center from 2000–2015. During her time in New England, she also served as pastor of Newport Congregational Church. She has a passion for ACPE education, psychiatric ministry, and work with youth.

MaryBeth loves building, painting, woodcarving, and outdoor activities, and her favorite place is either the Hill Country of Texas or the Lakes Region of Maine, depending upon the time of year. She is the oldest of three and enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew in Colorado. She travels regularly to Connecticut and Maine to be with her parents and to vacation in the small community of Bridgeton, where she and her family have built a retirement home. She has four children ranging in age from 16–30.

Contact Information:
404-636-1457 ext. 411
cpe@cccgeorgia.org


Rick DeFeo

Rick DeFeo

Interim CEO

Richard J. DeFeo, Jr., Esq., LMSW, is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Board of the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia and serves as CCCG’s Interim COO. He received an undergraduate degree in accounting from Virginia Tech in 1981 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1984. He practiced law specializing in federal and state litigation as an associate and partner in law firms in Chicago and Washington, D.C through 1997. In 1998, he became the General Counsel of a privately held food manufacturing company headquartered in New York City which operated three manufacturing plants in New York state with 700 employees and $250 million annual revenue. After 25 years practicing law, he pursued his second career in social work. In 2012 he earned a master’s degree in social work at Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2012 and moved to Atlanta, where he served as the Palliative Clinic social worker at the Grady Hospital Cancer Center from 2012 through 2016. In 2016, he joined the Board of CCCG, and served as the vice-chairperson until assuming his current role within the agency. Rick’s work is grounded in his desire to create improved access to community mental health services, especially for those who are at most risk and have poor access to such services.

Contact Information:
404-636-1457 ext. 410
RDefeo@cccgeorgia.org