Cherie Tolley joined Palmetto Behavioral Health in 2002 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Palmetto Pee Dee Behavioral Health, the organization's Florence facility, and has served as Chief Operating Officer for the organization since 2006.
In her current role, she is responsible for management and oversight of all operations at Palmetto Behavioral Health, which employs over 500 employees throughout its coastal and Pee Dee locations.
Since 1977, Tolley has held numerous positions in the mental health field, having served as a social worker in both South Carolina and California; Program Director for the Berkeley Community Mental Health Center and for the South Carolina Continuum of Care; Clinical Director for Willowglen Academy in Greeleyville, S.C.and as a private consultant. She is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member at both Limestone College and the Medical University of South Carolina's Institute of Psychiatry.
Over the years, Tolley has presented at numerous conferences on topics such as behavior strategies and interventions for families and educators, behavior rating systems, behavior management in the classroom, treatment of the dually diagnosed adolescent and models for children's service systems.
She has also served on several advisory councils, including the U.S. Inspector General's Office Task Force in San Francisco on children's services, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Round Table in Contra Costa County in California, and a number of task forces in South Carolina related to children's services and mental health issues.A graduate of the University of North Alabama, she holds a master's degree in clinical counseling and counseling education.