Our Leadership

The staff at Gulf Coast Treatment Center is committed to fostering a holistic environment for healing and growth in young women. Our team of nurses, doctors, therapists, and licensed clinicians is equipped with the knowledge and skill set to encourage change and recovery in the young ladies we serve. Our staff is led by a skilled leadership team who work diligently to maintain high standards across everything we do. Learn more about our leaders below. 

Jeanette Jackson, MSW, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Jackson has served as the CEO of Gulf Coast Treatment Center since 2013. Before coming to Gulf Coast, Mrs. Jackson served as CEO of Bristol Youth Academy for 11 years. She has 25 years of experience in working with at-risk adolescents in mental health and residential settings, and more than 18 years of experience in leadership and management. She received her bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy from Old Dominion University and her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Norfolk State University. 

Bonnie Layne, MBA
Director of Nursing

Mrs. Layne has served as Director of Nursing for Gulf Coast since 1996. Before her tenure, she was a corporate consultant for Integrated Health Services, overseeing the health care and clinical services for 12 Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF/DD) that dealt with mental health and behavioral issues. She also served as Director of Nursing for Rivendell Psychiatric Hospital and was an instructor for a nursing program at Fayetteville Technical Institute. Mrs. Layne is a Certified Risk Manager and an APIC-trained infection control nurse.

Maesha Gulley, MHA
Director of Quality and Risk Management

Mrs. Gulley has served in her role since 2018, bringing more than 20 years of experience working with troubled and at-risk youth to our facility. Before arriving at Gulf Coast, she spent seven years in Jacksonville, Florida as the Corporate Compliance Officer for River Region Human Services, a facility that specializes in substance abuse programs, residential treatment and co-occurring mental health treatment for adolescents and adults. Mrs. Gulley also worked with Berkeley County School District as a Special Education Assistant/Behavior Redirection Specialist and Assistant Coach for Girls’ Basketball. Mrs. Gulley received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and her master’s degree in Health Administration from Webster University. She is currently working on her Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification. 

Kelly Kugler, MS, LMHC
Director of Clinical Services

Ms. Kugler has served in her role since 2018, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience working with children in the foster care system, and other at-risk children and families. Before coming to Gulf Coast, she worked at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital. She’s also worked in other residential facilities as a program director and a lead therapist. Ms. Kugler has been trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and equine therapy, and is currently working to become nationally certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in Columbus and her master’s degree in Counseling/Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University.


Take the First Step

Our staff is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to provide a no-cost, mental health assessment for your child or patient. Call us at 800-537-5433 (toll-free) or 850-863-4160 to get started. For additional questions about our programs, you can also use our online contact form.

In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.