History and Mission

By the 1960s, the disease of addiction had woven itself deep into the fabric of the Charlotte community. In 1969, a Charlotte pediatrician founded a counseling center to support those struggling with substance use disorder. That pediatrician’s name was Dr. Jonnie H. McLeod.

By 1972, the McLeod Center – then called Open House – opened the first methadone-assisted treatment clinic in the Charlotte area. In 2018, over 16,000 unique patients received treatment through McLeod Center’s programs. The life-changing work of the McLeod Center was made possible by the vision of one woman, who believed that individuals struggling with substance use disorder should always be treated with dignity and respect. These remain our organization’s core values today.

Our Senior Leadership team continues to carry out Dr. McLeod’s mission: To Help People Get Well.

PresidentMary H. Ward
Vice President of Administration Rachelle Casto
Vice President of Medication Assisted Treatment Melanie Conforti
Vice President of Criminal Justice Services Louise Ferrell
Vice President of Finance Christy Majors

Our mission is simple – To Help People Get Well.