Mario Johnson, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, received his Bachelor of Arts from Norfolk State University. He then went on to receive his Master’s degree in Psychology/ Social Work from the University of Georgia.
Before forming COPE Behavioral Health, Mario Johnson worked at Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Behavioral Health as a Mental Health Professional. Mr. Johnson provided counseling and therapeutic services to adolescents, including but not limited to adjudicated youth and dual-diagnosed youth by documenting psychological findings and updating the status of clients’ psychological disposition and reporting to LMHP.
Mario Johnson has also held positions at Grace Behavioral, Southern University and A&M College Agricultural Center, and Oliver and Associates Counseling Services/ Professional Counselors.
Ahmad Evans, MS
Chief Operating Officer
Ahmad Evans received his Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in Biological Sciences/Pre-Medicine. He received his Master’s degree in General Psychology from Kaplan University. Ahmad Evans is currently attending California Southern University where he is pursuing his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
At COPE Behavioral Health, Ahmad Evans is the Program Director and Corporate Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Evans’s duties include the overall daily operations and administrative obligations of the mental health rehabilitation facility toward the progress of the company’s goals and directions. Mr. Evans also manages the client database and supervises the licensed and unlicensed clinical staff. Mr. Evans oversees routine skill development and training as well as administration of clinical psychological assessments and evaluations. Mr. Evans also oversees the development and implementation of policies and procedures toward state and regional accreditation of the facility.
Before joining COPE Behavioral Health, Ahmad Evans served as the Utilization Director at Primary Care Solutions where his duties included maintaining community relationships with providers toward services within the community and ensuring a responsive system for authorization of services and payment of claims. Mr. Evans was also was responsible for reviewing and evaluation of work. Mr. Evans Utilization Director also worked at Louisiana Outreach Services, Oceans Behavioral Hospital and Southeast Louisiana Hospital in the Mental Health services.
Etheridge Johnson III
Chief Information & Technology Officer
Etheridge Johnson III, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, attended Norfolk State University and is the former CBQ / COQ Executive Manager, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy with 15 years of service including duties at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokusuka, Japan. Before joining the staff of COPE Behavioral Health, he was the Administration Specialist at Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in Denver, Colorado.
Michelle Evans, a native of Ponchatoula, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and her Master’s degree from Kaplan University. Michelle is a member of Alpha Beta Kappa National honor Society. Ms. Evans previously worked as a Rehab Coordinator at Therapy Management Cooperation, providing therapy care in an inpatient nursing home environment.
MA, MHC, LPC-S
Charmaine Zhafar, LPC-S, Clinical Director of COPE Behavioral Health, is experienced in several arenas of counseling and mental health services including work with veterans, disaster-displaced victims and abused or neglected children. She is responsible for overseeing and developing COPE Behavioral Health’s clinical services including hiring, supervision, evaluation and scheduling. She received education and specialized training from Southern University and was a participant in Analysis of the Individual training held at Louisiana State University.
Before joining the COPE Behavioral Health staff, she established her existing private practice, Miiboso Consultants, LLC. She provides individual, family and group counseling, consulting, motivational speaking, referrals and project collaboration. She is an Independent Assessor with Magellan Behavioral Health performing CANS assessment and 1915(i). Her portfolio includes work with families in the Department of Children and Family Services with various mental health concerns.
As a Readjustment Counselor with the Department of Veterans Affair, she helped establish an outreach program to assist war veterans who failed to make adequate psycho-social adjustment and re-entry into civilian life. She has also work with Magellan Behavioral Health as a Senior Care Manager and was a Program Manager for the Department of Health Hospital’s Behavioral Department.