Meet our Management Team
At SAGE Counseling, we hold a very simple philosophy: always provide exceptional service to our clients and customers. We want to ensure that these relationships continue to thrive in the future. Our high level of customer service is based on our investment in a strong administrative structure, which allows us to efficiently provide the accurate tracking and reporting that our customers require.
Stephen Grams, MA, LISAC
Steve is the owner and Executive Director of SAGE Counseling, Inc., an agency he founded in 1998. He began working with the criminal justice populations in 1985 serving as a psychotherapist in a maximum security prison in Pittsburgh. Over the course of his career, Steve has worked with a wide variety of criminal justice and social service agencies, and he has served as a counselor, clinical supervisor, administrator, and consultant. Steve brings a unique combination of business and counseling skills to his role as Executive Director.
Michael Peugnet, MS, LASAC
Director of Quality Improvement & Compliance
Michael has been working in the behavioral health field since 2012, primarily doing clinical work with the substance abuse population as a counselor. Michael is licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor, has Bachelor's Degree in Education from Arizona State University, and has a Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Michael has served on several leadership teams and has extensive knowledge of state licensing requirements, BMFL regulation, JCAHO accreditation, AHCCCS, and quality improvement initiatives. Michael leads the Quality Improvement department and is also the chairman of the SAGE Quality Improvement committee.
Dennis Constantine, BS
Dennis serves as Finance Director for SAGE Counseling. In this role he leads the Company’s external financial reporting, corporate accounting, treasury, and risk management functions. He has a unique blend of financial leadership and operational management experience in both public and private companies. He began his career as a financial analyst for Honeywell and progressed into financial leadership positions with companies in the healthcare and aviation industries. He brings a disciple of creating and managing to key operational and financial metrics. Dennis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Arizona State University. Dennis was a Russian linguist, working for the National Security Agency, while in the US Army.
Linda Cowan, MHA
Chief Operating Officer
Linda has thirty years' experience working in Behavioral Health, and has expertise building strong community relationships and collaborations. Initially she was a Psychiatric Social Worker, working with Adults and Adolescents in Inpatient Settings. Linda has held various management positions, including Director of Adolescent Services, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Executive Officer. She served as the CEO for The Guidance Center in Flagstaff for over 8 years, where she was responsible for Inpatient, Residential and Outpatient services for Adults and Adolescents. Most recently, Linda was the CEO of Native Americans for Community Action, an agency that provides primary care, behavioral health, suicide prevention, and several grant funded programs. She is a member of the Task Force that originally implemented the Coconino County Drug Court, and also served on its Advisory Board for 9 years. Linda is a past member of the Coconino County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, and the Integrated Family Court Advisory Board.
Tewodros (Teddy) G. Teklearegay, BS
Teddy has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and an advanced diploma in Computer Science. Prior to SAGE he worked at the United Nations for over 13 years in different capacities, including as assistant project manager at UN Ethiopia, Systems and Service desk manager at UN Timor Leste, and Senior Lotus Notes and Systems Administrator at UN Cambodia. Currently Teddy directs the implementation of sophisticated technology processes for the day to day operations of SAGE, which improves the agency's staff efficiency as well as customer service.
Justin Schans, MA, LAMFT
Director of Operations
Justin has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Arizona State University. Prior to his current position, Justin worked in the DCS In-Home Programs as an intern, clinician, clinical supervisor and program manager. Justin is licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Justin has worked in both agency and private practice settings helping individuals, couples, and families. Under the general direction of the agency COO, Justin will assist in the development and execution of the organization’s strategic goals and objectives with an emphasis on administrative and technical operations. In conjunction with agency management team, the Director of Operations contributes to the agency’s quality assurance programs, strategic planning, as well as the development and implementation of agency policies and procedures.
Brenda Young, LAC
Brenda has worked with the criminal justice population, substance abuse and court ordered treatment populations since 2003. Brenda has a Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree from Arizona State University with core concentrations in Sociology and Education. Brenda received a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and is licensed as an Associate Counselor with Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Prior to coming to Sage, Brenda served as Executive Director and Interim CEO at a local behavioral health treatment center licensed to offer residential and outpatient services to adults over 18. Under the general direction of the agency COO, Brenda is responsible for the quality and general operation of the clinical services at Sage. Brenda currently serves on the Training Committee and was a Clinical Program Manager before becoming the Clinical Director for the agency.
Carrie Pile, BA, SPHR
Human Resources Director
Carrie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Communication from Arizona State University where she completed studies in intercultural and interpersonal communication and an Associate Degree in Business, with a specialization in Accounting. Carrie also holds the SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) designation from the Society of Human Resource Management. She has more than 10 years human resource management experience, in non-profit and behavioral health sectors. Carrie oversees all human resources functions including workforce planning and staff recruitment, workforce development, performance management, compensation, employee benefits, legal compliance, and ensuring SAGE facilities are a safe environment for employees and clients. health.