Executive Team

Executive Team

Peace River Center CEO Larry G Williams Jr.

Larry G. Williams, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer and President

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Larry Williams joined Peace River Center in May 2022 and serves as Chief Executive Officer and President. Larry accepted the role after a remarkable 34-year career at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, with 17 of those years in senior and executive management. Larry’s commitment to this community started at a young age as he worked his way through every rank from part-time Deputy Sheriff to Chief of the Department of Law Enforcement. Larry has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Warner University, and an Associate’s Degree from Polk State College. He is a graduate of the Florida State University’s Certified Public Manager Program, the FBI National Academy Class 260, the Southern Police Institute 114th Administrative Officers Course, and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP). Throughout his career and personal investment in our community, he has witnessed, firsthand, the impact of mental health needs and crises, how substance abuse destroys lives and how victim services can restore a person’s sense of value to allow them to take charge of their future, and how stigma plays a role in accessing care.

COO Candace Barnes

Candace Barnes, LMHC CBHCMS-AC
Chief Operating Officer and Vice President

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Candace Barnes joined Peace River Center in 2007 and serves as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President. Candace is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southeastern University and a Master of Science in Counseling from Webster University. Candace has a long history of service in community mental health. Prior to her current role, she was Senior Director of Clinical Services at Peace River Center providing oversight to 14 clinical programs and 130 clinical staff. She serves as Chair of the PRC Clinical Services Committee, serves on the agency Quality Council, and has been an ongoing champion for clinical improvements and system enhancements to client care and professional staff development. Prior to this position, Candace was the Director of Outpatient Services responsible for managing a staff of 28 outpatient therapists across 10 locations in PRC’s three-county service area. In addition, she has also held the positions of Resiliency Team Leader, TBOS Therapist, School-Based Therapist, and Client Advocate/Coordinator for the Rape Recovery Program.

CFO David Tournade

David J. Tournade, CPA
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President

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David Tournade joined Peace River Center July 2008 as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President. David has more than 30 years of experience auditing, accounting, and managing profit and non-profit businesses.
David holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Stetson University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Ileana Kniss
Director of Development and Community Relations

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Ileana Kniss was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and moved to Lakeland, FL when she was 7. As a longtime resident, Ileana is a graduate of Lakeland High School. She went on the earn a BA in Communications from the University of Central Florida. Ileana has more than 13 years’ experience in fundraising/development and community relations. In 2017, she joined the Peace River Center team as the Director of Community Relations and Development. Ileana’s career experience after college brought her to the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce. She went on to further her career in fundraising at the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland (now GiveWell Community Foundation); Lakeland Regional Foundation and Polk State College Foundation.

Ileana is a past-president of the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland and the Polk County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; a graduate of Leadership Lakeland Class XXX; and a graduate of Polk Vision’s Leadership Polk.

Ileana is trained as a Mental Health First Aider as well as a Make It Ok Ambassador.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, time outdoors and giving back to the community. Ileana enjoys being a boy mom to two boys 15 and 11, and is married to her high school sweetheart, Gregg.

HR Director Marla Cavendish

Marla Cavendish, SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources

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Marla Cavendish joined Peace River Center in March 2022. She has worked in human resources since 2013, and her life and work experience spans Canada and the United States and encompasses recruitment, payroll, benefits, compensation, policy development and leadership in human resources. Marla has earned the Certified Professional designation from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP). She holds an associate degree in Business Management and Human Resource from Red River Community College and Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource and Organizational Leadership from Rasmussen College. She is an active member of the Florida and Central Florida Chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Clinical Leadership 

William Sadowsky, M.D.
Medical Director

Mignon Burr, RN
Director of Nursing

Cassie Carver, LMHC, CCTP, CTMH
Director of Outpatient Therapy

Kirk Fasshauer, LCSW, FT, CTM
Crisis Services Director

Tiffani Fritzsche, LMHC, CBHCMS
Children’s Services Director

James King, LMHC

Director of Inpatient Programs

Director, Recovery Services

Kirsten Pindar
Victim Services Director

Donna Rininger, LMHC, MCAP
Director, Specialty Services