Sue Ann Atkerson, LPC

Sue Ann Atkerson squareChief Operating Officer

After serving more than twenty years in the behavioral health community in Maricopa County, I joined RI International as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, I’m responsible for the oversight of all outpatient programs across five states. My primary duties include ensuring the clinical effectiveness of existing programs, spearheading new program development, and maintaining collaborative relationships with fourteen funders. As Recovery Innovations is known for its widespread use of peer supports, I’m focused on leveraging the value of lived experience to maximize positive client outcomes.

Previously, as Vice President of Outpatient Services at Southwest Behavioral Health, I was responsible for overseeing seven full-service outpatient clinics serving both children and adults, and several community living locations for persons with serious mental illness, I spearheaded the implementation of Same Day Access to intake and Advanced Access to medication, two initiatives that reduced wait times, improved show rates, and reduced overall cost. I was instrumental in writing the proposal for, and implementing services in, the NARBHA geographic service area. Prior to my tenure at Southwest, I served as the Director of Outpatient Services at Terros, where I led the implementation of co-occurring disorder programming and oversaw three outpatient clinics. In addition, I served on the Arizona Integrated Treatment Consensus Panel, a group appointed to write the state’s clinical service guidelines for persons with co-occurring disorders.

I hold a Masters of Counseling degree from Arizona State University and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona. I am currently serving on the Board of Directors for Partners in Recovery.

I’m excited to be serving in a leadership role with RI International because peer services are gaining increased recognition as being a critical component to achieving positive outcomes. RI International is at the forefront of this work and is in a unique position to make an impact in this growing field!


I have hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States. It was an amazing experience!