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Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

The Leadership Team at Midwest Center for Youth & Families provides a stabilizing support system that allows our clinical staff to focus on what matters most: helping children and families achieve success.

Zachary Glassburn, Chief Executive Officer
Zach Glassburn comes to Midwest Center and South Shore with nearly 10 years of experience in the mental health and health care fields. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2007 with a degree in Health Administration. In 2012, Zach earned a Health Facility Administrator licensure. He has been employed throughout Indiana and has worked his way through the ranks of behavioral health. Starting his career as a mental health technician, obtaining experience as an executive director and most recently as a Chief Operations Officer, Zach brings a variety of experience to his role as CEO.

Zach is happy to be a part of a facility with a history of excellence. “Everyone at Midwest Center and South Shore has a strong dedication to improving the lives of all children and adolescents that walk our halls. I feel the same, and will also ensure everyone is provided the tools necessary to excel in their positions.”

Dr. John Zwerneman, Psychiatrist
Dr. Zwerneman became Midwest Center’s Medical Director in 2013 and has been practicing psychiatry for over 18 years. He received his undergraduate degree at New Mexico State University and attended medical school at the University of North Carolina. He also has extensive experience as a medical missionary in various countries including Israel and Grenada. Dr. Zwerneman says he “enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with children, adolescents and their families, and watching their lives improve.”

Dr. Robert Raster, Psychiatrist
Dr. Raster joined Midwest Academy’s South Shore location in 2013 and comes to us with over 15 years of experience. He completed his undergraduate study at University of Notre Dame in 1988, followed up with medical school at Wayne State University in 1992 and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Northwestern in 1996. Dr. Raster loves the interesting work he does at Midwest Center and the nice staff he gets to interact with on a daily basis. “They make my job a lot easier,” he says, “because in my position, I’m working daily doing what I love, but the staff is why I walk through the doors with a smile on my face.”

Dr. Mallikarjun Patta, Psychiatrist
Dr. Patta joined Midwest Center in 2013. He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degrees from Sri Venkateswara University (SVU) in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India. He later received his Master of Medical Sciences at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, and performed his residency in Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He is board certified in general psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine and his work has appeared in various publications, including the British Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Times. It is rewarding for Dr. Patta to, “collaborate with my professional and dedicated colleagues at Midwest Center.”

Jeremy Pape, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Director
Jeremy Pape came to Midwest Center’s South Shore location in 2013 with over 18 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families in the behavioral health field. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Purdue University, and his master’s in Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago. He has served as a mental health therapist/social worker in a variety of settings including community and school-based mental health as well as residential and acute care settings. Jeremy finds it very rewarding “when children and their families are able to work together to overcome their challenges so they can return to being a family again.”

Melinda Wicks, MA, Director of Intake
Melinda Wicks has been with Midwest Center & South Shore since 2010, sharing her talents as an intern, therapist, intake specialist, and now as the Director of Intake. Melinda earned her bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University and her master’s degree from Valparaiso University. She dedicates herself to “families and children who feel as though they have exhausted all of their options.” She wants to be able to give families the confidence to feel they’re making the right decision when choosing treatment for their children at Midwest Center & South Shore.

Roberta Woods, BS, MS, Director of Education
Roberta Woods has been our Principal since 2007. Our school, Midwest Academy, is a fully accredited, on-ground school that has been in operation since 2005. She has her bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and her master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University. Roberta also has an endorsement in English for Speakers of Other Languages from NOVA Southeastern University. Prior to serving as an administrator, she taught Special Education to students at all grade levels. Roberta says she enjoys dedicating herself to “helping children accomplish their goals—both academically and therapeutically, at Midwest Center for Youth & Families.”

Take the First Step

Find out how Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at Midwest Center for Youth & Families can help your child find hope and healing. Call 888-629-3471 for a no-cost, confidential assessment. If you or your loved one need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.