Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Cornel Hubbard, J.D., CCEP | Vice President and General Manager

cornel hubbard headshot Cornel Hubbard is the Vice President and General Manager of Magellan of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Behavioral Health Services Administrator. In this role, Cornel is responsible for overall oversight of operations of the Virginia Care Management Center. Prior to his current role, Cornel oversaw the Virginia Care Management Center as the Senior Director of Service Operations. Cornel also previously served as the Virginia Customer Service Director where he was responsible for all aspects of customer service delivery and customer service relations with the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, Cornel worked at Magellan Health in Louisiana and served as the Adult System Administrator for the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership. He monitored the benefits for recipients of the 1915i State Plan Amendment. Cornel also served as the senior manager of permanent supportive housing; helping to launch an unprecedented integrated housing, community-based services and managed care model. Cornel also led the Follow-up Support team for clinical operations. Cornel joined Magellan Health Services in February of 2012 as a supervisor in Member Services. He assisted in the successful launch of the Louisiana Care Management Center.

Cornel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas as well as a Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Cornel is a certified Mediator by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. He is also Mental Health First Aid Certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. A native Kansan, Cornel is a strong supporter of the regional Kansas professional and collegiate sports teams.

Jessica Vermont, LCSW | Director of Clinical Care Services

Since joining Magellan in 2015, Jessica Vermont has worked in a number of roles and was intricately involved in the planning and implementation of the new residential program prior to becoming the Manager of Clinical Care Services for the Adult Team. In this role, Jessica was responsible for managing the Governor’s Access Plan, Addiction and Recovery Treatment Services, as well as other community based services, such as mental health skill building and peer support services.

Jessica holds a B.A. in Sociology from Hampton University, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As a practitioner in the field for over 20 years, Jessica has served in a variety of settings, including social services, community based services, and outpatient services. Jessica has an extensive background working with children, adolescents and families, bringing a trauma-informed and strength-based approach in her practice. In addition, she has developed and facilitated trainings for school staff, community partners, and parents that focused on the impact of trauma on children and the community.

Jessica is a native and proud Houstonian and is a certified MIXXED Fit instructor who also enjoys a good Zumba class any time. She and husband of sixteen years live in Richmond with their three daughters.

Danyelle Dutton Smilovich | Provider Relations Director

Danyelle Dutton Smilovich is the Provider Relations Director for Magellan of Virginia. Danyelle has been with Magellan since June 2010, initially working in Network with various public sector and commercial plans in the state of Florida. She transitioned to the Virginia office in October 2013 and is responsible for provider relations and overall network development.

Previous to Magellan, Danyelle worked at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on several state and national grant-funded substance abuse research programs. The programs included delivering behavioral interventions, HIV education and testing and substance abuse prevention program evaluation for children and adolescents. During this time, Danyelle gained valuable experience working with the provider community and increased her interest in behavioral health.

In her spare time, Danyelle enjoys decorating and traveling. She also enjoys finding new ways to keep active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Her most recent activities include indoor cycling and TRX suspension training.

Rebekah Jewell | Quality Director

rebekah jewell headshotRebekah Jewell is the Quality Improvement Director for Magellan of Virginia. Rebekah is responsible for the management and oversight of the quality improvement department operations. Rebekah has been with the Virginia Care Management Center (CMC) since January 2014 and has held roles of increasing responsibility during her time at Magellan.

Prior to her managed care experience, Rebekah managed multiple homeless services grants and provided oversight to the Medicaid Managed Mental Health Skill-building Services at a local Community Services Board. Rebekah also provided direct community based services to seriously mentally ill adults in the City of Richmond as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Rebekah holds a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a Master of Business Administration degree from VCU, and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Rebekah currently resides in the Richmond area and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. 




Stephen Towns, PMP, CSM | Director Project and Program Management

stephen towns headshotStephen Towns is the Director of Project and Program Management for Magellan of Virginia. Previously, Stephen served as the Senior Information Technology Project Manager, Product Owner/Scrum Master, responsible for all leadership and Agile Scrum ceremonies for Magellan’s digital product development, eRebate Migration, and FirstIQ application.

With over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field, he is proficient in project and program management, healthcare analytics, customer innovation and delivery management, specializing in financial, transportation and manufacturing industries. Stephen has a Master of Divinity degree and Masters of Arts in Christian Education from the Samuel Dewitt School of Theology at Virginia Union University. He is currently attending Regent University, School of Business and Leadership earning his Doctorate in Strategic Leadership with a concentration in Healthcare Leadership.

Stephen has the heart of a servant and proudly serves as the Team Lead for the Magellan Cares Team.

Stephen is an avid sports enthusiast and for nearly 25 years officiated high school, college and semi-professional basketball. For over 20 years, he has dedicated time to be involved in ministry-related work. In his downtime, Stephen very much enjoys travelling with his wife.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Esq. | Compliance Manager

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Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Psychology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College) and a J.D. from Gonzaga School of Law. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar and is admitted to practice in the E.D. Va. and W.D. Va. She resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and son.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald serves as the Compliance Manager for Magellan of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Behavioral Health Services Administrator. Elizabeth assumed her role in November 2014 when she joined Magellan as a member of the corporate compliance department. She oversees the implementation and operation of Magellan’s compliance program in Virginia, which includes policies, training and regulatory issues.

Elizabeth is an avid sports fan and, when time allows, she enjoys good wine and traveling.