The Team

Jim Shaheen is the founder and President of Strategic Behavioral Health. Prior to founding the company, he served as CEO of several psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals for companies such as Charter Medical/Keystone Education and Youth/ Universal Health Services. Mr. Shaheen has over 30 years of behavioral healthcare experience in a variety of settings such as acute, residential, and outpatient services. He has successfully led multiple behavioral healthcare systems to increased quality and profitability. Since its inception in 2006, Strategic Behavioral Health has had tremendous growth. They now own and operate eleven hospitals with several under construction and plans for continued growth. Strategic Behavioral Health was named number one of the Top 100 list of fastest growing companies in our region by the Memphis Business Journal.

Mr. Shaheen holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communications from Murray State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation also from Murray State University. He is on the board of directors of the National Association of Behavioral Health (“NABH”), the J.C. Runyon Foundation, Jason Foundation, and University of Tennessee Medical School Advisory Board.

Doug Ginn joined Strategic Behavioral Health as Vice President of Clinical Services and Compliance. He is now Executive Vice-President of Operations. Doug began his career in behavioral health in 1985 as a community counselor at Lakeside Behavioral Health System. He worked at Lakeside for over 10 years in various clinical positions including Administrator of Child and Adolescent Services. Doug then went into private practice for twelve years and opened Ginn & Associates in Germantown, TN. After private practice Doug returned to Lakeside as the Chief Clinical Officer with clinical oversight of a 305 bed Behavioral Health System as well as a full continuum of care. Doug graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1987 and the University of Tennessee with a Master’s of Science in Social Work in 1994. He is licensed in TN as a Clinical Social Worker. As Executive Vice-President he will oversee all operations at Strategic Behavioral Health’s facilities.
James Cagle is a 1991 accounting graduate of Mississippi State University. Upon graduation, James joined Horne CPA Group (a top 50 regional accounting firm) where he served as an audit partner in the firm’s health care audit practice in Nashville, TN. In his role as audit partner, his responsibilities primarily related to overseeing the delivery of audits and other professional services to a variety of health care businesses. He is a CPA and a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
Brad Harrison joined Strategic Behavioral Health in 2015 and currently serves as the Vice President of Information Technology responsible for the leadership, vision, direction, and management of technology support operations. Prior to joining SBH Brad spent 8+ years at a large healthcare system serving most recently as the Vice President of Information Technology. During this time he lead the conversion of the clinical and financial systems to new enterprise platforms, overhaul of all infrastructure and built a high performing team to support the organizations strategic endeavors. Brad has 15+ years of information technology experience and 8+ years in technology management. Brad received his Bachelors of Science degree with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University.
Ty has been with Strategic since April 2015 as part of the acquisition of Seasons Residential Treatment Program (our DC/Maryland project) and will continue to support efforts to bring the hospital to market.

Ms. Johnson has more than 18 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to launching Seasons, she helped drive business development initiatives and admissions for more than ten psychiatric hospitals as part of the leadership team for Devereux Behavioral Health. She also worked in account management, brand strategy and product marketing roles for Abbott Laboratories and Eli Lilly and Company.

Ms. Johnson has been responsible for market analysis, strategic planning, contract development and department budget and performance. She has worked with large institutional accounts under the Department of Corrections, Department of Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense and managed relationships in teaching hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and physician practices.

Prior to working in healthcare, Ms. Johnson spent more than 12 years working in marketing and public relations for The Walt Disney Company, CNN and Turner Broadcasting Systems and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Ms. Johnson is a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in leadership and general management from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University.

Ms. Johnson will be responsible for the direct oversight of all Business Development Activities company wide.

Dr. Carmen Kynard, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, NP-C, MBA, MEd, is the Vice President of Nursing Services for Strategic Behavioral Health. Carmen was, previously, the Chief Nursing Officer for an acute level, multi-site behavioral healthcare hospital for 17 years. Prior to doing so, she served in Nursing Administrative, Nursing Education and Hospital Administrative roles in the San Francisco Bay area. Carmen is certified as a Hospital Risk Manager (CPHRM). She has served on the Board of Malcolm Baldrige Examiners. When not working, Carmen is performing medical mission work. Pursuant to this interest, she returned to school and obtained a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. She worked as a provider in a busy primary care clinic with behavioral healthcare patients.
Carmen is the Chairperson of the National Nursing Committee for the American Red Cross and is the volunteer counterpart to its Chief Nurse Executive. She has been selected as one of the three USA recipients of the 2015 Florence Nightingale Medal. Awarded by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Geneva, Switzerland, this medal is the highest international distinction a nurse can receive.
Under the direction of the Executive Vice President of Operations, Carmen is primarily responsible for the development and promotion of the mission, vision, values, and practices of the nursing structure within Strategic Behavioral Health (SBH). Responsibilities include direct oversight of two nurse executives; the provision of nursing care delivered throughout SBH; the provision of interpretation, oversight, and compliance with the Practice Acts, the Joint Commission, State and Federal Standards as relates to Nursing within all SBH hospitals; and for leading Strategic Behavioral Health on its journey towards attainment of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
Beth Klawitter is Vice President of Payor Relations for Strategic Behavioral Health. She has over 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive with roles in strategic development, operations and project management. Her career focus and specialty is in behavioral healthcare management and consulting, including development and administration of value-based population health and behavioral health integration models and systems.

Beth’s background includes positions and work in various healthcare and medical settings in multiple regions of the country, including single hospital and multi-hospital systems, healthcare management and software firms, and physician services and practices. She has led inpatient and outpatient behavioral health operations and product line expansion in various hospital-based and freestanding behavioral health facility settings. She brings expertise in managed care contracting, decision support and analytics, planning and marketing, business development and physician relations.

Beth holds a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from West Chester University.

Dr. Will Adams is the Regional VP of Operations and is responsible for the clinical integrity of our therapeutic programs. In addition, he coordinates our clinical outcomes research and is a member of the NAPHS Quality Committee. Will joined SBH in 2010 and transitioned to the Home Office as the former Chief Operations Officer at SBH’s Colorado facility. Will received his PhD in Counseling Psychology and MBA from the University of Memphis, following his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University. He has nearly 15 years of experience in mental health having worked with the VA, university counseling centers, non-profit public health agencies, and psychiatric hospitals.
Teena Ahuja joined SBH in October 2017 with more than 25 years of experience providing financial and operational leadership to a broad range of multi-site psychiatric hospitals, acute care facilities and medical/surgical hospitals.

Teena is certified in LEAN, Six Sigma and has leveraged her training to reduce patient wait times and create other significant operational efficiencies.  She has served on several mental health advisory boards and partnered with community-based providers to increase awareness around behavioral health. Her expertise has also led to successful Joint Commission and CMS surveys and re-certifications.

Teena holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a triple major — Biology, Chemistry and Psychology from Houston Baptist University in Houston, TX and a Masters of Arts in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. She is also a member and Fellow with the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE).

Joe Dunston joined Strategic Behavioral Health as Regional Vice President of Operations in January, 2018. Joe started his healthcare career in a clinical capacity as a Master’s-level therapist with Charter Behavioral Health. Later he continued his studies at Tulane University and obtained a Master’s in Health Administration (MHA). Over 30 years, Joe has provided direct operations and consultative support across local, regional and national healthcare settings, including serving in CEO, COO and Vice President of Operations roles for prominent behavioral health systems. More recently, Joe served as Vice President of Operations for The CawleyJohnson Group where he provided behavioral health operational and consultative oversight for 20 hospitals and healthcare systems across 12 states. Joe is a Fellow of The American College of Healthcare Executives and remains active in the College including recently serving as President of the ACHE-Sandhills Healthcare Executive Forum.
Rob joined SBH in May 2012, where he was initially hired as Environmental Services Director for Peak View Behavioral Health in Colorado Springs.
Having over 20 years of experience a variety of business disciplines including, commercial property development, oil and gas, public safety, and consumer goods, Rob has been responsible for the design, development, and construction of over 6 million square feet of property including manufacturing facilities, warehouse/distribution facilities, Class A commercial property, national data centers, and Public Safety 911 Centers. As Director of Corporate Construction for Strategic Behavioral Health Rob has been responsible for the construction of 6 new hospitals and expansion/renovation of 6 existing sites. Prior to joining SBH Rob worked extensively for Nestlé Prepared Foods in the development, construction, and management of commercial office buildings, warehouses, and production sites. Rob attended the University of Colorado where he studied Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering. Rob lives with his family in Colorado.
Mike Garone, Director of Development for Strategic Behavioral Health, is responsible for the growth of the company, including new construction, acquisition and expansion of existing services. He has over 10 years of experience in business development and marketing in the field of behavioral health. Most recently Mike was the Director of Marketing for SBH’s two Las Vegas facilities. Mike started his career working in business development for specialized treatment programs in the areas of eating disorders and substance abuse. The year prior to joining SBH, Mike and his wife Nicole served as direct care Family Teachers in a structured residential treatment home for at risk youth. Mike received his degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.
Before joining SBH, Mr. Peete had worked for over 25 years in the psychiatric healthcare field. Most recently Clyde has worked as the Director of Milieu Management for Lakeside Behavioral Health System in Memphis, TN. He has specialized throughout his career on developing staff’s understanding in managing a therapeutic environment. Clyde has held various positions in the past including; Principal of Alternative School, Director of Milieu Management, Program Coordinator for Child/Adolescent Services, Dual Diagnosis Counselor, Shift Coordinator, as well as Recreational Therapist. He has also been responsible for staff development and training of a 305 bed facility behavioral health system. Being an advocate for the improvement and quality of life that individuals, families and communities can obtain through using techniques associated behavioral management and environment has been his passion. Clyde graduated from Rust College in 1979 with Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. He has been a licensed trainer in CPI, PMAB, and HWC.