Mike Orians is the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Behavioral Health and has served on the Board since the Company’s founding in 2006. Prior to joining the Company full-time, Mr. Orians was with Dobbs Management Service for over twenty five years. At Dobbs Management Service, he served as Vice President and CFO supervising existing business investments including M&A activities as well as overseeing early stage companies. He continues to serve on various boards as well as officer positions for various Dobbs owned companies. Mr. Orians was instrumental in the growth of Unison Health Plans, a Medicaid health maintenance organization, a de novo company that was responsible for over 350,000 lives in five states with revenues in excess of $1 billion. Mr. Orians also served as a board member and officer of Frenkel & Company, a New York based insurance broker, where he oversaw and advised the business. Prior to joining DMS, Mr. Orians practiced public accounting for over 9 years for Reynolds Bone & Griesbeck providing accounting, tax and consulting services to closely held businesses. Mr. Orians graduated with a B.B.A from The University of Memphis.
Blair Stam is the President of Strategic Behavioral Health, LLC. Prior to joining the Company, Blair was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Signature Healthcare Services, where he worked for 19 years. He was instrumental in stabilizing six acquired hospitals, launching ten de novo operations, and spearheading six additions to existing facilities with total beds exceeding 2,000. Blair is well recognized and respected within the industry and helped Signature grow into one of the premier behavioral health providers in the country. His management experience and clinical operations expertise brings valuable insight to the SBH team on a daily basis.
Blair has earned a degree in Drug & Alcohol Addiction Counseling from George Brown College, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from William Patterson University, and a Master’s degree in Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling from Biola University.
Jim Shaheen is the founder and Senior Executive Vice 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.
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.
Dr. Carmen Kynard, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, NP-C, MBA, MEd, is the Executive Vice President of Quality & Regulatory Affairs 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.
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, Vice President 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.