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Loyal Ownes, MA LPC – Chief Executive Officer

Loyal Ownes, MA LPC, joined Gulfport Behavioral Health System in January 2019 as CEO and leads the system’s overall operations, strategic planning, physician/provider recruiting and service development. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1988 from Seton Hall University, in South Orange, NJ, and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Eastern University, in St. David’s, PA. Beginning his career in behavioral health over 20 years as a mental health tech in a large urban psychiatric unit in Trenton, NJ, Loyal progressed in facilities and leadership roles through a correctional facility, Crisis Screening Center, psychiatric emergency department, outpatient center, then into the behavioral health division for an acute care health system. Before joining Gulfport Behavioral as CEO he served as COO for Psychiatric Hospitals in Panama City, FL and Titusville, FL. Loyal has also participated in several major crisis event counseling’s that include 9/11 New York City debriefing and the New Jersey Post Office anthrax release.

While originally hailing from New Jersey. Loyal has relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and has immersed himself in its rich culture and warmer climates. Loyal is married with two adult children.


Suzette Duhe’, FHFMA, CPA – Chief Financial Officer

Suzette B. Duhe’, CPA, FHFMA, CGMA is responsible for managing the financial health of the institution using her extensive knowledge of healthcare finance, delivery systems, health plan operations and healthcare data analysis.

Prior to her current role, Suzette served as CFO of Louisiana Heart Hospital and Medical Group in Lacombe, La.; Grenada Lake Medical Center in Grenada, Miss.; CFO for Quorum Health Resources at Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis; and Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital in Covington, La.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Suzette is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Society of Public Accountants in both Mississippi and Louisiana. She served as a president of the Mississippi Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management, was awarded the Follmer Bronze Award for service to the organization in 2004, the Reeves Silver Award in 2007, the Muncie Gold in 2011 and has been a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association since 2006.

She is also a 2016 graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast and former president of the Biloxi Lion’s Club.


Angela Fields, MSW, LCSW – Director of Clinical Services

Angela Fields serves as Director of Clinical Services for Gulfport Behavioral Health System. She earned her Master of Social Work at Tulane University in New Orleans and a Bachelor of Science Social and Rehabilitation Services from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. She has been a licensed certified social worker and board-certified social worker since June 2003.

As Director of Clinical Services, Angela oversees the Inpatient Social Services, Inpatient Recreation Therapy, Inpatient Utilization Review and Case Management departments, as well as outpatient services and patient advocacy. She is responsible for therapeutic programming, policy development, supervision and enforcement of statutory guidelines by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation Standards. In addition to supervising more than 25 employees, she also supervises Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy students each semester.

Angela also serves as an adjunct instructor for the College of Health at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus, and was an outpatient therapist for Memorial Behavioral Health.


Michael Hall, DSW, LMSW – Director of Performance Improvement, Risk Management & Compliance

Michael Hall, DSW, LMSW is responsible for directing, monitoring and making recommendations for improvements to the hospital, ensuring all programs are in compliance with regulatory The Joint Commission, HCFA, state, federal and agency requirements. He recently received his Doctorate in Social Work from Tulane University. He holds a Master in Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor of Social Work from Mississippi State University.

Michael has more than 40 years of experience and has worked in juvenile corrections and psychiatric hospitals where he treated psychiatric and chemical dependency disorders, including pathological gambling.

He has served as state treasurer and board member of the Mississippi Chapter of the National Association of Social Work, Gulf Coast Program Unity Chair, and state treasurer for the Mississippi Court Appointed Special Advocates. Michael was also a board member of Forest Heights Boys and Girls Club, Mental Health Association of Mississippi and the Society for Human Resource Managers.


Cynthia Render-Leach, PHR, SHRM-CP – Human Resources Director

Cynthia Render-Leach, PHR, SHRM-CP oversees Human Resources operations as a certified HR professional whose experience spans more than 30 years. She primarily gained her healthcare experience in acute care, having worked for three multi-hospital systems in Mississippi and Louisiana. Cynthia’s role and responsibilities have encompassed employee relations, organizational development, training, recruitment, employee performance, compensation and benefit administration.

She currently serves in multiple leadership roles in the Mississippi State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (MS SHRM). Cynthia was recognized by the MS SHRM with the 2013 Spirit of HR Award as one who best represents the spirit of SHRM in Mississippi and as an outstanding leader in the HR community. Cynthia is actively involved in her local SHRM chapter, the Gulf Coast Human Resource Association, and had served on the chapter board as treasurer and college relations CLA.

Cynthia has been recognized with several awards for her community service on several boards including President of the Jackson Community Tennis Association, Jr. Team Tennis Coordinator for Mississippi Tennis Association and Schools Committee for USTA Southern Tennis Association.  As an avid tennis player and fan, she plays on several USTA tennis teams throughout the year, and most recently earned the 2018 4.0 Women’s Double 55 & over Mississippi State Champ Honor.

Born in New Orleans, Cynthia received her Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Louisiana State University and has her PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.