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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 JACHO, 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 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. Has was also a board member of Forest Heights Boys and Girls Club, Mental Health Association of Mississippi and the Society for Human Resource Managers.


Lea Ivey Stone, APR – Director of Business Development

Lea Ivey Stone, APR has extensive experience strategically positioning organizations for success and shaping public outreach campaigns. Prior to her current role, she worked in newspaper, radio, print, television and special events in both the medical and financial fields. She served as Executive Director of Marketing and Community Relations for Sand Hill Hospital in Gulfport and as Corporate Community Relations Director for Hancock Bank. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with emphasis in Journalism, Public Relations and Mass Media from Mississippi State University and her accreditation in public relations from the Public Relations Society of America.

Lea received the Professional Achievement Award from the Southern Public Relations Federations in 2013 and the Rex. E. Kelley Professional Achievement Award from the Public Relations Association of Mississippi in 2012. She is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast and a 2003 recipient of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women. She was named Mississippi Business and Professional Women’s 1999 Woman of Achievement and the Community Psychiatric Centers Gulf Region Marketing Director of the Year in 1992.

Lea is former president of the Gulfport Rotary Club, Lighthouse Business & Professional Women, the Public Relations Association of Mississippi, Mississippi Beach Chapter and the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce.


Ramunda Livingston, LMSW – Director of Intake

Ramunda Livingston, LMSW, BIO is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. She earned her Bachelor of Business Management from Dillard University, Master in Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi and license to practice social work from the State of Mississippi. Prior to her current role, she assessed the needs of children, adolescents and adults in crisis as an assessment counselor.

Ramunda is currently in supervision, preparing to be a licensed clinical social worker. She continuously seeks to gain more skills and broaden her education.


April Malone, Pharm. D. – Director of Pharmacy

Dr. April Malone currently serves as Director of Pharmacy at Gulfport Behavioral Health System. She completed her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi in Jackson, Miss. April has more than 12 years of experience in pharmacy settings such as retail, compounding, acute-care and long-term care. She works to help direct medical treatment with the purpose of optimizing patient outcomes and minimizing medication side effects.


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 is 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.


Hope O. Beaver, Ph.D. – Patient Advocate

Hope Beaver, PHD began her career in behavioral health as a school teacher for the adolescent program at Sand Hill Hospital in Gulfport in May 1995. She became Education Coordinator and Principal in 2004 and also managed the Therapeutic Recreation Department from 2016 to 2018. She also currently serves as Privacy Officer and Service Excellence Coordinator, providing attendance reports and liaison for parents of students. She is also a trainer for assessing and managing suicide risk and verbal de-escalation programs.

She received her Bachelor of Science in English and Secondary Education, Master in Special Education for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Specialist in Education Administration and Doctorate in Education, all from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss.


Paul Hernandez, MPH, RD, LD – Director of Nutritional Services

Paul Hernandez, MPH, RDN, LDN, has been at the hospital since 2014 and has worked diligently to improve patient satisfaction, as evidenced by the Nutrition Department obtaining the On Course Award in his first 6 months. Paul has worked in several large healthcare organizations throughout Mississippi, increased revenues by developing services such as a successful retail food service operation at St .Dominic Memorial Hospital.

He was also instrumental in improving patient outcomes by participating in the development of nutrition protocols for St. Dominic’s diabetes program that obtained The Joint Commission’s designation of “Center of Excellence in Diabetes Care” in 2012.  Paul holds a Master in Public Health and Bachelor of Dietetics from the University of Southern Mississippi.


Ralph Nalley – Director of Plant Operations/Safety

Ralph Nalley has more than 35 years of experience and came to us after a career in plant operations at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. He began as a plant operator and gained maintenance experience in electrical, plumbing, carpentry, drywall, paint and other key roles before working his way to the top spot of Director of Plant Operations.

Ralph has worked for Gulf Coast Landmarks, the Broadwater Beach Hotel in Biloxi and the Markham Building in Gulfport. He also serves as Safety Officer.