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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

The leadership team at Anchor Hospital is dedicated to guiding patients towards treatment and recovery. Our team is comprised of healthcare providers, clinical psychologists and other behavioral health professionals from a variety of disciplines. With a professional staff that encompasses a wide range of skills and backgrounds, we are fully prepared to help pave the way towards recovery for you or your loved one.

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Luis Betances

Luis Betances
Chief Executive Officer

Luis Betances is the Chief Executive Officer for the Anchor Hospital Campus of Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System. He joined the team in June 2019, bringing over 30 years of experience as a leader within the behavioral health industry.

During his career he has held various healthcare leadership roles, with a strong background in clinical operations, business development and hospital administration. His experience also includes work within a variety of treatment settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential levels of care.

A strong proponent of service excellence, as well as patient care and patient safety, his leadership is supporting the transformation of Anchor Hospital’s culture. He, along with the leadership team, are committed to realizing the vision to be recognized as a local leader within behavioral healthcare.

His practical and accountability-driven leadership style serves as an asset to continue leading the hospital’s growth. Luis received his master’s degree from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, formerly known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana. A native of Puerto Rico, Luis was a longtime resident of Lafayette, Louisiana prior to relocating to Georgia.

Akisha Fedd, LPC, CAC II

Akisha Fedd, LPC, CAC II
Chief Operating Officer

Akisha is the Chief Operating Officer for Anchor Hospital. She joined the team in July 2017 and brings with her over 13 years of experience as a mental health professional and over 11 years of experience in management.

In her current position, she manages the daily operations and oversight of the hospital along with the measurable quality and safety initiatives within the facility. She also collaborates with all direct care functions to reduce risk and promote patient safety.

Her experience also includes work within various levels of care, including inpatient crisis stabilization, long-term and short-term residential, PHP/IOP with transitional housing and outpatient in-home therapy settings.

She currently holds licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II (CAC II), and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS).

Barbara Duncan

Barbara J. Duncan, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Barbara Duncan is the Chief Financial Officer for both campuses of the Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System, including Anchor Hospital.

Barbara joined the team in August 2018, bringing with her over 28 years of experience in healthcare finance. During her career Barbara has worked in a variety of settings, with specialty focus on meeting the changing operational and financial needs of rural hospital systems and healthcare providers.

Barbara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Troy University and her Master of Business Administration from Orlando College.

She is a native of Troy, Alabama and the proud grandmother to four wonderful grandchildren.

Jacqueline Kenton

Jacqueline Kenton, RN, BSN
Chief Nursing Officer

A native of Queens, New York, Jacqueline Kenton brings over 19 years of expertise as a healthcare and nursing professional to her role as Chief of Nursing Officer for both campuses of the Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System, including Anchor Hospital.

Prior to joining the team in 2018, Jacqueline has provided nursing leadership in variety healthcare settings, including: ambulatory care, long-term care, correctional nursing and acute care hospital experience.

In her current role, Jacqueline is responsible the management, training, supervision and competency tracking for all unit nurses, nurse managers and direct care staff. She is a firm proponent of growing competencies and professional development among nurses to provide high quality, patient-centered care.

She holds licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in both Georgia and New York and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing.

Shailesh Patel, M.D.

Shailesh Patel, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. Shailesh Patel is the Medical Director of Anchor Hospital. He specializes in the treatment of adult patients with acute psychiatric needs and mood disorders. Dr. Patel is a 2003 graduate of the Drexel College of Medicine in Philadelphia. While there he also completed a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Health Care Administration.

He completed his residency at the University of Florida in 2008 and later joined the Malcolm Randall VA Hospital. While there, he served as the Consult-Liaison Attending Physician responsible for managing psychiatric consultations to the ER, outpatient clinics and for their inpatient stabilization program. He was also responsible for teaching medical students and psychiatry residents.

He moved to Atlanta in 2010 to open a private practice and came on board at Anchor Hospital soon thereafter, where he has remained since. In 2014, Dr. Patel became Medical Director for both campuses of the Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System.

Tiwanna Davis

Tiwanna Davis
Director of Assessment and Referral Services

Tiwanna Davis is the Director of Assessment and Referral Services for Anchor Hospital. She joined the team in April 2016.

Her team is responsible for providing assessments to individuals in need and supporting an efficient, streamlined intake process for anyone requiring admission.

Tiwanna brings several years of experience in crisis assessment and placement, having worked in both acute inpatient and hospital emergency room settings providing psychiatric evaluation services to patients in crisis.

Since joining the team, her collaborative, team-centered approach has helped improve processes and has strengthened the facility’s ability to quickly and safely help patients receive the treatment services they need.

Tiwanna received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Morris Brown University and her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University.

Nasir Bayan, M.Ed.

Nasir Bayan, M.Ed.
Director of Business Development

Nasir Bayan joined Anchor Hospital in 2009 and brings with him more than 15 years of experience in business development, client management, corporate training and consulting to his role as the Director of Business Development.

In his current role Nasir oversees branding, marketing and strategic partnering for both the acute inpatient and partial hospitalization service lines. He also leads the hospital’s sales team, directing members on effective targeting and messaging, anticipating market changes, building strong referral relationships, tracking sales cycles, and effectively managing sales territory.

He also manages the hospital’s relationship with insurance companies, handling contracting, credentialing, and negotiating rate increases with all payers.

A native of Ohio, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. He moved to Georgia in 2003 and received his Master of Education degree from the University of Georgia.

Michelle Parker, MBA

Michelle Parker, MBA
Director of Utilization Review

Michelle Parker is the Director of Utilization Management for Anchor Hospital.  A Michigan native, Michelle began working for UHS in 2005 and later joined the Anchor Hospital team in 2015. Prior to working for UHS, she was an ABA Certified Behavior Specialist working primarily with forensically adjudicated patients in the state of Virginia.

She brings 20 years of experience in the mental health field to Anchor Hospital and in her current role she primarily effects change with relation to patient benefit utilization.

Michelle oversees operations of the utilization review program for our inpatient and partial hospitalization services, directing staff in efficient and effective auditing of patient care records, telephonic utilization reviews, and prior authorization acquisitions to achieve the best clinical and business outcomes. Michelle also works to ensure compliance with governmental regulatory entities and meet contractual guidelines required by health plans. She works in collaboration with all disciplines within the hospital, including medical management, nursing, social services, and financial management.

Shehnaz Shukla

Shehnaz Shukla, MSHA, CLSSGB
Director of Risk Management

Shehnaz joined Anchor Hospital in September 2016 and brings over nine years of experience to her role as Director of Risk Management.

In her current position, she oversees the measurable quality and safety initiatives within the facility, collaborating with all direct care functions to reduce risk and ensure patient safety.

She champions safety internally with leaders and staff, providing valuable insight into how day-to-day processes and procedures can be enhanced to positively impact patient satisfaction and safety.

In addition to her master’s degree in Health Administration, she also holds certification as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (CLSSGH).

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant
Director of Outpatient Services

Tim is the Director of Outpatient Services at Anchor Hospital. He joined the hospital in 2007 and brings a wealth of experience to the his role, including work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and sex offenders.

Tim utilizes a holistic and systemic approach in the treatment process, which is also reflected in his leadership style. He is a seasoned clinician and a strong advocate for mental health and substance abuse resources within communities. He also has a passion for building resources, improving processes and creating positive patient outcomes.

Tim is experienced in using multiple therapeutic modalities to help patients, including the Recovery and Relapse Prevention model, Solution Focused therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for adolescents and adults. He is a New Jersey native and completed his master’s degree at Rutgers University School of Social Work.

Ann Green

Ann Green
Director of Nutritional Services

Ann Green is the Director of Nutritional Services for Anchor Hospital. A native of Michigan, she joined the hospital team in March 2017. She brings over 20 years of experience in nutritional services, customer service and staff development to her role.

Ann supervises the dietary team, which provides food services to all departments within the hospital, including special events. She collaborates with other disciplines to develop balanced menu options, manage food delivery, monitor patients with special diets, consult with the hospital dietician as needed, and work with staff to ensure we are delivering the highest quality food for our patients.

Dedicated, skilled and reliable, Ann embodies the spirit of service excellence. She is a welcomed addition to the Anchor family, and her passion for providing healthy food options and high quality dining experiences is evident to everyone she serves.

Greg Helms

Greg Helms
Director of Plant Operations

Greg Helms is the Director of Plant Operations and Environmental Services for Anchor Hospital. He joined the hospital in March 2017 and is responsible for managing all facility-related improvement, maintenance, and code compliance issues within the hospital.

Greg has been with UHS for 15 years and brings with him a wealth of facility and plant operations experience, including professional affiliations with the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Georgia Society of Healthcare Engineers (GASHE), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and certification as an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Mold/Management Specialist.

Skilled, knowledgeable and thorough, Greg has been a welcomed addition to the Anchor team. He is a native of Georgia and prior to coming to Anchor, served for many years at LakeBridge Hospital in Macon, Georgia.

Chantel Kufeji

Chantel Kufeji
Director of Social Services

Chantel Kufeji joined the Anchor Hospital team in 2019 and currently serves as the Director of Social Services. In this role she helps coordinate and supervise multiple social services and clinical functions, including case management, psychosocial assessments, family planning, discharge planning and expressive therapy.

She is a Licensed Master Social Worker and brings a wealth of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults and older adults. She is particularly passionate about working with adolescents recovering from trauma and helping them develop resiliency.

Chantel’s commitment to patient care is self-evident to those she helps, and she brings that same dedication to her role as a leader within the hospital. She is a native of Miami, Florida and received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Florida A&M University and her master’s degree in social work from Barry University.

Debbie Carlisle

Debbie Carlisle
Director of Human Resources

Debbie Carlisle is the Director of Human Resources for Anchor Hospital. She joined the team in 2019, bringing with her more than 17 years of experience as a leader in human resources.

During her career, Debbie has provided HR business partner services to companies ranging in size from 300 to over 4,000 employees. Moreover, she has helped healthcare and retail organizations engage their most important asset—their employees.

Her knowledge, skill and drive have helped reinvigorate the hospital’s service excellence program. Debbie’s collaborative approach drives the hospital’s needs through talent acquisition, retention and employee engagement. She is passionate about developing staff, using a hands-on approach for coaching, mentoring and training.

Debbie is a native of Tampa, Florida and she earned her degree in business management from Kennesaw State University.