Tim Bedford, Chief Executive Officer
Tim Bedford began his 31-year healthcare career as Plant Operations Director for Florida Camelot Residential Treatment Center in Tampa, Florida. His expertise includes a wide scope of behavioral administration, including plant operations, environmental services, food services, purchasing, information technology, security, communications and all clinical department areas. In 1988, he built new hospitals for Charter Medical and became Director of Operations at Charter Pasco in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, advancing his career to include Charter Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida, and Charter Medfield Hospitals in Clearwater, Florida.
For 12 years, he served as Director of Operations at Peachford Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, before becoming Chief Operating Officer at Willow Springs Residential Treatment Center in Reno, Nevada. In 2010, Tim joined Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital in Panama City, Florida as Chief Executive Officer, where he has worked diligently to upgrade the facility and it’s programming to appropriately meet the community’s growing needs.
Tim is also responsible for the development and addition of our substance abuse program at the hospital, as well as our military-specific Patriot Support Program, the Military Resiliency Program. Additionally, Tim implemented a new treatment modality, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), facility-wide, which is the first time this therapy has been introduced in the acute care setting.
Tim is continually looking for ways to grow and improve in order to better serve our community. In a response to needs expressed by area providers, Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital expanded their services to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, with the addition of the Okaloosa Outpatient Center in 2013. Shortly after, we opened Blue Springs Outpatient Center in Marianna, Florida, in 2014.
Adding to our expanding outpatient service line, we introduced Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in late 2014 at our main campus in Panama City, and in late 2016 at the Okaloosa Outpatient Center in Ft. Walton Beach. We are the only TMS providers from Pensacola to Tallahassee and are proud to offer this service to the community. Other plans on the horizon include the expansion of our main campus to add additional inpatient and outpatient services to meet the growing needs of our community.
Michael Zenone, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Zenone began his 21-year healthcare career as a Budget and Reimbursement Analyst for Bon Secours-Holy Family Regional Health System in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He served for 12 years in Altoona, Pennsylvania, as Assistant Controller and later as Controller at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital.
Michael moved into the Chief Financial Officer position at a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, where he was an integral part in steering the hospital out of bankruptcy. In June of 2011, Michael joined the team of a 107-bed psychiatric hospital as the Chief Financial Officer (Meadows Psychiatric Hospital) in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, where he continually worked on improving financial reporting.
In May of 2013, Michael transferred to Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital, where he works diligently to find new and improved ways to provide cost-effective healthcare to the members of our community.
Tiffani Evans, RN, BSN, Chief Nursing Officer
Tiffani Evans attended Indiana University where she was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her experience includes community education and outreach programming at Indiana University Health and working with a physician to gain knowledge of disease processes and medications. She also spent nine years as the Director of Nursing at Paoli Health and Living in Paoli, Indiana before moving to Florida.
Tiffani joined the Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital team in 2012, where she worked as an adolescent nurse and the Assistant Director of Nursing before assuming the Director of Nursing role in 2015. Tiffani oversees the delivery of nursing care with over 23 years of nursing experience, 18 of which are in nursing administration. Tiffani brings an extensive knowledge of geriatric patient care to our team and works diligently to deliver effective, timely and innovative nursing services to our patients.
Jeff Stone, M.S., L.M.H.C.; Director of Clinical Services
Jeff is from Dothan, Alabama and received his B.A. Criminal Justice/Political Science from the University of Alabama as well as his M.S. in Counseling & Psychology from Troy University. Jeff joined Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital in December of 2020 after a long career with Life Management Center in Panama City and has been a huge asset to our Clinical Team here at Emerald Coast. His experience has ranged from treating adults as well as kids and has worked heavily with the forensic population and those in a mental health or substance use crisis.
Jeff believes “To lead, you have to do it from the front and do it by example.” Jeff always had a passion for mental health but what truly lead him to the career field was that he saw people need help from time to time, and to be truly happy, we have to do as we are led. Helping people in need is one of the greatest ways we can serve our fellow person.
When he isn’t working he enjoys cooking BBQ and spending time with friends and family. He really enjoys doing BBQ competitions and has competed with his BBQ Team Grandpa’s Pride BBQ, and according to Jeff is a general nerd that loves data and gadgets.
Allison Carter, M.S.; Director of Admissions
Allison is a native of Panama City, Florida. She graduated from Bay High School in 1991 and then went to Gulf Coast where she obtained an Associate’s degree. Allison attended FSU PC and got her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and then her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University. She has always been interested in mental health and was always known for helping others, throughout her life.
Once Allison obtained her bachelor’s degree, she began working in child welfare, which she did for almost 10 years. During that time, Allison earned her Master’s degree and began working at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital, as a therapist, on the weekends.
Allison started working full-time in August of 2014 and has never looked back. She has worked as a therapist on the adolescent unit, served as the Patient Advocate, Baker Act Coordinator, Performance Improvement Manager, and is now the Director of Admissions. She is so grateful to be able to feel like we are making a difference in our community. When she is not at work, Allison really enjoys exercise, spending time with my husband, our two daughters, and our dogs. It is with great pleasure that Allison strives to break the stigma that surrounds mental health and she hopes that she does so with each person she encounters.
Robert Reuille, CAP (Ret. MSgt USAF), Director of Outpatient Services
Rob Reuille was born and raised in LaPorte, Indiana until enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1996. Rob began his military and mental health career as a mental health technician, gaining experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Rob then transitioned from mental health to the substance abuse clinic where he earned his substance abuse counselor certification through the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium, achieving a perfect oral board score. While working special duty at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina, Rob also attended Park University. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management with a minor in Psychology and was recognized as the outstanding graduate from his class.
Rob retired from the Air Force in 2016 and immediately joined the Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital team. Rob oversees the management and operations of our outpatient clinics: Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital Outpatient Center, Blue Springs Outpatient Center and Okaloosa Outpatient Center.
Shelly McNaron, RN, Manager of Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital Outpatient Center
Shelly McNaron is a native of Panama City, Florida, and her family is from this area as well. The Panama City community really has a special place in Shelly’s heart. She has always wanted to work in healthcare going all the way back to when she was a teenager and is a graduate of Gulf Coast State College nursing program. She has been in the Healthcare field since 2010 and has worked in various nursing roles within Medical Surgical Hospitals and Outpatient services. Shelly has been passionate about Mental Health since attending nursing school. She joined Emerald Coast Behavioral when a friend told her about an open position here back in 2011, and felt that it was truly a calling and a perfect fit to join ECBH and begin her career in Mental Health.
Robert Mayor, LMHC; Okaloosa Outpatient Center Office Manager
Robert received his Bachelor’s in Criminology and Psychology from Florida State University, and his Master’s in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. Robert currently holds a license with the state of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
He began working with Emerald Coast Behavioral in March of 2017 where he was hired to provide group therapy for our Active Duty Military group. Prior to working at ECBH, I worked for a non-profit which helped reunify children with their families from foster care, group homes, and residential treatment facilities.
Robert was lead to want to work in Mental Health from his time when he was a professional staff member for a local adventure camp which allowed teenagers whose parents were active duty military to engage in the camp and bond with each other. During the course of the 7 summers that he worked for this camp and being a military BRAT he began to witness firsthand the impact the deployments were having on the military family and the crisis that was occurring. He wanted to be able to give back to the military and support in any way that he could which led Robert to seeking a degree in mental health counseling.
Robert’s parents were in the Air Force throughout his childhood. So he grew up as a military BRAT. He was fortunate enough to have lived in several places around the world, such as Turkey and Japan, but he considers Florida to be his home as he has lived here for roughly the last 20 years.
When he isn’t working Robert enjoys being in the outdoors and this is where he is most comfortable. He also enjoy’ s spending time with his family, camping, gardening, and running.
Jennifer Humphrey, LMHC, Manager of Blue Springs Outpatient Center
Jennifer Humphrey received her Master’s in counseling psychology and went on to get her license as a Mental Health Counselor. Jennifer joined the Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital team in 2019 and has been a huge asset to our team at Blue Springs. She was born and raised in Marianna, Florida and loves the fact that she gets to work in her hometown and make it a healthier and safer place for its community members. Jennifer was led to work in Mental Health when she took a criminal psychology class in high school and was fascinated by the way the mind works and she wanted to learn more. She also loves hearing people’s stories and helping them see things from a different point of view. When she isn’t working she enjoys reading, being outdoors, exercising and spending time with my family.
Irwin- ECBH Facility therapy dog
Irwin, is a two-year-old yellow lab trained in emotional support. Irwin’s role at the hospital is to provide emotional support for patients on different units at ECBH. Irwin visits the outpatient center, as well as the inpatient units at the hospital.
Irwin was named in memory of Irwin Stovroff, a WWII veteran and former POW. Six years ago, Marvin Bedford, Bedford’s Marine Corps and two-time Purple Heart recipient father, passed away. His final wish to his son was, “Whatever you can do for active duty and veterans, please do.” Since joining the team, Irwin visits the active, reserve, and National Guard service members everyday who are in the Veteran’s Military Resilience Program. “The service members love, love, love Irwin,” Bedford says. “You can see it in their faces how much he helps them.”
Irwin is now a game-changer for the way the patients at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital receive treatment. According to Bedford, he has been a huge hit with both the patients and the staff. “Irwin brightens everyone’s day, patients and staff,” he says. “I can’t say enough about him; he’s blown my mind.”