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.
Ted Liberty, PhD, J.D. Clinical Director
PhD Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Jurisprudence.
Specialized in Psychopathology and Neuropsychotherapy
Dr. Liberty has spent decades providing psychological evaluation and treatment for a broad range of disorders: anxiety; depression; mood swings, OCD, PTSD; ADHD in adults and children; Autistic Spectrum and behavioral problems.
His theoretical approach blends various therapeutic techniques, including cognitive-behavioral, to address each patient’s needs. By focusing on the importance of the therapeutic relationship, he provides a supportive, interactive environment in which growth and change can occur. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. His conflict resolution experience covers a wide range of subject’s area including business/ commercial, employment relations and community matters.
Dr. Liberty started his career as a high school teacher and football coach. He became the Superintendent of two large private school systems of over 1000 students.
He has lectured and presented training seminars and workshops nationally and internationally in Central and South America. Focusing on the importance of developing the Therapeutic Relationship.
Dr. Liberty is a member of The American Psychological Association, American Bar Association, International Council of Psychologists, World Council for Psychotherapy, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, American Board of Assessment Psychology, American Academy of Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience Education Institution-Master Psychopharmacology Program, a State Supreme Court Certified Mediator and Collaborative Law practitioner.
He is involved in research collaboration with Military Suicide Research Consortium and Florida State University School of Psychology.
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.
Tabitha World, RN, BSN, Director of Admissions
Tabitha World, RN, BSN Director of Admissions, graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) with a degree in Nursing and was magna cum laude. She has been an RN for almost 20 years and has always had a passion for helping people in need. After graduating from FAMU she spent four years working in a med-surgical hospital before switching to psychiatric health in 2002, and has been the Director of Admissions at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital since 2010.
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.
Christina Zeisler, RN, Manager of Okaloosa Outpatient Center
Christina Zeisler attended the University of West Florida where she was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her experience includes Medical/Surgical nursing, Labor and delivery, and psychiatric nursing. Christina joined the Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital team in 2016 where she assisted in the planning, preparation and managing of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at Okaloosa Outpatient Center. Christina accepted the Office Manager position at Okaloosa Outpatient Center in 2017.
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.”