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Sheila McDermott-Lord, DHA (c), MSN, RN, CRNP-BC – Chief Executive Officer

Sheila McDermott-Lord, DHA (c), MSN, RN, CRNP-BC, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Salve Regina University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University.  In addition, she attended Providence College for ROTC where she became a Distinguished Military Graduate. After serving four years of active duty in the Army Nurse Corp, McDermott-Lord was honorably discharged as a Captain. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Health Administration at the University of Phoenix.

Prior to Haven, McDermott-Lord was the Chief Executive Officer for Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute where she was responsible for the hospital start-up and ongoing hospital-wide functions.  Previous roles include Chief Executive Officer for Abilene Behavioral Health and Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania, and Chief Nursing Officer for Philhaven, an acute care psychiatric hospital.

With over 30 years of nursing experience, McDermott-Lord has held numerous clinical roles in specialties that include diabetes, geriatrics and endocrinology. Her clinical experience includes work in the inner city, forensics, homelessness, internal medicine and drug and alcohol treatment.


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Anthony (Tony) J. Holzgang received his medical degree from John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii, completed his psychiatric residency at University of Hawaii Affiliated Hospitals and his geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

Prior to Haven, Holzgang was the medical director and staff psychiatrist at Marquette General Hospital in Michigan.  In this role, he supervised inpatient pediatric and adult psychiatric services, inpatient substance abuse, the outpatient behavioral health clinic at the hospital, as well as four outlying clinics.  Holzgang also evaluated and treated patients and was a preceptor to medical students and residents.

Other roles include the chief of inpatient psychiatry for Veteran’s Administration’s Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii where he provided inpatient care to Veterans and a clinic for geriatric psychiatry.


Christy Benjamin – Director of Nursing

Christy Lynn Benjamin, RN, BSN, comes to Haven Behavioral Hospital with 13 years of clinical and administrative experience. She is a graduate of Chamberlain College of Nursing with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Health Care Administration.  Benjamin is a clinician with a plethora of experience as a director and nurse leader in multiple clinical settings including managerial positions in both behavioral health and cardiac medical telemetry. In addition, Benjamin serves as an Officer in the Navy Reserves Nurse Corps utilizing her leadership skills and psychiatric nursing expertise to support the active duty component and serve her country.

Lea Harrison – Director of Business Development

Lea Harrison is a Business Development and Communications professional with over 20 years of experience in public relations, strategic planning, healthcare, marketing and brand management.

Currently as the Business Development Director for Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque, Harrison establishes and maintains relationships with referral sources, conducts and analyzes market research, negotiates contracts with provider contracts and is the community representative and patient advocate for the hospital.  She manages a team of community liaisons and has increased referral sources for Haven by 700%.

Previously, Harrison was the President and owner of Influence New Mexico, LLC, a marketing and public relations consulting firm where she developed marketing and public relations materials and plans for business-to-business clients. She helped clients build their brands and increase visibility through traditional and digital marketing strategies. In addition, Harrison was the publicist for fine artists, musicians, authors and a diverse range of other clients.  Other services included the coordination of special events, meetings, tradeshows, conferences and fundraisers and, as a registered lobbyist in the state of New Mexico, governmental relations.

Other positions of note include Director of Sales for 800 HomeCare PD and the Director of Marketing and Communications for New Mexico Economic Development.  In these roles, Harrison managed the corporate marketing, sales and communications, as well as supervised support staff. She directed brand management, public relations and corporate positioning and was responsible for creating a solid client referral base, producing sales collateral and attending health-related industry events.

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Harrison is also an active member of the community.  She is on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the New Mexico Association for the Continuity of Care, and the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” executive leadership team.

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