Shawna Morris Joins Phoenix House as Executive Director in California

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Shawna R. Morris, SVP and Executive Director of Phoenix House in CaliforniaPhoenix House is proud to announce that Shawna R. Morris, MPA, FACHE, has joined the organization as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the California operations. She will oversee all programs and services in the state, including in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Venice.

Ms. Morris is a creative, strategic, visionary, energetic, and result-oriented healthcare executive with 26 years of experience in a variety of healthcare and behavioral health organizations. Her strengths include strategic planning, operational excellence, developing services and increasing business revenue, talent management, and managing change. Her focus on servant leadership results in providing support to patients, staff, and community partners, resulting in improvements in the quality and cost effectiveness of patient care.

She comes to Phoenix House with impressive experience and credentials. Most recently, as Vice-President for Mental Health Services at Burrell Behavioral Health in Missouri, she expanded wraparound services for adults, enhanced addiction treatment services, and was instrumental in the expansion of eating disorder services and collaborations with primary care providers. From 1997-2014, she held a variety of positions at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas, ranging from the Director of Marketing and Business Development to Chief Operating Officer. In her role as COO, Ms. Morris was accountable for creating and executing the Clinic’s strategic plan and building successful internal and external business relationships. She earlier served in high-level management positions at ValueMark Healthcare Systems, Inc. and Human Affairs International, Inc.  A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2013, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master of Public Administration in 2002 and received a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Psychology from Grace College.

Ms. Morris has been eagerly meeting with staff and clients at the Phoenix House California facilities. She has inspired all those she meets with her enthusiasm and vision.


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