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Leadership / Staff Team

Leadership / Staff Team

Deagan Watson, LMHC
Chief Executive Officer

Deagan Watson serves as the Chief Executive Officer of River Oaks Hospital. He brings over 15 years of mental health, clinical and administrative experience to the New Orleans area. Deagan begin his career as a mental health therapist, working for the Florida state psychiatric hospital system in several roles, with both civil and forensic individuals. He continued to provide mental health treatment and service to various populations in both private practice and hospital settings. Deagan later was an administrator responsible for overseeing all mental health services for a large acute medical hospital and most recently was the Chief Operating Officer for a large psychiatric hospital in Ocala, Florida.

His leadership style was shaped by several years of providing therapeutic interventions along with years of progressive management experience in different hospital settings. These experiences and management opportunities have provided the platform to lead River Oaks into the next phase of growth and continued high quality treatment.

Brandon Frazier
Chief Financial Officer

Brandon Frazier is the Chief Financial Officer for River Oaks Hospital.

He accepted the Chief Financial Officer position after some time in finance and leadership training with Universal Health Services. Before coming on board with Universal Health Services, he served as the accounting manager at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for six years.

Brandon holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Belhaven University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Lincoln Denton Paine
Medical Director

After completing his Psychiatry residency at Tulane in 1965, two years in the Navy as a psychiatrist, and a two year fellowship in Child Psychiatry, Dr. Paine joined the River Oaks Medical Staff in early 1970, shortly after the hospital was founded. He spent three years in the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute before deciding that he wanted to devote himself to hospital work, and that has been his focus ever since. In 1988 he became the fourth Medical Director at River Oaks. For over forty years Dr. Paine has also done a weekly consultation at Waldo Burton Home for Boys.

Michelle Gennaro Wells
Director of Nursing and Assistant Administrator, MSHCM, BSN, RN-BC

Michelle Gennaro Wells is the Director of Nursing and Assistant Hospital Administrator for River Oaks Hospital. Michelle provides guidance to continue to advance the delivery of quality care and professional practice hospital-wide.

Michelle joins River Oaks Hospital with more than 30 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience in nursing and hospital administration, managed care, and healthcare regulation. Most recently, she served as a Compliance Officer for the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Other prior roles include years of experience in managed care overseeing disease and case management programs, healthcare administration with community psychiatric centers directing nursing, staff development, operations of ancillary departments and comprehensive case management.

Michelle holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from the University of New Orleans where she graduated summa cum laude receiving an Academic Excellence Award, and a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Since early in her practice, she has been certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse. Michelle’s membership affiliations have included being President, Vice-President and Member of the New Orleans Association for Healthcare Quality, Member of the Louisiana Organization of Nurse Executives, Appointed as a Fellow to the Institute for Regulatory Excellence for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inductee to the Sigma Iota Epsilon Honor Society, and Member of the Louisiana Managed Healthcare Association. Michelle has also been recognized as a Great 100 Nurse by the New Orleans District Nurse’s Association.

William Lieder
Director of Clinical Services

William Lieder is the Director of Clinical Services for River Oaks Hospital, where he has worked for 18 years.

He started out as a weekend therapist and worked in the Admissions Department before getting his current position, which he has held for 15 years. Before joining River Oaks Hospital, he served as the Director of Social Services at Kindred Hospital, Physician’s Hospital, and Holly Hill Charter in Raleigh, North Carolina (now a UHS hospital). He was a Psychiatric Technician at the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital for four years before getting his M.S.W.

Born and raised in New Orleans, William holds a Master’s Degree of Social Work from Tulane University and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as having his BACS designation.