Meet Our Staff

Our passionate, experienced staff is an important part of what makes The Ranch Mississippi a transformative place. We love what we do, and our clients feel it. People come to work here, and make it their home. Many employees have been with The Ranch Mississippi for over 20 years, and combined, our staff has given over 250 years of service to The Ranch Mississippi drug rehab.

At The Ranch Mississippi, we often say that we’re more like family than coworkers — and our clients are part of that family. Since many of us are in recovery ourselves, we understand addiction both professionally and personally. Our clients benefit from a specially trained treatment team that includes medical doctors, doctoral and master’s level counselors as well as certified alcohol and drug counselors.

James HahnJames Hahn

Executive Director
James brings over 40 years of healthcare experience to The Ranch Mississippi treatment center. His first job as a hospital orderly at the age of 16 launched an impressive career that includes over 25 years of leadership roles within medical, surgical, psychiatric and behavioral health care settings. Prior to joining The Ranch Mississippi, James served as chief executive officer for a 243-bed inpatient behavioral healthcare facility. Former roles also include president/CEO of a 265-bed acute medical facility and CEO of a 64-bed psychiatric facility. James holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Mississippi. Known for his client-centered approach and attention to community partnerships, he is a gifted leader. James enjoys spending time with family, golfing, bird hunting and supporting his favorite sports teams.

Dr Lloyd GordonDr. Lloyd J. Gordon, MD, FASAM

Medical Director
Dr. Gordon is an acclaimed physician and international speaker on addiction and related issues. He has been with The Ranch Mississippi drug rehab since 1988. He is a fellow of and certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Gordon is board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a licensed physician in the states of Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. He is First Chairman of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates task force on underage drinking and was an ASAM delegate to the AMA House of Delegates representing addiction medicine from 1999-2008. Dr. Gordon is also a consultant to the board of dental examiners and medical licensure boards of Mississippi and serves as medical director for the Mississippi Health Care Professionals Treatment Program. He has been president of Mississippi Addiction Medicine Associates since 1991.

Stuart Milan, RN, MSN, APMHNP

Clinical Director/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Stuart is a former client turned team member at The Ranch Mississippi drug rehab. He has decades of sobriety under his belt and has been helping our clients and their families overcome the destruction of substance abuse and other addictions since 1989. Stuart earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi College and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mississippi. He also has a post-master’s degree in family mental health nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi. Stuart is a certified advanced practice mental health nurse practitioner, certified drug and alcohol counselor and certified compulsive gambling counselor. He is vice chairman of the Mississippi Council on Problem Gambling.

Bernard MatherneBernard A. Matherne, JR., ACRPS, CADC

Operations Manager
Bernard has been with The Ranch Mississippi drug rehab since 2000, and has served as clinical director of our residential program since 2011. Currently, he serves as director of clinical services for residential and intensive outpatient services. He has worked in addiction treatment since 1990. A native of New Orleans, he’s called Brandon, Mississippi home since 1987. Bernard earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Belhaven College and is a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC1) through the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals. In addition, he holds an advance certified relapse prevention specialist (ACRPS) certification from the CENAPS Corporation. He was awarded the Mississippi Addiction Professional of the Year Award in 2002 and in 2015 by the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals.

Ashley LewisAshley Lewis, RN, MSN, NP-C

Family Nurse Practitioner
Ashley is a specially trained family nurse practitioner who provides highly attentive medical care to our clients. From a hangnail or indigestion to diabetes or severe detox withdrawal symptoms, she provides exceptional medical services. Ashley received her master’s degree in nursing from Alcorn State University. She is AANP board certified as a family nurse practitioner and is a member of the American Nurses Association. Ashley has past experience working in labor and delivery units as well as postpartum/nursery units. She is a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. Ashley is also a certified instructor in nonviolent crisis intervention. Ashley joined the The Ranch Mississippi family in 2007.

Teresa SteenTeresa Steen

Clinical Assistant Supervisor
Teresa has worked at The Ranch Mississippi since 2014. She is a certified nursing assistant and phlebotomist. Teresa is known at The Ranch Mississippi drug rehab for her dedicated and passionate work. She helps clients in a number of ways, from scheduling proper staffing to client transportation and help with weekly budgets. Prior to joining The Ranch Mississippi, Teresa worked as a medical/surgical nursing assistant at a hospital and as a patient care technician conducting drug screenings at a pain center and laboratory. Teresa was drawn to her career path because of her family’s history with addiction. She says she loves walking out of work every day feeling like she has helped save lives.


TinaTina Gifford

Program Supervisor
Tina has 18 years of experience in management, behavioral health and addiction treatment. Prior to joining The Ranch Mississippi treatment center she held positions including case manager, training specialist, regional director, addiction counselor and substance abuse specialist. Tina has worked in behavioral health rehabilitation services, foster care and residential care, with both adolescents and adults. She graduated with honors from Frostburg State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Tina says she works with clients from an affirming, strength-based perspective, and her approach emphasizes genuine caring, acceptance, and meeting each client’s individual needs. Tina has been with The Ranch Mississippi drug rehab since 2015.

Michelle ThompsonMichelle Thompson, RN

Nurse Manager
Michelle has worked as a private practice nurse and served as the director of nursing in several rehabilitation centers. She has worked in senior care, psychiatry, sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She earned her associate degree in nursing from Hinds Community College and attended Holmes Community College’s LPN program. She is a certified member of The Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology and is the Infection Control Chairperson at The Ranch Mississippi. Michelle has served on various health care committees on topics such as infection control, safety, electronic medical records, performance improvement, medical staffing and utilization review. She is specially trained in nonviolent crisis intervention and prevention, CPR, First Aid, and AED administration. Michelle has worked at The Ranch Mississippi drug rehab since 2005.

renishaRenisha Fontenot, CTRS

Activity Services Director
Renisha is our recreation and adventure therapist. She leads recreational therapy groups, plans leisure and recreational activities and outings, and facilitates adventure therapy activities such as the ropes course. Renisha was awarded the 2009 Recreation Therapist of the Year by the Mississippi Recreation and Parks Association. She is a native of Hattiesburg and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation. Renisha is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).

Barry BelueBarry Belue, BS, CADC

Program Supervisor
Barry began working at The Ranch Mississippi drug and alcohol rehab in 1994. He has served in various positons including senior counselor, phase III clinical director, clinical director of residential programming and his latest role of program coordinator for the men’s residential unit/phase III counselor. Barry earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mississippi College. He is certified by the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals as an addiction counselor. Before joining The Ranch Mississippi, Barry worked for seven years at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS, counseling adolescents and young adults suffering from drug addiction.


Courtney MilanCourtney Milan

Director of Admissions
Courtney has worked for The Ranch Mississippi drug rehab since 1996. As director of our admissions department, she’s been instrumental in helping thousands of clients and families get the treatment they need to recover from the devastation of substance abuse. Courtney is passionate about her job and says she believes in every part of the The Ranch Mississippi process. “There is something very magical about The Ranch Mississippi,” she says. Courtney grew up in Meridian, Miss., and has lived in the Jackson area with her husband and two children since 1992.

Venita WashingtonVenita Washington, MS

JavelinSM Program Coordinator
Venita heads our JavelinSM continuing care program and has been with The Ranch Mississippi drug rehab since 2004. She’s worked in many areas of addiction treatment including inpatient and outpatient counseling, case management, group therapy, family therapy, crisis management and relapse prevention. Venita earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix. Through the JavelinSM program, Venita stays in regular contact with clients, inspiring them to take care of their health and overall wellness in sobriety. She is in recovery and believes that continuing care is essential to her own success in sobriety and the clients that she helps every day.

Jennifer HeggieJennifer Heggie, MS, LPC

Program Supervisor
Jennifer has over 10 years of clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and has worked with clients struggling with addictions, eating disorders, self-injury, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and body image issues. She is a licensed professional counselor, a national certified counselor and a board qualified supervisor by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Mississippi College. She says her passion is helping clients and families find true happiness by sharing her own experience, strength and hope through her journey of recovery.

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