Manny Llano, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Manny Llano, CEO of Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Health Center, has overseen behavioral health operations for more than 15 years and holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in business administration and health care administration from Nova Southeastern.
Manny has over 33 years of hospital and financial management experience and has previously held the position of Regional COO and CFO for two major healthcare organizations. In his spare time, Manny enjoys working out and spending time with his family.
Burt Harris, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Burt Harris has over 30 years of healthcare experience. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Phoenix. He began his career at Provo Canyon School (Residential Treatment Center) in Provo Utah. In 2005 he became the Controller at Canyon Ridge Hospital in Chino, California and in 2010 was promoted to CFO.
In June 2019, Burt became the CFO of Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Health Center. Burt is married with 4 grown children and 11 grandchildren. Burt loves to read and spend time with family and friends exploring the beautiful state of Florida.
Miguel Fernandez, Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Miguel Fernandez, LCSW, CADC received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Florida State University in 1990 and his Masters of Social Work from the FSU School of Social Work in 1993. Mr. Fernandez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Mr. Fernandez’s professional career has centered on Mental Health and Addictions Treatment including working in the Miami Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Community Mental Health Centers, Child and Adolescent Residential Treatment Centers and the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice for 16 years in various capacities ultimately becoming a Deputy Commissioner over the Division of Support Services. Subsequent to that, Mr. Fernandez was the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Florida Medical Center, before becoming the Chief Operating Officer at FLBHC. Mr. Fernandez is Married and has three children. He enjoys fishing, coaching football and watching sports.
Jillian Wirzman, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)
Jillian Wirzman is originally from Ontario, Canada and moved with her husband and three children to South Florida in 2011. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario and a Master’s of Science in Nursing and from D’Youville College, Buffalo, New York. Jillian has been in the nursing profession for 30 years and in hospital administration for the last 10 years with over 24 years of experience in the behavioral health arena. Jillian enjoys walking her three dogs and loves spending time with her family!
Jared Gaines, Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
Dr. Jared Gaines is a native South Floridian, born at Broward General Hospital. He completed his undergraduate and medical training from the University of Florida. Dr. Gaines is board certified in General Psychiatry, and completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UF as well as a fellowship in ECT (Electro-convulsive Therapy) at Emory University. He was also recently certified in TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) in 2019. Dr. Gaines served previously as the Medical Director for Orange Park Medical Center in Jacksonville, Medical Director for West Palm Hospital, and is now the Chief Medical Officer at Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Health Center. Dr. Gaines is happily married with 2 kids and takes pride in the accomplishments of knowing the best times to plan for Disney Parks and get fast passes, assistant flag football coaching, and weekend tutoring for advanced science and math. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor sports, skiing, and scuba diving.
Kala Neilson, Director of Business Development (DBD)
Kala Neilson was born and raised in South Florida and proudly attended American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida. Kala received a scholarship to play Division I soccer for Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She graduated from Cornell in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. Kala has over ten years of experience in sales, marketing, and business development.
At 23 years old, Kala became the CEO of Neilson Enterprises, an outsourced sales firm for Verizon, where she managed over 30 employees in the North Jersey area. In her free time, Kala enjoys reading, kickboxing, and spending time with her dog Cookie.
Desire’ Hill, LMHC, Director of Admissions
Desire’ Hill, LMHC, comes to us with over 20 years’ experience in behavioral health after earning her Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University and becoming licensed in the state of Florida. Her expertise is working with co-occurring conditions ranging from mental health issues to substance misuse to developmental disabilities and, most recently, working with people experiencing homelessness. Ms. Hill has worked as a therapist on a mobile crisis team, Program Director at a private substance abuse treatment center, Coordinator of a community mental health center, Director of Housing at a homeless assistance center, and as Supervisor of a government taskforce to abate homeless encampments and provide wrap-around services to one of the most vulnerable populations in Broward County, homeless individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and chronic substance use issues. Her mission is compassion, serving patients and their families with the respect and dignity they deserve. Ms. Hill thinks about each patient sitting before her in admissions, “This could be my brother, or my mother, or my sister. I want to treat each patient how I would want my family member to be treated.” In her leisure time, Ms. Hill loves hiking, traveling to learn about history and other cultures, reading, and anything to do with dogs!
Debra Vogt, Director of Clinical Services (DCS)
Deb Vogt, LCSW was raised in New Jersey, where she proudly received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in sociology, with a minor in communications and philosophy. She later moved to Massachusetts where she received her Masters in Social Work from Bridgewater State University. She completed her clinical internship in the Massachusetts prison system, where she then spent 8 years in various capacities, ultimately becoming the Regional Mental Health Director for the State’s central region. In 2016, Deb relocated to Fort Lauderdale and joined our team as the Director of Clinical Services. Since then, she has had the privilege of overseeing various departments within the facility and in June 2019 resumed the role of Director of Clinical Services. In her free time, she enjoys working out, running, and spending time with friends and family.
Cynthia Sanquini, Director of Outpatient Services
Cynthia Sanquini is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from Trinity International University in 2013. She is currently enrolled in graduate school at Florida Atlantic University where she is working towards her Master’s degree in Business Administration. Cynthia started her journey in the field as a program coordinator for a local community mentoring program, where she found a passion for helping adolescents work through trauma. Cynthia has experience working with adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients in inpatient and outpatient settings. Cynthia came to Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Health Center as a Clinical Supervisor for the inpatient units and now serves as the Director of Outpatient Services.