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.
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!
Varonica Oehl, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Varonica Oehl has over 26 years of healthcare experience and began her career as Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Center’s controller in 2007. She was promoted to CFO of Atlantic Shores Hospital in May 2011 and oversaw High Point Residential Treatment Center beginning in 2012.
In 2013, Varonica became the CFO of Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Health Center. In her free time she enjoys singing, attending church with her immediate family, and boating. She is a proud grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren.
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.
Vanessa Ramirez, Director of A&R
Vanessa Ramirez is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to South Florida in 1991. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida International University. Vanessa worked as a Certified Associate Behavior Analyst in her early career with children and adults. Vanessa later received her Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology and also completed three years of doctoral education and training in Clinical Neuropsychology. Vanessa has over 17 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse field with the past 7 years focused on clinical supervision and management. During her spare time, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family which includes her three children, husband and four dogs.
Christine Tropia-Orr, Director of Clinical
Christine Tropia-Orr is originally from New York and moved to South Florida in 1989. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in social work from Florida Atlantic University in 2004. She worked as a Child Advocate and a Guardian Ad Litem for 5 years. She went back to an advanced standing program at Fordham University and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has over 15 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse field. In her free time, Christine enjoys reading, spending time with her sons and going to the beach.