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Preferred Behavioral Health Group Announces Randy Minniear as Board Chair

NJ Top Healthcare Executive to Chair Leading Behavioral Healthcare Organization

LAKEWOOD, NJ – Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG) is pleased to announce Randy J. Minniear as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Minniear is widely recognized as one of New Jersey’s top healthcare public affairs executives.

Randy currently serves as a Managing Director with Mercury Strategic Affairs, an internationally renowned public affairs firm.  He is one of the most respected government affairs agents in New Jersey, both within the healthcare industry and in state government affairs.  In 2013, NJ Spotlight selected Randy as the #1 Healthcare Lobbyist in New Jersey, and a year later, he was awarded NJBIZ’s “40 under 40” award.

“Preferred Behavioral Health Group is truly fortunate to have someone with Randy’s healthcare experience, passion, and knowledge leading our organization’s Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Tara Chalakani, PsyD., CEO of PBHG.  “As a Board member, Randy can be counted on to take a hands-on approach in ensuring PBHG’s mission is consistently being met to ensure we are providing the highest quality services to New Jersey families.”

“Serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Preferred Behavioral Health is a truly meaningful position,” said Randy Minniear. “At a time when so many people are struggling, this organization changes the lives of hundreds of New Jersey families every day, and I’m proud to be a part of that. I look forward to working with the Board in helping PBHG in their work as they continue to be the best provider of behavioral services in Central Jersey and beyond.”

Before joining Mercury Strategic Affairs, Randy served as Executive Vice President of External Affairs for the Hudson County-based health system, CarePoint Health. As an executive at CarePoint Health, he served on a leadership team that managed the day-to-day operations of a fully integrated health system, including operations at three acute care hospitals, a large physician practice group and ambulance services. Prior to his work at CarePoint Health, Randy served as Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Policy for the New Jersey Hospital Association, a trade association with four hundred members spanning hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities and hospices.

Randy succeeds Grace Hanlon, Executive Director of the Jersey Shore Partnership, who served as the chair for the past two years.  Randy resides in Howell Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, with his wife Tyla and two children, Jaelyn and Jake.