Executive Team

Here at Lakeside Behavioral Health System, our greatest asset is our staff — the psychiatrists, professional nurses, community counselors, social workers and therapists who work as a team to uphold our commitment to excellence. Our team has a deep passion for helping patients and their families resolve behavioral health problems and find their unique path to lifelong recovery.

Meet Our Executive Team


Joy Golden, Chief Executive Officer

Joy Golden is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director for Lakeside Behavioral Health System. A healthcare industry veteran, Golden began her career in 1976 at Methodist Healthcare as Corporate Human Resources Director, where she managed labor and employee relations, risk management, benefits administration, the employee health clinic and functioned as the legal consultant for the hospital’s Air Wing Ambulance Service. She graduated summa cum laude from Tusculum College in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree, acquired her bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) in 1996 and began working as a psychiatric nurse at Lakeside in 1997, first as Charge Nurse, then as House Supervisor, and Chief Nursing Officer. From 1992 to 1999, prior to being named CEO at Lakeside, Golden taught Labor Relations and Employment Law at the University of Tennessee College of Allied Health. She also served as Senior Human Resources Director of Golden Innovations, formerly Beverly Enterprises, Inc. In 2010, Golden graduated from the University of Phoenix with a master’s degree in nursing (MSN). She makes her home in Arlington, Tennessee, with her husband, daughter and grandchildren.


Hal Brunt, MD, Medical Director

A native of Mississippi, Dr. Brunt graduated from Yale University and received his medical degree from Tulane Medical School. He completed his post-graduate training in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco; in adult psychiatry at Tulane; and in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. Prior to relocating to Memphis, Dr. Brunt served as a consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health and on the faculty of Yale Medical School. In 1975, he joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Brunt teaches child psychiatry at Lakeside in collaboration with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, where he serves as clinical associate professor of psychiatry. Dr. Brunt is board certified in child psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

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