Sutton Place Behavioral Health Names Paul Barnes New Board Member

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Sutton Place Behavioral Health named Paul Barnes as a new board member. He is a community representative on the board.

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"He is representing those families and individuals affected by mental illness and related healthcare issues," said CEO Laureen Pagel, PhD.

Paul Barnes has been named to the Board of Directors of Sutton Place Behavioral Health in Yulee, FL. Barnes is a real estate professional in Nassau County and is filling a board seat designated as a community representative for the non-profit mental health agency.

“Paul brings a strong community perspective to the board because he knows Nassau County so well,” said Laureen Pagel, PhD., CEO of Sutton Place. “In his role, he is representing those families and individuals affected by mental illness and related healthcare issues.”

Born in Detroit and raised in Chicago, Barnes now claims Nassau County as home. "My wife and I were married the first year The Amelia Island Plantation opened and always wanted to settle here," he said. After relocating, he and his wife owned and managed The Amelia Island Williams House Bed and Breakfast. "It was more work than we ever imagined, but we met great people from all over the globe,” he said.

After retiring from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, he graduated with a GRI Degree from the Graduate Real Estate Institute. Over the last 10 years, Paul has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Realtors in Nassau County for Customer Service. He also received The Sterling Award and has been a Top Producer in Nassau County.

After graduating from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, Barnes completed his Masters at Ball State University. He brings a wide array of skills and experiences to Sutton Place, including marketing, sales, strategic planning, market research, policy development and mergers and acquisitions. "I look forward to working with the Board and Staff in a capacity where I can better the lives of others with special needs," he said, adding that one of his family members has received services through the Yulee and Hilliard campuses.

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