Ep. 81 “A Calling to Connect” w/ Dr. Rhea Fernandes

by | Sep 20, 2022 | Podcasts, The Virtuous Heros

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In this episode, Chris speaks with Dr. Rhea Fernandes, Chief Operating Officer at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. Rhea discusses the origins of her passion for leadership as well as how she best supports her employees and patients and connects with them.

For most of her early life and into adulthood Rhea grew up with her family in India. During this time she attributes her family, her father in particular, to creating her passion for helping others and leadership. When Rhea was young, she would watch as her father would help others in their community however he could. Through watching him use his connections to help others, Rhea’s passion for helping others and leadership grew.

Once older, Rhea began to pursue a career in Psychology, contrary to what her parents had expected from her. After earning her bachelor’s degree in India, Rhea decided to pursue her graduate education in the United States. She moved and enrolled at Chestnut Hill College, while at the same time starting in a position at NHS Human Services. During this time, she gained experience from her education as well as her hands-on role as a Psychotherapist and Resource Coordinator.

While enrolled, Rhea advanced through NHS Human Services to the position of Executive Director. From there she switched to her current company, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, in 2015. Here, she can follow her passions while creating a positive impact and being a voice for the voiceless. She continues her journey of leadership, creating connections every day, and now joins us on the Virtuous Heroes Podcast to share some of her experience and wisdom.


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). COO at one of the most advanced non-profit mental health organizations in the U.S. Progressive leadership experience in behaviors health combining sophisticated management and clinical skills to achieve the best quality and fiscal outcomes through program turnaround, team building, outcomes monitoring and effective stakeholder relationships. Non – profit board of director experience. Currently serve as board member, NAMI Montgomery County.



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