Meet CEO Dr. Laura Tyler



Springdale, Arkansas—May 22, 2017    The Board of Directors of Ozark Guidance recently named Laura H. Tyler, PhD, LPC, Chief Executive Officer for the nonprofit community mental health center.  For Dr. Tyler, it’s a homecoming, having been raised in Northwest Arkansas and attended the University of Arkansas for undergraduate and graduate studies.  She started her professional career with Ozark Guidance in 1983 and worked with the organization for over 15 years.

Dr. Tyler completed her doctoral work in Health Services Organization and Research at the Virginia Commonwealth University.  Prior to working exclusively in health care administration, she provided direct care services as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  She has worked in a variety of behavioral health settings across her career and also has experience in service delivery to individuals with developmental disorders.  

For approximately the past ten years, Dr. Tyler has been with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).  Most recently, she served in the role of Chief Integration Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor.  While there, she had the privilege of working with the leadership team that launched the Psychiatric Research Institute which offers traditional outpatient services, community-based services and brought general and specialized inpatient psychiatric care back to UAMS after a hiatus of approximately 30 years.  Prior to her work at UAMS, Dr. Tyler worked at Avita Community Partners in a 13 county service area at northeast Georgia.  There she served as the behavioral health director then chief executive officer.

According to Kevin Hatfield, Ozark Guidance Board Chair, “Dr. Tyler brings not only great depth and knowledge of mental health care administration to our organization, but also great enthusiasm to the position. She will lead a team that is engaged and committed to meeting the needs of the community.  With dramatic changes in Medicaid funding on the horizon, we feel she can lead our organization as we adapt to the new and complex changes.”

Dr. Tyler has consistently advocated for individuals with mental illness and addictive disorders to be best understood as experiencing symptoms of health conditions that deserve an integrated treatment approach rather than segregation and stigmatization.  While she has seen remarkable progress in treatment alternatives, she firmly believes there is substantially more advancement that needs to be accomplished to ensure compassionate quality care is accessible and delivered in a cost effective manner.  Her philosophy is that this can best be accomplished by hard work, collaboration and an inter-professional team approach.

A native of Eureka Springs, Laura and her husband Mark, who teaches mathematics, have two adult sons.