Executive Team


Joy Golden is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director for Lakeside Behavioral Health System in Memphis, TN.  Joy has worked in the healthcare industry since 1978 where she started her career at Methodist Healthcare as Corporate Human Resources Director. During her 22 years with Methodist, Joy managed labor and employee relations, risk management, benefit administration, the employee health clinic and functioned as the legal consultant for all FAA guidelines for employee health for the Hospital Air Wing Ambulance Service. She graduated from nursing school in 1996 and is currently a Registered Nurse in Tennessee. Joy has been working as a psychiatric nurse at Lakeside since 1997 during which time she has held the positions of Charge Nurse and House Supervisor. Prior to being named Chief Operating Officer, Joy served as Chief Nursing Officer. Joy taught Labor Relations and Employment Law at the University of Tennessee College of Allied Health from 1992 to 1999. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tusculum College in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and in 2010 graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master of Science in Nursing. Prior to Lakeside, Joy was the Senior Human Resources Director of Golden Innovations, formerly Beverly Enterprises, Inc. She lives in Arlington, Tennessee with her husband, daughter and grandchildren.