Program Leadership

Laureate Eating Disorders Program Leadership
Beth Persac, LMFT
Clinical Supervisor, Laureate Eating Disorders Program, adult program

Beth Persac received her BGS from Louisiana State University, and her Master of Science in family relations and child development from Oklahoma State University. She has been a licensed marital and family therapist since 1991 and has been with the Laureate Eating Disorders Program since 1995.

Leah Graves, RD, LD, FAED
Nutrition Therapy Manager, Laureate Eating Disorders Program 

Leah Graves, RD, LD, FAED, is the manager of nutrition therapy for the Laureate Eating Disorders Program. Ms. Graves received her Bachelor of Science in clinical dietetics, with highest distinction, from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1985.

Lisa Rillo, LPC
Admissions Supervisor, Laureate Eating Disorders Program 

Lisa Rillo has been with the Saint Francis Health system since 1998. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology and is a licensed professional counselor.
Kenneth Moore, LCSW
Director, Laureate Eating Disorders Program operations

Kenneth Moore, LCSW, has worked as director of the Laureate Eating Disorders Program operations since 2003. Previously, he served Laureate as research diagnostic lab manager (including work on the NIMH Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa study) and clinical assessment department manager.

Stana Patton, RN, BSN
Clinical Manager, Laureate Eating Disorders Program

Stana Patton, RN, BSN, serves as the clinical manager for the Laureate Eating Disorders Program's nursing program. Prior to this role, she worked as charge nurse for Laureate's adult behavioral program.

Melissa Cottrell, MS, APRN-CNS
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Laureate Eating Disorders Program

Melissa Cottrell, MS, APRN-CNS, is a board certified advance practice nurse with over 20 years experience in the treatment of eating disorders. She is a member of the National Eating Disorders Association and has authored several articles establishing nursing guidelines for the treatment of eating disorders.
Rita (Woods) Lawson
Outreach Coordinator, Laureate Eating Disorders Program 

Rita (Woods) Lawson joined the Laureate Eating Disorders Program as outreach coordinator in 2011. She has worked in the eating disorders field since 1998 with treatment professionals across the country and with women recovering from their illnesses.
Jeffrey "Buck" Townes
Culinary Supervisor, Laureate Eating Disorders Program

Jeffrey "Buck" Townes joined the Laureate Eating Disorders Program as culinary supervisor in 2011. He brings an upscale culinary approach to foodservice on the Laureate campus with a focus on quality patient care.