Ron brings over 40 years of experience in behavioral health and is focused on expanding Lifewell Behavioral Wellness’ high-quality programs and services, development of strategic partnerships with various stakeholders and integrated care that is member-oriented and performance-driven.
Prior to joining Lifewell in 2014, Ron has served in a number of capacities including his most recent tenure as CEO of CHOICES Network for the past seven years. Other behavioral health positions held by Mr. Smith include Assistant Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health, CEO of Phoenix Interfaith Counseling, Bureau Chief of Children’s Services for ADHS, Director of Children’s Services for Value Options, Executive Director of Camelback Hospitals Counseling Center and Executive Director of Community Behavioral Health.
Ron holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arizona.
When time permits, Ron enjoys golf and visiting his adult children living in Washington D.C. and Texas.