Putnam Center
300 Seville Rd
Hurricane , WV 25526-9206

304 757-6805

Our Leadership Team

Michael Herald
Center Executive Director

Michael is a a graduate of Marshall University and West Virginia University with Master's degrees in Health Care Administration and Corporate Communications.  He has over 20 years of professional experience in both Long-Term and Acute Care Operations.  He is active in the West Virginia Healthcare Association, his local community and has a passion for working with the geriatric population.

Stephanie Lesher, RN, BSN
Center Nurse Executive

Stephanie has worked in the field of Long-Term Care for 20 years.  She began her career as a CNA in 1996, obtained her LPN in 1999 and completed her BSN in 2008.  Stephanie has held different positions throughout her career in the LTC field including floor nurse, wound care nurse, night shift supervisor and ADON.  Stephanie feels LTC is her true calling and is passionate about the delivery of quality care to all residents.

Freda L. Bird
Admissions Director

Freda has worked in skilled nursing and long-term care for 7 years with the Genesis HealthCare Facilities.  She started at Valley Center in So. Charleston as the Admissions Assistant for 2 years and then was promoted to Admissions Director for Heritage Center in Huntington, WV for 2 1/2 years. Due to a family illness, she transferred to Putnam Center to be closer home when the vacancy opened up and has been here for 2 1/2 years.  She brings 30 years of marketing and selling insurance to the local community as being an asset to her Marketing the Genesis Network.  She is active with the Alzheimer's Association and those that act as advocates for the senior population.  She is committed to keeping her residents and rehab. patients satisfied and informed.

Sara Parsons
Rehab/Specialty Program Director

Sara received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from West Virginia University. She has over 10 years of experience in skilled nursing. Sara became the Program Manager at Putnam in March 2006. She takes pride in being a patient advocate and helping all patients reach and maintain their highest functional level.