A healthcare architect and reformer advancing care for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Linda Rosenberg is a national leader in the development, design, and delivery of mental health and substance use policy and services. Under her leadership, the National Council for Behavioral Health spearheads advocacy, practice improvement, and public education initiatives for 750,000 staff in more than 2,000 healthcare organizations that serve 8 million adults, children, and families with mental and addiction disorders. She helped secure passage of the federal mental health and addiction parity law and played a critical role in ensuring that the Affordable Care Act addresses the needs of individuals with behavioral health disorders. Her vision helped to expanded financing for integrated behavioral health and primary care services and built an array of organizational, clinical and workforce development initiatives. Rosenberg introduced Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and has led the National Council in training approximately 150,000 citizens across the country.
Prior to joining the National Council, Rosenberg served as Senior Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health. She is a certified social worker, family therapist, and psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner with more than 30 years of experience.
Jeannie Campbell serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Council for Behavioral Health, guiding the administrative and fiscal management of the organization and leading a staff of 50 in delivering a range of cutting-edge consulting, training, technical assistance, and public education programs and services. Campbell orchestrates the National Council for Behavioral Health Conference, healthcare’s largest and most reputed specialty conference that draws more than 3,000 attendees every year and features world-class speakers and a top-notch curriculum in leadership and practice excellence.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Ms. Campbell leads national civilian initiatives to improve community-based mental health and addictions treatment for veterans and pioneered the Serving Our Veterans Behavioral Health Certificate, designed to train civilian healthcare providers in military cultural and clinical competencies to better care for veterans in the community.
With more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health, Charles Ingoglia has worked as a provider, advocate, and educator for government and public sector organizations.
Ingoglia directs the federal and state affairs function of the National Council for Behavioral Health, and oversees practice improvement and technical assistance programs offered to more than 500,000 behavioral health professionals across the U.S. His efforts have centered on key issues such as parity, healthcare reform, and improving the experience of mental heath and addictions care and treatment engagement.
Prior to joining the National Council, Ingoglia provided policy and program design guidance to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He also has directed state government relations and service system improvement projects for the National Mental Health Association, served as a policy analyst for the National Association of Social Workers, and designed educational programs for mental health and addictions professionals at the Association of Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare. He has worked in a transitional shelter with homeless persons and provided individual, group and couples counseling at the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC. Ingoglia is adjunct faculty at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.
Mohini Venkatesh is the Vice President of Practice Improvement at the National Council for Behavioral Health. A passionate advocate for systems-level change, Ms. Venkatesh leads some of the industry’s strongest practice improvement and leadership programs designed to transform clinical and business strategies to meet ever-changing needs, including the Executive Leadership Program, Advancing Standards of Care for People with Bipolar Disorder, and the National Council’s scope for SAMHSA’s BHbusiness Initiative. As a national policy expert, Ms. Venkatesh conducts legislative analysis on the most pressing issues, including health reform, and offers analytic and advocacy advice to National Council members and state and regional associations across the country. Ms. Venkatesh particularly champions mid-level and rising-star leaders as the future of behavioral health, and is the catalyst behind national programs such as the Middle Management Academy, Young Leaders Program, and Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program.
Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Venkatesh worked in the field in a hospital-based psychiatric unit, several social service non-profit organizations, and a state association advocating for community behavioral services. Ms. Venkatesh is the board vice-chair for a community behavioral health organization in Washington, D.C. and recently completed a fellowship with the Non-Profit Roundtable’s Future Executive Directors Program. She received a Masters in Public Health from Yale University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Laura Galbreath is the Director for the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions operated by the National Council for Behavioral Health. She manages the overall operations of the center and leads several learning communities and provides consultation to improve screening and referrals to mental health treatment, create structures for collaborative care for shared patients, and increase access to primary care services for persons with mental illness.
Prior to joining the National Council, Galbreath served as the Senior Director of Healthcare Reform at Mental Health America where she tracked and analyzed state policy issues; provided technical assistance; and facilitated multi-state advocacy meetings on a range of issues including Medicaid reform, mental health insurance parity, Medicare Part D, and healthcare reform. Her experience includes lobbying for mental health in Georgia, conducting advocacy trainings for mental health consumers and advocates, and leading issue-based campaigns for private and not-for-profit organizations.
With three decades of experience as an administrator in inpatient and outpatient public and private behavioral health organizations, integration leader, and health information technology expert, Michael Lardiere has helped healthcare organizations across the country develop and implement strategies for the efficient delivery of quality care.
Lardiere is a licensed social worker and is engaged with FQHCs, health center controlled networks, primary care associations, the National Health Information Network, and other health information systems organizations to advance the use of health information technology and facilitate data sharing across healthcare providers and systems. He offers consulting in the development and implementation of strategic HIT planning for organizational growth.
Prior to coming to the National Council, Lardiere was Director of HIT and Senior Behavioral Health Advisor for the National Association of Community Health Centers. He has also served as behavioral health administrator for one of the nation’s largest Federally Qualified Health Centers. His managed care experience spans responsibility for provider contracting, profiling, and quality for more than 20,000 clinicians and 5,000 facilities. He is a board member of the National eHealth Collaborative, member of the National Quality Forum Behavioral Health Standards Workgroup, and a member of the ONC Expert Panel on Patient Generated Care.
With more than 20 years of experience in accounting and finance, Bruce Pelleu serves as Chief Financial Officer and oversees the financial and administrative management of the National Council for Behavioral Health. He has implemented new accounting systems, internal controls, and compliance policies and procedures as well as infrastructure for human resources, information technology, and facilities to support significant organizational growth.
Before coming to the National Council, Pelleu was Chief Financial Officer and Controller of nonprofits and government contractors, including the National Quality Forum, a healthcare nonprofit with government contracts, which experienced considerable growth during his tenure. His experience spans oversight of growing organizations that needed development in all aspects of the finance and administration functions (human resources, information technology, contracts, and facilities). Pelleu is a member of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs.
Kathleen Reynolds is a leading national expert on the bidirectional integration of behavioral health and primary care. She has more than three decades of experience in integrated health and is a staunch advocate of addressing health disparities for persons with mental illness and addiction disorders.
At the National Council for Behavioral Health, Reynolds offers consulting services on bidirectional integration of services to primary and behavioral health organizations and has expertise in financing of integrated healthcare, clinical models of integration, and facilitating partnership discussions between senior managers. She also oversees a suite of integrated health workforce development initiatives including the Whole Health Action Management program, Case to Care Manager training, and Community Health Worker training.
Before coming to the National Council, Reynolds was the executive director of the Washtenaw Community Health Organization, an integrated health system that includes a community mental health services program, a substance abuse coordinating agency, and primary healthcare capitation dollars for Medicaid and indigent consumers. She was on the executive committee for the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards and has worked on numerous task forces and committees that have shaped Michigan’s policy direction. She is the co-author of Raising the Bar: Moving Toward the Integration of Health Care, a provider guide to integration published by the National Council.
Betsy Schwartz oversees the Mental Health First Aid program at the National Council for Behavioral Health. She has orchestrated foundation and other strategic partnerships for the National Council, including a partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to promote youth mental health. Schwartz has also been instrumental in developing a National Council integrated health curriculum offered at schools of social work across the country.
Prior to coming to the National Council, Schwartz was CEO of Mental Health America of Greater Houston for 30+ years. She led the nonprofit to expand its mental health initiatives, and partner with community members and organizations. She forged strong partnerships between the mental health association and the Houston Police Department and the juvenile justice system. Schwartz is a senior fellow of the WK Kellogg Foundation and American Leadership Forum. She was chosen by the Houston Chronicle as community leader and “Woman on the Move” and received the Houston Psychological Association’s Public Citizen of the Year award.
Kara Sweeney serves as the chief liaison to National Council for Behavioral Health members, corporate partners, and the board. She has helped to more than double the National Council membership in 7 years, and to help build a robust array of membership benefits. She manages the National Council’s Awards of Excellence program — the industry’s most prestigious awards recognizing individuals and organizations that nurture hope and recovery from mental illness and addictions.
Prior to joining the National Council, Ms. Sweeney worked at the National Alliance for Mental Illness and organized NAMI Walks.
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