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National Council Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the National Council for Behavioral Health represents the membership and is committed to diversity, leadership, and promoting excellence in mental health and addictions treatment. The board is composed entirely of elected volunteers from the staff and community boards of National Council member organizations. Board members are elected by National Council member organizations in each of 10 regions covering the entire U.S.

Board Officers and Leadership

Photo of Jeff Richardson
Sheppard Pratt Health System
Towson, MD
Jeff Richardson has served as the Executive Director of Mosaic Community Services (MCS) part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, for twenty-three [...] Read More

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First Vice Chair
Compass Health Network
Clinton, MO
Tim Swinfard is the president and CEO of Compass Health Network. Compass is large Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic and Federally [...] Read More

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Casa de los Ninos
Tucson, AZ
Susie Huhn is the CEO of Casa de los Ninos a nationally accredited child welfare and behavioral health organization providing a comprehensive network [...] Read More

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Immediate Past Chair
Community Services Group
Lancaster, PA
Susan Blue has been president and CEO of Community Services Group since 1987. CSG provides a full array of community based behavioral health and [...] Read More

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Chair, Public Policy Committee
Illinois Primary Health Care Association
Springfield, IL
Sara joined IPHCA in April 2020 after a 20-year career with Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH), including 13 years as its Chief [...] Read More

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Chair Association/ State Executives Committee
Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council
Forrestal has nearly 20 years’ experience guiding, developing and implementing legislative strategy and policy at the federal level, and with state [...] Read More

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100% Association Representative, Association/State Executives Committee
California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies
Sacramento, CA
Paul Curtis has been Executive Director of CBHA, a statewide association of non-profit community agencies serving the behavioral health community, [...] Read More


At-Large Directors

Photo of Willie Brooks
Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
Detroit, MI
Willie Brooks serves as the President and CEO of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA). The largest Community Mental Health Service [...] Read More

Photo of Carl Clark, MD
Mental Health Center of Denver
Denver, CO
Dr. Carl Clark’s early experience with his father’s bipolar disorder sparked a commitment to helping people with mental illness regain their [...] Read More

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Chair, Addictions Committee
Florida Behavioral Health Association
Tallahassee, FL
Mark Fontaine serves as Executive Advisor to the Florida Behavioral Health Association (FBHA) and Director of the Services Association of FBHA. In [...] Read More

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Care Plus New Jersey, Inc.
Paramus, NJ
Brigitte D. Johnson, Esq., is a licensed attorney with over thirty years’ experience in the legal field. Employed at Care Plus, NJ since 1998, [...] Read More


Regional Directors

Region I

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Photo of Heather Gates
Community Health Resources
Windsor, CT
Heather M. Gates, MBA, is the President/CEO of Community Health Resources (CHR), the most comprehensive, nonprofit behavioral health care organization [...] Read More

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Chair, Audit Committee
Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island
Pawtucket, RI
Rich Leclerc was President and CEO of Gateway Healthcare, a network of eleven nonprofit community behavioral health and human service organizations [...] Read More

Region II

New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Photo of John Kastan, PhD
The Jewish Board, New York, NY
John Kastan, Ph.D. is Chief Program Officer at The Jewish Board, one of New York State’s largest community-based providers of child and adult mental [...] Read More

Photo of Robert Davison
Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc.
Robert N. Davison, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Montclair, NJ-based Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc., is an accomplished [...] Read More

Region III

District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Photo of Alan Hartl
Chair, Nominating Committee
Lenape Valley Foundation
Doylestown, PA
Trained and licensed as a psychologist, Alan Hartl came to Lenape Valley Foundation in 1981 and has served as its CEO from 1992 through 2019. During [...] Read More

Photo of Cari Cho
Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc.
Bethesda, MD
Cari is a licensed social worker who has been working in community mental health for over 20 years. She started her career working on the inpatient [...] Read More

Region IV

Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee

Photo of Linda McKinnon
Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
Linda McKinnon has been the President and CEO of Central Florida Behavioral Health Network for the past 17 years. Central Florida Behavioral Health [...] Read More

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Henderson Behavioral Health
Lauderdale Lakes, FL
Dr. Steven Ronik is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Henderson Behavioral Health. Henderson is a nationally recognized behavioral health [...] Read More

Region V

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Photo of Mark Ishaug
Chicago, IL
Mark has dedicated his entire career to advocating for the rights of stigmatized and vulnerable people. For the past seven years, he has led [...] Read More

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Edward Woods was first appointed to the Board of Directors for LifeWays Community Mental Health in 1990. Mr. Woods has served on the boards of the [...] Read More

Region VI

Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Photo of Phillip (Randy) Tate, MSW
Chair, Membership Committee
Oklahoma City, OK
Randy Tate is the CEO of NorthCare, a 501(c) 3 operating as a public safety net for behavioral health services in Oklahoma County. The agency is also [...] Read More

Photo of Danette Castle
Danette Castle serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Council of Community Centers. As an association, the Texas Council represents the [...] Read More

Region VII

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

Photo of Ric Dalke
Iroquois Center for Human Development
Greesburg, KS
Ric Dalke is married to Carol and they have two adult children and 8 grandchildren. Recently they moved to Hutchinson, KS to be closer to their [...] Read More

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Behavioral Health Response, Inc.
Pat Coleman is President and CEO of Behavioral Health Response, Inc. (BHR). BHR is a professionally staffed and accredited clinical contact center [...] Read More

Region VIII

Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Photo of Daniel Darting
Signal Behavioral Health Network
Greenwood Village, CO
Daniel is the Chief Executive Officer at Signal Behavioral Health Network. He has been with Signal since 2008, and previously held the position of [...] Read More

Photo of Carmen Heredia
Valle del Sol
As Chief of Operations for Valle del Sol, Carmen Heredia oversees program operations of integrated behavioral health and primary care health centers. [...] Read More

Region IX

California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada

Photo of Christine Stoner-Mertz
Christine Stoner-Mertz, LCSW, is the Executive Director of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, a 140 member association that serves [...] Read More

Photo of Vitka Eisen
San Francisco, CA
Dr. Vitka Eisen is the CEO of HealthRIGHT 360, a Federally Qualified Health Center and one of the largest providers of behavioral health services to [...] Read More

Region X

Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

Photo of Heather Jefferis
Oregon Council for Behavioral Health
Heather Jefferis, as the Executive Director of the Oregon Council for Behavioral Health, participates in a wide variety of forums to ensure our [...] Read More

Off-Board Appointees

Photo of David Ptaszek, LCSW
Pathways, Inc.
Ashland, KY
David Ptaszek is a native of Illinois. He graduated from the Loyola School of Social Work with a master’s Degree in social work in 1973 and shortly [...] Read More

Photo of Topher Hansen
Centerpointe, Inc.
Topher Hansen started his career in the behavioral health field as a volunteer for the Drug Crisis Center in 1975. After a brief time as a counselor [...] Read More