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National Council Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing 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

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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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First Vice Chair
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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Second Vice Chair
LifeWays Community Mental Health
Jackson, MI
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
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
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Immediate Past Chair
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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Chair Association/ State Executives Committee
Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council
Denver, CO
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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Chair, Public Policy Committee
Florida Behavioral Health Association (FBHA)
Melanie Brown Woofter is currently the President/CEO of the Florida Behavioral Health Association (FBHA), a non-profit organization representing [...] Read More
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100% State Association Executive Representative to the Board
Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas
Kyle Kessler is the Executive Director of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas. Kyle has over twenty years of experience in [...] Read More


At-Large Directors

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Chair, Audit Committee
Centerpointe, Inc.
Topher Hansen started his career in the healthcare field as a volunteer for the Drug Crisis Center in 1975. After a brief time as a counselor with [...] 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, Addiction 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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Chair, Nominating Committee
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

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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
Photo of Karin Jeffers
Clinical & Support Options Inc. (CSO)
Karin Jeffers is President & CEO of Western MA-based nonprofit community behavioral health agency Clinical & Support Options Inc. (CSO). She has serve [...] Read More

Region II

New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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Helio Health and The Helio Health Foundation
Syracuse, NY
Mr. Klemanski serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Helio Health and The Helio Health Foundation. He is the current Chair of the [...] Read More
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Acacia Network
Bronx, NY
Yaberci Perez-Cubillan is a hands-on, driven leader with a solid track record in the behavioral health industry, possessing a rich mix of technical, [...] Read More

Region III

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

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Community Residences
Chantilly, VA
Through unanimous endorsement, in June of 2015, the Community Residences, Inc. Board of Directors appointed Arthur M. Ginsberg as the President and [...] Read More
Photo of Richard Edley
Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association
Harrisburg, PA
Richard Edley is lead executive for RCPA, responsible for all aspects of operations and direction for the association. His professional career began [...] Read More

Region IV

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

Photo of Melissa Larkin-Skinner
Melissa Larkin-Skinner is Regional CEO of Centerstone in Florida. As a licensed mental health counselor Larkin-Skinner has worked with children and [...] Read More
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Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
Tampa, FL
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

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
Photo of Shauna Reitmeier
Crookston, MN
Shauna Reitmeier serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Alluma. Shauna has led the organization through dynamic growth and development, including [...] Read More

Region VI

Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

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New Mexico Solutions
Albuquerque, NM
David J. Ley, PhD. is a clinical psychologist in Albuquerque, NM. Since 2004, he has served as Executive Director of New Mexico Solutions, a nonprofit [...] Read More
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Texas Council of Community Centers
Austin, TX
Lee Johnson, MPA, serves as the Deputy Director for the Texas Council of Community Centers, a state association that represents the 39 Community [...] Read More

Region VII

Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

Photo of Richard K. Whitaker, Jr.
Vera French Community Mental Health Center
Davenport, IA
Dr. Richard K. Whitaker, Jr. began his career in the Quad Cities in 1994 as a doctoral intern at the historic Marriage and Family Counseling Service [...] Read More
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Chair, Membership Committee
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

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Southeast Health Group
La Junta, CO
Joseph (JC) Carrica III is the Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Health Group, which serves a six-county rural and frontier region in the southeast [...] Read More
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Valle del Sol
Carmen Heredia is the Chief Executive Officer of Valle del Sol, a nonprofit organization originally founded in 1970 to provide advocacy, mental [...] Read More

Region IX

California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada

Photo of Camille Schraeder
Redwood Community Services
Ukiah, CA
With over 35 years of experience, Camille Schraeder has an extensive history of community involvement and is a strong advocate for abused, neglected, [...] 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
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Comprehensive Healthcare
Yakima, WA
Jodi Daly, Ph.D. is the President and CEO of Comprehensive Healthcare in Yakima Washington. Comprehensive Healthcare is a non-profit behavioral health [...] Read More