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Board of Directors of the National Council for Behavioral Health

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
Clinton, MO
Tim Swinfard is the president of Compass Health and chief executive officer of Pathways Community Health. The Compass Health network includes a [...] Read More

Photo of Victor Armstrong
Second Vice Chair, Chair Finance and Administration Committee
Atrium Health
Charlotte, NC
Victor Armstrong, MSW is Vice President, Behavioral Health with Atrium Health based in Charlotte, NC and serves as Facility Executive of Behavioral [...] Read More

Photo of Susie Huhn
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 Association for Behavioral Health
Springfield, IL
Sara Moscato Howe, MBA, MS, CHES, is Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH). Her responsibilities include [...] 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’ extensive expertise in both healthcare and finance serve as the foundation for his important role as President and CEO of the Detroit [...] Read More

Photo of Carl Clark, MD
Mental Health Center of Denver
Denver, Col.
Expertise: Community Mental Health, Health Policy Advocacy, Data-driven Care Dr. Carl Clark’s early experience with his father’s bipolar disorder [...] Read More

Photo of Mark Fontaine
Chair, Addictions Committee
Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association
Tallahassee, FL
Mark Fontaine serves as the Executive Director of the Florida Behavioral Health Association (formed in 2015) and the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse [...] Read More

Photo of Brigitte Johnson
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 Vic DiGravio III
Association for Behavioral Healthcare
Natick, MA
Vic DiGravio has been President/CEO of ABH since July 1, 2007. ABH is a leader in addressing public policy and financing issues impacting behavioral [...] Read More

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 of Family and Children's Services
John Kastan, Ph.D. is Chief Program Officer at The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. Between June 2010 and August 2013, he was [...] 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, came to Lenape Valley Foundation in 1981 and has served as its CEO since 1992. During his tenure, Lenape [...] 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 14 years. Central Florida Behavioral Health [...] Read More

Photo of Steven Ronik
Henderson Behavioral Health
Lauderdale Lakes, FL
Dr. Steven Ronik is the Chief Executive Officer for Henderson Behavioral Health. Henderson is the oldest and largest non-profit behavioral healthcare [...] Read More

Region V

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Photo of Mark Ishaug
Chicago, IL
Mark Ishaug serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Thresholds, an innovative community-based provider of healthcare for persons with mental [...] Read More

Photo of Ed Woods
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

Photo of Brent McGinty
Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare
Jefferson City, MO
Brent McGinty became the chief executive officer of the Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare (MO Coalition) in January 2013. In this [...] 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

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 has been the Executive of Oregon Council for Behavioral Health since 2017 prior to it’s merger with a fellow association and [...] Read More

Photo of Kevin Campbell
Kevin M. Campbell is the CEO of Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc. (GOBHI), a position he has held since 2001. GOBHI provides quality management, [...] Read More

Off-Board Appointees

Photo of Christopher (Topher) Hansen, JD
CenterPointe Inc.
Lincoln, NE
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

Photo of David Ptaszek, LCSW
Pathways, Inc.
Ashland, KY
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Annual Report
Annual Report

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