Capobianco Jeff
Jeff Capobianco
Director, Practice Improvement
Jeff Capobianco has 20 years of clinical and administrative experience in healthcare, with extensive background in primary and behavioral healthcare integration, evidence-based practice implementation, use of learning organizations, and Lean Six Sigma methodologies. He ran integrated health and family psychoeducation implementation learning communities and chaired the Michigan Family Psychoeducation implementation steering committee. He was a research investigator at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and the director of research and new program development for the University of Michigan Health System-based Washtenaw Community Health Organization, a four-county behavioral health managed care organization. He is a co-author of Implementing Evidence-based Practices in Mental Health: A Field Guide published by the National Council. Capobianco consults with behavioral health organizations on using evaluations and performance measurements in integrated health efforts.
Cheryl Sharp, MSW, ALWF
Consultant, Trauma-Informed Services
Cheryl Sharp holds the unique perspective of a person who has recovered from significant mental health challenges, a trauma survivor, a family member of a loved one who died as a result of mental illness, and a provider of substance abuse and mental health services. Sharp has worked with adult trauma survivors for over 28 years and trains and speaks nationally on trauma-informed care. She is a Master WRAP Trainer, Mental Health First Aid USA instructor, and trainer of Intentional Peer Support. Sharp is also an ordained minister. She has worked as a hospice/medical social worker and as a director of social services for a skilled nursing facility. She received a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Voice Award for her work and personal stories educating the public about behavioral health and the Lou Ann Townsend Courage Award for her contributions to persons with psychiatric disabilities. As the leader of the National Council’s Trauma-Informed Care Learning Communities, Sharp has led many behavioral health organizations in preparing to offer trauma-informed care.
Fricks Larry
Larry Fricks
Sr. Consultant, Integrated Health
For decades, American peer support and recovery pioneer Larry Fricks has applied the experiences gained on his journey to recovery from bipolar disorder to develop innovative, recovery-oriented programs and services for people living with behavioral health disorders. Fricks was director of the Office of Consumer Relations and Recovery in the Georgia Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases for 13 years. He is a founder of the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and was instrumental in establishing Georgia’s peer specialist training and certification program. He is the founder and developer of the Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) curriculum and trainings that support peer-led wellness initiatives in behavioral health. Fricks was on the planning board of the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health, and serves on the advisory board for the Carter Center Mental Health Journalism Fellowships. Fricks has won numerous journalism awards. His recovery story was featured in The New York Times bestselling book Strong at the Broken Places by Richard Cohen.
George DelGrosso
Consultant, Integrated Health
Drawing from 40 years of experience and leadership in behavioral health, George DelGrosso has implemented public policy, developed leadership training, expanded organizational effectiveness, provided integrated behavioral health treatment in a variety of settings and educated the public and policymakers about the impact of health reform on behavioral health.

His diverse career includes experience as a psychotherapist, marriage and family therapist, clinical supervisor and program developer. Most recently, he served 14 years as the CEO of Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council. Prior to this position, he was executive director of Mental Health Centers in the San Luis Valley of Colorado and Cody, Wyoming.

In 2013, he testified at the United States Senate HELP committee on the value of Mental Health First Aid and in 2015, received the National Council Impact Award for Visionary Leadership.

DelGrosso endorses integrating mental health, substance use and physical health into a coordinated health system that will increase access to care, improve health outcomes and reduce cost. He combines his years of experience in different facets of community behavioral health to consult with local, regional and statewide organizations and associations to implement effective health care policy, models for payment reform, integrated health care, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, contracting with managed care entities and service delivery issues as they relate to mental health and substance use disorders.

Chuck Ingoglia, MSW
Sr. Vice President, Public Policy and Practice Improvement
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 health 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.

Joan Kenerson King, RN, MSN, CS
Sr. Consultant, Integrated Health
Joan Kenerson King has worked in behavioral health for more than 20 years and provided training and consultation on the development of recovery-oriented systems of care and practices and on integrated systems of care. She authored the paper “Bringing Together Physical and Behavioral Health Care: An Exploration of Current Practice and Future Directions in Pennsylvania,” on behalf of the Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative. She was the lead local consultant on system change initiatives for the Department of Behavioral Health in Philadelphia. She has facilitated the establishment of a behavioral health court and a healthcare coordination project. She was the founder and then director of a psychiatric home care program at the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia and maintains a private therapy practice. At the National Council, King has led the development and dissemination of the Case to Care Manager trainings to nurture an integrated health workforce and consulted with behavioral health organizations across the country in their integration initiatives.
Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW
Director, Trauma-Informed Services
Karen Johnson, MSW, LCSW, director of Trauma-Informed Services, brings to the National Council over 19 years of clinical and administrative experience in child welfare and community-based mental health. Karen is also the parent of an adult child with severe and chronic mental illness. She recently relocated to Washington, DC from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she worked at SaintA as the Division Director of Community Services. While at SaintA Karen became certified in the ChildTrauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and was integrally involved in SaintA’s journey to become a more trauma-informed organization. Karen spearheaded the development and implementation of housing and supportive services for former foster youth and worked to strengthen systems serving this vulnerable population. With her joined professional and lived experiences, Karen brings a distinct perspective to mental health and addiction disorders work. She intimately understands the inherent challenges providers and organizations face and the significance of ensuring those affected by mental health challenges and addiction disorders, and their families, have access to and receive high-quality, trauma-informed services. She is passionate about helping to move organizations towards trauma-informed approaches.
Pam Pietruszewski, MA
Integrated Health Consultant
Pam Pietruszewski has more than 20 years experience in primary care and behavioral health integration with specialties in Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) implementation and Motivational Interviewing for behavior change. Pam is listed in the National Registry of SBIRT Trainers from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Pam authored several papers on care management for depression and risky substance use and holds a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota.
Nina Marshall, MSW
Sr. Director, Policy and Practice Improvement