Speakers & Faculty

Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP

Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP is the founder and now Senior Executive Director at The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CCBT) in Columbus, Ohio, a part of Refresh Mental Health and OPTUM. He directs multiple locations in central and southwestern Ohio. CCBT happily joined the Refresh Mental Health (a part of OPTUM) team in June 2021, fostering expanded growth, quality, and patient access in mental health services. Dr. Arnold’s role in payer-provider partnerships includes:

  • Integrated Behavioral Health in the American Psychological Association’s Division 42 and Practice Organization as a volunteer leader
  • Created a 40+ PCP-Behavioral Health integration program
  • Collaboration with payers such as OPTUM and Anthem on integrated care and value-based contracting and the use of HEDIS measures
  • Speaker and consultant on behavioral health innovation and practice management
  • Integrated behavioral health through primary care partnering

He was the President of the Society of Psychologists in Private Practice (APA Division 42), the Ohio Psychological Association, the Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology, the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, and the Ohio Board of Psychology. He is a psychologist, Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Corina Casco, LCSW, MSW

Corina Casco, LCSW is the Chief Program Officer at Children’s Bureau of Southern California. Ms. Casco is the lead for their TIROC (Trauma Informed Resilience Oriented Care) movement and co-facilitates the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) movement for the organization. Her responsibilities include oversight of all programing including prevention, foster care, adoptions and mental health throughout Children’s Bureau. Ms. Casco has over 20 years of experience working in the social welfare arena.

Eleanor Castillo Sumi

David Cottrell

Bringing in 40+ years of experience, David has spanned a career working around entrepreneurial environments, building company finance, HR and IT infrastructures as well as developing and growing teams.  Rarely content with the status quo, David’s continuous drive directs a rare blend of abilities to clients’ advantage. Combining acute business foresight with practical strategies, he charts an astute course through all financial climates.  Identifying directions and strongest offerings, David propels businesses towards growth during critical times. He is technologically focused, and is adept at building and streamlining business processes, identifying cost optimizations and revenue enhancements, as well as constant evolving of best practices.

David also prefers opportunities where he can make a difference, well beyond the numbers, where human capital is prioritized.

A native Californian living in Santa Monica, and an alumnus of the University of Southern California (a second-generation Trojan).  David is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the State of California.

Tim Daley

Dee DeWitt

Dee DeWitt began his tenure with Momentum for Health in April 2020. Prior to joining Momentum, Dee served as Chief Financial Officer for a Virginia-based Home Healthcare and Hospice for-profit organization operating in three states and the District of Columbia. He brings over 35 years’ experience in finance, strategic planning & development, M&A, and leading long-term growth. Dee’s experience also includes for-profit assisted living and long-term care operating in 28 states, and helped to found Community Partners, a non-profit Regional Behavioral Healthcare Authority MCO/provider operating within the Arizona cost containment healthcare system. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Louisville and served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky. He is a published author who focuses on developing infrastructure, managing growth and positive change where operations and finance intersect.

Brent Dillinger


Brent Dillinger joined Trivium Life Services as CEO in 2008 after several years serving on the Board of Directors. At that time, Trivium was known as Crossroads of Western Iowa and was a $2.8 million organization, employed 90 people, and served 250 clients. Under Dillinger’s helm, Trivium has grown into a $40 million organization that employs more than 400 individuals and serves 8,000 clients annually. 

This growth was partly due to Dillinger’s expertise as a certified Merger & Acquisitions Advisor, which he used to acquire several similar long-term support services providers and behavioral health organizations. This includes the two recent acquisitions of Arbor Family Counseling in Nebraska and Averte with locations in Vermont and New Hampshire. With these expansions, it became apparent the organization needed a unifying name to better encompass Dillinger’s vision and the organization took on the name Trivium Life Services in 2021.

Dillinger has a long history of service and leadership, dating back to his 2010 graduation from the Municipal Leadership Academy by the Iowa League of Cities. He was a member of the Leadership Council Bluffs Class of 2011 and Leadership Iowa Class of 2012. From 2011 to 2016, Dillinger served on the City Council of Missouri Valley Iowa. He currently serves as past-President of the IACP Board of Directors and is a member of the Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors.

Several organizations have recognized Dillinger with awards and honors, including Executive of the Year from the Iowa Association of Community Providers (IACP) in 2016, Citizen of the Year in 2011 from the Missouri Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Business of the Year in 2010 from the Missouri Valley Chamber.

Before entering the nonprofit world full-time, Dillinger used his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Bellevue University to work in management at the district level in two Fortune 500 companies. 

Dillinger exhibits his strong desire to inspire and serve others as a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, where he has provided strengths-based individual and team coaching to hundreds of people within a dozen companies. He is a champion of Strengths coaching within Trivium and promotes the good it does for the development of all staff.

Charlene Dimas-Peinado

Ms. Charlene Dimas-Peinado, President and CEO of Wellnest, a $32 million nationally recognized trauma informed behavioral health and housing organization in Los Angeles. Throughout her career, Ms. Dimas-Peinado has been inspired by the communities and people she serves. “Every child and family have a story and their stories have meaning and like a ripple of water…they affect our community,” she has said. “Our objective is to make a positive impact on those we serve — one that improves a life, one that improves our community.” She combines the big-picture strategic perspective of a hands-on executive and the insights of an experienced licensed psychotherapist in her quest to help children, young adults and families lead emotionally healthy lives.

Ms. Dimas-Peinado is a seasoned and visionary executive with 30 years of experience in behavioral health and non-profit organizations. She is the first Latina President & CEO of Wellnest since its founding in l924 and provides the overall leadership and strategic direction for the organization as it approaches 100 years of community service. Acting as the organization’s fiduciary leader, translating Wellnest’s mission and vision, she ensures that the organization is financially, politically and operationally strong, provides best-in-class behavioral health and housing services while addressing the changing needs of communities served. She has extensive experience obtaining and providing direct oversight to multi-million-dollar (county, state and federal) contracts targeting mental health and housing services with expertise in non-profit governance, audit and compliance, and regulatory matters. Additionally, she has spearheaded multiple fundraising and capital campaigns raising millions of dollars, forging new partnerships, and leveraging the impact of donations from donors to provide critically needed services in underserved communities.

Ms. Dimas-Peinado has a Master of Leadership from USC and a Master of Social Work from CSULB and serves on multiple boards: Trustee, Los Angeles Co. Natural History Museum; Board of Directors, Quality Comp; Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; Quality Comp; Rotary LA5; and City Club LA. Ms. Dimas-Peinado and her husband of 32 years are proud parents of their two adult children.

Scott Fairhurst, Ph.D.

Scott Fairhurst, Ph.D., is vice president of outcomes and evaluation, analytics and training for Pacific Clinics. In this capacity, he facilitates improving clinical outcomes by focusing on training in evidence-based practice, measuring clinical progress and promoting a mission-driven culture of improvement. Having joined Pacific Clinics in 1998, Fairhurst has held various roles with progressive levels of responsibility working with children and adolescents whose behavior was considered intensive. He co-authored scholarly articles and presented research at conferences across the country. Fairhurst earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Houston.

April Hamilton

Susan Harris, MA

Susan Harris, MA has more than 30 years of healthcare experience and is a leader in healthcare administration and management with extensive experience in leading all aspects of operations including contract management, contract implementation and compliance oversight. Key drivers of successful implementation are high quality, regulatory compliance and cost effectiveness.

Ms. Harris is currently the Director of Payer Contracting at Centria Healthcare. Centria is one of the country’s largest providers of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services for families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Ms. Harris joined Centria because she is passionate about Centria’s mission to help children with autism develop, pursue, and achieve their goals.  Her goal is to help ensure every child has access to services where they live.

Prior to her role at Centria, Ms. Harris served in various roles in her 10 year tenure at Magellan Health.   Most recently she served as Director of Central Production Services at Magellan Health. As part of this role, Ms. Harris collaborated with internal and external stakeholders to implement a fulfillment vendor outsourcing 90% of member and provider compliance correspondence resulting in a reduction in turn-around time from 5+ days to 24 hours. Ms. Harris also helped build and implement a national provider contract template and implemented a vendor application which enabled electronic contracting and execution – eliminating the need for a file room.

Ms. Harris has a Masters Degree in Health Services Administration from Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri. 

Todd Harris, Ph.D.

Dr. Harris is presently the Executive Director of Autism Services for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.  In his current role, he coordinates the design and leads Devereux’s national autism initiatives, assesses and provides consultation and professional development to Devereux centers, and provides direct oversight to Devereux’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (D-PBIS) Autism model.  Dr. Harris received his graduate degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he focused upon the use of applied behavior analysis techniques to instruct and support individuals with autism and their families under the direction of Dr. Beth Sulzer-Azaroff. Dr. Harris has also published and presented research in the areas of teaching functional communication skills and PECS, staff and family support and training practices, community-based transition programming, and methods to reduce unwanted behaviors through positive approaches.  He is presently on the advisory board for the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, an Adjunct Professor at Lehigh University, Co-Chair of Devereux’s National Autism Affinity Committee, and on the Peer Review Committee for the Delaware Autism Program.  In the past, he was a member of the Council on Autism Services, a participant on the Delaware State Autism Task Force, a participant on the Pennsylvania State Workgroup on MNGs for ABA Services, and taught the Autism Specialization graduated courses at the University of Delaware.

Anthony M. Hassan, Ed.D., LCSW

Anthony Hassan is the inaugural President and CEO of the Cohen Veterans Network (CVN). Dr. Hassan leads and executes the strategic, operational, and financial direction for the $275M Network which is tasked with carrying out the establishment of 25 mental health clinics nationwide. In addition, he leads CVN’s efforts to advance the field as a learning mental health system through research initiatives and training programs that improve care within the Network and set CVN up to serve as an exemplar for others. Hassan is a veteran of the United States Army enlisted and Air Force officer with 30 years of experience in military behavioral health, serving as a military mental health officer, leader, clinician, and academic. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 on the first-ever Air Force combat stress control and prevention team embedded with the Army. Hassan’s last military assignment was at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he served as the Deputy Department Head, Leadership Directorate, and led the only graduate-level degree program at the Air Force Academy for top-tier Air Force Commanders. Prior to CVN, Hassan served as the inaugural Director and Clinical Professor of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the University of Southern California. Dr. Hassan’s former military and academic roles have positioned him to develop strong relationships with the most senior levels of leadership in the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Washington, D.C. Hassan holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Florida and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

Dr. Danita Johnson

Danita Johnson is a healthcare industry executive, author, speaker, columnist, and television commentator. Dr. Hughes is President and Chief Executive Officer of Edgewater Health a comprehensive behavioral and primary health care provider and child welfare services organization located in Gary, Indiana. She has held this position for over twenty years. At one time, Dr. Hughes was the only African-American President/CEO of an Indiana Division of Mental Health certified community mental health center in the state of Indiana.

Dr. Hughes specializes in organization turnaround and has contributed to the successful turnaround efforts of several health care and related organizations in her career.  Prior to joining Edgewater Systems, she held a number of high level senior leadership positions in various behavioral health and human services organizations.

Dr. Hughes is a graduate of Indiana University holding both a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Public Administration.  She also holds a Masters degree in Social Service Administration and a graduate certificate in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Chicago.  Dr. Hughes also earned a Ph.D. in Human Services from Walden University.

Jason P. Kellogg, MD

Dr. Jason Kellogg graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry. He then went on to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he obtained his medical degree. Subsequently, he attended the University of California, Irvine and completed his residency training including Chief Residency. He served two terms as the Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California. While he was at Hoag Hospital, Dr. Kellogg was awarded Physician of the Year. He currently serves as Chief of Staff at Newport Bay Hospital.

Along his path to planting Progeny Psychiatric Group, he has published a number articles and presented at the American Psychiatric Association and United States Psych Congress. He has also presented lectures at NEI and was one of the principle investigators in the FDA registrational trial for Nudexta.

Ailene Keys

Ailene began working in the social services field after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Temple University in 2007. She earned her master’s degree in Social Work from Temple University in 2010 and has been a licensed social worker since 2012. Over the last 12 years, she has enjoyed working with children, youth, adults, seniors, and families in a variety of community-based settings and roles. Prior to joining Access Services’ team in January 2020, she held various roles at Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, was the Student Services Manager at a private K-12 school, and most recently was Director of Case Management at a local non-profit organization. Ailene is passionate about delivering excellent quality services that will support and strengthen children and their families, as well as the communities in which they live. She is driven by the mission of providing opportunities for children and their families to live the lives they envision for themselves, be self-sufficient, and feel valued and heard. Ailene is an avid advocate and dedicated to increasing awareness around the importance of investing in children, youth, and families – the future of society.

Ailene and her family love laughing together, spending time with family and friends, supporting their local community, and being active.

Greg Lyles

Greg ‘s extensive pharma/biotech market access experience in includes developing and executing strategic pull-through strategies, tactical deliverables, and driving brand initiatives. He is a strategic thought leader who partners with cross-functional teams, key decision-makers and stakeholders, to meet business objectives, exceed payer expectations and manage the priorities of this highly dynamic market.

Michelle Mainez

Michelle Mainez is the Chief Operations Officer for Redwood Family Care Network. Michelle contributes more than 27 years of experience in the health and human services field serving in various leadership capacities. Michelle has a proven track record in development, delivery and growth of high quality supports and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Michelle has a longstanding commitment to create pathways of opportunity and development for aspiring leaders in the health and human services field.

Michelle has a longstanding commitment to create pathways of opportunity and development for aspiring leaders in the health and human services field.Michelle originally joined People’s Care as the Executive Director of Community Engagement and Development and expanded her role with the establishment of Redwood Family Care Network in June 2021. Michelle was responsible for the agency’s legislative advocacy and community relations. She established and Co-Chaired the Retention and Culture Committee and led marketing, branding, communication, and many agency initiatives. She provided guidance to operation leaders and partnered with regulatory agencies on new development, project management, facility maintenance and focused quality improvement needs. Michelle’s “Why” is her passion to inspire others to invest their time, talents, and skills towards driving meaningful change in their communities and in the lives of others.

Wendy Martinez Farmer, LPC, MBA

Wendy Martinez Farmer from Beacon Health Options is Licensed Professional Counselor with over 23 years of crisis experience in the public and private sectors, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University and a MBA from Georgia Southern University. Since 2020, she has served as a national crisis lead for Beacon helping to develop crisis capabilities, which include building and overseeing statewide and community crisis systems. She is currently the CEO of the Georgia Collaborative ASO program, which includes administration of the statewide Georgia Crisis and Access Line. Prior to joining the Beacon team, Wendy was the President and CEO of Behavioral Health Link in Atlanta, where she oversaw daily operations of the statewide line as well as 24/7 mobile crisis response services in 104 Georgia counties. She has played a foundational role in building electronic capacity to coordinate crisis care in real time and continues that work today.

A suicide prevention leader, she sat on the Standards Training and Practice Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline from 2016 to 2019. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for NAMI Georgia and was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Council for Helplines (ICH) in January of this year.

A member of the 2015 Crisis Now work group, Wendy is passionate about ensuring individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis receive the same predictable care individuals with medical emergencies receive. As a heart attack survivor, she has become even more dedicated to building crisis systems that prevent individuals in crisis from falling through the cracks. After her health scare, she became more and more interested in what her experience may have been if instead of chest pain, she was in a behavioral health crisis. “The response to chest pain is predictable no matter where you live. We demand it. This is not the case for behavioral health emergencies which can also be fatal. Unlike the bystanders and first responders who knew exactly what to do for me, our family, friends coworkers and even medical professionals are much less likely to know what to do when the emergency is related to mental health or substance use.” She is very invested in the successful launch of 988 and believes that community collaboration and the connection between key crisis services are key to ensuring individuals receive life-saving behavioral health care in their moment of need.

Pamela Mattel, LCSW

Pamela Mattel, LCSW, is a highly qualified senior leader with 38 years of nonprofit experience, 15 years in executive positions advancing high quality whole healthcare integration and innovation in behavioral healthcare, primary healthcare, and housing. Ms. Mattel’s leadership and management has consistently delivered on the promise of quality integrated care, multiplying reach, and ensuring financial sustainability.

Ms. Mattel is continually reimagining health care and social services by actively supporting collaboration, incorporating design approaches, leveraging key performance indicators for value based projects and measuring overall impact. She has consistently secured innovative models and programs for complex organizations inclusive of certified community behavioral health clinics, care transitions, technology enabled care, and opioid collective impact responses. She has been an active participant in the New York State Medicaid Redesign including DSRIP, numerous health related board memberships, and regional efforts.  

Ms. Mattel’s mission to inspire and empower change in pursuit of equitable whole person care has been her north star. She graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and holds certificates in several post-graduate programs.

Stephen J. Mihalacki

Mr. Mihalacki began his career as a US Army officer, later transitioning into healthcare management in 2010 as a civilian fiscal operations supervisor at a Veterans hospital.  Since then, he has worked in a variety of financial and analytical roles at both Aetna, and now Magellan Health where he focuses on medical economics and value-based strategies for behavioral health providers.

Mr. Mihalacki holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.  His professional certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP®), Professional, Academy for Healthcare Management, and Six Sigma Green Belt.  He currently resides in Cranberry Township, PA with his wife Shannon and 4 children. 

Andrey Ostrovsky

Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky was the former Chief Medical Officer of the US Medicaid program. He is the Managing Partner at Social Innovation Ventures where he invests in and advises companies and non-profits dedicated to eliminating disparities. He also advises federal and state regulators on how to incorporate human centered design into policy making.  He previously operated a series of methadone clinics in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to working on the front line of the opioid use disorder crisis, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, the nation’s largest health insurer, where he advocated to protect the program against several legislative efforts to significantly dismantle the program. He also led efforts to streamline Medicaid and make it more customer-centric. Before leading the Medicaid program, he co-founded the software company, Care at Hand, an evidence-based predictive analytics platform that used insights of non-medical staff to prevent aging people from being hospitalized. Care at Hand was acquired in 2016 by Mindoula Health. Before Care at Hand, Dr. Ostrovsky led teams at the World Health Organization, United States Senate, and San Francisco Health Department toward health system strengthening. Dr. Ostrovsky has served on several boards and committees dedicated to behavioral health, interoperability standards, quality measurement, and home and community based services including the National Academies of Medicine, National Quality Forum, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Commonwealth Fund. Andrey holds a Medical Doctorate and undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Psychology Magna cum Laude from Boston University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Andrey completed his pediatrics residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital where he was a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is currently teaching faculty and attending physician at Children’s National Medical Center.

Laura Pancake, LCSW

Laura Pancake is senior vice president of clinical operations for the Los Angeles / South Coast Regions, responsible for the oversight of all programs, including health navigation, employment training and placement, substance use treatment and housing. With over 30 years of experience, Pancake has co-authored research reports, including a study to reduce the early mortality of individuals with serious mental illnesses published in the journal Psychiatric Services. She also was a co-co-principal investigator in partnership with the University of Southern California to identify factors to rehabilitate individuals with schizophrenia. In 2019, Pancake was named one of Los Angeles Business Journal‘s Top Women Leaders in Healthcare. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach.

Gina M. Perez, Psy.D.

Dr. Perez brings over 23 years of professional experience to her work at Hillsides, having served as Chief Administrative Officer & Compliance Officer at Hathaway Sycamores, Chief Program Officer at Five Acres, and Corporate Director at Pacific Clinics. Dr. Perez brings experience in serving multiple counties throughout California. She has been responsible for the development and oversight of an array of clinical programming in the specialized areas of prevention and early intervention, birth to five, and transition age youth, populations. Dr. Perez also brings business acumen to her role having led research, training, finance, quality management, contracts, and compliance departments. Dr. Perez is trained as a Early Child Development Specialist at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Early Childhood Center. Dr. Perez has served as co-chair of the L.A. County Department of Mental Health Advisory Committee for ten years, and as County-Wide Delegate for two years. She has also served as Board Member of California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth, and held various committee positions as part of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services.

Ontson Placide, MA, LMFT

Ontson Placide has an extensive career spanning over 35 years’ experience in both the Mental Health and Social Services field including; program development, clinical, and administrative operations, and quality assurance development and implementation. Currently he is the Chief Program Officer at Stanford Sierra Youth & Families in Sacramento, CA. In this role, he has oversite of all of Stanford Sierra’s comprehensive array of therapeutic programs ranging from foster care and adoptions to outpatient mental health services to contracts with schools and managed care providers. He is active in a number of community and county advisory councils regarding advocacy for children and families well-being. Mr. Placide received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University. He has been licensed in the State of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1992.  

Pamela Reed, M.S.

For the past thirty years, Pamela Reed has held multiple leadership roles within Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. Since 2014, she has led Devereux’s operations in Texas including outpatient and inpatient services, as well as community and campus based residential programs. Since 2016, she has operated a program for unaccompanied children in Victoria, Texas. Pamela is responsible for the oversight of the development and delivery of a variety of services for individuals with behavioral, developmental, and cognitive differences. In addition, she directs all aspects of operations including finance, people operations, quality management, clinical, quality, fundraising, business development, facilities, education, organizational development, and regulatory compliance. Her home base is in League City, Texas, 26 miles from Houston.

Gene Rodgers, MSW

Mr. Rodgers , Executive Vice President – M & A has over 30 years experience in the delivery of community based services. Mr. Rodgers provides the overall strategy for (CBC) Community Based Care, LLC. a home and community based provider of I/DD & non-skilled home care services. He also focuses on marketing, business development, rapid growth, and managing multiple acquisitions through the closings.

Since founding CBC in 2015 with a private equity sponsor he has completed over 30 acquisitions to expand their territory in home based services to multiple states and continue their national expansion. Prior to Community Based Care, LLC., Mr. Rodgers did Corporate Development and M & A with Providence Human Services.

Mr. Rodgers has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UNC- Wilmington, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a veteran in the field of community based services for behavioral health, Intellectual and Developmentally Disabled (I/DD), and non-skilled home care.

Stacey R. Roth, LCSW

Stacey R. Roth was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2020 to replace former CEO Joe Costa, who will be retiring from Hillsides in 2021. Prior to this role, Stacey served as executive vice president and chief operating officer where she oversaw Hillsides’ behavioral health division; campus-based services, including Hillsides Education Center; community-based outpatient services, which includes all Family Resource Center programs; foster care and adoptions; new funding and program opportunities; Trauma-Informed Care; and transition-aged youth services.

Stacey, a licensed clinical social worker, has been a part of Hillsides since 1996. Stacey was a therapist in Tradewinds cottage for seven years before moving to the Family Resource Centers. As coordinator at of the school-based mental health program at San Rafael Elementary, Stacey oversaw the counseling and support services for students and their families.

Tuerk Schlesinger, MBA

Tuerk Schlesinger, MBA, is the chief executive officer of AltaPointe Health where he has served for 24 years. Based in Mobile, AltaPointe is a large healthcare system providing primary and behavioral healthcare. Each year it provides more than 1 million services to 45,000 patients across the state with a $130 million budget. A national leader in behavioral health for more than 60 years, AltaPointe expanded its service array in 2018 to include primary care. Now focusing on the whole health of the patient, it operates Accordia Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center with five clinic sites. Rounding out the continuum, AltaPointe operates two psychiatric hospitals serving children and adults, 20 outpatient behavioral healthcare clinics, and BayView Professional Associates, its private practice arm serving southwest Alabama. Its team of 28 physicians and 16 physician extenders renders the medical care services throughout the organization. As CEO, Schlesinger established AltaPointe’s partnership with the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry for which the organization’s psychiatrists serves as the administration and faculty.

Schlesinger is a member of the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Mental Health Corporation of America (mhca), the Alabama Healthcare Reimbursement Reform Task Force-Steering Committee, Statewide Health Coordinating Council, various Alabama Department of Mental Health committees and subcommittees as well as many other organizations. He also serves on the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Advisory Board.

Schlesinger earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Auburn University and a master of business administration degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile. In 2008, Schlesinger was named a Behavioral Health Champion by the nationally circulated Behavioral Healthcare Magazine.

Dayna Shailor

M. Lauren Sims

Lauren Sims is an accomplished professional with expertise providing strategic leadership in all facets of clinical and program services, program evaluation, standing up new products, and training across national markets. Using a systemic approach as a leader, she loves the opportunity to educate patients and staff, improve operational processes and increase benefit utilization. She has proven successes in implementing improvement strategies focused on cost efficiency and quality care. Clinically, she has a background creating, launching, managing and improving case management programs and creating initiatives to connect patients with valuable resources. Anthem is a leading health company serving more than 118 million people through its affiliated companies. Ms. Sims was a key leader in launching the first behavioral health value-based payment program for Anthem and continues to lead program expansion and initiatives focused on improved treatment outcomes.

Don Taylor

Don Taylor is the regional executive director of the Bay Area for Pacific Clinics. In this capacity, he oversees the clinical programs in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Alameda Counties, plus neighboring counties, through our foster care and adoptions program. Having nearly 30 years of experience in mental health, Taylor has served in various clinical roles with progressive levels of responsibility, including director, clinical manager, clinician and family specialist, as well as led the regional quality assurance and improvement team. Prior to joining Pacific Clinics, he worked at nonprofits in Rhode Island and Chicago. Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and received his master’s in social work from San Jose State University

Crystal Taylor-Dietz, Psy.D.

Crystal Taylor-Dietz, Psy.D.  is the national director of behavioral health services at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health and is a licensed psychologist in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Dr. Taylor-Dietz has over 15 years of behavioral health/mental health experience working in community based, residential and outpatient services, including holding a number of leadership, management and supervisory roles. Dr. Taylor-Dietz is a member of the supervising faculty at The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program and is a teaching faculty member in the Child and Adolescent Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Her research/publications, and clinical interests have included topics related to race/ethnicity, interculturality, the intersection of psychology and spirituality, and mental health advocacy.

Karen Hoffman Tepper

Karen oversees human resources, service excellence and analytics, compliance and internal audit, payer relations and contracting, and strategic growth and grant development for Terros Health. She facilitates the development and monitors the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan. Prior to joining Terros Health in 2014, she served as chief executive officer of an agency where she oversaw 40 programs across 17 states and provided strategic and organizational leadership while supervising more than 140 employees.
Karen is married with two children and enjoys spending time at the beach with her family.

PhD, Human development and family studies, University of Arizona
Bachelor of Arts, Lafayette College
Six Sigma Green Belt, Villanova University
Certifications and Professional Associations
University of Arizona Alumni Association

Angela Weis

Angela Weis is the Senior Vice President of Mission Supports for Mosaic. In this position, Weis oversees the design and implementation of Mosaic’s quality management system, mental & behavioral health services , operational learning and development and health services. In addition, she serves as a member of the Mosaic Leadership Council.

Weis has worked in the nonprofit field for more than 25 years. She joined Mosaic in 2014 and during that time served in several Vice President roles including interim roles supporting operations in Indiana and Nebraska.

Prior to Mosaic, Weis was with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, where she provided leadership development, executive coaching and consulting across the state. Prior to that, she worked as executive director for the Residential Care Consortium, a national group of residential providers focusing on joint fundraising and program development.

Weis holds a bachelor’s in criminal justice and psychology—and a master’s in human services. In addition to her Six Sigma Black Belt certification, she earned a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance credential through the Association for Talent Development, is a Certified Executive Coach through the Center for Executive Coaching, and is a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS).

Dee Werline

Dee Werline has dedicated her more than 30-year career to behavioral healthcare, as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities services.  Her wide-ranging experience includes both outpatient and inpatient behavioral health, community-based and facility-based IDD services and leadership roles both within state government and community mental health offers a unique range of knowledge and perspective.  Currently, Ms. Werline is the President and CEO of New Vista of the Bluegrass, a comprehensive community behavioral health provider that has been enriching the lives of central Kentuckians for nearly 55 years. 

Prior to assuming the leadership role at New Vista, Ms. Werline most recently served as the Deputy Commissioner for Kentucky’s Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Morehead State University, and is a Licensed Psychological Practitioner.

Joseph M. Costa, MSW

Joseph M. Costa brings over 30 years of experience in the health and human services industry to the OPEN MINDS team, and is a Senior Associate at OPEN MINDS.

Prior to his work with OPEN MINDS, Mr. Costa served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hillsides in Los Angeles, California. Hillsides is a non-profit premier provider organization that serves 17,000 children, youth and families throughout the greater Los Angeles County. Under Mr. Costa’s direction, Hillsides successfully completed an $18 million capital improvement project in 2019 to enhance its main campus in Pasadena. In 2016, Mr. Costa oversaw Hillsides’ affiliation with Bienvenidos, which allowed for an increased presence in East Los Angeles and the addition of foster care and adoption programs. Mr. Costa further helped Hillsides achieve national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation and recognition as a trauma informed organization by the National Council for Behavioral Health in 2013.

Prior to his role at Hillsides, Mr. Costa served as the Chief Executive Officer of Side by Side, formerly Sunny Hills, in San Anselmo, California. In this role, Mr. Costa completed the merger of Sunny Hills and Children’s Garden, an initiative to consolidate residential services in Marin County. Mr. Costa helped Sunny Hills evolve from being a local residential services provider to a community-based provider of mental health services with a presence in multiple counties.

Prior to his role at Side by Side, Mr. Costa served as the Chief Operations Officer for Para Los Niños, where he led the organization through its initial accreditation process, developed the mental health services, inaugurated an additional early childhood center, and secured a grant to develop a charter school.

Mr. Costa is a known leader in the child welfare field, serving as Chair of Child Welfare League of America from 2014 until 2017. Mr. Costa continues to serves on the governing body of the Child Welfare League of America as well as the California Alliance for Child and Family Services Board of Directors until 2020.

Mr. Costa earned a Masters degree in Divinity from St. Johns Seminary, School of Theology and a Masters in Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Kim Bond, MS, LMFT

Kimberly Bond, MS, LMFT, brings over thirty years of experience providing behavioral health treatment in the public and community settings to the OPEN MINDS team. She currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Ms. Bond focuses on growing the OPEN MINDS client portfolio across all nine verticals of OPEN MINDS business.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Bond served concurrently as a Program Coordinator III and Clinical Manager of Adult Services and a Program Coordinator II and Clinical Manager of Recovery Services for the Ozark Guidance Center. In these roles, Ms. Bond was responsible for the administrative and clinical oversight of the adult outpatient and adult intensive mental health services on the Springdale Campus as well as the adult recovery/co-occurring services, including domestic violence and anger management treatment.

Prior to joining the Ozark Guidance Center, Ms. Bond served as the Executive Vice President of Center Point, Inc, a large substance abuse provider agency in California. In this role, Ms. Bond was responsible for the clinical and administrative supervision of all community-based programs as well as the women and children residential programs. In addition, Ms. Bond also managed budgets, interacted with funding agencies, and built positive relationships with all stakeholders. Ms. Bond was also in charge of proposal and grant writing, staff management, and training, facilities’ licensing and certifications renewals.  Additionally, she prepared and submitted monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports to various funders.

Previously, Ms. Bond served as the President and CEO of Mental Health Systems, Inc. Ms. Bond was very instrumental in growing the agency from $12M in annual revenue to over $100M and becoming one of the largest providers of behavioral health services in California. In this role, Bond was responsible for the strategic, clinical, financial, and administrative health of the agency, including direct supervision of Senior Executive Staff. In addition, Bond ensured contract compliance of the agency’s 125 different contracts across federal and state agencies and eight counties.

Ms. Bond received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with honors, and her master’s degree in counseling education from San Diego State University. She is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and Arkansas.

Ken Carr

Ken Carr brings over 20 years of finance, technology, data analysis and reporting experience in the health and human service field to OPEN MINDS. He currently ia a Senior Associate with the OPEN MINDS consulting practice. In this role, he served as a subject matter expert in the OPEN MINDS consulting practice where he has led numerous engagements in strategic planning, merger and acquisition prospecting, business process improvement, financial analysis of service lines, and technology selection.

Before joining the OPEN MINDS team, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Centers, a community mental health center in Ocala, Florida. In this position, Mr. Carr led a realignment of the organization’s financial management functions. This included revenue cycle management, EHR bill implementation and reporting, cash management enhancement, and strategic financial analysis.

Prior to his role at The Centers, Mr. Carr served as Chief Financial Officer of Guild Incorporated, an organization providing residential and community based mental health services in St. Paul, Minnesota. As CFO, Mr. Carr led the financial, billing, IT, quality, informatics, compliance, and facilities activities. During his tenure at Guild Incorporated, Mr. Carr used his expertise in change management and business process improvement to lead the EHR implementation team, align service data reporting and financial performance, and lead the financial and data capture activities for new service initiatives.

Mr. Carr has also held the positions of Administrative Director and Finance Director at the St. Paul National Testing Laboratory, a biomedical testing facility of the American Red Cross. In those positions he oversaw activities to enhance inventory management, align financial results to industry standards, and improve financial and facilities performance through problem analysis and quality management initiatives. He also was involved in directing human resource functions during laboratory closing near the end of his tenure.

Mr. Carr earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Sioux Falls Seminary. He maintains an active CPA license with the State of South Dakota.


Carol Clayton, Ph.D.

Dr. Carol Clayton is a licensed, psychologist with 30 years of health care experience in the public and private sector, including non-profit and private practice work. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS as a Senior Consultant, she retired as the Translational Neuroscientist for Relias, where she specialized in health care solutions targeting workforce development and population health outcome improvement. Before joining Relias, Dr. Clayton was the CEO of Care Management Technologies, a health IT data analytics company. She also served as the Executive Director of the NC Council of Community Programs from 2000-2006. The NC Council is the predecessor organization to i2i.

Deanne Cornette, MHA, GPC

Deanne Cornette, MHA, GPC, brings over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field.  Ms.Cornette currently serves as a Senior Associate for OPEN MINDS and brings to the OPEN MINDS team noted expertise in strategic planning, grant writing and revenue development.

Previously, Ms. Cornette was the Vice President of Strategic Development for Tampa Family Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center. In this role, she managed grants, contracts, front desk operations, training, quality assurance special assignments (risk assessments and responses to complaints), credentialing and billing functions.  In a very short time period, she successfully procured funding to integrate behavioral health services, brought a system of processes to track health indicators and improve value-based care payment and service and became proficient in utilizing HRSA’s reporting portals.

As Counsel for Strategic Development at Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc. (ACTS) and Vice President of Business Development for Gracepoint (merger), Ms. Cornette directed strategic development, contract negotiations, revenue development, marketing and grants.  In this capacity, she targeted funding sources and built a lucrative cash flow that provided needed services to vulnerable populations in need of behavioral health treatment.

Some of her most successful negotiations created best practice services for veteran’s programs, women’s services, as well those involved with the criminal justice system. Her portfolio includes a wide array of awards from a multitude of agencies including, but not limited to: SAMHSA, HUD, Centers for Medicaid, and the Department of Transportation and collaborations with private, non-profit and government entities.  Most recently, she worked with Gracepoint to develop Hillsborough’s Centralized Receiving Facility, one of the first funded in the State of Florida.  From a system of care for jail diversion to evidence based practices for individuals who are homeless with behavioral health needs, her awards have netted over $80 million dollars to our community.

In addition, Ms. Cornette served as the Vice President for the National Contract Management Association Suncoast Chapter, Vice President of ACTS Affordable Housing Board of Directors, Vice President of ACTS Foundation Board of Directors, and was a member of Hillsborough County Health Care Advisory Board.​ She is the recipient of University of South Florida’s 2018 Florida Outstanding Women of the Year in Public Health. Her Centralized Receiving Facility collaborative won a 2018 WEDU PBS Be Brilliant / Innovation Award.  Her concept of Housing, Engagement and Retention Tenancy (HEART) program won the 2018 Heart for Homeless award through the Housing and Education Alliance.

Ms. Cornette received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Masters Degree in Health Administration from the University of South Florida.

Paul Duck

Paul M. Duck brings over 25 years of experience in leadership and management focusing on managed care, health information technology organizations, strategy, business development, and market expansion, and customer experience optimization to the OPEN MINDS team.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Duck served as the Vice President, Strategy & Development at Beacon Health Options. In this role, Mr. Duck led the organization’s strategy and business development efforts – responsible for a 30% increase in net revenue and initiated over $1 billion in revenue generation. Mr. Duck was active in national behavioral health initiatives as an executive of Beacon Health Options, including participating as a speaker at national and state association meetings.

Before joining Beacon Health Options, Mr. Duck was the Vice President of Business Development at Netsmart Technologies. During his tenure, Mr. Duck was responsible for business planning, including, the oversight of strategic activities including acquisitions, development, and execution of strategic initiatives, and positioning, and sales of large strategic customers. He also led the rollout of the company’s benchmarking and data analytics product suite.

Prior to Netsmart, Mr. Duck served as the Chief Executive Officer for Coastal Orthopedics and Pain Management, a large group practice with five clinic locations and two ambulatory surgical centers. As the organization’s chief executive officer, Mr. Duck was responsible for significant positive changes in leadership and corporate culture, financial and operational performance, compliance, and governance. Mr. Duck improved net collections by over $1 million per month and grew the practice through negotiating better contract rates with payers. He also implemented an organizational rebranding initiative and launched a new marketing campaign.

Prior to Coastal Orthopedics and Pain Management, Mr. Duck served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Florida Radiology Imaging, one of the largest outpatient diagnostic imaging service companies serving the greater Orlando market. During his tenure, Mr. Duck led the construction of three new, full modality, diagnostic imaging locations. Mr. Duck revolutionized the company’s culture by creating a highly attractive and functional work environment.

Mr. Duck earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Case Western Reserve University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Electronic Engineering Technology from the Electronic Technology Institute. Mr. Duck received an award by Inc Magazine for leading Florida Radiology Imaging as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Mr. Duck recently served as a contributing author to the book The New Health Age: The Future of Health Care in America.

Lauren Evangelist

Cathy Gilbert

Healthcare executive with over twenty years experience in the health care industry including non-profit, government and private insurance with ten years progressively higher level experience in provider networks in behavioral health arena.

Sharon Hicks

Sharon Hicks has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. She has extensive experience and wide range of expertise in health plan management, in clinical operations management, and technology.

Prior to joining OPEN MINDS, Ms. Hicks spent two decades in a number of executive positions within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system and within its health plan division.   Ms. Hicks served as the Chief Operating Officer for Community Care Behavioral Health, a managed behavioral health organization.  She was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations including fiscal, information systems, the claims processing department, and the design of clinical systems. In addition Ms. Hicks managed the day-to-day operations of including human resources, facilities, purchasing, and security.

Ms. Hicks also served as the Vice President, Internet Strategy, UPMC Insurance Services Division and, since 2002, as the Chief Executive Officer of Askesis Development Group, Inc. since May of 2002. In this role, Ms. Hicks was responsible for the growth of the company, profitability of the company, and the direction of software development.

Ms. Hick started her impressive health care career as a psychiatric social worker before being promoted to Assistant Director of Social Work. Prior to her executive promotions, Ms. Hicks served as a Clinical Administrator for both Ambulatory Services and Emergency and Intake Services at the UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. In this role, Ms. Hicks managed the behavioral health division, the budgets for all departments, and implemented new software replacing paper billing for clinical services.

Ms. Hicks received both her Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Social Work degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Before pursuing her graduate education, Ms. Hicks received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

Richard Louis, III

Richard Louis, III, brings extensive experience in public and for-profit behavioral healthcare administration and business development to the OPEN MINDS team. Mr. Louis was formerly the Executive Director of Strategic Development and Planning, Pacific Region, for Providence Service Corporation.

Prior to OPEN MINDS, Mr. Louis served as the Assistant Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, the 4th largest county behavioral health system in California, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations of a system serving over 50,000 unduplicated consumers annually through 31 county-operated facilities and 60 contract provider organizations.

Prior to his work with San Bernardino County, Mr. Louis was the Vice President of Government Operations for College Health Enterprises. In this role, he pioneered the development of public sector partnerships, contracts, and community mental health system joint ventures in California by creating some of the first inpatient psychiatric hospital-based, outpatient, day treatment, and institutional specialty treatment programs for county, state, and federal government agencies including L.A. County Department of Mental Health, L.A. County Probation Department, California Youth Authority, California Department of Developmental Disabilities, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, and U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security.

Mr. Louis has served in a number of leadership roles with several organizations in the community including: the California Hospital Association – Center for Behavioral Health, Advisory Board, and SCAN Health Plan – Advisory Board; the Board of Directors of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California, College Hospitals, and the Intercommunity Child Guidance Center of Whittier; and testified on behalf of the National Association of Psychiatric Healthcare Systems before President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Mr. Louis is currently a volunteer police officer with the City of Monterey Park Police Department in East Los Angeles serving since 1987 and currently holds the rank of Captain. Mr. Louis was recently appointed to the City of Claremont Police Commission in Los Angeles County.

He is a graduate of Whittier College and of the Police Academy of Rio Hondo College.

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM

Joseph P. Naughton-Travers, EdM, Senior Associate, has more than 30 years of experience in the health and human service field. In this tenure as senior associate with OPEN MINDS since 1998, he has served as lead of dozens of client initiatives, served as editor of OPEN MINDS publications, and is the author of many groundbreaking articles and presentations.

Mr. Naughton-Travers brings to OPEN MINDS a broad range of experiences in private and public sector delivery of behavioral health and social services. He started his career as a behavioral health clinician, working in both child welfare and community mental health clinic settings. Subsequently, Mr. Naughton-Travers held a senior business operations management position for a psychiatric hospital system and its community mental health clinics.  Later, he was vice president of a firm specializing in information systems and billing and receivables management for community-based mental health programs.

Since joining OPEN MINDS, Mr. Naughton-Travers has developed business solutions for provider and professional organizations, state and county government, technology companies, and venture capital firms. His primary areas of expertise include strategic planning and metrics-based management, electronic health record (EHR) and technology selection and implementation, operations improvement, and corporate compliance. For the past decade, over half his consulting practice has focused on aiding organizations in technology selection and implementation, including all aspects of strategic technology planning, functional specifications development, request for proposal development, vendor selection, and contracting.

He has written numerous articles, including “Winning the Human Resource Wars: Tried, True and New Strategies for Behavioral Health and Social Service Organizations,” “Five Pillars of Management Competency,” “Data Driven Decision Making: Moving to an Organizational Measurement Culture,” “Survival of the Smartest: What is Your Organization’s Information Literacy IQ?,” and “Strategic Human Resource Management: Aligning Compensation with Employee Performance and Organizational Strategy.” Mr. Naughton-Travers is also a nationally recognized speaker, having conducted hundreds of executive and professional executive training events around the nation.

Mr. Naughton-Travers received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and his Masters’ of Education in Counseling Psychology from Boston University.

Monica E. Oss

Monica E. Oss, M.S., Chief Executive Officer and Senior Associate, is the founder of OPEN MINDS. For the past three decades, Ms. Oss has led the OPEN MINDS team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice. Ms. Oss is well known for her numerous books and articles focused on the strategic and marketing implications of the evolving health and human service field. She has unique expertise in payer financing models, provider rate setting, and service pricing. She has led numerous engagements with state Medicaid plans, county governments, private insurers, managed care programs, service provider organizations, technology vendors, neurotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations, and investment banking firms – with a focus on the implications of financing changes on delivery system design.