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We believe everyone should have access to quality behavioral health care.
 

OUR TEAM

 
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  Thomas Renfree, Interim Executive Director   Tom is responsible for statewide efforts to increase local government funding and support for both adult and adolescent alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment services.  More here.

Thomas Renfree, Interim Executive Director

Tom is responsible for statewide efforts to increase local government funding and support for both adult and adolescent alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment services. More here.

  Mary Adèr, Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs     Mary is responsible for leading CBHDA’s legislative work with a focus on mental health laws and policies. In addition, Mary brings expertise in health financing, child welfare and federal health reform to CBHDA.  More here.

Mary Adèr, Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs

Mary is responsible for leading CBHDA’s legislative work with a focus on mental health laws and policies. In addition, Mary brings expertise in health financing, child welfare and federal health reform to CBHDA. More here.

  Robb Layne, Director, External Affairs and Communication   Robb develops and executes internal and external communications strategies to advance the policy and advocacy efforts of the association. He is also responsible for polices and activities surrounding the Mental Health Services Act.  More here.

Robb Layne, Director, External Affairs and Communication

Robb develops and executes internal and external communications strategies to advance the policy and advocacy efforts of the association. He is also responsible for polices and activities surrounding the Mental Health Services Act. More here.

 
  Kelsey Nolan, Director, Finance & Operations   Kelsey is responsible for the finances of the organization, and ensures that the daily operations and IT needs of CBHDA are being met. She provides payroll, benefits and human resources support to the staff...  More here.

Kelsey Nolan, Director, Finance & Operations

Kelsey is responsible for the finances of the organization, and ensures that the daily operations and IT needs of CBHDA are being met. She provides payroll, benefits and human resources support to the staff... More here.

  Paula Wilhelm, Senior Policy Analyst     Paula is responsible for SUD-focused legislative and policy efforts, including activities related to the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System, SUD prevention, youth SUD treatment, and the implementation of federal managed...  More here.

Paula Wilhelm, Senior Policy Analyst

Paula is responsible for SUD-focused legislative and policy efforts, including activities related to the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System, SUD prevention, youth SUD treatment, and the implementation of federal managed... More here.

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  Heather Anders, Membership Services Manager     Heather is responsible for staffing most committees at CBHDA and providing communication to directors via the Weekly Update. She has been with CBHDA for almost 17 years, and ensures that...  More here.

Heather Anders, Membership Services Manager

Heather is responsible for staffing most committees at CBHDA and providing communication to directors via the Weekly Update. She has been with CBHDA for almost 17 years, and ensures that... More here.

  Max Geide, Communication Specialist   Max is responsible for assisting, developing and executing internal and external communications strategies to advance the policy and advocacy efforts of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA).  More here.

Max Geide, Communication Specialist

Max is responsible for assisting, developing and executing internal and external communications strategies to advance the policy and advocacy efforts of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA). More here.

  Tyler Rinde, Legislative Analyst     Tyler is responsible for assisting CBHDA’s legislative work through analyzing amendments, tracking legislation, attending hearings, writing position letters and staffing CBHDA’s Legislative Committee.  More here.

Tyler Rinde, Legislative Analyst

Tyler is responsible for assisting CBHDA’s legislative work through analyzing amendments, tracking legislation, attending hearings, writing position letters and staffing CBHDA’s Legislative Committee. More here.

 
  Andrea Porter, Senior Executive Assistant and Clerk of the Board     A team member at CBHDA since October 2007, Andrea is the liaison to members for Governing Board, All Member and the Executive Committee meetings...  More Here.

Andrea Porter, Senior Executive Assistant and Clerk of the Board

A team member at CBHDA since October 2007, Andrea is the liaison to members for Governing Board, All Member and the Executive Committee meetings... More Here.

  Monica Aguilera, Senior Legislative Assistant     Monica joined the CBHDA team in 2008 after working with CIBHS for three years. She supports the advocacy team with legislative support, all Association staff administratively, provides office operations support, and also assists the Director of Communications and External Affairs with project coordination...  More here.

Monica Aguilera, Senior Legislative Assistant

Monica joined the CBHDA team in 2008 after working with CIBHS for three years. She supports the advocacy team with legislative support, all Association staff administratively, provides office operations support, and also assists the Director of Communications and External Affairs with project coordination... More here.

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Board Officers

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Dean True, President

Dean True is currently the Branch Director of Adult Services for the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. Mr. True has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years, working primarily in mental health settings since 1987. He began his mental health career in the forensic unit of Western State Hospital located outside Tacoma Washington. In 1993 Mr. True left Western State to become the Director of Nursing Services at Crestwood Wellness and Recovery Center, a 99 bed IMD facility located in Redding. Since 2000 he has worked within county mental health systems, including Tehama and Butte, before assuming his current position with Shasta County. Mr. True’s county work has focused on management positions responsible for areas of program development and oversight, public policy, managed care, quality assurance, and privacy/compliance. In addition to being an RN, Mr. True holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the California State University, Chico.

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Dr. Amie Miller, President-Elect

Dr. Amie Miller is the Behavioral Health Director for Monterey County overseeing mental health and substance use disorder services. She has worked with Monterey County for 13 years. During this time she oversaw Quality Improvement and the implementation of the electronic medical record. She is a licensed mental health clinician who has worked with Transition Age Youth as well as our Access Services in the South County region of Monterey.

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Veronica Kelley, Secretary-Treasurer

Veronica A. Kelley, LCSW is the Director for the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health and oversees the daily operations for both Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services. Veronica is a member of the Governing Board for the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA), she sits on the Executive Committee, serves as the Co-Chair for the Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment (SAPT) Committee and is the Co-Chair for the Cultural Competency, Equity & Social Justice (CCESJ) Committee. She is also a Council Member to the California Behavioral Health Planning Council, Board Member to the California Mental Health Services Authority and Associate Member to the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

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Yvonnia Brown, Past President

Yvonnia Brown has over twenty-four years of experience in the Human Services arena of which twenty years is in executive management. In 2014, she was appointed as the Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Director. During her career, she has served in local, regional and state government positions. She currently serves as the President the California Social Work Education Center, the Stanislaus County Community Advisory Board, and the California Behavioral Health Action Coalition. She is also a member of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. She completed her undergraduate studies at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, in Social Work and then proceeded with getting a Master’s in Social Work from the University of South Carolina.