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

OUR TEAM

 
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Michelle Doty Cabrera, Executive Director   Michelle is the key management leader of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California. She is responsible for overseeing the administration, advocacy activities and strategic plan of the organization.  More here.

Michelle Doty Cabrera, Executive Director

Michelle is the key management leader of the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California. She is responsible for overseeing the administration, advocacy activities and strategic plan of the organization. More here.

Thomas Renfree, Deputy Director, Substance Use Disorder Services   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, Deputy Director, Substance Use Disorder Services

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.

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.

 
Elia Gallardo, ESQ. Director, Governmental Affairs   Elia is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in all aspects of legislative, budget and administrative advocacy efforts . . .  More here.

Elia Gallardo, ESQ. Director, Governmental Affairs

Elia is responsible for assisting the Executive Director in all aspects of legislative, budget and administrative advocacy efforts . . . More here.

Andrea Porter, Director, Operations and Human Resources   A team member at CBHDA since October 2007, Andrea provides oversight and management of the Association operations...  More Here.

Andrea Porter, Director, Operations and Human Resources

A team member at CBHDA since October 2007, Andrea provides oversight and management of the Association operations... 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.

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.

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.

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.

 
Tyler Rinde, Policy Analyst   Tyler is responsible for Medi-Cal mental health and criminal justice focused policy issues. These include activities related to county Specialty Mental Health Services, ..  More here.

Tyler Rinde, Policy Analyst

Tyler is responsible for Medi-Cal mental health and criminal justice focused policy issues. These include activities related to county Specialty Mental Health Services, .. More here.

Molly Kholos, Policy Analyst   Molly is responsible for managing and advancing CBHDA’s efforts on critical public policy issues affecting children in California’s public behavioral health care system…  More Here .

Molly Kholos, Policy Analyst

Molly is responsible for managing and advancing CBHDA’s efforts on critical public policy issues affecting children in California’s public behavioral health care system… More Here.

Sashary Zaroyan , Legislative Analyst   Sashary 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.

Sashary Zaroyan , Legislative Analyst

Sashary 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.

Board Officers

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Dr. Amie Miller, President

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, President-Elect

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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Phebe Bell, Secretary-Treasurer

Phebe Bell, MSW is the Director of Behavioral Health for Nevada County where she oversees mental health and substance use disorder services. Prior to this position she worked for both Placer and Nevada County Health and Human Services Agencies managing programs in the Tahoe Truckee area. Previously she has worked for numerous mental health and family support non-profit organizations.

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Dean True, Past 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.