The Missouri Department of Mental Health’s
2011 Spring Training Institute
May 19 & 20, 2011
Rita Adkins, MPA
Ms. Adkins has been with MIMH for over 14 years, and has experience in project management as well as the design and
management of large databases. As the Project Manager for the Consumer-Operated Services Program (COSP) Multi-
Site Research Initiative Coordinating Center, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), she
was responsible for the day-to-day management and monitoring of the CC cooperative agreement, as well as for the
coordination of its multiple components. She maintained and analyzed a large dataset of individuals seeking publicly
funded substance abuse treatment. She also managed the Quality Service Review process, a comprehensive review
method for measuring and assessing the practical performance of the children’s System of care. She is currently
responsible for the day-to-day management of the evaluation of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to
Treatment (SBIRT) project.
Marilyn Bader, MS
Ms. Bader is currently the Prevention Training Coordinator for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse –
St. Louis Area (NCADA). She coordinates and trains a wide variety of programming for youth, adults, community
members, professional church workers and school staff. She holds a Missouri Advanced Certified Substance Abuse
Prevention Professional (MACSAPP), and currently serves on the National Association of Peer Program Professionals
(NAPPP) professional development committee.
Marilyn’s experience ranges from direct student service programming at the local level to working with school and
community groups throughout the Eastern Region of Missouri. She has done extensive training in Missouri as well as
at the national level. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Education from Southeast Missouri State
University, a M.S. in Education and Counseling from Kansas State University and an honorary doctorate from
Concordia University at St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mr. Belyeu is the Community Programs Manager at The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing
crisis and suicide prevention services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
Originally from St. Augustine, Florida, Nathan completed his Bachelors Degree at Appalachian State University in
Boone, North Carolina and pursued a Masters in Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where
he worked as the Coordinator for LGBTQ Health. In his role at The Trevor Project he oversees the educational
programming nationwide and speaks to groups across the country regarding LGBTQ youth and their environments.
Nancy Box, MA
Senior Director of Employment Services for St. Patrick Center in St. Louis, Ms. Box is responsible for 9
employment/training programs, designed to prepare individuals for employment. St. Patrick Center employment
programs serve individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness including those with mental illness,
substance abuse issues, criminal backgrounds and low education levels. Nancy has served in this capacity for the last
10 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Texas Department of Human Services for 12 years. She started as a Texas
Works Advisor working with Food Stamp and TANF recipients during welfare to work and from there, moved into
management positions with the agency. She ended her tenure with the state as the Regional Service Improvement
Coordinator, responsible for quality control and service improvement for 22 offices before moving to St. Louis in
2000. Nancy is also an Adjunct Professor at Maryville University here in St. Louis and holds a Masters in Rehabilitation
Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Susan Brawley, Med
Mrs. Susan Brawley is a Regional Schoolwide PBS Consultant with the Heart of Missouri RPDC, housed in the
College of Education at the University of Missouri, serving 75 districts in mid-Missouri. Mrs. Brawley’s
background includes teaching at the elementary and college level as well as working with the Head Start
program as an Education Coordinator. During her time with Head Start program, she assisted with the
implementation of program-wide Positive Behavior Support. This rich experience fueled her passion to spread
the word to administrators and teachers about the benefits of implementing Positive Behavior Support. Mrs.
Brawley is currently finishing up her Ed. Specialist degree in Special Education.
Mr. Breedlove serves as the Administrator for the Missouri Substance Abuse Professional Credentialing Board
and hold the Missouri Substance Abuse Prevention Associate and the Missouri Recovery Support Specialist
credentials. I also serve as the Treasurer of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium. I serve on
the MATTC Advisory Council.
Ms. Casimere holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University and an
undergraduate in psychology from Maryville University. She is also a License Clinical Social Worker. Her
background includes extensive supervisory and direct-service experience at DePaul Hospital, Goodwill Industries
and Life Skills Foundation. Ms. Casimere has been with St. Patrick Center since 2000. Having made her way to
top management as one of the agency’s three senior directors, she is responsible for one-third of the agency’s
services. The programs under her purview, some of which she designed, are integral to St. Patrick Center’s
housing-first focus and its efforts to end chronic homelessness by 2015. Ms. Casimere is responsible for all the
housing and education programs at St. Patrick Center.
Anita Chandra, PhD
Dr. Anita Chandra is a Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation, with training in public health. She has a
background in child and adolescent health and community-based participatory research and evaluation.
Throughout her career, Dr. Chandra has been engaged in working with community partners to expand our
understanding of the needs of children and families with respect to health and welfare issues, to improve youth
and family programs, and to build evaluation capacity among youth-serving organizations. In particular, she has
combined qualitative and quantitative approaches to understand the needs of children, specifically focused on
mental health. At RAND, she has led the development of a broad research agenda focused on community
resilience to disasters, the health and social aspects of long-term recovery, and the critical needs of vulnerable
populations including children. Her work has included a series of projects with the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services to examine community capacity to build systems of public health preparedness. She also
led efforts to evaluate the state of child health in the District of Columbia, to assess the school health program in
D.C. with attention to the integration of mental health and school nursing, and to examine the impact of
deployment on the well-being of military families, particularly children. She co-led a school-based mental health
intervention study with youth in foster care. Further, Dr. Chandra develops projects in the area of adolescent
mental health to examine stigma as a barrier to mental health care-seeking and to evaluate the quality of
mental health services for underserved populations.
Sgt. Paul Cordia
Computer Forensic Unit, Missouri State Highway Patrol
Deborah Craig, MA
Ms. Craig serves as the local Grant Project Coordinator for the Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI), a five-year,
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant awarded to the Missouri
Department of Mental Health and piloted in Jackson County. HTI focuses upon transition age youth and young
adults ages 16 – 25 years diagnosed with severe emotional disorders and severe mental illness to improve
professional mental health services by implementing an evidence-based practice model called Transitions to
Independence Process (TIP) in four mental health centers. HTI also engages other state systems that interact
with this population to better integrate services and convenes community support programs in the areas of
education, employment, housing, community life functioning, and personal effectiveness and wellbeing. Prior to
her employment with the Healthy Transitions Initiative, Ms. Craig served as a senior program manager at the
Forum for Youth Investment, an ‘action tank’ in Washington DC dealing with youth policy, practice and
workforce development for those adults working with young people. Before that she was the president of
YouthNet of Greater Kansas City, a training and technical assistance provider to community-based programs.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Illinois State University and Master of Arts degree in
Counseling Education from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Duane Cummins, MS
Duane Cummins is the Director of Programming for Gateway Foundation at Ozark Correctional Center in
Fordland, Missouri. Duane has been involved in the treatment of criminal justice involved substance abusers for
over twenty years. He has worked in a variety of disciplines with the Missouri Department of Corrections and
Missouri Department of Mental Health to include Counseling, and Supervision. Duane is currently the Director
of Treatment Programming for Gateway Foundation at the Ozark Correctional Center in Fordland, Missouri.
Susan Depue, PhD
Dr. Depue is the current Project Director for the State Epidemiological Workgroup project. Prior to taking this
position she was the SPF SIG project director. In these positions she has worked to help communities
implement data driven decision making.
Dick Dillon has nearly 30 years experience in the Behavioral Health field, and has been a counselor, clinical team
leader, program director, department director, and chief operating officer for public and privately funded
He is currently Senior Vice President of Planning and Development for Preferred Family Healthcare, where he
has worked for the past 11 years.
Preferred Family Healthcare has been running a pilot project, funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health,
exploring how 3-dimensional virtual worlds (similar to those created for many high-tech multi-player video
games) can be used as a platform for the delivery of services to consumers who might otherwise be unable to
Mary Dugan, LCSW, PhD
Dr. Dugan is a Research Assistant Professor at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health and a Licensed Clinical
Social Worker. She got her Master’s in Social Work from Saint Louis University and her PhD in Counselor
Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her research interests include cultural responsiveness,
prevention, and the use of Motivational Interviewing, particularly with ethnic minorities. She has worked in
various social service settings, including a substance abuse treatment center, community mental health
agencies, as well in private practice. Her first experience with Motivational Interviewing occurred in the late
1990’s, and more recently she participated in the Motivational Interviewing Supervisor’s Training with William
Miller and Theresa Moyers. In 2007 she was accepted into the Training for New Trainers conducted in Sophia,
Bulgaria. After that, she was accepted into the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
Bianca Farr, MSW, LCSW, MATS
Ms. Farr is the Staff Development and Training Coordinator for the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She has over
10 years experience in mental health. Her areas of interest include employment and workforce development.
Randall C. Flanery, PhD
Dr. Flanery earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1983. He is the
Director of Webster Wellness Professionals, a St. Louis eating disorder treatment center. Specific treatment interests
of his are: evidence-based treatments of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and other variants
of eating disorders. He also is especially interested in tailoring treatment methods for males with eating disorders and
weight control concerns.
He is an adjunct associate professor of Family Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Flanery has
more than 25 years of clinical experience treating eating disorders and obesity. He also has a broad background in the
treatment of a variety of childhood and adolescent conditions. He uses evidenced-based methods to help individuals
achieve lifetime healthy weight management and weight control. Besides authoring publications on the treatment of
eating disorders and childhood health problems, he has served as Director of Eating Disorders Programs and
Child/Adolescent services. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Academy of Eating Disorders
(AED), and the Society of Child Clinical Psychology. He is an associate editor and current reviewer of PsyCritiques, an
online journal of reviews. Dr. Flanery is a frequent speaker to professional and public groups.
Katie Franklin, MSW
Ms. Franklin earned her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Missouri Kansas City. She is licensed in
Missouri and Kansas. She has worked for ReDiscover for five years and in mental health for eight years. Ms. Franklin
was trained in Motivational Interviewing by Kathleen Sciacca and practices techniques daily. Currently, Katie is
involved in ReDiscover’s Hospital Diversion Initiative assisting individuals who have chronic hospitalization histories
get into services and back to a healthy lifestyle.
Over the course of twenty years in the behavioral health field, Patrick Gauthier has held key roles in adolescent
residential treatment programs, family preservation programs, and acute inpatient settings. For more than 10 years,
he served as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for a national managed behavioral healthcare
organization where, among other responsibilities, he oversaw the implementation of mental health parity among
Federal and State employees. For the State of Idaho, Mr. Gauthier managed the Access to Recovery program,
handling clinical audits, claims processing, care management, data collection, and outsourcing. He also oversaw
planning for financial sustainability with a wide array of community stakeholders, including Tribal governments, faith-
based providers, and community-based organizations.
Mr. Gauthier’s operations experience and expertise includes managed crisis-call center operations, utilization
management, case management, and provider contracting functions. His consulting background includes executive
consultant and project management roles with some of the largest behavioral health systems in the country. His
project experience in those roles features enterprise-wide business process redesign, information technology
assessments and strategic planning, as well as large-scale system integration. His specific subject matter expertise
includes behavioral health information systems and data management, quality improvement, and social marketing to
His career has explored all aspects of building successful public-private partnerships with State and County behavioral
health systems in frontier, rural, and urban settings around the country. His executive experience has included
strategic business planning, enterprise alignment, and operations performance management. Today, his sights are set
on the design and effective deployment of programs that properly align the resources and incentives of behavioral
health payers, providers, and clients. His particular approach to alignment and improvement in behavioral health
settings involves focusing on integration of programs and financing, business process redesign, and the creation of
efficiencies that maintain values.
Rick Gowdy, PhD
Dr. Gowdy is Director of Forensic Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. He manages
statewide evaluation, treatment and community-monitoring services provided to forensic clients committed by
the criminal courts, assists with services related to probate court civil involuntary commitments and provides
consultation for the Sexual Violent Predator referral, evaluation and commitment process. Also, Dr. Gowdy
serves as a liaison with the Department of Corrections relative to the cooperative provision of mental health
services and serves as a member of the Missouri Reentry Process interagency steering team. Dr. Gowdy
received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and is a licensed
psychologist and Certified Forensic Examiner. He is the past Chair of the Forensic Division, National Association
of State Mental Health Program Directors. Dr. Gowdy currently serves a member of the National Leadership
Forum on Behavioral Health/Criminal Justice Services. He is licensed by the United States Soccer Federation as a
Coach and as a Referee.
Tom Hairston, EdS
Mr. Hairston is a Regional Schoolwide PBS Consultant with the Heart of Missouri RPDC, which is housed in the
College of Education, University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to joining the Heart of Missouri RPDC, Tom taught
five years at Moberly High School. He spent three of these years as a special education teacher and the last two
years as a Language Arts teacher specializing in increasing decoding and encoding abilities in reading. Tom was
active in the development of the SW-PBS team at Moberly High School, and also was the Director of
Communications for the school district. For three years, he also worked as an assistant coach on the high school
football team. Tom is currently pursuing his Ph.D.in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Kasey Harlin, MA, CSAC I, CCDP-D
A.R.T.C. Program Director for Preferred Family Healthcare, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
from Northeast Missouri State University in 1993 and Master’s Degree in Counseling from Truman State
University in 1998. She is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor I and a Certified Co-Occurring Disorders
Professional in the State of Missouri. With 18 years of experience in the field of substance abuse treatment, Ms.
Harlin is a self taught artist who turned her own recovery journey and experiences into a tool to assist the
consumers with whom she has worked.
Ms. Heckemeyer is the Deputy Department Director for the Department of Mental Health. She has also served
as the Director of Administration for the Department. Jan has over 25 years of experience in various positions in
Missouri state government. Jan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Truman State University
in Kirksville and a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She is a
Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Financial Manager.
Andrew Homer, PhD
Dr. Homer is a Research Assistant Professor for the University of Missouri St. Louis, Missouri Institute of Mental
Health. Currently, Dr. Homer is Principal Investigator on an initiative with the Missouri Foundation for Health to
evaluate co-occurring alcohol, drug and mental health disorders. Dr. Homer was also a co-investigator on the
COSIG, Co-Occurring State Incentive Grant. Prior to working for MIMH, he was a Coordinator at the Missouri
Department of Mental Health in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Cliff Johnson, CRAADC
Mr. Johnson has been Director of Clinical Compliance for Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health (SEMO BH) since
1994. He has been in the field of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders since 1987 working in medical
detox, adolescent and adult chemical dependency units. He is also a Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor
and SATOP Certified. Clif is the Vice President of the Missouri Substance Abuse Professional Certification Board
and a member of various other local, regional, and statewide committees. Clif recently attended NiaTx’s Change
Leader Academy where is became a Certified Change Leader and has been the co-occurring change leader for
SEMO BH as they worked to increase their fidelity.
Barbara Keehn, BSN
Ms. Keehn is the MIMH SBIRT Project Director, providing oversight and direction for the project. She has over 35
years of clinical and administrative experience in substance abuse and mental health treatment.
Sally King, MSW, LCSW
Project Manager for the Central Plains Geriatric Education Center, Landon Center on Aging at The University of
Kansas Medical Center, Sally works on advocating and increasing awareness of older-adult depression, training
volunteers and professionals in the myths and truths of older adult mental health, addressing treatment issues
and barriers for this population, and screening and linking older adults to appropriate health and mental
Wally Kisthardt, PhD
Dr. Kisthardt has provided training and technical assistance with mental health and substance abuse providers in
43 states, in England, and in New Zealand. He is one of the original developers of strengths based case
management. He has worked with many programs in Missouri, and has presented keynote addresses at the
Missouri Conference for Social Welfare and the Missouri Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Dr. Kisthardt
has provided extensive training with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Oklahoma under the
SAMSHA COSIG grant. In Kansas, he has been providing training for counselors, case managers and supervisors,
and evaluating the impact of this training on practice strategies for the past five years. He has also provided
training for Department of Corrections staff in the Risk Reduction and Reentry program.
David Kohlhagen, Med
Mr. Kohlhagen is a therapist in private practice, Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Certified
Clinical Hypnotherapist, and the founder and Director of the David Kohlhagen Institute of Mind/Body Healing:
With over thirty years of professional experience, he provides individual, family, and marital therapy,
hypnotherapy, and professional training and consultation.
David has given numerous talks and training demonstrations on hypnosis, Force of Habit, and the rapid
improvement of psychological and health conditions. The manuscript of his book, Force of Habit: Get Well and
Stay Well by Clearing up Your Negative Habits of Mind, Body and Spirit received strong endorsements from
Bernie Siegel, MD and Christianne Northrup, MD.
Dave Ledgerwood, PhD
Dr. Ledgerwood is an Assistant Professor: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and a
Scientific Member of the Karmanos Cancer Institute in the Wayne State School of Medicine, as well as an
Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor, where he received
both his Master’s Degree in Applied Social Psychology and his PhD in Clinical Psychology. He is a Licensed
Psychologist in the State of Michigan.
Adriatik Likcani, BA, MSW, LMFT, CASAC, CRAADC
Mr. Likcani is the Director of Recovery Lighthouse, Inc., Adjunct faculty for University of Central Missouri, and
consultant/trainer for Altarum Institute- SAMHSA/CSAT. He serves as a member of the Missouri Recovery
Network Statewide Council. Recovery Lighthouse was the recipient of the ATR III grant and is part of ROSC in the
KC/West Central area of the state.
Ty Lostutter, PhD
Dr. Lostuter is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Health & Risk Behaviors in the Department
of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, where he received both his
Master’s Degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology. Dr.. Lostutter’s research and clinical interests include
prevention and treatment of alcohol and gambling disorders college students. He was the Research Coordinator
on a study funded by the National Institute on Mental Health to evaluate the effectiveness of brief motivational
interventions for college students with disordered gambling.
George A. Lombardi
Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon nominated George A. Lombardi to the Director of the Department of
Corrections on December 18, 2008. The nomination was confirmed on January 29, 2009. Lombardi became the
6th Director to lead the Department since Corrections became its own cabinet-level state agency in 1981.
Mr. Lombardi is a 35 year veteran of the Missouri Department of Corrections having served previously as the
Director of the Division of Adult Institutions for 18 years, Assistant Director of that division for three years and a
Warden for seven years. As Director of Corrections he is responsible for the 20 adult correctional facilities,
seven community supervision centers, two community release centers and 54 parole offices across the State of
Missouri. This includes approximately 11,500 staff, 75,000 probation and parolees and 30,000 inmates.
During his retirement from the Missouri Department of Corrections in 2005, he was Senior Consultant of the
Missouri Youth Services Institute and for two years worked closely with the Washington, D.C. Youth Services
Division at the facility for committed youth. He served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the
Criminal Justice Task Force for the Missouri Association of Social Welfare. He is a past President of the Missouri
Corrections Association and has served as an auditor for the Commission of Accreditation for Corrections. He
has lectured on criminal justice matters at the American Corrections Association, Academy of Criminal Justice
Sciences, colleges and universities and civic organizations. He has also co-authored two articles:
“Mainstreaming Death-Sentenced Inmates”
“Peer Interaction Training for Correctional Administrators”
Mr. Lombardi organized the first annual National Conference on Prisoner Reentry with Central Missouri State
University. He was recognized at the December, 2002 Commencement at the Central Missouri State University
with a Distinguished Alumnus Award. Mr. Lombardi has a B.S. and M.S. in psychology from the Central Missouri
Tom Martin, PsyD, ABPP
Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Dr.
Martin is board-certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology by the American Board of
Professional Psychology. He is a Fellow in the National Academy of Neuropsychology and in 2008 was the
recipient of this organizations’ Early Career Service Award. Dr. Martin has numerous publications related to the
assessment and management of central nervous system dysfunction and he is currently conducting research in
the area of traumatic brain injury. He is co-editor of the text, Geriatric Neuropsychology: Practice Essentials and
serves on the Editorial Boards of the journals, Brain Injury and Rehabilitation Psychology. Dr. Martin currently
serves as President of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri and he recently served as an expert member of an
invited task force that was established to develop a comprehensive report for the U.S. Congress that outlined
recommendations to address the traumatic brain injury and psychological needs of returning military personnel.
Prior to joining CRA, Senior Partner, Dr. Michael "Mike" Mayer was the Executive Director of the Institute on
Complex Disabilities for 12 years. He also has been providing cutting-edge training and consultation services
internationally since 1990. Mike is an internationally known speaker, consultant, and trainer; his unique
approach, compassionate drive, and enlightening and dynamic presentations have led over 500 local, state, and
national organizations to pursue his penetrating and enriching training. He has trained over 70,000 personnel all
over the world, including the United States, Canada, the Middle East, the Pacific Rim, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
He has been directly responsible for overseeing the development of community residential, vocational, and
other support and treatment services for over 700 people who have disabilities, specializing in individuals with
more severe and/or complex disabilities. He has also overseen and/or consulted on the development,
modification to, and/or conversion of family and community services and supports for over 5,250 people.
Mike has authored and edited over 50 publications including books, chapters, and articles. He has developed
numerous curricula, assessment tools, and protocols that are used throughout the world to assist in the
diagnosis, treatment, support planning, service evaluation, and training for people who have complex
disabilities. He has served on the faculty of several colleges, universities, institutes, international forums, and
boards of directors. He also organizes and provides program design, development, and management supports
for organizations that support people with disabilities. One of his major focuses is to facilitate organizational
implementation of systems transformation and service conversions efforts. Mike's dedication to community
supports has been a passion of his since he was a young adult, and it clearly shows in his focus on preventing
institutionalization and supporting deinstitutionalization. He has a strong desire to help all, especially those
previously deemed "too difficult" to support within the community.
Ms. McElhany is Community Development Manager for the Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services at
the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Prior to coming to the Department of Mental Health she worked in
both local and state level public health with St. Joseph-Buchanan County Health Department providing both
HIV/STD/ Hepatitis prevention and case management and as a program manager at the MO Department of
Health and Senior Services.
A graduate of Missouri Western University, majoring in Political Science and Journalism, she has also worked in a
semi-independent apartment complex, administered a skilled nursing facility and a residential care facility, and
edited a holistic health magazine. She is married, has three grown children, two granddaughters, Katie and
Mara, and her ancient dog Daisy.
Percy Menzies, MPharm
Mr. Menzies is the president of Assisted Recovery Centers of America, LLC, a center for the treatment of
alcoholism and drug addiction based in St. Louis, Missouri.
Percy’s interest and passion for pharmacological treatment of drug addiction and alcoholism goes back to the
early eighties when naltrexone was first introduced for the treatment of heroin addiction. He worked for over 18
years for DuPont Pharmaceuticals in various positions and had responsibility for naltrexone as the associate
He has worked closely with drugs courts and provided training on the use of anticraving medications to reduce
rates of recidivism within the criminal justice population addicted to alcohol and opioids. He has conducted
workshops for a wide range of audiences both in the US and overseas on evidenced-based treatments for
Percy holds a master’s degree in pharmacy from India and is a credentialed Registered Substance Abuse
Professional and was appointed to a three-year term on the Missouri State Alcohol Advisory Council in 2009.
Percy emigrated to the United States in 1981.
Linda Mercadante, PhD
Dr. Linda Mercadante is Professor of Theology at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and an ordained
minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She teaches in both the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in
Counseling degree programs, and has worked for 25 years with recovering persons who want to bring their faith
and their recovery together. She teaches and speaks widely on the spiritual roots of addiction and recovery and
is the author of *Victims & Sinners: The Spiritual Roots of Addiction and Recovery* hailed by Publishers' Weekly
as one of the 'most profound' works on the theology of addiction recovery. She is the founder of Healthy Beliefs
- Healthy Spirit Seminars. You can learn more about her work at www.healthybeliefs.org.
Craig Miner, MA, LPC, CASAC, CCDP-D
Mr. Miner received his MA degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. He is a Licensed
Professional Counselor, a Certified Advanced Substance Abuse Counselor, and a Certified Co-Occurring Disorders
Professional - Diplomate in Missouri. Craig works full-time for Places for People as their Integrated Treatment
Director. Additionally, Craig works as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University teaching a course in
substance abuse interventions.
Chad Morris, PhD
Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the
Behavioral Health & Wellness Program, Dr. Morris is the principal investigator of multiple studies exploring the
effectiveness of psychosocial and pharmacologic tobacco cessation and wellness strategies for both youth and
adults. Dr. Morris provides public policy and program evaluation consultation both nationally and
internationally. He is Past-President of the Colorado Psychological Association, and a licensed psychologist
Wayne Munchel, LCSW
Wayne Munchel is currently the Director of TAY Services at Stars Behavioral Health Group and oversees 6 TAY
programs throughout California; he also trains extensively in providing innovative services to this population.
Mr. Munchel was the Director and founder of the Mental Health Associations’ Transition Age Youth (TAY)
Academy from 2000 to 2009. The model program helps young adults (ages 18 to 25) with psychiatric disabilities
obtain housing, employment and educational opportunities and learn independent living skills. The TAY
Academy serves 100 young adults in the Long Beach community and was identified as a promising practice by
the Department of Labor.
Mr. Munchel has been working in the mental health field for the past 25 years. He was an original, founding
staff of The Village, a model recovery model serving adults with mental illness. Mr. Munchel also started up the
first “AB34” program at The Village in 1999 which focused on helping the homeless mentally ill and, along with
other AB34 programs from around the state, were forerunners for the passage of Prop 63, the Mental Health
Mr. Munchel graduated with his Masters in Social Work from UCLA in 1986. He is the father of two transition
Sara Nelson-Johns, LCSW, MSW
Ms Nelson-Johns is a mental health therapist working with HIV+ clients for over four years in an outpatient
medical/health agency. She works with a large range of HIV+ patients; those that have been recently diagnosed
through those who have been living with the disease for 25+ years. Previous mental health practice has focused
on domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual abuse recovery. Ms. Nelson-Johns is the Lead Behavioral Health
Clinician for Kansas City Free Health Clinic, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Nancy Nickolaus, LMSW
Ms. Nickolaus is the Director of Employment and Training for the Department of Mental Health, Division of
Developmental Disabilities. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ms. Nickolaus has worked with individuals
with mental Illness and developmental disabilities for 28 years. She provides guidance and technical assistance to the
Division’s regional employment coordinators and is the Chair of the State Employment Leadership Network. Ms
Nickolaus has extensive experience with training in self determination, advocacy and person centered planning.
Shawn O’Connor, PhD
Dr. O’Connor is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he trained at the Center for Trauma
Recovery, and received his Ph.D. n Clinical Psychology in 2008. He has since completed his internship and
postdoctoral residency at the St. Louis VA, and currently is Team Leader of its OEF/OIF PTSD Clinic. He is certified in
Cognitive Processing Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He has in the past also worked with
individuals with severe and persistent mental disorders, and has worked in community mental health as well as in
Khalils Osiris, MA
Mr. Osiris is an author, educator and restorative justice advocate. A formerly incarcerated person who spent 20 years
of his life in prison, Osiris earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University while incarcerated. He is
a nationally recognized expert on prisoner reentry and reclaiming at-risk youth. Osiris is founder of the Circle of
Courage Mentoring Program, an initiative in New Orleans, LA designed to help youth and prevent crime.
Jane Pfefferkorn, BS, CCJP, MRSS, MATS, OES
Ms. Pferrerkorn has spent the past 13 years creating and building a faith-based social services network in Southeast
Missouri. Jane is the Executive Director of Mission Missouri. Since Mission Missouri’s inception in 1998, the Mission
has developed into a comprehensive agency that has provided job readiness, summer camps, the daily soup kitchen,
a faith mentoring program, as well as community resources and development. Mrs. Pfefferkorn created a substance
abuse recovery program called Crossing Addiction Freedom Program that was funded by Missouri Foundation for
Health in 2003 for $1.5 million to provide services to nine counties in Southeast Missouri. This collaboration has
incorporated several network partners, brought education and awareness to 2,500 individuals in the first year, and
has provided a transitional housing component called House of Liberty Life Change Station. She holds a bachelor’s
degree in Business Management, is a Certified Criminal Justice Professional, and holds a new certification with the
State of Missouri called Missouri Recovery Support Specialist (MRSS). Jane serves as a council member of the Missouri
Recovery Network and also serves as a board member on the Missouri Substance Abuse Professional Credentialing
Board and the SEMO Health Network.
Ned Presnall, MSW, LCSW
Mr. Presnall is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Director at Assisted Recovery Centers of America (ARCA).
In his role at ARCA, Mr. Presnall collaborates with state and local agencies on improving the quality
and accessibility of Medication Assisted Treatment in the St. Louis area. He graduated from Brown School of Social
Work at Washington University.
Tamitha Price, ACSW, CSWM, LBSW-IP, BSBA
Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Missouri Chapter. Ms. Price has gained valuable
knowledge and practice skills especially in the areas of the association’s professional ethics for social work guidance
and consultation. Previous professional experience includes direct service with elderly to children populations in
numerous capacities. Ms. Price is currently adjunct faculty for Fontbonne University, St. Louis, teaching policy and
administration courses. She earned bachelor’s degrees in social work and business administration from Southeast
Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau and a master’s in social work from Saint Louis University, St. Louis.
Charles Ray, M.Ed
Mr. Ray is Principal of the Criterion Health consulting group and a strategic joint venture partner with AHP
Health Healthcare Solutions. He is past-President and Chief Executive Officer, National Council for Community
Behavioral Healthcare during the 15-year period 1988-2003. He has served as senior public policy analyst and
consultant to Federal, State, local government entities and trade associations and has led government and
stakeholder relations for many behavioral health organizations and is the Treasurer of the World Federation for
Mental Health. Mr. Ray also served as the Managing Director, Behavioral and Industrial Healthcare Services and
has served as an adjunct Assistant Professor. Additionally, he has tremendous depth of experience on the Board
of Directors of the Community Health Facilities Fund. His expertise features: organization development, strategic
mapping and marketing, affiliation development, board governance, public policy, executive coaching and
management development, managed and resource-based healthcare systems design, primary care/behavioral
Lu Ann Reese
Coordinator of Statewide Family Support, Ms. Reese provides consultation, technical assistance and training
across the three DMH Divisions (Comprehensive Psychiatric Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Development
Disabilities) and other child-serving state agencies (child welfare, education and juvenile justice) in development
of the Comprehensive Children’s Mental Health Services System (Rs MO 630.097, 2004). She provides support
across the state related to family involvement in planning, implementation and evaluation of the children’s
serve system. Her work also involves providing leadership training to family members, caregivers and youth to
prepare them to be effective members of policy teams and workgroups
Michael Renner, MSW
Mr. Renner is a Program Officer for the Missouri Foundation for Health, the largest non-governmental funder of
community health activities in Missouri. He joined the Foundation after serving as the Partnership Program
Coordinator with the National Cancer Institute and Saint Louis University School of Public Health. He also has
served as a program specialist for Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities for 17 years. He has a
Master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, and enjoys freelance writing on jazz,
food and wine.
Robert Reitz, PhD
Dr. Reitz is the Regional Executive Officer for central region of the Missouri Division of Comprehensive
Psychiatric Services and CEO for Fulton State Hospital. In addition to his ten years experience in inpatient
psychiatric facilities, Dr. Reitz has administered correctional mental health programs in Kansas and Missouri for
over 15 years and has had experience in both jail and prison settings.
Petra Robinson, CPS
Ms. Robinson is Manager, Peer Projects for Mental Health America of the Heartland. In this position, she
oversees and supervises two Peer Project Programs: the Compassionate Ear Warm Line and a Consumer-Run
Drop In Center. Also in this position, Ms. Robinson is responsible for providing and conducting the Certified
Missouri Peer Specialist training as one of the lead trainers. In August of 2007, Mrs. Robinson was one of the
many pioneers to take the first Certified Peer Specialist Training in the State of Kansas and used her skills to
enhance the recovery of many of her peers.
C. Keith Schafer, EdD
Dr. Schafer became the director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health on February 1, 2007. Schafer’s
appointment was confirmed by the State Senate on January 31, 2007.
He previously served as director of the Department of Mental Health from 1986 to 1994. He then served as
director of program development and senior account manager for Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc.’s
Behavioral Pharmacy Management Program and Medical Risk Management Program. Other experience includes
Senior Vice President of Program Development for Value Behavioral Health/ Value Options, Executive Director of
the National Child Welfare Leadership Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Deputy
Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services.
Schafer earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma Christian College in Oklahoma, City; a
master’s degree in education from Drury College in Springfield, Mo.; and a Doctor of Education-Administration
degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Ms. Schell is the Director of Missouri Recovery Network, a project of ACT Missouri. MRN is the statewide voice
of recovery that brings awareness, education and public understanding of recovery throughout Missouri.
Virginia Selleck, PhD
Dr. Selleck has worked in the rehabilitation field for over 30 years. She has experience in program development,
implementation, funding, legislation, and policy. Virginia is the Director of the Office of Transformation (Missouri
Transformation Grant) and Clinical Director for the Comprehensive Psychiatric Services Division of the Missouri
Department of Mental Health. She works with Division staff and community stakeholders to create policies,
practices and technical assistance methods that will lead to enhanced recovery outcomes for people with
serious mental illness.
Ben G. Shriver, MS, MPH
Mr. Shriver received Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Drury University, a Master’s of Human
Resource Management from Webster University, a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma,
and a Master’s in Guidance and Counseling from Missouri State University. Currently, he is the owner of and
counselor at Alpha Counseling and Hypnosis in Springfield, MO, serves as an adjunct professor and counseling
faculty coordinator for Webster University, and conducts online courses as an adjunct professor at Argossy
University in Pittsburgh and Columbia College in Rolla. He is also a counselor for DWI and substance abuse
programs for Alcohol-Drug Consultants in Springfield.
Executive Director, Community and Children’s Resource Board, St. Charles County, MO
Danielle Starkey, Med
Ms. Starkey is a Regional Schoolwide PBS Consultant with the Heart of Missouri RPDC, housed in the College of
Education, University of Missouri – Columbia. Prior to joining the RPDC as a SW-PBS Consultant in July 2010,
Danielle worked as an Elementary School Counselor at South Park Elementary in Moberly, Missouri. At South
Park, Danielle facilitated the SW-PBS Tier II Team and was an active member of the SW-PBS Tier I Team, the
Building Leadership Team, and Student Care Team. These experiences allowed her to see the first hand benefits
of implementing SW-PBS and prompted her desire to train schools and districts on SW-PBS.
Pat Stilen, LCSW
Ms. Stilen has provided oversight and direction for projects at the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center
since 2000. Prior to this she successfully designed and administered substance use and mental health treatment
services for public and private organizations for over 20 years. Ms. Stilen served on the CSAT-appointed committee
responsible for revising the Addiction Counselor Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional
Practice, CSAT's TAP #21. She is primary author on the classroom and online version of the NIDA/SAMHSA Blending
Initiative, Treatment Planning M.A.T.R.S.: Utilizing the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) to Make Required Data Collection
Pam Stoelzel, MS, LPC
Ms. Stoelzel is the Assistant Director of Transitions and a Licensed Professional Counselor at Burrell Behavioral Health.
Pam earned her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Pittsburg State University. She has been with Burrell
since 1994 and has expertise in counseling senior adults.
Tiffany Sturdivant, MSW, LCSW
As a team leader in the Futures Department at Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health in Kansas City, Missouri, Ms.
Sturdivant supervises Futures Now, a multidisciplinary team consisting of two Licensed Clinical Social Workers, four
Transition Facilitators (Community Support Specialists) and two Family Support Providers. Ms. Sturdivant has nearly11
years of cumulative experience working in the Futures Department with youth and young adults in a clinical
outpatient setting. Ms. Sturdivant is on track for becoming a site certified TIP trainer; assisting in the implementation
of TIP within the Futures Department and training within the four Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) in
Jackson County. She is a member of the HTI Operations Committee responsible for maintaining fidelity to the grant
and developing strategic expansion and infusion within the CMHCs. She is also a member of the Coordinating Council,
a broader group of linkages with stakeholder systems and community resources committed to joint accountability to
ensure the success of the initiative. Ms. Sturdivant is currently working on developing a youth and young adult, and
parent advisory board which will be involved in all phases of program development, service delivery and have an
equal partnership with professionals within Futures.
Leigh Tenkku, PhD, MPH
Dr. Tenkku has, for over twenty-five years, designed, implemented and evaluated community health programs,
including six years as the evaluator for the highly successful Midwest Region Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Training Center
(MRFASTC). Currently, she is Assistant Professor and Director for Research, in the Department of Family and
Community Medicine, School of Medicine, at Saint Louis University. She has acted as principal and co-investigator on
program evaluations for numerous community projects including a study on breast cancer of African American
women in St. Louis, a study focused on alcohol-exposed pregnancies, and a community-based program offering
career development and work-based learning opportunities in the healthcare industry for high school students. She
has conducted secondary analysis of nationwide databases regarding alcohol use of women before and after
becoming pregnant. Dr. Tenkku is principal investigator on two FASD-related projects; (1) A three-year CDC-funded
regional training center (MRFASTC), now in its ninth year of funding is designed to increase medical and allied health
students and provider knowledge about FAS/FASDs within seven Midwest states. The MRFASTC program is viewed as
a nationally known, train-the-trainer model where many of the program elements are being implemented in newly
funded regional training programs across the county; (2) A three-year CDC-funded study to design an intervention for
youth and young adults ages 13-25 with FASDs. Known as the Partners for Success Intervention, this study will
diagnose young adults suspected of having had exposure to alcohol during pregnancy, and enroll them in a study that
will provide in-home therapy, mentoring and parent support groups to those randomized into the treatment
intervention. Dr. Tenkku serves as Chair of the Maternal Child and Family Health Coalition serving the St. Louis region,
and is Co-Chair of the statewide coalition for FAS, now an affiliate of NOFAS. NOFAS-Missouri was formed as a group
of Missouri citizens who are dedicated to raising public and professional awareness of the dangers of drinking alcohol
during pregnancy and addressing the needs of individuals with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and
Tish Thomas, MS
Ms. Thomas is State Trainer for the Johnson & Johnson/Dartmouth College Supported Employment Grant
administered by the Department of Mental Health, Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services. She has 25 years
of experience in aging and mental health. Her areas of interest include employment, person-centered planning and
the promotion of community-based services.
Mr. Veans is the Site Director for Family Counseling Center of Missouri’s Cedar Ridge drug and alcohol treatment
facility in Lynn, MO.
Felix Vincenz, PhD
Dr. Vincenz is Chief Operating Officer of the Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services. Dr. Vincenz has over
twenty-five years experience providing and administering forensic mental health services in the State of Missouri.
Ms. Waggoner is a public policy graduate student at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, specializing in nonprofit
management. As Director of Grant Development at St. Patrick Center, she is currently bringing in federal grants
equaling the $6 million needed to run the agency and an additional $1 million in foundation grants. Before her work
at SPC, she partnered with agencies in St. Louis and with Russ Carnahan’s office in Washington, D.C., to promote the
modeling of Missouri’s tax credit programs at the federal level. She has brought over $1 million to St. Louis through
her grant writing and fundraising efforts, presented at the ARNOVA conference in 2009 to present the Brookings
Institute’s findings on community development, and was compliance manager for the Missouri Department of
Vicky Ward, MA
Ms. Ward is a Community Prevention Specialist and serves as Manager of Prevention Services at Tri-County Mental
Health Services, Inc. She received her MA in Sociology and has worked in the prevention field for over 18 years.
Vicky’s prevention efforts have been built around the founding of community prevention organizations,
environmental change and the development of creative and high-impact prevention programs.
She provides technical assistance to 18 community coalitions, many of which have received local, state and national
recognition for the outcomes they have achieved.
Guy A. Wheeler, MSW, CAP, CCJAP
CEO/President of Guy A. Wheeler Group of Fort Lauderdale Fla, he currently runs a criminal justice outpatient
programs for juveniles and adults. He is considered an expert around the nation in the areas of treatment, consulting,
and training. He currently has three training videos that are sold nationwide. Guy’s newest venture was designing a
Criminal Justice Psycho-education Program (CCJP) for the Seventeenth (17) Judicial Circuit of Broward County, Fla.
Broward’s Misdemeanor (Marijuana) Drug Court. He also works with re-entry offenders for the OIC program of
Before starting his company in 2002, Guy Wheeler served as Administrator and Assistant Director (equivalent to a
Major) of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Community Control. In 1991, he brought the new Drug Court
concept to Broward County officials, and Broward became the third drug court in the nation. As Director of Broward’s
Drug Court Treatment, Guy also directed a city jail program called ATACC Program (Alternative Treatment Against
Crack Cocaine). Known for being creative, he started Florida’s first day treatment program for mostly Crack Cocaine
addicts and offenders. To connect this program with the Sectarian community, Guy motivated the ecumenical
community to provide adjunct support services for addicts. The ecumenical community responded and they
collectively started a program called “Churches in Action”. Because of Churches in Action successful outcomes, Guy
was motivated to later pursue and obtain a Doctorate of Divinity from Jacksonville Theological Seminary.
He has a Master’s Degree of Social Work from Barry University with specialization in Mental Health. He earned a
Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Studies from Indiana University, and he is duel certified as a Criminal Addiction
Professional (CAP) and Criminal Justice Addiction Professional (CCJAP).
Hanni Woelk, MS, PLPC
Hanni is currently the supervisor for the Transitions Program with Comprehensive Mental Health Services, based
out of Independence, Missouri. She has been in this position for one year and was previously a Youtb
Community Support Specialist with the agency. Prior to working at CMHS, Hanni worked for a community
mental health agency in Chicago as an In-Home Crisis Stabilization Counselor on the south side of the city. She
worked with children and adolescents and their families in the home, communities and schools. Hanni received
her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Therapy from Emporia State University in 2006. She then received her Masters in
Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2008.
Jan Wrolstad, Mdiv
Associate Director of the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Mid-America ATTC) located at the
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Jan has worked in the field of substance abuse education for 15 years. She is
an administrator, trainer and writer for Mid-America ATTC. Jan has a Masters of Divinity degree and Bachelors
degree in English education. Previously she was a reference librarian at Midwestern Baptist Theological
Seminary in Kansas City, a textbook proofreader for Harcourt-Brace-Jovanovich Publishers, Inc., and a high
school speech and English teacher. One of her passions is working to increase the rights of marginalized groups.
Joe is the Executive Director of Places for People. With over 30 years’ experience in the mental health care
field, Joe understands how critical it is for those in need to have access to quality mental and behavioral health
care. He joined Community Alternatives in 2007 as Executive Director but began his professional career with
PfP's Club. Joe was later named the first director of PfP’s West Pine Group Home, which opened in 1983 as the
first psychiatric group home in the St. Louis area.
Following his first tenure at PfP, Joe’s career included 15 years of experience with the Missouri Department of
Mental Health (DMH), serving as director of community-based services for the East and Southeast regions and
interim deputy director for the division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services.
He has emerged as a leader in the mental health community and served as lead adult policy coordinator for the
Missouri Mental Health Transformation Initiative through the governor’s office. In addition, he chaired the
Behavioral Health Advisory Board of the Eastern Region Behavioral Health Initiative, an effort that has
transitioned into the newly formed Behavioral Health Network (BHN). Yancey currently serves as BHN's
chairperson of the board of directors.
Mayme Young, JD
Ms. Young was appointed Director of Constituent Service, serving as a liaison between constituents, constituent
groups and the Governor by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon in 2009. Ms. Miller had been an Assistant Attorney
General in the Financial Services and Consumer Protection divisions. Ms. Miller has also been Chief of the
Consumer Complaint Unit, overseeing complaint investigators and the Consumer Fraud Hotline. Before joining
the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Miller was an attorney in private practice for three years, both in her
hometown of Charleston, Mo., and in Austin, Tex. Ms. Miller earned her bachelor’s degree from Southeast
Missouri State University in 1996 and her juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School in