MEET THE TEAM

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President Tanya McCullom
President Elect Jeffrey Jamerson
Past President
Nancy Shea
Treasurer Steve Elson
Secretary Elizabeth Engelken

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Special Projects Officer
Marty Giffin

BOARD MEMBERS

Mary Bush
Sriya Chilla
Veronica Coates
Nghia Do
Dominique Eugene
Gina Perez
Peter Stoll
Chezia Tarleton
Jolene Treadaway
Wendy Wang
Richard Weisgal

FRIENDS OF THE BOARD

Tonya Bauhofer
Lisa Bertaccini
Maureen Burness
Christine Jackson Cole
Marika Collins
Elizabeth A. Estes
Laura Heintz
Steve Hornberger
Shelley Lopez
Debbie Manners
Chris Stoner-Mertz
Danielle Mole
dave neilsen

Rick Saletta
Mike Schertell
Jay Scoffield

Lynn Thull
Judy Webber

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

TANYA MCCULLOM

BOARD PRESIDENT

Tanya McCullom is a Program Specialist for the Office of Family Empowerment at Alameda County Behavioral Health Care.  She has been working in children’s public behavioral health for over 15 years as a family member.  She has worked across the children’s system of care from early childhood to transition-aged youth.  Prior to joining the Office of Family Empowerment, Tanya worked for a non-profit, family-run organization as a Family Partner and later the Program Director of the Family Partnership Program in Alameda County.  Tanya, along with the Office of Family Empowerment, provide technical assistance to parent/caregivers, providers and other community members on working together in the best interest of children and youth.  As one of the newest members of the CMHACY Board, she is looking forward to continuing to speak up on behalf of parents, caregivers, children and youth across the state.                            


JEFFREY JAMERSON

BOARD PRESIDENT ELECT

Jeffrey L. Jamerson, Ph.D. Is the Vice President of Programs and Services at Aviva Family & Children’s Services in Los Angeles. He has more than 25 years of experience, serving Children and Families in various capacities and currently oversees Aviva’s direct service areas, which include Supportive Housing for Women and Children, Foster and Adoption, Mental Health Services, and Crisis Intervention.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


STEVE ELSON

BOARD TREASURER

Steve Elson was hired in March of 1994 while the Casa Pacifica campus was still under construction. Under his leadership programs have grown substantially and the number of children and families served annually has increased tenfold since opening. Steve began his career in child and family services as a staff psychologist at Klingberg Family Centers in New Britian, Connecticut and held a number of managerial positions there before coming to California as the executive director of The Sycamores, a residential treatment center in Altadena.  He has served as President of the California Alliance of Child & Family Services, the California Coalition for Mental Health, and California Mental Health Advocates for Children & Youth. He is the current secretary of the California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies. He also serves on a number of local Commissions and Task Forces concerned with child and family well being.


ELIZABETH ENGELKEN

BOARD SECRETARY 

Elizabeth Engelken is an Assistant Superintendent for the Yolo County Office of Education, and Executive Member of the State SELPA Administrators Association of California. Prior to serving as a SELPA Administrator, she held numerous positions in special education and educational leadership. Elizabeth is passionate about serving students, empowering families, and providing access and excellence in supporting educators working directly with children and young adults. She has been involved with CMHACY for the past ten years, presenting as well as promoting her own teams’ professional growth. Elizabeth was one of the first special education directors to create a best practice model for the delivery of mental health services for students with disabilities, following the passage of AB 114. Her early professional experience is as a school psychologist, and she brings this foundation to her advocacy for students with disabilities and access to mental health and wellness.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SRIYA CHILLA

YOUTH BOARD MEMBER

Sriya is the Co-Chair of the Youth Advisory Board for CCY, where she advocates for public policy reform in youth homelessness. As a Peer Counselor at her high school, Sriya provides daily support to peers who are struggling socially or emotionally. Her awards in Epidemiology and Behavioral Health in the HOSA SLC have given her the unique knowledge to combine public health and mental healthcare.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          


VERONICA COATES

BOARD MEMBER

Veronica Coates is an Assistant Superintendent for a rural Northern California Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) and feels inspired and humbled to serve in a leadership position for students with disabilities. Prior to being a SELPA Administrator, she held other leadership positions in special education. She was one of the first ERMHS coordinators after the passage of AB 114 and assisted in building a model school-based mental health program.   Her origin in education is as a school psychologist and is proud to always go back to this foundation.  Veronica is passionate about serving students with risk factors and ensuring that the educational systems and processes are safe and positive for youth and families. Veronica’s passion and heart is to be a strong equity leader and she continues to work on learning and listening.  Veronica is the proud parent to Holden and Destiny and partner to Jesse.  When she is not working she is often on the pool deck watching her son competitively swim!


NGHIA DO

YOUTH BOARD MEMBER

After struggling with depression, Nghia Do became passionate about youth mental health. He advocates for improved mental health systems for youth by founding and running a youth-led organization with members nationwide, YouthMindsAlliance, which raises awareness about the importance of mental health and transforms systems to better serve young adults through policy advocacy. YMA was recognized by U.S. Congress Representatives and California State Senate for their suicide prevention campaigns. Nghia is also the Project Director of the Youth Advocacy Board, a partnership of California Children’s Trust and the California Coalition for Youth, and a member of the Board of Directors at CMHACY. He is working to transform the California mental health system by working on public policy to implement peer-to-peer programs within high schools. If Nghia is not working, you will find him swiping Tiktok, reading books, or watching shows (and crying.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


DOMINIQUE EUGENE

BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Eugene obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor, a Certified Trauma Specialist, and an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. She has co-authored a book on mass trauma and emotional healing, Mass Trauma and Emotional Healing around the World: Rituals and Practices for Resilience and Meaning-Making, and written many articles on culturally-based concerns, trauma, play therapy. Dr. Eugene has focused her practice in the areas of children, family, and community well-being. Her current research interest focuses on female perpetrators of intimate partner violence with a history of childhood maltreatment. As a multicultural clinician, her research and treatment reflect her background and interests.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


GINA PEREZ

BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Gina Perez serves as Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer at Hathaway Sycamores and joined the agency in 2016.  She is responsible for the oversight of the agencies Clinical Practice, Quality Management, Compliance, Health Information Management, Research, and Training Departments as well as Strategic Planning to include development and implementation of New Initiatives for the agency.  Dr. Perez brings over 22 years of professional experience to CMHACY in designing and implementing services throughout Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, and Orange Counties.  Dr. Perez holds a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and has worked with all populations through her clinical tenure.  She received training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center developing specialty with the Birth to Five population.  Dr. Perez has served as Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (Service Area 3),  County-Wide Delegate for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and served as Board Member of the Irwindale Library Foundation as well as Boy Scouts of America, Troop 31 San Gabriel Valley District.


CHEZIA TARLETON

YOUTH BOARD MEMBER

Chezia (Chez) Tarleton graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in 2020 with a B.A in Sociology and is pursuing both a LMFT and LPCC. She is a Peer advocate within the Sacramento area, public speaker for mental health and youth representation, and volunteers for the Sacramento LGBTQ Center. She has dove into the field of mental health to empower and encourage other POC while fighting against stigma. She looks forward to the continued spread of mental health education and awareness.

 

 

 

 

 


JOLENE TREADAWAY

BOARD MEMBER

With 10 years of experience working with at-risk children & youth in foster care & the school system, Jolene obtained her ACSW, and is now an LCSW. Redwood Community Services’ Program Director Jolene Treadway provides one-on-one and group therapy to children, youth and families in Lake County while overseeing all Lake County programs and operations. Jolene brings experience working with youth along with expertise in non-profit program administration and management.

 

 

 

 

 


Wendy Wang

Wendy Wang is the Chief Public Policy and Advocacy Officer at Sycamores, one of the largest children’s mental health services organizations in LA County. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and co-facilitates the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. She currently serves as a board member and co-chair of the Public Policy Committee for the Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC). Wendy has championed many issues critical to the success of both individual and collective community-based organizations, including the importance of culturally responsive & linguistically appropriate care and having a diverse workforce. 

She was a member of LA Mayor James K. Hahn’s administration, library commissioner for the cities of Torrance and Pasadena, commissioner for the Pasadena northwest neighborhood, and served on the board for the Friends of the Pasadena Public Libraries, Pasadena Chapter of Soroptimist International and the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Greater LA Chapter.


RICH WEISGAL

BOARD MEMBER

Rich Weisgal, MA, LMFT, has over 40 years of experience in the mental health field as an administrator, manager, supervisor, clinician and consultant. He has worked for County behavioral health departments and private nonprofit agencies.  As a consultant with the Child and Family Policy Institute of California, he has facilitated State work groups on psychotropic medication and adoption competency. He has provided technical assistance nationally to jurisdictions implementing the Children’s Mental Health Initiative (SAMHSA) and consulted at the county level regarding Continuum of Care Reform (CCR). He is the father of three young-adult children and grandfather of five.

 

 

 

 

 


STAFF

MARTY GIFFIN

STAFF MEMBER

With an M.S. in Education, Marty Giffin, Ph.D., taught school from 1972 through 1977. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1982 and holds an active license in the State of California as a clinical psychologist. Dr. Giffin has worked in the mental health field for over thirty-five years.