MEET THE TEAM

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President Jeffrey Jamerson
President Elect Jolene Treadway
Past President
Tanya McCullom
Treasurer Steve Elson
Secretary Veronica Coates

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Special Projects Officer
Marty Giffin

BOARD MEMBERS

Angela Brand
Mary Bush
Veronica Coates
Joymara Coleman
Steve Elson
Elizabeth Engelken
Dominique Eugene
Jeffrey Jamerson
Tony Kildare
Robert Layne
Tanya McCullom
Matthew Patterson
Peter Stoll
Jolene Treadway
Wendy Wang

FRIENDS OF THE BOARD

Tonya Bauhofer
Lisa Bertaccini
Maureen Burness
Sriya Chilla
Marika Collins
Carolyn Cooper
Nhgia Do
Elizabeth A. Estes
Danielle Gabrei Mole
Marty Giffin
Laura Heintz
Steve Hornberger
Shelley Lopez
dave neilsen
Nancy Netherland
Gina Perez
Rick Saletta
Mike Schertell
Jay Scoffield
Nancy Shea
Chezia Tarleton
Lynn Thull
Lorraine Viade
Rich Weisgal

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

TANYA MCCULLOM

PAST 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.  Tanya looks 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 a high school senior from San Diego, CA. When a friend reached out to her about their struggle with mental illness, she realized that she and many of her peers didn’t know how to provide support in a crisis. From then on, Sriya committed herself to establishing peer-to-peer mental health programs in high schools across California. Now, Sriya is the Chair of the Youth Advisory Board at the California Coalition for Youth (CCY), the Co-Chair of the Community Affairs Committee at the California Mental Health Advocates for Youth and Children (CMHACY), a crisis counselor at the California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL), a panelist at several conferences on youth advocacy, and has testified in front of the Assembly Budget Committee to gather support for peer-to-peer programs. As she heads to UCLA in Fall 2022, she will continue to use her voice to ensure that no student is at a loss for words when it comes to their mental health.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


VERONICA COATES

SECRETARY

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


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

For 10 years, Redwood Community Services’ Director of Development, Jolene Treadway, has dedicated her life to serving the at-risk youth and families of Lake and Mendocino Counties. Whether through individual therapy, program management, or organizational oversight, Jolene ensures that each family served receives optimal services to get them to a place of wellness and recovery. With an expertise in Non-Profit Program Administration and Management, Jolene works to build programs that provide sustainable services to the communities around them. 

 

 

 

 

 


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.