Our Staff


Dick Geasland
LCSW
, Chief Executive Office
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Dick Geasland
LCSW
, Chief Executive Office
Dick is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 40 years direct service and management experience in several non-profit organizations. Since arriving in Arizona, Dick worked 10 years in direct services at Jane Wayland Center. Dick served as the Executive Director of Youth Evaluation and Treatment Centers for over 14 years. He has also served as an Interim President/CEO and Chief Clinical and Operations Officer for Jewish Family & Children’s Service. From 2005 thru 2012, Dick served as the Executive Director of Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development. Most recently, he was the Associate Director of Sojourner Center. Dick is well versed in the Arizona behavioral health and social service system while bringing forward a commitment to excellence in service delivery and engagement of all program staff.
Bonnie Kolakowski
MBA, Chief Financial Office
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Bonnie Kolakowski
MBA, Chief Financial Office
Bonnie Kolakowski started working with MIKID in April 2013 as the Chief Financial Officer. Bonnie oversees the financial operations of the agency including but not limited to budgeting, financial statement preparation, adherence to internal controls, and oversight of the agency’s annual financial audit. She has worked in the behavioral health industry since 2009 and for non-profits since 2006. Bonnie has been in the accounting field for over 18 years and has her MBA with an emphasis in accounting. Bonnie has lived life experience navigating two children in the behavioral health system. Together with her MIKID team, she has helped the agency grow.
Akia Compton
Vice President of Programs
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Akia Compton
Vice President of Programs
Akia Compton has been active in youth services since 1993, ranging from residential, independent living, juvenile justice and behavioral health. Her passion stems from being a youth enrolled in the system. Akia received her B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice and her M.S. in Administration of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix. Akia wanted to give back to her community and help other youth navigate the system in a positive way. She is also a parent of a child with behavioral health challenges. Akia started her work at MIKID in August of 2012. Her personal and professional endeavors have made her a valuable asset to MIKID.
Tiffani Cullin
Director Quality Management
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Tiffani Cullin
Director Quality Management
Tiffani Cullin joined the MIKID team as the Director of Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Management (QM) in October of 2014. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wayne State College and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Tiffani has previous experience working for a family-run children’s behavioral health advocacy organization in Nebraska, serving in the roles of Family Support Partner, Family Services Coordinator, and ultimately the Associate Director. Tiffani has lived experience through her time spent raising her nieces and as a Foster Parent in Arizona.

Eric Perry
Regional Clinical Director
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Eric Perry
Regional Clinical Director
Eric became the Regional Clinical Director at MIKID in March of 2016. He has his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Marywood University in Pennsylvania, and is a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor in Arizona. Eric’s many years of experience in the field of Behavioral Health is very diverse in multiple settings, ranging from the very rural areas of Pennsylvania to the urban areas of both Denver, CO and now Phoenix. He has worked as a Family Therapist, Addictions Therapist, Case Manager, Clinical Supervisor, and Program Manager. Eric also brings his educational experience to MIKID, having several years of experience as a Training Specialist in Behavioral Health and Adjunct Faculty at a PA University.
Christie Blanda
Regional Clinical Director
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Christie Blanda
Regional Clinical Director
Christie has a Bachelors degree in substance abuse counseling and a Masters in Organizational Leadership. She has been in the field of Behavioral Health for 16 years counseling children and adults with mental health and substance abuse diagnosis. She managed the largest substance abuse clinic in New York state, including outpatient, outpatient detox and a community residence for adult women recovering from substance abuse and mental health issues. She lived in New York until 2015 when she relocated to Arizona and became the Regional Director for MIKID. Christie has raised children suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues.
Alfonso Gonzalez

Director of Human Resources
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Alfonso Gonzalez

Director of Human Resources
Alfonso has been working for MIKID since 2013, and has over 5 years experience working in the social services field. Alfonso has worked with dual diagnosis, art therapy, foster, group home, and shelter populations. Alfonso is originally from California and has been working in Human Resources for over 10 years. He has worked with both for profit and nonprofit organizations. Alfonso has also assisted in music programs at previous agencies as he has actively been involved in music for almost 20 years.
Robert Pando
Operations Manager
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Robert Pando
Operations Manager
Robert began his MIKID tenure as an office assistant intern in 2008 for a high school project. When Robert completed his internship, he was hired on part time while he still attended high school. Robert was offered full time employment once he graduated from high school and has been promoted throughout the years from Office Assistant to Referral Coordinator and now to Medical Records and Facilities Supervisor. Robert has been a pivotal part of transitioning the medical records into a paperless database.

Traci Rainey
BHT
, Direct Services Manager
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Traci Rainey
BHT
, Direct Services Manager
Northern Arizona Direct Services Manager

Traci Rainey joined MIKID in May of 2010 as the Northern Arizona Respite Coordinator. Traci supervises multiple Respite Providers throughout Northern Arizona and has built solid professional relationships with the Behavioral Health Clinics. Having gained knowledge and life experience of the behavioral health system as a result of her involvement with her immediate and extended family, Traci has been able to pass on some of the tools she has learned, especially in providing targeted interventions for respite workers and families alike.

Nancy Osborn
BHT, Family Services Manager
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Nancy Osborn
BHT, Family Services Manager
Northern Arizona Family Services Manager

In 30 years of marriage, Nancy has helped her husband raise five amazing children, now adults. Three of those are stepchildren, one has special needs and one is a grandchild. Nancy believes her loved ones have afforded her the experiences that allow her to provide services with compassion, understanding and empathy. She has worked as a Family Support Partner with MIKID for in 2008 and has been a supervisor since 2010. She takes great joy in supporting families and Family Support Providers in meeting their goals.

Manuela Valenzuela
Direct Services Manager
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Manuela Valenzuela
Direct Services Manager
Manuela Valenzuela has been working with MIKID since November 2012, starting as a Direct Service Provider (DSP). She worked her way up to the Lead DSP and is currently the Direct Service Manager. She has been in the behavioral health field for eight years working in group homes and as an independent contractor providing services for youth and adults with behavioral health challenges. Mental illness runs in her family and when one of her nephews was diagnosed with autism, she felt it was best that she knew the process of the behavioral health system to help her family understand his diagnosis. This became a passion for Manuela; she has created a rapport with local agencies in the community and she continues to share her knowledge and advocate for youth with behavioral health challenges.
Elizabeth Cumberland
Direct Services Manager
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Elizabeth Cumberland
Direct Services Manager
Southern Arizona Family & Direct Services Manager

Elizabeth is the Southern Arizona Family & Direct Services Manager for GSA3. Elizabeth has lived experience as a mother of three, one of which is on the autism spectrum. Elizabeth has had the learn how to navigate through the behavioral/mental health sector as well as advocating in the school settings for her son. Elizabeth has really honed her skills working as Family Support Provider, a Lead and now a Manager. Elizabeth states that working in MIKID has helped her grow and complete many achievements as a peer as well as in her personal life. Helping families with special needs children is a job that helps for a lifetime.


Heather French
Prevention Specialist
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Heather French
Prevention Specialist
Heather Fenech was born and raised in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. She received her B.A. in Communications and Theatre Arts with minor in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She has spent the last 6 years working with Women and Children survivors of Domestic Violence before coming to work with MIKID as the Suicide Prevention Specialist. She has a passion for working with and helping people find their voice, believe in their own self-worth and for reducing the stigma attached to “taboo” subjects such as DV, Mental Illness and Suicide by encouraging people to talk about it. Heather has come to believe that she didn’t choose this field of work, but instead, this field of work chose her.
Timesha Moore-McHarris
Prevention Coordinator
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Timesha Moore-McHarris
Prevention Coordinator
Timesha Moore-McHarris joined the MIKID team as the Prevention Coordinator in November 2016. Timesha has lived experiences with learning and life challenges that have motivated her to be in the behavioral health field. Timesha attended Arizona State University where she received her B.A. in Social and Behavioral Science. She is currently in school for her Masters in Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Trauma and Crisis. Timesha enjoys sharing her stories in hopes to make an impact in a youth’s life.
Alicia Ledezma
Family Support Manager
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Alicia Ledezma
Family Support Manager
Alicia Ledezma joined MIKID in March of 2017 as Family Support Partner, in April 2017 she was promoted to Family Support Manager. Alicia has 15 years of experience working in the behavioral health field. Alicia has lived life experiences as she has had children in the behavioral health, education, and juvenile justice systems therefore understands how challenging this could be for parents as she has been on both sides. Alicia believes that she is able to empower and give families a sense of hope when they are feeling that they are unable to understand and navigate these systems. Alicia is very happy to have joined the MIKID team and looks forward to helping the Family Support program grow.
Sharon Williams
Family Support Manger
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Sharon Williams
Family Support Manger
Phoenix/Casa Grande Family Support Manager

Sharon Williams Ogoroh brings 15 years of behavior health experience to the field and has been a committed MIKID Team member since January 2016. She currently serves as the Family Support Manager for Central Arizona. Sharon has a passion for helping families and has further deepened her commitment to the field by pursuing post-graduate courses at Grand Canyon University. She will receive her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Executive Fire Safety in the summer of 2017. Sharon has worked as a Quality Improvement Specialist and as a Behavioral Health Technician since coming to Phoenix, Arizona as a transplant from North Carolina. The culmination of those experiences assists her in ensuring that her families receive the highest level of care and support as they access MIKID resources and services.


Tahnee Sandavol
BHT, Family Support Manager
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Tahnee Sandavol
BHT, Family Support Manager
Tucson Family Support Manager

Tahnee was hired in 2015 as a Family Support Partner, transitioned to Direct Service Lead the same year, and move to the Family Support Manager in 2016. Tahnee has 10 years of lived experience and has a son that has behavioral health challenges. She has been in the behavioral health field for 3 years and has worked with children for over 6 years. Tahnee has facilitated Grief and Loss groups and has a strong compassion for people that are struggling due to her life experience.

Patricia Worthen
BHT, Direct Services Manager
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Patricia Worthen
BHT, Direct Services Manager
Southern Arizona Direct Services Manager

Patricia has background in the Social Service Field and Education Field. Patricia was a single mother who had to learn the behavioral health and educational system for her children. Patricia has been in on both sides of the fence and knows the challenges it entails for parents to navigate the systems. Patricia started with MIKID as the Family Support Manager and is now the Direct Services Manager. Patricia has been working with MIKID since 2013.

Jamie Clark
Billing Specialist
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Jamie Clark
Billing Specialist
Tucson Family Support Manager

Jamie joined the MIKID team as the billing specialist in February 2013. She has been happily married for almost 20 years and has 3 children. Jamie has 17 years experience in the billing field. She began her start in billing while working for a radiology group for 8 years, spending the last 5 of those years as billing manager. She then moved on to a nephrology group where she worked for 7 years doing the billing for patients with kidney disease. When the opportunity came along to work for MIKID, she decided to try something new and has enjoyed the experience that behavioral health billing has given her.

Paterse Randles
Grant Coordinator
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Paterse Randles
Grant Coordinator
Paterse has been with MIKID since March of 2013 and moved into the Grants Coordinator position in 2016. Paterse attends Arizona State University working towards a Women & Gender Studies Major, and African and African American Studies Minor. She will graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in May, 2016. In her spare time, she tutors students with learning challenges as well as providing support with their educational goals. Her main goal is to help bridge the gap between high school and college for students with learning challenges. By acting as peer mentor and support, Paterse is able to encourage and help students with learning disabilities (LD) successfully transition to college.

David Cummings
B.A. 
Wellness Coach
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David Cummings
B.A. 
Wellness Coach
Southern Arizona Direct Services Manager

David Cummings has been the Wellness Coach for MIKID since May of 2014. David received his Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University, in Human Nutrition and Exercise and Wellness and obtained his personal training certification from The American Council of Sports and Medicine. David has almost 10 years of experience in the field of health and wellness, including more than 4 years in behavioral health. David enjoys sharing his passion for wellness with others, and strongly believes every child deserves the opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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