Founder

Sue Gilbertson

December 5, 1941 - May 10, 2022

Ms. Gilbertson is the Founder of MIKID  and  served on the Board of Directors of MIKID; the Mental Health Awareness Coalition (MHAC); and was the Board secretary of Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation (ABC) and was a member of the Governing Body of the Arizona State Hospital. She was a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Phoenix Theater Guild, and the Mental Health Guild. She was a retired Flotilla Commander of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and held a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.  Ms. Gilbertson was the 2019 inductee of the Mental Health America of Arizona into the Hall of Fame.

MIKID’s history stemmed from one individual’s overwhelming concern for the lack of services provided for children in the mental health field and the many serious issues that were not being properly addressed. This individual, Ms. Sue Gilbertson, began her quest in 1984 when her son, Eric, was diagnosed with mental illness. In trying to get assistance for her son, Ms. Gilbertson found herself amidst a conventional medical community that was simply not equipped to handle the problems her son was facing. Ms. Gilbertson came to realize that her struggles were not isolated events and took on the responsibility of uniting families, naming the group MIKID and working together to help build a better mental health system for children. Through these efforts, families had their very first meeting and support group on March 11, 1987.

Sue was an integral part of MIKID's 35th Celebration in March of 2022 and unfortunately passed away May 10, 2022.

Board of Directors -- Executive Committee

Erin Callinan
President

Consultant, Author and Advocate
Peace of My Mind, LLC
Assistant Director Mental Health America of Arizona
Lived Experience

Erin Callinan has been an advocate for eradicating the stigma surrounding mental illness since she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001. After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2007, Erin returned to her hometown of Flagstaff and began working as an advocate and shelter manager of a domestic violence crisis shelter for the next 3 years. In 2011, Erin moved to Phoenix and joined the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence as the Training and Technical Assistance Manager. She has facilitated over 2200 hours of training throughout the country on sexual assault, domestic violence, mental health, and the effects of trauma.

Erin is the owner of Peace of My Mind, L.L.C. through which she authored and self-published her book entitled, Beautifully Bipolar: An Inspiring Look Into Mental Illness. In partnership with her family and psychiatrist, Erin travels throughout the state using her voice and passion to de-stigmatize mental illness so that families and individuals no longer have to suffer in silence.

Purchase her book “Beautifully Bipolar: An Inspiring Look Into Mental Illness” on her website: www.beautifullybipolar.com


Sean Gunderson
Vice President

Community Representative
Lived Experience

Sean Gunderson is an executive leader with over 25-years of experience creating business value through the design, development, and execution of technology-based products for national and international organizations. Sean currently works with organizations that are delivering interoperability at the intersection of the Justice, Health, and Social domains.

Sean founded iTether Technologies, a digital patient engagement solution system that enables coordination of care for patients across all treatment levels. Sean has extensive experience building collaborative partnerships that foster product R&D, develop interoperability between disparate domains, enhance strategic planning, and drive the development of innovative products.

Sean is the founder of WoodSyn, LLC which is launching an innovative forest-based industry that produces a new category of economically and environmentally sustainable products for the commercial and residential construction marketplace, creates permanent manufacturing jobs, and restores Arizona forests while reducing the risk of catastrophic forest fires.


Judge Richard Weiss
Treasurer

Lived Experience

The Honorable Richard Weiss recently retired as a Superior Court Judge for Mohave County, Arizona. He attended Northern Arizona University, obtaining a B.S. in Business Administration –
Finance and he received his J.D. from Arizona State University. Judge Weiss has handled a variety of cases including family, criminal, civil and juvenile cases. He was the Presiding
Juvenile Judge for more than 10 years in his service to Mohave County. In particular, Judge Weiss’ involvement with the juvenile court was instrumental in developing the Court Team model in Arizona. This model includes training and educational programs to improve professional and public understanding and engagement in the early childhood development and health for the birth to 5 population. This model, now throughout Arizona, improves outcomes for infants and toddlers in state care.

Judge Weiss was the recipient of MIKID's 2017 Sue Gilbertson Leadership Award.




Chussette Oden
Secretary

Director of Community Resources & Training Beia’s Place Building Resilient Families Lived Experience Chussette Oden is a seasoned professional who has vast experience in the mental health field. She has held various positions with multiple agencies in Arizona in social services and behavioral health for over twenty years. During her career, she has worked in a variety of roles both inpatient and outpatient, including positions such as: Intensive Case Manager, Family Support Partner, Forensics ACT team Substance abuse/ Housing Specialist, Clinical Housing Specialist, Contractor for Arizona Department of Corrections, group home case manager, Program Coordinator, launching and developing parent support and family programs and services. As a Family Support Liaison in the early 2000’s, Ms. Oden played an integral role in the roll out of the Child and Family Team (CFT) process in Arizona. Currently, as Director of Training and Community Resources for Beia’s Place, she utilizes her extensive knowledge of local resources and deep understanding of the challenges faced by underrepresented populations. She is responsible for developing programs and curriculum, training staff, facilitating and coordinating placements, and providing education on navigating dual systems. All of her work is done with the efforts to achieve whole health and self- sufficiency for individuals and families. Chussette has a passion for assisting individuals and families. She does this by helping people with goals and outcomes related to integrated health and transitioning youth to adult services, advocating for seniors, advocating for educational rights for children in school settings, and connecting children, families and adults with services needed to improve their mental wellness. Chussette the daughter of 2 military veterans and she is a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 65. She is also an avid traveler, reader, and book club member. Chussette learned to navigate the education and behavioral health system as a professional, but more importantly through personal experience as parent of a child with behavioral health needs and, most recently, as an advocate for her 2 young grandchildren diagnosed with Autism



Board Directors

Kathryn Hart
Board Member
Community Advocate Kathryn Hart has been on the Board of Directors since 1996 and has served as Board President (5), Vice President (3) and Secretary (4). Kathryn served as the original chairperson for the Sue Gilbertson Leadership awards. She has been a part of the Board’s Nominating Committee and the Policy and Procedure Committee for several years. Kathryn holds a Ph.D. and a JD and has worked in the Mental Health Field in both Minnesota and Arizona for the past 40 years. Kathryn currently serves on a number of other community Board of Directors.
Matthew Sloan
Board Member
Commercial Litigator Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, LLP Matthew Sloan, Esq. is an experienced commercial litigator whose practice areas include complex business disputes, creditors’ rights, fidelity and surety law, bankruptcy, construction law, real estate disputes and construction defects. Mr. Sloan represents individuals, businesses and institutional creditors, as well as sureties and contractors in state, federal and bankruptcy court actions, as well as in arbitrations and administrative hearings. Mr. Sloan regularly handles large complex commercial matters involving construction issues, including the investigation and resolution of performance and payment bond claims, and the prosecution and defense of cases involving differing site conditions, lost productivity, acceleration, termination and construction delay claims. In addition, Mr. Sloan assists lenders and lessors to achieve the most favorable recoveries from distressed property and non-performing loans and leases. Mr. Sloan has experience with the judicial and non-judicial foreclosure of real property collateral and litigating deficiency claims against borrowers and guarantors, as well as with judicial and non-judicial recovery of personal property collateral. Mr. Sloan has regularly been assisting clients with negotiating short sales, forbearance agreements and deeds in lieu. Mr. Sloan currently serves as the firm’s hiring partner. Mr. Sloan graduated from the University of Arizona (B.A. 1993) and Arizona State University (J.D. 1997).
Susan Boyles
Board Member

Community Representative
Lived Experience

Susan Boyles is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she graduated from Edinboro University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my master’s degree in Social Work. Susan also has a certificate in Executive Leadership and Management from the University of Notre Dame. Susan has over 20 years’ experience in the field of Behavioral Health. This experience includes therapeutic staff support, intensive case management, prevention specialist, partial hospitalization programming, inpatient hospitalization for adults and geriatric populations, mental health group home management, residential treatment for eating disorders, individual, group, and family therapy, and integrated care within the primary care setting. Susan currently is the Director of Behavioral Health at Adelante Healthcare where she oversees Adelante’s Integrated and Specialty Behavioral Health programs.


David Wilhelmsen
Board Member

Lived Experience

Born and raised in Prescott, Arizona, David grew up alongside a brother with severe developmental delays. This imbued in him a special recognition of the trials faced by people with mental disabilities and their family. David earned a B.A. from Hillsdale College, serving as Student Body President, and received his Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame Law School with honors. David now practices commercial finance law at Snell & Wilmer LLP, helping lenders safely and effectively finance housing, apartments, hotels, and commercial developments across the country. David also leads his firm’s involvement with the Volunteer Lawyers Program, which pairs attorneys with low income Phoenix residents to provide high quality legal representation, free of cost. David is licensed in both Arizona and New Mexico. He researched and wrote an American Bar Association resolution on legal history and arguments for upholding free speech on college campuses. He is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in that language.



Miranda Birden
Board Member

Lived Experience
Community Representative
Miranda Birden is a Senior Vice President for Bank of America, currently serving as a Strategic Expansion Leader for ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth through Bank of America’s Leader on Loan program. In her current role, Miranda is responsible for developing a scalable roadmap for ICAN to leverage as they expand their free Out of School youth programming to school districts across Arizona. Additionally, Miranda will identify key recommendations, systems and practices to ensure ICAN’s growth is sustainable and efficient.
Prior to her current role, Miranda was a Senior Delivery Lead for Architecture and Enabling Services, a business unit with Global Technology & Operations (GT&O). Miranda was an individual contributor who led various operation and transformational activities within the department. Miranda’s primary responsibilities included financial management oversight of project initiatives and driving long term strategic operational change. Miranda was a critical creator in designing operation models across her organization that were adopted across several architecture groups. During her tenure in this role, Miranda graduated with her Executive MBA from Arizona State University, making her a proud Double Devil.
Miranda joined the bank as a Credit Card Fraud contact center representative in 2003 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University. Since joining, Miranda took on several lateral positions across Card Services including a role where she worked with a MBNA merger & acquisition team to draft new process and procedures for credit card customer service associates. Miranda continued to gain critical skills through lateral moves including a transition to Global Human Resources Staffing and eventually a Project Analyst Role in GT&O.
Miranda currently resides in Phoenix and is passionate about community and career development both within and outside the company. She spent five years as a volunteer for St. Joseph the Worker in Phoenix writing resumes for shelterless adults, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for MIKID, a local organization dedicated to improving the behavioral health and wellness of children and youth through a family-centered approach.
Additionally, Miranda serves as Chapter Co-Chair for Bank of America’s employee network LEAD for Woman, a network that promotes professional development to help attract, develop, advance and retain female professionals at all levels of our company.
In her free time, Miranda enjoys traveling across the state, honing her creative skills through crafts and fluid art and spending quality time with friends and local family.



Jamie Timmerman, PhD, NCSP
Board Member


Jamie Timmerman is an Arizona Certified School Psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and a Master’s degree in School Counseling. Jamie also has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Exercise Physiology and Leisure Science. She worked in behavioral health as a behavioral health specialist and assistant education coordination for 4-years at a residential treatment center in Scottsdale, AZ. Jamie has 8-years of college teaching experience from both Northern Arizona University (extended campuses) and University of Arizona (UA Chandler). Jamie enjoys teaching and mentoring college students.

Jamie served on the Arizona Association of School Psychologists (AASP) Non-Profit Board as a volunteer for 8 years, in various roles including: 2013-2017 Treasurer; 2017-2018 Conference Planning Committee (soliciting exhibitors/sponsors and supporting raffle/silent auction donations), Photographer, Historian, Social Media Coordinator; 2018-2019 Conference Planning Committee, Raffle/Silent Auction Committee Chair, Photographer, Historian, Social Media Coordinator; 2019-2020 President-Elect; 2020- 2021 President, Legislative Taskforce Committee; 2021-2022 Past President, Elections Chairperson; and 2022-2023 - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, National School Psychology Week (NSPW) Committee, and Conference Planning Committee.

Jamie is a Phoenix Native and proud mother. She has a passion for mental health advocacy, advocacy for individuals with disabilities, school safety, trauma informed practices, and physical fitness/sports. Jamie supports Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Social Justice practices and believes that representation matters.





 
 
 
 

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