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Ms. Gilbertson is the Founder and currently serves on the Board of Directors of MIKID; the Mental Health Awareness Coalition (MHAC); is the Board secretary of Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation (ABC) and is a member of the Governing Body of the Arizona State Hospital. She is a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Phoenix Theater Guild, and the Mental Health Guild. She is a retired Flotilla Commander of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and holds 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.
Board of Directors — Executive Committee
Harken Counseling, LLC
Ms. Harken is a seasoned compliance executive, with experience in a broad array of health care programs throughout the United States. Ms. Harken served as the Chief Compliance Officer for a national MBHO, during which time she oversaw compliance with 15 state Medicaid programs, as well as Medicare Advantage, ERISA, state insurance requirements, federal contracts, and Employee Assistance Programs. In addition to regulatory compliance, Ms. Harken developed and managed: the fraud, waste and abuse prevention and detection program, the privacy program, including implementation of HITECH amendments; the compliance training and education; and the internal audit and ethics hotline. Ms. Harken joined Crestline Advisors, LLC. in January of 2015, with a primary focus on compliance programs, fraud, waste and abuse prevention and detection, and health care regulations. Ms. Harken received her B.A. in psychology from Cornell College and J.D. from the University of Iowa. She is member of the State Bar of Arizona.
Director of Programs
St. Joseph the Worker
Patrick has been on the Board of Directors for MIKID since 2017. He has over 35 years’ experience as a leader in a variety of executive management and director positions in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. Patrick currently oversees the largest privately funded workforce organization in the United Sates, bringing vision, direction, and implementation of programing that directly affects over $1.24 million Arizonan’s experiencing poverty. Patrick earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Management from Northern Arizona University in 2013, graduating summa cum laude, where he was as an active member in several leadership organizations including most recently a graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy - Class nine in 2016-2017. Being a parent to a child with behavioral health issues Patrick has sought first handedly to understand all aspects of the mental health community in order to effectively create change and understanding of both family and child development.
Peters, Cannata & Moody, PLC
Member/Partner of Law Firm Peters, Cannata & Moody PLC Phoenix Ms. Cannata received her juris doctor degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1991, where she graduated summa cum laude and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif. After law school, Ms. Cannata served as a law clerk to both the Honorable Earl H. Carroll of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, and the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She practiced commercial litigation and government relations with Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon. She has been with Peters, Cannata & Moody since its inception in 1995. Ms. Cannata works extensively in the area of government relations, representing a broad range of public and private clients before legislative and administrative bodies.
Consultant, Author and Advocate
Peace of My Mind, LLC
Assistant Director Mental Health America of Arizona
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.
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Mr. Williams has worked in a variety of public service positions over his years of service to the community, including as Special Assistant to the Governor, Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation, as a consultant to the Arizona State Legislature, Executive Vice President at Baptist hospitals and Health Services, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, Assistant County Manager for Maricopa County, Partner at Williams LaSota & Miller, Ltd, and currently as the President and CEO of Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation. Mr. Williams has over 25 years in the mental health and homelessness arena.
He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Senior Olympics as the Secretary and is a member of the Arizona Housing Commission.
Mr. Williams received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from ASU and his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University College of Law.
Human Services CEO (Retired)
Dr. Dode is a current member of the Arizona Foster Care Review Board, Arizona Council of Human Service Providers and the Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies. She is the Co-Founder of the Arizona Suicide Prevention Coalition and serves on the Child Fatality Review Team’s Maricopa County Suicide Committee. Dr. Dode volunteers her time on the MIKID Board of Directors as well as with the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, East Valley Adult Resources, TASC Community Grant Initiatives and was appointed as the Commissioner for the Tempe Family Justice Commission in 2016.
Dr. Dode graduated from Arizona State University with a master’s degree in counseling and a Doctoral degree of Philosophy in Higher Education.
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).
Family Therapist, LPC
La Frontera - Empact SPC
Mrs. Blair started her career as a Combat Medic with the US Army. Since 2012, Mrs. Blair has worked in the human service field in Peer and Family Support with Choices Network of Arizona, as a Counseling Intern with Southwest Behavioral Health Services and Calvary Addiction and Recovery. Mrs. Blair is currently an IOP Therapist with Valle Del Sol.
Mrs. Blair received her graduate degree in Clinical Counseling from the University of Phoenix and is currently a Licensed Associate Counselor-in progress.
Mrs. Blair is a parent to a child with behavioral health challenges
Kathryn Hart has been on the Board of Directors since 1996 and has served as Board President (3), 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.
Director of Community Resources & Training
Beia’s Place Building Resilient Families
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