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