Sue Gilbertson

Community Advocate

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 and working together to build a better mental health system for children. Through these efforts, families had their very first support group on
March 11, 1987, which led to the formation of MIKID.

Board of Directors — Executive Committee

Elizabeth Harken

Harken Counseling, LLC
Patrick Winters
Vice President

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 programming 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 firsthand to understand all aspects of the mental health community in order to effectively create change and understanding of both family and child development.

Susan Cannata

Peters, Cannata & Moody, PLC
Erin Callinan

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

Lived Experience

Ted Williams
Immediate Past President


Board Directors

Ilene Dode
Past President

Human Services CEO (Retired)
Matthew Sloan
Board Member

Commercial Litigator
Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, LLP
Christina Blair
Board Member

Family Therapist, LPC
La Frontera - Empact SPC

Kathryn Hart
Board Member

Community Advocate

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.

Chussette Oden
Board Member

Director of Community Resources & Training
Beia’s Place Building Resilient Families

Shannon Patterson-Bogert
Board Member

Community Representative