Behavioral Health


Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD
UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Elizabeth Gibboney, MA
Partnership HealthPlan of California


Subcommittee Members

Jane Adcock
Executive Director
California Behavioral Health Planning Council

Robin Affrime, MPH
Former CEO
CommuniCare Health Centers

Sarah Arnquist, MPH
Vice President of Client Partnerships
Beacon Health Options

Anne Bakar
President and CEO
Telecare Corporation

Kirsten Barlow, MSW
Senior Policy Consultant
Harbage Consulting

Stuart Buttlaire, PhD
Regional Director of Inpatient Psychiatry and Continuing Care
Northern California Kaiser Permanente

Jeanne Cain
Former Executive Vice President of Policy

Marina Castillo-Augusto, MS
Chief, Community Development and Engagement Unit
Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health

Clayton Chau, MD, PhD
Regional Executive Medical Director, Institute for Mental Health and Wellness
Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern CA Region

Patrick Courneya, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
National Health Plan and Hospitals Quality
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals

Jessica Cruz, MP
Executive Director
National Alliance on Mental Illness California

E. Maxwell Davis, PhD, LISW
Director, Integrated Behavioral Health Program
California Social Work Education Center
UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare

Thad Dixon
Xpio Health

Sheree Lowe
Vice President, Behavioral Health
California Hospital Association

Maggie Merritt
Executive Director
Steinberg Institute

Jennifer Patterson, PhD
US Department of Veteran Affairs

Bethany Phoenix, PhD, RN
Health Sciences Clinical Professor and Vice-Chair,
Department of Community Health Systems, UCSF School of Nursing

Kristene Smith
Mental Health California

Elizabeth Stanley-Salazar, MPH, RN
Project Manager
California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions

Sheila Thornton
President and CEO
OneFuture Coachella Valley

Dawan Utecht
Director of Behavioral Health / Public Guardian
Fresno County

Stacie Walker
Former Deputy Director, Healthcare Workforce Development
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

Stephanie Welch
Executive Officer
Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

Timothy White, PhD
California State University

Jim Wood, DDS
California State Assembly

Donna Wyatt, MS
Director, Career and College Transitions Division
California Department of Education


Lead Staff

Kim Mayer, MSSW
Director of Workforce Development
California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutoions