The Brookline Center has achieved a statewide reputation for excellence in mental health services and mental health training. With a team of nearly 100 clinicians, staff in every Brookline public school, and partnerships with healthcare providers and public agencies, Brookline provides outpatient mental health treatment and integrated social services for thousands of people each year with a focus on underserved individuals with lower and moderate incomes, limited care access, and serious mental illness.
Ian Lang has a background in community healthcare and campaign management. Prior to taking the helm as Executive Director of Brookline, he served as Chief Strategy Officer and then Vice President of Advancement & External Relations for The Providence Center. Earlier in his career, he managed political campaigns for several congressional candidates. Ian holds an MBA, graduating with honors from the University of Rhode Island, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Trinity College.
Mental Health Partners (MHP) announced Dixie Casford, MBA, LPC and Jennifer Leosz, LCSW, have been selected as its new Co-Chief Executive Officers. Previously, Ms. Casford and Ms. Leosz served as Vice-Presidents of Acute Care and Clinical Care, respectively. “Dixie and Jen are uniquely qualified to share this important and integral role,” said Keith Collins, MHP Board of Directors Chair. “They have spent years cultivating relationships with community partners and members on behalf of MHP, are intimately connected to our culture and strategic goals through their previous leadership roles on the Executive Team and have a wonderful connection with staff at all levels.”
Additionally, Ms. Casford and Ms. Leosz have a background in clinical care and leadership in behavioral healthcare and, by working side-by-side for years, the duo has formed a strong professional bond and an excellent working relationship.
The Guidance Center, a subsidiary organization of The NARBHA Institute, is a not-for-profit Community Mental Health Center providing a full range of services to individuals of all ages in Flagstaff, Williams, and surrounding Northern Arizona communities. With a budget of $20 million, the Guidance Center employs over 200 staff at two main locations that serve almost 3,000 consumers annually.
CEO Lauren Lauder has been employed in the health and human services field for close to 20 years. Prior to joining The Guidance Center, she served as the Senior Vice President of Northern Arizona with Southwest Behavioral & Health Services. During her leadership, Lauren was responsible for service expansion, implementation and development of integrated care, and data-based decision making. Lauren also has previous experience working at the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (NARBHA). Her responsibilities included working to expand service provision, implementing evidence-based treatment models, and compliance monitoring. She earned her Bachelor of Social Work from Northern Arizona University, her Master of Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University, and her Master of Business Administration from the University of West Georgia. Lauren is licensed in the state of Arizona as an Independent Substance Abuse Counselor.
ReDiscover has a 50-year legacy of providing innovative and compassionate care through comprehensive programs serving men, women and children whose lives have been affected by mental illness and/or substance use disorders. ReDiscover’s inpatient hospital diversion program was so successful it was replicated statewide by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, and ReDiscover is in the process of opening the first behavioral health urgent care center in their area.
Jennifer Craig has more than 25 years of experience in behavioral health services working in community, residential and outpatient settings as a therapist and administrator. She received her BS from Northwestern University, her MA in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University, and her MS in Organization and Management from Capella University with a specialization in HR Management. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois, a Senior Professional in Human Resources and a Society for Human Resource Professionals Senior Certified Professional. As President & CEO, she provides visionary leadership for ReDiscover in the delivery of mental health and substance use disorder services to help individuals and families achieve healthier and more productive lives.
Don Savoie recently succeeded Maggie Labarta as President and CEO of Meridian Behavioral Healthcare. Don comes to the position with 30 years of industry experience, the last 8 serving as Chief Operating Officer for Meridian. He is enthusiastic about the future and said, “What I am most excited about is the changing awareness and public discussion as it relates to mental health and substance use disorders as 'healthcare'. The conversation is becoming more open within most communities, driving less stigma and greater opportunities for engagement for seeking treatment. Additionally, identifying mental health and substance use disorders as medical conditions that respond positively to treatment strengthens the ongoing argument in support of healthcare parity for funding and treatment.”