Our 2015 Speakers

Program Chief, Primary Care Research Program
National Institute of Mental Health  |  Bethesda, MD

Susan T. Azrin, Ph.D., is Program Chief of the Primary Care Research Program within the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  This program supports research on the integration of mental health care into primary care and other non-specialty settings.

Dr. Azrin is also the Scientific Officer for the NIMH Mental Health Research Network and leads the NIMH initiative on improving health and reducing premature mortality in people with severe mental illnesses, for which she was presented the NIMH Award for Significant Achievement in 2013.

Senior Manager for Behavioral Health
Kaiser Permante Care Management Institute  |  Oakland, California

Andrew Bertagnolli, PhD is the Senior Manager for Behavioral Health at Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute. He has worked for the Care Management Institute since 2006.  He has more than 20 years of health care experience and an exceptionally strong background in healthcare operations, consulting and process improvement in the areas of behavioral health and pain management.  Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 1996, he received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and his Master and Doctorate degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology in Alameda, California and completed his internship at University of New Mexico Consortium in Albuquerque. In his current role, Dr. Bertagnolli, brings together his passion for integrating behavioral health into primary care delivery systems through rapid cycle process improvement methods. In addition, Dr. Bertagnolli, is the staff psychologist at Spinecare Medical Group in Daly City, California and an Adjunct Professor at Alliant International University and California Institute of Integral Studies. He has also been on the faculty of the Wright Institute, San Francisco State University, University of California-Berkeley Extension and University of California-San Francisco.  He also serves as an expert reviewer for the California Board of Psychology.

Steven Buck
Deputy Commissioner
Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services |  Oklahoma City, OK

Steven Buck serves ODMHSAS as deputy commissioner for communications and prevention. In this capacity, Buck directs ODMHSAS’s prevention and provider certification initiatives. He also oversees both internal and external communications and is the agency’s lead on state legislative relations. Prior to joining the department in August 2007, Buck enjoyed a ten year career with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. During his tenure, he served in multiple capacities, including director of state policy, director of state relations, and executive director of NAMI Oklahoma. As director of state policy, Buck provided oversight and consultation in the area of public policy development to the 50 NAMI state organizations. Buck has advocacy experience in multiple state legislatures and has been involved in numerous political campaigns and policy initiatives. He and his wife, Lisa, have four daughters and two sons. A native Oklahoman, he is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics.

Senior Policy Adviser
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and one of the nation’s most respected health care journalists and thought leaders.  She is an on-air analyst on health issues with the PBS NewsHour and a commentator for National Public Radio. Dentzer served from 2008-2013 as the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs. She also previously led the NewsHour’s health policy unit, reporting extensively and offering analysis on-air.

Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the IOM’s Board on Population Health. She is also an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute.  She graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001-2004. She also serves on the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School.

Dentzer is a member of the boards of directors of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization; the Health Data Consortium, which seeks to foster use of health data to improve health and health care; Research!America, which works to advance research to improve health; the American Board of Medical Specialties, which assists 24 medical specialty boards in evaluating and certifying physicians; and the Public Health Institute, which addresses public health issues and solutions. She is also on the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, RAND Health’s Board of Advisors, and the national advisory committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows.


Joseph Fairbanks, MPP

Director for the Center of Health Innovation and Effectiveness
Oklahoma State Department of Health  |  Oklahoma City, OK

Joseph Fairbanks currently serves as the Director for the Center of Health Innovation and Effectiveness within the Oklahoma State Department of Health. In this role, he oversees the creation of innovative avenues to reduce health costs, improve the quality of care, and integrate social determinants of health and population health improvements in healthcare. Prior to joining OSDH, he worked five years at the state Medicaid agency as the manager of Medicaid policy development. He graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2005 and from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Policy in 2008.

FOX CathieCathie Fox, PhD

Mental Health Integration Psychologist
Intermountain Healthcare  |  Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Cathie Fox is a clinical psychologist who works as a regional clinical lead for Intermountain Healthcare’s mental health integration program.  She mentors primary care providers, mental health clinicians and clinic staff in providing team based care at primary care clinics.  She has more than 20 years of experience providing therapy, assessment, and consultative services to patients of all ages with a specialty in treating adolescents and families.  Prior to her current role, Dr. Fox was the program director for Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital adolescent residential and day treatment programs.


GALBREATH LauraLaura Galbreath, MPP
Director, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions
National Council for Behavioral Health

Laura Galbreath is the Director for the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions operated by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

She manages the overall operations of the center and leads several learning communities and provides consultation to improve screening and referrals to mental health treatment, create structures for collaborative care for shared patients, and increase access to primary care services for persons with mental illness.

REDIGER_JeffJeffrey D. Rediger, MD, MDiv
Medical and Clinical Director, McLean SE and Community Programs 
McLean Hospital
Cambridge, MA

Jeffrey Rediger, MD is the medical director of McLean SE and Community programs at McLean Hospital, Chief of Psychiatry at Good Samaritan Medical Center, and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. A licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Rediger also has a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and publishes in the fields of medicine, psychiatry and spirituality. Dr. Rediger’s research into the spontaneous remission or healing of incurable medical illness has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Dr. Oz Show, and Anderson Cooper 360, among others.


Our 2015 Breakout Speakers

Kelli Adams, CPS
Kelli Adams is a certified peer specialist at Pathways to Housing PA. She enjoys helping others live life in a healthier, more productive manner, which varies from person to person.

Jeffrey Alderman, MD, MS, FACP
Dr. Jeffrey Alderman is clinical associate professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, where he has practiced and taught internal medicine and palliative medicine since 2001. He founded two palliative care inpatient consult services in the Tulsa community, and continues to practice hospice medicine. Today he serves as medical director of the Sooner Health Access Network – a state waiver program providing care coordination and management services for Medicaid beneficiaries across the state of Oklahoma.

Glenda Armstrong, RN
Glenda Armstrong is a nurse and a trainer with 30 years of experience working with community health and care management programs. Since 2000 her focus has been system transformation to improve healthcare delivery in long-term and acute care settings. Currently she is working with the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine to implement an evidence-based collaborative team care management program for the Sooner Health Access Network, which provides healthcare for Sooner Care Choice participants.

Laura Arrowsmith, DO
Dr. Laura Arrowsmith is a physician in private practice in Tulsa. She is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and provides medical care for transgender patients. Additionally, Dr. Arrowsmith does a large amount of teaching and activism for the transgender community, having given numerous presentations about transgender basics and transgender issues.

Robin Aupperle, PhD
Dr. Robin Aupperle joined Laureate Institute for Brain Research and the University of Tulsa in August 2014 as an assistant professor. Dr. Aupperle’s research focuses on using neuroscientific knowledge to enhance treatment and prevention efforts for anxiety and PTSD.

Sara Barry, MEd, LBP
Sara Barry is a licensed behavioral practitioner and certified psychometrist. She serves as the Business and Community Development liaison for INTEGRIS Mental Health and the James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit. In this capacity, she works to help develop new programs and to educate others about mental health, addiction recovery and the mind/body/spirit connection and the related programs that INTEGRIS has to offer.

Traci Bartley Young, LCSW
Traci Bartley Young works as a primary care social worker and is the lead social worker for behavioral health integration in primary care for OU Physicians in Oklahoma City. She has practiced both nationally and internationally. Young has a diverse professional background that includes clinical services, consultation, administration and community organizing.

Angela M. Beeson, JD
Angela Beeson became an attorney for Oklahoma Child Support Services for the Department of Human Services in 2009. In 2013 she became an assistant general counsel for the Department of Human Services and was assigned to the Adult Protective Services division.

Cleo T. Berninger, Adult Literacy Specialist
Cleo Berninger works as a literacy specialist with the Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service of the Tulsa City-County Library System. At the library, adults age 16 and over who read at or below the sixth-grade level are matched one-to-one with volunteer tutors. Berninger works directly with adult learners at points along the way as they go through an intake process that includes screening, engagement and assessment. She selects material and provides instruction for strategy and accommodation needs of literacy pairs as they begin working in the right direction to meet learner goals.

Andrew Bertagnolli, PhD
Dr. Andrew Bertagnolli is the senior manager for Behavioral Health at Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute. He has more than 20 years of healthcare experience and a strong background in healthcare operations, consulting and process improvement in the areas of behavioral health and pain management.

Crystal Brill, MS, LPC
Crystal Brill has been with DVIS/Call Rape since 2010. She continues to practice therapy with children who have a history of trauma and domestic violence, while also supervising a team of child therapists at DVIS.

Mark L. Britton, PharmD, MDiv, CDE, BC-ADM, FASHP
Dr. Britton completed a B.S. in Pharmacy (Auburn University, 1981), a Doctor of  Pharmacy (University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, 1983), and an Ambulatory Care Residency (University of Texas at Austin, 1984).  In 1986, he joined the OUHSC College of Pharmacy where he is now Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professional Programs.  He provides direct care for patients with diabetes on interprofessional teams at both the Variety Care FQHC and the University of Oklahoma Family Medicine Center and is a national leader in developing advanced ambulatory care pharmacy practices and residency program.

Ron Broughton, LPC, CBIST
Ron Broughton is the chief clinical officer of Brookhaven Hospital, as well as the chairman of the Ethics and Performance Improvement Committees. He has more than 18 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. Broughton is a licensed professional counselor and a certified brain injury specialist trainer. He has worked extensively with patients who are severely mentally ill and have brain injuries in community mental health and inpatient settings.

Teresa Meinders Burkett, JD
Teresa Meinders Burkett is a partner in the health law practice group of Conner & Winters, LLP, in its Tulsa office. After working during law school as a cardiac care nurse, she now represents a wide variety of healthcare providers in her law practice. She has been included in the Health Law Section of Best Lawyers in America since 1992 and is listed by Oklahoma Super Lawyers as one of the top 25 women attorneys in Oklahoma.

Taylor Burns, LCSW
Taylor Burns has been a licensed social worker for 24 years, and currently has a private practice in Tulsa. He also provides training, consultation services, and volunteers at the Oklahoma Equality Center. Burns’ work experience includes running 30-day wilderness courses for delinquent boys, providing clinical work to Alaska Native families in Nome, Alaska, being chief of Social Services at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, and executive director of the Alaska Chapter of NASW. As an advocate for GLBT youth and families, he has contributed thousands of hours volunteering, training, and creating change in mental health agencies, non-profit groups, and professional organizations.

Leopoldo Cabassa, PhD
Dr. Leopoldo J. Cabassa is an associate professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work and assistant director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His research blends quantitative and qualitative methods and community engagement to study the factors that fuel racial and ethnic inequities in health and mental health care. Dr. Cabassa’s current project, funded by NIMH, focuses on examining the implementation and effectiveness of a peer-led healthy lifestyle intervention in supportive housing.

Al Carlozzi, EdD, LMFT, Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Al Carlozzi is a professor and director of the OSU-Tulsa Counseling Center. During his 35 years at OSU, he has served in numerous administrative and leadership roles. He received the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award in 1996 and the OSU-Tulsa President’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013. Licensed as a psychologist and marital and family therapist in Oklahoma, he has been in private practice part-time for over 20 years, and currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of Mental Health Association Oklahoma. He co-leads the support group for parents of transgender children and teens at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa.

Marguerite Chapman, JD, LLM
Marguerite Chapman is an emeritus professor and founding director of the Health Law Program with the University of Tulsa. She taught biomedical law for over three decades and served as associate dean for Academic Affairs. Chapman is a recipient of TU’s Distinguished Teaching Award, notably lecturing internationally in six countries. The U.S. Supreme Court cited her scholarship in its landmark “right to die” Cruzan decision.

Mary Colleran, MSW
Mary Colleran became Trilogy, Inc.’s Chief Operations Officer in 2013. Mary is responsible for the development and oversight of Trilogy’s federal and municipal grants, evaluation, quality assurance, and research efforts. She began her career working with a variety of populations in the non-profit sector, including women fleeing domestic violence, homeless families and isolated elderly.

Leah Collins, LCSW
Leah Collins is a licensed clinical social worker with the Home-Based Primary Care Team at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, where she has worked for 12 years. Most of Collins’ work has been with geriatric veterans facing multiple medical and psychosocial issues. Prior to her work with veterans, she worked for Oklahoma DHS in the Child Welfare division.

Christina Conrad, LPC, SEP
As a body-centered psychotherapist, Christina Conrad’s approach to the healing process combines traditional counseling modalities with somatic experiencing. This approach works to determine how the central nervous system is holding and existing with the effects of past trauma and current stressors. Her experience lies in trauma of all forms, with extensive experience in developmental trauma, sexual and domestic abuse, relational struggles and addiction issues.

Laura Dempsey-Polan, PhD, LMFT
Dr. Laura Dempsey-Polan is vice president of Community Advancement with Morton Comprehensive Health Services. She has been the director of the Tulsa Area Alliance on Disabilities, a senior planner with the Community Service Council and an executive with LIFE Senior Services. She has also chaired the Adult Protection Review Team and TRIAD.

Autumn De Silva, MSW
Autumn De Silva has primarily worked in a healthcare setting and has experience working with a variety of hospital populations, including geriatric, labor and delivery/postpartum, trauma-emergency, and children. She has experience collaborating as a member of interdisciplinary teams, and is currently working as a social service specialist in primary care at OU Pediatrics.

Angela W. Dickson, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
Angela W. Dickson is the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s social work coordinator for
Maternal and Child Health Service. She has extensive experience in providing therapy to individuals and families who are coping with chronic illnesses and how they affect pregnancy and post-partum issues. In her private practice, Pathways to Life, she focused on counseling women who were pregnant, and who were coping with infant loss, divorce or grief issues. She also counseled families who had substance abuse issues and grief.

Justin Feinstein, PhD
Dr. Justin Feinstein is a clinical neuropsychologist who recently joined the faculty at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. For the past 15 years he has explored the neural underpinnings of fear and anxiety using both functional neuroimaging and detailed case studies of rare human patients with focal brain lesions. Dr. Feinstein hopes to translate this research into a novel treatment that combine mindfulness with interoceptive exposure.

Pamela G. Forducey, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Pamela G. Forducey is the director of INTEGRIS eHealth and the Jim Thorpe Clinical Development Department. Dr. Forducey has been at INTEGRIS Health since 1994 and has served as project administrator for federal, private, and pharmaceutical grants. She has 24 years of both clinical and administrative experience working with individuals with disability and their family members. The second half of her career has been focused on increasing access to health care for individuals with chronic medical conditions who reside in remote/rural areas of Oklahoma via telecommunications technology.

Mark D. Fox, MD, PhD, MPH
The Indiana University School of Medicine recently selected Dr. Mark D. Fox to become associate dean and director of IU School of Medicine-South Bend. Dr. Fox is an expert in community health and providing health care to disadvantaged populations. He has served as associate dean for community health and research development at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. Dr. Fox also has been medical director of the OU Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic and associate director of the Oklahoma Bioethics Center in Tulsa.

Terrie Fritz, LCSW
Terrie Fritz serves as director of the Center for Social Work in Health Care at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. The center is focused on supporting integration of clinical social work services into primary care. She formerly served as director of Children’s Health and director of Behavioral Health for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. She has served in both state and national leadership positions for the National Association of Social Workers.

Alice Geis, DNP, APN
Dr. Alice Geis joined the Trilogy team in November 2008 and became the organization’s director of Integrated Healthcare in 2010. She is a board certified family psychiatric nurse practitioner and holds a doctor of nursing practice degree in Systems Leadership. Dr. Geis works with the chief medical officer in developing Trilogy’s Integrated Healthcare Program and oversees wellness and nursing services. Dr. Geis also is an assistant professor in the Department of Community, Systems & Mental Health at Rush University College of Nursing.

Scott Grantham, MD
Dr. Scott Grantham leads the Psychiatric Consultation Service at Saint Francis Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, and Saint Francis Hospital – South, in Tulsa. His service provides psychiatric evaluation and treatment to approximately 2,500 patients, per year, each while hospitalized for the treatment of acute physical illness.

Joe Grzywacz, PhD
Dr. Joseph Grzywacz is the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Professor of Family Resilience. Funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, he has studied immigrant Latino families for the past 13 years, and he has published over 50 research articles focused on the mental health of immigrant Latinos.

Tonya R. Hammer, PhD, LPC-S(TX)
Dr. Tonya R. Hammer is an assistant professor of counseling at Oklahoma State University based on the Tulsa campus. Dr. Hammer’s clinical experience includes working in the schools with Communities in Schools of San Antonio and contract therapy with Innovative Alternatives in Houston, Texas.

Mary F. Hardy, MA, MS, LPC, LADC
Mary Hardy serves as a behavioral health consultant at LIFE Senior Services. She is a clinical supervisor for LPC and LADC, with a depth of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. As a part of Life Connection Counseling, her approach is person-centered, holistic, strengths-based and cognitive-behavioral, with a strong relapse prevention component.

Patrick Hendry
Patrick Hendry is considered one of the nation’s leading experts on social inclusion, whole health management, self-directed care, recovery-based trainings, peer-run services and workforce development. Beyond his professional experience, Hendry was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which led to significant personal loss, homelessness, and multiple hospitalizations. He now serves as the vice president of Consumer Advocacy for Mental Health America. Prior to his work at Mental Health America, he worked as a mental health advocate in Florida for 19 years.

Cynthia Hickl, LCSW
Cynthia Hickl has dedicated her career to caring for those suffering with severe mental illness. She has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient behavioral health, psychiatric rehabilitation programs, and community crisis services. For the past 11 years she has been the team leader for the University of Oklahoma Integrated Multidisciplinary Program of Assertive Community Treatment (OU IMPACT), a program providing community-based services to those with severe mental illness. In the 11 years that she has served in this capacity the IMPACT team has significantly reduced hospitalization and incarceration stays through ongoing support and treatment, thus improving the quality of life for those members served. Her most recent endeavor is the implementation of OU IMPACT Behavioral Health Home, which began in April 2015.

Sarah Hutcherson, MSN, APRN
Sarah Hutcherson is a family nurse practitioner at Carey Clinic. She currently practices primary care pediatrics with a focus on pulmonology, allergy and immunology.

Alicia Irvin, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Alicia Irvin is a home-based primary care psychologist at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee. Prior to working at the VA, Dr. Irvin served as a psychologist at the Oklahoma Forensic Center.

Missy Iski, MA, LPC, LMFT
Missy Iski has been the director of Programs & Counseling at DVIS/Call Rape since 1999, and is in private practice. She is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marital & family therapist who has provided mental health services for adults, children and families for over 30 years.

M’Liss Jenkins, MS, LPC, LMFT, LBP
M’Liss Jenkins is a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist. She also is a founding member of the Washington County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Jenkins has worked in the public health field for over 37 years. She currently serves as coordinator for the Washington County Wellness Initiative, an Oklahoma Turning Point coalition, where she assisted with the development and implementation of a county-wide plan to prevent suicide.

Rosalyn G. Johnson, MBA, CPM
Rosalyn G. Johnson was named CEO of Community Health Centers, Inc. in May of 2006. She has a strong background in management and accounting gained during 20 years of progressive growth education, responsibility and experience. Before coming to CHCI, she served as clinic administrator for the Oklahoma City-County Health Department before being promoted to corporate compliance and epidemiology manager.

David Kendrick, MD, MPH
Dr. David Kendrick chairs the Department of Medical Informatics at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Community Medicine, and serves the OU Health Sciences Center as the Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning. The Department of Medical Informatics provides clinical information systems support to OU Physicians as well as analytics services for clinical operations and research. In addition, the Department operates a Health Access Network for the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, providing care management services, quality improvement support, and technology for Oklahoma physicians serving more than 100,000 patients.
Dr. Kendrick is the principal investigator and CEO of MyHealth Access Network, Oklahoma’s non-profit health information network, which ensures that every Oklahoman’s complete health record is securely available where and when they need it for care and health decision-making. MyHealth serves more than 3 million patients and is focused on improving health in Oklahoma and beyond by implementing a community-wide infrastructure for healthcare IT.

Sahib Khalsa, MD, PhD
In February 2015 Dr. Sahib Khalsa joined the Laureate Institute for Brain Research as the director of Clinical Studies, and as an assistant professor at the University of Tulsa School of Community Medicine.

Stacy King, LPC
Stacy King is the assistant team leader for the University of Oklahoma Integrated Multidisciplinary Assertive Community Treatment team (OU IMPACT). She has served in this capacity for the past 11 years. Her 21 years of mental health experience has been spent providing crisis intervention, homeless outreach, therapy, case management, and long-term care to those with mental illness. She is an adjunct professor at Tulsa Community College, where she teaches numerous courses related to mental health. In the past 17 years she has provided trainings for the Tulsa Police Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies.

Sterling Lanier
Sterling Lanier is the CEO and co-founder of Tonic Health, a leading patient data collection platform in healthcare. Sterling collaborated with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services to develop the Tonic Health SBIRT platform. The Tonic Health platform is currently serving patients throughout the country in medical settings, such as UCLA, Emory Health and New York Presbyterian.

James M. Lee, PhD, MPH
Dr. James Lee is a licensed clinical psychologist in Tulsa. He retired from the Muskogee/Tulsa VA Mental Health Clinic but continues to maintain a part-time clinical practice providing evaluations for disability compensation to veterans for PTSD, mental health problems and traumatic brain injury.

Tracy Leeper, MA
Tracy Leeper has worked at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the last 20 years in the Decision Support Services Division, conducting data analysis, performance monitoring, program evaluation and writing information technology policy. She has served as manager of all of the department’s data system and performance indicator grant projects for the last 16 years.

Dane Libart, LCSW
Dane Libart is the senior screening consultant with the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He is responsible for the SBIRT-OK initiative and the Mental Health First Aid programs.

Robert B. Macnack, MD
Dr. Robert Macnack is board certified in family medicine. Since 2012 he has been practicing in Oklahoma with the goal to improve healthcare of under-served populations. His practice focuses on preventative care of all ages and comprehensive management of patients with multiple comorbidities.

Jeffrey W. Martindale, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Jeff Martindale is a licensed psychologist who currently serves as the director of Counseling and Health Services at Langston University. Dr. Martindale has spent the majority of his career working in multidisciplinary medical settings with universities, VA medical centers, and prisons.

April M. Merrill, JD
April Merrill is passionate about improving child well-being through civil legal services, awareness of trauma, and social determinants of health. As a Legal Aid attorney, she partners her legal knowledge with the healthcare expertise of her medical colleagues to improve health outcomes for children.

Mike Merten, PhD
Dr. Michael Merten is the director of the Center for Family Resilience in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University. His research areas include: community and family factors impacting youth and young adult physical and mental health and development, family resilience in disadvantaged contexts, and trajectories of healthy development from adolescence to adulthood.

Matt Meyer MD
Dr. Matt Meyer serves as the medical director for the Laureate Psychiatric Clinic and Hospital in Tulsa. His interests include the treatment of patients with mood disorders and trauma history. In addition to his administrative work, Dr. Meyer maintains a practice in the outpatient clinic at Laureate and is a clinical investigator at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research.

C. Alex Miley, MPH
C. Alex Miley is the director of the OSIM project at the State Health Department. She has previously worked at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority with the Adult Medicaid Quality Grant and INTEGRIS Health System.

Ricky T. Munoz, JD, MSW
Ricky T. Munoz is an assistant professor of social work and an affiliate of the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine’s Center on Bioethics. Professor Munoz has multiple publications centered on bioethics, and regularly presents on issues surrounding clinical and practice ethics.

Kathleen O’Hara, MSW
Kathleen O’Hara is a doctoral candidate in social work whose professional experience focuses on research and collaboration with mental health and social service users and advocates. Her U.S.-based research includes a pilot project to train and employ mental health peers within mental health services research, and a study exploring the role of peer advocates on New York State adult homes reform. She has also worked on both the pilot and NIMH-funded phases of a project to study the implementation and effectiveness of a peer-led healthy lifestyle intervention for people with psychiatric disabilities in supportive housing.

Valorie Owens, MSW
Valorie Owens is the Manager of Statewide Access to Care Planning within the Oklahoma State Department of Health Office of Primary Care and Rural Health Development. She supervises a team of health planners and research analysts dedicated to long-range strategic planning and data development focused on access to care initiatives. Mrs. Owens is also the Project Manager for the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan (OHIP) Health Efficiency and Effectiveness Workgroup, which seeks to create a system of outcome-driven healthcare that supports patients and healthcare providers in making decisions that promote health by emphasizing preventive and primary care and the appropriate use of acute care facilities.

Dustin Palmer, MSW, LCSW
Dustin Palmer is a clinical social worker at the Carey Clinic. He currently works as a therapist and social worker with children, adults, and families in a private clinic providing outpatient behavioral health and mental health services.

Rebecca Pasternik-Ikard, JD, MS
As a member of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s executive leadership team, Rebecca Pasternik-Ikard currently serves as the deputy state Medicaid director and provides overall direction for the Behavioral Health and the Insure Oklahoma Premium Assistance programs. Before joining OHCA, she served as an assistant attorney general for Oklahoma in the litigation and administrative law sections. She has a background in burn nursing, as well as injury epidemiology.

Frannie Pryor, LCSW
Frannie Pryor was the first behavioral health consultant at Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Oklahoma City. She is dually licensed as a clinical social worker and alcohol and drug counselor. Pryor is also certified in behavioral health case management, and has worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, co-occurring residential treatment facilities, prison diversion programs and private practice.

Kym Puga, EdD
Dr. Kym Puga’s daughter, Hanah, died by suicide at the age of 20. Since the death of her daughter, Dr. Puga has been focused on bringing awareness to the myths and facts about suicide and suicide grief. She believes that sharing her story is healing and important in the quest to conquer the epidemic of suicide. Dr. Puga has served in the eduction field for over 20 years as a teacher, school counselor, education program director, college professor, and consultant.

Chris Puls, MD
Dr. Chris Puls is dually board certified in general psychiatry and in childhood and adolescent psychiatry. He specializes in mood disorders, anxiety disorders and complicated psychiatric conditions. Dr. Puls also volunteers as a disaster psychiatrist.

Mary Rineer, PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Mary Rineer is a psychologist and director of Child and Adolescent Program Enrichment Services, CAPES, Inc. Dr. Rineer has over 25 years of clinical practice providing a depth of clinical experience with a broad range of issues while providing services to children, adolescents and their families.

Gena Roberts Massey, MSSW, LCSW, LSW-ADM
Gena Roberts Massey has spent much of her career working in healthcare in hospitals and primary care. Professor Massey joined the OU faculty in January 2008 and in 2009 created the Department of Social Services within the OU Tulsa Physicians Practice Plan. In the School of Social Work, Professor Massey serves on the field committee and as faculty liaison for students placed in medical sites and teaches health and social work electives.

Allison Moore, MHR
The Surayya Anne Foundation homeless shelter founded in Tulsa and operated by Muslim women since 2008.  The foundation serves people of all faiths but specializes in serving minorities including: Asians, Arabs, Persians, Turks and Muslims in general. Allison’s past positions include: board secretary Islamic Society, president Rebuilding Together Tulsa, board member Tulsa Interfaith Alliance.   In 2011, she received the Community Service award from the Council on American Islamic Relations; in 2012 she received Leadership Tulsa’s Paragon Award for serving Tulsa’s homeless community.  And in 2016 she will be one of 10, Pinnacle award winners for helping Tulsa women.

Rev. Chris Moore, MDiv
Rev. Moore comes to ministry with a combination of “official” training in pastoral care and the “unofficial” training that comes with being the son of a lifelong family systems therapist.  He was educated at the University of Oregon and Phillips Theological Seminary and is a “second career” pastor, having spent more than 15 years in the healthcare informatics industry.  He lives here in Tulsa with his wife and two sons.

Becky Robertson, MSW, LMSW
Becky Robertson is a medical social worker in the pediatric clinic at OU Physicians in Tulsa. Prior to working in the clinic, she gained extraordinary experience in working with vulnerable populations, such as people with developmental disabilities and children and foster families within the OKDHS foster care system.

Sasha Rojas, B.A.
Sasha Rojas received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas, where she is also currently completing doctoral training in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests focus on understanding risk factors and interventions for adolescent suicidal behavior. She also aims to integrate a culturally informed perspective into her research program to most efficiently study suicidal behavior among Hispanic adolescents. Her ultimate career goal is to become a clinical psychologist with a program of research focused on understanding suicidal behaviors among Hispanic youth while also developing and improving dissemination efforts of efficacious psychosocial interventions in this understudied population. 

Debra Rupp, LPC, LADC
Debra Rupp is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma. She has an extensive background working with women,  adolescents and children with trauma and addictions. Debra has practiced in  Missouri, Oklahoma and just recently moved back to Nebraska with her family. At this time she is self employed and spends most of her time with her 17 month old daughter, husband, 2 dogs and 1 cat.

Stella Shoff
Stella Shoff’s passion and advocacy regarding suicidology was spurred by her firstborn son’s death in 2010. Chris was 19 years old when he died by suicide. Shoff serves as the volunteer chairperson for the Washington County Suicide Prevention Coalition. She is a certified Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) gatekeeper trainer, and she is certified and serves as a peer facilitator for the Survivors of Suicide-Helping Each Other Heal support group.

Jan M. Slater, JD, MBA
Jan M. Slater teaches and consults in healthcare law, business and bioethics with the OU Tulsa School of Community Medicine. She is also the executive director of the Oklahoma Center for Healthcare Improvement, dedicated to disseminating information on innovations in healthcare that improve patient outcomes, advance population health, and decrease healthcare costs. She has taught post-graduate courses in hospital administration, end-of-life law and speaks regularly on legal, administrative and ethical issues in healthcare.

Jack Sommers, MD, MBA
Dr. Jack Sommers has been with CommunityCare since 1997. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sommers is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and oversight of medical affairs. Dr. Sommers has been an influential part of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI), a collaborative effort with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation within CMS, to develop and implement advanced primary care practices. He has coordinated efforts to improve healthcare delivery with over 60 primary care practices throughout northeast Oklahoma and worked with multiple payer sources to reach this objective.

Ana Stefancic, PhD
Dr. Ana Stefancic is a research associate at the Columbia University School of Social Work. For over 15 years her research has explored the effectiveness of housing and support services for individuals who have experienced homelessness and psychiatric disability, along with other co-occurring medical or substance abuse conditions.

Julie Summers, MSW, MDiv, PhD, MDiv
Dr. Julie Summers is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 25 years of experience in mental health and human service settings. Currently, she serves as Director of Outreach & Prevention for Mental Health Association Oklahoma.

Jennifer L. Sweeton, PsyD, MA, MS
Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma at the Oklahoma City VAMC. In addition, Dr. Sweeton owns a private practice, Mind Works Consulting and Psychological Services. She also serves as the executive director of Workings of Well-Being, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping organizations develop skills that promote well-being.

Derek Talkington, MAMFT
Derek Talkington is an Oklahoma licensed addiction and drug counselor with a mental health designation.

Kim Terry, MD
Dr. Kim Terry is a pediatrician at Broken Arrow Pediatrics and has 20 years of experience caring for children, adolescents and their families in a private practice setting. Dr. Terry has also served as a medical consultant for inpatient child and adolescent behavioral health facilities.

Deborah S. Tommey, MS, LPC/C
Deborah S. Tommey serves as a behavior health specialist at LIFE Senior Services. She has 25 years combined experience in geriatric case management coordinating wraparound services, and in sales management and marketing for the home health care field, with emphasis on geriatric patients and their families.

Amie Torres, MHS, PA-C
Amie Torres joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Physician Associate Program as a clinical instructor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in 2010. Torres was promoted to full-time faculty in January 2014, and became the coordinator of Physical Diagnosis, Human Behavior and Geriatrics for first year PA students in the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Physician Associate Program. Outside the College of Medicine, Torres also coordinates the Patient Assessment course for the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.

Erik Vanderlip, MD, MPH, FAPA
Dr. Erik Vanderlip is the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Psychiatry and an assistant professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Medical Informatics at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. Dr. Vanderlip focuses on creating health service models that blend general health, behavioral health and social service disciplines into team-based chronic care. He speaks nationally on the role of psychiatry in the physical health of under-served populations with behavioral health disorders.

Bryan Van Doren, MD, FACP
Dr. Bryan Van Doren is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the OU School of Community Medicine. He is a certified diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, as well as being certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Kathleen Verba, MS, Doctoral Candidate
Kathleen Verba is currently assistant director/graduate associate at OSU-Tulsa Counseling Center. Her research interests include body size, self-compassion, and psychological and physiological well-being.

Joe Walker, CISSP
Joe Walker directs the development and ongoing operations required for MyHealth Access Network to function and operate. He successfully led the Privacy and Security Committee in its development of a comprehensive privacy and security framework for the organization and its stakeholders to be able to share and use protected health information legally, securely, and appropriately. Walker has also developed a comprehensive return-on-investment calculator for health information exchange.

Catherine Welsh, Esq.
Catherine Welsh is a licensed attorney in Oklahoma and Texas. Her passion is elder law, particularly helping with planning to avoid exploitation, abuse and neglect.


Peggy J. Wisdom, MD
Responsible for the establishment the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at O’Donoghue Rehabilitation Institute from 1982-1990.  This program was the major clinical resource for interdisciplinary training of all levels of rehabilitation professionals and  education of undergraduate students at OUHSC. 

 William Yarborough, MD, FACP
Dr. William Yarborough was the medical director for Trauma Emergency Services at HMC in Tulsa from 1982-89. He has been a faculty member of the Department of Medicine at the OU School of Community Medicine since 1991. He is currently vice-chair of medicine, and medical director of the internal medicine clinics. He was the medical director of 12&12 for 20 years. In 2011, he started an addiction medicine training program at OU that is now accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, one of only 27 programs in the U.S.