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Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup Members

Members of the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup (SMHPW) for 2020.
Name Occupation Representing

Steven Adelsheim

Director of Community Partnerships

and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

and Behavioral Sciences

Stanford University

School of Medicine

Ahmad Bahrami

Division Manager-Public Behavioral Health

Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health

Nicholas Betty

Program Coordinator,

Department of Counseling

William S. Hart

Union High School District

Renzo Bernales

Education Programs Consultant

California Department of Education, Special Education Division

Michael Carter

Director of Counseling and

Assessment Clinic

California State University, Los Angeles

Hilva Chan

Education Programs Consultant

California Department of Education (CDE)

Le Ondra Clark Harvey

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs

California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies

Susan Coats

School Psychologist,

Crisis Intervention Specialist

California Association of School Psychologists

Gordon Doughty

Board Member

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Kendall Fujioka

Coordinator of Pupil Support Services

ABC Unified School District (USD)

Marty Giffin

Executive Director

California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth

Rachael Gonzales


California State University, Sacramento

Stacie Hiramoto

Director, Racial and Ethnic

Mental Health Disparities Coalition

Mental Health Association

in California

Suh Chen Hsiao

Assistant Director and

Clinical Associate Professor

University of Southern California

Kathleen Jack

Health Education Director

Four Winds of

Indian Education, Inc.

Shashank Joshi

Associate Professor

Department of Pediatrics,

Stanford University

David Kopperud

Education Programs Consultant,

Child Welfare and Attendance


Annette Kunzman


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Network of Southern California

Diane Lampe



Jeffrey Layland

School Psychologist,

Cal-Well Manager

Garden Grove USD

Gustavo Loera


University of California Davis, Center for Reducing Health Disparities

Mike Lombardo

Executive Director Prevention Support and Services/

PBIS Project Director

Placer COE

Mara Madrigal-Weiss


San Diego COE

Rebecca Malmo

Executive Director of Student and Family Support Services

Madera USD

Daniel McCarthy

School Social Work Consultant

California Association

of School Social Workers

Brian Mendiburu

Director, Student Behavior and Supports

Kern High School District

Christopher Miller

Doctoral Candidate

University of San Francisco

Michael Millman

Director, Behavioral Health

Blue Shield of California

Marlon Morgan

Executive Director

Wellness Together

George Muriel

Assistant Director,

Pupil and Community Services Division

Southern California Schools

Monica Nepomuceno

Education Programs Consultant,

Mental Health Services Program


Vic Ojakian

First Vice-President

NAMI, Santa Clara County

Kathy Pelzer

School Counselor

California Association of School Counselors (CASC)

William Powers


Plumas USD

Kathy Rabun

Vice-President, Health

California State

Parent Teacher Association

Naomi Gentile Ramirez

Staff Mental Health Specialist/Legislative Coordinator

California Behavioral Health Planning Council

Stan Collins

Suicide Prevention Specialist

Directing Change Program

Jennifer Rexroad

Executive Director

California Alliance of Caregivers

Joseph Robinson


Each Mind Matters

Diana Rivera-Beltran

Program Manager,

Educational Outreach Program

Kaiser Permanente

Amber Rowlands

School Psychologist

California Department

of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Kathy Ryan

Registered Credentialed School Nurse

California School Nurses Organization

Nancy Shea

Senior Attorney

Mental Health Advocacy Services

Christine Tippett

Marriage and Family Therapist

University of San Francisco, Mission Possible

Lucy Vezzuto


Student Mental Health and School Climate

Orange County

Department of Education

Terri Villa-McDowell


Social Emotional Wellness Programs


Nonprofit Educational Agency

Vivien Villaverde

Clinical Associate Professor,

Field Education

University of California

School of Social Work

Questions: Monica Nepomuceno | | 916-323-2212 
Last Reviewed: Friday, March 11, 2022