Staff Directory

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Executive Management

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Percy Howard, III, LCSW
President and CEO

Percy Howard, LCSW is the President and CEO of the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. Over the past five years, Percy has been a key player and leader in California’s drive to implement recovery-oriented and family-directed Evidence-Based Practice. During the course of his 32 year work history, Percy has worked for County Behavioral Health and Child Welfare Systems, Private healthcare providers, Non-Profit CBOs and in Juvenile Justice Settings.

(916) 379-5353
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Rick Goscha, PhD
Sr. Vice President of Programs

Dr. Rick Goscha is Sr. Vice President for the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. Dr. Goscha has 30 years of experience in behavioral health including the provision of clinical services, supervision and program management, agency executive leadership, research and evaluation, and policy development. Dr.

(916) 465-8006
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Victor Kogler
Vice President, Substance Use Disorders

Victor Kogler is Vice President of CIBHS. Mr. Kogler has worked in the substance use disorder field in California since 1971. He served as Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator of Santa Barbara County for twenty years and is a past president of the County Alcohol and Drug Programs Administrators Association of California. Mr. Kogler had been the Executive Director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Institute (ADPI) for 8 years prior to the merger of that organization with the California Institute for Mental Health which created CIBHS. In addition to his senior management role, Mr.

(916) 379-5305
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Jennifer Clancy, MSW
Director of Strategy

Ms. Clancy offers a distinguished background in health care system transformation. Building upon her experience in designing and leading a SAMHSA national technical assistance center, Ms. Clancy has a successful history of working with counties, statewide agencies, provider organizations, advocacy organizations, and health plans  to propel large scale quality improvement programs and initiatives.

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Robert Diaz, MBA
Director of Finance

Robert comes to CIBHS with a diverse background in the fields of accounting, finance and information systems. With over 15 years of experience, Robert has lead finance departments in sectors ranging from healthcare services to environmental protection. In the process, he has provided consulting services for prestigious organizations such as the California Society of Anesthesiologists, Audubon California and others.

(916) 379-5334
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Gayaneh Karapetian, LMFT
Director of Practice Implementation and Improvement

Gayaneh is an Armenian/Iranian/American clinician who is interested in trauma-informed care, and evidenced-based practices that enhance recovery, well-being, and equity. Gayaneh has certification in TFCBT, PCIT, and Trauma Informed Care Train the Trainer for justice involved population. Gayaneh lives with her husband Malcolm, son Miro, and dog, Napoleon in Sacramento, California. 

(916) 379-5343
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Amy Mcilvaine
Director, LA County SUD Projects

Amy McIlvaine, supervised by Victor Kogler, has nearly 25 years of leadership and management experience. Her primary areas of expertise include innovation design, change management, process improvement, and business operations. She is passionate about mentoring and training behavioral health teams to become innovative change leaders who are resilient, lead effective change teams and implement changes that result in improvements. 

Amy relocated to Los Angeles in October 2017. She is now the Director of several Los Angeles County SUD projects. 

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Samantha Spangler, PhD
Director of Evaluation and Research

Dr. Samantha Spangler is Research and Evaluation Director for the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. Dr. Spangler has 15 years of experience in research, analytics, and evaluation, including work with academic, government, corporate, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Spangler completed a fellowship in interdisciplinary autism research at the UC Davis MIND Institute and has previously worked as a consultant to state and local governments nationwide to provide planning, implementation, and evaluation support for health and human services initiatives.

(916) 379-5361
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Hope Alvidrez
Manager, Operations and Human Resources

Hope Alvidrez is a native to the central valley and has lived in Sacramento, CA since 1994. After working for the Lieutenant Governor and the California State Legislature, Hope became an employee of the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS formerly CiMH). In 2011, she was promoted to CIBHS’ Human Resources Manager responsible for better staff and management relations, policy and procedure development and payroll. Hope has graduated from the Human Resources Certification Program at California State University, Sacramento.

(916) 379-5331
Fax: (916) 556-3487
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Diane Daniels
Executive Assistant

Diane, who has a passion for office administration and support, comes to CIBHS with over 30 years of experience.  Originally from Illinois, Diane has lived in Wisconsin and Arizona, finally settling in the Sacramento area in 2005. Diane has one daughter who resides in New York, and is mom to 4 fur babies.  A lover of anything outdoors, Diane recently traded in her 2-wheel therapy (Harley-Davidson motorcycle) for some Delta therapy, boating on the Sacramento River.

(916) 379-5353
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Robert Diaz, MBA
Director of Finance

Robert comes to CIBHS with a diverse background in the fields of accounting, finance and information systems. With over 15 years of experience, Robert has lead finance departments in sectors ranging from healthcare services to environmental protection. In the process, he has provided consulting services for prestigious organizations such as the California Society of Anesthesiologists, Audubon California and others.

(916) 379-5334
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Mai Moua
Accounting Clerk

Mai comes to CIBHS from Colorado with over 5-years’ experience in the accounting profession.  Her experience as a Staff Accountant and A/R Coordinator will be a great addition to our Accounting Department. 

Overview

Conference Planning Team

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Theresa Ferrini, CGMP
Conference Planner Department Manager

Theresa Ferrini has worked as the CIBHS Conference Planner Department Manager for over 16 years. She received a Certificate of Participation from California State University, Sacramento, College of Continuing Education for completing the Professional Meeting Planning Certificate Program in December 2006. She is a member of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) and was certified as a Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) on March 23, 2012. This organization named Theresa the Planner of the Year in 2014.

(916) 379-5333
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Evaluation

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Samantha Spangler, PhD
Director of Evaluation and Research

Dr. Samantha Spangler is Research and Evaluation Director for the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. Dr. Spangler has 15 years of experience in research, analytics, and evaluation, including work with academic, government, corporate, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Spangler completed a fellowship in interdisciplinary autism research at the UC Davis MIND Institute and has previously worked as a consultant to state and local governments nationwide to provide planning, implementation, and evaluation support for health and human services initiatives.

(916) 379-5361
Overview

Evidence Based Practices

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Rick Goscha, PhD
Sr. Vice President of Programs

Dr. Rick Goscha is Sr. Vice President for the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. Dr. Goscha has 30 years of experience in behavioral health including the provision of clinical services, supervision and program management, agency executive leadership, research and evaluation, and policy development. Dr.

(916) 465-8006
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Gayaneh Karapetian, LMFT
Director of Practice Implementation and Improvement

Gayaneh is an Armenian/Iranian/American clinician who is interested in trauma-informed care, and evidenced-based practices that enhance recovery, well-being, and equity. Gayaneh has certification in TFCBT, PCIT, and Trauma Informed Care Train the Trainer for justice involved population. Gayaneh lives with her husband Malcolm, son Miro, and dog, Napoleon in Sacramento, California. 

(916) 379-5343
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Alice Washington
Associate

Alice Washington is an associate at the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions. Ms. Washington was awarded a Bachelor’s of Art degree from Stanford University during March of 1988.  Her major was Sociology:  Social Sciences. In the past few years, Ms. Washington has received a Train-the-Trainer Certificate from California State University, Sacramento.  In 2013, Alice completed an A.S. in Graphic Design. She also completed a Diploma in Web Design and Interactive Media in December 2015.

(916) 379-5339
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Robin Texeira, CHPC
Sr. Project Coordinator

Robin has been at CIBHS two years. She is the Program Coordinator for the Evidence Based Practice and Evaluation teams. 

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Kirsten Martini
Project Coordinator

Kirsten joined CIBHS in 2019 as a Project Coordinator for the Practice Implementation team. She comes to CIBHS with a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento in Social Work and a background in healthcare administration. She lives in Sacramento with her two dogs, Moose and Bumi.  

(916) 379-5360
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Hope Alvidrez
Manager, Operations and Human Resources

Hope Alvidrez is a native to the central valley and has lived in Sacramento, CA since 1994. After working for the Lieutenant Governor and the California State Legislature, Hope became an employee of the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS formerly CiMH). In 2011, she was promoted to CIBHS’ Human Resources Manager responsible for better staff and management relations, policy and procedure development and payroll. Hope has graduated from the Human Resources Certification Program at California State University, Sacramento.

(916) 379-5331
Fax: (916) 556-3487
Overview

Operations

Staff Profile

Hope Alvidrez
Manager, Operations and Human Resources

Hope Alvidrez is a native to the central valley and has lived in Sacramento, CA since 1994. After working for the Lieutenant Governor and the California State Legislature, Hope became an employee of the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS formerly CiMH). In 2011, she was promoted to CIBHS’ Human Resources Manager responsible for better staff and management relations, policy and procedure development and payroll. Hope has graduated from the Human Resources Certification Program at California State University, Sacramento.

(916) 379-5331
Fax: (916) 556-3487
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Diane Daniels
Executive Assistant

Diane, who has a passion for office administration and support, comes to CIBHS with over 30 years of experience.  Originally from Illinois, Diane has lived in Wisconsin and Arizona, finally settling in the Sacramento area in 2005. Diane has one daughter who resides in New York, and is mom to 4 fur babies.  A lover of anything outdoors, Diane recently traded in her 2-wheel therapy (Harley-Davidson motorcycle) for some Delta therapy, boating on the Sacramento River.

(916) 379-5353
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Gloria Hurd
Contract Analyst

Gloria comes to CiBHS with over 30 years of experience in Accounting, Finance, Project and Department Administration. Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University. Master Equivalent in Finance – General Electric Financial Management Program

Interesting Fact – My parents are legal immigrants from Mexico, who raised me to honor and respect this great country of many opportunities. My first job as a young girl was picking fruits in San Jose California to Holding a Top Secret US Government Black Program Clearance.

(916) 379-5326
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Ericka Lett
Receptionist

Ericka Lett has been the Receptionist of the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) for the past 4 years. Ms. Lett has combined experience in the Federal Employment field with the Defense Investigative Service as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs where she served as an administrative professional for over 30 years. She has developed a great passion for making beaded jewelry, horticulture and taking long country road drives. She is the proud mother of 4 adult children and has six beautiful and spunky grandchildren.  

(916) 556-3480 Ext. 100
Overview

Substance Use Disorders

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Victor Kogler
Vice President, Substance Use Disorders

Victor Kogler is Vice President of CIBHS. Mr. Kogler has worked in the substance use disorder field in California since 1971. He served as Alcohol and Drug Program Administrator of Santa Barbara County for twenty years and is a past president of the County Alcohol and Drug Programs Administrators Association of California. Mr. Kogler had been the Executive Director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Institute (ADPI) for 8 years prior to the merger of that organization with the California Institute for Mental Health which created CIBHS. In addition to his senior management role, Mr.

(916) 379-5305
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Amy Mcilvaine
Director, LA County SUD Projects

Amy McIlvaine, supervised by Victor Kogler, has nearly 25 years of leadership and management experience. Her primary areas of expertise include innovation design, change management, process improvement, and business operations. She is passionate about mentoring and training behavioral health teams to become innovative change leaders who are resilient, lead effective change teams and implement changes that result in improvements. 

Amy relocated to Los Angeles in October 2017. She is now the Director of several Los Angeles County SUD projects. 

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Pranab Banskota
Senior Associate

Pranab comes to CIBHS with over seventeen years of experience working in public health. He started his career as a primary care provider in Kathmandu, Nepal.  He also worked in Doha Qatar, doing public health research and community advocacy. In his latest position, as a practice improvement coach at Integrated Behavioral Health Partners, he worked with the LA County Department of Mental Health and L. A.

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Christopher Botten
Associate

Christopher comes to CIBHS as an experienced SUD professional who has excelled in the rapid implementation and expansion of the LA County START-ODS waiver.  He has held positions in direct service program management, compliance management, and most recently, business operations, and he’s looking forward to the further expansion of Drug Medi-Cal services for the County of Los Angeles and the network of providers who are saving everyday lives! 

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Charlotte Bullen, MSHCA
Associate

Charlotte Bullen, MSHCA, is an Associate at CIBHS. She joined CIBHS in October 2018 and works on the SUD team in Los Angeles County.

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Leslie Dishman, MSHS, MA
Associate

Leslie Dishman is passionate about promoting health and wellness in communities of need. She works with organizational leaders, providers, and frontline staff to plan and implement sustainable changes that improve patient care.

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Yvonne Frazier
Part-time Associate

Yvonne Frazier works under the supervision of Victor Kogler, CIBHS Vice President, as the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Training Manager. She is responsible for the coordination of the training and technical assistance project in support of county-implementation of the 1115 waiver. She began working as an independent contractor with CIBHS in March 2016 and became an employee in October 2016. She works with the CIBHS DMC-ODS staff and county SUD and Behavioral Health Staff to coordinate training activities.

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Melissa Rodriguez
Project Coordinator

Melissa’s background and education is in Sociology along with her experience in non-profit work, planning and developing conferences and supporting a Board and C-Suite level executives.

Overview

Workforce Development

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Amy Faulstich, MSW
Senior Associate

Amy Faulstich, MSW started with CIBHS on December 3, 2018, as the new Senior Associate/Program Manager for the Greater Bay Area Mental Health Workforce and Education Collaborative. 

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Kelly Bitz
Sr. Project Coordinator

After graduating from California State University, Sacramento in 1993 with a double major in History and Ethnic Studies, Kelly started an internship with the California State Archives working on the state museum project. She left the State Archives for a year to work on a grant project cataloging the Japanese American Archival Collection at California State University, Sacramento. In 1998, she was one of the first employees at the newly opened Golden State Museum (later known as The California Museum).

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Gerilyn Walcott
Sr. Project Coordinator

Gerilyn Walcott joined CIBHS in 2016 as the Assistant to the Conference Planning Department. She was offered the position as a Project Coordinator with the Workforce Development Team in February 2018. Her career focus has always been on improving Customer Relations and looks forward to implementing this practice in her new position.