The Executive Team of Mental Health Partners works collectively to provide strategic leadership and direction for the nonprofit organization and for each of the individual networks to provide quality service and comprehensive behavioral healthcare to our service-area communities. Click to view our organization chart.
Meet our Executive Team:
Kelly Phillips-Henry, PsyD, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Kelly Phillips-Henry joined Mental Health Partners in January 2015 as its Chief Executive Officer. Previously, she had been the Chief Operating Officer at AspenPointe in Colorado Springs since 2008 and was its Senior Vice President for mental health services from 2006 to 2008. At AspenPointe, she had operational oversight for a budget exceeding $60 million in annual revenues. She also remains active in Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council and other behavioral health trade associations.
Prior to her roles at AspenPointe, Phillips-Henry served in the U.S. Air Force for 12 years and held various positions, including at the U.S. Air Force Academy as the Acting Director at the Academy Counseling Center, the Chief of Sexual Assault Services, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Additionally, she held leadership roles at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, serving as the Chief, Life Skills Support Center, and Chief, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program. She also served at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington in several mental healthcare leadership capacities.
Phillips-Henry holds a PsyD and an MA in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, Calif. Her BA is from Marymount University in Arlington, Va., and her MBA was earned at the University of Colorado Executive MBA program.
Why she joined MHP: MHP has always been known for very progressive work in the behavioral health field in Colorado and nationally. I was extremely interested in being a part of a progressive organization that focused on recovery and resiliency. As I came to MHP, I fell in love with the culture of how we work with our clients and our community to support whole health growth and wellness. Personally, I have always loved Boulder and I wanted to be a part of community known for wellness and health.
Dixie Casford, LPC, MBA
Vice President, Acute Care
As the Vice President, Acute Care, Dixie provides leadership for the primary 24/7 emergency response teams (Emergency Psychiatric Service, Early Diversion Get Engaged, Community Crisis Connection), and the Walk-In Center. She also supervises the detoxification and transitional residential treatment programs and the hospital alternative program (Warner House). She supervises the acute care coordination and the utilization management and state bed management. She also provides oversight for the office management operations. She joined MHP in 2013.
Prior to starting at MHP, Dixie was the Director of Program Operations for the Children's HOme Society of Florida in Tallahassee and Panama City, where she served multiple roles in her 9 years with that organization.
She earned her MBA from Troy University in Troy, Ala.; her MA from Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas; and her BA from Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. She is a licensed practicing counselor in the State of Colorado.
Why she joined MHP: When I decided to move to Colorado, I began researching many communities and organizations throughout the state. Boulder County was a perfect match for me personally, and after my first MHP interview, I knew it was the place for me professionally, as well. The support MHP provides to the community and the strong commitment of the staff were appealing to me. I continue to be inspired by the staff's integrity and their drive to help clients on their path to recovery.
Linda LaGanga, PhD
Vice President of Quality & Informatics
Linda LaGanga came on board in 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and is responsible for the establishment and optimization of day-to-day operations in the organization, providing the leadership and management to ensure that MHP has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures and resources to ensure operating efficiency. The COO performs a critical role in implementing strategic planning, organizational improvement and excellence, providing leadership, direction, supervision and staff development to all areas of internal operations, including clinic and acute care services; administration; compliance and quality.
She hails from the Mental Health Center of Denver where she was employed for 18 years, most recently as the Vice President of Quality Systems & Operational Excellence. She also was employed at Consilium, Inc. for 9 years, landing its Director of Customer Services role after serving in other capacities for the company.
She earned her PhD in Operations Research from the University of Colorado Boulder, Leeds School of Business. Her MA in Clinical Mental Health counseling is from Rivier College in Nashua, N.H. She has an MS in Operations Research & Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and a BS in Applied Math and Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I. She also has numerous certifications and is a licensed professional counselor by the State of Colorado.
Why she joined MHP: I was attracted to Mental Health Partners for the strong strategic vision and collaboration among the leadership team. The breadth of community partnerships contributes significant value to our community. Clinical staff are outstanding in capabilities to deliver caring, innovative, client-focused services that work effectively. Everyone works together enthusiastically toward our service vision and shared goals to help our clients live better lives.
Assistant to the CEO and Board of Directors
As a member of the Executive Team, Pat Mansfield provides administrative support to the CEO, Board of Directors and Executive Team. Additionally, she provides guidance and oversight to the Executive Assistant team and is responsible for the development and oversight of standard administrative protocols. She joined MHP in 2009.
Previously, Mansfield was employed at Melton Construction from 2006 to 2009 as the receptionist and was the receptionst for Hast & Company from 2003 to 2006.
She studied Musical Theatre at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.
Why she joined MHP: As a strong believer in our mission, I am proud to work with such a highly competent, compassionate and committed staff to provide state-of-the art care to those whose lives have been challenged by mental illness, trauma and substance use. I love working where change and growth are embraced in an atmosphere of friendliness, caring and the belief that recovery is possible.
Jennifer Leosz Marriott, MSW, BA, LCSW
Vice President, Clinic Care
As the Vice President of Clinic Care, Marriott provides leadership, direction and supervision to the Clinic Care network and teams including: Child and Family Outpatient services, School Based and Home Based services, Older Adult services and our Wellness, Employment and Education services. The position ensures that program development and practice approaches within the clinical networks are consistent with overall values, expectations, clinical competencies and strategic plan of MHP, including emphasis on quality, customer service, recovery, evidence-based practice approaches, cultural competence and collaboration within and outside of MHP. In collaboration with the Executive Team, the VP of Clinic Care plays a critical role in externally and internally implementing strategic planning, organizational development and change management initiatives directed toward system change, operational improvement and excellence of the organization. She has been with MHP since 2001, serving in multiple capacities.
Prior to joining MHP, Marriott worked at the Jefferson Center for Mental Health for a year as a Case Manager and at Deveraux Cleo Wallace as a Therapist and Manager for 4 1/2 years.
Her MSW is from Boston College and she earned her BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.
Why she joined MHP: I feel strongly about giving back to the community in which I live and MHP was a perfect match. The values of collaborating with clients and community partners to provide the most effective services, striving for excellence through innovation, and the concepts of hope and recovery provide an environment that is exciting and motivating. My colleagues inspire me daily with their commitment in providing the best care for our clients, which often includes going well above and beyond their job descriptions. This type of environment pushes me to do and be my best every day.
Matthew Meyer, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer
As Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), Matt Meyer works closely with the CEO to conceptualize, formulate, lead and facilitate the development of short and longer term goals. The CSO ensures that appropriate organizational metrics are developed and maintained to be used in support of strategic decision making. The CSO ensures organizational excellence consistent with Mental Health Partners’ mission, vision, values, strategic plan and goals by providing the necessary strategic leadership, direction, supervision and staff development in the areas of information systems and analytics, electronic health record, integrated care, health home and centers of excellence. Meyer joined MHP in 2013.
Meyer was employed previously as Vice President, Best Practices at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services in Los Angeles from 2007 to 2013. Before that, he was the Clinical Director at Counseling 4 Kids from 2004 to 2007.
He earned his PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He has a BA in American Studies from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Why he joined MHP: I love MHP's history of finding progressive and innovative solutions to the challenges of individual and community wellness. For me, it is important to be part of an organization that is committed to the people and community we serve.
Fred Michel, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Michel is the Chief Medical Officer, overseeing the clinical work of the Medical, Nursing and Pharmacy teams. He is an active member of the Executive Team, providing strategic direction and guidance to the organization, overseeing the medical nursing teams. He started with MHP in 2015.
He was the Chief Medical Officer for AspenPointe for nearly 20 years (1996 to 2015) and prior to that position was a Staff Child Psychiatrist from 1993 to 1996 for the U.S. Air Force.
He earned his MD from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Wash., and undertook his residency at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, in Adult Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. His BS in Biology and BA in Psychology are from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash.
Why he joined MHP: The organization has strong leadership and a devotion to the behavioral healthcare of the people of Boulder and Broomfield counties. The philosophic emphasis on recovery, resilience, community service, client engagement and workplace professionalism are strong attributes essential to successful healthcare entities today.
Chief Community Engagement Officer
The Chief Community Engagement Officer provides strategic leadership in developing sustainable philanthropic resources, establishing brand identity and market share, and promoting public awareness and engagement through effective communications and outreach in support of Mental Health Partners’ mission, vision, values, strategic plan and goals. Specific areas of leadership and supervision include individual, foundation and corporate philanthropy; internal and external communications; media relations; grants and research; marketing; and government and community relations. He joined MHP in 2011.
Previously, Myers was employed at the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Boulder County as the Vice President of Development in 2011 and earlier as the Director of Assessment & Outreach and Director of Library Development at the University of Kansas from 2001 to 2009.
He earned his BA and MA at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.
Why he joined MHP: Addiction and depression are illnesses I’ve experienced myself; community-based behavioral health services like those MHP provides have contributed to my personal recovery and well-being. MHP has been a vital community asset for more than 50 years, providing expert care to literally tens of thousands of individuals and families. I want to serve an organization whose impact is life-enhancing and whose mission is worthy of philanthropic support. MHP was an easy choice for me.
Kathy O'Neal, BBA, SHRM-SCP
Vice President, Talent Management
Through the development and execution of human resources strategy aligned with the mission, vision, values and strategic direction of MHP, in her role as the Vice President, Talent Management, Kathy O'Neal acts as steward of people resources, providing leadership to position MHP as the Employer of Choice. She leads the company-wide human resources operation, providing leadership, direction, supervision and staff development in the following areas: human resources policies, procedures and regulatory compliance; recruitment and retention; benefits; compensation; employee relations; and professional development and training. O'Neal has been with MHP since 2006.
Prior to coming to MHP, O'Neal was the Director of Human Resources from 1992 to 2006 at Exabyte Corporation, and was a Senior Human Resources Generalist at Ohmeda Monitoring Systems from 1986 to 1992.
Her Bachelor's, Business Administration, with a major in Management and a minor in Human Resources, is from Baker College.
Why she joined MHP: Although my career in the for-profit technology industry was rewarding in many ways, I decided to shift my focus to a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization whose purpose was service to people. When I learned that MHP was seeking a strategic HR professional to lead the development of the HR function in an organization dedicated to providing mental health and wellness services for all individuals in Boulder and Broomfield counties, regardless of their ability to pay, I knew this was the employer for me. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with and support the dedicated and talented clinical and administrative staff who exemplify and demonstrate on a daily basis their desire to improve the quality of life for our clients.
Lisa Potter, MBA, MS
Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Potter, as Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for planning, directing, and managing the overall fiscal functions for the $50M managed behavioral health organization. Working closely with the CEO and leadership, the CFO ensures sound financial operations and organizational excellence by providing leadership, direction, supervision and staff development in the areas of accounting and finance; revenue cycle/utilization management; accounts payable; contracts; facilities; and Management Service Organization oversight. She joined MHP in 2014.
Prior to coming to MHP, Potter was the Division CFO at Centura Health for 8 years and worked as the Director of Finance for 19 months at Devereux Foundation.
She has a BS in Accounting from the University of Arizona and her MBA and MS in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.
Why she joined MHP: I have worked in managed healthcare for more than 25 years because I care about making a difference in lives of people in need. Mental Health Partners’ vision is in perfect alignment with my personal and professional goals.
Vicki Rodgers, MS, LPC
Chief Operating and Compliance Officer
Vicki Rodgers leads the center-wide ethics and compliance function and is the staff lead for the MHP Board of Directors regarding compliance. She provides oversight, management and guidance to ensure MHP’s operations, policies and procedures reflect a culture of integrity. She oversees compliance/risk management, legal counsel, client records, client advocacy, and quality and project management. She joined MHP in 2015.
Prior to joining MHP, Rodgers served most recently as the Vice President of Clinical Systems Administration and Corporate Integrity at Jefferson Center for Mental Health and worked there for nearly 15 years. Prior to that she served as the Manager of Long Term Care at Community Reach Center, working there for 4 years.
Rodgers attended the University of Texas at Tyler and received her Master's of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. She also is nationally certified in Healthcare Compliance and Healthcare Privacy Compliance.
Why she joined MHP: I have worked alongside MHP staff in a variety of roles over the past years and have come to respect this organization for its high-quality behavioral health work, great staff, community partnerships, and innovation. I look forward to blending our organization’s strengths and culture of excellence with my own mission-driven spirit to build a corporate integrity structure that is woven into the fabric of MHP.