Board of Directors

Dr. Stuart Buttlaire, Ph.D. MBA
President of the Board

is the Regional Director of Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine for Northern California Kaiser Permanente, which has 4.4 Million Members and 23 medical centers. He has led the redesign of intensive mental health care for Kaiser, implemented two inpatient psychiatric facilities, a psychiatric advice and crisis line, and developed best practices in case management, gero-psychiatry, multi-family treatment, and crisis and emergency intervention services. Prior to Kaiser, Dr. Buttlaire served as Chief of Acute and Subacute Services for Marin County Mental Health and has many years of clinical and management experience, providing consultation, leadership and direction in health care delivery and organizational improvement in both the public and private sectors.

Dr. Buttlaire serves on the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board and is the former Chair of the Governing Council for the Section of Psychiatry and Substance Abuse as well as the Center for Behavioral Health Advisory Board of the California Hospital Association.

Dr. Buttlaire holds doctorate degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on health care management, finance, and marketing.

Ms. Joyce B. Wale, LCSW
Vice President

serves as Executive Director,  UnitedHealthcare Community Plan NY. Over her thirty year career, she has held leadership positions in state and county governments, community mental health, and human services agencies. Ms. Wale has served as a Board President for the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, in addition to providing therapy in her small clinical practice. Her career has woven both a provider, organizational, and governmental perspective with a commitment to patient centered recovery oriented care. Her publications are geared toward practical implementation of evidence based practices. She is a fellow with the NY Academy of Medicine, a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Behavioral Health Improvement, and serves on a variety of task forces and committees.

William Tucker, MD

Is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. He has been Director of Residency Training in psychiatry at the Roosevelt Division of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, Chief Medical Officer (acting) for the New York State Office of Mental Health, and community outreach psychiatrist for Pathways to Housing in Jamaica, Queens. He has published in the professional literature on psychiatric education, psychological trauma, polypharmacy, and telemedicine. He has written a book for clinicians, How People Change: the Short Story as Case History (New York, The Other Press, 2007). Currently, he is trying to learn something about geriatric psychiatry.”

Michael Rice, Ph. D. 

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Michael Rice is a Professor and Endowed Chair of Psychiatric Mental Health at the College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Center, University of Colorado and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing Fellow.

He came to the College of Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where he was a Professor of Psychiatric Nursing and the Founding Associate Director, Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he received the Inaugural Distinguished Service Award in 2013.

His baccalaureate degree is from Mount Marty College, in Yankton, South Dakota; his master’s degree in psychiatric mental health is from UNMC; and his doctorate in Clinical Research is from the University of Arizona, as a National Research Service Award Fellow. He is a board-certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse.

He was the recipient of the Educause Award for Excellence in Information Technology Solutions in 2002, and the Best Corporate Training Model from Education and Information Systems Technologies and Applications (EISTA), International Institute of Informatics in 2003.   He is recognized as one of the TOP 15 Psychiatric Nursing Professors in the U.S.   He has served as co-Chair of the Psychiatric Expert Panel at the American Academy of Nursing and a member of (a) the Board of Directors for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and (b) the Board of Advisors for Behavioral Health Specialties at Optum Health. He provides national and international consultation on development of distance psychiatric-nursing education, learner-centered online education and advocates the use of distance technology to meet the mental health care needs.

Leon Evans

Leon Evans

President and Chief Executive Officer  The Center for Health Care Services  Bexar County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Authority, San Antonio, Texas.

For over forty years, Leon Evans has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with mental illness. As President and Chief Executive Officer at The Center for Health Care Services, Evans has developed an innovative and highly integrated system of care for people in the San Antonio community who struggle with mental health disorders. Utilizing strong community partnerships and diverse funding sources, Leon has created an effective public safety net that keeps people with mental illness out of emergency rooms, jails and prisons and link them to treatment programs that help them lead independent, productive lives.

Evans has developed a number of nationally recognized initiatives including the Bexar County Jail Diversion Program; the 24/7 Crisis Care Center; Crisis Intervention Training for public safety officers; and The Restoration Center, an integrated clinic providing psychiatric care, substance abuse services, transitional housing and general health care services for the homeless population. Each year, these programs save thousands of lives and result in millions of dollars in cost savings for the community.

Under Evans’ leadership, The Center for Health Care Services has received many awards, including CMS’ Innovation Award for the integration of primary and behavioral health care, the American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Award for Community Program Innovation and the National Council ‘s Service Excellence Award. In addition, Evans and CHCS have been featured in many local and national media/publications including National Public Radio, Connect4 Mental Health, and the Mental Health Channel. Evans’ successful jail diversion program has also been highlighted in the Brave New Films series Overcriminalized, and Evans was recently named by CNN as a Mental Wellness Warrior — one of nine mental health champions across the nation who are fighting for better treatment and working to defy stigma.

Evans has served in numerous leadership roles at the local, state and national level, including:

  • NAMI Texas, Board of Directors
  • The National Association of Counties Justice and Public Safety, Steering Committee
  • National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability                  Directors (NACBHDDD), Past President
  • The National Association of Counties Veterans/Military Task Force, Member
  • Evans maintains a rigorous travel schedule across the country advocating for improved treatment services for people suffering from mental illness. His contributions continue to transforms lives and significantly benefit the community.

Glenn Kopelson, MBA

is Co-Chair of the UCLA Neuropsychiatry Patient Family Advisory Council  (PFAC) since its inception in 2014.  As a founder and PFAC Board Member he has led initiatives to improve patient and family satisfaction and safety.  In addition to his work at UCLA, Glenn has spoken at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Association of Academic Psychiatry Administrators and Patient Family Centered Care conferences regarding the voice of the patient.  Glenn has also conducted webinars and been a guest blogger for the Beryl Institute on the topic of the patient experience.  He is currently a member of the National Quality Forum Serious Mental Illness Action Team.

Prior to his work in mental health, Glenn was a senior business development executive in the media and entertainment industry.  He has worked for a variety of companies from startups to Fortune 500 companies.  Most recently, Glenn worked for Sony Pictures Entertainment.  His prior media experience includes business development at Twentieth Century Fox.  Glenn’s experience also includes management consulting for PwC where he consulted to a dozen companies regarding business strategy and process improvement.  He received his undergraduate degree in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from USC.

Fred H Michel, M.D.

is the Chief Medical Officer at Summit Stone Health Partners in Fort Collins, Colorado.   SummitStone is the Community Mental Health Center providing services to Larimer County, Colorado, including cities of Fort Collins, Loveland and Estes Park.    Previously he was CMO at Mental Health Partners, the Community Mental Health Center for Boulder, Colorado and for 18 years before that he served at AspenPointe Health Services in Colorado Springs as a psychiatric provider and their Chief Medical Officer.

Dr Michel received his medical degree at the University of Washington  School of Medicine in Seattle.   In 1993 he completed dual residency training in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.   He maintains board certifications in both specialties. Dr Michel has been an active advocate for the uninsured and underserved clients of our communities through a lengthy career in community psychiatry in Colorado.  He has also participated as a psychiatric consultant, training behavioral health principles to Family Medicine residents in Denver, Colorado for the past 20 years.

He is a founding board member for IBHI, the Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement, focused on Quality of Care improvement strategies in behavioral health systems.  IBHI is modeled after IHI, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Kathy Muscari, PhD, LPC, CRC, NCC

Is a founding member of IBHI.  She is involved as a licensed professional counselor and board certified coach for Cabin Creek Health Systems, an FQHC, located in rural West Virginia, where she helps to provide integrated primary and behavioral health care.

She is also familiar with school-based integrated care; and works with individuals and families at KPCC Counseling, a welcoming pastoral counseling practice.

Over the years, Dr. Muscari has been a strong advocate for peer services, having been Executive Director of a federal technical assistance center (CONTAC) dedicated to improving peer leadership , training, and systems engagement.

As an educator, she has taught psychiatric rehabilitation and peer support at the college level. She also is an approved licensed professional supervisor for LPCs seeking licensure.

As an artist (CZT) Muscari is known for her hands-on art workshops focused on mindfulness and creativity.

William Wood, M.D., PhD, FAPA

William Wood

Currently serves as Medical Director National for Anthem Government Business Division with responsibility of Medical Management and Quality Management. He is focused on the improvement and support of quality in behavioral health, outcomes based management and the efficient use of resources for the benefit of the Medicaid and Medicare populations served by Anthem and its affiliated companies. He has been a national leader, presenter and advocate for integrating services for those with behavioral health and medical issues.

Dr. Wood’s professional experience includes more than 25 years in behavioral health care and executive-level medical management. At Amerigroup, Dr. Wood is responsible for overseeing and directing the behavioral health programs to meet the contractual requirements and expectations of TennCare of Tennessee, the state’s Medicaid managed care program.

Previously, Dr. Wood served as corporate medical director for Behavioral Health and national medical director for Amerigroup. He was responsible for development and clinical oversight of the program for integration of medical and behavioral health services within the Company and coordination of this program with health plans in 11 states.

Prior to joining Amerigroup in 2003, Dr. Wood served as medical director for TRICARE’s Behavioral Health Program for active duty military personnel, retirees and their dependents in eight states. Healso served as executive vice president and chief medical officer for ValueOptions, a national behavioral health organization.

Board certified in psychiatry and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Wood has held medical director positions with the University Psychiatry Center in Tampa; Watauga CMHC/Woodridge Hospital in Johnson City, Tenn.; and Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash. He has also held faculty positions with Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City and was professor of psychiatry at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In addition to his management role in each of these hospital locations and faculty positions, Dr. Wood has developed and still maintains a private practice of adult, adolescent and family psychiatry.

Dr. Wood obtained his medical degree and completed residencies in general psychiatry and child psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as well as a post-doctoral fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He obtained his doctorate in biochemistry at the University of North Carolina.

Wayne Young M.S. M.B.A. LPC CRC FACHE

Wayne Young

currently serves as a Vice President of Operations for JPS Health Network and Administrator of Trinity Springs Pavilion.  A Level I Trauma Center, JPS Health Network is a safety net hospital licensed for 567 beds with over 40 outpatient locations which provided 850,000 patient encounters last year. As leader of the system’s behavioral health services, Mr. Young has responsibility for a full continuum of behavioral health services that includes a 20,000 visit psychiatric emergency center, a 96 bed inpatient psychiatric pavilion, four partial hospitalization programs, four behavioral health clinics, two school based behavioral health clinics, robust peer support services, and a network of embedded behavioral health specialists providing integrated care at primary care sites throughout Tarrant County.

Prior to joining JPS in 2008, he served as the Regional Executive Director of a managed behavioral healthcare organization and has held other leadership positions within the behavioral health and insurance industries. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.

Young is actively involved in several professional and community organizations. He serves as the Vice Chair of the board of Mental Health Connection and as Board President of Mental Health America of Tarrant County. Wayne also serves on the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council for the Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services Section.

Young is credentialed a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) as well as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

He received his bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies as well as his master’s degree in Community Counseling from Texas Tech University. Subsequently, he completed an MBA in Health Services Administration from the University of Dallas.