Senior Advisors

Alden “Joe” Doolittle, MS

Was co-executive Director for IBHI from 2006 to 2012  He worked collaboratively to organize IHBI since late 2004. Joe brings more than thirty years of leadership experience in the development and operation of staff, group and network model HMOs, in forming strategic partnerships and operationalizing quality management methods. He provides policy level strategic and technical services in health care management and operations, financial planning, quality management and leadership development. He has guided the creation of a comprehensive managed care plans in Upstate New York and New England, and guided integration initiatives among behavioral health providers and primary care physicians and between behavioral health and managed care plans. Mr. Doolittle holds a Bachelor’s Degree form Colgate University and a Masters Degree from the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh.

Michael Bigley, LMSW

Was Senior Program Specialist NYS Office of Mental Health – His responsibilities included in part the administration of the Children’s State-operated Psychiatric Centers and Units, and the development, monitoring and evaluation of community based programs for children and their families. Implemented Functional Family Therapy (FFT) in New York State, directed the Evidence-Based Treatment Dissemination Center, directed  Child and Adolescent Rural Tele-psychiatry Project, Chaired the central office  Children’s Care Team, coordinated community based services or alternative placements for children and adolescents leaving hospitals or designated facilities for court ordered placements, managed transfers to psychiatric settings from other agencies and worked with the Council on Children and Families Hard-to-Place Committee on level of care issues.  Also employed at: New York State Division for Youth, New Jersey Division for Youth and Family Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Youth Services.  Graduate Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work.

Jon Berlin MD

Is the immediate past president of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry and co-editor/co-author of Emergency Psychiatry: Principles and Practice, Lippincott Wilkins and Williams (in press), the first ever, comprehensive textbook on this subject.  He is on the editorial board of Psychiatric Issues in Emergency Care Settings and has written and lectured on various topics, including structure and function of psychiatric emergency services, non-coercive de-escalation, malingering, interviewing for acuity, suicide assessment and treatment, and the future of emergency psychiatry.  A practicing psychiatrist for 24 years, Dr. Berlin until recently was the Medical Director of the Crisis Service of Milwaukee County, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and partner/co-founder of JSA Health, LLC, a telemedicine emergency psychiatry consulting group based in Houston,Texas.  He was a 2007 recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Bruno Lima Award for his creation of the Disaster Mental Health Task Force of Milwaukee and for disaster relief efforts in Texas and Wisconsin after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Berlin obtained a B.A. from Columbia University, his M.D. from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, and his psychiatric training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Robin Dea, MD

is a founding member of IBHI. She received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico and her residency from California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She was a staff psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Redwood City from 1979 to 2010. From 1981 to 1997 she was the Chief of the Department. From 1988 to 1996 she also held the post of West Bay Subregional Inpatient Chief. She was Regional Director of Mental Health Services for Kaiser Permanente Northern California from 1991 to 2009. These roles gave her a unique perspective on all aspects of Behavioral Healthcare systems, including operations, quality improvement, labor management, behavioral healthcare research, regulatory compliance and risk management.

Tammy Powell, FACHE 

Tammy Powell

Is president, Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony and executive vice president of St. Anthony Hospital. Tammy has 24 years of health care experience in administration, nursing, and behavioral health. She graduated with a Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science, Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, member of the board for the Institute for Behavioral Health Improvement, Oklahoma City University Nursing Advisory Board, and Sooner Health Care Executives. Tammy is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XXV, a 2008 Journal Record Woman of the Year nominee, and also a 2012 OKC Friday Rising Star.

William Reidy, MSW

William Reidy Is a founding member of IBHI and for seven years served as president of the Board. He is a licensed clinical social worker and  experienced clinical leader with over 25 years of experience working in primary care / health center based delivery systems to develop, implement and deliver integrated mental health and substance use treatment services. In his current role with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Clinical Affairs Division, Mr. Reidy serves as the Assistant Director for Behavioral Health Integration. He is responsible for NACHC’s partnership work with the SAMHSA/HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) and provides technical assistance and learning opportunities for Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHCs) & Primary Care Associations to assist them accelerate the spread of effective bi-directional integration of primary care and behavioral health services. Mr. Reidy previously served as the Director of Behavioral Health Services for the Community Health Plan, Kaiser Permanente Northeast Division, & Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Region. Bill also served as the Deputy Director for the District of Columbia Dept of Mental Health’s SAMHSA funded Co-Occurring Disorders Systems Change Initiative which improved interagency collaboration for the delivery of integrated care. He is a current Board of Directors member and past President of the Institute for Behavioral Health Improvement. Mr. Reidy earned a Master of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Master of Divinity degree from Niagara University.

Sheila Ryan, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N .

Sheila Ryan

is a founding member of IBHI and was Vice President of the Board for seven years. She is Charlotte Peck Leinemann professor, and Distinguished Alumni Endowed Chair, and Director of International Programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. Expertise focuses on health reform and redesigning systems for patient centeredness, helping faculty and students expand global opportunities with internet-based education, quality improvement in health care, innovative ‘health’ delivery models and global health partnerships. International nursing partner projects are or have been with Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China, Al-Zaytoonah Private University in Amman, Jordan, and with schools of nursing in Yerevan, Armenia and the Central Asian Republics (CAR), and Afghanistan.

Dr. Ryan has participated with several Twinning Center Projects in sub-Saharan countries as a member of the board of AIHA. She has served as President of NLN, and an executive officer for AACN. Additionally, she has served in leadership roles of several foundation programs: PEW Charitable Trust, Health Education Commission, RWJ (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) Health Policy Fellowship Program, Commonwealth Fund for Nurse Executive Fellowships and Macy Foundation for Interprofessional Education.

Dr. Ryan is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and has served on many programs and committees for the past two decades. She has been a nursing dean for 22 years at two universities. Her board service includes or has included AIHA (American International Healthcare Alliance), IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvements), IBHI (Institute for Behavior Healthcare Improvement, and several hospitals.

Thomas F. Updike, Ph. D.

Thomas F UpdikeThomas F. Updike, Ph.D., joined Recovery Innovations in 2011 as the Chief Vision Officer.

Dr. Updike has over 45 years of professional experience ranging from direct clinical services to senior executive management and leadership positions of non-profit as well as for profit organizations. Dr. Updike founded several commercial companies providing long term managed care as well as tele-medicine services nationwide. He has served as the Governor’s Appointee heading Mental Health and Substance Abuse in several states. He is a proven leader and is skilled in developing boards of directors, strategic planning committees and community collaborations.  Dr. Updike’s personal qualities of patience and warmth, exceptional work ethics and inspiring energy, along with his decisive and purposeful leadership style are congruent with the philosophy and core values which support the goal of Recovery Innovations and their mission to “…create opportunities and environments that empower people to recover, to succeed in accomplishing their goals and to reconnect to themselves, others and meaning and purpose in life.”  As the Chief Vision Officer, Dr. Updike collaborates and unites various agencies and organizations to succeed in accomplishing the Recovery Innovations mission.

Dr. Updike earned his bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from the University of Virginia, his master of science degree in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, his doctorate degree in counseling with cognate in psychology and human medicine from Michigan State University, and has extensive post-graduate education from Harvard University, University of Virginia, Rice University, University of Richmond and New York University  Post Graduate School of Medicine in the areas of executive leadership, mental health, forensic psychiatry, geriatrics, emergency services, fund raising and quality assurance.