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.
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
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.
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.
Rick Degette is retiring as behavioral health director for
Stanislaus County. Prior to working with Stanislaus
County, Rick was the Director of Vocational Services
in Alameda County where he helped implement and expand the
Individual Placement and Support Model of Supported Employment
across the county. Rick brings more than 30 years of
experience working in public behavioral healthcare in California
as a direct service provider, manager, administrator, program
planner, and consultant.
Karin is Director, Special Projects with the California Institute
for Behavioral Health Solutions. She is currently serving as
project manager for the MHSA funded Technology Suite innovation
project and supports dissemination of QI practices throughout the
California behavioral health system. Since 2001, Karin has been
providing consulting services throughout California in both
private and public managed care and service delivery
organizations; these services have included project management,
quality/process improvement, and service system design.
Gayaneh is an Armenian/Iranian/American clinician who is
interested in trauma-informed care, evidenced-based practices,
individual differences and health care equity. Gayaneh has
certification in TFCBT and PCIT. Gayaneh lives with her husband
Malcolm, son Miro, and dog, Napoleon in Sacramento
Will Rhett-Mariscal, PhD, MS, is a Director at CIBHS. Dr.
Rhett-Mariscal has developed and implemented practice and system
improvement projects impacting California’s public behavioral
health system in the areas of health equity, health care
integration, prevention and early intervention, and SUD.
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
Amy relocated to Los Angeles in October 2017. She is now the
Director of several Los Angeles County SUD projects.
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.
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.
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.