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Our Team

We make behavioral health care more accessible.

Our leaders, board members, and advisors work to ensure behavioral health care and crisis support are available to those who need it most. Get to know the people breaking down barriers and helping organizations and communities across the country make mental health resources a priority.

Board of Directors

Lara Pennington

Board Chair,


Teresa Brandon

Vice Chair, Chief Behavioral Health Officer,

Hopewell Center

Sue Curfman

Secretary, CEO,


Kimberly Diamond

Assistant Counsel,


Dion Garrett

CEO & Senior Pastor,

Pathfinder Church & St. John School

Benjamin Nesbitt

Software Engineering Manager,

Accenture Federal Services

Albert Pease

Sr. Manager, Cath/EP Lab Clinical Operations,

Medtronic, Inc.

Advisory Board

Russ Allen

St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD)

Sergeant Sally Panzer

Metropolitan Police Department – City of St. Louis

Christi Syberg

Criminal Justice Ministries (CJM)

Ed Riedel

Missouri Institute of Mental Health

Kyle Dooley

NAMI St. Louis

Rose Beavers-Jackson

Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis

Julie Sehnert

The Aviary Recovery Center

Surilla Shaw

Saint Louis Public Schools

Nancy Spargo

Sparlin Mental Health

Dawn Franzen

The Lead School

Deputy Sierra Turley

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office