Pacific Southwest MHTTC Advisory Board Members
Denise Beagley, M.Sc.
Denise Beagley works at Banner Health as the Associate Director of Crisis and Justice Systems and at Arizona State University as a Faculty Associate for the School of Social Work. Since 2015, Denise has worked part-time as a Crisis Intervention Specialist for City of Chandler Fire Department. She has worked within the behavioral health system since 2002. Prior to working in Arizona, she completed her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Over the past 20 years her work has predominately intersected at Public Safety and Psychology, and she serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to internal and external ASU departments and provider companies.
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Tallerita Rogers is an Indigenous Social Worker with Child Welfare specialization training and a passion for healthy communities. Tallerita earned a BA in Sociology from Macalester College and her MSW and MPA from Arizona State University, Tallerita is also a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW). Tallerita currently serves as Director of Community Development at Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. in Flagstaff, Arizona, the traditional homelands to over 11 Indigenous communities. In her role as Director, Tallerita oversees two Tribal youth suicide prevention programs funded by the SAMHSA (Native Connections and Reach UR Life), an Economic Development Program, a CDC funded diabetes prevention Program (L.I.F.E. - Lasting Indigenous Family Enrichment), the Pathways Program (an after-school substance use prevention program), and an expanding Supportive Services program which provides limited financial assistance and direct supports to community members. Tallerita also serves as Branch Representative for Northern Arizona for National Association for Social Workers - Arizona Chapter, and is a Behavioral Health Training Institute Trainee for 2021. Tallerita serves on the Community Land Use Planning Committee (CLUPC) for her home community's Chapter, the local Navajo tribal government's entity. Most importantly, Tallerita is a mom of three beautiful Diné (Navajo) children who strives to teach her children the language and culture.
Peter Dy is the Associate Director of Care Transformation at the California Primary Care Association (CPCA). Peter is responsible for managing CPCA’s Patient-Centered Health Home program, supporting the integration of behavioral health in primary care, and helping health centers to adopt and spread practice transformation strategies as part of readiness for payment reform. Peter is also the behavioral health lead for training and technical assistance, hosts quarterly Behavioral Health Peer Network meetings, and works closely with behavioral health directors and providers in community health centers. Peter graduated from the California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelors of Science in Health Science and a concentration in Health Care Administration.
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Umeka Franklin, Ed.D., LCSW, PPSC
Umeka Franklin currently is a Clinical Associate Professor at USC Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work. She is an alumna of the USC MSW program and earned her Doctorate degree in Education at USC Rossier School of Education – Educational Psychology. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has worked across the lifespan providing services to various populations. She served in a leadership role as a Social Work Coordinator at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs providing services to military veterans. In addition, she was a Psychiatric Social Worker for the Los Angeles Unified School District providing direct clinical services to individuals, families, and groups. Umeka also possesses expertise in providing Community Based Mental Health Services, In and Outpatient Medical Social Work services as well as working with children and families who have experienced traumatic events.
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Stacie Hiramoto has been a mental health advocate for many years. She is one of the founders and currently the Director of the Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition (REMHDCO), a statewide policy and advocacy organization that focuses on improving mental health services for BIPOC communities. Currently, REMHDCO is a partner in the highly acclaimed California Reducing Disparities Project. She was the previously Project Director for a SAMHSA-funded Children’s System of Care grant in Sacramento County. Prior to this, she was the first full time lobbyist for Disability Rights California (the designated federally funded Protection and Advocacy organization in the state.) She served as legislative staff to former Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown and former State Senator Richard Polanco. Stacie also served as Director of Legislative Affairs and Government Relations for the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-CA).
Christopher M. Knightsbridge
Christopher Knightsbridge is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology and currently serves as 1st Vice Chair on the Hawaii State Council for Mental Health. He has previously lived in South-East Asia spending over a decade advocating for victims of human rights abuse and using online platforms to provide support groups for families of victims dealing with trauma, loss and seeking justice. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is interested in exploring ways to integrate technology into mental healthcare interventions to better treat vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized populations living in Hawaii and abroad.
Karen Taycher has served as the Executive Director for PEP since 1995 and was the cofounder of Nevada PEP. Nevada PEP’s mission is, “to increase the opportunities for home, community and school success for children with disabilities, including those who are at risk or who have serious emotional disturbances, their families and their service providers, through education, encouragement and empowerment activities.” Mrs. Taycher has been a strong advocate for family driven support and community collaboration from the time her eldest son was born. She has served in numerous capacities in local, state, and national policy and advocacy groups to improve education and service systems for children, youth and families.
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Pat Sanborn, M.A.
Pat Sanborn serves the Nevada Department of Education’s Office for a Safe and Respectful Learning Environment as a Health and Wellness Coordinator and is currently leading several federal grant projects focused on school mental health and wellness. She has worked for over 20 years managing prevention and promotion projects for community, county, state, and federal initiatives. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology/Organization Development from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA. She currently resides in Carson City, Nevada.
James Arriola is owner of Brabu Behavioral Health Services based in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This small Indigenous run company has focused on providing culturally responsive and faith centered behavioral health services since 2012 throughout Oceania, but primarily within the U.S Affiliated Pacific Islands. Prior to establishing this business, James focused his education in Pacific Islands Studies, with research focused on Indigenous Pacific mental health. Mr. Arriola has served as state evaluator to several Single State Agency prevention programs, is a regional trainer for behavioral health initiatives, and provides health planning and data services linking state and community partners in collaboration. One of his current roles is to serve as Executive Director for the Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborating Council.
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