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Commissioner Bios

The following are the current members of the Commission.  Click on the Commissioner name to see their detailed bio.


Reneeta Anthony, Fresno
Joined the Commission: January 2016
Reneeta Anthony has been executive director at A3 Concepts LLC since 2013. She was principal staff analyst at the Fresno County Department of Social Services from 2005-2012, at the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health from 2004-2005 and at the Fresno County Human Services System from 2001-2004. Anthony was principal staff analyst at the Fresno County Department of Children and Family Services from 2000-2001, where she was senior staff analyst from 1999-2000.  Commissioner Anthony fills the seat of a family member of an adult child with a severe mental illness.

Mayra Alvarez, Los Angeles
Joined the Commission: December 2017

Mayra Alvarez is the President of the Children’s Partnership, a nonprofit children’s advocacy organization. She served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), most recently as Director of the State Exchange Group for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  She also served as the Associate Director for the HHS Office of Minority Health and was Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform at HHS. Alvarez received her graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her undergraduate degree from University of California Berkeley. Commissioner Alvarez fills the seat of the Attorney General/designee.

Lynne Ashbeck, Clovis
Joined the Commission: February 2016
Lynne Ayers Ashbeck is the senior vice president of community engagement and population wellness for Valley Children’s Healthcare. She has also served as vice president at Community Medical Centers; regional vice president at the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California; director of Continuing and Global Education at California State University, Fresno; and director of education at Valley Children’s Hospital. She is an elected Councilmember in the City of Clovis, first elected in 2001. She is also a member of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley Board of Director and the Maddy Institute Board of Directors. She received her Master of Arts degree from Fresno Pacific University and a Master of Science degree from California State University, Fresno. Commissioner Ashbeck fills the seat of a representative of a health care service plan or insurer.

Khatera Aslami-Tamplen, Pleasant Hill
MHSOAC Vice Chair

Joined the Commission: June 2013
Khatera Aslami-Tamplen has been consumer empowerment manager at Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services since 2012. She was executive director at Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services from 2007-2012 and served in multiple positions at the Telecare Corporation Villa Fairmont Mental Health Rehabilitation Center from 2002-2007, including director of rehabilitation. Aslami-Tamplen is a founding member of the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations, on the Board of Directors for Sutter Health Sutter Care at Home, and Board President of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery. Commissioner Aslami-Tamplen represents clients and consumers.

Senator Jim Beall, San Jose
Joined the Commission: February 2015
Jim Beall was elected to the California State Senate in 2012 and represents the 15th Senate District. He was elected to the State Assembly in November 2006, representing District 24. He is the chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, in addition to serving on several other committees. He has spent three decades in public service as a San Jose City Councilman, a Santa Clara County Supervisor and an Assembly member. On the Commission, Senator Beall represents the member of the Senate selected by the President pro Tempore of the Senate.

John Boyd, Psy.D., Folsom
Joined the Commission: June 2013
Vice Chair John Boyd is Sutter Health’s Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health Services. He has an extensive background in healthcare administration and mental health. Prior to joining Sutter in 2008, he served as Assistant Administrator for Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center and has worked as both an inpatient and outpatient therapist in several organizations. He is a Board Member of National Mental Health America; he has also served in other appointed capacities, including City of Sacramento Planning Commissioner. Boyd is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives. He earned his doctorate in psychology at California School of Professional Psychology and his MHA from USC. Commissioner Boyd represents an employer with more than 500 employees

Bill Brown, Lompoc
Joined the Commission: December 2010
Bill Brown was first elected as sheriff and coroner for Santa Barbara County in 2006. He had previously served as chief of police for the city of Lompoc from 1995-2007, and chief of police for the city of Moscow, Idaho from 1992-1995. He was a police officer, supervisor and manager for the city of Inglewood Police Department from 1980-1992, and a police officer for the city of Pacifica from 1977-1980. Prior to his law enforcement career, Sheriff Brown served as a paramedic and emergency medical technician in the Los Angeles area from 1974-1977. Sheriff Brown holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Delinquency Control Institute. Commissioner Brown fills the seat of the county sheriff.

Keyondria Bunch, Ph.D., Los Angeles
Joined the Commission: August 2017
Keyondria Bunch, Ph.D., has been a clinical psychologist for the Emergency Outreach Bureau at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health since 2016, where she has served in several positions since 2008. These include clinical psychologist for the Specialized Foster Care Van Nuys Co-Located Program, clinical psychologist for juvenile justice mental health quality assurance and a clinical psychologist for Valley Coordinated Children’s Services. She was also an adjunct lecturer at Antioch University in 2015. Commissioner Bunch fills the seat of a labor representative.

Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, Los Angeles
Joined the Commission: February 2018
Wendy Carrillo was elected to represent California’s 51st Assembly District in December 2017. Assemblymember Carrillo has advocated for educational opportunity, access to quality healthcare, living wage jobs, and social justice. She was host and executive producer of community-based radio program “Knowledge is Power” in Los Angeles. Her previous work with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 2015 included better working conditions for caregivers. She arrived to the United States as an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador and became a U.S. citizen in her early 20s. Assemblymember Carrillo represents the member of the Assembly selected by the Speaker of the Assembly.

Itai Danovitch, M.D., Los Angeles
Joined the Commission: February 2016
Itai Danovitch has been chair of the Psychiatry Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since 2012, where he has held several positions since 2008, including director of addiction psychiatry clinical services and associate director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association and past president of the California Society of Addiction Medicine. Danovitch earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Management. Commissioner Danovitch fills the seat of a physician specializing in alcohol and drug treatment.

David Gordon, Sacramento
Joined the Commission: January 2013
David Gordon has been county superintendent at the Sacramento County Office of Education since 2004. He served at the Elk Grove Unified School District as superintendent from 1995-2004. He worked at the California Department of Education as deputy superintendent from 1985-1991. He earned a Master of Education degree from Harvard University. Commissioner Gordon holds a seat as superintendent of a school district.

Mara Madrigal-Weiss, San Diego
Joined the Commission: September 2017
Mara Madrigal-Weiss is the Director of Wellness and Student Achievement with the San Diego County Office of Education. Her experience includes working with school communities as a Family Case Manager, Protective Services Worker and Family Resource Center Director. Madrigal-Weiss received her M.A. in Human Behavior from National University; a M.Ed in counseling and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University. She was part of the California Department of Education’s Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup that supported recently-passed AB 2246 requiring all school districts in California to adopt a suicide prevention policy. Commissioner Madrigal-Weiss fills the seat of designee of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Gladys Mitchell, Sacramento
Joined the Commission: January 2016
Gladys Mitchell served as a staff services manager at the California Department of Health Care Services from 2013-2014 and at the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs from 2010-2013 and from 2007-2009. She was a health program specialist at California Correctional Health Care Services from 2009-2010 and a staff mental health specialist at the California Department of Mental Health from 2006-2007. She was interim executive officer at the California Board of Occupational Therapy in 2005 and an enforcement coordinator at the California Board of Registered Nursing from 1996-1998 and at the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners from 1989-1993. She is a member of the St. Hope Public School Board of Directors. Mitchell earned a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento. Commissioner Mitchell fills the seat of a family member of a child who has or has had a severe mental illness.

Larry Poaster, Ph.D., Modesto
Joined the Commission: July 2007
Larry Poaster served as a private consultant to government agencies in the field of health care delivery by public entities from 2002 until the Governor appointed him to the Commission in 2007. He previously served as the Director of Behavioral Health Services for the Stanislaus County Department of Behavioral Health Services from 1980-2002 and was the Director of Clinical Services for that department from 1970 to 1980. He was President of the California Conference of Mental Health Directors, twice president of the California Mental Health Directors Association, and president of the Board of Directors of the California Institute of Mental Health. Commissioner Poaster fills the seat of a mental health professional.

Tina Wooton, Santa Barbara
Joined the Commission: December 2010
Tina Wooton has worked in the mental health system for 23 years, advocating for the employment of consumers and family members at the local, state and federal levels. Since 2009 she has served as the Consumer Empowerment Manager for the Santa Barbara County Department of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services. From 2005 through 2009 she worked as the Consumer and Family member liaison for the California State Department of Mental Health and was staff to the state Mental Health Services Act Implementation Team. Between 1997 and 2005 she served as Consumer Liaison for the Mental Health Association / County Mental Health of Sacramento and as service coordinator for Human Resources Consultants from 1994 through 1997. Wooton is Vice President of AMP (Arts Mentorship Program) for Santa Barbara Dance Arts and a Santa Barbara Elks member. Commissioner Wooton represents clients and consumers.