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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
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 to 2012, at the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health from 2004 to 2005 and at the Fresno County Human Services System from 2001 to 2004. Anthony was principal staff analyst at the Fresno County Department of Children and Family Services from 2000 to 2001, where she was senior staff analyst from 1999 to 2000.  Commissioner Anthony fills the seat of a family member of an adult child with a severe mental illness.

Lynne Ashbeck, Clovis
Lynne Ayers Ashbeck has been vice president at Community Medical Centers since 2015. She was regional vice president at the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California from 2006-2015. Ashbeck was also director of Continuing and Global Education at California State University, Fresno from 2003-2006 and director of education at Valley Children’s Hospital from 1997-2003. 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
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 to 2012 and served in multiple positions at the Telecare Corporation Villa Fairmont Mental Health Rehabilitation Center from 2002 to 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
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
MHSOAC Vice Chair
Vice Chair John Boyd is Sutter Health’s Chief Executive Officer, 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
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 to 2007, and chief of police for the city of Moscow, Idaho from 1992 to 1995.  He was a police officer, supervisor and manager for the city of Inglewood Police Department from 1980 to 1992, and a police officer for the city of Pacifica from 1977 to 1980.  Prior to his law enforcement career, Sheriff Brown served as a paramedic and emergency medical technician in the Los Angeles area from 1974 to 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 county sheriff seat.

John Buck, Folsom
John Buck has served in multiple positions at Turning Point Community Programs since 1977, including Chief Executive Officer. He is the treasurer of the Proxy Parent Foundation and also the treasurer of NAMI in Yolo County; he’s also in the final stages of becoming a Red Cross volunteer.  Buck is a military veteran, having served in the US Army as a Personnel Specialist and a paratrooper from 1972-1973. He also served at the Sacramento Stand Down for seven years, part of that time as Assistant Director. Buck earned a Master of Business Administration from National University. Commissioner Buck currently fills the seat of an employer with less than 500 employees.

Itai Danovitch, M.D., Los Angeles
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
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 to 2004. He worked at the California Department of Education as deputy superintendent from 1985 to 1991.  He earned a Master of Education degree from Harvard University. Commissioner Gordon holds a seat as superintendent of a school district.

Gladys Mitchell, Sacramento
Gladys Mitchell served as a staff services manager at the California Department of Health Care Services from 2013 to 2014 and at the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs from 2010 to 2013 and from 2007 to 2009. She was a health program specialist at California Correctional Health Care Services from 2009 to 2010 and a staff mental health specialist at the California Department of Mental Health from 2006 to 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 to 1998 and at the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners from 1989 to 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
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 to 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.

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, Richmond
Tony Thurmond was elected to represent California’s 15th Assembly District in November 2014. The district includes the East Bay communities that stretch along the I-80 corridor from Hercules to Oakland. First elected to the Richmond City Council in 2005, Thurmond served as Council Liaison to Richmond’s Youth Commission, the Workforce Investment Board and the West Contra Costa Unified School District. On the Commission, Assemblymember Thurmond represents the member of the Assembly selected by the Speaker of the Assembly.

Richard Van Horn, Los Angeles
Richard Van Horn has been President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mental Health American (MHA) of Los Angeles since 1980 and President Emeritus since his retirement. He is a member of the board of the Mental Health Association of California, the California Institute for Mental Health, the California Council Community Mental Health Agencies, and the National Council for Community Behavioral Health (NCCBH). He is a past member of the National Board of Directors of Mental Health America. On behalf of Mental Health America, he has testified before the Congress of the United States regarding issues affecting people with mental illnesses. He also served for six months as principal consultant for the MHSOAC in 2005. Commissioner Van Horn fills the seat of designee of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Tina Wooton, Santa Barbara
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.