2022 Senior Leaders Conference

Stonewall Resort - Roanoke, WV

About the Conference

This year’s Senior Leaders Conference will be held May 18 – 20, at the beautiful Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia.

At the Senior Leaders Conference, we strive to bring together a diverse group of presenters to share information about cognitive, behavioral and other therapeutic strategies, promising programs and evidenced-based practices. Our goal is to provide a valuable conference that expands professional knowledge, promotes partnerships, and helps make recovery a reality.

In 2019, over 75 of West Virginia’s senior behavioral health leaders attended – this is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues from around the state! The Senior Leaders Conference attracts a wide-ranging audience that includes CEOs, COOs, CFOs, HR professionals, clinical staff, program managers, advocates and partners. We look forward to seeing you in May at The Stonewall Resort. Questions? Please contact Kedron Vrabel at kedron@wvbehavioralhealth.org or (304) 343-0728.

Keynote Speakers


Bill Crouch, Cabinet Secretary, West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources

Keynote Speaker – Annual Dinner

Bill J. Crouch was appointed Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) in January 2017 by Governor Jim Justice.   
Early in his career and after earning his Bachelor of Science degree from Mars Hill College, Bill spent several years working as a nuclear medicine technologist and for a while, as a laboratory technician, in acute care hospitals.  During this time, he also earned a Master of Public Health degree (MPH) from the University of Tennessee.
Bill put his public health care knowledge to use in West Virginia for 10 years, first at the West Virginia State Health Department, Office of Community Health Services and later, as the first Executive Director of what is now the West Virginia Health Care Authority where he stayed through 1986. 
Beginning in 1987, Bill started his consulting firm, and for the next 30 years, his company provided health care management and consulting services to hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care clinics, and physicians.  In addition, he was a partner in a long-term care company that owned and managed nursing facilities and assisted living communities in West Virginia. Bill retired in July 2016, which he is quick to tell you he failed miserably at retirement.  He now, as Cabinet Secretary of DHHR, is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of all West Virginians and where possible improving the health of our citizens. 

Chuck Ingoglia, President & CEO, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

National Council Update

As president and CEO of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Chuck Ingoglia leads the national charge to ensure people living with mental illness and addictions have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. To accomplish this, he harnesses the voices and support of the more than 3,000 National Council members who serve over 10 million individuals nationwide.

Dr. Joseph Parks, MD, Vice President of Practice Improvement, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Mental Health Parity

Dr. Joseph Parks, a practicing psychiatrist and state policymaker, has a track record of translating clinical experience in mental and substance use disorders into patient-centered policy recommendations and state of the science primary and behavioral health treatment programs. As the former chief clinical officer for the Missouri Department of Mental Health and Medicaid director, he led a statewide transformation of the health care delivery system in Missouri.

Lisa Jakub, Founder & CEO, Blue Mala

Self Care as a Strategy, Not a Luxury

Lisa Jakub is an author, 500-hour therapeutically focused yoga teacher, and mindfulness coach. She also is a retired actor who has more than 40 film and television credits to her name, including Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day. At the age of 22, Lisa retired from her 18-year acting career in search of a life that felt more authentic to her. She has found a more purposeful life as a writer, teacher, and advocate for mental health awareness.

Mike Veny, Professional Speaker, Author, Drummer

Diversity & Inclusion

Mental health speaker and best-selling author Mike Veny delivers engaging presentations with raw energy and a fresh perspective on diversity and inclusion. He shares how he went from struggling with mental health challenges to being a thought leader who travels the globe telling his story to help transform stigma.

He is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, corporate drumming event facilitator, author, and luggage enthusiast. Seriously, you’d completely get it if you did all the traveling he did!

Richard Tucker, Former Assistant Special Agent, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Trends in Drug Utilization

Richard Tucker’s extensive experience in law enforcement includes 10 years as a police officer. Mr. Tucker’s 25-year DEA career has included both domestic and international assignments. He speaks fluent Thai. He has held a variety of management and enforcement positions including, investigations, intelligence and personal security. He has presented to national and international audiences on a wide variety of topics, including undercover operations, demand reduction, illicit abuse of prescription medicines and intelligence. Mr. Tucker has also instructed law enforcement professionals on issues involving conducting investigations of drug trafficking organizations. He is retired from his law enforcement career and engaged in consulting to the healthcare industry.

Danielle M. Waltz, Member, Jackson & Kelly PLLC

The Nuts & Bolts of Political Action Committees in West Virginia

Danielle M. Waltz is a Member in the Banking, Construction, and Government industry groups, focusing primarily on litigation and government relations. She practices out of the Firm’s office in Charleston, West Virginia.

Sonia Chambers, Executive Director, West Virginia Health Information Network

The WVHIN Helps Providers Manage Patient Care

Sonia Chambers has a wide variety of health care experience. She began her professional life working for Congressman Bob Wise, serving as Legislative Aid, Legislative Director, and Staff to the House Budget Committee. Since 2015, Sonia has led the West Virginia Health Information Network (WVHIN), the state’s Health Information Exchange. In addition to public sector positions focused on health care, she has worked for Marshall Health as the Affiliation Manager and Corporate Compliance Officer.

Nikki Tennis, Director of the Office of Children, Youth, & Families – W.V. Bureau for Behavioral Health

With degrees in law, journalism, and communication studies, Nikki worked as a domestic violence attorney and then children’s services director at the state supreme court before serving in her current role since 2016. She is the past chair of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Children, Youth, and Families Division and prioritizes helping children, youth, and families thrive in their homes and communities. The BBH Children’s Office administers grant programs for prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery services across the state.

Tahnee Bryant, Program Manager, Substance Use Prevention & Expanded School Mental Health – W.V. Bureau for Behavioral Health

Tahnee serves as West Virginia’s National Prevention Network (NPN) representative. Mrs. Bryant currently serves as the Chairperson for the WV Prevention Steering Committee and Co-Chair for the Expanded School Mental Health Leadership Team. Mrs. Bryant has over 25 years’ experience within the behavioral health field in various leadership positions. In addition to teaching at the primary level early in her career she has also served as instructor within Higher Education. Mrs. Bryant has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Graduate degree in Leadership, both from Marshall University.

Cassandra Toliver, Program Manager, Treatment & Recovery Services – W.V. Bureau for Behavioral Health

Cassandra has a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from Marshall University and a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Bluefield State College. Cassandra has almost 30 years of experience in the behavioral health services and intellectual and developmental disabilities services with a little over 19 of those years being within the WVDHHR. She’s held a variety of positions over her career including Crisis Counselor, Behavior Management Specialist, and many levels of supervisory positions.  Cassandra’s focus for the past few years has been building and expanding crisis services within WV and she participates with many national groups to help with building and expanding the crisis system in WV.  Cassandra sits on NASMHPD’s CYF Division Committee which focuses on minority issues. 

Trish Luna, Author, Speaker

Nashville-based author and speaker Trish Healy Luna co-wrote the nationally recognized children’s book, Timbi Talks about Addiction, which has been named a ‘promising practice’ by the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (NADEC). Trish wrote the first draft of this story more than 30 years ago for her then very young children, Nick, and Sami, as their father struggled with substance use disorder (SUD). A struggle that eventually took his life. Trish knows first-hand the shame, stigma, trauma, and chaos that comes from dealing with a loved one’s addiction which can impact generations to come. Trish holds a master’s degree in philosophy and ethics from Vanderbilt University and has a diverse professional background, but “Timbi Talks About Addiction” represents her life’s work.\

Doug Cumpston, Assistive Technology Specialist, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities

Assistive Technology & You

Doug has been with the West Virginia Assistive Technology Systems for 5 years. Before he took the position, he dedicated 10 years to Supportive Employment. Doug holds an undergraduate degree from California of Pennsylvania and an MBA from West Virginia University.

Donna Martin, Senior Director for State Partnerships, ANCOR

Financing IDD / Pay for Performance

Donna Martin brings leadership and longevity to her role as Senior Director for State Partnerships and Innovation with the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR).  Prior to joining ANCOR, Donna served as the Executive Director for Community Provider Network of RI, the state-wide association for providers of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Donna is a life-long resident of Rhode Island and has a sixteen-year-old son who has Autism.  He is her greatest joy and has helped her understand the heart and soul of her professional life in a much deeper way.  She brings her experience as a parent to her profession, and it has galvanized her advocacy and sensitivity to the needs of individual with disabilities and their families.

Shannon McCracken, Government Affairs, ANCOR

Financing IDD / Pay for Performance

Shannon McCracken has been advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 20 years.

Joining ANCOR in January 2020, she brought a diverse and deep background having held leadership positions in both private and nonprofit companies and owned her own case management company. She was actively involved in KAPP, the Kentucky Association of Private Providers, for over a decade, including serving as the state association’s first full-time executive director and dedicated lobbyist from 2015-2017, while still running her own business. During her tenure she was instrumental in the implementation of Kentucky’s Adult Caregiver Misconduct Registry. After joining BrightSpring Health Services in 2017 to run their Kentucky operations, she continued in a volunteer role as Board Chair for KAPP, and under her leadership providers received the first provider rate increase in Kentucky in 14 years. 

She now heads up the government affairs department at ANCOR, leading a team of subject matter experts and lobbyists to advance policy priorities for 2,000 provider members and fifty-four state trade associations across the country.

James Cowser, Director of Innovative Clinical Solutions, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Special Crisis Track

Jim Cowser has interest in both direct clinical practice and the effective development and improvement of clinical systems. Cowser embraces a clinical framework, which allows for the flexible use of standardized and evidence-based curricula to address the complex challenges of implementation across settings and various levels of care. He has experience with implementation in diverse service settings, including corrections, community supervision, integrated primary care and inpatient and outpatient specialty care. Jim is passionate about integrated care rooted in dignity and respect, multiple pathways of recovery, family systems engagement and the integration of Medication into addiction treatment settings. 

Daniel P. Meloy, Trainer

Special Crisis Track

Dan Meloy is a proven leader who has viewed and battled the opioid epidemic in multiple roles – from a beat cop and police chief on the front lines, to his service as an appointed community administrator, and now as a consultant and advocate for effective solutions. As an originator of the quick response team (QRT) model, Dan uniquely understands what works to engage people dealing with addiction, victims and their families; the right data and technology to facilitate recovery and the importance of visionary leadership. He has more than 28 years of experience in law enforcement, public safety and government decision making, with more than 13 years experience as a Command level leader. 

Brent McGinty, President & CEO, Missouri Behavioral Health Council

Brent McGinty is a leader in the behavioral health field from Jefferson City, Missouri. He studied history and political science at Missouri Southern State University before earning a Master’s in Public Administration at the University of Missouri. Brent originally started a career in local government, taking various positions in Columbia, Mexico, Joplin, and Maysville. A search for more family geographic stability with a new baby on the way led him to stints in the Missouri Senate and Department of Mental Health. While working for the State, Brent was inspired by the mission-driven, collaborative approach at the Missouri Behavioral Health Council. Brent joined the Council team in 2012 as the President/CEO. Brent is driven by the theory that treating the mind and body as one and making quality behavioral healthcare available to all who need it, Missourians will truly thrive.

Jackie Payne, Behavioral Health Consultant, West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health

WV Roadmap for CCBHC

Jackie has an undergraduate degree Social Work from Marshall University and a Graduate degree in Social Work from West Virginia University. She is currently serving as the lead on the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Initiative. With over 30 years’ experience within the behavioral health field in both the private and public sector; Jackie has held various leadership positions including Director of WV Project AWARE and Director of the Division of Children’s Behavioral Health, BBH. Jackie has presented at numerous statewide conferences and at multiple Advancing School Mental Health National Conferences.

Please contact the Association office for more information or email kedron@wvbehavioralhealth.org


Continuing Education Credits

Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Work, Nursing, Psychologists, CME, Addictions

Fees and Registration

$750 for Members and State Partners (State Partners – Contact Us About Scholarships)

$850 for Non-Members

*Includes Conference Registration, Lodging, & All Meals* 

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