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Zack has more than a decade of experience researching, analyzing and advancing public policy in Oklahoma. At Healthy Minds, he manages a full-time staff and works with a team of consultants analyzing data trends, examining best practices and evaluating community needs to inform state and local policy conversations around mental health and substance use disorder.
Zack previously served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Tulsa Regional Chamber, where he managed state policy priorities around health insurance, public health, education and criminal justice. He has a background in journalism and worked as a government and crime reporter for the Tulsa World and several local newspapers. He serves on the leadership team of Tulsa’s Young Professionals and the boards of directors for several Tulsa-area nonprofits in the areas of health care and education.
Zack has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Rogers State University.
Courtney brings more than a decade of professional experience teaching, researching, and communicating with diverse audiences about policy and data. She is passionate about helping the public and public-serving organizations understand and effectively engage with public policy, and her career has been focused on effective communication, learning, and information-sharing. At Healthy Minds, Courtney utilizes her skills and experience to continue moving our communities toward an effective continuum of care for better mental health outcomes.
Courtney most recently worked as a policy analyst for Oklahoma Policy Institute, where she focused on poverty and economic opportunity. She also has extensive experience as faculty in higher education engaging students on various topics in American politics and public policy, and has worked as a congressional staffer for then-Rep. Tom Coburn in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oklahoma State University. She also earned a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma where she was a fellow at the Carl Albert Center for Congressional Research and Studies. She is a member of Junior League of Tulsa, and is an active volunteer in the community.
Brittany has years of experience in researching, analyzing, writing, and teaching. At Healthy Minds, she brings her legal and educational experience to her position as a policy analyst where she researches best and evidence-based practices as well as analyzing data to help moved mental health policy forward. She is particularly interested in the civil and criminal justice systems as well as education at all levels.
Brittany’s past experience includes working as a Mental Health Policy Fellow at OK Policy, clerking at the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, interning at the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office, and participating in community advocacy and immigration clinics at the University of Tulsa College of Law. Before attending law school, Brittany taught history and coached competitive speech and debate in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
Brittany graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2018 with Highest Honor. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Oklahoma State University. She is currently a licensed attorney and teacher in the state of Oklahoma.
Anna Richards grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Washington University in St. Louis. After college, she worked as a freelance theater artist. Her theater endeavors have centered around empowering gender minorities, telling inclusive stories, and fostering community action for mental health visibility, racial justice, and anti-trafficking efforts.
More recently, she worked in Brooklyn, NY as a Chief Scribe and Project Manager with ScribeAmerica, gaining experience managing and implementing scribe programs in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. She also volunteered as a passionate Emergency Department Victim Advocate, serving survivors of sexual- and gender-based violence. She brings a strong background working in patient care and within various health systems to her role as Fellow, and is eager to utilize her knowledge and experiences in contributing to improvements around integrated/collaborative care. Her other focuses within the Fellowship will include maternal mental health and the behavioral health workforce in Oklahoma. She will begin medical school next fall and looks forward to continuing this work as a medical student and physician.
Chela comes to HMPI with years of experience in the non-profit sector, where she researched and wrote grant proposals and submitted financial and compliance reports. She spent the early part of her career in the Oklahoma City area in the higher education and victim services fields. Before relocating to Tulsa, she assisted with the administration of a federal grant. In addition to serving as our main point of contact on coordination duties, Chela’s background and education allow her to contribute to our grant, data and policy work. She has a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Management and Administration and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma. Outside of work, Chela enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Jim is Healthy Minds’ lead consultant with TriWest Group, a health and human services consulting company evaluating the local mental health landscape, providing on-the-ground mental health expertise and driving strategies around improving outcomes.
As a TriWest Partner, Jim provides consulting and methodological leadership on several health and human services consultation and evaluation projects. He has expertise in the assessment and design of mental health services systems, the implementation of evidence-based practices for adults with mental illnesses, integrated mental health/physical health care, outcome evaluation, and the development and use of fidelity assessment tools.
Jim holds a PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology.
Sam Shore is a Principal with TriWest and has over 40 years of experience in the field of mental health services and policy. He has special interests and experience in crisis systems, jail diversion, self-directed care, integration of physical and behavioral health systems, and trauma-informed care. His consultations focus on creating recovery- and resiliency-oriented systems of care in publicly funded settings.
Sam has served in several leadership positions in his career and has acquired extensive experience in public mental health services policy development, operations, and evaluation. In his career in the Texas mental health system, Sam held positions in community mental health, state hospital psychiatric inpatient services, and the state office. He served as the project director for several successful SAMHSA grant projects, including the Mental Health Transformation grant, which allowed the state to build a strong foundation of recovery-oriented systems of care for people with serious mental illness and children with severe emotional disturbance. He also served as the state director of mental health services for veterans and their families and project director of a jail diversion and trauma recovery grant.
As a Principal at TriWest, Lisa’s focus is on children, youth, and families and the systems that serve them. She has participated in and led efforts to improve children’s mental health, child welfare, and school-based mental health and to expand trauma-informed care.
Prior to joining TriWest, Lisa was instrumental in redesigning children’s mental health service delivery in El Paso. She has also developed and implemented a college readiness program for at-risk high school students from underrepresented groups and several evidence-based prevention and early intervention programs for families at risk for child welfare system involvement.
Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and holds a master’s degree in art therapy and a Master of Public Administration degree.
As Chief Economist and Managing Principal for TriWest Group, Tim supervises TriWest’s data analysis team and leads projects involving quantitative program evaluation. He has experience estimating the prevalence of behavioral health conditions. He also calculates the cost and utilization of services for clients of primary care, clients of specialty behavioral healthcare, veterans, and people involved in the criminal justice and child welfare systems.
Prior to joining TriWest full time in 2014, Tim was Economics Department Chair at Central Washington University. He is a two-tour veteran of the Iraq War.
Tim holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a PhD in economics.
As a Partner at TriWest Group LLC, Kathy is a senior advisor in the design, implementation, and evaluation of human services systems. She develops ideal behavioral health systems within primary care and specialty settings for people of all ages. Kathy also helps her clients identify the financing mechanisms to support the delivery of best practices. During the past 40 years, Kathy served as a clinician and a senior executive of non-profit and public agencies and held senior positions in behavioral health managed care. As a consultant, she has conducted formal evaluations, quality reviews, and special studies in over 20 states. Kathy earned a master’s degree in counseling and an MBA in strategic management.