Beth Epps, President
Beth has been Chief Community Solutions Officer at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. since January 2014. Prior to Cascadia, she served as Senior Director of Solutions Development for Optum, conducting a project in collaboration with Yale University’s Program for Recovery and Community Health. She worked on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Financial Alignment Initiative, building solutions in several states for Medicare/Medicaid dual eligible demonstration grants. Beth also served as Executive Director for Adapt of Texas with services including medication and therapy clinics, supported housing, case management, and child & family interventions.. Her work in Dallas included mobile crisis design and implementation, peer support capacity building, and participation at the state in advocacy and policy development. She holds a Master of Education.
Tony Leineweber, Treasurer
Tony brings decades of experience as a board member in nonprofit and for-profit enterprises with roles of director, treasurer and chair. In his professional career, he has also served in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations as manager, vice president, senior vice president, president and CEO. Tony’s motivation for joining the NAMI Multnomah Board includes legislative and regulatory advocacy. He’s interested in improving how mental health is addressed and how people living with mental health needs are treated. He hopes to aid in lessening the stigma associated with mental illness. Tony is involved with NAMI Oregon’s Advocacy Committee, and strives to become a stronger advocate and source of support to his family member living with mental illness.
Chris was appointed as a Portland Police officer in 2005 after a stint as a high school physics and math teacher in the Chicago area. He worked patrol and was a member of the Gang Enforcement Team before being promoted to sergeant in 2014. Assigned to the Behavioral Health Unit, Chris worked with community partners to identify gaps in the system involving people with chronic and persistent mental health issues. He also oversaw the Bureau’s Behavioral Response Teams, a collaboration between officers and mental health professionals. When people experienced mental health issues and had frequent interactions with law enforcement, they were linked with appropriate resources. After serving as PPB’s Information Officer, Chris now leads the Crisis Negotiation Team.
Bonnie is passionate about interventions to improve the health of disenfranchised communities. She obtained a Master’s in Public Health at Portland State University, and is an advocate for mental health equity. In her professional experience, she notice themes in client stories related to lack of health system access, poverty, incarceration, and co-morbid chronic conditions. At the Oregon Public Health Division, she worked on tobacco prevention initiatives. Then at Kaiser Permanente, she supervised a team of Community Health Navigators to address the social determinants of health. Currently, Bonnie works at Providence Health and Services Community Health Division, leading projects to prevent behavioral health conditions and improve access to treatment for the most vulnerable. She believes in peer and consumer-driven solutions to public health concerns.
Sylvia got involved with the mental health community fifteen years ago by seeking assistance for a family member through the NAMI Multnomah HelpLine. Since that time, she has been highly involved in advocacy. She served on the Portland Police Bureau’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Advisory Board beginning in 2004, which has since been replaced with the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and the Training Advisory Council (TAC). A charter TAC member, Sylvia continues to sit on the Council to explore ways to improve police/community interactions when people are experiencing a mental health crisis.