2015 Children's Behavioral Health Conference

April 2, 2015 - April 2, 2015
Cox Convention Center
10:45 AM
Creating a Culture of Wellness
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Presenter: Elizabeth Black

Elizabeth Black, has been with ODMHSAS since 2005.  She has worked in multiple capacities within the department, including as a clinician and consumer advocate.  She is currently working as the Wellness Program Coordinator as part of a team aimed at improving health outcomes in the behavioral health population.  Ms. Black completed her undergrad in psychology at Oklahoma State University, earned her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Texas Tech University, and became a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in 2012.


Christopher R. Wilkins received his master’s degree in health administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.  As Founder and President Emeritus of Loyola Recovery Foundation, his interest in substance use conditions includes mobile concurrent recovery solutions, Veterans specialty crisis services, Medication Assisted Treatment, Veterans Housing Services and Employment for Veterans and Military Families.


Mr. Wilkins currently serves as a Member of SAMHSA’S National Advisory Council, and as a Board Member of the Council on Social Work Education. He is a Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a Past President of the New York State Association of Substance Abuse Providers, as well as a Past Board Member and Regional Representative of the National Advocacy Group Faces and Voices of Recovery, and a past Board member of the American College of Mental Health Administrators. 


Mr. Wilkins has also served as CEO of the Westside Health Service, a Federally Qualified Health Center, Vice-President of DePaul Addiction Services, and operations director for the Steuben County Department of Community Services. He also directed the Mercycare Addiction Treatment Center, part of St. James Mercy Health System (Catholic Health East) in Hornell, New York. He resides in Pittsford, NY with his wife Jill.

Dane Libart LCSW is the Senior Screening Consultant with the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.  He received a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.  Libart worked with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Orange County California as board President and an advisory board member. Libart has provided support to many families in crisis while serving as a NAMI family support group facilitator.

Libart developed and implemented the “Orange County Family Advocate Program.”  The purpose of the program was to enact public policy and procedures within the mental health system which supported the families of the mentally ill through education, support and advocacy.  The program was honored by the Mental Health Association of Orange County with the prestigious Thomas F. Riley Community Service Award.

Libart is responsible for the Youth Mental Health First Aid Pilot program and Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment or SBIRT.  The Mental Health First Aid program is an 8-hour training program which improves the students understanding of mental health and prepares individuals to respond to a psychiatric issue or emergency.  SBIRT is an evidence based public health prevention model which is effective in reducing alcohol misuse.  Both programs are listed on the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and practices.  For information about Mental Health First Aid or SBIRT contact Dane

Dr. Suzanne Kerns is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctoral degree in clinical and community psychology. Her clinical and research interests broadly focus on enhancing the wellbeing of children and families through ensuring access to proven-effective treatment approaches, including examining the acquisition, implementation, adaptation and sustainability of evidence-based practices. Dr. Kerns has a particular area of emphasis on workforce development. She supports training efforts for providers in child welfare and directs a University-based workforce initiative for graduate students in service fields.

Leslie Rozeff is a licensed clinical social worker who has spent her career in service of children and families, particularly those receiving child welfare services.   As a practitioner, program administrator and consultant, she has engaged in capacity building activities with state and local child welfare and behavioral health systems, particularly in the areas of workforce development and organizational improvement.  She is currently the Director of the National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.

Pam Toohey received her Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Certification at San Diego City College and for over 16 years has worked as a substance abuse counselor and case manager interacting with multiple systems including child welfare, criminal justice, mental and behavioral health, juvenile justice and education. Personal life experiences helped her to found and develop a San Diego grassroots non-profit agency the "Birth Parent Association” that provides advocacy and peer support for at risk parents and their families. Ms. Toohey’s passion and life’s work to erase stigma connected with mental health, substance abuse, the criminal justice, and promoting trauma informed practice in those systems brought her to Oklahoma. November of last year, Ms. Toohey accepted a position as Coordinator of Child Trauma & Resilience with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  Pam is also the proud mother of five children and grandmother of 13 grandchildren.  She is happily married and lives alone with her husband and her little dachshund, Rocky.

Pam sits on the San Diego Children's Mental Health Systems of Care Council, the Southern Regional Child Abuse Prevention Councils Coalition, Chadwick's Trauma Informed Systems Project National Advisory Committee and National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Parent Trauma Committee and the Child Welfare Committee.

Aimee is a licensed professional counselor and the Owner of Mosaic Mental Health, a counseling agency that provides services for a diverse client base, including children in foster care and disadvantaged adolescents and adults. With an experienced background in clinical counseling, personnel development, and business incubation, she and her team also provide training and coaching to corporate, non-profit, and state agencies with a focus on team building, collaboration, and consensus building. Her experience has also translated into small business support and historic property redevelopment. By understanding and listening to the needs and challenges of small businesses, her tenants which include Oklahoma City’s Empire Slice House and Pie Junkie, are thriving and expanding. Aimee’s commitment to the non-profit community includes serving on boards for the Plaza District Association, Lyric Understudies, and Sunbeam Family Services, among others. She is also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City. She recently founded the Greenwood Canyon Foundation which exists to provide support and eliminate silos in the workplace of non-profits. In her spare time, she owns and manages an improv comedy company and participates in the local improv scene.

Jeff is a nationally recognized speaker and provides corporate training and motivational speaking by using improv techniques and ideas to develop and enhance workplace and everyday life. Jeff founded the Skinny Improv in Springfield, Missouri, training and inspiring hundreds of students for more than a decade.  He has been awarded Springfield Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, and selected as Go Magazine’s Person of The Year.  He is also an award winning playwright and director and has been seen in numerous critically acclaimed theatrical roles. Jeff co-wrote "hamlet vs zombies" which won best of fringe at the San Francisco fringe festival.  Jeff has recently passed through Oklahoma City to help develop and infuse the Oklahoma City improv community with talent and inspiration as a teacher and performer.  He currently re-located to Little Rock, Arkansas to do the same with his constant canine companion, The General Stonewall Jackson.