The mission of the Stakeholder Group is to advance the principles of the Mental Health Services Act and the use of effective practices to assure the transformation of the mental health system in Alameda County. This group of consumers, family members, providers and other key constituents from the community reviews funded strategies and gives input on current and future funding priorities.

Stakeholders strive to maintain a focus on the people being served, while working together with openness and mutual respect.

The functions of the Stakeholder Group include:
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of funded strategies
  • Recommending current and future funding priorities
  • Consulting with Behavioral Healthcare Service Agency and the community on promising approaches that have potential for transforming the mental health systems of care
  • Communicating with relevant mental health constituencies

Penny Bernhisel
Telecare Corporation
Margot Dashiell
Alameda County Family Coalition
Alane Friedrich
Alameda County Mental Health Board

Karen Grimsich
Administrator of Aging and Family Services,
City of Fremont
Brian Hill
CEO and Founder,
Brian’s Online Success Services
Janet King
Community Relations Coordinator,
Native American Health Center

Sherri Millick
Community Member,
Family Education & Resource Center, Family Leadership Program
Raman Kular
Hume Center

Liz Rebensdorf
National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI, East Bay

James “Scotty” Scott
Reaching Across
Gwen Wilson
G.O.A.L.S. For Women


Participating Agency Leadership

Radawn Alcorn, Interim Transition Age Youth System of Care Director
Aaron Chapman, Medical Director
Gigi Crowder, Ethnic Services Manager
Leda Frediani, Finance Director
Tracy Hazelton, Prevention Coordinator
Manuel Jimenez, Behavioral Health Director
Jeff Rackmil, Children’s System of Care Director
Lillian Schaechner, Older Adult System of Care Director
Karyn L. Tribble, Deputy Behavioral Health Director
James Wagner, Adult System of Care Director


The Stakeholder Group meets on the fourth Friday of each month from 2:00-4:00pm at the Behavioral Healthcare Services Agency administrative offices at 2000 Embarcadero Cove in Oakland. The agendas for upcoming meeting can be found by clicking here.
Members of the public are welcome.


How to Join