Pacific Southwest MHTTC Advisory Board Members


Denise Beagley, M.Sc.

Denise Beagley works at Banner Health as the Associate Director of Crisis and Justice Systems and at Arizona State University as a Faculty Associate for the School of Social Work. Since 2015, Denise has worked part-time as a Crisis Intervention Specialist for City of Chandler Fire Department. She has worked within the behavioral health system since 2002. Prior to working in Arizona, she completed her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Over the past 20 years her work has predominately intersected at Public Safety and Psychology, and she serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to internal and external ASU departments and provider companies.

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Jacelyn Salabye, MSW

Jacelyn Salabye, Dine’, is Kiyaa’aanii-Towering House Clan born for Naashgezii Tabaaha-Zuni People of the Red-Running-Into-the-Water Clan. Jacelyn currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona and works at Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. as the Community Development Director. Jacelyn has been a social worker for 15 years, working in various roles. She has dedicated herself to advocacy for children and families, systemic change and community cohesion. In this time and service, her roles have spanned as a mentor, instructor, motivator, and helper for individual healing and family wellness.


Nicole Centeno

Nicole Centeno currently holds the title of Prevention Coordinator at Day One, located in Pomona, California. Growing up in Pomona, CA, in a low-income community where poverty is no stranger to its residents, she defied the odds and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Psychology with a minor in Biblical Studies from Life Pacific University. Nicole has four years of experience working with diverse populations, including low-income communities, at-risk youth, undocumented youth, and parents. Nicole has received recognition for providing workshops in both English and Spanish at conferences educating others on preventive factors, substance use, and mental health. She is one of the leads for a youth leadership development program called IMPACT, facilitated at Pacific Clinics. She understands the importance of empowering young leaders who will be the world-changers of tomorrow by discussing topics such as breaking stereotypes, supporting mental health, fostering emotional intelligence, etc. She is eager to see this generation of young leaders create quality change in their immediate communities and on a national level.

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Phanit Dy

Phanit Dy is the Director for Community Defined Evidence Practice Implementation at the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS). In this role, Phanit is supporting the implementation, spread, scale, and sustainability of community and culturally based behavioral health practices that improves access and outcomes for different populations of focus. Phanit is also supporting organizations to adopt a self-directed quality improvement tool that facilitates organizational change to address structural racism in community behavioral health through an Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion perspective. Previously, Phanit has spent his career supporting California community health centers, including federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, and tribal health programs, with integrating behavioral health into primary care, and supported the first round of SAMHSA-funded Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics in California. Phanit graduated from the California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelors of Science in Health Science and a concentration in Health Care Administration.

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Umeka Franklin, Ed.D., LCSW, PPSC

Umeka Franklin currently is a Clinical Associate Professor at USC Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work. She is an alumna of the USC MSW program and earned her Doctorate degree in Education at USC Rossier School of Education – Educational Psychology. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has worked across the lifespan providing services to various populations. She served in a leadership role as a Social Work Coordinator at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs providing services to military veterans. In addition, she was a Psychiatric Social Worker for the Los Angeles Unified School District providing direct clinical services to individuals, families, and groups. Umeka also possesses expertise in providing Community Based Mental Health Services, In and Outpatient Medical Social Work services as well as working with children and families who have experienced traumatic events.

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Stephanie Zapata

Stephanie Zapata, M.S., LMFT

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is new to the motherhood journey with two little ones, Stephanie Zapata is passionate about sharing ways children, youth, adults, and families can ignite joy, honor feelings, celebrate culture, and weave their own paths to resilience. She has almost two decades of professional experience in the mental health and substance use healthcare industries, navigating critical roadblocks in social services and the juvenile justice system, youth leadership development, and advocacy. She envisions a future where everyone has timely, uninterrupted access to quality, culturally responsive mental and substance use disorder treatment and recovery services and a future in which the best prevention strategies are dreamed of, developed by, and implemented collaboratively in our communities. She looks honestly at the mega industries that invest resources into advertising substances and the overcriminalization of addiction in marginalized communities. Using strengths-based, trauma-informed, culturally responsive, adaptive leadership, and value-driven strategies, she helps engage and prepare people for honest conversations and bridge-building to increase our capacity in the field toward systems transformation, justice, equity, and collective healing.


Cynthia J. Chappell M. Ed.

CJ Chappell is the Project HI AWARE2 Administrator for the Hawai’i Department of Education in the state Office of Student Support Services.  Ms. Chappell is an educator and counselor with over thirty years of experience in Pre-K-12 schools, as well as within undergraduate and graduate university settings.  She has worked in Clark County School District in Las Vegas Nevada, Hawaii Department of Education, Southern Utah University, College of Southern Nevada, Nevada State College, and Touro University. Ms. Chappell has been a national presenter with the American School Counselor Association, among many others.  She grew up in Hawai’i, where she currently resides, with the cultural values of Aloha, Ohana (Family), and nature.  Education is her life's mission and helping Keiki (children) is her life's work. Mahalo.

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Shawn Slater

Shawn Slater, LCSW

Shawn Slater currently works at Hawai’i Department of Education (HIDOE) as the KKP District Educational Specialist for School Based Behavioral Health (SBBH). Additionally, he serves as a Graduate School Field Educator for multiple universities supporting Social Workers, Mental Health Professionals, and Marriage and Family Therapists. He has worked as a clinical supervisor and district support lead for SBBH since program implementation in 2001, following a state-wide consent decree requiring mental health services in schools. In addition to his HIDOE role on the East Side of the Big Island, Hawaii, he has provided private practice therapy for children, adolescents and families, as well as Dept of Health contracted therapeutic services in an intensive home-based setting. His near 40 years of experience in the field is best described through a lens of Behavioral Health and Mental Health. Currently he is working as an Educational Administrator of Behavioral Health and Mental Health programs that focuses on building supportive systems and environments within the schools and district.


Ashley Greenwald

Ashley E. Greenwald, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Dr. Ashley Greenwald is a Licensed Behavior Analyst and an Associate Research Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Greenwald is the Project Director/Principal Investigator of the Nevada Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Technical Assistance Center, located within the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities. In her role, she directs the statewide Multi-tiered Systems of Support project funded through the Nevada Department of Education, oversees the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports in 10 Nevada school districts and state-run juvenile facilities, and leads direct behavioral support services for children with disabilities and dual diagnoses throughout the state. Dr. Greenwald’s research interests include parent/caregiver training, behavioral medicine, and behavioral systems change. She has received and managed more than $19 million in grant funds to support these efforts.

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Karen Taycher

Karen Taycher has served as the Executive Director for PEP since 1995 and was the cofounder of Nevada PEP. Nevada PEP’s mission is, “to increase the opportunities for home, community and school success for children with disabilities, including those who are at risk or who have serious emotional disturbances, their families and their service providers, through education, encouragement and empowerment activities.” Mrs. Taycher has been a strong advocate for family driven support and community collaboration from the time her eldest son was born. She has served in numerous capacities in local, state, and national policy and advocacy groups to improve education and service systems for children, youth and families.

Pacific Territories

James Arriola

James Arriola is owner of Brabu Behavioral Health Services based in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This small Indigenous run company has focused on providing culturally responsive and faith centered behavioral health services since 2012 throughout Oceania, but primarily within the U.S Affiliated Pacific Islands. Prior to establishing this business, James focused his education in Pacific Islands Studies, with research focused on Indigenous Pacific mental health. Mr. Arriola has served as state evaluator to several Single State Agency prevention programs, is a regional trainer for behavioral health initiatives, and provides health planning and data services linking state and community partners in collaboration. One of his current roles is to serve as Executive Director for the Pacific Behavioral Health Collaborating Council.

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Everlynn Temengil
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