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MEMBERS OF THE MENTAL HEALTH BOARD

Board Officers:

Ellis Joseph
Co-Chair
Ellis C. Joseph, MBA
Seat #14
Family Member Seat
Appointee of the Board of Supervisors
           Mr. Ellis Joseph was born and raised in San Francisco where he has resided except when he was in the military and in school. While in school he received a Master's Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing, and a Master's Degree in Taxation.
           He was a professional wedding and portrait photographer for 22 years. He was married and has one daughter.
           He worked for FEMA as a First Strike Search and Rescue, Administrative Officer and Emergency Medical Technician. He was one of the pioneers of the single parent Emergency Shelter Person Program. He was a foster parent for 17 years. While providing this service he became acutely aware of the problems and stigma associated with mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, which led him to the Mental Health Board to find ways to help people to fight this stigma.
           He is a member of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness). He has served on the Board of the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society as the Treasurer for the last 15 years.
           Mr. Joseph has been the owner of Joseph & Associates for over 45 years, which is the parent company for Joseph Tax Services, providing income tax specialists and Sayityourway.biz, the virtual communications and promotions part of the business. With mental health, Ellis envisions opening communication in such a way that families are more aware of what is available to help them help their loved ones get the help they need as early as possible.

David Elliott Lewis
Co-Chair
David Elliott Lewis, Ph D
Seat #7
Consumer Seat
Appointee of Supervisor London Breed
            David Elliott Lewis, PhD, majored in Psychology at UC Los Angeles. Originally driven to seek greater self understanding, as his focus shifted to practical applications of Psychology, he continued his education to obtain a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
            For the first part of his career, he worked as a management consultant to the Human Resources departments of large organizations. He helped create surveys, seminars and software to assist in executive performance assessment, training and development.
In addition, from 1985 to 1989, he taught Masters level courses in the Human Resources and Organizational Development program at the University of San Francisco.
He spent his first couple of years after graduate school working for the Mill Valley management consulting firm VICI Associates International. After leaving VICI, he co-founded and ran Strategic Edge (1985 to 2000), a database software development, publishing and management consulting company.
            At age forty, Dr. Lewis suffered a significant reversal of fortune - including the sudden loss of a parent, the collapse of a long marriage and then his business. This triggered a severe and disabling depression. With time and help from psychologists and other therapists, he has started to recover. Dr. Lewis’ values also changed and as a result, he transitioned to living simply and devoting his life to service, art and activism. He devotes his time to writing, photography and volunteering, all with a focus on improving himself by helping his community, the democratic process and striving for social justice.
            He has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Community Housing Partnership and also Central City Democrats. He is also on the board for the Alliance for a Better District 6.
           In October 2010, he started a public speaking tour for the Mental Health Association of San Francisco's S.O.L.V.E. program (Sharing Our Lives Voices & Experiences) to help destigmatize mental illness.

Wendy James
Vice Chair
Wendy James
Seat #1
Consumer Seat
Appointee of Supervisor John Avalos
            Ms. James is originally from Southern California, then spent a number of years in Louisiana before
moving to the Bay Area. She has been in San Francisco since 1996. She has a grown daughter, three
grandchildren and one great grandchild.
           In September 2010, Mayor Newsom appointed Ms. James to the Mayor’s Office on Disability. There and on
the Mental Health Board, Ms. James is a strong advocate for seniors.
           Ms. James is a panelist for “SOLVE”, Sharing Our Lives, Voices, and Experience, hosted by the Mental Health
Association, and a NAMI educator with a certificate in peer-to-peer mentoring and self-help.

Virginia Lewis
Secretary
Virginia S. Lewis, LCSW
Seat #5
Family Member Seat
Appointee of Supervisor Katy Tang
            Ms. Virginia S. Lewis, LCSW is a clinical social worker (MSW, UC Berkeley, 1985), a seasoned psychotherapist in private practice for over 20 years. She has wide-ranging expertise treating clients in many areas: depression, anxiety, anger; conflict resolution; addictions; emotional issues of chronic illness (HIV/AIDS); employment and Worker's compensation issues; transitions. Her clients are from diverse backgrounds including gay and heterosexual individuals and couples, people of color, as well as immigrants struggling with acculturation.
            Ms. Lewis was Advanced to Candidacy for her Ph.D. in Sociology at UCLA in 1977. For many years as a research sociologist/consultant, she worked with firms conducting large and small-scale evaluations of government and privately funded social and substance abuse prevention programs (drug, alcohol and domestic violence). She is familiar with the culture and operations of medical, justice, and social services organizations and with state and federal bureaucracies.
            Community service is a strong value of hers. In addition to her membership on the Mental Health Board, she is presently Board President of a private, non-denominational organization, the Night Ministry, which nightly provides counseling and service referrals in San Francisco's disadvantaged neighborhoods. The target population includes the destitute, people who are homeless and those who are severely mentally ill. She is responsible for achieving collaborative governance, program development and fund-raising. She is a member of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) which provides assistance to the mentally ill and their families.

CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE MENTAL HEALTH BOARD



Terezie "Terry" Bohrer, RN, MSW, CLNC
Seat #4
Public Interest Seat
Appointee of Board President David Chiu
            Terry Bohrer is a Nurse, Social Worker, and Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, with expertise in mental health public policy. Prior to moving to San Francisco in 2011, she worked for ten years as a professional consultant specializing in Disaster Mental Health, Veterans Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Peer Support, and non-profit agency organizational development and grantsmanship. For over 20 years Mrs. Bohrer was employed in directing and managing local and state government agencies and programs, including Director of the Maryland Patients’ Rights program, Director of the Prince George’s County Health Department Disability Support Services and Director of the Prince George’s County Core Service Agency (the local mental health authority).
            Her numerous volunteer activities over the past 45 years include: President and Board Member of the Maryland Mental Health Association; President of Community Crisis Services, Inc. (a suicide prevention hotline serving five Maryland counties); Board member and Government Affairs Chairperson of the Prince George’s County Mental Health Association and Mental Health Association of Maryland; Member League of Women Voters; Member Association of University Women; President of the Women’s Political Caucus of Prince George’s County; Coordinator for the American Red Cross National Capital Area, Mental Health Lead (worked 9/11 at the Pentagon, DC floods and many local disasters); Member NAMI; and from 1978 to 2011, member of the Maryland Governor’s Mental Health Advisory Committee (a committee with a similar purpose to the San Francisco Mental Health Board).
            Mrs. Bohrer was a sought after trainer in Maryland, providing Mental Health First Aid Train-the-Trainer training when it was first adopted in the United States; mental health disaster planning and preparedness training for the National Mental Health Association (now Mental Health America); training for the American Red Cross in Psychological First Aid and Disaster Mental Health Services and most recently in ASIST, a nationally recognized suicide prevention training program. Her recent activities in San Francisco include volunteering for the Mental Health Association of San Francisco as Public Policy Committee Coordinator, and counselor at the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Center. Mrs. Bohrer is married to Dr. Norman K. Bohrer--they have four daughters (two live in California, one in Hawaii and one in Virginia) and three adult grandchildren living in California.           


Kara Chien
Kara Ka Wah Chien, JD
Seat # 3
Public Interest Seat
Appointee of Supervisor Jane Kim
            Ms. Kara Chien has worked for the public interest since becoming a lawyer in 1989. She has practiced law exclusively as a Deputy Public Defender for 23 years. Ms. Chien has extensive experience representing indigent clients in Juvenile, Criminal and Mental Health law. As the Mental Health Unit Managing Attorney, she and her team advocate for clients with chronic and severe mental illness -- both in civil and criminal courts. Ms. Chien endorses public education, early intervention and strong community support in promoting wellness for mental health.



Melody Daniel, MFT
Seat #13
Family Member Seat
Appointee of the Board of Supervisors
            Ms. Daniel joined the board in March 2013. Over the next few weeks, she will share her biography.


Kelly Dunn
Sergeant Kelly Kruger
Seat #11
Public Interest Seat
Appointee of Supervisor Scott Wiener
            Sergeant Kelly Kruger became an officer for the San Francisco Police Department in 2001. Prior to becoming a police officer, she worked in mental health as a psychiatric technician for the Mobile Crisis Treatment teams in San Francisco and Oakland, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, the Tom Smith Substance Abuse Treatment Center at San Francisco General Hospital, and at the Mount Zion Crisis Clinic. Before these positions, her first job in mental health was at Napa State Hospital on an all male forensic unit.
        Sergeant Kruger’s education began at Mount San Jacinto College and she received her psychiatric technician license from Napa Valley College. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Science degree at California State University, Long Beach. She is also trained and certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and is a Certified Chemical Dependency Nurse.



Lena Miller, MSW
Seat #15
Mental Health Professional Seat
Appointee of Board of Supervisors
            Ms. Lena Miller is the founder and co-Executive Director of the Hunters Point Family agency. Lena founded the agency in 1997, with GIRLS 2000, the agency seminal program. Ms. Miller was raised in Bayview-Hunters Point and educated in San Francisco’s public schools. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University. Before founding the Hunters Point Family, she was a Special Assistant to the Mayor under Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. in the Mayor’s Office of Equity programs, where she helped to resolve issues and create opportunities for minority businesses in San Francisco.
            Ms. Miller is primarily responsible for development within the HUNTERS POINT FAMILY, growing the agency’s seminal program, GIRLS 2000, from a tiny after-school girls program to a community development agency with over 4 program sites, 3 urban farms, and workforce development programs.  In 2009, she launched the agency’s newest division: Ujamaa Employment and Entrepreneurship.  Ujamaa includes over 5 major workforce development contracts and will include the Get Fresh Juice Bar and Café.
            Ms. Miller’s efforts to develop and implement quality programs for high risk youth in Bayview Hunters Point has been recognized by the United States Senate, Assembly, and Congress for our work in violence prevention and mental health with “high-risk” youth, and includes the following awards and recognition: Certificate of Recognition for work in Violence Prevention from Senator Leland Yee; Certificate of Appreciation for work in Violence Prevention from Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Majority Whip; Certificate of Recognition for efforts to address mental health from Senator Carol Migden; and Exceptional Programs and People Award for Promoting Mental Health for Youth, from the San Francisco Dept. of Public Health.

 


Andre Moore
Seat #6
Consumer Seat
Appointee of Supervisor Malia Cohen
            Mr. Moore joined the board in November 2013. Over the next few weeks, she will share her biography.



Terence Patterson, Ed D, ABPP
Seat #8
Mental Health Professional Seat
Appointee of Supervisor David Campos
            Dr.Terry Patterson is a licensed psychologist on the faculty of the University of San Francisco and practices
in San Francisco. He has been involved in public mental health for many years in issues involving racism,
refugees, prisoners, the military, and the seriously mentally ill. His current interests are increasing access to mental health services for the underserved, particularly for individuals and families with serious needs.

 

Alphonse Vinh
Alphonse Vinh, MS
Seat #2
Consumer Seat
Appointee of Supervisor Norman Yee
            Mr. Alphonse Louis Vinh was educated at Yale University, the University of Michigan, Boston University, and Simmons College. He has a broad range of interests and perspectives. As a Yale undergraduate, he read Classical Civilization and Intellectual History. Mr. Vinh went on to get his teaching license from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Michigan. At Boston University School of Theology, He served as an assistant minister, preaching, conducting services, ministering to the sick and shut-ins, and developed three spiritual growth groups. Mr. Vinh returned to his Alma Mater to become a Fellow of Berkeley College, Yale University, and served as a reference librarian at the Main University Library. He also served as Coordinator of User Education for Yale senior essay writers and doctoral students. As a writer, he has published an academic book and contributed essays to other scholarly books. Mr. Vinh has published more than 60 essays and reviews, as well as poetry and one short story. Recently, he edited many business reference books for a Russian information company. He has been an AIDS hotline counselor, and patient support/patient care work at a hospice in New England. As a staff member for NPR News, Mr. Vinh provided research, advice on experts to interview, and ideas for programming. He even had his own on-line column, reviewing new books and ideas. He interviewed such celebrities as singer Judy Collins and food writer, Amanda Hesser. Mr. Vinh is planning to return to graduate school to get his Master's in Counseling Psychotherapy.


Errol Wishom
Errol Wishom
Seat #12
Consumer Seat
Appointee of the Board of Supervisors
            Mr. Errol Wishom is a native San Franciscan, the son of Azielee and Frank Lee Wishom and the youngest of eight children. He graduated from Reardon High School in 1983 and then from San Francisco State University in 1993 with a degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. After college he traveled and lived in Granada, Spain for several months.
            Errol worked for Safeway Stores as a journeyman food clerk for twelve years. He is a former United States Marine Corps reservist. Errol worked at San Francisco General Hospital as a peer counselor. He is also a speaker for “In Our Own Voices” with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).



Board Seats in Numerical Order

Wendy James
Seat #1
Consumer
Appointee of Supervisor John Avalos

Alphonse Vinh, MS
Seat #2
Consumer
Appointee of Supervisor Norman Yee

Kara Ka Wah Chien, JD
Seat #3
Public Interest
Appointee of Supervisor Jane Kim

Terezie "Terry" Bohrer, RN, MSW, CLNC
Seat #4
Public Interest
Appointee of Board President David Chiu

Virginia S. Lewis, LCSW
Seat #5
Family Member
Appointee of Supervisor Katy Tang

Andre Moore
Seat #6
Consumer
Appointee of Supervisor Malia Cohen

Dr. David E. Lewis, Ph D
Seat #7
Consumer
Appointee of Supervisor London Breed

Terence Patterson, EdD, ABPP
Seat #8
Mental Health Professional
Appointee of Supervisor David Campos

Vacancy
Seat #9
Family Member
Appointee of Supervisor Eric Mar

Vacancy
Seat #10
Family Member
Appointee of Supervisor Mark Farrell

Sergeant Kelly Kruger
Seat #11
Public Interest
Appointee of Supervisor Scott Wiener

Errol Wishom
Seat #12
Consumer
Appointee of the Board of Supervisors

Melody Daniel, MFT
Seat #13
Family Member
Appointee of the Board of Supervisors

Ellis C. Joseph, MBA
Seat #14
Family Member
Appointee of the Board of Supervisors

Lena Miller, MSW
Seat #15
Mental Health Professional
Appointee of the Board of Supervisors

Vacancy
Seat #16
Family Member
Appointee of the Board of Supervisors

Vacancy
Seat #17
Board of Supervisors
Appointee of the Board of Supervisors