BHECN Team Links

Anderson | *Buche | *Bull | *BrownChasek | CookK. Cordts | *R. CordtsDeLizzaDoyle | *Dressel-Wolff | Filkin | Fritson | *Garcia | Jones-Hazledine | *Kraft | MachalPancoe | Ring | *Schneider | *Spartz | Tibbits | Watanabe-Galloway | *Wayment | Wilson | Witt

BHECN Leadership (*denotes a Full-Time employee)

doyle_marley_cropped3.3.jpgMarley Doyle, MD
Director, BHECN

Dr. Doyle is a nationally recognized educator, behavioral health workforce advocate, and practicing psychiatrist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She serves as the Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN); a state-funded organization whose mission is to recruit and retain a skilled and passionate behavioral health workforce in Nebraska.

Clinically, Dr. Doyle maintains an active women’s reproductive health psychiatry practice and is associate director of the Reproductive Psychiatry Program.

Dr. Doyle earned her medical degree from Creighton University. She completed her residency in adult psychiatry at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago, followed by a fellowship in Women's Mental Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Doyle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and is published on a wide range of topics focusing on the behavioral health workforce, the inclusion of disabilities in medicine, and reproductive psychiatry.  She is also a frequent lecturer in medical school and multiple residencies at UNMC. She has won numerous grants and teaching awards and is a Gold Humanism Honor Society member.

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03_02_2023_jessicabuchecropped.jpg*Jessie Buche, MPH, MA 
Director of the ARPA Awards Program, BHECN

Jessie Buche completed her undergraduate education in business at George Washington University and a dual master’s degree in public health and education policy at the University of Michigan.

During her career, Jessie has explored the ways in which federal, state, and local policies impact behavioral health and public health service delivery, especially in vulnerable communities.

Jessie joins the BHECN team after serving as the Managing Director of the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In this role, Jessie served as the lead investigator of nearly 100 behavioral health workforce research projects over seven years, covering topics such as workforce enumeration, maldistribution, recruitment, and retention; telebehavioral health policy and provider satisfaction; utilization of medication-assisted treatment; and scopes of practice and licensure barriers.

Jessie plans to translate these experiences into her new role as the Director of the ARPA Awards program.

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christine-chasek_2019_edited_cropped.jpgChristine "Tina" Chasek, PhD, LIMHP, LADC
Associate Director of Rural Development, BHECN
Chair / Associate Professor, Counseling Department UNO

Dr. Chasek is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at the University of Nebraska Omaha and Associate Director of Rural Development for the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska-University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Chasek is a counselor educator, a practicing mental health and addictions counselor, and a behavioral health care administrator. Her research interests include counselor preparation, rural behavioral health issues, and clinical outcomes.

Dr. Chasek has served as Past President of the International Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Chairman of the Nebraska Alcohol and Drug Licensing Board, and a National Farm Medicine Research Fellow.

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Katrina "Kati" Cordts, PhD 
Associate Director of Education & Training, BHECN
Assistant Professor, Neurological Sciences
Chief Scientific Administrator, Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network

Dr. Kati Poppert Cordts (she/her) is a native Nebraskan with strong ties to Holdrege and Lincoln. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earned her doctoral degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

Dr. Cordts returned to Nebraska and joined UNMC in 2019. Through her work at BHECN, Dr. Cordts strives to address the training and educational needs of Nebraska’s current and future workforce through targeted programs, initiatives, and research efforts.  

Clinically, Dr. Cordts is trained as a pediatric psychologist and specializes in behavioral health care of kids, working with children with and without special health care needs. She is particularly interested in working with parents of young children to promote healthy behaviors and prevent disruptive behavior in early childhood.

Dr. Cordts is committed to investigating, understanding, and promoting health behaviors as a mechanism to improve quality of life. Her research spans generations and populations, with current projects inclusive of parent/child dyads, children with special health care needs, and the health care workforce.  She has presented at national and international conferences and has been the recipient of several research grants. Dr. Cordts has published more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and she is a frequently invited presenter on topics related to health behavior promotion, wellness and wellbeing, and workplace culture.

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*Ryan Cordts, MBA 
Administrator II

Ryan Cordts joined BHECN as the new Administrator II in October of 2022. In this position, Ryan will provide fiscal and administrative oversight for all BHECN’s operations and administrative services and serve as a liaison with other departments throughout UNMC. Ryan will also collaborate on BHECN’s long-range planning and development to help build the behavioral health workforce.

Ryan originally joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center's (UNMC) Psychiatry Department as the Business Operations Manager. In the Psychiatry Department, Ryan was responsible for oversight and coordination of daily operations performed by psychiatry staff, and he acted as an administrative liaison for the Department of Psychiatry staff, among other duties.

Ryan enjoys helping to solve problems and keeping things running smoothly. His interest in public health and helping to expand the behavioral health resources in Nebraska led him to BHECN.
Ryan has his Bachelor’s Degree in business management from Washburn University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. To read more about Ryan, click here

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Alison DeLizza, PhD
Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, BHECN
Assistant Professor, UNMC

Dr. DeLizza is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Western Michigan University. Dr. DeLizza moved to Nebraska to complete her doctoral internship at the Munroe Meyer Institute and remained at UNMC for her postdoctoral fellowship before becoming faculty in 2020.

In 2020, Dr. DeLizza was named the Director of Wellness Programming for UNMC, a role that allowed her to promote wellness interventions across the five UNMC campuses around the state. She is also the Co-Chair of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee in the Department of Psychiatry. During her tenure as Co-Chair, Dr. DeLizza has led the department in initiatives to promote equity and inclusion across all areas of the department. She has consulted with residency and medical education programs, as well as faculty development. She is also a frequent lecturer for residency and medical school.

Clinically, Dr. DeLizza practices with adolescents and young adults struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression. She specializes in working with LGBTQ+ youth, helping them find safe spaces to live in their authentic self. Dr. DeLizza utilizes evidence-based, behavioral interventions to promote values, flexibility, and vital living.

Dr. DeLizza’s research focuses on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a versatile intervention for many populations, including young people and those in higher education. She has presented at national and international conferences and has worked on multiple research grants. She is a frequently invited speaker on topics related to well-being, DEI, and evidence-based practice.

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Roger Garcia, DMin, MPA, MTS
Associate Director of Recruitment & Retention

Roger Garcia was born in Los Angeles to immigrant parents from Honduras and Mexico. He grew up in the rural town of Columbus, Nebraska, before moving to Omaha in 2005. He holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Latino/Latin American Studies, a Master’s in Public Administration, a Master’s in Theological Studies, a Doctorate in Ministry, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Administration.

Since moving to Omaha, he has extensively engaged in civic and community activities, such as co-founding the Metro Young Latino Professionals Association (MYLPA) and serving on the boards for the Women’s Center for Advancement and the Immigrant Legal Center. For his active community involvement, Roger was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Omahans award and the College of Public Administration and Community Service’s Goodrich Scholar Alumni of the Year award.

Professionally, Roger has been working in the nonprofit and public sectors for the past 17 years. He previously served as executive director for El Centro de las Americas in Lincoln, Nebraska, as the Nebraska State Director for the National Center for Families Learning, and currently serves as Association Director for Recruitment and Retention at the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska at UNMC. Roger has also served his community through elected office, recently concluding two terms on the Metro Community College Board of Governors and now serving as a County Commissioner. To read more about Roger, click here.

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Riley D. Machal, MD
Assistant Director of Medical Education, BHECN
Co-Director, ASPIRE, UNMC

Riley D. Machal, MD, was born and raised in Ord, NE, and is a graduate of Chadron State College in Chadron, NE. She completed her medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) prior to completing her psychiatric residency training at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH. During residency, she developed a passion for improving the physical and mental health of those with severe and persistent mental illnesses (SPMI), especially first-episode psychosis (FEP).

Dr. Machal joined the department of psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine in July of 2020 as Co-Director of the Active Support for Psychosis in Recovery (ASPIRE) Clinic – a multi-disciplinary clinic providing wrap-around physical and mental healthcare to those in the Omaha area living with SPMI.

Dr. Machal has had a lifelong interest in education. She has brought that interest to the ASPIRE clinic by advocating for the inclusion of the ASPIRE clinic as a residency training site for psychiatry and primary care residents (the first ASPIRE clinic residents started in July 2022). She also recently took on the role of Associate Director for Medical Education with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) to expand the number of rotations exposing psychiatry residents to work within urban and rural underserved communities as well as supplying psychiatry-focused CME opportunities to primary care providers in rural Nebraska. Dr. Machal has also been active in undergraduate medical education by serving as the preclinical course director for the psychiatry portion of the medical school curriculum, as well as her role as a member of the UNMC College of Medicine’s Exam Review Committee.

Dr. Machal further advocates for the improvement of medical education’s emphasis on the care of psychiatric patients and the physical and mental well-being of underserved Nebraskans through her role as membership chair of the Nebraska Psychiatric Society. She lives in Omaha, NE, with her 2 dogs. Her favorite activities include spending time with her niece and nephew, reading, traveling, and knitting.

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*Erin Schneider, MSW
Associate Director of External Relations, BHECN

Erin Schneider joined BHECN as the new Outreach Coordinator in June of 2020, working with the leadership team to develop, organize, facilitate, implement, and evaluate its outreach plan to the community and promote the behavioral health workforce.

Erin originally joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center's (UNMC) CityMatCH organization. CityMatCH is the national membership organization for urban maternal and child health professionals. CityMatCH provided Erin with the opportunity to work with passionate public health professionals across the country. Prior to working at CityMatCH, Erin enjoyed working in Rural Alaska, where she would fly to villages and provide home visits to Alaska Native families.

Erin has 12 years of experience in social work and behavioral health, a bachelor of science degree in Psychology from Drake University, and a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas. To read more about Erin, click here.

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Dr. Watanabe-GallowayShinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD
Associate Director of Research, BHECN
Professor, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health
Associate Director, Buffett Cancer Center Community Outreach & Engagement (BCC COE) Office

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD, joined BHECN as Research Director in August 2016.

Dr. Watanabe-Galloway’s focus is on strengthening BHECN's workforce evaluation and reporting efforts to produce evidence-based practices. She has been instrumental in publishing a semi-annual Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce Analysis for BHECN since 2011. This project uses data obtained from UNMC, the College of Public Health (COPH), and the Health Professions Tracking Service (HPTS) annual survey database.

BHECN and COPH also developed the Nebraska Behavioral Health Workforce Dashboard, a tool designed to help policymakers, employers, and behavioral health care stakeholders understand the state of the behavioral health workforce and make decisions that impact its future.

Dr. Watanabe-Galloway joined UNMC in 2004 and is also the Associate Director at Buffett Cancer Center and a professor in the College of Public Health. She was a recipient of UNMC’s 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award. 

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melissa_tibbits-3205_cropped3.3.jpgMelissa Tibbits, PhD
Assistant Director of Evaluation, BHECN
Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion, College of Public Health

Dr. Tibbits joined BHECN in 2023 as the Assistant Director of Evaluation. She joined the UNMC faculty in 2009, and currently is an Associate Professor in the College of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion. 

Dr. Tibbits specializes in community-based research aimed at promoting physical and behavioral health in adolescence. She had led numerous needs assessment, evaluation, and research projects focused on improving adolescent health, including projects aimed at preventing substance use, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections. More recently her work has focused on improving adolescents’ access to physical and behavioral health care. Additionally, she has been involved in many projects within the field of maternal and child health, including those focused on infant and maternal health and mortality and child health outcomes. She has extensive experience collaborating on research and evaluation projects with a variety of partners, including non-profit organizations, schools, government agencies, and local health departments. She received a UNMC Distinguished Scientist award in 2017.

In addition to research and evaluation work, Dr. Tibbits enjoys mentoring students and teaching. She received the Department of Health Promotion Distinguished Teaching Award in 2019 and the College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award in 2022.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Tulsa, and her master’s and PhD degrees in Human Development & Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.

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l_cook_headshot_cropped.jpgLeigh Cook, MSN, APRN-NP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
Assistant Director of Nursing Workforce Development, BHECN
Nurse practitioner, UNMC Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine 
Instructor, College of Nursing                                                                                

Leigh Cook joined BHECN in 2023 as Assistant Director of Nursing Workforce Development. In this role, Leigh helps increase the number of nurses and nurse practitioners providing behavioral health care in Nebraska, which in turn helps address the state’s overarching shortage of behavioral health providers.

Leigh also is a nurse practitioner in the UNMC Department of Psychiatry whose work focuses on reproductive psychiatry. Leigh has a special interest in the mental and emotional health of mothers and families who have experienced traumatic pregnancies and births as well as those who have had a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Leigh is an instructor at UNMC College of Nursing, as well.

Leigh earned her bachelor’s in nursing from Creighton University and her family nurse practitioner and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner degrees from UNMC.

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Keith Anderson, MSKeith Anderson
Financial Analyst

Keith is responsible for collecting and maintaining BHECN-specific data from internal and external sources necessary for department projects, reports, and functions. He also performs the day-to-day processing and tracking of expenditures and grants to ensure BHECN's budget remains in compliance. This includes performing analyses of the expenses in relation to the budgeted figures and forecasting budget line items to prevent overspending on the fiscal year budget.

Keith is a retired Air Force officer with diverse education and work history, including procurement, meteorology, and space weather forecasting. His analytical expertise and technical background are invaluable contributions in helping to accomplish BHECN's mission. Keith holds an MS in Applied Physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology. 

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Jennifer-N.-Bull_photo-2018.jpg*Jennifer Bull, BGS
Communications Coordinator

Jennifer joined BHECN in June 2018 as the Communications Coordinator. She is responsible for developing the communications strategy, including maintaining the BHECN website, producing social media messages, writing copy for the e-newsletter, maintaining brand standards, and helping BHECN present a clear message about building the behavioral health workforce in Nebraska.

With more than 20 years of experience in public relations and marketing, Jennifer enjoys the opportunity to meet people and share their stories. She has contributed to shaping the communications efforts for organizations such as The Salvation Army Kroc Center as the Marketing Director, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center as a Marketing Consultant, and First National Merchant Solutions, part of First National Bank of Omaha.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree with a major in communications from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She recently completed the Executive MBA certificate program at UNO. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the Omaha Press Club.

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chuckimage.jfif*Chuck Brown, MFA
Communications Coordinator

Chuck Brown joined BHECN as a Communications Coordinator in February of 2023. He helps communicate around BHECN’s work to distribute American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) dollars to increase Nebraska’s behavioral health workforce. He also works to help develop and implement BHECN’s overall communications strategy on a variety of platforms.

Chuck came to BHECN after 10 years at OpenSky Policy Institute, a Lincoln-based think tank that examines state tax and budget policy. At OpenSky, Chuck served at the organization’s Communications Director and then Deputy Director. Prior to his work at OpenSky, Chuck worked at UNMC for more than 6 years and edited the campus newsletter, UNMC Today. Before that, Chuck worked for two years as a journalist with The Associated Press.

Chuck is a native of Omaha. He holds a master’s in fine arts in writing degree from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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*Cheryl Dressel-Wolff
Administrative Program Associate
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filkin,-catrina-2020_crpd_web.jpg*Catrina Filkin
Contracts Project Associate, BHECN

Catrina Filkin has worked at UNMC for over 20 years. In the first 15 years, she worked on the evening shift in the Security Department, where she was promoted up through the ranks to Sergeant and received UNMC’s Silver U Outstanding Performance Award.

Catrina made a career move to join Munroe-Meyer Institute as the Education Program Associate for three years, where her responsibilities included administrative duties, human resource coordination, maintaining contracts, and facilitating events for Academic Affairs and the Business Office. During her time at MMI, she received the Munroe-Meyer Institute Stand-Out Award for stellar performance in both departments.

In June 2020, Catrina joined the BHECN team as a Grants Project Associate and managed five SAMSHA and HRSA grants totaling more than $5 million. She was responsible for the recruitment of graduate and undergraduate students from across the state into multiple behavioral health training programs and internships with behavioral health clinics. She also worked with organizations to provide mental health awareness training to the veteran population and assisted in researching the barriers to treatment for opioid drug use within rural Nebraska.

Catrina has recently transitioned into the position of Contracts Project Associate. In this position, she coordinates personnel administration duties, prepares contractual agreements, and processes travel requests. She provides support for ongoing special projects, the American Rescue Act Plan funds, data tracking and monitoring initiatives.

Catrina has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, with a specialty in criminal investigations with a focus on child abuse. When life allows, she plans to continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology with a minor in sociology. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, and writing poetry.

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Ann Kraft*Ann Kraft
Community Outreach Specialist
Ambassador Program Coordinator

BHECN launched the Ambassador Program in April 2012 to create a pipeline of rural Nebraska students interested in behavioral health. Ann Kraft joined the BHECN team in July 2013 as a program coordinator for BHECN Ambassador Program. The Ambassador Program offers rural training experiences and mentorship opportunities to Nebraska students at the high school, college, and professional levels.

Ann is a long-time UNMC employee who earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication from Creighton University and started working at UNMC in 1985. She spent five years working in human resources, followed by 14 years coordinating special events for the Department of Public Relations. In 2004, Ann joined the Rural Health Education Network (RHEN), where she coordinated programs to promote health careers to students from rural Nebraska. She also tracked the students and graduates who were participants in the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP).

Through her work with the RHOP Program and UNMC State Science Meets for 8th graders, Ann knows the value of pipeline programs to develop a future workforce of behavioral health care professionals for rural Nebraska.

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spartz,_alyssa.jpg*Alyssa Spartz, MPH
Training/Internship Associate

Alyssa has been working with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) for almost three years. She started her career by working as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Department of Emergency Management and the Office of Health Security. While there she aided in developing emergency preparedness and response plans during the initial phases of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After graduating in May 2022, Alyssa continued her work by joining UNMC's College of Public Health Academic Affairs team. Through this role, she was able to help facilitate the improvement of course evaluation processes and offer input in the development of a new capstone course design.

Alyssa now joins BHECN, where she holds the position of Training/Internship Associate. Through this role, she will be working closely with programs initiated through LB 242*.

Alyssa Spartz holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management, and a Master of Public Health degree from UNMC.

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wayment_caitlyn_3.2023.jpg*Caitlyn Wayment, MPH
ARPA Awards Project Coordinator

Caitlyn joined BHECN as the ARPA Awards Project Coordinator in March 2023. She comes to our team after three years at the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center, a HRSA-funded research center which focuses on research and policy to enhance the national behavioral health workforce.

Caitlyn is a Colorado native who fell in love with Nebraska while obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Spanish at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She holds a Master’s in Public Health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health Department of Health Behavior and Health Education.

Through her education and coursework, Caitlyn found a passion for behavioral health disparities, healthcare policy and delivery innovations, and interprofessional education and collaboration. When she’s not working, you can find Caitlyn skiing, in the kitchen, or spending time with her rescue dog Ollie.  

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BHECN Satellite Location - BHECN Kearney

Krista Fritson, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
UNK - Undergraduate Psychology, Full Professor
Director of BHECN Kearney

Krista Fritson, PsyD, licensed clinical psychologist is the Director of BHECN Kearney, located on campus at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). Her focus will be on studying and implementing ways to support the behavioral health workforce in Kearney and the surrounding rural areas of Nebraska. Dr. Fritson is an excellent fit for BHECN; she is passionate about destigmatizing mental health and is ready to take on the challenge of continuing to build and strengthen relationships for BHECN in the Kearney area.

Dr. Fritson has 17 years of experience in the field of behavioral health and is a full-time professor at UNK in undergraduate Psychology. She also has a private practice - Fritson Psychological Services, which has been in business for 7 years.  

Krista is passionate about promoting psychology, workforce development, and helping Nebraskans to support Nebraskans. To reach the goals, she wants to strengthen and increase the awareness of and participation in BHECN activities with her students at UNK and other local schools. She also wants to increase the number of partners and stakeholders in the Kearney community and at UNK.

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BHECN Satellite Location - BHECN Panhandle

Catherine Jones-Hazledine, PhD, "Dr. Cate"
Co-Director, BHECN Panhandle
Licensed Psychologist and Owner, 
Western Nebraska Behavioral Health in Rushville, Neb.

Dr. Jones-Hazledine has been collaborating with BHECN for several years on projects in the Nebraska Panhandle, such as FARM CAMP and the Rural Provider Support Network.

She formally joined the BHECN ranks in 2018. Her other roles currently include Supervising Psychologist/Owner at Western Nebraska Behavioral Health (WNBH) Clinics (with integrated care sites around the Sandhills and Panhandle of Nebraska), adjunct faculty with Chadron State College and the Munroe-Meyer Institute, and training and supervising early career clinicians in rural mental health.

Before starting WNBH in 2011, Dr. Cate served as an Assistant Professor with the Munroe-Meyer Institute at UNMC for seven years.

Dr. Cate’s training includes a BA in Psychology from the University of Chicago, an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Tara Wilson, PhD, NCC, LMHP
Co-Director, BHECN Panhandle
Associate Professor, Chadron State College

Dr. Tara Wilson is an Associate Professor at Chadron State College in the Professional Studies department. Before working at Chadron State College in 2016, Tara was on faculty at Wayne State College. Her past clinical experience includes working in integrated behavioral care at Western Nebraska Behavioral Health Clinics, providing mental health counseling in schools while interning with Oceti Sakowin Education Consortium (OSEC), and working as a school counselor at Red Cloud Indian School.

Dr. Wilson's training includes a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, an M.A.E. in Community Counseling from Chadron State College, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Wyoming. Her research interests focus on rural mental health.

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BHECN Interprofessional Sites

Heather PancoeHeather Pancoe
Project Coordinator
CHI Lasting Hope Recovery Center

Heather joined the BHECN team in February 2017 as a Project Coordinator. She works with the CHI Lasting Hope Recovery Center, where she supports students in all medical disciplines through their psychiatry rotations.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Before coming to BHECN, she spent the bulk of her career working in project management, leading project teams through portfolio mergers.     

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Stacy Ringstacy_ring_2023.jpeg
Education Manager
Community Alliance

Stacy Ring currently serves as Community Alliance’s Behavioral Health and Education Manager and has been employed with the organization since 1993. She has proudly served the agency’s mission, clients, and families in a variety of programs, including Residential Rehabilitation, Day Rehabilitation, Intensive Community Support, and SSI/SSSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR), prior to her current role.

Stacy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Simpson College (Indianola, IA) and a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Drake University (Des Moines, IA) in 2006. She has presented training on the SOAR model throughout the state and has served as a trainer for this model, helping other professionals understand the Social Security Disability system and how to assist clients through the process. Stacy is passionate about the need to shape and prepare students as they begin their professional healthcare careers.

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Lacey Witt
Richard H. Young Hospital

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