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Anderson | Bull | Baerentzen | Chasek | Doyle | Dressel-Wolf | Evans | Filkin | Grennan | Houfek | Jones-Hazledine | Khan | Kraft | Pancoe | RingSchneider | Shadle-Cusic | Watanabe-Galloway | Wilson

BHECN Faculty

marley_doyle_08_22_2019_vert.jpgMarley Doyle, MD

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

She joined the UNMC Department of Psychiatry in 2017 as an assistant professor and associate director of the Women's Reproductive Psychiatry Program, which features a clinic to assist women experiencing mood disorders during times of hormonal transition, such as pregnancy, postpartum and menopause.

Dr. Doyle has received several grants as well as national recognition. She is currently the director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), director of the Adult Outpatient Division, and associate program director for the Creighton-UNMC Psychiatry Residency. She is co-chair of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Steering Committee and was actively involved in the visioning and execution of the new residency program application in which UNMC plans to start its residency program in psychiatry.

She has a joint appointment with the UNMC OB/GYN Department and provides consultation to the Olson Center for Women's Health.

A recognized leader in the field of gender equality in academic psychiatry, Dr. Doyle has presented ten peer-reviewed abstracts at national conferences and has six publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is also a frequent lecturer in the medical school and multiple residencies at UNMC. She has won numerous teaching awards and is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

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Brent KhanBrent Khan, EdD

Dr. Brent Khan has deep operations expertise in directing and leading change in healthcare organizations. He provides leadership to staff, faculty, health care providers, administrators, and consumers to enhance the behavioral health workforce across Nebraska.

Dr. Khan is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he developed and taught “Stress Reduction Techniques for the Practicing Clinician.” He is also certified in the HeartMath Resilient Education Program and as a One-on-One HeartMath provider. His doctoral dissertation was titled: "The Effects of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback-Assisted Stress Management Training on Registered Nurses Experiencing Stress-like Symptoms."  Dr. Khan has conducted numerous presentations locally, regionally, and nationally on “The Physiology of Stress and Burnout” and utilizes biofeedback tools and techniques to create sustainable solutions. His current area of interest is developing Resiliency in the workforce.  

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Dr. Watanabe-GallowayShinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD
Research Director

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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Julia "Julie" Fisco Houfek, PhD, APRN-CNS
Interim Associate Director of Workforce Development

Dr. Julie Hofek has been a psychiatric mental health nurse for 43 years. She started working at UNMC in 1972 after she graduated from her BSN program. She then became a student in the College of Nursing masters program in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, graduating in 1975. After graduating with her master's degree, she taught Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at the Lincoln Division of UNMC College of Nursing until 1981. She began her doctoral study at the University of Texas at Austin and then returned to the College of Nursing in Omaha in 1990.

Dr. Houfek was drawn to academia from the beginning of her career because of the diversity of the university’s mission: teaching, practice, and research/service. During her career, she had the opportunity to contribute to developing both registered and advanced degree nurses who she taught to provided quality psychiatric mental health nursing care.

Dr. Houfek also contributed to the research, practice, and service missions. Her research focused on the area of health promotion and disease prevention, specifically how a person’s perceptions of their illness or problems affect the way they try to cope with their illness. She was specifically interested in how individuals perceive their situation, whether they are coping with a mental health problem, a physical health problem, or both. More recently, her focus turned to how the profession needs to use evidence-based knowledge to affect healthcare policy, concerning psychiatric care and developing the psychiatric nursing workforce. To read more about Dr. Hofek, see the BHECN article here.

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christine-chasek_2019_edited_cropped.jpgChristine "Tina" Chasek, PhD, LIMHP, LADC, LPC
Director, BHECN Kearney

Dr. Chasek is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology and the Director of BHECN-Kearney.  Dr. Chasek has been practicing mental health and drug counseling for over 15 years as a licensed professional. She has experience in behavioral health care administration, working as an Assistant Director in a University counseling center and as Program Director in a large community mental health center. 

Dr. Chasek’s philosophy of treatment style is based on the individual’s strengths, resiliency, and a positive therapeutic and teaching relationship. Dr. Chasek’s research and teaching interests are in addiction counseling and training preparation, counselor education, and clinical outcomes in counseling.

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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 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 B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago, an M.A. 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 B.A. 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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Allison Grennan, PhD
Assistant Director of Education

Allison Grennan, PhD is a licensed psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation. She received her PhD in School Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the Munroe-Meyer Institute.

Dr. Grennan is the Director of Internship Training for the APA-Accredited pre-doctoral internship in psychology and the Associate Co-Director for the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology (NICPP). Dr. Grennan conducts her clinic in the Omaha Metro area at a pediatric practice located in Bellevue, NE.

Dr. Grennan’s research interests revolve around factors improving the integration of behavioral health in primary care. Specifically, her research interests in demonstrating the effectiveness of the integrated model on behavioral health, mental and behavioral health screening in primary care settings, and the use of acceptance and commitment therapy in primary care. Dr. Grennan also supervises post-doctoral fellows, interns, PhD students, and Masters level students in both clinical and research settings. 


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 of 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 an invaluable contribution 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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Mogens "Bill" Baerentzen, PhD, CRC, LMHP
Project Coordinator

Dr. Baerentzen coordinates technical assistance and training on mental health issues in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska through the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center. He teaches evidence-based practices to help persons with severe and persistent mental illness live meaningful, inclusive lives. This includes practices such as Supported Housing, Supported Employment, Assertive Community Treatment, Integrated Treatment for Co-occurring Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders, Family Education, and Peer Support Services. He was program director at a 250-bed emergency overnight shelter, supervisor of therapists in a treatment program for persons with co-occurring disorders, supervisor of a supported employment program, a full-time consultant on implementation of SAMHSA EBP’s, faculty in a rehabilitation counseling program and leader of a behavioral health workforce development program. Besides working at BHECN, Bill is a project coordinator at the Mid-America MHTTC, adjunct faculty at the University of Nebraska - Omaha and he teaches graduate-level clinical mental health counseling courses.

Dr. Baerentzen completed his PhD in Psychology and MS in Rehabilitation Counseling at Illinois Institute of Technology. His doctoral dissertation is titled “Development of a Life Satisfaction Measure for Persons with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness.” His current research and practice interests involve stigma and discrimination, QOL measurement, stage-based intervention, physical health among persons with mental illness, and adherence and self-determination.

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Marcia Shadle-Cusic, MA, MS, LMHP
NeBHEP Coordinator

Marcia Shadle-Cusic, MA, MS, LMHP, began working in higher education in 1979 at the College of Saint Mary, teaching and co-directing the Learning Resource Center and conducting academic advising. Following Saint Mary's she served as the Chaplain for Creighton University's School of Medicine and in 2015, Marcia came to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) for a newly created position as the Student Wellness Advocate in the College of Medicine.

Marcia retired from UNMC in July 2019, after working for a combined twenty years in medical education from 1999-2019. A few months later BHECN recruited her to help with NeBHEP.

Marcia’s background in higher education and mental health counseling will be an asset as she works with the 16 partners to increase the number of licensed mental health professionals living and practicing in Nebraska.

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Erin Schneider, MSW
Outreach Coordinator

Erin Schneider joined BHECN in June of 2020, as the new Outreach Coordinator. Erin will be working with the leadership team to evaluate, develop, and promote BHECN's outreach plan to the behavioral health workforce.

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.

Erin's combined experience in workforce development and behavioral health is an excellent fit for the BHECN outreach coordinator position. To read more about Erin click here.

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Ann KraftAnn Kraft
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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filkin,-catrina-2020_crpd_web.jpgCatrina Filkin
BHECN Project Associate

Catrina Filkin has worked at UNMC for 18 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.

Catrina made a career move to join Munroe-Meyer Institute as the Education Program Associate for three years, where her responsibilities included administrative duties, onboarding students and facilitating events for the Academic Affairs department.

In June of 2020, Catrina joined the BHECN team as a grants project associate, where she is looking forward to helping BHECN achieve its mission of improving access to behavioral health resources across the state of Nebraska.

Catrina has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, with a specialty in criminal investigations. When life allows, she plans to continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and psychology with a minor in sociology.

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Jennifer-N.-Bull_photo-2018.jpgJennifer Bull, BGS
Communications Coordinator

Jennifer joined BHECN in June 2018 as a 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 behavioral health to the public.

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, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, and numerous clients during her time as a Freelance Marketing Consultant. 

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 serves on the Communications Committee for the Omaha Press Club.

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Cheryl Dressel-Wolff
Administrative Program Associate
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Cheryl joined BHECN in 2019 as the Administrative Program Associate. She is responsible for organizing files, creating correspondence, preparing reports and documents, managing calendars to schedule appointments, sorting mail, ordering office supplies as needed and offering general staff support.


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Heather PancoeHeather Pancoe
Project Coordinator

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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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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 BHECN Emeritus

Joe EvansJoseph H. Evans, PhD
Clinical Director

Dr. Joseph Evans is a licensed psychologist and a graduate of the University of Kansas.  He joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in 1986 after spending ten years at the University of South Florida (USF). At at USF’s Florida Mental Health Institute he was the founding chairperson of the Law and Mental Health Department and an Associate Director in the Child-Adolescent Department.  Dr. Evans served as Director of Psychology for the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) for 30 years, developing the Psychology program to 20 faculty members, 14 doctoral psychology interns, seven post-doctoral fellows, 6 ABA doctoral students, and 8 MA interns.  He stepped down from the MMI directorship role in 2016 and is currently working part-time for UNMC at MMI and BHECN. 

Dr. Evans was named Clinical Director of BHECN in 2017 after serving as Associate Clinical Director since 2013. In addition to BHECN responsibilities, Dr. Evans is currently a Professor in the MMI Psychology Department and the UNMC Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Evans administers three federal training grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to train doctoral psychology interns and Master’s degree clinicians in integrated behavioral health in primary care; two State contracts designed to conduct behavioral screenings for children and adolescents and to expand numbers of psychologists into rural areas of Nebraska; and a System of Care contract to create improved training in behavioral health for emotionally disturbed adolescents.  Dr. Evans has been instrumental in pioneering the integrated behavioral health care model within primary care clinics, with over 42 integrated care clinics established in Nebraska.

Dr. Evans is the recipient of over $19,000,000 in grants and contracts from a variety of agencies, including the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Family and Youth Service Bureau, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Justice, and HRSA Graduate Psychology Education, Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training, and Allied Health programs. He was the 2008 recipient of the Cummings American Psychological Foundation Psyche Award, presented for his work in developing a model that integrates behavioral health into rural primary care practices. His roles at BHECN include grantsmanship, legislative proposals, training for BH graduate students from a variety of professions, and program management.