Speakers

Allison Kjellander
Allison Kjellander
She, Her, Hers
Holland & Hart
Ally helps healthcare clients navigate regulatory and compliance matters, with an emphasis on assessing regulatory risks and impacts on transactions and M&A activity. She assists buyers, sellers and operators in the healthcare industry with federal and state regulatory compliance, including physician self-referral laws such as Stark, anti-kickback statutes, civil monetary penalties laws, anti-trust and licensing. Ally also counsels providers, facilities and affiliated entities on matters related to Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Ethics: Hot Legal Issues for Mental Health Providers: Consent, Confidentiality, Boundaries and New Laws
Ethics: Hot Legal Issues for Mental Health Providers: Consent, Confidentiality, Boundaries and New Laws (Virtual)


Kelley Knowles
Kelley Knowles
She, Her, Hers
Optum Idaho
Senior Training Specialist
Kelley has been a trainer for over 10 years, specializing in the past year as Crisis Prevention Institute Certified Instructor. Recently she has been certified to teach CPI Trauma, which provides insight on how to work with members who may experience a crisis based on trauma. She is always excited to train providers on this important intervention model to help providers successfully manage a crisis situation.
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Verbal Intervention Trauma Specialty Training and Certification


Thomas Koulopoulos
Thomas Koulopoulos
Delphi Group
Chairman and Founder
Tom is the chairman and founder of Delphi Group, a 30-year-old Boston-based think tank named one of the fastest growing private companies by Inc. Magazine, and the founding partner of Acrovantage Ventures, which invests in early-stage technology startups. He is the author of 13 books including Reimagining Healthcare, in which he describes methods for fixing the health care system without substantial policy change. Tom is also an Inc.com columnist, the past Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation, the past director of the Dell Innovation Lab and a professor at Boston University.

Tom’s insights have received wide praise from luminaries such as the late Peter Drucker, the father of modern management; Dee Hock, founder of Visa International; and Tom Peters, who called his writing “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.” His Inc. column is read by over one million people yearly. According to Tom’s mentor, Peter Drucker, Tom’s writing “makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.”
Reimaging Healthcare through the Behavioral Health Lens (Virtual)
Reimagining Healthcare through the Behavioral Health Lens


Amber Leyba-Castle
Amber Leyba-Castle
She, Her, Hers
NAMI Idaho
Amber Leyba-Castle is the NAMI Idaho Young & Well coordinator. In this role, she establishes two different models of support groups around the state. For ages 12-17, the Rosebuds program she created, which has a foundation of the Community Resiliency Model. This support group is peer-led, activity-based and teaches students wellness skills while focusing on advocacy, support and education related to mental health. Amber also focuses on establishing support groups for ages 18-25 on the collegiate level to decrease stigmatization of mental health conditions on college campuses around the state.

Amber has a personal story to share, along with the ability to represent how NAMI’s signature programs can directly impact rural areas, youth and college-aged Idahoans. With support from the McNair program, Amber is working on a summer research project to evaluate cultural adaptiveness of the Rosebuds program. She is currently working towards a social work degree at Idaho State University.
Importance of Family Engagement in Behavioral Health Care Panel
Importance of Family Engagement in Behavioral Health Care Panel (Virtual)


Rashmi Maharaj
Rashmi Maharaj
Savannah Family Institute
Rashmi has over 10 years of experience providing client-focused consultation, case management and implementation services to PLL providers across the country. Prior to becoming the lead clinical consultant for the PLL Evidenced-Family Treatment Model, Rashmi was a therapist and co-facilitator for the PLL model at Bay Area Youth Services in Florida. She has extensive experience cultivating agency partnerships and leading successful implementation of the PLL evidence-based model nationally.

Rashmi received her MBA in Employee Relations from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Central Florida.
You Had Me at Hello – Parenting with Love & Limits Family Engagement Techniques
You Had Me at Hello – Parenting with Love & Limits Family Engagement Techniques (Virtual)


Beth Markley
Beth Markley
NAMI Idaho
Beth Markley is the executive director of NAMI Idaho, Inc., a statewide Idaho organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. It advocates for better lives for those individuals who have a mental illness, while offering support, education and advocacy. Beth gained her certification as a fundraising executive more than 20 years ago and has worked in the charitable sector for the past 28 years. She was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, and still lives there with her husband, two sons and two large dogs. She enjoys traveling, running long distances really slowly and hosting foreign exchange students.
Importance of Family Engagement in Behavioral Health Care Panel
Importance of Family Engagement in Behavioral Health Care Panel (Virtual)


Lisa Mattson
Dr. Lisa Mattson
She, Her, Hers
Optum
Dr. Mattson is a Mayo Clinic-trained obstetrician/gynecologist in Minnesota and currently works as a national medical director for Optum Health. She has experience developing a new transgender clinic at the University of Minnesota Student Health Clinic and sharing her knowledge with providers at Planned Parenthood Minnesota to expand access to transgender care in the community. She volunteers on many committees for LGBTQIA+ health; provides educational seminars on general transgender care as well as on the surgical aspects of transitioning; is involved in a research project addressing the impact of provider education on patient satisfaction scores; works with policy makers to expand benefits for the LGBTQIA+ community; and serves as clinical resource for all things LGBTQIA+. She is passionate about improving the health of this community and ensuring that they get evidence-based care in a safe, respectful and compassionate manner.
LGBTQIA+ Panel Serving Adults & Youth
LGBTQIA+ Panel Serving Adults & Youth (Virtual)


Shannon McDowell
Shannon McDowell
She, Her, Hers
ECHO Idaho
Program Manager
Shannon is a Program Manager for the behavioral health training series at ECHO Idaho. Shannon’s work background includes providing nutrition and garden education to historically underserved populations, facilitating Farm to School Programs across the northern central valley of California and teaching an array of high school science classes. She holds a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from the University of Vermont and Master of Public Health from Boise State University.

In addition to her role with ECHO Idaho, Shannon works with Teach For America Idaho where she mentors new teachers across the Treasure Valley to ensure that they are not only ready to enter their classrooms but that they also have ongoing support throughout their two-year commitment to provide a meaningful and well-rounded education to their students.

In her free time, Shannon loves to explore the outdoors. You can usually find her running, biking or skiing somewhere in the Boise foothills.
Lunch: Live Demo! ECHO Idaho: Behavioral Health in Primary Care
Lunch: Live Demo! ECHO Idaho: Behavioral Health in Primary Care (Virtual)


Kimberly McKeehan
Kimberly McKeehan
She, Her, Hers
GIzhenaabe, LLC
Kim (Doney) McKeehan, LCSW, is a true Montana Native, a descendent of both Hereford breeding homesteaders and the Metis/otipemisiwak or “the people who own themselves.” Kim grew up in Bozeman, Montana, and Seattle, Washington, earned degrees in English literature, Native American studies and social work from Montana universities and now lives in Great Falls, Montana. Kim served for five years on the tribal council for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, during which time they received federal recognition. She is currently a therapist in private practice and is especially interested in healing intergenerational trauma through community and cultural interventions.
Otipemisiwak, “the people who own themselves,”: Generational Legacies of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
Otipemisiwak, “the people who own themselves,”: Generational Legacies of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana (Virtual)


Jim Meldrum
Jim Meldrum
He, Him, His
IDOC
Program Coordinator
Jim is a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC). Jim’s passion draws to developing, improving and establishing good practices for individuals whose substance use has resulted in significant legal consequences. Over the last 20 plus years, he has worked in the provider network as a treatment supervisor, facilitated groups for aftercare and was part of the initial 19-2524 code (substance use assessment and treatment related) implementation. In 2020, Jim, as part of a proactive team, quickly established a statewide system for both Telebehavioral health groups and also assessment practices. His investment in assuring clients’ were not left on their own to navigate such a dramatic experience continued to push IDOC in telebehavioral health utilization.

A common statement you will hear from Jim is: “this isn’t about us, you, or me and our comfort zones, this is about improving, adapting, problem solving, and most importantly, about care and concern for others. It’s also about showing and modeling our ability to handle stressful situations and when life will throw you a curve ball.” In addition, Jim has been an advocate for his fellow counselors because he encourages all counselors to learn about substance use disorder symptoms and care, as it can sometimes be the most important focal point in a person’s treatment. . His phrase “SUD informed care” raises awareness for all to see the critical role in treatment.
Finding your Cheese in a Virtual World. Let's talk about Groups
Finding your Cheese in a Virtual World. Let's talk about Groups (Virtual)