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WAYNE HOCHSRASSER
Chair

I was raised in Arizona and have lived in the Valley most of my life. I have a Bachelor and Master Degree in Psychology. I worked for 13 years for Maricopa County. My first position was with the Juvenile Court system, then with the Superior Court system and finally transferring to the Health Dept. In this last position, I worked for the Dept. of Psychiatry’s outpatient programs. In 1984 I started with Triple R Behavioral Health as Executive Director and became the CEO in 1996. I retired from TRBH in January 2012 and six months after, it merged with NAFI to form Lifewell. For 10 years in the 1990’s I was also an adjunct faculty of the Maricopa Community College system teaching a class in Mental Health Issues. I have experiences in community involvement, public speaking, organizational management, and contract negotiation. Also, I served on several Boards of Directors in the past.

Participation in Lifewell’s mission enables me to continue contributing in some way to advancing the community services needed by the less fortunate in our society.

 

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JAN JOHNSTON
Vice Chair

Jan left the cold winters of Nebraska in 1977 to pursue her undergraduate and master’s degrees at Arizona State University.  Along the way she became an Adult Probation Officer for Maricopa County.  It was there she honed her skills working a myriad of assignments, to include Investigations, Intensive Supervision, Court Liaison, Training, and finally working with the SMI population.  She joined the Board of Directors for Triple R Behavioral Health in 2007.  That same year she retired from Probation after 27 years.  As a long time cat lover, she became, and still remains, an active volunteer with the Paw Placement Animal Rescue.  She has also served as a Foster Care Review Board member for over 28-years.  Besides volunteering, Jan and her husband, Rob, are avid world travelers and scuba divers.

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TAMMY WRAY
Secretary

I’m a second generation Phoenician with one husband, seven kids, one son-in-law, one grand-daughter, and five dogs. I’ve never lived anywhere else and I love the natural beauty and the people in my home state. I try to make personal choices that reflect my belief that a community has to care for its members. I’ve been a Maricopa County Public Defender since 1997 and my focus has always been on using the criminal justice system as a catalyst for positive change in the justice-involved individual. Since 2004 I’ve primarily represented clients challenged with mental disabilities. In addition to serving on the Lifewell board, I’m a former member of the Triple R Behavioral Health board and the Maricopa County Human Rights Committee for the Mentally Ill.

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MARK LANDY
Treasurer

Mark is a retired certified public accountant.  Before recently retiring, he was a principal with Miller, Allen & Co., P.C. for more than thirty years.  Mark was appointed to a five year term on the Arizona State Board of Accountancy by the Governor, and served as its president, treasurer and secretary.  Mark was Chairman of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, and also served as the Society’s treasurer.  Mark was honored as a life member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Mark has served as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Governing Council, and currently serves as chair of the Nonprofit and Governmental Sub-group of the Institute’s Technical Standards Subcommittee. In addition to his professional activities, Mark is also active in community service where he has served on the board of directors of numerous nonprofit organizations.  Mark currently serves as the treasurer of the Desert Botanical Garden, treasurer of Lifewell Behavioral Wellness, and is on the board of directors of the Desert Botanical Garden Foundation, Institute of Mental Health Research, and Epicenter.  Mark also serves on the audit committee of the American Public Garden Association, Maricopa County Community College District, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix.  Mark is a native of Phoenix and a graduate of the University of Arizona.

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DR. RODRIGO A. SILVA

Rodrigo Silva has a degree in veterinary medicine and a master’s degree in public health. He has 30 years experience working in public administration and public health, developing and administering government and non-profit organizations and programs at the local, national and international levels.

Nonetheless, some of Dr. Silva’s most cherished times are those spent in some of the poorest areas of Mexico, as a young public health veterinarian working with the campesinos (small farm owners), treating and vaccinating their livestock and working animals, improving the sanitation infrastructure of the villages and providing education on the best use of food animals for some of the families living in the most remote and underserved areas of that country.

Dr. Silva serves as Adjunct Professor for the University of Arizona, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and as Executive for Programs for Healthy LifeStars, a non-profit organization dedicated to fight childhood obesity. An avid outdoorsman, he spends his free time hiking and camping. He enjoys charcoal drawing, painting with pastel and oil, and woodcarving.

Dr. Silva’s work on elementary school curriculum materials focusing on public health and animals obtained the Arizona Public Health Association Hemmy Award in 1999. He was induced in the Alpha Nu Chapter of the Delta Omega National Public Health Honorary Society in 2004.

Dr. Silva is a family man who loves to spend time with his wife Dana, their children Jessica and Rodrigo, their son in law Leo, and their four grandchildren: Alyssa, Tyler, Mya and Alex. Animals could not fail to be in his life, Dr. Silva and his wife share their home with five dogs “Winston”, “Farah”, “Ilo”, “Koko” and “Tilly”. With the exception of Tilly who came to the Silva’s with her name, all the others have names that mean “joy”.

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DENNIS FRIEDMAN

Much of my life has been influenced by loved ones who have brain based disorders.  At a fairly young age my mother began having concerning mood and behavior changes.  Our family sought help from a number of physicians but nothing seemed to help.  It was not until years later we learned that she had been suffering from a rare progressive dementia.   As a Psychiatrist at a major teaching hospital I thoroughly enjoy work with young residents and offering our patients the best evidence based therapies we can provide.   The thing however that I want most  to teach these young doctors is the importance to thoroughness and compassion when treating individuals with brain based illnesses.  I was attracted to Life well because of the wonderful services they have offered this community for decades particularly in the area sof housing, rehabilitation, vocational preparation and community integration.