Advisory Council, staff and MembershipWho We Are
The Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition works as a coordinated partnership of community members, leaders and advocates.
Meet the Advisory Council
Sheriff, Yavapai County
Therapeutic Courts Supervisor, Yavapai County Adult Probation
Executive Director, Coalition for Compassion & Justice
Regional Director, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services
Director, Yavapai Community Health Services
Project Manager, Yavapai County Superior Court
Vice President, Spectrum Healthcare Group
Director, Yavapai County Juvenile Probation
Public Defender, Yavapai County Public Defender’s Office
James E. Ledbetter, Esq.
The Ledbetter Law Firm, PlC
Chief, Yavapai College Police Department
County Attorney, Yavapai County Attorney's Office
Randy Taylor D.M.
Chief of Police Clarkdale Police Department
Chief Executive Officer, Polara Health
Chief of Police, Prescott Police Department
Program Director, Child & Family Support Services
Chief, Prescott Police Department, Retired
Sheriff Scott Mascher, Retired
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Judge, Yavapai County Superior Court
Beya Thayer, MSW
Beya Thayer is a systems advocate supporting enhanced collaborations among multi-disciplinary teams and enjoys the opportunity to work as the Executive Director of the Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition. Beya works to develop and implement strategies that lead to the long-term and sustainable involvement of community institutions, organizations, and individuals within the intersections of justice and behavioral health – with the goal of addressing partnership and systems change. Beya’s career has given her the opportunity to create partnerships and collaborations with diverse communities, professions, and agencies throughout Arizona to effect policy and change on both the micro and macro levels. Beya has a Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State University and has worked extensively in the social services arena for over 25 years.
Nancy Gardner, M.Ed
Nancy Gardner works with the Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition as the Mental Health Awareness Training Program Manager. With the coordination and collaboration of the stakeholders throughout Yavapai County, Ms. Gardner coordinates trainings to law enforcement / emergency services personnel and the personnel from all Yavapai County schools and colleges in order to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness and to connect individuals to available resources within our communities. Stakeholders include, but are not limited to law enforcement partners, probation, school executive director and administrators, behavioral health organizations program groups, etc. Nancy brings to the table her 27 years of law enforcement background and the relationships she has developed in Yavapai County along with her experience of managing grants. Nancy has a master’s degree in education and counseling/human relations from Northern Arizona University.
Mental illness is not a crime. This Coalition understands the value to public safety, to outcomes and to treatment for people when behavioral health and criminal justice work together.
I am honored to serve on the Justice & Mental Health Coalition Board of Directors. Our work- the implementation of evidence based practices, data based evaluation of programs, and providing greater access to care for justice involved individuals has tremendous potential to enhance community safety and improve the lives of those we serve.
I am honored to serve on the Justice and Mental Health Coalition Advisory Council. This team represents a truly collaborative effort to serve justice-involved individuals when and how they need it the most. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to look at ways we can help all those with mental health challenges in our community and truly make a positive impact for them and in their lives.
The Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition is very important to Yavapai College and my Agency. The Coalition brings structure and guidance to the responsibility we have as Educators and Police within Higher Education. As a Community College we have a responsibility to the students, staff and faculty to provide the best assistance we can to those who find themselves in crisis.
As a board member of the Yavapai Justice & Mental Health Coalition, I serve as the community volunteer assisting families of people with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders who have been involved in our justice system. By providing alternative solutions and support while assisting them as they navigate their way through unfamiliar territory, families have a better chance to stay together and enjoy healthier lives while contributing to our community. When we invest in each other, we are all enriched, and our community is a safer, healthier place.
I want to be a part of the Mental Health and Justice Coalition because we are all in this together and it is important to empower and instill hope in our community. As a coalition team, we can combine our knowledge and compassion to help our community shine!
I am honored to serve on the Justice & Mental Health Coalition Advisory Council. I am excited to help implement evidence-based practices, data-based evaluations, and provide access to care for justice-involved individuals. Mental illness is not a crime. This Coalition understands the value of treatment diverted outcomes for justice-involved individuals. Yavapai County’s mentally ill, a population in desperate need of more services and options, will benefit from the work of this Coalition.
Roughly 1 in 4 Americans suffer from mental illness or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Mental illness is not a crime or a personal failure, if there is a failure it is the way that we react to mental illness. I am honored to serve on the Justice & Mental Health Coalition Advisory Council. I’m excited to be working with a diverse group of people who are committed to implementing new practices and procedures that will help not only help those who are personally affected by mental illness but also in educating the community.
The Justice and Mental Health Coalition is important to Community Health Services because people’s capacity for overall positive health is often interrelated with their mental or behavioral health. Those suffering from mental or behavioral health issues and frequenting our justice system see poorer health outcomes than those who do not. We understand the importance of looking at the whole person when it comes to health improvement, and by addressing underlying mental health issues and providing resources that help keep people out of our justice system, Yavapai County residents will experience better health and better quality of life!
I believe lives can be transformed!
I am a proud member of the Mental Health Coalition. The purpose of the Coalition is to try and ensure justice for all members of your community. In doing so, we are attempting to create healthy and happy individuals, families and communities.
This Coalition provides the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of individuals, families, and the community. A bad day or decision does not have to be the trigger for a lifetime of pain and hardship, but instead, the life-changing event that set that person on a course for recovery. Compassion and connection leads to that recovery and a partnership between law enforcement and the behavioral health community sets the stage.
The Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition is vital to raising awareness around mental health, to erase the stigma, and to bring together diverse members to collaborate for change. Our broad membership helps us combine resources from multiple sources to leverage a greater scope of responses to mental health issues. Our coalition also advances opportunities to coordinate efforts and learn from each other, opening doors for individual organizations to work together to impact the community on a larger scale.
Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition is the quintessence of collaboration. The revolutionary accomplishments being attained through the multiple disciplines altruistically working together is something I have not witnessed in my 40 plus years of law enforcement. Being a part of something that benefits society to this extent is very rewarding.
I believe that everyone deserves to feel well. Through the work of the coalition, we can help ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community receive the support and services they need; elevating the community for all.
Serving on the Board of the Justice and Mental Health Coalition is an opportunity to create solutions for challenging issues surrounding the decriminalization and treatment of mental illness. This collaboration of community agencies is creating new paths toward better health for those with mental illness who are caught up in the justice system or for those who are unable to seek treatment for themselves.
I strongly believe that a key to a community’s success is its ability to deliver care to those most in need. Mental health needs have touched so many families through Yavapai County. People in need of mental health support have been overlooked or neglected for too long, and the leaders, who are serving with the Coalition, have the desire and power to bring positive, lasting change.
The Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition is an essential step in Yavapai County to improve outcomes, through partnerships and collaboration, for vulnerable children and adults with mental health complications.
It is the partnerships that make up the Justice and Mental Health Coalition that creates the ability to deflect and divert people into the treatment and support that they need. We are supporting the health and wellbeing of our neighborhoods, creating safer communities and preventing crime.
I have worked in the behavioral health/mental health field for over 20 years, and have always been inspired by the journeys that some experience. My passion has been in assisting in preventive services to assist the children in our communities before they get a place of needing intervention and creating individualized wraparound plans for the children and families with acute situations to remain in their homes and community.
As a board member of the Yavapai Justice and Mental Health Coalition, I believe it is my role to assist with raising awareness in the community and the justice system around the struggles and challenges faced by those with mental health issues and their families. The justice system should be the last option for those with mental health issues. Our community, stakeholders, and justice partners working together are capable of significant positive changes to provide the appropriate opportunities for these individuals and families to avoid justice involvement.
Senator Sylvia Allen, AZ State Senate
Dave Bancroft, Camp Verde Community Member
Rob Barth, Yavapai Regional Medical Center
Kathy Bashor, President NAMI Yavapai
Greg Billi, NAZCARE
Chief Debora Black, Prescott Police Department
Alycia Botkin, AZ Dept Economic Security
Phil Bourdon, Yavapai County Administration
Sharie Brock, Health Choice Arizona
Karen Broman, Sonoran Prevention Works
Supervisor Craig Brown, Yavapai County
Mary Lou Brncik, David’s Hope
Thomasene Cardona, Yavapai Apache Tribe
Tim Carter, Yavapai County School Superintendent
Virginia Cons, Care1st Health Plan Arizona
Crisis Response Network
Casey Dennison, Hope Lives
Nancy Devine, Veteran’s Administration
Audrey Dorfman, Advocate
Cameron Doty, Yavapai County Adult Probation
Deputy Chief James Edelstein, Prescott Valley Police Department
Jack Fields, Yavapai County Administration
Merilee Fowler, MATFORCE and Community Counts
Carole Freeman, Yavapai Regional Medical Center
Nancy Gardner, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Supervisor Randy Garrison, Yavapai County
Angie Geren, Arizona Recovers/AZ ACE Consortium
Chief Steve Gesell, Cottonwood Police Department
Bryan Gest, Terros Health
Alex Gilbert, Hope Lives
Stan Goligoski, Yavapai County Education Service Agency
Christopher Gonzalez, Hope Lives
Lt. James Gregory, Prescott Valley Police Department
Jon Grossman, Grossman & Grossman, Ltd.
Kristie Hambrick, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Jessi Hans, Coalition for Compassion & Justice
Shawn Hatch, Spectrum Healthcare Group
Christine Hayes, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services
Loretta Holdsworth, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services
Leslie Horton, Yavapai Community Health Services
Captain Brian Hunt, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Charles Husted, Sedona Police Department
Diane Ivan, Sage Counseling
Mik Jordahl, Prosecutor Cottonwood & Clarkdale
Judge Cathleen Kelley, City of Cottonwood
Debra Kendall, Yavapai Adult Probation Department
Don Kirchner, Return To Honor Coalition
Patrick Kuykendall, AZ@Work
Lisa Lahaie, Northern AZ VA Suicide Prevention
Carol Landauer, Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley
Amy Ledesma, Pronghorn Psychiatry
Allison Lenocker, Coalition for Compassion & Justice
Kelly Legler, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic
Supervisor Mary Mallory, Yavapai County
Captain Rich Martin, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Scott Mascher, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Dennis McGrane, Yavapai County Attorney’s Office
Mo Michael, Compass Recovery Center
Chief John Morris, Yavapai County Adult Probation
Judge John Napper, Yavapai County Superior Court
Captain Jeff Newnum, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Becky Payne, Wexford Health Sources
Lt. Tyran Payne, Yavapai College Police Department
Jon Perez, NARBHA Institute
Pamela K. Pierce, Sana Behavioral Hospital Prescott
Tamara Player, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic
Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney’s Office
Linda Poller, Care1st Health Plan Arizona
Destiny Pyle, Terros Health
Chief Deputy David Rhodes, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Mary Robbins, Child & Family Support Services
Sgt. Nancy Roberts, Prescott Valley Police Department
Chief Steven Roser, Prescott Valley Police Department
Dawn Rutigliano, Child & Family Support Services
David Sanchez, Life Transformation Recovery
Sgt. Ben Scott, Prescott Police Department
EJ Scott, Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe
John Schuderer, Suicide Prevention Advocate
Amie Sheldon, Spectrum Healthcare Group
Lisa Sherrill, Spectrum Healthcare Group
Lt. Brian Silvernale, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Lt. Jason Small, Prescott Police Department
Robin Spencer, Pronghorn Psychiatry
Steps to Recovery Homes
Lt. Scott Stebbins, Prescott Valley Police Department
Shari Sterling, Yavapai County Education Service Agency
Joseph Stewart, EdD, Yavapai Restoration to Competency program
Sgt. Ethan Stover, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Randy Taylor, Clarkdale Police Department
Beya Thayer, Yavapai Justice & Mental Health Coalition
Supervisor Thomas Thurman, Yavapai County
Laurie Verdier, NAZCARE
Jeanne Wellins, Advocate
Tim Wiederaenders, Prescott Daily Courier