The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD is the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority and Local Intellectual and Developmental Authority for Harris County. It’s the largest behavioral health and developmental disability care center in Texas, serving 54,000 individuals annually with a budget of more than $240 million.
Prior to assuming his post at The Harris Center, CEO Wayne Young served as the Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health and Administrator of Trinity Springs Pavilion and Trinity Springs North for JPS Health Network in Fort Worth. Wayne is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselors, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and he currently serves as the chair of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Behavioral Health Advocacy Council. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies as well as his Master of Education in Community Counseling from Texas Tech University. He subsequently earned his MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from the University of Dallas.
Bluebonnet Trails Community Services provides a variety of behavioral health services including early childhood intervention, autism treatment, integrated mental and primary health care, substance addiction treatment, developmental disabilities services, and 24-hour access to crisis care to Central Texans in eight counties.
Executive Director Andrea Richardson has more than 20 years of experience serving both the public and private sectors supporting behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities care, and physical healthcare. She joined Bluebonnet Trails as Chief Administrative Officer in 2005 and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2008 before being appointed CEO later that year. Before joining Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, Andrea served as the Director for Behavioral Health Services for the Texas Council of Community Centers, Inc. She currently serves as the Governor’s Appointee to the Texas Juvenile Advisory Board, the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments Leadership Board, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Behavioral Health Advisory Committee and the State Hospital Redesign. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science degree as well as certifications for healthcare quality and healthcare administration.
Ellen Bemis recently succeed Greg Disy as CEO of Aroostook Mental Health Center (AMHC). For the past 20 years, Ellen has served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Aroostook County Action Program and she is also a member and past president of AMHC’s Board of Directors. She holds a public accounting degree from Husson College.
Babette Hankey recently succeeded Dick Jacobs as CEO of Aspire Health Partners, where she previously served as Chief Operating Officer. She has worked in the field of behavioral healthcare for over 25 years and has been recognized for her innovative program designs that blend resources for some of the most vulnerable and underserved children and their families at the local, state and national levels. She is a Certified Prevention Professional, Certified E-Therapist and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She currently serves as the President of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association and a Board Member of the Florida Council. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Smith School of Business and her Master’s degree from UCF School of Public Health. She has also earned a certificate in Leadership for Senior Executives from the prestigious Harvard Business School.
Abby Drane recently succeeded Anthony “Tony” Zipple as CEO of Centerstone of Kentucky. She previously served as president and CEO of Uspiritus, where she led the organization’s financial operations, outcomes, regulations and human resources, and prior to that, she was chief operating officer for Centerstone. Abby earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Missouri State University and her MBA from Western Kentucky University.