7527Sharon Freese Truman Medical Center Behavioral Health delivers comprehensive services to more than 17,000 patients annually through community outreach clinics in the Kansas City metropolitan area and in the Crossroads Art District. Their unique role as a hospital-based mental health center supports a whole-person, integrated health model of service delivery that is increasingly the standard of best practice for healthcare.

Sharon Freese was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Behavioral Health in 2016.  She has more than 25 years of nursing, mental health and healthcare leadership experience and spent has served a variety of roles at TMC over the years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and went on to earn her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Sharon is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, as well as a Crisis Prevention Institute instructor.
7527Rob Runquist CrossWinds Counseling and Wellness serves about 3,800 clients annually across seven counties in central Kansas. They provide more than 55 specialized and comprehensive services through psychologists, clinical social workers, substance abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, case managers, attendant care workers, wraparound facilitators, peer support workers and others.

Rob Runquist has been CEO at CrossWinds since January 2014. He has led the organization though several significant changes from outsourcing the IT department and implementing a user-friendly EMR, to opening satellite offices throughout the catchment area. He also led an organization-wide rebranding effort, which resulted in a 24% increase in new clients within the first year. 
3789Tom Petrizzo Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc. of Kansas City, Missouri, was an active member of mhca from 1994 through 2003, and we are pleased to welcome this long-standing member back into the fold under the leadership of CEO Tom Petrizzo. Prior to taking the helm of Tri-County Mental Health Services in January of 2014, Tom was CEO of Ozark Guidance Center in Springdale, Arkansas. Earlier in his career, he held positions as two other mhca member organizaitons: Community Reach Center and Bert Nash Center. He holds a Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law and a BS in International Economics from Georgetown University. Please welcome Tom and his team at Tri-County to mhca.
3789Thomas Gilliom Thomas Gilliom has taken the reins at Wabash Valley Alliance as former CEO Rick Crawley transitions into the role of consultant. Tom has worked at Wabash since 2008 and most recently served as chief operating officer. He has 40 years’ experience in the mental health field at two Indiana organizations, holds a psychology degree from Ball State University, a master’s in social work from The Ohio State University, and is a licensed clinical social worker. Tom has been married for 40 years to Martha Gilliom, a former college educator who is also a watercolor artist. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.
3789Beth Lawson Beth Lawson recently succeeded Cathy Pope as the CEO of StarCare Specialty Health System. Beth has been with StarCare for 25 years, most recently serving as Associate CEO for Administration. She began her StarCare career as a Service Coordinator in the Intellectual Disabilities Program, holding several other positions including Contracts Management Director, Local Authority Director and Chief Financial Officer.

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