top of page


The Washington State Mental Health Summit Advisory Council is a dedicated group of people passionate about improving mental health care in our state. They represent leadership in intersecting worlds of mental health in Washington State and provide guidance on summit activities.

  • Sue Birch, MBA, BSN, RN, Director of the WA State Health Care Authority

  • Lisa Callan, Representative, Washington State Legislature, Vice Chair, Human Services & Early Learning Committee

  • Laura Crooks, CEO, Yakima Children's Village and Co-Founder, Chad's Legacy Project

  • Todd Crooks, Executive Director/Co-Founder, Chad’s Legacy Project

  • Manka Dhingra, Senator, Washington State Legislature, Chair of Behavioral Health Subcommittee

  • David Johnson, EdD, LMHC, CEO,retired at Multicare-Navos, current advisory board member

  • Stephanie Lane, Director, Peer Workforce Alliance

  • Jim Polo, MD, MBA, Behavioral Health Medical Director at Cambia/Regence Blue Shield

  • Mike Schindler, CEO, Operation Military Family Cares

  • Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA, Chair of the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

  • Jim Vollendroff, MPA, UW Medicine Behavioral Health Program Director 

MHS Logo.jpg
bottom of page