Victor Jackson, Chief Executive Officer
Victor Jackson joins Columbia River Mental Health Services with over 20 years of progressive Leadership experience. He spent more than half that time developing and managing healthcare systems throughout the world to include the Caribbean, Middle East and Asia. No stranger to forging collaborations across differing cultures, Victor prides himself in providing access to high quality effective care. He started his career bedside with a commitment to putting patients first and has never deviated. With an Undergraduate Degree in Public Health and a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Healthcare Administration, Victor’s background and experience lends well in building upon CRMHS legacy of providing Mental Health Services that promote healthy Individuals, Families and the Community at large. The Father of one Son and an English bulldog, Victor divides his time living an active lifestyle completing Century bike rides, running and hiking the Gorge.
Kevin Fischer, Chief Medical Officer
Kevin Fischer, MD joined the agency in 2019. The 3rd generation of his family to call Clark County home, Dr. Fischer is proud to practice medicine in the community he calls home. Starting off his career as a process engineer, Dr. Fischer is a graduate of the University of Washington (BS) and Oregon Health & Sciences University for his medical degree and Internal Medicine residency. Board certified in Addiction Medicine & Internal Medicine, he provides patient care within our NorthStar opiate treatment program, as well as leads the agency’s medical services as Chief Medical Officer.
Anne Willis, Chief Clinical Officer
Anne Willis, PsyD joined the agency in 2020. She is a Clinical Psychologist with over a decade of experience in community mental health settings from direct service delivery to program development and administration. As a former Professor and Clinical Supervisor, Dr. Willis has an extensive background in the implementation of evidence-based practices in mental health. She is passionate about advocating for strong clinical training and client outcomes within community mental health systems. She was drawn to CRMHS because of its long history of serving the community and hearing the positive experiences of her former students who interned at the agency. She is excited to partner within and outside of the agency to improve the lives of members of our community in innovative ways. A hot springs and fairy garden enthusiast, she has found herself at home in the PNW.
Lisa Aarseth, Associate Chief Clinical Officer
Bio coming soon…
Alicia Turvin, Chief Human Resources Officer
Born in New York and raised in Arizona, Alicia relocated to the PNW in 2010. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a Graduate degree in Management and has found her home in Health Care Human Resources Management 10 years ago, combining both her experience in the mental health field and management into a perfect marriage. Alicia was drawn to CRMHS because of her belief in their mission and started here in early 2019. Nights and weekends are spent at the theater where she is the Managing Director of a local company in Portland.
Kelly Ferguson, Chief Operations Officer
Kelly relocated from Southern California and joined CRMHS in 2013. While attending Cal State University, Bakersfield, Kelly quickly realized that she wanted to continue pursuing her career in healthcare management rather than teaching US history. With over 20 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, she is excited to be part of an agency that recognizes the importance of integrated health and serving the community. It is her hope to one day incorporate her love of animals and passion for serving others by training rescue dogs and horses for therapy/companion pet service. In her spare time, she loves to garden and spend time with her family, including her two dogs; Kami & Lily, and four cats; Russell, Wilson, Twix and Ollie.
Brittini Lasseigne, Chief Marketing & Development Officer
Brittini Lasseigne is a self-proclaimed lover of philanthropy and feels fortunate to have found her perfect career early in life. Besides a six-month stint with a bank, she has spent her entire professional career with social service nonprofits. Working her way from direct service to program management and then to fundraising and communications/marketing, where she has spent the last ten years of her career, Brittini loves the opportunity to match her donor’s interests and passions to the community’s needs. In her spare time, Brittini is a contracted faculty member for Willamette Valley Development Officers Certificate in Fundraising program in collaboration with Portland State University. Brittini also volunteers for NAACP Vancouver and serves as chair of the Strategic Engagement committee on the Clark College Alumni Board. A wife and mom of four wonderful teenage girls, Brittini is obsessed with unicorns and attempting to sing karaoke.
Casandra Schoenwald, Interim Chief Financial Officer
Casandra Schoenwald comes to us with over 15 years of experience in the Accounting field. After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Accounting from Eastern Washington University, she went into public accounting where she worked as both an auditor and tax preparer for her clients and completed her requirements to obtain her CPA licensure. Although she enjoyed public accounting, Cas wanted to be somewhere she could do more focused good for a single organization, so she moved into private industry, expanding her knowledge into grant accounting, organizational procedures, budget management, strategic planning, and process implementation. With a unique background that comes with personal experience of the multitude of struggles people face every day, she is excited to be with Columbia River Mental Health and roll up her sleeves to support the important work we do every day.
Sarah Brown, Chief Compliance Officer
Sarah came to CRMHS in November of 2018. She received her Master of Public Administration from Portland State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Carroll College. Sarah has dedicated her career to understanding and interpreting federal, state, and local regulations. While her previous employment was focused on homelessness and housing, she realized that she wanted to be more involved in the solution and shifted her focus to healthcare. She is excited to join a nonprofit organization that is passionate about its client and employees. Sarah loves to volunteer and is often seeking ways to get her friends and family involved in volunteer opportunities in the community.
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