STEPHEN C. MCCAFFREY, J.D.
President and CEO
McCaffrey earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, and been with Mental Health America of Indiana since 1991. McCaffrey is a recipient of the Webster-Kipfer Award for special achievement in public policy advocacy, former vice chairman for public affairs at the National Mental Health Association, former member of the board of directors at the National Mental Health Association, and former board member at the American Society of Mental Health Association Professionals. McCaffrey was named to the national directory of Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals and by the Indiana Business Journal as a member of Who’s Who in Indiana Health Care. McCaffrey received gubernatorial appointments to the Indiana Mental Health Commission and the Medicaid Quality Advisory Committee. McCaffrey served as chair of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Advisory Committee.
KELBY GAW, BS
Executive Assistant to the President
Kelby Gaw is Mental Health America of Indiana’s Executive Assistant to the President. Kelby received her B.S. in Tourism Conventions and Event Management from Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis. She found her passion in non-profit development and fundraising after working for various non-profit organizations in Indianapolis. Her experience includes conference and event planning, social media expansion, and community outreach. Kelby hopes to continue her strong sense of devotion to the mental health sector by working in public policy, fundraising, and advocacy for Mental Health America of Indiana.
President, Central Indiana NOFAS, Inc.
Elsworth has a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Anderson University and an associate of science degree in criminal justice and corrections from Ball State University. Elsworth was a licensed foster parent from 2002 to 2014 and mentors both foster and adoptive parents. A mother to 13 children, she and her husband Duane adopted nine foster children: five with FASD, one with Celiac Disease, and three with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RADS). Elsworth formed and serves as president of Central Indiana NOFAS, Inc., a not for profit corporation serving families and individuals with prenatal substance and alcohol exposure. She serves on the executive council for NOFAS Affiliates. Elsworth serves on several collaboratives in Madison County as well as the Perinatal Substance Use Committee and the Governing Council for Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Committee for the Indiana State Department of Health. Susan also serves on the Family and Youth subcommittee for the Indiana Systems of Care for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction. She is a prior Indiana Title V Family Delegate and co-chair of the Family Advisory Council for Children’s Special Health Care Needs. She was also a family fellow with Riley Child Development Center LEND program.
MELISSA BECHTEL, CPA
With over 20-years experience in nonprofit accounting, Bechtel has led MHAI’s financial operations since 2012. After graduating with honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Ball State University, Bechtel started her career in Fort Wayne at Coopers and Lybrand CPAs (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and in corporate accounting for a large private manufacturer before finding a home in nonprofit accounting in Indianapolis.
DEBRA J. DIAL, JD
Director of Legal and Client Advocacy
Dial provided services to and advocated for individuals with disabilities for 30 years. She was a therapist for 10 years, and completed law school while working as a therapist. She continues serving individuals with disabilities through legal advocacy and representation. Dial earned her undergraduate degree at Indiana University and completed her Doctor of Jurisprudence at Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. Dial expanded Mental Health America of Indiana’s advocacy program to include the provision of legal services to individuals affected by mental illness, addictions, or other disabilities.
HR Director and Operations Manager
Greenway worked in the social service field for 15 years with the majority of the time being spent in nonprofit organizations. Greenway worked in the addictions field for 10 years and enjoys spending time with her three children.
Vice President for Recovery and Advocacy Programs, and Director of Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition
Brandon George is the Vice President for Recovery and Advocacy Programs for Mental Health America Indiana, and the Director of Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition, which advocates for recovery through public policy and education. As a person in long-term recovery, Brandon dedicates his personal and professional time to fighting addiction and promoting recovery.
While advocacy and policy are the areas that Brandon spends most of his efforts, he has also implemented a new statewide service delivery method. Brandon helped create a recovery ecosystem in Indiana consisting of over 20 recovery organizations that serve 92 counties. With a focus on reaching all communities, the network includes BIPOC-focused organizations, rural communities, and harm reduction agencies. Brandon has consulted throughout the country on both policy and recovery infrastructure. His effort around increasing access to medications for opioid use disorder is broadly acknowledged having contributed to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health’s publication on this topic and Georgetown Law O’Neill Institute’s toolkit on MOUD in corrections.
Brandon has been a consultant for SAMHSA’s Opioid Response Network and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and is a contributor to Harvard’s Law Blog. He served as a trusted advisor to the National Judicial Opioid Task Force, on the leader’s council for Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and recently spoke on addiction workforce issues and recovery messaging at the White House for the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
LISA HUTCHESON, MEd
Vice President for Policy and Programs, and Director for the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking
Hutcheson advocates for stronger local and state policies and laws and coalitions to reduce youth access to alcohol. Hutcheson holds a bachelor’s of science in psychology and a master’s of education degree in counseling. Hutcheson is part of Mental Health America of Indiana’s lobbying team and supervises the Mental Health and Public Assistance Ombudsman program, Managed Care Ombudsman program, Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition, and Indiana Collegiate Action Network.
JUSTIN R. BEATTEY, CAPRC II, CADAC II, CHW/CRS-GA, ICPR, MATS
Vice President Education and Credentialing, Director – MHAI SWD Training Institute, Director – ICAADA, Director – IAPRSS
Justin identifies as a person in recovery from mental health and substance use issues and the justice system. He has a long standing business background prior to entering the behavioral health field where he has earned multiple peer support and treatment/clinical level credentials. Justin works alongside the behavioral health community to create, and strengthen, the behavioral health workforce and the organizations and communities that utilize their services. His dedication to education, support and advocacy with the ‘any positive change’ mentality to wellness allows all to feel included and supported. Justin continues to strive to support equitable access to resources and supports for all community members. Justins motivation is to see efforts advance, and sustain, equitable and stable resources and supports for all.
NIKI ANGELAKI, MSW, LCSW, LCAC, ICOGS
Vice President of Treatment Services, and Executive Director of Emberwood Center
Niki received her Master’s in Social Work from University of Southern Indiana after studying social work in her native country of Greece. Niki became fascinated with addiction recovery as an intern and has been dedicated in offering best treatment practices for people seeking recovery since 2002. Niki has also worked with schools, substance use prevention, children with developmental needs, adolescents with behavioral issues, and community education in Greece, England, and Peru. Niki is inspired by the resiliency of survivors and the people’s ability to thrive despite terrible adversities. Niki has received extensive training on various clinical models to treat trauma, substance use, and gambling, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, and Certified International Co-Occurring Gambling Specialist.
Vice President of Forensic Services
Jayme Whitaker is the Vice President of Forensic Services here at Mental Health America of Indiana, a recovery advocate and a proud person in long-term recovery. Jayme has extensive experience working with justice-involved adults, youth and their families on a service, regional and state level and has used this experience in the development of peer-guided service delivery, recovery infrastructure development, strategic planning and community engagement on multiple statewide projects. Jayme has worked as a peer guiding local efforts around recovery ecosystem development and peer service delivery in correctional/ justice settings and uses this knowledge to advocate and help those impacted by substance-use disorder and/or mental illness to advocate for how this impacts justice involvement.
Jayme has sat as the member of the Indiana System of Care Board of Directors under the Division of Mental Health & Addiction and Chair of the Mental Health Subcommittee for the Indiana Commission on Improving the State of Children (CISC). Jayme is a strong advocate for all marginalized individuals within the justice-system, both youth and adults.
Jayme is a life-long artist, painter, father of four and grandfather. He is someone who believes in people and the world we can all make together and that change comes from those who are willing to stand up for one another and create new opportunities for our voices and our needs to be heard as we work together to build the systems that can create transformative experiences for us all.
STEPHANIE ANDERSON, LCSW
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Quality Improvement
Stephanie L. Anderson, LCSW is the Vice President of Strategic Initiative and Quality Improvement for MHAI. Stephanie holds bachelor’s degrees in both Criminal Justice and Ballet from Indiana University. She received her Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, where she specialized in working with at-risk, delinquent youth and their families. Her work included a focus on the treatment of co-morbid mental health and addiction disorders. . Both during and after her master’s program, she worked as a Deputy Juvenile Officer for the St. Louis City Family Courts serving families involved with the Gun Court Program, Child Abuse and Neglect Services, Drug Court Program and General Field supervision Unit.
After moving back to Indianapolis in 2009, Stephanie provided direct practice care to a variety of populations as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at community-based agencies in Marion County, IN. This included clinical oversight of a specialized dual diagnosis treatment program for court-referred youth, administration of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team, and as a Clinical Supervisor of Child and Adolescent Services. Stephanie joined the State of Indiana in 2014, where she was a public servant for the Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) and the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC). As the Deputy Director of Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services at DMHA she was responsible for leading Division initiatives related to Adult Forensic Populations, Serious Mental Illness, Addiction Treatment, State Opioid Treatment Programs, Services for Homeless Populations and Veterans, and Emergency Preparedness. In her role as the Executive Director of Addiction Recovery Services for the IDOC, Stephanie and her team led the transformation of Addiction Recovery Services in all State-run correctional facilities and was responsible for ongoing clinical addiction treatment, addiction recovery programming, and the integration of addiction treatment with mental health and physical health services for the Department.
Most recently, Stephanie has served as the Chief Executive Officer for an Addiction Treatment Center and a Youth Residential Treatment Facility, both located in Indianapolis. In addition to her leadership in the behavioral health field, Stephanie continues to teach ballet to elementary, middle, and high school students at The Dance Refinery.
JENNIFER STANSBERRY MILLER, MSW, LCSW
Vice President, Crisis Services
Jennifer serves as Vice President of Crisis Services at Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI). She assisted in developing and continues to provide oversight to the Be Well Crisis Helpline, which originated as the SAMHSA/FEMA Crisis Counseling Program Covid-19 call center response for Indiana. In addition, she is leading the development of Indiana’s fourth 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline call center, set to launch in early 2023.
Jennifer is a mom, wife, Boilermaker, and a lifelong Hoosier resident who strives to apply what the late Maya Angelo wrote, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Drawing from the lessons from the past to apply to today’s current framework is a benchmark principle under the Crisis Services pillar at MHAI. Jennifer has lived this principle starting with her journey following the tragic death of her brother, Brad Stansberry, who was aboard the 1994 American Eagle Flight 4184 aviation disaster that claimed the lives of 68 people. At that time, she joined a grassroots movement with other aviation disaster family members advocating for better treatment for survivors and victims following aviation accidents. These efforts resulted in the passage and implementation of the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996 (Act), transforming how victims’ families are supported following aviation disasters.
Over the years, she has provided expertise on topics such as disaster mental health with the National Organization of Victims Assistance, Topic Contributor for ASPIRE Tracie, and disaster family assistance with governmental agencies and private companies. She was also co-author and subject matter expert for the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program Research Report 171: Establishing a Coordinated Local Family Assistance Program for Airports, a research project funded by the Federal Aviation Administration. Jen is a subject matter advisor for the Counter-Terrorism Preparedness Network Sub-Group Humanitarian Assistance and Psychosocial Support out of the UK and continues to guide those affected by transportation disasters.
Jen volunteers her time in various capacities within Central Indiana, including with the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team, Mass Casualty Response Leadership Team, and the Indiana District 5 Resilience and Emotional Support Team (REST).
At MHAI, she will help shape and guide evidence-based best practices to empower individuals, communities, and organizations in each phase of the crisis lifecycle, knowing that when we know better, we genuinely do better.