The staff of Mental Health America of Indiana and its subsidiary organizations are instrumental in accomplishing the goals of the organization. Without their dedication to and support of the organization, the good works could not continue. We thank the staff for their continued passion for the mission of the organization.
Stephen C. McCaffrey J.D.
President and CEO for Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI)
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 serves as chair of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Advisory Committee.
Kelby Gaw, BS
Executive Assistant to the President for MHAI
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.
David Berman, MPH, MPA
Berman is the Vice President of Development for Mental Health America of Indiana, as well as the Director of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Indiana, and the Director of the Indiana Suicide Prevention Network, both subsidiaries of Mental Health America of Indiana.
In these capacities, he provides leadership, advocacy, support, and education related to mood disorders and recovery, suicide prevention, disaster mental health and resiliency, public health efforts, and oversees all organizational development activity. He is also a certified trainer for QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), safeTALK (Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep Safe), CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means), Mental Health First Aid Adult and Fire/EMS, PsySTART (Psychological Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment), and is certified in CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management). David currently serves as the chair of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction’s Indiana Recovery Council, and sits on their Mental Health and Addiction Planning and Advisory Committee and their Recovery Support Workgroup, and he is an active member of the MESH Coalition’s Behavioral Health Working Group, and the State of Indiana’s District 5 Resilience and Emotional Support Team. David also serves as a consultant to the Department of Homeland Security, creating programs for first responders focused on trauma-informed care, as well as mitigating the effects of secondary-trauma through self-care and peer support. David is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology, as well as master’s degrees in both public health and public administration.
Stanley DeKemper, II
Executive Director for Indiana Counselor’s Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ICAADA)
DeKemper is a long-time trainer and advocate for the provision of addiction services. DeKemper is experienced as a training officer for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), director for the Fairbanks Research and Training Institute, and president for Unlimited Synergy. DeKemper holds certifications from the American Council on Education, Addiction Technolgoy Transfer Center, Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, National Drug Abuse Training Center, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and National Institute on Alcoholism and Alchool Abuse. DeKemper has a BA from Purdue University in psychology and completed significant graduate work in organizational development.
President of 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
Controller for Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI)
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 for Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI), and Managed Health Services Ombudsman
Dial provided services to and advocated for individuals with disabilities for 30 years. Dial 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 Operation Manager for Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI)
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.
Tina Williams, MA, ATR, LMHC, EMDR
Williams is a registered art therapist and licensed mental health counselor. She received her master of arts degree in art therapy and counseling from Saint Mary of the Woods College, and has a bachelor’s degree in visual communications.
Apostle Kimberly Coleman is the founder and lead pastor of Loving Kindness Ministry, which began in 2005. After 28 years of working in the beauty industry as a cosmetologist and salon owner, Coleman accepted her calling to the ministry in 1999. Coleman was ordained in December 1999 under the leadership of Bishop Bill Hamon of Christian International, Inc. in Santa Rosa, Florida. Loving Kindness Ministry is part of the Heartland Region of Christian International with Apostles Leon and Donna Walters in Versailles, Indiana. Coleman has an associate’s degree in human services, a bachelor’s degree in addiction counseling and is a licensed peer recovery and life coach. Coleman is also a certified spiritual gifts teacher and hosts workshops to empower men and women of God to fully activate and operate in their gifts for building and uplifting the Kingdom.Coleman has been married to Pastor Donald Coleman for 17 years and they have two beautiful daughters, Dr. Tora Townsend and Ashlin Coleman.
Special Events Coordinator for Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI)
Gorrell has five-year’s experience in the hospitality industry coordinating special events for major corporations and political dignitaries at the highest level of state government. Gorrell is an experience lead trainer and banquet captain for the Indiana Roof Ballroom.
Director for the Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition (IAIC)
As a person in long-term recovery, George has dedicated personal and professional time to fight addiction and promote recovery. His personal experience, education, and professional accomplishments give him a unique perspective and outlook on both addiction and recovery. Professionally, he comes from a treatment background and served as the CEO for Pro-Active Resources. George sits on Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s Drug Task Force and on boards for multiple organizations in the community. George is a keynote speaker throughout the state at multiple events on a wide range of topics. George has a bachelor’s of science degree in addiction counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University, and is an active member in the recovery community.
Director for the Indiana Affiliation of Recovery Residences
Blue is the author of fifteen newspaper articles regarding spirituality and recovery. Blue is in recovery from the alphabet of addiction including gambling and is as a chaplain, licensed addictions counselor, minister, and recovery group leader trainer.
Rebecca Gee, MA, IMH-E
Director and Endorsement Coordinator for Infancy Onward
Gee holds a master’s of arts degree from Ball State University in the area of special education. She earned graduate certificates in early childhood education and autism. Gee is the lead staff on the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Committee.
Lisa Hutcheson, MEd
Vice President for Policy and Programs for Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI), 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.
Manager of recovery community development with Indiana Addictions Issues Coalition (IAIC) and project manager of the Indiana Recovery Network (IRN)
Rodriquez engages with individuals and organizations in communities throughout the state of Indiana while assisting in the development of Recovery Community Organizations (RCO). RCO seeks to bridge the gap between professional treatment and building healthy, successful lives for individuals in recovery through educating the public about the realities of recovery, advocating for policies that have a positive impact on the recovery community and offer peer-led supports and services. The IRN is an electronic network that seeks to connect individuals with organizations who provide recovery supports and services within the state of Indiana, align services, provide supports, and fill in recovery service gaps. Heather earned a Bachelor’s in social work through Indiana Wesleyan University and is Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach Level One.
Justin R. Beattey, CAPRC II, CHW/CRS-GA, MATS, ICPR
Manager for Peer Supports, project manager for Indiana Association of Peer Recovery Support Services (IAPRSS)
Beattey identifies as a person in long-term recovery from mental health, substance use and the justice system. He holds multiple peer recovery credentials and works alongside the peer recovery support profession to expand and strengthen the workforce. His dedication to the mentality of ‘any positive change’ and ‘any pathway of recovery’ allows all to feel included in the recovery process. Justin continues to advocate, educate and support the peer recovery profession through program development, training and peer recovery support professional’s career development.