Kathy has over 25 years of community mental health experience. Kathy is a member of the Kansas Youth Suicide Task Force, the Mental Health Advisory Council through the Department of Education, the President of the Attorney General’s Tower Mental Health Foundation, and the co-chair of the statewide KanCare Clinical Committee. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist. She has a Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas, a Master of Business Administration from Baker University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Washburn University. Kathy is committed to improving access, quality, and customer satisfaction in the field of mental health.
Dan joined Central Kansas Mental Health Center in 2017 as Director of Human Resources. Dan has over 35 years in the Human Resources field after serving in Senior Human Resources roles in the retail and pharmaceutical industries. Dan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University. Dan has been married to Teresa for 38 years and they have three grown children and two wonderful grandchildren. Dan enjoys doing outdoor activities with his family including golfing, fishing, and hunting – and with the way he plays golf, he gets to hunt for the balls in the woods and fish the balls out of the water!
Dr. Nathan Davis joined Central Kansas Mental Health Center in 2019 as Medical Director. Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Davis worked as a biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. He received his medical degree from The University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita. Dr. Davis completed his residency at Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Davis is Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. In what little spare time he has, Dr. Davis enjoys fixing stuff around the house, picking guitar, playing harmonica, spending time outdoors, and loving on his family.
Renee first joined the CKMHC team as a psychosocial trainer and job coach, then continued supporting patients in their recovery journey as a case manager, then as an evidence-based practices (EBP) case management supervisor. Currently, as Quality Assurance Director, Renee oversees the agency’s information technology, business support, medical, and quality departments. Her areas of focus include staff training, compliance, risk management, analysis, improvement, development, operations, security, privacy, patient engagement, and resolution. Renee is a Kansas native and lifelong resident. She graduated summa cum laude from Bethany College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and administration of justice.
Jennifer joined the CKMHC team as a child case manager in August 2010, and took over as Community Based Services Coordinator in April 2016. Jennifer was promoted to her current role as Director of Community Support Services in January 2020. She currently oversees community adult services programming, and is a certified Managing Aggressive Behaviors trainer for all CKMHC staff. Jennifer and her husband Tyler have been married since 2011, and have a son Soren and daughter Siv. Jennifer enjoys anything Marvel related and is an avid Harry Potter fan, and likes to spend her time going on family trips or reading a good nerdy book.
Ms. Lathan has worked at CKMHC since 2014, and served as Health Homes Director before becoming Integrated Care Director. She was a Residential Director at Central Kansas Foundation for Addiction Treatment before being employed at Central Kansas Mental Health Center. Jamie also worked in Home Health doing a variety of nursing tasks. Jamie is the proud parent of three girls.
Mr. Lobato joined CKMHC in 1998 after graduating from Fort Hays State University. He has held several positions within the Community Based Services department including group leader, case manager, wraparound facilitator, coordinator, and administrative director. Mr. Lobato is currently the Director of Community Based Services. He has been married to his wife Angie for 18 years and has 3 awesome kids – Sophie, Sydney and Jack.
Glenna is involved with many different community collaborations. She works with the Saline County Jail in coordinating mental health services to current inmates with mental health needs. She works closely with the School Mental Health Pilot, addressing mental health concerns for children ages Pre-K to 12 within our 5 county schools. Glenna also partners with Community Corrections/Parole in coordinating mental health services to individuals being released from jail/prison.
Mr. Sparks has over 35 years of experience in community mental health. He is licensed as a Master’s Level Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist and a Licensed Masters Addiction Counselor. Mr. Sparks received his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Baker University and his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Fort Hays State University. He was also trained in Family Systems Therapy at the Menninger Foundation. Cody is also an Adjunct Instructor of General Psychology at Wichita State University Technical College in Wichita, KS.
Sheila Srna joined the agency in 2009 as the Director of Finance. Prior to joining Central Kansas Mental Health Center, she has worked in banking, manufacturing, marketing, and public accounting. She graduated from Benedictine College with Bachelor Degrees in Accounting and Management. Sheila’s passion for giving back to people is demonstrated through volunteerism in the community.
Steve joined our team as IT Director in 2019. He attended Kansas State University and has over 20 years of professional IT experience, specializing in Network design and Administration. He has designed and built numerous wide area networks, VOIP phone systems, multi-location video conferencing solutions, as well as Windows Server environments and Office 365. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, grilling and spending time with family and friends.
Ms. Christians joined CKMHC in 2013, starting in case management and now our CBS Coordinator for Dickinson County. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Kansas State University before coming to CKMHC. Ashley has just become dually trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adult Mental Health First Aid and enjoys connecting with those in the community who want to further their passion in helping those with mental health struggles. When Ashley is not reading she enjoys spending her time being outside, fishing, kayaking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Ashley also loves being a fur mom to her little dog Houdini.
Missy came to Central Kansas Mental Health Center in 2004 and has held various roles in our Business Office. She has been the Support Staff Coordinator since 2016 and has over 20 years’ experience with customer care. Missy feels passionate about customer service, the ease of scheduling appointments, and continuing great care throughout your services with us. Missy is a proud mom of 3 kids; a daughter and two sons.
Taylor joined Central Kansas Mental Health Center in 2018 within the CBS department as a case manager and is now serving as CBS Coordinator for Dickinson and Ottawa Counties. Taylor attended Kansas Wesleyan University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree for History and Secondary Education. She then taught within Ottawa County as a teacher of Social Sciences for five years before transitioning to the mental health field. Taylor is passionate about supporting rural communities within central Kansas and the unique mental health challenges they face. Taylor and her husband Brennon enjoy watching sports and movies together, spending time with their large families, and of course getting into all kinds of shenanigans with their two kids.
Mr. Knopp joined the CKMHC team while working toward his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Bethany College. Following graduation from Bethany, he transitioned to a full-time CBS Case Manager while attending Newman University to obtain his Master of Social Work degree. Mr. Knopp served as a school-based therapist in the Salina area for three years before moving into his new role as the School-Based Clinical Services Coordinator. In his current role, Mr. Knopp collaborates with school districts within CKMHC’s five-county catchment area to provide therapists who can meet youth in the school setting, helping to reduce barriers to services. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, traveling, hiking, and playing board games with friends and family.
Ms. Kency has spent most of her career working with adolescents and their families; including the foster care system. She has worked in a residential setting, and for the last 8 years has worked in community mental health. Ms. Kency received her undergraduate degree from Wichita State University in Psychology, and her Master’s Degree from Friends University in Family Therapy. She is also a certified MAB (Managing Aggressive Behavior) trainer. Ms. Kency enjoys spending time with her husband and son, doing yoga, and watching movies.
Mike Lynam began working with CKMHC in December of 1990. He currently holds the position of CSS Special Projects Manager. He is responsible for much of the work for our patients in the community that is tied to grant funded services, as well as significant work with Larned State Hospital and its staff. Mike was the winner of the 2017 Marian Nichols Caring Service Award for his work with the development of housing and services in Salina. The award is part of the Ad Astra awards provided by the Kansas Housing Resources Commission.
Becky McCary joined Central Kansas Mental Health Center in December 2014 as the Executive Administrative Assistant. For 20 years she has worked for non-profits and believes CKMHC truly makes a difference in people’s lives by offering hope. Becky has a BFA in Graphic Design from Wichita State University and is married with a grown daughter and son.
Deanna joined the CKMHC team in July of 2003. She has worked as a Psychosocial Trainer, Attendant Care Coordinator and in her current role as Coordinator of the Martin Youth Center (MYC). Deanna also is a certified Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer. Deanna is mom to three wonderful children – Jake, Emmie and Maggie.
Nicki has nearly 25 years experience in the mental health field. She began her career at Central Kansas Mental Health Center in 2000 as a case manager, and became CSS Team Coordinator in 2017. Nicki graduated from Emporia State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services. She and husband Dewayne are proud parents to 3 children; 2 sons and 1 daughter. She spends most free time enjoying her kids’ various school and extra-curricular activities.
Erica joined Central Kansas Mental Health Center in 2019. Erica has over ten years of marketing experience and training. She is a Leadership Salina graduate and an active volunteer in the Salina community. She is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and has a goal to teach as many people as possible these excellent skills. She and husband Brian have been married since 2012, and are enjoying raising two ornery sons. Erica is passionate about ending the stigma around mental health through marketing and education to the communities CKMHC serves.
Becky Gassman – Ottawa County
Jerome Hellmer – Saline County
Patrick Hoffman – Ellsworth County
Julie Lemons – Saline County
LaVeda Montgomery – Dickinson County
Lynn Peterson – Dickinson County
Carol Viar – Saline County
Mike White – Saline County
Gaylene Zier – Lincoln County
Central Kansas Mental Health Center Board Meetings are held at 3:00 pm on the third Monday of the month. At this time, meetings will be held via a combination of in-person, Zoom and/or conference call. For connectivity information, please contact Becky McCary at 785-823-6322 by the Friday preceding the meeting.
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