Leadership

Meet the ACMHAI Executive Committee

Lynn Canfield

President

Lynn Canfield is a UIUC alum with a BS in Math and MA in Linguistics, thesis on Cultural Competence. In 2009 Ms. Canfield joined the Champaign County Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Boards as Associate Director for I/DD and in September 2016 became Executive Director. She is active in state and national trade associations, currently chairing NACBHDD’s Behavioral Health and Justice Committee and serving on its board of officers. She participates in NACO’s Healthy Counties Advisory Board, Health Policy Steering Committee, Data Driven Justice Initiative, Familiar Faces Initiative, and Stepping Up Initiative. She also serves on the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority’s SCIP Advisory Committee.

Jason Holcomb

Vice President & Legislative Co-Chair

Jason is a purpose-driven leader, with a tenacious passion for mental health. Having worked many years in the community mental health and disability sector, Jason sees mental health as foundational to the success of a community. Throughout his career, Jason has used innovative approaches to solving social problems. He has been trained in multiple collaborative approaches and brings a collaborative innovation lens to funding, project development, and community building. Currently, Jason serves as Director for the newly formed Winnebago County Community Mental Health Board. He has a master’s degree in social work (MSW) focused in leadership from Indiana University School of Social Work.

Amanda Teachout

Secretary

Amanda Teachout has been the Mental Health Board Manager at Hanover Township for the past four years.  Prior to this, Amanda worked closely with adolescents in school based and clinical settings in both the mental health and substance use treatment fields. Amanda has also worked with people with  developmental disabilities in recreational settings.   Amanda holds a B.A. in Psychology from Judson University and an M.A. in Psychology from National Louis University.  In addition to her work with Hanover Township Mental Health Board, Amanda also serves as a consultant for Elgin Township’s Mental Health Board.  Amanda also serves as the Chair of Hanover Township’s Human Services Coordinating Council and is passionate about ensuring that high quality behavioral healthcare is accessible to all.     

 

LeAnne Shoemaker

Treasurer

LeAnne Shoemaker has held the position of Director of Financial Operations for Macon County Mental Health Board for the past twelve years. Prior to joining MCMHB, her career was spent in the non-profit arena serving individuals with developmental disabilities; overseeing both programmatic and fiscal responsibilities. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance though University of Illinois at Springfield with a minor in Not-for -Profit Administration. Currently, she is a member of the executive board of the Decatur Lincolnland AMBUCS chapter.

Deborah Humphrey

Children’s Behavioral Health Committee

Deborah Humphrey, MBA, BSN, RN is the Executive Director of the Madison County Mental Health Board. She has 40+ years of behavioral health administration to include 21 years of work experience through her employment with two Community Mental Health Authorities. She has served in leadership positions, as President, Vice President, Executive Committee Member and Children’s Behavioral Health Committee, Chair for the Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois. She has a gubernatorial appointment to the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership as well as representation in numerous local, state, and national committees and workgroups.

Kim Bowdry

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Committee

Kim Bowdry is the Associate Director for I/DD of the Champaign County Mental Health Board and the Board for the Care and Treatment of Persons with a Developmental Disability. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Illinois State University. Kim started her career in the DD field as a DSP at a Champaign County provider agency. She then became a QIDP/Case Manager before becoming an Independent Service Coordinator. Kim was an ISC for 8 years before becoming the ISC Program Manager. In 2017, Kim became the Associate Director for I/DD for the Champaign County Mental Health Board and the Board for the Care and Treatment of Persons with a Developmental Disability. Kim is a member of the Champaign County Transition Planning Committee, the DisABILITY Resource Expo Steering, Marketing, and Children’s Activities Committees, the Champaign County Community Coalition Race Relations Subcommittee, and the Champaign County LIC Committee. She is also a member of the NACBHDD I/DD Committee.

Cheryl Potts

Legislative Co-Chair

Cheryl Potts is the executive director of Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township where she oversees the funding of mental health and substance use providers. She has worked in the field of human services for nearly 25 years, beginning in HIV care and housing for the vulnerable and more recently promoting access to care for people living with mental health and substance use disorders. She has dedicated her professional life, and much of her personal life, to being a champion for those who are marginalized in the community. Before the Community Mental Health Board, Cheryl served as the executive director of AMITA Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance, was the executive director of The Kennedy Forum, and participated in numerous local and national committees aimed at eliminating social disparities of health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from DePaul University and a Masters’ of Business Administration from North Park University. She is also a person living with a mental health disorder.

Ron Melka

Immediate Past President

In my career I have been on both sides of the social service funding system. I started as an Emergency Room Tech, a crisis worker, and then a court appointed Youth Advocate. I have been a CEO of a youth agency, a grant writer for an FQHC and a United Way Executive overseeing several million in funding. For the past 8 years I have been the Executive Director of the Lyons Township Mental Health Commission. Service wise, I am a longtime Kiwanis member and former LT Governor, a Scout Leader, and volunteer coach.

Dalila Alegria

Membership Co-Chair

A lifelong Aurora resident, Dalila Alegria has been an active volunteer and board member for a number of civic, cultural and local organizations.  She holds a B.S. degree in Organizational Management from Northern Illinois University, and an M.B.A in Human Resource Management from Aurora University.   Dalila has been with INC Board since 2016.  In early 2019, she was named the organization’s fourth Executive Director.  She has coordinated a number of significant operational, financial, and technological enhancements across the organization.

Amy Hopper

Membership Co-Chair

Amy Hopper, MA, CADC, is the Behavioral Health Program Manager at the McLean County Health Department in Bloomington, IL. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master of Art’s degree in Human Services with a concentration on Social Service Administration, and has a Certified Alcohol and other Drug Counselor (CADC) Certificate.  Professional work experience includes over 14 years of clinical practice and providing supervision in the substance abuse field (2005-2018), mainly in a woman’s correctional setting, and almost five years of macro-level work with a focus on behavioral health and developmental disabilities in the public health field(2018 to present). 

Ms. Dart has over seventeen years’ experience in non-profit association management. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Prescription Justice, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the crisis of high prescription drug costs. Prior to her tenure with Prescription Justice, Ms. Dart was the Associate Executive Director for the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA), an 8,000-member organization dedicated exclusively to protecting the public’s health. Ms. Dart received her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Health Services Administration degrees from the University of Illinois.

Jodi Dart

State Coordinator