WICHE Staff -- Mental Health Program

  • Brittany Copithorn

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    Project Coordinator
    Mental Health Program
  • Ken Cole

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    Director of Operations
    Mental Health Program
  • Andie Hancock

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    Budget Coordinator
    Mental Health Program
  • April Hendrickson

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    Program Evaluation and Research Associate
    Mental Health Program
  • Hannah Koch

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    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Mental Health Program
  • Dennis Mohatt

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      Dennis Mohatt is the Vice President for Behavioral Health at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). He directs the WICHE Mental Health Program and the WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research. Dennis has over 30 years of public mental health services. His work has included direct clinical care, clinical supervision, and CEO tenure in a rural CMHC serving Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Additionally, he led an effort in the early 1990s, funded by HRSA, to successfully integrate mental health and primary care in multiple rural family practice settings. During the late 1990s, Dennis served as the Deputy Director for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, a position where he also served as the state's commissioner of mental health. His duties included executive management of multiple state HHS divisions including: child welfare, juvenile justice, public health, mental health, developmental disabilities, substance use, services for the older adults, public assistance, Medicaid, services for the visually impaired, and public institutions. Since 2001, Dennis has led WICHE's efforts in behavioral health. He has served as a member of the National Rural Health Advisory Committee, and led many national efforts relating to rural mental health including his role as the Chief Consultant to the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He is actively engaged in efforts focused on improving services to Veterans, Guard, and Reserve as well as their families; rural mental health policy; workforce development, and increasing adoption of integrated approaches to behavioral and primary care practice. His graduate training was supported by a NIMH Fellowship and focused on rural community-clinical psychology. 

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    Vice President for Behavioral Health
    Mental Health Program
  • Liza Tupa

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    Director of Education and Research
    Mental Health Program
  • Darlene Williams

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    Administrative Assistant III
    Mental Health Program
  • Mimi Windemuller

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    Project Manager
    Mental Health Program