Mental Health Association in California
1127 11th Street, Suite 925
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 557-1167
FAX: (916) 447-2350
Zima Creason is MHAC's Provisional Chief Executive Officer. In partnership with the MHAC Board and the Executive Director for Public Policy, Advocacy and Program Development, Zima is responsible for the success of MHAC. Together, they assure MHAC’s relevance to the community, accomplishment of MHAC’s mission and vision, and accountability to MHAC’s diverse constituents. Zima is also responsible for the overall management of MHAC and day-to-day operations.
Rusty Selix is the Executive Director of Policy and Advocacy for MHAC. Rusty is a lobbyist, advocate and expert in mental health and state policy who serves as a visionary leader and who directs MHAC’s advocacy work. Rusty is responsible for working with the MHAC Board to set the policy direction of the organization and collaborates with the CEO and Board to develop programs and activities to accomplish the MHAC mission.
Desiree Alarcon is MHAC’s Executive Assistant and also serves as the Wellness Works! Program Assistant. Desiree is responsible for assisting the CEO and Wellness Works! Director with all organizational and program related activities.
Debra Johnson is MHAC’s Wellness Works! Specialist. Debra is responsible for engaging employers in the Wellness Works! program and is also responsible for coordinating statewide employer engagement efforts with all Wellness Works! service providers.
Stacie Hiramoto is the Director of the Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition (REMHDCO). REMHDCO is a partner in the statewide California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) funded by the MHSA. REMHDCO is responsible under this project for the creation and facilitation of the California MHSA Multicultural Coalition (CMMC). REMHDCO’s Steering Committee develops policy positions regarding mental health and disparities. Stacie is the general consultant on cultural competence, diversity and reducing disparities.
Noemi Castro is the Assistant Director of the Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition (REMHDCO). Noemi is in charge of REMHDCO’s subcontracts with organizations working on statewide PEI projects to reduce stigma and discrimination. These statewide projects are administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA). Noemi also provides staff support to the California MHSA Multicultural Coalition (CMMC).
Jeannine Farrelly is the Director of MHAC’s California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN) program. Jeannine is responsible for oversight and management of all CAYEN related programming, contracts, and operations. She serves as an advocate and consultant on numerous state and local advisory committees to assist policymakers in the design, evaluation, and implementation of mental health services and policies. Jeannine is also responsible for special projects as assigned by the Executive Director.
Michael Helmick is the Program Assistant for the Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities Coalition (REMHDCO). Michael is responsible for providing support and assistance in the administration of all components of the REMHDCO grant projects, including the California MHSA Multicultural Coalition (CMMC). He also provides assistance to the REMHDCO Steering Committee and subcommittees.
Briana Escamilla serves as the Transition Age Youth (TAY) Program Coordinator for MHAC’s California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN) program. Briana is responsible for coordinating the activities of CAYEN’s statewide youth Board and promoting their ongoing leadership development and engagement in mental health policy discussions. She is also responsible for assisting the CAYEN Director with all other program related activities.