Our Leadership & Staff
Crista Taylor, LCSW-C
President and CEO of Behavioral Health System Baltimore
Crista Taylor is the President and CEO of Behavioral Health System Baltimore. A licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Taylor is recognized as a leader in behavioral health in Maryland. She has experience working with policymakers, nonprofit organizations, and elected officials on innovative approaches to improving the behavioral health of Marylanders.
Crista Taylor has more than 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field where she has overseen the implementation of a range of programs that improved the quality of care delivered in the Public Behavioral Health System. Since 2005, Crista has developed innovative and cost effective behavioral health approaches to service delivery at the former Baltimore Mental Health Systems and now Behavioral Health System Baltimore. With partner organizations in the community, she led the development of a Forensic Assertive Community Treatment team, a mental health docket in the Circuit Court of Baltimore and served on the executive team that lead to the creation of Behavioral Health System Baltimore. Prior to joining BHSB, she was the Program Director for the Community Institute of Behavioral Services Mobile Treatment Program at Bon Secours Baltimore Health System where she participated in Maryland’s initiative for implementing Assertive Community Treatment and served as a psychiatric therapist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, providing treatment in three different outpatient settings and performing street outreach to people experiencing homelessness.
Crista received her bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington D.C. and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore where she taught as an adjunct professor.
Vice President, Programs
Steve Johnson is the Vice President of Programs at Behavioral Health System Baltimore. At BHSB, Steve leads a team of staff that is responsible for oversight and management of services within the publicly funded system of mental health and substance use related services for adults, youth and families in the city of Baltimore. In collaboration with others at BHSB, those served by the system of care, families, and other stakeholders; his team focuses on the accessibility, quality and comprehensiveness of the system of care.
Steve is a licensed clinical professional counselor with over 25 years of experience providing services and managing programs in Baltimore. He approaches his work with goals of progressive social justice and enhancing the experience of community for all people. He envisions a behavioral health system that is increasingly person and family centered; nurtures the resilience, strengths, and natural supports of people; and supports individualized visions of recovery and meaningful community life.
Steve received a master’s degree in Community Mental Health from Trinity College of Vermont.
Mimi Gardner, LCSW-C
Vice President, Accountability and Provider Relations
Mimi Gardner is the Vice President of Accountability and Provider Relations at Behavioral Health System Baltimore. At BHSB Mimi oversees the department which monitors service programs in quality and compliance activities. In collaboration with other divisions, Accountability and Provider Relations ensures that consumers in Baltimore are receiving consistent, high quality services.
A licensed clinical social worker, Mimi has over 32 years of experience serving behavioral health needs in urban communities. She has experience overseeing operations and as an administrator in behavioral health organizations. She has a wealth of experience working with adults, children and families in system development, community organization and service delivery. Throughout her career she has been a strong advocate for consumers. She has prided herself in being a champion for designing and improving quality services for underserved populations.
Mimi received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and her master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
Adrienne Breidenstine, MSW
Vice President, Policy and Communications
Adrienne Breidenstine is Vice President of Policy and Communications. She directs the development of communications and policy and advocacy activities for Behavioral Health System Baltimore, coordinates BHSB’s policy priorities with non-profit and governmental partners, and implements media, public education and advocacy campaigns to create positive behavior and policy change.
Adrienne has over 10 years’ experience with health and housing policy and helped shape policy reforms as it relates to homelessness and health care policy at the federal and local level. Prior to joining BHSB, Adrienne served as the Executive Director of the Journey Home for the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Human Services where she led the implementation of the Journey Home, Baltimore’s plan to end homelessness. In this role she established the first-ever performance management approach to track and evaluate progress to implement The Journey Home and launched the Mayor’s Veteran Homelessness Challenge, a community collaborative that permanently housed over 600 Veterans in 2015.
Previously, Adrienne served as the Director of Overdose Treatment and Prevention at Behavioral Health System Baltimore. She received a master’s degree in social work, with a concentration in social action and community development, from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Lynn Mumma, MSW, CHCO
Vice President, Strategy
Lynn Mumma serves as the Vice President for Strategy. She oversees strategic planning and data and analytics for Behavioral Health System Baltimore and directs the work of identifying opportunities to partner with other systems, agencies, and funding sources to implement new projects and expand existing ones that further BHSB’s mission.
Lynn has over seven years’ experience directing behavioral health and child welfare programmatic operations. Prior to joining BHSB, she served as the Deputy Director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, overseeing adult, family and children’s services, where she spearheaded the implementation of a family find program serving children in foster care who do not have a permanent connection to family. An intensive search process is conducted to identify and locate disconnected family members, who are then engaged in the children’s lives in vital and sustaining ways. Lynn also brings experience from the health care sector, having managed national employer group health care plans and pharmaceutical contracts.
Lynn received a master’s degree in social work from Boston College and an undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Arnold Ross, MBA
Vice President, Finance and Operations
Arnold Ross is Vice President of Finance and Operations. As the Chief Financial Officer for BHSB, he is responsible for overseeing all of the business aspects of the organization, including budget planning, contract preparation, fiscal and financial management, grants and general accounting, equipment purchasing, and facility/Information technology management.
For 15 years, Arnold served as the Chief Financial Officer for the former Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc. and now Behavioral Health System Baltimore. In this role, he oversaw financial and administrative management for the organization and successfully implemented new accounting systems, internal controls, and compliance polices. Before joining BHSB, he was the Controller for the Family League of Baltimore, where he managed and developed financial systems, monitored management information systems, developed fiscal and accounting policy for the delivery of and comprehensive rehabilitation services to foster care children in Baltimore City.
With more than 25 years of nonprofit financial management experience, Arnold has served a variety of not-for profit boards in the publicly funded treatment and prevention system in Baltimore City, including the Board of the AA Grapevine, Inc., and the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc. He received his master’s in business administration from Atlanta University and his bachelors in management and finance from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA.
- Beata Siakowska : Director of Grants Accounting
- Bonnie Campbell : Director of Special Projects
- Emily Heinlein : Director of Public Health Strategic Initiative
- Dr. Jose J. Arbelaez : Director of Epidemiology and Data Management
- Kathi Ruffin: Controller
- Keisha Tatum : Director of Contract Operations
- Lanre Alonge : Director of Information Technology
- Patricia Cobb-Richardson: Director of Community Resilience
Board of Directors
- Board Chair: Dr. Leana Wen
- Board Vice Chair: Rev. S. Todd Yeary, PhD
- Board Treasurer: Ryan M. McQueeney, MBA
- Board Secretary: Nancy Rosen-Cohen, PhD
- Peter Beilenson, MD, MPH
- Jessica R. Contreras, MSW, LCSW
- Judge Ellen M. Heller
- David H. Jernigan, PhD
- Faye Royale-Larkins, RN, MPH
- Kevin Lindamood, MSW
- Samuel Ross, MD, MS
- Frederick G. Savage, Esq.
- Steve Sharfstein, MD, MPA
- Howard C. Sigler, Esq.
- Alan C. Woods III, Esq.
- Tony A. Wright
First Name Last Name Job Title Direct Line Adrienne Breidenstine Vice President, Policy and Communications 443-615-7824 Alicia Torres Referrals Coordinator 443-615-7832 Aminata Page Director, Quality Initiatives 410-735-8534 Amy Vasbinder Accounting Manager 443-615-7854 Arnold Ross Vice President, Finance and Operation/CFO 410-735-8546 Ashley Collins Rehabilitation and Treatment Coordinator 410-735-8552 Ayelet Gincel Human Resources Director 443-615-7838 Barry Waters Provider Relations Manager 410-735-8570 Beata Siakowska Director, Grants Accounting 410-735-8550 Bonnie Campbell Director, Special Projects 443-615-7790 Candace Duval Grants Accountant 410-735-8510 Celeste Boykins Associate Director, Clinical Services 410-735-8506 Cindy Liu Senior Staff Accountant 443-615-7856 Crista Taylor President and CEO 443-615-7828 Daniel Atzmon LEAD Project Manager 410-735-8580 Daniel Jarvis Rehabilitation and Treatment Coordinator, Adult Services 410-735-8566 David Taylor Criminal Justice Care Coordinator 410-735-8558 Deborah Myers Administration Manager 410-735-8542 Denise Wheatley-Rowe Director, Child and Family Strategic Initiatives 443-615-7834 Diana Long Incident Management & Investigations Manager 443-615-7810 Dorothy Jenkins Receptionist 443-615-7800 Elizabeth Unger Communications Manager 410-735-8954 Elizabeth Wexler B.E.S.T. Coordinator 410-868-4081 Emily Heinlein Director of Public Health Strategic Initiatives 410-735-8522 Francis Guthua Fiscal Coordinator 410-735-8518 Gabby Knighton Associate Director, Recovery Support Services 410-735-8526 Gayle Jordan-Randolph, M.D. Medical Director 443-615-7862 Georgia Stevens Long Term Care Coordinator Heather Dewey Associate Director, Child and Family Services 443-615-7814 Jacquelyn Camper Quality Coordinator 410-735-8504 Jennifer Glassman Senior Contract Administrator 443-615-7850 Jermel Gilliam Rehabilitation and Treatment Coordinator 410-735-8560 Jerry Jackson Criminal Justice Care Coordinator 410-735-8532 Jose Arbelaez Director of Epidemiology and Data Management 443-615-7804 Karen Wade Administrative Specialist 410-735-8568 Kathi Ruffin Controller 410-735-8554 Keisha Tatum Director, Contracting Operations 410-735-8530 Kisha Winston-Watkins Rehabilitation and Treatment Coordinator 410-735-8576 Kola Bakre Older Adults Behavioral Health Coordinator 410-735-8540 Kristen Johnson Grants Accountant 410-735-8592 Lakeisha Hendricks Senior Contract Administrator 410-735-8589 Lanre Alonge Director, Information Technology 410-735-8500 Latosha Brooks Prevention Services Coordinator 410-735-8587 LeAndra Marsh Contract Specialist 443-615-7806 Lee Irving Special Assistant to the President & CEO 410-735-8528 Lynn Mumma Vice President, Strategy 443-615-7848 Mark Slater Associate Director, Adult Services 443-615-7820 Mark Sine Recovery Services Coordinator 443-615-7802 Mary Vaeth Quality Coordinator 410-735-8564 Mimi Gardner VP-Accountability and Provider Relations 443-615-7844 Miriam Alvarez OEND Outreach Coordinator 443-615-7826 Mrugesh Patel Database Administrator 410-735-8582 Nathan Fields Overdose Prevention & Response Trainer 410-340-2445 Nicole McGill Outpatient Civil Commitment (OCC) Monitor 410-735-8574 Nora Larkai Prevention Coordinator 443-615-7792 Patricia Cobb-Richardson Director of Community Resilience 443-615-7858 Philip Engler Grants Accountant 410-735-8556 Romona Dixon-Smith Quality Coodinator 410-735-8508 Samantha Ciaravino OCC Project Evaluator 410-735-8516 Shanice Petion HR Specialist 410-735-8572 Shanna Bittner-Borell Special Projects Manager 443-615-7798 Shante Johnson You TURNS Coordinator 443-615-7840 Sherita Hawkes MD RecoveryNet Regional Area Coordinator 410-735-8536 Stacey Jefferson Policy Manager 410-735-8578 Steve Baron Senior Advisor 410-735-8548 Steve Johnson VP, Programs 443-615-7796 Tara Thallmayer Data Manager 443-615-7812 Tiffany Heard Recovery Services Coordinator 410-735-8562 Tiffiney Hairston Administrative Specialist 443-615-7786 Tyrone Fleming Associate Director of Quality 410-735-8514 Valerie Bowling Grants Accountant 410-735-8502 Wanda Rohlehr Grants Accountant 443-615-7780 William Miller Bmore POWER Coordinator 443-615-7784 Xavier Fuller Contract Management Specialist 443-615-7822