Meet the Partnership

By statute, ICMHP is comprised of each child-serving state agency, 25 experts representing a broad range of experiences, such as community mental health, children and family advocates, early childhood, education, health, substance abuse, violence prevention, and juvenile justice. Appointed Partnership members come together on a quarterly basis to review and move our work forward – See Upcoming Meetings. Appointed members also make up the Executive Committee, which provides leadership and oversight of Partnership operations and committees.

Partnership Members

Our appointed members collaborate with the public to design and drive the work that we do.

*=Members of the Executive Committee

Governor’s Office Liasion

Sol Flores, Deputy Governor of Health & Human Services


Illinois House of Representatives
Representative William Davis (D-30)
Representative David A. Welter (R-75)
Representative Patrick Windhorst (R-118)

Illinois Senate
Senator Donald DeWitte (R-33)
Senator Dave Syverson (R-35)
Senator Karina Villa (D-25)
Senator Ram Villivalam (D-8)

State Agency Representatives

*Department of Children and Family Services
Verletta Saxon

*Department of Human Services
Lisa Betz

*Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Kristine Herman

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Delrice Adams

*Department of Juvenile Justice
Jennifer Jaworski

*Department of Public Health
Shannon Lightner
Kenya McRae, Designee
Kelly Vrablic, Designee

Office of the Attorney General
Wendy Cohen

*State Board of Education
Jeff Aranowski
Cara Wiley, Designee


Interim Chair

Regina Crider, Founder and Executive Director of the Youth and Family Peer Support Alliance


Heather Alderman, Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

Christina Bruhn, Aurora University School of Social Work 

*Colleen Cicchetti, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Betsy Clarke, Juvenile Justice Initiative

*Ray Connor, Mental Health America of Illinois 

Regina Crider, Youth and Family Alliance

Andrea Durbin, Illinois Collaboration on Youth

*Karen Freel, Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health 

*Carol Gall, Sarah’s Inn

Debbie Humphrey, Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois

Alexa James, NAMI Chicago

    -Jen McGowan-Tomke, Designee

Ginger Meyer, SIU School of Medicine

Jennie Pinkwater, Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

Carla Marquez Ripley, Your Story Counseling 

Joel Rubin, National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter

Mary Satchwell, Illinois School Psychologists Association 

Marlita White, Chicago Department of Public Health 

*Paula Wolff, Illinois Justice Project

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