County of Marin Health and Human Services

Cultural Competence Advisory Board

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The purpose of the Cultural Competence Advisory Board is to serve as advisors to BHRS administrators, managers and line staff. The charge of the board is to examine, analyze and make recommendations about promising and current mental health services and practices that are culturally sensitive, appropriate and responsive to our diverse consumer community. Additionally, the board shall identify barriers and challenges within BHRS system that prevent consumers from adequately accessing needed mental health and substance use services. Barriers may include, but are not limited to, stigma and discrimination, language and/or lack of cultural awareness.

Staffing: 

BHRS Staff:
1.    Darby Jaragosky – HHS Planner Evaluator
2.    Marisol Munoz-Kiehne – PEI Projects and Internship Program, (MHSUS)
3.    Brian Robinson – Supervisor (Child Team) / Sadegh Nobari (Child Team)
4.    Cesar Lagleva – Interim Ethnic Services Manager / Mental Health Practitioner (Child Team)
5.    Laurie Hunt – Mental Health Practitioner, HOPE Program, (Adult Team)
6.    Kristen Gardner – Consultant, MHSA/PEI Coordinator
7.    Jessica Diaz – Metal Health Practitioner, Adult Case Management (Adult Team)
8.    Cecilia Guillermo – Bilingual Mental Health Practitioner, Adult Case Management (Adult Team)
9.    Robert Harris – Mental Health Practitioner, Adult Case Management (Adult Team)
10.    Maria Abaci - Mental Health Practitioner, Adult Case Management (Adult Team)
11.    Ngoc Loi – Mental Health Practitioner, Adult Case Management (Adult Team)
12.    Kristine Kwok – Supervisor (Adult Team)
13.    Rafael Tellez – Office Assistant III (MHSUS)
14.    Sadegh Nobari-Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (Child Team)

Agency Partners:
15.    Leticia McCoy – Family Partner, Community Action Marin
16.    Vinh Luu – Coordinator, Asian Advocacy Project, Community Action Marin
17.    Douglas Mundo – Executive Director, Canal Welcome Center
18.    Robbie Powelson – Board member, Marin Mental Health Board
19.    Sandy Ponek – Program Director, Canal Alliance
20.    Gustavo Goncalves – TAY Coordinator, Buckelew Programs
21.    David Escobar – Board of Supervisors / District 5, Aide to Supervisor Steve Kinsey

Community Volunteers:
22.    Leah Fagundes – San Rafael
23.    Cheryl August – San Rafael
24.    Kerry Peirson – Mill Valley
25.    Cat Wilson – San Rafael
26.    John Ortega – San Rafael
27.    Cammie Duval – San Rafael

Purpose / Duties: 

Consistent to one of the state’s high priority list to improve culturally competent mental health and substance use services, and to reduce stigma among the consumer community, the board will identify areas of BHRS systems, policies, procedures, service delivery and practices that can be improved upon. Priorities and recommendations will be established by the board upon careful examination and analysis of BHRS system.

Number of Members: 

27

If you are a person with a disability and require an accommodation to participate in a County program, service or activity, requests for accommodations may be made by calling (415) 473-4381 (Voice) 473-3232 (TDD/TTY) or by e-mail at disabilityaccess@marincounty.org at least four work days in advance of the event. Copies of documents are available in alternative formats, upon request.