Leadership and Administration
Annmarie Cameron, Chief Executive Officer
Patricia Collins, Chief Operating Officer
Natalie Garcia, Clinical Program Director*
Ramona Winner, Family Advocate*
Debbie Terhune, Executive Assistant
Nick Papageorge, Recovery Learning Center Manager
Pauline Keeble, Administration & Finance Manager
Alex Heath, Development & Communications Manager
Mike Klein, Grant Writer
Michelle Brenner, Education Coordinator
Barbara Schreibke, Grant Writer
Please welcome two of our newest staff members & roles:
Edwin Urrutia, Employment Specialist*
Morgan Cook, Employment Specialist
Chief Executive Officer
Annmarie Cameron is a native northern Californian who moved to Santa Barbara in 1988 after completing her BS degree in Family Studies at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. in 1986.
Annmarie has been the CEO of the Mental Wellness Center since 1992. Passionate about affordable housing and practical resources to aid those who live with mental health disorders, she led the Building Hope Campaign to establish the new home base for the Mental Wellness Center. The successful completion of this project created 51 new affordable homes and a new social center for our community. Subsequently, she has led the organization through some of its most economically challenging years through the recession and governmental contract constraints. The Mental Wellness Center emerged a stronger and more diversely funded organization. Grateful for an amazing group of friends, Annmarie enjoys a social network of other non-profit and community minded leaders. In her free time she enjoys home improvement projects with her husband and two daughters and time at the beach with her puppy.
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Chief Operating Officer
Patricia Collins joined the Mental Wellness Center in 1991 and currently serves as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she manages key fundraising strategies and develops, implements, and oversees policies and procedures for existing and new programs. A certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and a certified Adult Residential Facility Administrator, Patricia serves on numerous committees and participates in mental wellness trainings and presentations. She is a member of Mental Health America, the Mental Health Association in California, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association and the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Patricia to the California State Rehabilitation Council.
A Boston native, Patricia moved to Santa Barbara in 1982. She holds an MS degree in quality assurance for health care from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a BA in communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an AA degree in communications from Santa Barbara City College.
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Natalie Garcia - Clinical Program Director
As the Clinical Program Director, I am responsible for the organization, implementation, oversight, and management of our clinical programs and staff in order to assure compliance with best practices and to meet our standards. I am also the Clinical Supervisor for interns registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences.
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Ramona Winner - Family Advocate
My purpose at the Mental Wellness Center is to serve by providing support, education, and resources to families supporting a loved one with a mental health disorder residing in Santa Barbara County. I work closely with family members to help them develop skills to enable them to support and effectively advocate for loved ones receiving services. I also have the privilege of sharing our mission with other organizations in our community to increase public awareness on the impact of mental illness on families and the importance
of family-member involvement in treatment of their loved one.
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Development & Education
Alex Heath - Development & Communications Manager
I am proud to connect with the community to expand mental health outreach efforts to all of Santa Barbara. My job is to engage the entire community in wellness and eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness through marketing and fundraising. Some of my duties include organizing our annual events including the Wellness Walk, Annual Luncheon, our Open Houses and much more. I work alongside our Board of Directors to meet fundraising and outreach goals. I thoroughly enjoy building our communication with the greater Santa Barbara community to ensure everyone in need has the support services they deserve.
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Barbara Schreibke - Grant Writer & Tenant Liaison
As Tenant Liaison at the Garden Street Apartments, I help people to solve the problems of every-day life to be more independent. As Grant Writer, I present a case to foundations and other donors on why a particular aspect of the Mental Wellness Center is worthy of support. I like to think each job fuels the other: the grants are for people I know.
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Mike Klein - Grant Writer
I moved to S.B. in 1985 and have been employed at the MWC since 1998 as a grant writer. I'm really happy to work here raising funds for our programs and housing for our clients, students, and others in the communities we serve. I'm especially happy to be a part of a staff with high morale, and that is so cooperative and teamwork oriented.
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