Meet the LifeWorks NW Senior Management Team
Mary Monnat, President/CEO
Mary Monnat has been President/CEO of LifeWorks NW since 1998. She joined LifeWorks NW as a chemical dependency and mental health therapist in 1983 before moving through various management positions. Mary earned her Masters in Human Development from St. Mary’s College in Winona, Minnesota. She is currently a Board member of Jesuit High School, Vision Action Network,United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, and the Women’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Issues of Oregon. Mary previously served as President of the Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs.
Alexa Rhyan, Quality Management Director
Alexa Rhyan joined LifeWorks NW in October 2013 after four years with Aviva Family and Children’s Services in Los Angeles County, where she became the Director of Quality Improvement. Alexa received her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Loyola Marymount University. Alexa has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2011.
Amy Shea Reyes, Service Area Director: Specialty Prevention, Mental Health and Addiction Services
Amy Shea Reyes has over 18 years of experience in the mental health field. She has been with LifeWorks NW since 1999, beginning as a Child Milieu Therapist. She was promoted to Clinical Supervisor in 2004, Program Coordinator in 2006, Program Director in 2008 and Service Director in 2013. Prior to coming to LifeWorks NW, Amy worked as an expressive arts therapist. She received her Masters of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley College.
Connie Dunkle-Weyrauch, Vice President of Finance and Strategic Operations
Connie Dunkle-Weyrauch has over 25 years of experience in financial and facility related management. She received her MBA in Management and Finance from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to coming to LifeWorks NW, Connie provided financial management to various non-profit agencies primarily serving individuals with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and physical disabilities. She served as Executive Director of Ramsey Residential Services in St. Paul, Minnesota, for three years prior to joining LifeWorks NW as Director of Finance and Strategic Operations in 1998.
Deb Allison, Clinical Manager – NE Portland/King Site
Deb Allison joined LifeWorks NW in 2005 as the Conquest Program Director. She has over 20 years of experience working in community mental health serving adults with severe mental illness. She has held management positions in community-based, residential, and sub acute treatment settings. Deb received her Masters of Social Work from Portland State University and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1992.
Deb Flickinger, Communications Manager
Deb joined LifeWorks NW in March 2016. She has three decades of experience in both internal and external communications. Prior to LifeWorks she worked for eight years in corporate philanthropy for Cambia Health Solutions, managing a team across a four state region engaging employees in charitable endeavors and nurturing nonprofit relationships. Her experience includes work at Gard Communications, Peter Jacobsen Sports and Epson Portland, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in interpersonal and organizational communications from Lewis & Clark College in Portland.
Diane Benavides-Wille, Director of Workforce Development & Diversity
Diane joined LifeWorks NW in 2005 as practicum student in Child and Family Services. After her practicum, she transitioned into Intensive Community-based Treatment Service a program with LifeWorks NW where she advanced to Program Director in 2008. She has managed several programs in Child and Family Services and joined the Quality Management team in 2012, where she developed the new employee curriculum. In 2014 Diane became the Director of Diversity Development bringing with her years of involvement with the Diversity Resource Crew. Diane has also been chosen by the National Council for Behavioral Health as the inaugural class participating in Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program. She is a licensed professional counselor and certified drug counselor.
Dorothy Cottrell, Human Resources Director
Dorothy Cottrell joined LifeWorks NW in November 2017. She comes to us with many years of experience in HR, most recently with the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center where she was the Director of Human Resources. She holds a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School, a BS in Business and has a certificate in Professional Mediation Skills.
Gary Kissel-Nielson, Clinical Manager – Gresham
Gary Kissel-Nielsen joined LifeWorks NW in 2006. He was promoted to Adult Addictions Program Director in 2007, and to Service Director of Addiction Specialty Services in 2012. Gary is credentialed as a CADC II in Oregon, and has over 19 years of experience working in the field of addiction. Gary received his Masters of Social Work from Eastern Washington University.
Ginnie Churchill, Service Director
Ginnie Churchill, MA currently works as a Service Director at LifeWorks NW (LWNW) overseeing crisis services and mental health residential programs. She has worked in community mental health programs for 35 years, and at LifeWorks NW for seven. Before coming to LifeWorks NW, she was employed by Cascadia Behavioral HealthCare for more than 20 years, where she provided services in Adult Outpatient, Employee Assistance, Rehabilitation Services for people with serious mental illnesses, and crisis services. She was also employed by Multnomah County where she oversaw the Multnomah County crisis system and abuse investigations. She developed and managed the crisis Walk-in Clinic at Cascadia and at LifeWorks NW she assisted with the development of the Hawthorn Walk-in Center in Hillsboro.
Heather Kirkbride, Practice Manager – Beaverton
Heather Kirkbride joined LifeWorks NW in June of 2017 as a Practice Manager at the Beaverton CCBHC site. Heather comes to LifeWorks with over 15 years of healthcare experience. Prior to working at LifeWorks, Heather served as a Practice Management Systems Analyst at Women’s Healthcare Associates, LLC and most recently as the Chief Information Officer at NARA NW, Inc. Heather earned her BA degree in 1998 from Oregon State University and her Masters of Business Administration in 2007.
Joe Gabba, Practice Manager – Hillsboro
Joe Gabba joined LifeWorks NW in 2017 as Practice Manager for one of our Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC). Joe has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare. He began his career as a CNA in the emergency department at Salem Health in 1990. In 2007, Joe earned a B.S in Health Science from Linfield College and began his management and leadership career with Kaiser Permanente. Prior to LifeWorks NW, Joe was a Health Center Director for a Federally Qualified Health Clinic and the Quality Manager for Jackson County Mental Health, both in Medford, OR. In 2015, Joe earned a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Southern California, and in 2017, he completed studies as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.
Joe Reisman, Clinical Manager – Beaverton
Joe Reisman joined LifeWorks NW in 2006 as a Gambling Treatment Program Manager. In 2008, he became the Adult Outpatient Program Director for Washington County. Most recently he was promoted to Service Director, Mental Health and Addictions Integrated Outpatient Services. Joe received a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark College and has counseling certifications in chemical dependency and gambling treatment.
John Bigelow, PsyD, Clinical Manager – Hillsboro
John Bigelow joined LifeWorks NW in 2017. He has been involved in community mental health services in Oregon and Iowa since 1991. Prior to coming to LifeWorks NW, he served as the executive director of a community mental health center in Iowa for nine years. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) from George Fox University in 1998.
Katy Beveridge, Vice President of Operations
Katy Beveridge joined LifeWorks NW in 1994 as an administrative assistant and has moved through positions as Office Manager and Manager of Administrative Systems before becoming Director of Administrative Support Systems. Prior to joining LifeWorks NW, she served as Licensing Clerk in the Oregon State D.E.Q. Katy grew up in Portland and attended Grant High School. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts with a specialization in Sociology and Special Education from Oregon State University.
Lexy Kliewer, Service Director–Medical & Integrated Behavioral Health Services
Lexy Kliewer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been with LifeWorks Northwest since 2008. Lexy started as a Behavioral Health Provider at one of our partner clinics, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. In 2010 Lexy became the clinical supervisor for Integrated Behavioral Health and the program director in 2013. Lexy has been the Service Director for Medical and Integrated Behavioral Health Services since 2015. She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Mark Lewinsohn, Vice President of Clinical Services
Mark Lewinsohn joined LifeWorks NW in 1993, starting as a family therapist in our Adolescent Day Treatment Program, then moving progressively through management positions until his current position as Vice President of Clinical Services. Prior to LifeWorks NW, Dr. Lewinsohn served at The Center, in Pleasanton, Calif.; Children’s Hospital, Oakland, Calif.; and the Morrison Center, Portland, Ore. He earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, following his undergrad B.A. in Psychology at Brown University. Mark serves on the board of the Clackamas County National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI), the UNITY Psychiatric Emergency Services advisory council and the Multnomah County System of Care executive committee.
Mike Schwab, Director of Development
Mike joined LifeWorks NW in January 2015. With nearly 20 years of work in philanthropy, prior to LifeWorks NW he served as vice president of development for Jesuit High School. He began his fundraising career at the University of Portland and has also worked at Catholic Charities and Providence Child Center Foundation here in Portland. Mike has a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Portland and a Masters of Business Administration from Gonzaga University. He serves as a board member for the Hydrocephalus Association, the Grotto, and the Providence Federal Credit Union. He also spends time volunteering as a little league baseball coach.
Rachel Stark, Controller
Rachel Stark joined LifeWorks NW in 2013 as its new Controller. Rachel has over 10 years’ experience in finance and accounting and has held various roles such as Assistant Controller and Accounting Manager. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting from Portland State University. Prior to joining LifeWorks NW, Rachel volunteered as a Finance Assistant with Meals on Wheels.
Rob Ensign, Service Area Director: Outpatient Mental Health and Addictions Services
Rob was originally with Lifeworks from 2000 to 2004 as Manager of the Adolescent Day Treatment Program. He then rejoined the agency in January 2015 as Service Director for child, family, and young adult treatment programs. Rob has an extensive history of providing child/youth and family therapy as well as managing child/youth and family treatment programs. Rob earned his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon, and he also has a Ph.D. in English and has authored several books.
Robert Olsen MD, Medical Director
Dr. Robert Olsen joined LifeWorks NW in 2016, providing telepsychiatry care, and later added the role of Medical Director, in addition to direct patient care. He completed undergraduate work at Texas Tech University, then medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. After completing his psychiatry residency at the University of New Mexico, he worked as a psychiatrist with Presbyterian Medical Group in Albuquerque before moving to Portland in 2008, where he worked providing care in the Providence Health system, until opening up a private practice in SE Portland. He is a fellow with the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Oregon Psychiatric Physician’s Association.
Ted Rydmark MBA, Practice Manager — King
Ted joined LifeWorks NW in 2017. He was born and raised in the Portland area and has spent 15 years working in nonprofits and government. After managing a shelter for homeless families and starting a transitional housing project in east Portland, Ted and his partner backpacked around the world for 12 months through 25 countries and territories. Along the way, he researched and wrote about social services in places like Bolivia, South Africa, and Cambodia. In 2015, Ted earned his MBA in Nonprofit Management from University of Portland. He maintains a deep love for coffee, fast cars, and all things operations.