Executive Coaching Program

Executive Coaching Program

OPEN MINDS has put together what executives need in forging the link between their executive development, successful long-term strategy, and organizational growth.   Our team of current and former CEOs help organizations improve performance through hands-on leadership development, The following showcases our executive team’s core competencies and experience:

Jess Jamieson, Ph.D. – Chief Executive Officer, Western State Hospital, Tacoma, Washington

Core Competencies

  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Clinical program design and staff training
  • Clinical leadership development
  • Executive team succession planning and management
  • Chief executive officer of community behavioral health center
  • Associate director of an inpatient psychiatric program
  • Faculty member of University of Washington
  • Facilitated the merger of five previously independent non-profit agencies

Jonathan Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health
Core Competencies

  • Remote service delivery and e-health service models
  • Development of crisis stabilization and intensive community-based service models
  • Design and operationalization of clinical protocols
  • Board governance and management


  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Safe Harbor Behavioral Health
  • President of Northwest Beacon Group, a private practice
  • Board member, Pennsylvania Community Provider Association
  • Former Director of the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center and  Director of the Adult Division at the  Hamot Institute for Behavioral Health

Howard Shiffman – Senior Associate
Core Competencies

  • Child Welfare treatment, financing, political advocacy
  • CEO Coaching & Board Development
  • Fundraising
  • Merger & Acquisitions
  • Strategic Planning & Visioning
  • Social Enterprise
  • Succession Planning


  • President and CEO, United Social Enterprises
  • Former CEO of a children’s facility
  • Former Clinical Administrator in the Children/Adolescent Division of a mental health center

Joe Rutherford – Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Care, Inc., Tampa, Florida 
Core Competencies

  • Administrative and leadership of service provider organization
  • Financial management and design of financial indicator systems
  • Information system selection and implementation
  • Design and management of in-house pharmacy operations


  • Chief executive officer of Mental Health Care, Inc.
  • Chief executive officer, Avita Community Partners
  • Associate director, Northside Mental Health Center
  • Partner, Behavioral Management Solutions
  • Quality assurance coordinator, Helen Ross McNabb Center

January Scott – President & Chief Executive Officer, JHS Solutions, LLC.
Core Competencies

  • Child welfare agency outcomes/performance measurement and management
  • Privatization and risk-based contracting
  • Clinical process improvement
  • Management team development


  • Previously Director of Programs and Services for the Kansas Children’s Service League and Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary, Kansas Innovations, Inc.
  • Served in management positions with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children; Prevent Child Abuse America, and the Kansas Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
  • Expertise in executive and managerial coaching and mentoring
  • Experience with child welfare system privatization, risk-based contracting, and outcomes/performance measurement

Steve Ramsland, Ph.D. – Chief Executive Officer at Redwood Community Health Coalitions
Core Competencies

  • Managed care and managed care organization operations
  • Business development – program design, payer contracting, and proposal and grant writing
  • Strategic planning, strategy development, and merger planning and facilitation
  • Social enterprise venture development and management


  • Executive Director of Buckelew Programs in San Rafael, California
  • Former Chief Development Officer and President, Public Sector, Comprehensive Behavioral Care
  • Former Vice President and Public Sector Practice Leader, United Healthcare
  • Former Vice President, Government Programs, ValueOptions
  • Former Chief Executive Officer, SERV Centers in Ewing, New Jersey

John Talbot – Vice President of Integration Product Development at Jefferson Center for Mental Health
Core Competencies

  • Strategic planning
  • Development and implementation of payer and provider strategic alliances
  • Board and management development
  • Organizational reengineering and operations management


  • Former president of Colorado Care Management, a provider-sponsored network
  • Served as Director of the Masters in Health  Systems program at the University of Denver
  • Doctorate in Human Services Leadership
  • Senior management positions with a psychiatric hospital in Denver


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