Board of Directors
Laura Carlsen, Chair
David Schneider, Vice Chair
Christine Parks, Secretary
Alex de Soto, Treasurer
Eric Carlsen, Immediate past chair
Aaron De Folo
Anne Larson, M. Ed. LMHC
Director of Whatcom County
Anne Larson has been with Compass Health since September of 2015. Anne earned a Masters Degree in Multicultural Family Counseling from Montana State University and has worked for 30 years in a variety of roles including mental health clinician, health system planner, and Director in a variety of mental health settings, homeless healthcare, youth services and coordinated care organizations. Anne is committed to health equity and ensuring high quality, integrated behavioral health services for those most in need. Anne lives in Bellingham with her family and pets. In her free time she enjoys gardening, painting and home design.
Barb McFadden, ARNP
Associate Medical Director
Barb McFadden has been with Compass Health since 1987 and has worked in the mental health field since 1983 providing inpatient and outpatient care to teens and adults. She initially served as a RN case manager/Team Leader for an intensive outpatient team for adults then in 1990 added the role of psychiatric prescriber. She held Program Director and Clinical Director positions before becoming Associate Medical Director. She also serves as a prescriber in the PACT program maintaining her strong commitment to intensive services to aid in the recovery of adults coping with significant mental health issues. Barb supports clients in their recovery and focuses on increasing resiliency while mitigating symptoms. Barb is committed to providing each Compass client quality prescriber services and has expanded services to include Telepsychiatry in underserved areas.
Becky Olson-Hernandez, LMHC, CMHS
Chief Quality Officer
Becky Olson-Hernandez has been with Compass Health since 2001 where she began as the Manager of Children’s Crisis Services and then advanced to the Director of Emergency Services. She is a native of Washington State and received her Masters of Science at Western Washington University in 1994. Becky is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Professional, and Children’s Mental Health Specialist who has worked in the field in a variety of community-based and inpatient settings since 1987. In her current role, Becky oversees the Quality Department, Training Department, Medical Records, and Information Technology. During her tenure, Becky has been involved with Compass’s Healthcare Integration initiatives, has provided operational support to the Behavioral Health Northwest, and has spearheaded several projects related to safety in the workplace. In addition to her clinical and administrative experience, Becky is a Certified Mental Health First Aid trainer and has provided this training throughout the community since 2008.
Carole Kosturn, MSW, CMHS, LICSW
Director of Snohomish County
Carole Kosturn has been with Compass Health since 1974. She has had several positions including Therapist, Day Treatment Director, Clinical Director, and Chief Operating Officer. Additionally, she has taught at the University of Washington School of Social Work graduate program for 5 years focusing on clinical methods and research as well as teaching the 100 hour course training professionals to become Child Mental Health Specialists. Carole has a BA degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a MSW from the University of Washington. She is a Child Mental Health Specialist and licensed as an independent Social Worker (LICSW). Currently, at Compass Carole oversees 10 outpatient clinics serving children, adults and older adults as well as several specialized programs including those serving sexually abuse youth and young adults, homeless youth, adults returning to the community from prison as well as an intensive program serving older adults. Carole has a strong commitment to the mission of Community Mental Health and providing quality care to those most in need as well as training professionals in our field using a best practice model of care. In her free time, Carole likes to read novels, garden, travel and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Charissa Westergard, MS, LMHCA
Director of Emergency Services & Healthcare Integration
Charissa Westergard has been Director since August 2016, Charissa has also worked previously at Compass Health as a clinician and manager. Charissa earned her MS degree in Mental Health Counseling from Western Washington University. Her clinical experience includes working as a mental health clinician in community mental health and correctional settings. Charissa has also held administrative positions in public behavioral health with responsibility for development and oversight of behavioral health and care coordination programs, quality management activities, and performance improvement projects. She is passionate about behavioral health services that focus on the whole person and ensure the individual has both a positive experience and improved health.
Director of the Evaluation & Treatment Facility, Whatcom & Snohomish County Triage Centers, and Director of Residential Treatment Facities
Chris Starets-Foote has been with Compass Health since August of 2013. Chris’s pervious positions included Deputy Director of a County Mental Health System including a Psychiatric Hospital, Psychiatric Emergency Services, and Outpatient services for Adults and Children. Chris has years of experience in Crisis work and also training new clinicians. Chris holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Chris believes that Behavioral Health is an essential part of health care services, promoting hope, recovery and improved quality of life.
Judy Heinemann, LMHC
Director of Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties
Judy Heinemann has worked for Compass Health as Clinical Director of outpatient mental health and substance use treatment services in Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties since July of 2012. Judy received a Master’s degree in psychology from Antioch University with an emphasis in individual and family therapy in 1990. She has clinically treated children, adolescents and families throughout her career. Her professional experiences range from working in a children’s correctional institution to developing and overseeing foster care programs, emergency shelters, youth mentoring programs, to delivering co-occurring treatment to adolescents in an urban Native American setting. She has worked in very diverse communities including Tribal organizations and has held various administrative positions during her career. She is an adjunct faculty member at Whatcom Community College and a NAMI Skagit Board member. Judy is passionate about helping people improve the quality of their life and creating the life they imagine.
Kay Tillema, MS, LMHC
Director of Intensive Services, Snohomish County
Kay Tillema has worked at Compass Health since May of 2005. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Oregon. Kay has been serving individuals with severe and persistent behavioral health disorders for over 30 years in both rural and urban settings. She has managed a variety of programs including housing and residential programs, outpatient services, and programs for specialty populations including offenders. In her current Compass Health role, she oversees Children’s Intensive Services in Snohomish and Island Counties, the Snohomish County PACT assertive community treatment program, Snohomish County adult intensive outpatient services, the Everett GROWTH peer recovery center, and services to homeless adults in Snohomish County. Kay is passionate about serving those most in need in our communities and believes that the work we do promotes hope, opportunity, and well-being.
LaJolla Peters, PHR/SHRM-CP
Director of Human Resources
LaJolla Peters has been with Compass Health since January 2016. LaJolla has served over 34 years in the healthcare industry, the previous 11 years with Whidbey Health in Coupeville, WA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business with an HR Management Emphasis, and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a certified professional with the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP). LaJolla loves people and is proud to support the Compass Health workforce in delivering care to the communities they serve. She and her husband reside on Whidbey Island with a dog and a tortoise. Her personal interests include reading and gardening.
Stacey Alles, LMHC, GMHS
Chief Operating Officer
Stacey has been at Compass Health for over twenty years. She started her career as a clinician working with older adults, and eventually transitioned into management, first in the Quality department and now as Chief Operating Officer. She received her undergraduate degree at Saint Martin’s College in Lacey, and is a graduate of Western Washington University’s Masters in Mental Health Counseling program. She is a licensed mental health counselor and a geriatric mental health specialist. She and her husband live in rural Snohomish County.
Tamera Loesch, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Tamera has been with Compass Health since February 2016. She has been in the healthcare industry for over 13 years. She began her career working as a certified public accountant for eight years, auditing hospitals and clinics, and then moving into the private non-profit healthcare industry working as a Risk Adjustment Manager and then Vice President of Finance. In her current role, Tamera oversees the Finance department, which includes the Payroll and Purchasing departments, Compass Health Facilities, Compass Health Payee Services, and Compass Health Housing. Supporting a mission oriented organization, helping individuals and the community, has always been a passion for Tamera.
Tom Kozaczynski, MPA
Director of Development
Tom Kozaczynski has been with Compass Health since March of 2013. Tom’s pervious positions include managing major corporate giving for the Seattle International Film Festival, foundation and annual giving at North Helpline Food Bank, the University of Washington, and the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Tom is actively involved in the Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington Chapter, Advancement Northwest and is a Rotary Club of Everett Rotarian. Tom holds his Bachelor Degree in Economics and Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington, and holds his Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. At Compass Health, Tom is in charge of major foundation, corporate, and individual giving, and oversees the growth and strategic development of Compass Health’s Development Department.
Tom Sebastian, MS, MPA
President & CEO
Tom Sebastian is the President and CEO of Compass Health and has been with the organization since 1987. He is also Co-CEO of Behavioral Health Northwest, providing health plan and behavioral health services statewide in Washington State. Tom holds an MS from Illinois State University and an MPA from the University of Washington. Tom serves on the Board of the Washington Council for Behavioral Health and is a Board member of Mental Health Corporations of America.