Turning Point CEO
Al was named Turning Point’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2016, following his role as Chief Operations Officer (COO). Beginning as a Rehabilitation Counselor, Al has been with the agency since 1981 and today provides leadership and guidance to over 40 programs in several Northern California counties. He holds a Bachelor of Art (BA) degree from Ottawa University (OU), a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Health Services Management from Golden Gate University (GGU), a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
Al was appointed as a trustee to the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) Board of Education in 2009 and in 2010 he was re-elected serving through 2012. In 2013, California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez appointed Al to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Board. He was named Vice President and a Commissioner for the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) and served until 2014 and was elected to the Board of Director in 2016. He was Board Chair of the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS) and an Executive Board Member for the Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) which included working with Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna on reducing infant and childhood morbidity for African Americans. In 2018, Al was appointed to the Board of Directors of the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies (CBHA). He is currently a Volunteer Clinical Professor at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences directing the Community Psychiatry seminar for residents and formerly served as an adjunct professor for the CSUS MSW programs for the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) cohort.
Turning Point COO
Diana has a PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development and a master’s degree in Psychology. She is as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years with a wide variety of populations including children aged 0-5, youth, Transition Aged Youth, and adults both in the mental health system and systems serving those with developmental disabilities. Dr. White began working at Turning Point Community Programs as a case manager providing wrap around support for adults with both intellectual disabilities and a mental health diagnosis and then served as a case manager and therapist in Turning Point’s Northgate Point outpatient clinic. From there Diana served as a Clinical Director for the 34th St. Crisis Residential Program and she was a part of the team that began Turning Point’s children’s services in Sacramento County, also serving as the Clinical Director. She then became the Program Director and then Director of Children’s services for both Sacramento and Yolo County. Prior to becoming COO, Diana served as Regional Director for Sacramento and Yolo County children’s and adult services as well as Regional Center contracts.
During Dr. White’s tenure with the agency she on-boarded several best practices including Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), 0-5 specialty services in the Children’s programs and a free developmental screening program for children in the Sacramento County region. Dr. White completed the Sierra Health Leadership program in 2008. She was past president of the Infant Development Association (IDA), River City Chapter, and currently serves as President of the Association of Behavioral Health Contractors (ABHC) in Sacramento County.
Board of Directors
Dave Fukui graduated in 1985 from the California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. David continues to update his education with yearly seminars in such subjects as California Construction Law, Calculating Loss of Efficiency and Public Contracting in California. Currently, he is with Capital Project Solutions, LLC.
Carol Ann Frezza
Carol Ann Frezza graduated from Highland Hospital School of Nursing in Rochester, New York in 1956 earning a Registered Nurse and Public Health Nurse certificate. In 1959 graduated from Syracuse University with BS in Nursing. Carol received a MPA/ Health Services Administration degree from the University of San Francisco. Joined Turning Point Board of Directors in 1991 and was employed in 1997 as Program Director for Northgate Point RST.
Susan Stieber is currently the owner of four European Wax Centers in Roseville, Elk Grove and Los Angeles, California with her husband Larry. Susan, Larry and their children own Stieber’s Sweet Shoppe in the Fountains shopping center in Roseville since 2012. Susan was previously employed at Turning Point Community Programs for fifteen years and left in the position of Director of Adult Mental Health Program’s in 2010. Susan has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2001.
Colleen Peschel attended California State University, Sacramento and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communications in 1998 and a master’s degree in Business in 2016. She also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resource certificate since 2007. She joined Sutter in 1998 as Human Resource Technician at Sutter Center for Psychiatry. Throughout her tenure, she has been highly instrumental in developing the Regional Human Resource Service Center and standardizing policy and procedures across the region. She was promoted to HR Director in 2012, and Vice President in 2015, which included responsibility over an additional hospital, Sutter Solano Medical Center. She is also a member of Sacramento Area Human Resources Association where she volunteers in the mentor program.
Dr. Dawn Hayes
Immediate Past President
Dr. Dawn Hayes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences in 1981 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and an M.D. from the University of Michigan in 1986. Her Surgical Internship was completed at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1986 to 1987. She practices Occupational and Urgent Care medicine in Sacramento.
Patricia Blum obtained a BA in Psychology and Art from Mary Washington College in 1979, an MA in Art Therapy from CSUS in 1982, and a PhD in Psychology from the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in 2007. Patricia is Vice President at Crestwood Behavioral Health and oversees all Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited facilities. She is a founding member of CIBHS’ Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative.
Ronald Ruff is a neuropsychologist and rehabilitation psychologist at San Francisco Clinical Neurosciences and Clinical Professorship at University of California, San Francisco. He completed his PhD with high honors at the University of Zurich and was a post-doctoral fellow at both Oxford & Stanford University. He worked for 10 years in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosurgery at University of California, San Diego, during which he cofounded the San Diego Brain Injury Association. Appointed by the Governor Davis, he served as a member of the California Board of Clinical Psychology.
Allen Wu has earned degrees as Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration from The University of Southern California. He is a Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist. Allen is presently employed as a Medical Science liaison at Janssen CNS Medical Affairs, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. In this capacity he has worked with mental health clinicians in community mental health clinics, state/county/private hospitals, psychiatric emergency rooms, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and criminal justice systems. A key aspect of his work has been to partner with these stakeholders on research projects that enhance outcomes for persons with severe mental illness.
From 1974 to 1984, Tony served as a law enforcement officer in Nevada and California. He carried various management positions for some twenty-eight years with United Parcel Service. He currently serves on two separate boards of directors – Turning Point Community Programs, where he has served since 2004, Casa Loma College of Anaheim, CA, where he has served since 2010 and, from 1998 – 2002 as President of the board of the El Dorado Hills Community Service District. Tony holds professorships at Brandman University (on-ground) in Folsom and Roseville, California; the University of Phoenix (both online and on-ground teaching) and is the lead area chair for the School of Business at the University of Phoenix of Sacramento. He also serves as a professor (online studies) for Ashford University of San Diego, CA. He holds an Associates’ Degree in Law Enforcement, a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Management and a Masters’ Degree in Organizational Management/Development.
Dr. Bob Hales
Robert E. Hales, MD, MBA, is a Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Emeritus and the Joe P. Tupin Endowed Chair, Emeritus of the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Hales served as Chair of the Department and Medical Director for Behavioral Health for the County of Sacramento for 20 years, retiring from both positions in 2018. Hales has also completed a 15-year term as Editor-in-Chief of Books for the American Psychiatric Association. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and retired as a Colonel in 1990, having served for 20 years on active duty.
Ramona Prieto is a public safety professional with over 38 years of progressive leadership with the nation’s largest agencies of their kind, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). As CHP Deputy Commissioner, Ramona directed the day to day operations of over 11,000 employees, functioning with an operating budget if $2.1 billion, resulting in national recognition for innovative leadership approaches in administration and law enforcement. With a strong record of top performance in a variety of challenging executive assignments, she was selected to serve as the Acting Director of ABC. Committed to serving Governor Brown’s Administration and to strengthening law enforcement trust, legitimacy, and community engagement while providing the highest level of service to the people of California, Ramona maintained a strong personal and professional philosophy of high ethical standards and continual improvement while engaging members, stakeholders and diverse communities.