Al Rowlett

Turning Point CEO

a headshot of Al RowlettAl Rowlett was named Chief Executive Officer in 2016, following his role as Chief Operations Officer. Al is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), and is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP).

For more than 30 years, Al, who began as a rehabilitation counselor at Turning Point, has been providing leadership and guidance as the agency’s size and reputation has continued to grow. Turning Point Board past President Dawn Hayes, M.D., said, “Al embodies the values, mission and philosophy of Turning Point. In addition to frequent on-site visits to our far-flung programs, over the past decade Al has supervised more than 60 college interns to support a new generation of mental health care professionals.” Al gives freely of his time as an Executive Board Member for the Child Abuse Prevention Center and is the current Board Chair of California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, and is a Board Member of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He served as an adjunct professor for the CSUS MSW programs for the Mental Health Services Act cohort, and is currently a Volunteer Clinical Professor at the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where he directs the Community Psychiatry seminar for residents. Al worked with Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna on reducing infant and childhood morbidity for African Americans and serves as a commissioner of the US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. Al was an elected trustee for the Elk Grove Unified School District.

Diana White

Turning Point COO

a headshot of Diana WhiteTurning Point CEO Al Rowlett said, “Diana White has been an integral part of our leadership planning for growing the agency and maintaining our reputation for excellence. She epitomizes the future we envision: growing by adding new Mental Health Services Agency programs; measuring and mining our outcomes data to keep improving services; and leading the troops with an encouraging can-do spirit.”

With Turning Point since 1996, Diana holds a Ph.D in Infant Mental Health and Development, a Master’s Degree in Psychology/Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). As an Adjunct Professor at Alliant University since 2012, Diana has developed and taught courses for the Couples and Family Therapy MA program. Her former role at Turning Point as Director of Program Services included oversight for all Children’s Programs, Pathways, Transitional Support Services (TSS), and all Yolo County Programs, which included collaboration with system and county partners, management of program budgets and identification of expansion opportunities.

Board of Directors

Dave Fukui


headshot of Dave FukuiDave 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

Vice President

headshot of Carol Ann FrezzaCarol 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

headshot of Susan StieberSecretary
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.

Dr. Roger Davis

headshot of Dr. Roger DavisDr. Roger Davis graduated from Fielding Graduate University with a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and an M.A. in Human Development. He also holds a M.A. degree in Sociology from Marquette University and a B.S. degree in Police Administration from Washington State University. Dr. Davis worked for the FBI as a special agent and supervisor in the FBI Offices in Salt Lake City, UT, Milwaukee, WI, Sacramento, CA, FBI instructor at the FBI Academy, Quantico, VA and a manager at FBI Headquarters. He was an emeritus professor at California State University Sacramento, where he taught a variety of courses in the Criminal Justice Division. He has served on the Placer County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Board, and is a past Board Member of Sacramento Human Resources Consultants, Inc.

Dr. Dawn Hayes

headshot of Dawn HayesDr. 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.

Patty Blum

headshot of Patty BlumPatricia 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

headshot of Ronald RuffRonald 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

headshot of Allen WuAllen 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.

Tony DiGaetano

headshot of Tony DiGaetanoFrom 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.

Colleen Peschel

headshot of Colleen PeschelColleen 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. 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

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.