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Sage’s interest in Behavioral Health began while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology from the University of Washington. Post-graduation, he had the privilege of contributing to a YMCA project to organize a coalition of North Seattle service providers, creating infrastructure and a collective voice for those organizations.

Sage moved to Sacramento in 2017 to direct non-profit fundraising campaigns supporting advocacy organizations such as the ACLU and the SPLC. In 2018, he left Sacramento briefly to work with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the midterm elections. When he returned, Sage further honed his communications and public relations skills as the Communications & Outreach Liaison for the California Cannabis Industry Association.

Recently, he became a member of the Sacramento Hub of Global Shapers, a coalition of millennials spanning 171 countries with the mission to drive community improvement projects. Sage likes to contribute and advocate for local community change in his spare time and is known for his love of everything food, music, and dancing.

 

Being the first in her family to obtain a Bachelors degree from Sacramento State University, Jessica has continued her lifelong passion serving her community for over 8 years in various capacities before being offered an opportunity to work at the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies as the Office Manager & Executive Assistant for Dr. Le Ondra Clark Harvey.

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys adventuring out into the wilderness, loosing track of time in a book, and crafting her imagination into reality through Arts & Crafts. Jessica is also a self-taught avid baker who cherishes spending time with her family and friends.

 

Shelby Dewberry recently earned her Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University where she specialized in Applied Economics and California State and Local Policy. While there, Shelby focused on environmental policy, housing policy, and mental health issues in the classroom and at her internships with CalEPA and Senator Robert Hertzberg. Before attending Pepperdine, Shelby earned a B.S in Journalism and Public Relations from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Outside of work, Shelby enjoys exploring Sacramento, finding new vegan restaurants, and spending time with her adopted Chihuahua Moody.

 
Rusty Selix has been a leading expert in mental health policy and finance for the past 30 years, and state and local government policy and finance for 40 years.  His work has been focused on mental health since 1986, when he became the Executive Director and legislative representative of CCCBHA (formerly CCCMHA) – a statewide association of non-profit, publicly funded mental health providers.  He also served as the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association (Mental Health America) in California from 1993 until 2014 and has worked with every major mental health organization nationally and in California. Rusty was the original co-author (with Senator and now Mayor Darrell Steinberg) and leader of the Proposition 63 Campaign – the November 2004 California ballot measure which is transforming the state’s public mental health system
 

Simon Vue is the legislative coordinator at CBHA. Prior to this position, he interned at the Office of Assemblymember Kansen Chu in Sacramento providing research and data support to staff on several key legislation. Simon also worked as program staff at the Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparity Coalition and served as a member of the California Behavioral Health Planning Council.

As the legislative coordinator, Simon’s role entails tracking all state legislation related to behavioral health, coordinate with staff and policy committee members to write position letters on bills, and coordinate policy committee meetings.

Simon graduated with a Politics degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is a first-year graduate student in the Master’s Program of Public Policy and Administration at Sacramento State. He is strongly passionate about advocating for quality and accessible services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for underserved populations.

Outside of work, Simon enjoys chasing waterfalls, hiking, and snowboarding. His favorite foods are sushi and tacos

 
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