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Meet the BHAB

Meet the Behavioral Health Advisory Board Members

(photo) shaking hands


Composition of Board Members:
One (1) shall be a member of the Board of Supervisors and 14 members shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Seven (7) members shall be consumers, parents, spouses, siblings or adult children of consumers who are receiving/have received mental health services. Seven (7) members shall be experienced/knowledgeable of the mental health system or be public interest. 


2023 Chair- Alan Albright, LMFT, Treatment and Recovery Specialist 
Appointment Data: 8/23/22

2023 Vice- Chair - Frederick Williams, LMFT, Treatment and Recovery Specialist
Appointment Date: 3/09/21

Supervisor Vicente Sarmiento, Board of Supervisors, 2nd District
Appointment Data: 1/2023

Chase Wickersham, Public Interest- 5th District
Appointment Date: 3/14/23

Chinh Tuonh Nguyen, Public Interest- 1st District
Appointment Date: 3/14/23

Duan Tran, MSW, Public Interest- 4th District
Appointment Date: 3/09/21

Karyl Dupee, LMFT, Family Member
Appointment Date: 3/09/21

Kristen Pankratz, MSW, Person in Recovery
Appointment Date: 3/09/21

Matthew Holzmann, Family Member
Appointment Date: 3/09/21

Stephen McNally, Family Member
Appointment Date: 3/09/21

Susan Emerson, LCSW, CATC IV,  Person In Recovery
Appointment Date: 2/28/23

Vacant- 2nd District Appointee Representative 

Vacant- 3rd District Appointee Representative 

Vacant - Person in Recovery (SUD/ Mental Health)

Vacant - Family Member

Behavioral Health Services Staff

Dr. Veronica Kelley, LCSW
Chief, Behavioral Health Services
Health Care Agency,
Behavioral Health Services
405 W. 5th Street, Suite 726
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Nora Flores,  (714) 834-6023

Annette Mugrditchian, LCSW
Director of Operations
Health Care Agency,
Behavioral Health Services
405 W. 5th Street, Suite 724
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Nora Flores, (714) 834-6023

Karla Perez
Staff Specialist
Health Care Agency,
Behavioral Health Services
405 W. 5th Street, Suite 475
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 834-5481


How to Become a Member of the Orange County Behavioral Health Advisory Board

Volunteers requirements include:

  • Must be available to attend two (2) monthly meetings, on the second Wednesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. and the fourth Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. * New Time beginning in 2024- 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Must reside in Orange County
  • May not work for the County of Orange. 
  • May not work for a contracted agency/provider of Behavioral Health Services, unless you identify as a person in recovery. (See bylaws for additional details.)
  • Must be a direct consumer of behavioral health services, family member, behavioral health professional, or have public interest in County’s behavioral health services.

For additional information on becoming a member of the Orange County Behavioral Health Advisory Board, please contact Karla Perez,

Application to become a BHAB Member.