Mental Health News Radio

Welcome Director of Security Donna Li Puma

We are pleased to welcome Donna Li Puma as our Director of Security for Mental Health News Radio Network. Donna has been providing us with her unique perspective on how to ensure the safety of our interviewers at conferences for some time. We have now asked her to join our team because of the unique understanding of mental wellness she learned through her career and personal life experiences.

Donna’s career in law enforcement was as an officer in New York, New Hampshire and Florida, where she earned certification as a firearms instructor.  She is very proud to have been selected to work in the first private police force for the Olympic Games and with President Reagan’s body guard team during his first term. She also served a tour of duty with the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Branch. After discharge she worked for the Federal Aviation Administration in Miami as a Detective, Internal Investigator. She was called back to active duty after 9/11 and had assignments in both Desert Storm and in-country Iraq, reaching the rank of Captain. A full resume of her career in this field includes work as a Federal Computer Crimes Investigator, a Special Agent and more than fifteen years in military intelligence.

We are proud to have Donna on our growing team and look forward to her presence at all venues (even if no one but our team knows exactly where she is).  

Questions for our Director of Security? Email Donna here.

Meet the Faces of Mental Health News Radio: Melanie Vann, Counseling and Program Director

We start with our Program Director, resident counselor, and Marketing & Advocacy Director, Melanie Vann. 

A trained behavioral health expert who’s innately intrigued by all that people come to endure during their lifetime, Melanie Vann has been working with Mental Health News Radio and everythingEHR since May 2015. Over the past year and change, her role with the MHNR team has evolved considerably, as she moved quickly from small marketing tasks to a more prominent role in show hosting and management.

Whether she’s on-air co-hosting or behind the scenes vetting guests or writing her next blog post, Melanie draws on her years in private practice as a counselor, life coach, and equine therapist to bring to light the hottest topics of behavioral health today. For more on what makes Melanie tick—and what’s to come regarding her role at MHNR—keep reading.

Welcome Melanie Vann, M.A. Counseling Psychology, Behavioral Health HIPAA Instructor

Please join us in welcoming Melanie Vann to everythingEHR. Melanie is working with our Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers and Public Behavioral Health Centers on HIPAA compliance and training. She works onsite with practices taking a view of all departments from administrative staff to the clinical team to make sure all processes are being followed that are specific to a behavioral health environment. 

Melanie joins us on Mental Health News Radio to discuss her love of animal-assisted therapy. She’s also our Creative Director, handling all of our marketing efforts for everythingEHR and our advocacy radio show. We could not do all that we do without her!

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What Does Consultancy in Behavioral Healthcare Mean to Us?

 The Nuts and Bolts of Consultancy in Behavioral Healthcare

Why You Need Us—and How We Can Help

The healthcare system as a whole is a complex compilation of providers, insurers, administrators, and vendors. And although the end goal is always to better the health of patients, healthcare is also a business. That business part of healthcare, just as with any venture that involves dollar signs, brings out the best in some, the worst in others. We see it as our job—our passion—to help organizations wade through the behavioral health market to match the best products with the right providers to ensure the best care. And as we’ve found, much of that work involves finding the right people.

Our Founder: Kristin Sunanta Walker

kristin-06f2cdfd87Kristin Walker has been working within the health care field for more than two decades. She started out in medical billing for an Urgent Care center in Southern California. Then she worked as the Financial Manager for a dental practice in Oklahoma. She quickly became the go-to person on staff for any software issues. During her time working in the dental industry she was hired by a practice management firm to help private practices with the business side of their organizations. This experience launched her career as an industry consultant. Kristin also deepened her skills in the database software world and began working with many different organizations—from small businesses to Fortune 1000 companies, to set up in-house software to organize and run their corporate communications, sales, and marketing.  

Welcome Joy Wanden to everythingEHR

Joy WandenAlthough she is a librarian by profession, Ms. Wanden’s graduate degree uses the modern terminology of “information scientist”. After working in an administrative position for the 40th Military Police Battalion, in Khorat, Thailand, in her early twenties she returned to California and enjoyed a successful nineteen year career at the Fullerton College Library. For the next two decades she was a User Coordinator, Trainer, Metadata Specialist, a Library Analyst, and retired in 2009 as the Field Training and Education Manager for the U.S. region at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (http://www.oclc.org). OCLC is a global non-profit, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs.

At OCLC Ms. Wanden represented a powerful, cloud-based infrastructure that provides system-wide intelligence and cooperative platforms. She frequently gave workshops and conference presentations to the west coast members of its network of 16,737 libraries, archives and museums in 170 countries. She also consulted with managers about the most cost-effective use of technology and best practices in metadata operations working with clients like as the University of Southern California, Seattle University, University of Hawaii, Hilo, Alameda (CA) County Public Library, Bellingham (WA) Public Library, and the Oakland Public Library.

Joy has a publishing record as well, starting out in 1998 by designing, coding and then serving as a long-time editor of the web journal, Associates: the Electronic Library Support Staff Journal at http://associates.ucr.edu/journal/. She also published several print journal articles, such as “Restructuring The Classification of Library Paraprofessionals”, in Library Mosaics, “Industrializing the Work Flow: New Trends in Technical Services”, in the Oregon Library Association Quarterly, where she was guest editor, “Your One-Stop Guide for Planning a Workshop”, for the Council on Library/Media Technicians, and “Alternative Education Options for Library Staff”, in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science.

Her activist roots and volunteer spirit run deep: at the College she was elected President of the local chapter of the California School Employee Association, she volunteered as a sign language interpreter for the deaf, and contributed her editing expertise to non-profit organizations serving the behavioral health industry since the 1980’s. One of her proudest writing and editing experiences was as one of the editors of Beyond Survival, a magazine devoted to information about victims of childhood sexual abuse.

She is currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer for everythingEHR. Joy is the head of our Non-Profit and Academic Advisory division working with colleges and universities to educate the next generation of mental health providers and our not-for-profit behavioral health organizations.

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