Chantay has served as the Executive Director since 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology with a child, couple, and family emphasis, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Chantay’s 13-year history in the mental health field includes working with children in an inpatient psychiatric unit at Children’s Hospital, private practice, Administrator of Wallowa River House, a Residential Treatment Facility for people with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, Outpatient Mental Health Clinician, and WVCW’s Operations Officer from 2013-2015. Her varied background also includes a 10-year partnership in a commercial marine electronics company for cargo vessels managing 13 staff and a $4.2 million budget, and 3 years as a buyer for The Bon Marche.
Chief Operations Officer
Bridget Brown, the Chief Operations Officer at Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness, has over 15 years of experience serving marginalized/at-risk populations, with comprehensive expertise in program planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Her focus on individuals with special needs began during her undergraduate studies in Southern California where she did field-work using horses for therapy. She then went on to serve in the Peace Corps in Armenia working to address the stigma and isolation affecting young people with disabilities.
Chief Financial Officer
Tammy Greer has worked for the Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness since 2005 and has been the Financial Officer since 2007. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University with a major in accounting. Prior to working for Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness she worked for a CPA in Baker City, Oregon for five years where she gained first-hand experience working on audits for local governments and non-profit agencies as well as bookkeeping for various clients of the firm including processing payroll. This experience well prepared her for the work she is now doing for us.
Special Projects Director
Autumn Wilburn brings a diverse background and over 15 years of experience in project management, policy analysis, advocacy roles, and working for elected officials to her new role at Center for Wellness. She hopes to help the organization and the clients they serve with her organizational and leadership skills.
Raised in a small mountain town in Idaho, Autumn was excited to return to her rural roots when her family had the opportunity to relocate to Wallowa County in 2015. She enjoys getting out and enjoying all of the recreational opportunities available here with her 3 children and husband. She believes in giving back and serves her community on various boards and committees.
Autumn holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Idaho State University.
Barrett Crosby is the QA/QI Director for Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness. Barrett was born and raised in the wilds of Alaska. He left Alaska to attend Oregon State University and decided to stay, beginning his career in behavioral health in 2004. Barrett spent many years in Portland providing care and managing Mental Health licensed residential treatment. After close to a decade Barrett had the opportunity to work for the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) licensing and certification team. While at OHA he also engaged in operations and policy work for the Health Systems Division writing a number of the administrative rules under which Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness operates. Most recently Barrett worked as the Senior Director of Quality Management and Regulatory Services, HIPAA Privacy Officer, and Compliance Officer for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare in Portland. After 18 years of city life, Barrett and his family made the decision to leave Portland and return to the wide-open spaces and relative peace of rural life. He now resides in upstate NY (15 minutes from Canada) and works remotely for us. Barrett is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to the table in support of our work and the work staff does every day.
Lisa Ladendorff, LCSW
Grant Program Evaluator
Lisa is a licensed clinical social worker and on contract from Northeast Oregon Network (NEON). She has a 25-year history of clinical practice, specializing in the dynamics of behavior change as well as over 20 years of mentoring mental health staff. Lisa brings a wealth of experience from quality assurance/quality improvement to program evaluation to staff supervision and so much more to the organization. Her breadth of knowledge and experience provides a deep understanding on how systems impact individuals, especially around public health.
Clinical Administrator Support
Christina Schaeffer is one of the talented forces behind our Clinical Admin Support team. With a knack for multitasking, she's the go-to person for everything from EMR charting to data mining to face-to-face interactions and a medley of side projects in between.
Chris brings a diverse skill set to the team. Armed with a degree in Early Childhood Education, a license in equine massage, social work experience, and an 8-year track record as a medical assistant, she embodies a remarkable blend of talent and capability. Presently, she's on a journey to further elevate her expertise by pursuing QMHA and CHW certifications through WVCW.
As a true Wallowa County native, Chris's heart beats for the rural lifestyle. In her free time, you’ll find her horseback riding, barrel racing, and enjoying many outdoor adventures alongside her husband, two children, and a lively pack of canine companions.
Human Resources Generalist
Josey is a Wallowa County native and is enjoying this new role in her life. She worked in the medical field for the past three years and loves working with others. She is excited to transfer these skills to supporting health workers in a human resource setting.
She graduated in 2010 from Joseph Charter School. She moved over to Lewiston, ID to be with her husband while he was employed there training horses. They moved back to Wallowa County in 2014 and now have two children that bring them so much joy.
Human Resources Manager
Joining the human resource team as the Human Resources Manager, Robin Hopkins, brings over a decade of HR background with her to the Center for Wellness. Drawing from her experience at the airlines, school bus distributor, and local hospital, Robin helps navigate the human resource needs of her fellow coworkers. Focusing dedicated time to ensure that benefits are in place and actually considered a benefit is a priority. Robin obtained her bachelor's degree at Eastern Oregon University in Business Administration with a concentration in leadership, organization, and management. Growing up in Wallowa County Robin learned the value of rural life and appreciates being able to work and live here.
Public Relations and Development Director
Amy has experienced first-hand the power of mental health services and believes mental and physical well-being is crucial to whole person wellness. Her hope is someday that mental health checkups are as commonplace as physical health checkups. Currently, she works to tell the story of Wallowa Valley Center of Wellness and how mental and behavioral health services change lives. She believes storytelling is a powerful medium and by knowing each other's stories we heal, transform, and build empathy for others.
Wendy’s love for healthy living and the mountain air stems from the belief that to be one's best self they need to be both mentally and physically well.
She enjoys taking complex technical ideas and developing them into user-friendly visuals to improve digital marketing campaigns and social media interactions. Wendy believes in the power of visual communication and the capacity it holds to inspire people to act on the causes they care about.
She has an education in business administration and a background in cultivating relationships with local small businesses, farmers, and ranchers around Eastern Oregon. A self-taught graphic designer and admitted Adobe nerd, she was honored at the opportunity to join the PR and Development department of WVCW as their new Communications Specialist.
When she’s not crafting marketing campaigns, Wendy can be found riding in the arena, whispering sweetly to the honeybees in her garden, or working on the ranch.
Although Wendy spent several years working in the field of social work, she often found herself incorporating accounting into her work. Wendy received a bachelor of science in social work from the University of Oregon. With this combination, coming to work at Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness seemed like a natural fit.
Alyssa Werst Daggett
Alyssa Werst Daggett is the Financial Specialist. Alyssa’s role is to manage accounts payable and receivables. She makes sure that bills are paid in a timely matter, accounts are reconciled monthly, and that clinicians are credentialed with insurance companies. Her job also entails managing WVCW’s rep payee accounts, along with occasionally filling in at the front desk. Alyssa is also the company’s Notary, and serves as a TeamStepps coach. She has even tackled learning a new fundraising software that has helped out in the Hearts for Health Fundraising. Wallow Valley Center for Wellness has been a great fit for Alyssa.
Outpatient Account Specialist
Darci is our Outpatient Accounts Specialist. Her position bridges the gap between the front office and billing by helping our clients with payment plans or checking to see if they qualify for a sliding fee. She verifies insurance coverages and works with our veterans with their authorizations. Darci oversees our client’s billing accounts by working with our billing service and clinicians to make sure insurance is billed correctly. Her goal is for people to engage in behavioral health services without billing barriers to the best of their ability. Darci is also a TeamStepps coach and is willing to work on communication skills with her co-workers. She loves working with such a diverse group of people and loves how well everyone works together to help our clients with their wellness journeys. She learns something new every day through her position. Her time away from the office is spent with family and friends enjoying our beautiful area, she is an artist and a hobby photographer with a passion for astrophotography.
Johna Alford, QMHA, CHW, MA
Johna comes from a medical background as a medical assistant. She worked for many years in the health care field and decided to make a change in careers and work with a different population. She has a vast background in working directly with clients but also in helping create workflows, train in the electronic medical record (EMR) program, and facilitate meetings.
Stationary Engineering Certificate
Oregon Limited Maintenance Electrical license
Darren brings almost thirty years of experience to Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness from a variety of industries. Specializing in a variety of systems and having an innate nature to understand how things work, there are not many things Darren has been unable to repair or diagnose. Throughout his years of service, his knowledge base has expanded across a wide spectrum of repairs. Having these talents allows him to properly maintain, manage and foresee problems often before they even arise. Darren has brought forth a predictive and preventive maintenance scheme that allows all facilities to run smoothly, with minimal concerns and rapid repairs when needed.
IT Systems Administrator
Brad makes sure all our IT systems and equipment are working efficiently and safely. He comes back to us after working for years in the IT field at the state level.
Front Office Manager
Carmen, Office Manager at Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness has been working with vulnerable populations, at-risk children, and families for almost 20 years.
Her focus has been specific to children of high needs of abuse and neglect, teen parents, and worked in Seattle, WA as a post-partum doula with a focus on post-partum depression, bonding, and attachment.
She believes in the importance to meet people where they are and has a heart for helping care for those in her community. Strong belief in the importance of a balance of mind, body, and soul to be the best you can be for yourself and others.
She graduated with a BS degree from Eastern Oregon University.
RaeLynn Wallace, QMHA-R
Access Support Specialist
RaeLynn joined our team in 2017 as one of the Front Office Specialists. She has 15 years of experience in customer service and management, working in healthcare for more than half her life. This experience has helped RaeLynn to provide our clients with the best care possible.
Front Office Specialist II
Thrilled to be a part of the Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness team as a Front Desk Specialist, Teri brings her genuine passion for working with and assisting individuals. She recognizes that the front desk is where relationships are cultivated and support begins, making her role a perfect match for her desire to make a positive impact in people's lives.
Drawing from a diverse professional background, Teri has skillfully fulfilled roles as a Housekeeper, Facilities Coordinator, Medical Assistant - Donor Processing Associate, and Property Manager. Her experience highlights her adaptability and dedication to success.
Teri's commitment to her community shines through her history of volunteer work. She has generously contributed her time to Hells Canyon Mule Days, and Enterprise Head Start Program, and held a position on the board for the Wallowa County Youth Mentoring Program.
Teri Ann Gallegos is a dedicated mother of three incredible children and proudly shares her life with her husband, Michael Gallegos. Their journey together began with a beautiful wedding at Wallowa Lake in September 2013. In her spare time, Teri enjoys spending time with her family and participating in local outdoor community events.
Front Office Specialist
Front Office Specialist
Lisa initially joined the WVCW team as a temporary employee while she and her husband were exploring the area. She quickly recognized that WVCW isn't just a company; it's a caring community that values both its employees and clients. Embracing the changing times, Lisa's role has transitioned to a remote one. While you will no longer see her smiling face, Lisa now enjoys the best of both worlds – working from home, accompanying her beloved dogs, and traversing the beauty of the country.