Admissions & Outreach
Michael Frye, MS, Executive Director Of Admissions & Outreach
Michael Frye holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from California Coast University. Throughout his twenty-five-year career in the field of mental health and addiction, Michael has had the opportunity to have in depth experience working in clinical environments and to have served in many diverse positions including: direct clinical practice, administration, and director of admissions and outreach. Michael has extensive experience in business development and clinical outreach with an emphasis on strategic planning and development. Over his many years in the field, Michael has developed and maintained many long-standing relationships with clinicians and mental health professionals regionally and nationally. He has held executive leadership positions with prominent industry leaders including CRC Health Group, Acadia, and Universal Health. With his extensive expertise in the field, Michael provides proven success with multiple relationships around the country and has a strong passion and commitment to the field of healthcare.
Kelsie Barnes, Admissions Manager
Kelsie Barnes is a dedicated and passionate member of the AKUA family. Coming from a family of addiction professionals, Kelsie was naturally drawn to helping others find a new way of life, her passion for the Behavioral Health industry has been a steadily growing one ever since her teen years. Kelsie’s love for aiding in the recovery process led her to become a nationally certified interventionist. Her knowledge of intervention techniques made her the perfect candidate to help those in the very early stages of the recovery process. For the last two years, Kelsie has been an incredible asset to the admissions team, working hard every day to ensure admissions run smoothly and her team is readily available to assist clients seeking recovery. Her drive to help people enter Substance Abuse and Mental Health treatment is evident in the way she leads the Admissions Team. Kelsie believes this work to be of the utmost importance.
Becca Millard, Senior Outreach Specialist, Orange County, CA
Becca Millard’s dedication to the family of AKUA Mind & Body is evident in her passion, leadership and work ethic. Becca earned her Bachelor’s in Science at Vanguard University, where she played indoor volleyball and served her team as a captain. She remains committed to creating opportunities for her team to synergistically contribute to growing AKUA Mind & Body and to further assist and inform the community.
Dan Paulsell, Alumni Coordinator
Dan has earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with majors in Management, Human Resources, Marketing and supporting emphasis in Psychology and Sociology. He is currently working toward the completion of his Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor designation. He uses a caring and practical approach to assist in transitioning clients thoughts, actions and perspective into a new way of life, emphasizing the necessity of a new design for living. His ability to connect with clients through respect and empathy, is an invaluable asset to those struggling with addiction and trust barriers. His approach to a 12 step lead spiritual experience is accessible and inspiring.
Elizabeth Telhami, Assistant Director of Outreach for EAP/Unions and Corporations
Elizabeth received her Masters of Science in Health and Strategic Communication from Chapman University. Elizabeth has a strong passion for Healthcare and has been to sole focus of her career. Elizabeth brings extensive experience in traditional marketing, communications, and outreach. Elizabeth has served as liaison to over 100 employer groups, 250 physicians, several brokers, and thousands of community members. Elizabeth has a strong ability to and enjoys connecting to individuals and building relationships. Aside from her love and passion for healthcare, Elizabeth is extremely passionate about mentoring youth. For almost three years now, Elizabeth has been a mentor and volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters OC. Elizabeth is very excited to bring her passion and experience of healthcare to Akua. Elizabeth looks forward to working with EAP’s, Unions and large corporations to assist in the healthcare of their employers.
Carl Lemos, First Responders Outreach Specialist, Sacramento County
Carl’s dedication and commitment to the First Responder’s program at AKUA stems from his 11 years of personal dedication to the fire department. Carl personally struggled with addiction due to an injury sustained while working as a firefighter in 2008. Carl struggled through 4 years of surgeries and complications which led to his addiction struggles. Carl personally completed a First responders treatment track and has now dedicated his life to helping first responders with the same struggles. Carl is very proud to represent the First Responders Program at AKUA Mind and Body Sacramento.
Taylor Vinzant, Outreach Specialist, South San Diego County
Taylor has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Communication from San Diego State University. During her education she focused her studies toward learning about mental illness and implementing health campaigns. Throughout her education, she worked at a Senior Retirement Community where she learned to develop and grow relationships with the elderly residents, staff, and management. Taylor also spent time volunteering at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. It was there that she worked closely with the Autism Discovery Institute and found her passion for the healthcare industry. In her free time, Taylor loves camping, hiking, and rollerblading. She is happy to be a part of the Akua team, and excited to share the great resources Akua has to offer in her hometown of San Diego.
Angelina Horn, B.S., RADT-I, Outreach Specialist, Sacramento County
Angelina graduated from Grand Canyon University with a BS in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Masters’ degree with a focus on treating complex trauma. Her philosophy to treatment embodies an empathetic, compassionate approach with an emphasis on self-determination and healthy living skills. Angelina carried the role of case manager at Akua for the last year. she has been successful at working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams, providing highly integrated care, employing clinical best practices, and developing clinically sound aftercare plans for her clients. Angelina also was very instrumental in starting the alumni program at the Sacramento location. Angelina is very excited to be in the role of outreach specialist, so she can continue the collaboration with the professionals in the Sacramento area.
Anna Dexheimer, Outreach Specialist, North San Diego County
Anna holds a B.A in both Psychology and Sociology from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Prior to joining Akua, she volunteered at a Senior Living center for the elderly and worked at an intensive outpatient substance abuse clinic, allowing her to support individuals with a wide spectrum of mental health needs. She is passionate about working for a company committed to an individualized East-meets-West approach with a strong focus on customer service and professionalism. Originally from New Jersey, Anna enjoys the beach, spending time with friends and family, and of course—Bruce Springsteen. She’s is excited and honored to join Akua’s outreach team and be a part of their growth.
Kelsey Lucas, Outreach Specialist, Northern California
Kelsey was born in Fairfield, California and have lived in Vacaville, California since the age of 5 years old. Being born and raised in Solano County has given Kelsey great community knowledge, and I am very familiar with my outreach “territory.” After graduating from Vacaville High School in 2012, Kelsey attended Sacramento City College where I obtained my A.A. in both psychology and social science. From there, Kelsey continued on to Sonoma State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Since graduating in 2016, Kelsey earned her California Real Estate License and has been working in the field ever since. However, her passion lies in helping and supporting others in creating the best versions on themselves, so I am very excited to start on a new journey at Akua Mind and Body.
Natali Skaya, Outreach Specialist, Los Angeles County
Natali Skaya grew up in Tucson, Arizona and has been living in Los Angeles for 3 years. Natali attended the University of Arizona and Whittier college and graduated with a bachelors in English and Psychology. Natali brings her experience working in both adolescent and adult treatment to Akua. She has had various roles as a group facilitator, outreach coordinator, and admissions director. Natali is passionate about working in the mental health and substance abuse field and is dedicated to ensuring both clients and families receive the support they need. Natali will be attending a Master’s program next year to earn her marriage and family therapy license and continue her work in treatment as a clinician.
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