Senior Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Tamara Player is a seasoned mental health executive with 23 years of experience working in the not for profit community mental health system, including 12 years as Chief Operating Officer for community behavioral health centers in Colorado and Maine. Trained as a clinical social worker, she also worked directly with clients for 13 years.
A diverse and innovative leader who has faced a number of organizational challenges and successes, Tamara has developed a solid understanding of the ever evolving world of health care, the impact that changes have on a system and the need for organizations to be innovative, efficient, and effective in order to meet the Triple Aim.
Tamara received a Master of Social Work from the University of New England, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maine and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Colorado and Maine.
Director of Community Support Services
Bob Brown, Director of Community Support Services, has been with Buckelew Programs since 1980. He completed an undergraduate degree in Social Studies at George Mason University in Virginia and held various positions with Psychiatric Crisis and hospital in-patient settings before he was drawn to the community based work of Buckelew Programs.
After working as a case manager for a number of years, as Buckelew Programs expanded Bob was promoted to a succession of management positions, and is now overseeing all housing and case management services in Marin, Napa and Sonoma County.
Director of Operations and Administration
Alex Tolkach joined Buckelew Programs in October 2016 after spending over fifteen years in the field of operations management working for environmental conservation organizations. Alex has a wealth of experience in the development of business processes and systems as well as project, compliance and people management. In his new role, Alex oversees agency infrastructure that includes leased/owned facilities, information technology, fixed assets & equipment, contract management as well as the implementation of workflow/process improvements.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University, with an emphasis in Organizational Development. He is passionate about conservation, and has an acute interest in the impact that the environment has on the health of the individual.
James Mensing, J.D., Ph.D.
Senior Director, Emergency & Short Term Services - Quality & Compliance
Dr. Mensing has over 20 years experience working with children, adults, and families in the behavioral health arena that includes management, program design, research, advocacy, and direct service work. At Buckelew he oversees crisis and short term services, along with quality and compliance. Prior to joining Buckelew, he was the Executive Director of the Edgewood Institute, part of the Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco. By training Dr. Mensing is an attorney and research psychologist who holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from New England Law – Boston. He has worked extensively with marginalized populations in both rural and urban communities, and internationally in Latin America.
Director of Development
Katrin has worked at Buckelew Programs in various capacities since 1995. After starting her career as a Mental Health Counselor, Katrin served as Program Director for 12 years, first in Napa and later in Sonoma County. In 2012, she shifted her focus to Development. Under her leadership, revenue from Buckelew’s signature fundraiser, MarinScapes, increased by 60%. In July 2016, Katrin was promoted to Director of Development.
Katrin holds an MS Degree in Psychology from University of Hamburg, Germany, and a Post Masters Certificate in Art Therapy from Sonoma State University. She has a lifelong passion for improving the lives of people facing mental health and addiction issues, as well as for creative writing and expressive arts, and is deeply committed to advancing support for Buckelew’s work in the community.
Director of Human Resources
Kelly Hinde, Director of Human Resources, joined Buckelew Programs in 2014 and brings to the agency over 25 years of experience and expertise in human resources. She holds a BS in Business Management and has been a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources for the past 20 years. Kelly has held management positions in both non-profit and for-profit companies throughout the North Bay, most recently as Human Resources Manager for Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire.
Kelly lends her skills in human resources to various non-profits, having served as a volunteer board member for a number of community organizations. Her spare time is spent as a volunteer 4-H leader where she enjoys mentoring youth in leadership and presentation skills as well as animal husbandry. Residing on a small farm she enjoys raising rabbits that she shows competitively.