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Buckelew Programs Announces New CEO

posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Chris Kughn Joins Buckelew Programs as Chief Executive Officer


SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA   April 29, 2019 – Veteran mental health care leader, Chris Kughn, joins Buckelew Programs as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer on May 20, 2019, succeeding Tamara Player.  Player served as the organization’s top executive since 2016.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead Buckelew into its next chapter,” said Chris Kughn, incoming Chief Executive Office of Buckelew Programs.  “We have passionate, veteran staff members who are committed to providing the best behavioral health services possible to those in need who live in our local communities.  We are lucky to have caring and loyal donors and an experienced Board of Directors.  I look forward to building on the foundation that Tamara established for Buckelew.”

Most recently, Chris served as Executive Director for Caminar, Inc. managing its programs in Solano and Butte Counties, where he focused on building strong partnerships with all stakeholders through transparency, trust and collaboration.  His extensive experience in systems change to address service needs and evolving funding streams, paired with his innovative approach have resulted in expanded service opportunities  in those  communities.  

Prior to joining Caminar, Chris served as Division Director of Adult and Older Adult Services among other management positions in behavioral health with the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.  His passion for this work began as a licensed therapist serving adults, children and families in the juvenile justice, crisis stabilization and adult homeless systems. 

“We are thrilled that Chris agreed to join Buckelew as it’s CEO.  His prior experiences have positioned him well to continue to strengthen Buckelew’s existing services and to expand the scope and scale of the services provided.  Chris has managed a large, behavioral health care organization, he has experience in multiple counties in the North Bay, and has experience implementing the electronic health record system that Buckelew is about to deploy.  We are sorry to see Tamara leave, but we feel fortune to have benefitted from her many contributions to Buckelew during the time she served as CEO.  The organization is well positioned for its next stage of development with Chris at the helm,” said Stan Moore, Board Chair.   Player has accepted a position as the CEO of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic in Prescott, Arizona, where she will move with her husband, Todd.

Program Offices Relocate to Novato

As part of repositioning Buckelew for the future, all of the office based services in Marin County recently relocated to 201 Alameda Del Prado.  With a client centric focus, the new office expands services into northern Marin and allows for better access using public transportation.  The new office location is consistent with our values of serving in the best interest of our clients while coordinating care in an efficient and effective manner.

About Buckelew Programs

Buckelew Programs helps people in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake Counties with mental health, addiction, and related behavioral health challenges lead healthier, more independent lives, strengthening families and communities in the process.  Buckelew Programs was founded in 1970 when it opened Marin County’s first 24-hour residential mental health treatment facility. Since then, it has grown to serve nearly 10,000 clients each year.  Buckelew Programs provides a wide range of services for both adults and children, including supported housing and job training, outpatient psychotherapy, residential detox, and a regional suicide prevention program.  Buckelew Programs is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  To learn more, visit www.buckelew.org.

Buckelew Programs Announces New CEO