As President and CEO, Dr. Clark is the visionary leader for the entire Mental Health Center of Denver organization. He reports directly to the board of directors and is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the organization, directs the implementation of programs and activities approved by the board, and proposes, prepares and presents specific programs and activities to the board that will further the organization’s purposes. Additionally, Dr. Clark inspires the organization to pursue its goal of being the Center of Excellence in recovery-focused care with the best mental health services in the country.
Top 5 Strengths: Maximizer, Self-Assurance, Individualization, Ideation, Learner
Dr. Clark also directs the implementation of two primary care integration grants designed to embed primary care providers in Mental Health Center of Denver clinics.
Top 5 Strengths: Belief, Deliberative, Connectedness, Relator, Input
Richard (Ric) Durity is the Vice President of Development at the Mental Health Center of Denver. He oversees the organization’s grant development, public relations and fundraising efforts designed to grow innovative programs and expand access to care for all those in need.
Prior to his current role, Ric’s work focused on providing clinical services for children and families as well as deaf and hard of hearing persons. Ric’s passion for developing mental health programs stems from his life-long commitment to social justice.
Top 5 Strengths: Responsibility, Restorative, Connectedness, Input, Intellection
Jay Flynn oversees the Mental Health Center of Denver’s services delivered to over 7,000 people at a time. His responsibility spans access to services, outpatient and case management services at the Recovery Center and outpatient services at Wellshire Behavioral Services, as well as an array of residential and housing services and the Walk-in Center.
During his tenure with the Mental Health Center of Denver, Flynn has served as the Director of Adult services and the Deputy Director before that. In his current capacity, Mr. Flynn oversees services provided to adults by multiple assertive community treatment and intensive case management teams, multiple outpatient teams, grant programs, residential facilities and a walk-in crisis center staffed by over 400 professionals. Mr. Flynn has had a key role in the development and implementation of the Mental Health Center of Denver's five criminal justice teams. Mr. Flynn has also had an integral role in the development and implementation of criminal justice services and integrated co-occurring treatment services at the organizataion. Mr. Flynn is a member of the Denver Community Corrections Board and of the Governor’s Council on Community Corrections.
Top 5 Strengths: Intellection, Learner, Maximizer, Strategic and Ideation
Additionally, he promotes the development of the Mental Health Center of Denver Wellness Culture, an initiative that supports high levels of employee engagement, and works with external entities to develop innovative opportunities to increase services in the community as well as Mental Health Center of Denver revenues.
Top 5 Strengths: Restorative, Adaptability, Connectedness, Relator, Learner
Kristi Mock has transitioned to the recently created position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Adult Recovery Services as well as in a variety of roles during her tenure with Mental Health Center of Denver.
In her new position, she oversees internal operations freeing up the CEO to focus on external responsibilities in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment. Kristi is a strong collaborator and uses her strengths to prioritize processes and execute overarching strategic vision needed to keep Mental Health Center of Denver moving forward. She counts it a privilege to have served in the Denver Community for over 30 years.
Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Arranger, Belief, Activator, Strategic
"I feel strongly about the importance of legacy...positively impacting the Denver Community by helping persons experiencing mental illness have rich and meaningful lives."
With more than 25 years of experience in healthcare finance, she has worked in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations including hospitals, insurance entities and other healthcare establishments. Her passion for leadership and mission-oriented work fuels her drive to enhance well-being throughout the community.
Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Responsibility, Relator, Arranger, Learner
Dr. Prado promotes the development of prevention and early intervention strategies, the establishment of community-based partnerships, staff development and training, and transformation of traditional delivery models for work with diverse populations.
Top 5 Strengths: Activator, Connectedness, Individualization, Relator, Learner
Mental Health Ambassador
Jeannie Ritter joined the Mental Health Center of Denver in 2012 to serve as Mental Health Ambassador and continue her advocacy efforts for mental health which she made her focus as former First Lady of Colorado (2007-2011).
Through her efforts to bring a voice to mental health, her hope is that she is helping to create a community that doesn’t avert its eyes but views mental illness with the same compassion as other ailments. She speaks publicly at hundreds of businesses, civic organizations, faith based groups, chamber meetings and community gatherings each year. Her passion for improving access to mental health supports is underscored by her belief that mental wellness is the foundation for healthier families and stronger communities.
Her work with severely emotionally disturbed children in Denver Public School lead her to champion this issue as she could see the impact mental health had on families. She has also navigated the system as a family advocate and has seen first-hand the need for greater awareness and better access to services to those in need.
Top 5 Strengths: Arranger, Activator, Woo, Developer, Positivity
He heads up Reaching Recovery, an initiative designed to advance the recovery practices for other provider organizations throughout Colorado and throughout the nation. Starks also develops and implements Rehabilitation Services, including the Resource Center – providing food, clothing, furniture, hygiene products, books and more – and 2Succeed in Education and Employment programs that provide services to consumers.
Top 5 Strengths: Belief, Responsibility, Maximizer, Connectedness, Relator
Leslye Steptoe, PhD
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusiveness
As Vice President of Diversity & Inclusiveness, Dr. Steptoe is primarily responsible for the design and implementation of an evidence-based approach to cultural competence at Mental Health Center of Denver.
Working within all levels of the organization, she develops workplace evaluation and assessment tools as well as a variety of experiential learning opportunities for staff, and is committed to building strong external networks to ensure that Mental Health Center of Denver is an engaged partner in the communities in which we live and serve.
Top 5 Strengths: Learner, Achiever, Context, Positivity, and Arranger
“Diversity & Inclusiveness at Mental Health Center of Denver is active—it’s about open communication and productive teamwork in a safe, respectful environment. Our Wellness Culture motivates each of us to build upon our individual strengths to achieve our common mission, and D&I directly supports this by framing our differences not as a shortcoming but as a key strength. The more skilled we become at leveraging the different perspectives and experiences among us, the more successful we’ll be in our workplace and community."
Jeff helps to create and maintain a forward-focused, wellness-oriented workplace with a high level of employee engagement, dedication to the mission, and belief in consumer recovery.
Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Maximizer, Individualization, Context, Learner
"I am passionate about mental health because it is a vital part of each person’s health. When we think of health and wellness, we cannot simply focus on keeping a leg, an arm, or one organ healthy. We must strive to keep the whole person healthy – especially the mind."
Dr. Wes Williams joined the Mental Health Center of Denver in 2007 and now serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer, overseeing the Mental Health Center of Denver’s information systems, including program evaluation, data sciences, information strategy, application development, network operations, and help desk.
Wes’s clinical background and technical expertise help him provide innovative solutions to the challenges of building systems that meet the needs of clinicians, payers, regulators and the people we serve. His department integrated the Mental Health Center of Denver's recovery-oriented outcome instruments into the clinical workflow of the electronic health record to bring quantitative measurement into the treatment of serious and persistent mental illness. Other initiatives include an EHR implementation, the construction of a data warehouse and business intelligence platform, planning for disaster recovery/business continuity in a hybrid cloud environment, and agile transformation.
Prior to joining the Mental Health Center of Denver Wes was at Mental Health Partners in Boulder, Colorado, working as a child and family psychologist before moving to information systems to implement MHP’s electronic medical record. Wes graduated with a bachelor’s degree and honors in psychology from Stanford University. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Wes is a licensed psychologist in Colorado.
Top 5 Strengths: Ideation, Strategic, Learner, Maximizer, Futuristic