Senior Management Team

Chris Kughn
Chief Executive Officer

Chris Kughn, L.M.F.T., joined Buckelew Programs in May of 2019 as Chief Executive Officer with more than 20 years of experience in the public and private nonprofit behavioral health care systems. Most recently, Chris served as Executive Director of Solano County for Caminar, Inc., where he focused on building strong partnerships with all stakeholders through transparency, trust and collaboration.

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.

Chris earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. degree in Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

He lives in Marin County with his wife and two children and is an avid cyclist.

Teresa Bowman
Director of Substance Use Services

Teresa is a native of Marin County who began her career path as a young adult, graduating from Tamalpais High School and majoring in business. Teresa furthered her career by attending Heald’s Business College in San Francisco, CA, and later U.C. Berkeley’s Alcohol and Drug Studies program to become a Certified Addiction Specialist. Teresa was the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Helen Vine Detox Center better known as “The Vine.”

During her work as the Executive Director, she was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award in 2005. In 2011 the Vine merged with Buckelew Programs and became the Helen Vine Recovery Center.

Today Teresa oversees Buckelew‘s Substance Use Services and is dedicated to working with her colleagues and staff on expanding Buckelew’s co-occurring disorders treatment.

Bob Brown
Regional Director of Behavorial Health, Marin County

Bob Brown 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.

Carolyn DeTierra, LMFT
Regional Director of Behavioral Health,
Sonoma and Napa Counties

Carolyn DeTierra, L.M.F.T., joined Buckelew programs in April 2020 as our Regional Director of Behavioral Health.  She brings more than 20 years’ experience in multiple aspects of the mental health field including psychotherapy, management, program design, partnership development, community outreach and supervision.

She was recently employed by the Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California where she successfully secured funding and greatly expanded the scope of their counseling services.  Her passion is to serve adults, children, elderly and families in crisis stabilization, substance abuse and trauma systems.

Earning her BA degree in Sociology from Sonoma State University followed by a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, Carolyn’s approach to this work is characterized by integrity, compassion, collaboration and accountability.

A long-time resident of Sonoma County, Carolyn also enjoys organic gardening, drumming and partner dancing.

Kelly Hinde, SPHR
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 nonprofits, 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.

Alex Tolkach
Director of Operations and Administration

Alex Tolkach joined Buckelew Programs in October 2016 after spending over 15 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. Alex oversees agency infrastructure that includes leased/owned facilities, information technology, fixed assets & equipment, and 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.

Keith Edwards
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Keith joined Buckelew Programs in December of 2018 as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, having previously served as the CFO of a San Francisco-based nonprofit that focuses on stopping or reducing child abuse and neglect.

Keith began his career in audit and then moved into global technology and telecoms companies where he led teams in financial accounting, financial planning, business support and organizational change.

Originally from England, Keith has been living in the Bay Area since 2007. Keith holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration from the University of Dundee, Scotland and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in the UK (equivalent to US CPA).

Cheryl Clarke, Interim Chief Development Officer (CDO)
Cheryl A. Clarke serves as Buckelew Programs’ Interim Director of Development.  She is an experienced fundraising professional with a consulting practice that includes interim engagements, major donor

programs, capital campaigns, development assessments and workshop presentations. A natural-born storyteller, she is the author of Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising.  Before starting her consulting practice, Cheryl held senior development positions at the University of California-San Francisco, the University of San Francisco School of Law and The Marine Mammal Center.  Cheryl has a law degree from the University of San Francisco and a BSJ from Northwestern University.

Stephen Hahn-Smith PhD, Director Quality & Compliance

Steve Hahn-Smith, PhD, joined Buckelew Programs in June of 2020 and brings over 20 years of experience both conducting behavioral health research and leading quality management departments in behavioral health settings.  He has experience working in government healthcare settings as well in non-profit service settings, building quality management departments, improving stakeholder relations, and connecting clinical and administrative teams to foster a culture of quality improvement.

Most recently, Steve has direct experience both leading the implementation of a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) at a large non-profit as well as working directly for an EHR vendor.  One of his primary goals at Buckelew is to build out its new EHR, leveraging its capacity to improve consumer care, improve efficiencies, and transition Buckelew toward value based care.

Steve earned a PhD in research psychology at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and more recently an Executive MBA at the California State University, Sacramento.  He is almost an empty nester with two kids in college and one headed for the Peace Corp.  In his free time Steve trains in preparation for triathlons up in the Tahoe area.