Senior Management Team

Chris Kughn

Chris Kughn, LMFT
Chief Executive Officer

Chris Kughn, LMFT, joined Buckelew Programs in May of 2019 as Chief Executive Officer with more than 20 years of experience in the public, private and nonprofit behavioral healthcare systems. Prior to Buckelew, Chris served in several executive management roles. As Executive Director of Solano County for Caminar, a nonprofit behavioral health social service organization, Chris built strong community partnerships through transparency, trust and collaboration. Chris served in several management roles with Marin County Department of Health and Human Services including Division Director of Adult and Older Adult Services. His commitment to nonprofit behavioral health services began with his work as a licensed therapist serving adults, children and families in myriad circumstances, including 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 is a member of the California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies (CASRA). He lives in Marin County and is an avid mountain biker, cyclist and scuba diver.

Teresa Bowman

Teresa Bowman
Director of Substance Use Services

Teresa is a native of Marin County who began her career path as a young adult, just after graduation from Tamalpais High School. She furthered her career with a degree in business from Heald’s Business College in San Francisco, and later completed U.C. Berkeley’s Alcohol and Drug Studies program to become a Certified Addiction Specialist. In 1999, Teresa co-founded the Helen Vine Recovery Center, also known as “The Vine”, and served as its Executive Director, a role she continues to hold.

As Executive Director of Helen Vine Recovery Center, Teresa was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award in 2005. In 2011 The Vine merged with Buckelew Programs. Teresa has been instrumental in overseeing The Vine’s adoption of evidence-based treatment and, in 2020, the addition of two critically needed sober living residences.

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


Karen Frost
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO)

Karen Frost joined Buckelew Programs in May of 2022 as CFAO with more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit finance, grants management and facility operations. For the last seven years, she has focused on housing and homelessness issues in San Francisco. Prior to this, Karen worked with international nonprofits, directing offices from the Republic of Georgia to Indonesia. Her passion for compliance led her to teach the grant management skills needed to get USAID funds.

Following her graduation from Wittenberg University in 1984, Karen joined the accounting firm of Touch-Ross. She is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of California as well as a Certified Global Managerial Accountant (CGMA).

Karen lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and daughter. Together they enjoy exploring abundant outdoor activities from beaches to mountains.


Pat Gallagher
Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO)

Pat Gallagher joined Buckelew Programs in December 2020 as Chief Philanthropy Officer. Pat is an established development professional with a demonstrated history of working in Human Services, Community Health, and Education sectors in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her experience includes capital campaigns, major and annual gifts, grant-making, planned giving, relationship building, and events management. Her experience includes oversight of communications and marketing, volunteer services, and advocacy efforts. Pat is excited to be part of Buckelew’s team and shares their passion to support our vital mission, values, and strategic vision.

A native San Franciscan, Pat received her BA in English at Santa Clara University and Master in Nonprofit Management at University of San Francisco. When off duty, she enjoys cooking, long walks and follows, with great enjoyment, televised baking competitions.

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Nori Keppel
Head of People

Erika Klohe

Erika Klohe, LCSW
Regional Director of Behavioral Health, Sonoma and Napa

Erika Klohe, a licensed Clinical Social Worker, joined Buckelew in 2022 with many years of experience working in the community providing direct services and developing partnerships throughout Sonoma County. Much of her work has focused on analysis of barriers and challenges, and has supported the establishment of shared practices that increase access to care. Erika is a strong advocate for culturally diverse, recovery-orientated, trauma-informed and humanistic services.

She has many years of experience working with our community’s most vulnerable including: Native and Latinx populations, individuals experiencing homelessness, seniors, LGBTQI, those involved in the criminal justice system, transitional and underserved youth and their families. Erika earned a degree in psychology from Sonoma State University and received a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from CSU-Long Beach. Erika enjoys hiking, dancing, creating art and spending time with her family and friends. She is dedicated to serving and increasing the health and wellbeing for all.

Connie Mann

Connie Mann, LMFT
Regional Director of Behavioral Health, Marin County and Suicide Prevention Hotline

Connie Mann is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that joined Buckelew Programs in 2003 with most recent transition to the Senior Management Team in 2021. As Behavioral Health Regional Director, she brings over 16 years of experience in nonprofit work, contract management, residential and supportive housing, trauma informed care, crisis management, adult and family homelessness, peer specialist, and managed care.

Connie earned her master’s degree from Sonoma State University in 2008 specializing in sexual trauma, domestic violence, PTSD, individual, couple, and family therapies, and multicultural counseling. Connie also holds a graduate level certification in Eastern, Western, and Indigenous Psychology, WRAP trainer, and Triple P parent education. She currently lives in Petaluma with her 2 daughters and is an avid hiker, jogger, and advocate for environmental causes impacting our planet.