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.

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.

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).

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.

Lilian Uwuseba

Lilian holds a PhD in Public health and a Master’s degree in public health from Walden University Minnesota, she also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Keller graduate School of Management of Devry University. Lilian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Stephens College Columbia, Missouri and she is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Lilian has directed mental health and substance use disorder programs, Adult day health and Senior centers for over 12years. Lilian was a director for Mental health services/ Methadone for Westside Community services, DAAC, Epiphany Center, and Conard House. Lilian was also a director for City of Oakland Senior center and recently, health program manager for City and County of San Francisco COVID-19 Command Center-Community/population branch. Lilian is a consultant in health education, promotion, and prevention.

Lilian is also an author, her book: Memoirs of a Treatment Center-Balcony Cove part I &II can be found on Amazon Kindle and paperback. She also has a research study available online”-open access” titled: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors, of African American women towards Breast Cancer Screening.

Lilian is married to her husband; a Physician and they have four children. In her leisure time, Lilian likes to listen to good music, dance, and loves to meet people from varied cultures.