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.

Leah Stebbins, LCSW
Regional Director of Behavioral Health, Marin County

Leah Stebbins, LCSW, joined Buckelew programs in July 2020 as Regional Director of Behavioral Health for Marin County. Recently in her career, Leah has moved frequently to bases all over the Country, adjacent to the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Leah has passionately served her Country as a social work psychotherapist providing mental healthcare to active duty military members and their families, as well as providing crisis intervention, suicide prevention, resiliency training, and alcohol and drug treatment programs. She also served as the first civilian credentialed in the history of the Navy to provide mental health services to the submarine force in the Pacific.

Prior to her military career, Leah worked extensively with Sonoma County nonprofits in the community services and mental health sector, as well as worked for the City of Rohnert Park in community services, and for the County of Sonoma in the Adult and Aging Division. Leah is enthusiastic about this opportunity to serve her community, and is grateful to have returned to Northern California to give back to the community that has given her so much.

Leah attended Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College in lieu of high school, and then earned her BS degree in Education with focus on Psychology from Pacific Union College, followed by a Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in trauma and military mental health from the University of Southern California. Leah is a Sonoma County native and lives with her husband and rescue dog in south county. She enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking the picturesque Sonoma and Marin coastline, and spending time in the majestic California redwoods.

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.

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.