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 Disorders 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 Disorder Services and is dedicated to working with her colleagues and staff on expanding Buckelew’s co-occurring disorders treatment.

Bob Brown
Director of Mental Health Services

Bob Brown, Director of Community Support Services, 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.

Katrin Ciaffa
Director of Development

Katrin has worked at Buckelew Programs in various capacities since 1995. After starting her career as a Mental Health Counselor, Katrin served as Program Director for 12 years, first in Napa and later in Sonoma County. In 2012, she shifted her focus to Development. Under her leadership, revenue from Buckelew’s signature fundraiser, MarinScapes, increased by 60%. In July 2016, Katrin was promoted to Director of Development.

Katrin holds an MS Degree in Psychology from University of Hamburg, Germany, and a Post Masters Certificate in Art Therapy from Sonoma State University. She has a lifelong passion for improving the lives of people facing mental health and addiction issues, as well as for creative writing and expressive arts, and is deeply committed to advancing support for Buckelew’s work in the community.

Kelly Hinde
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.

James Mensing, J.D., Ph.D.
Director of Quality & Compliance

Dr. Mensing has over 20 years experience working with children, adults, and families in the behavioral health arena that includes management, program design, research, advocacy, and direct service work. Prior to joining Buckelew, he was the Executive Director of the Edgewood Institute, part of the Edgewood Center for Children and Families in San Francisco.

By training, Dr. Mensing is an attorney and research psychologist who holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from New England Law – Boston. He has worked extensively with marginalized populations in both rural and urban communities, and internationally in Latin America.

Alex Tolkach, Operations Director, Buckelew Programs

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).