Amy Henderson, CFO
Start Date: 2012
Amy is the Financial Controller for The Council and Comitis. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting as well as a Master of Accountancy. Prior to joining The Council and Comitis, Amy was the Finance Director for the Arkansas Literacy Council where she oversaw all budget and financial activities including preparation of financial reports, accounts payable and receivable, including state and federal grants, grantees, matching funds and philanthropic cash receipts. Amy also has experience in the public sector accounting industry.
Julie Bellum, Senior Staff
Julie is the Clinical Director for The Council and Comitis, with over 22 years' experience working with adolescents and adults who are experiencing emotional, physical and sexual abuse. She also has over 13 years of management and supervision experience.
Julie is a licensed social worker, certified addiction counselor, and has significant experience addressing dissociative disorders and trauma.
James Gillespie, Director of Development
James Gillespie was born in York, Pennsylvania and grew up in the small town of Linkwood, Maryland. Gillespie holds degrees in biology, theology, and classical piano performance-studying in Maryland, California, Austria, and Hungary. He was the first American to be accepted to the Liszt Conservatory in Szeged, Hungary where his music studies began. Upon graduation, he became the youngest Executive Director of the oldest Arts Council in Maryland. In his tenure of 2.5 years, Gillespie grew the bottom line by 33% (despite recession), created a major endowment fund, increased arts funding into public schools, created a statewide program to put instruments in the hands of low-income students, and became Maryland's first Art Advocate of the Year.
James is a proud Eagle Scout and a lifelong fellow of the Fund for Theological Education and The Roothbert Fund. He also is an active Rotarian from Club 31 in Denver.
Gillespie currently serves as the Community Impact and Government Relations Liaison for MHBHC and the Comitis Crisis Center mitigating and treating substance abuse in Colorado as well as providing food, clothing, and shelter for homeless children, families, and female veterans.
Robert Dorshimer, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2009
ROBERT "BOB" DORSHIMER, MAed, CACIII, Chief Executive Officer
Robert E. Dorshimer, M.A.Ed. CAC III, has served as the executive director of MHBHC/Comitis since 2006. Mr. Dorshimer holds a dual Master's degree in clinical counseling and school guidance counseling from the University of Phoenix and has served in the behavioral health field for over 15 years. As the executive director of MHBHC/Comitis, Mr. Dorshimer is responsible for leading, providing strategy and supervision for all MHBHC and subsidiary programs. This position requires leadership in resource development, program integrity and fiscal accountability. In this role, Mr. Dorshimer is responsible for securing all agency funding, providing annual job performance evaluations for staff, developing educational programs and services as needed, and maintaining proper agency financial integrity and fiscal management.
In addition, previous to his tenure as executive director of MHBHC/Comitis Mr. Dorshimer served as the director of Denver's Office of Drug Strategy at the Denver Department of Human Services. Denver's Office of Drug Strategy works to effectively bring empirically/evidenced-based treatment grants to Denver's community-based treatment providers. In this role, he worked with Denver's community-based treatment providers and Signal Behavioral Health Network on capacity building and program enhancement efforts for the city's treatment, intervention, and prevention funding efforts. In this role, Mr. Dorshimer gained significant expertise in understanding the interconnected agencies and federal funding mechanisms that support alcohol and substance abuse treatment and provide services for the homeless in the metro Denver area.
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