Aurora Mental Health Center

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Kelly Phillips-Henry, Chief Executive Officer
Start Date: 2018

Dr. Kelly Phillips-Henry is an experienced Behavioral Healthcare leader with 20+ years of executive leadership in the Colorado Community Mental Health and Department of Defense healthcare systems. She is a two-time CEO of large, not for profit community mental health centers in Colorado and currently serves at the CEO at Aurora Mental Health Center where the organization serves the 3rd most ethnically diverse community in the nation. Kelly spent 12 years active-duty as a Major in the US Air Force serving as a clinical psychologist overseeing Mental Health/Substance Use clinics, Wellness Centers, and as an Associate Professor at the US Air Force Academy while also running the Cadet Counseling Center. Kelly holds a MA and PsyD in clinical psychology and a MBA from the University of Colorado. Her passion remains the Rocky Mountains where she spends her free time with her husband and four grown children. She is a lifelong marathoner and Ironman triathlete.

Mara Kailin, Psy.D, Chief Clinical Officer
Start Date: 2015

Mara Kailin, Chief Clinical Officer at Aurora Mental Health Center, is a licensed, bilingual clinical psychologist. She completed her doctoral degree at Rutgers University and her predoctoral internship at Aurora Mental Health Center. Dr. Kailin specializes in working with trauma and multicultural issues. She has spoken at national and international conferences and has frequently appears in the local, national and international media. Along with her counterpart, Dr. Kailin oversees the clinical divisions of the mental health center.

Kathie Snell, LPC, Chief Operating Officer
Start Date: 2015

Kathie joined the Center in 2006 as the Director of Child and Family Services, and has served as Chief Operations Officer since 2015. Prior to joining the Center, Kathie served as the Manager for Child and Adolescent Programs for the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health. She has been in the public and non-profit mental health arena for 25 years, with the last 18 in community mental health in Colorado. Throughout her career, Kathie has worked toward service integration through collaboration with school districts, human services, juvenile justice agencies, primary health care providers, child care providers, and many other human and social service organizations, jointly implementing innovative programs responsive to the diverse needs of the community.

Kathie is a member of several organizations focused on child and adolescent mental health. She has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Anne Garrett-Mills, MD, Medical Director
Start Date: 2019

Born and raised in the Denver Metro area, Dr. Garrett-Mills has worked in multiple capacities at Aurora Mental Health Center both administrative and in direct care for the last eleven years. She is an alumni of Denver's George Washington High School and Oberlin College in Ohio. She graduated medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and returned home to complete a psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and has been practicing psychiatry locally for more than 20 years. Her special interests include diverse populations, adult patients with developmental delay, and/or with complex medical, psychiatric and addiction problems. Over the years she has worked as a psychiatrist for a number of specialty clinics serving monolingual Spanish speakers, refugees, homeless adolescents, African immigrants, Asian Pacific Development Center and a number of other programs designed to meet the mental health needs of patients who are traditionally underserved. She has served on a number of community boards and provided pro-bono education and presentations around mental health for various community organizations. Prior to coming to Aurora Mental Health Center, Dr. Garrett-Mills was a psychiatrist at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless where she served in both a clinical and administrative role. Her special interest include, hiking, reading and STEM education. She has spent her free time volunteering in the metro area organizing various supplemental education programs, writing curriculum for STEM programs, and running a local science camp for middle school students.

Deanna Graves, Chief Financial Officer
Start Date: 2017

Deanna Graves joined the Center in 2017, bringing nearly 25 years of healthcare experience to the organization. After 14 years as Controller for several organizations, she transitioned into a 10 year career in behavioral healthcare. Deanna went on to a long-term acute-care hospital as Chief Financial Officer before advancing to CEO of the organization, where she served for 11 years. In this role, she received Administrator of the Year award in 2007. Deanna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Business Administration with a minor in Economics at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she received several honors and graduated summa cum laude. She continues to enjoy the daily challenges of the evolving healthcare world


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