Bob Klaehn, M.D. is a Board Certified Child Psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). He is currently a Medical Director for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, assisting in benefit management for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Previously, he was Medical Director for the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Arizona Department of Economic Security for nearly fourteen years. He has been active in the National Wraparound Movement since the early 1990's. He is an active local, national and international speaker on topics in early childhood mental health and the diagnosis and treatment of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities. Most recently, in December 2019, Bob presented four lectures during the international conference "At the Juncture of Psychiatry and Neurology: Disorders in Infants, Adolescents and Young Adults," in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.
Bob received his undergraduate degree in History and Science from The Johns Hopkins University in 1976 and his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1980. He received his adult and child psychiatry training at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Bob is a member of the volunteer faculty of the Valleywise Psychiatric Residency and Child Psychiatry Fellowship Programs. He has been a member of the ITMHCA Board of Directors since 2013 and Board Chair since 2019.
Bob was a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Committee on Community-Based Systems of Care from 1995 to 2014. He is currently the Committee's Liaison to the AACAP Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Committee. While a member of the Committee, he helped to develop the Child and Adolescent Service Intensity Instrument (CASII) and the Early Childhood Service Intensity Instrument (ECSII), non-diagnostically driven tools for determining the appropriate intensity of service, which are used by state Medicaid and private insurance companies across the country. Dr. Klaehn has also helped draft multiple AACAP documents addressing Systems of Care Issues affecting young children, including "Best Principles for Early Childhood Systems of Care" (2003) and was the Lead Author for the "Early Childhood System of Care" and "Developmental Disabilities" Modules for the "Systems Based Practice Toolkit" (2009) developed for use in Child Psychiatry Fellowships.
Sally has served on the ITMHCA Board since 2018. She is the current treasurer. Previously she served as a liaison to the Board representing her background in pediatric health care and her role as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) working with infants and toddlers.
Sally completed her bachelors and master's degrees in nursing at Ohio State University.
Her work activities have centered around pediatric healthcare. She completed her nurse practitioner education and provided care at a University of Utah Maternal and Child Health Project on the Navajo reservation. Upon moving to the Phoenix area Sally taught in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Arizona State University, followed by a health coordinator /program director role at Devereaux Center. Sally completed her professional career at Phoenix Children's Hospital serving as a nurse manager of the Biobehavioral Unit, followed by a Director position of the Outpatient Department and completing her full-time role leading the Community Outreach and Injury Prevention Center. Sally currently completes project work as needed with the clinical education department at PCH.
Sally continues her volunteer community involvement by participating in the Paradise Valley Emergency Foodbank, serving as the Chair for Healthy LifeStars Program Committee, serving as a court appointed special advocate, and serving as a catechist at the Franciscan Renewal Center, Our Lady of Angels.
Her volunteer role with ITMHCA is a priority. Understanding the needs of our young children, supporting the development of professionals who care for young families, assuring a well prepared work force caring for our most vulnerable young children and families, and advocating for those needs – these are ITMHCA's mission directed efforts
Genett Tomko, MSW, LCSW, IMH-E® (III) Training and Education Chair Institute Committee Chair
Genett has volunteered as the Chair of the Training & Education Committee for ITMHCA since 2010. She served as the Co-Chair of the ITMHCA Training Institute in 2014. Genett is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in Infant Mental Health. She works as a Clinical Supervisor and Therapist at the Good Fit Counseling Center at Southwest Human Development providing therapeutic services for children birth to 5 years old. Genett also opened a private practice in Chandler in 2010 where she provides therapy for children birth to 12 years old.
Genett is endorsed as an Infant/Toddler Mental Health Specialist level III. She also completed the 2 year clinical track of the Harris Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute. She has over 200 hours of training in Play Therapy.
Genett completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher training program through At One Yoga and incorporates these skills into therapeutic services. Genett's treatment approach includes Child/Parent Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, Expressive Arts, Mindfulness and a holistic approach to young children's Social/Emotional development. Genett has extensive experience working with young children who have experienced trauma, abuse/neglect, behavior challenges, anxiety, and foster care.
Genett has facilitated trainings on Infant Mental Health & the social/emotional development of young children for ITMHCA, AZ Play Therapy Association, Southwest Human Development, Head Start and the Crisis Nursery. Genett presented at the 2008 Arizona Infant/Toddler Mental Health Institute. Genett previously volunteered on the Board of Director for AZ Play Therapy Association for 6 years.
Priscilla Whitlock-Coates has served on the ITMHCA Board of Directors since 2012. She is the Membership Committee Chair and also assists in the coordination of Southern Arizona Professional Training and Development opportunities. Priscilla has a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling. She is endorsed at Level II as an Infant Family Specialist. Priscilla has been working in the field of children and families for over 30 years. She has served in various capacities from direct service therapy to being the Regional Director for Child Welfare and a Regional Behavioral Health Intake Agency.
Desirae began volunteering on the ITMHCA Board of Directors in 2020. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Life Education-Child Development from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Advanced Studies Degree in Infant-Family Practice from Arizona State University. She has been a member of the ITMHCA since 2010 and is endorsed as an Infant-Family Specialist. Desirae has worked for many years in various capacities to empower families and as a voice for young children, including in early childhood education, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, and the Arizona Early Intervention Program. She is currently providing therapeutic services as a Child and Family Therapist, specializing in early childhood mental health, at Casa de los Niños in Tucson, AZ.
Glenda began serving on the ITMHCA Leadership Board in 2020. Glenda has a BA in Psychology and a MA in Counseling and Guidance. She maintains licensure as a Professional Counselor in Arizona and Louisiana and is endorsed as an Infant Family Specialist. Glenda earned the Infant/Family Studies Certificate through The Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Institute. Glenda is a certified trainer in FLIP IT through Devereux Center for Resilient Children and in the Neurosequential Model in Education through the Neurosequential Network. Glenda has worked in group home settings, community mental health, domestic violence shelter, is currently the Mental Health Associate for Maricopa County Early Education Division 0-5 Head Start Program and is an active member in the Arizona Head Start Association.
Honorary Board Members
Nicole Valdez, MSW, LCSW, IMH-E® (III), Infant Mental Health Specialist
Nicole has been a member of the Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona's Board of Directors since 2007 and was nominated as Chair of the Board of Directors in September 2009. She is a Harris Institute graduate and is Endorsed in Arizona at Level III as an Infant Mental Health Specialist. She has worked in direct practice with families and young children for eight years and is currently providing Reflective Supervision/Consultation and training statewide.