VACSB Committees 2023-2024

Public Policy Committee

Chair: Greg Preston, Piedmont CSB

Vice Chair:  Jim LaGraffe, Encompass Community Supports 

  • Advocates for public policy and coordinates legislative activities at the state and national levels
  • Collaborates with strategic partners in public policy advocacy
  • Assists CSB/BHAs in utilizing relationships with local and state elected officials in support of the VACSB mission
Services Development Committee

Chair: Lisa “MiMi” Sedjat, Eastern Shore CSB 

Vice Chair: Margaret Graham, Loudoun County Department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services 

  • Addresses broad-based and specific services issues, recommends action regarding these issues to the VACSB, and upon approval, implements actions
  • Develops and/or considers services models and standards and makes recommendation to the VACSB Board of Directors
Regulatory Committee

Chair: Ed Gonzales, Chesapeake Behavioral Health 

Vice Chair: Rebecca Holmes, Highlands CSB 

  • Addresses and proposes solutions on issues of a regulatory nature with DBHDS and DMAS on all areas of Human Rights, Licensure, Medicaid regulations and Medicaid service manuals
Development and Training Committee

Chair: Lisa Beitz, Region Ten CSB 

Vice Chair: Melissa Lucy, Horizon Behavioral Health 

  • Brings best practices development and training to VACSB for staff and CSB/BHA Board Members for the VACSB May Development and Training Conference, as well as other events.
Administrative Policy Committee

Chair: Lester Saltzberg, Goochland – Powhatan CSB

Vice Chair: Mark Chadwick, Blue Ridge Behavioral Health 


  • * Performance Contract
  • Addresses policy matters with partnership agencies, including DBHDs, the State Board and other key stakeholders, including policy review, interpretation and comment, performance contracting, core services taxonomy and other issues of a policy nature.
  • Provides consultation for statewide Association contracts, guide training on important administrative and operational topics, and collaborate with other committees as required.
Finance Committee

Chair: Barbara Barrett, Region Ten CSB 

  • Proposes annual VACSB budget and future budget plans
  • Assesses all resources of the VACSB in order to fulfill the workplan of the Association
  • Recommends financial resource strategies to the Board of Directors and the Association
Technical Administration Committee

Chair: OPEN


  • * IT and Data Management Committee
  • * Survey Review Subcommittee
  • Addresses broad-based and operational issues important to all members.
  • Recommends action to the VACSB and, upon approval, implements actions.
  • Issues include, but are not limited to, quality assurance, data management, internal and external survey review, CSB financial issues, human resources, licensure and evaluation.
  • Data Management Subcommittee will serve as liaison with DBHDS on data collection and reporting issues.
Quality & Outcomes Committee

Chair: Demetrios Peratsakis, Western Tidewater CSB

Vice Chair: Melissa Lucy, Horizon Behavioral Health 

  • Partners with DBHDS to review and discuss the measured CSB outcomes, focusing on the dashboard, and trends the group is seeing by Board, by Region and by the State. 
  • The Committee is led by the Outgoing Executive Directors Forum Chair and either the DBHDS Deputy Commissioner or the Assistant Commissioner for Quality. CSB membership will include Executive Director  representation from the 5 Regions, the Technical Administration Chair, and representatives from the Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, Emergency Services, Children’s Services Councils and a representative from the Data Management Committee.
VACSB Charter Groups
  • Virginia Association of Community Psychiatrists (VACP)
    • MH Council Pathway
  • Virginia Association of Community Psychiatric Nurses (VACPN)
    • MH Council Pathway

Other constituency groups may apply for charter recognition by contacting VACSB at 804.330.3141 or