The Leader in Behavioral Health Discovery & Innovation Since 1961
At Compass Behavioral Health, our mission is to realign individuals towards the right direction to recovery and balance. We offer a wide variety of quality and professional services. Each program is designed to help achieve optimal social and emotional wellbeing for the entire individual. As a leader in helping others discover improved behavioral health, we are constantly evolving with the needs of our supportive community, which expands throughout 13 counties in Southwest Kansas.
We are built on a foundation of compassion, and believe it is our purpose to:
- Exceed expectations by responding to the changing needs of our communities.
- Integrate services for the whole person.
- Deliver timely, quality care.
- Lead the profession in discovery and innovation.
- Employ and retain exceptional staff.
- Continue to be a viable business entity.
Compass Behavioral Health is comprised of a comprehensive staff that ranges from case managers and APRNs to behavioral health assistants, therapists, children’s services staff, crisis house staff and many more. Each member of our team is educated and trained to the best of our ability to provide quality services to our clients.
Compass is proud to have the following Board Members who represent our 13 counties.
- Van Z Hampton, Chairperson (2003)
- Jean Bryant, Vice Chairperson (2002)
- Gary Skibbe, Vice Chairperson (2016)
- Orene Martin, Secretary (1985)
- Gwyneth Frack, Treasurer (1982)
- Kaila Anderson (2016)
- Rosemary Bachman (2011)
- Don Button (2012)
- Mark Busch (2016)
- Sheila Campas (2010)
- Marlene Caro (2016)
- Dr. Bill Clifford (2015)
- Erica Deanda-Soltero (2013)
- Jerry Jo Deckert (2013)
- Amanda Gerstberger (2008)
- Shari Housman
- Stephanie Keller (2015)
- Sue Nuefeld (2005)
- Jim Rodenbeek (1975)
- Gary Skibbe (2016)
- Roger Timken, (2010)
- Shannon Whisennand (2013)
- Dorothy Ziesch (2011)
- Michelle White (2017)
*The year in parenthesis denotes the year each member was appointed to Compass Behavioral Health’s Board of Directors. Compass extends many thanks to our Board members and their dedication to helping us better serve those with behavioral health needs.
Lisa Southern, Executive Director
I was appointed as the Executive Director by the Compass Board of Directors in May 2017. I have been with Compass since 1994 in various positions ~ Crisis Services Therapist, LSH Liaison, BHS Program Manager and Region I Program Director. I have always enjoyed my professional career with Compass and tell everyone I how much I love Compass and the great work we do. We are a team, a very strong team of experienced and caring professionals. I consider it an honor to be a part of such a wonderful organization. Compass is committed to any change that is needed and welcome feedback on how to better serve the people of throughout the thirteen counties (and beyond).
Compass Behavioral Health is a premier community behavioral health center that wants to help people achieve their full potential and improve their quality of life. Untreated behavioral health conditions can really take a heavy toll on life’s everyday experiences, choices and responsibilities. For me, leadership is about the people I interact with and how to help them be more successful ~ this applies to all Compass staff and the clients we are here to help.
- Sheila Clanton, Garden City Outpatient
- Jean Dizmang, Garden City Community Support Services
- Misty Maloney, Dodge City Outpatient and Community Support Services
- Kylee Kropp, Scott City Outpatient
- Christy Wooley, Ulysses Outpatient Office
- Wendy Murray, Garden City
- Richard Falcon, Dodge City
- Amber Winkler, Scott City
- Nicole Butler, Dodge City Community Support Services
- Renee Geyer, Grant Coordinator
- Tiffany Burrows, Quality Improvement Manager
- Teri Sutherlin, Utilization Review Manager
- Samantha Matthews, IT/EMR Manager
- Lisa Southern, Executive Director
- Jamie Warren, Finance Director
- Sumar Stormont, Human Resources Director
- Angie Woelk, Regional Director
- Megan Garcia, Regional Director
- Vicki Broz, Regional Director
- Fernando Rodriguez-Infante, Regional Director
- Khristy Guebara, Community Support Services Director
- Marla Lira, Community Based Services Director
Fernand Gautier, M.D.
Fernand Gautier, M.D. has practiced as a Psychiatrist for 20 years. He has a wide array of experience and has worked in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Dr. Gautier is available to see clients ages 14 and older. He is licensed to prescribe Suboxone treatment and truly appreciates the opportunity to help those who are struggling with an opioid addiction. He wants them to gain and maintain recovery so they can enjoy a more fulfilling life. Opioid dependence is a challenging and complicated condition that is plaguing our country. Dr. Gautier is here to help.
Khristy Guebara is a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been working as a Nurse Practitioner since 2003. Her primary practice is with adults who have been diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. Khristy is currently the Director of both our Garden City and Dodge City Community Support Services Programs. She has experience in both the inpatient and outpatient treatment setting. Khristy is also responsible for the Compass Haven House, a program for children in crisis or state/police protective custody. When Khristy is not working, she very much enjoys her time with her kids and grandkids.
Tracy Davies, MSN, APRN, AGPN, PMHNP, BC
Tracy is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who is passionate about caring for the whole person. Coping with chronic health problems can take a toll on a person’s mental health. Working with medically complex clients, Tracy has helped people find wellness in the context of chronic health problems. Tracy is a strong advocate for involving her clients in their treatment by talking to them about the challenges they encounter along the path to wellness. Tracy consults and coordinates creative treatment plans along with other members of the client’s healthcare team both within Compass and with outside providers. Tracy enjoys working with people of all ages, including children starting at age six. Tracy has a clinical interest in geriatrics and long-term care, autistic children and adults, people with intellectual disabilities, and again, people with chronic physical health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer, just to name a few. Tracy is a strong advocate of applying evidence-based practice principles in her treatment recommendations. To keep current, Tracy maintains national board certification in both physical and mental health care, attends educational conferences, researches scientific journals and is pursuing her Doctorate degree in Nursing. Tracy is available for diagnostic evaluations, one-time consultations, second opinions, and longer-term medication management. Tracy can help reduce the cost of behavioral health treatment by recommending effective, lower cost, alternative treatment options, and connecting clients with resources including genetic testing to evaluate psychiatric drug metabolism.
Kristen Henley, APRN
Kristen was born and raised in Madisonville, KY. After graduating High School, Kristen joined the USAF where she was trained in surveillance as an aircrew member onboard a highly specialized airframe known as JSTARS. After serving her country for several years, Kristen was Honorably Discharged in 2005 and returned home to KY. Realizing that her military career did not translate to the civilian sector, Kristen decided to go back to school for nursing and in 2013, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Austin Peay State University, where she discovered her passion for mental health nursing. After graduation, she was hired as an RN on an adolescent unit in Nashville, TN. This job helped her to solidify her desire to continue her education to become a Nurse Practitioner. Kristen then applied and was accepted at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing with a focus in Psychiatric/Mental Health in 2015, all while continuing to work night shift at the hospital. She accomplished both degrees while raising her three daughters – Natalie, Carly, and Madeline. Since graduation, Kristen has obtained her Board Certification in Psychiatry by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2016 and has treated all ages in both private practice and at a community mental health center. While she enjoys working with a wide variety of patients, her preferred population continues to be adolescents.
Vanessa Perez, LPC
Vanessa is licensed as a professional counselor and has practiced as a therapist for almost two years. She is Bilingual and came to Compass in November of 2016 from Kansas City. However, she is not new to Southwest Kanas, having been raised in Ulysses before heading off to college. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas in 2006 and in 2015 received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University. Vanessa became interested in helping others with their mental health in her early twenties when she had her own personal struggles with depression and an eating disorder. She is passionate about helping individuals and their families understand more about mental health and the many impacts it has on an individual’s life and that of their family and friends. Her areas of specialty are Adults & Teens, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Trauma Focused CBT, Marital Therapy, Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. When she is not working, you will find Vanessa enjoying time with family and friends as well as at the gym or watching movies (mostly Disney as her daughter gets to pick most of the time).
Melissa Parker, LMLP
Melissa is licensed as a Masters Level Psychologist and has been practicing as a therapist for nearly 10 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology—both from Fort Hays State University. Melissa is very familiar with Southwest Kansas as this is her home turf—she was born and raised in Garden City and moved back in 2008 (surprising many people, mostly herself) to pursue her career with Compass Behavioral Health. Melissa truly enjoys community outreach opportunities—specifically, providing education about mental health to people within a community setting. Over the years, her interests have expanded, and she has been able to grow professionally by taking on several specialties which including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Depression, Anxiety, Mental Health First Aid, Psychological Testing, Critical Incident Stress and Debriefings. Her strength is in providing individual therapy to adults and adolescents; she desires to help them build a life worth living. Her ultimate passion is providing immediate care to those who have just experienced a tragedy. When she is “off duty” as a therapist, she loves to spend time with her family, travel, and enjoys continuing to learn what it takes to be a mother to a pretty cute little kid.
Elyse Selzer, LSCSW, LCAC
Elyse is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker as well as Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and has been practicing for 8 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Kansas State University, and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Washburn University. She grew up in Northwest Kansas and knew from a young age her purpose was to help others. Elyse came to Garden City with her spouse in 2009. She began working at Compass Behavioral Health in May of 2017, after working in the school district for 6 years. Recently, Elyse became a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. This is a new passion of hers. She is looking forward to serving this population and supporting them in their journey of recovery. One of Elyse’s strengths is working with children as well as clients who have experienced grief and loss and trauma history. She began her career in child-welfare and now enjoys working with clients of all ages. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her young family. She loves to travel and cheer on the K-State Wildcats.
Megan Garcia LSCW, LMAC
Megan is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Master Addiction Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Fort Hays State University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Newman University. She began her career at Compass in 2011 as therapist. During this time, Megan did therapy, crisis services, competency to stand trial, integrated mental health services in Syracuse, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and addictions work. Megan is currently the director for Region 1. She still engages in therapy, competency to stand trial, DBT and addictions counseling on a smaller scale. During her time away from the office, Megan teaches an occasional class for KU. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, reading, sports and traveling.
Fernando Rodriguez, LMFT
Fernando Rodriguez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Fernando is very familiar with Garden City as this is his hometown. He received his Master’s Degree in 2010 from Friend’s University in Wichita, Kansas and has worked for Compass Behavioral Health for many years. Fernando is a bilingual therapist who has one day a week in Syracuse, KS and four days in Garden City. Fernando is a vital component of the Batterer’s Intervention Program for Compass Behavioral Health. His areas of Specialty are Individual & Family Therapy, Marital Therapy and working with Adolescents. While Fernando is not at work, he enjoys soccer and spending time with his family.
Carol Lightner, LSCSW
Carol is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and earned her Master’s in social work from the University of Kansas. Carol specializes in working with children, families and older adults. Carol has many years of Clinical experience and often assists other licensed professionals who are seeking supervision for a clinical license or students who are pursuing a graduate degree. While not at work, Carol enjoys spending time with family.
Dawn Mesa, LSCSW
Dawn is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Newman University. She has been a therapist with Compass Behavioral Health since 2010. Dawn helped to establish the Batterer’s Intervention Program (BIP) with Compass Behavioral Health. In addition to working with this program, Dawn enjoys working with adolescents and adults for a wide variety of issues. She has been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is being trained as an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) Master Trainer. Dawn participates in multiple community service groups and boards. Dawn is married to Chris Mesa. They have 5 adult daughters and 3 grandchildren. Her interests include spending time with family and friends, reading, shopping and cheering on the KU Jayhawks. While not at work, Dawn enjoys spending time with family and cheering for the University of Kansas Jayhawks.
Rebecca Huber, LMSW
Rebecca is licensed as a Masters Level Social Worker and has been practicing as a therapist for a few years. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work—both from Wichita State University. Rebecca is very familiar with Southwest Kansas as this is her home turf—she was born and raised in the Ingalls and Garden City area and moved back in 2012 and then started at Compass in 2015. Rebecca is the supervisor of the Therapeutic Education Program (TEP). Rebecca, she has been able to grow professionally by taking on other specialties including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and recently went to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training. Her strength is in providing individual therapy to children and adolescents; she desires to help them build a life worth living. She enjoys the work she does as every day is different than the last just as every client is different than the last. When she is “off duty” as a therapist, she loves to spend time with her family watching movies or playing board games (mostly kid movies and games for her 10-year-old stepdaughter and 3-year-old boy).
Wendy Murray, LMSW
Wendy is licensed as a Master’s Level Social Worker and has been practicing as a therapist for 12 years and has been licensed for 23 years. She received her Bachelor‘s Degree from Spring Arbor College in Michigan in 1992 and her Master’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas in 1994. Wendy spent 9 ½ years at SRS in Garden City in the Children and Family Services unit as a foster care worker for 1 year and then as the Supervisor for 8 ½ years. From this, came her strong desire to help children and families who have experienced abuse /neglect and those who are in the foster care and adoption systems. Wendy also has an interest in helping those with ADHD and Depression. Currently, Wendy supervises the Children’s Case Management department which is a perfect fit with her lifelong interest in helping children and their families. She is also a board member of SANE/SART which assists the systems protecting and providing justice for victims of sexual assault and their families. Wendy enjoys spending time with her 16-year-old son, her husband, her parents and her 5 grandchildren. The dogs are pretty important too. She loves hiking, reading, and golfing.
Nayive S. Avelar, LMSW
Nayive completed her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human services at Kansas State University in 2012. She completed her Master of Social Work degree at Wichita State University in 2015. Nayive has a professional membership in the National Association of Social Work. Nayive attained her certificate of Play Therapy through the Heartland Play Therapy Institute in July 2016. Nayive is bilingual speaking both fluent English and Spanish. Nayive has experience working with vulnerable populations as she worked in Family Preservation Services prior to achieving her Master’s degree. During her Master’s practicum, Nayive provided individual and family therapy for children and adolescents in foster care. Nayive is a licensed Master Social Worker. She began her career at Compass Behavioral Health in 2015. Nayive sees both children and adults for individual, family and couples therapy. Nayive specializes in play therapy, sand play therapy, attachment therapy and trauma.
Seth Drees, LPC
Seth Drees grew up on a farm in Finney County, and learned a lot of lessons from his time working there. Seth graduated from Kansas State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He then went on to earn a Master’s degree in School Psychology in 2014 from Emporia State University, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Emporia State University in 2017. Seth has experience working with children, especially with children who are involved in special education, and is good at breaking down concepts to a level that is easily understood by children. Seth also enjoys working with people who are struggling with phobias. Seth also does a lot of work in Mindfulness, a relaxation technique, and helping people incorporate that skill to help manage stress and anxiety.
Amanda Sowers, LSCSW, LAC
Amanda is licensed as a Masters Level Clinical Social Worker and is the Director at Ulysses. Amanda began her career at Compass in 2004. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Fort Hays State University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Washburn University. Amanda is very familiar with Southwest Kansas as this is her home turf—she was born and raised in Oakley and moved to Scott City in 2001. Amanda truly enjoys community outreach opportunities—specifically, providing education about mental health to people within a community setting. Over the years, her interests have expanded, and she has been able to grow professionally by taking on several specialties including Batters Intervention Prevention, Alcohol and Drug Addiction, working with children, families, and marital. Her strength is in providing individual therapy to adults and adolescents, children; she desires to help them build a life worth living. She loves to spend time with her husband, two sons and one daughter, riding horses, farm/working cattle, driving tractor and enjoys continuing to learn.
Stephanie Berkamp, LPC
Stephanie’s areas of Specialty are working with Children, Teens, Adults, Autism and Pain Management.
Leslie Goertzen LSCSW, LMAC
Leslie is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Master’s Addiction Counselor who graduated from Wichita State University with a Master’s Degree of Social Work. Leslie’s primary area of focus is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and working with adolescents and adults who are at risk for self-harm and suicide. She also treats people who might suffer from depression, anxiety, and addiction, among others. In 2014, she was intensively trained to be a DBT therapist and has since provided this treatment. As Leslie being the leader of the DBT team at the Dodge City outpatient clinic, she ensures procedures are being followed and client care is the primary focus within treatment. Leslie is also a trainer for Mental Health First Aid where she providers training to the public and agencies who would like to learn how to respond when someone is having a mental health crisis or issue.
Janese Boger, LMSW
Janese’s areas of specialty are Youth age 13 and older, Adults. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Anxiety, Stress Reduction, Anger management, Parent-Adolescent issues, Adjustment Disorders, Addictions, Treatment Resistant, Court-Ordered, Court Services and Probation/Parole, Sex Offenders.
LaTonya Carroll-Hampshire, LMFT
LaTonya’s areas of specialty are Children/Youth of all ages, Adults Maternal Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression, Complicated Grief, Stress Management, Attention Deficit, Couples Issues, Sexual Health issues and Neuro-sequential Model/Trauma Recovery.
Nancy Seemann, LSCSW
Nancy’s area of specialty are Adults preferred, Geriatric, Nursing Home Supervision Brief Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Anger Management, Trauma, Adjustment Disorders and Addictions.
Kathleen Warner-Long, LCPC
Kathleen’s area of specialty are Adolescent, Children, Adults, Couples, Part time hours only Attachment Disorders, Trauma, EMDR, Depression, Anxiety, Divorce, Women’s and Men’s Issues.
Paulina Zacapa-Reyes, LPC
Paulina’s area of specialty are
- Ages 8 – Geriatric, Bilingual, Sacred Heart School Counselor, Mental Health First Aid Instructor
- Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, Anger Management, Stress Reduction, Women’s Issues, School Issues, EMDR
Vicki Broz, Region II Director, LMSW, LMAC
Vicki’s area of specialty are crisis & intake appointments only, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Grief & Loss, Suicide Prevention & Intervention, Critical Incident Debriefings, Addictions, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy.
Michelle Hickey, LMSW
Michelle is a graduate from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, with a Master’s degree in social work. She also attended Wichita State University, where she received her Bachelor in Arts in Social Work. She is a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker in the state of Kansas. In her Master’s program, she was invited into the Phi Alpha Honors Society for excellence in grade achievement. Michelle enjoys working in the mental health field and has experience that includes a clinical practicum at Larned State Hospital and working at Community Mental Health Center’s. She enjoys working with adolescents, teenagers, and adults who experience a wide variety of mental health concerns in an individual, couple, or group setting. Michelle excels in crisis work and has the knowledge and skills to de-escalate a multitude of crisis situations.
Angela Woelk, LMSW
Angela was born and raised in Western Kansas-Eastern Colorado and understands the benefits of living in a small community. She is licensed as a Masters Level Social Worker and is the Director at Scott City. She came to work for Compass Behavioral Health in 2017, and before that was a school counselor for 11 years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Colorado-Pueblo campus, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Newman University. Angela enjoys working with children of all ages and assisting the community with understanding mental health, and how it impacts the family. Angela’s Areas of specialty are working with Children, Adolescents, Family/Marital Therapy, Depression – Anxiety and Competency to Stand Trial. She loves to spend time with her children, family, loves riding horses, and enjoys running and exercising.
Vicky Norton Francisco, LSCSW, LMAC
Vicky is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW) and a Licensed Master’s Addiction Counselor (LMAC) for the Scott City Compass office. She started her career with Compass in 2012. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Kansas State University and received her Master’s in Social Work from Newman University. She has previously worked in the healthcare field as a discharge planner prior to coming to Compass. Vicky has resided in Western Kansas all her life and considers it home. Vicky has experience in working with children, families, elderly, grief, addiction and trauma. She is licensed to serve Medicare patients. Vicky is a believer in patients empowering themselves and overcoming obstacles.
- Dr. Fernand Gautier, Medical Director
- Khristy Guebara, APRN, Community Support Services Director
- Tracy Davies, DNP, APRN
- Pat Harris, LPN
- Dr. Danielle Henson
- Laurel Lahita APRN