Major Anthony Collins, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, member since 2019
Beth Ann Sanders, MS, is Chief Financial Officer.
Beth Ann has worked at ACTS for 30+ years. She started as a Fiscal Assistant, and moved to an accountant. For 8 years, she served as the accounting supervisor before being promoted to the Information Technology Director for 6 years. Her role expanded to serve as the Director of Finance and IT for 11 years before being promoted to the CFO role. Beth Ann was the Project Manager for implementation of Credible Behavioral Healthcare Software, an electronic health record; DATIS, a human resource information system; TrainCaster, a learning management system; and KIS, an accounting system. With her knowledge of the organization, she has the ability to bring resources together throughout the organization to move ACTS forward. Beth Ann received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and then her Master of Science in Management and Information Systems both from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Sharon Carter, Teacher, Hillsborough County Schools,
Vice President, member since 2015
Chris Huber, CPCU, ARM, Business Development Director, Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, member since 2017
Cris Riviere, MA, is Chief Operating Officer.
Cris has been a member of the ACTS family for more than 10 years. He has contributed to the success of ACTS with his forward and collaborative thinking processes and specializes in strategic development and program implementation. Cris’ expertise in program development and implementation resulted in the ACTS Amethyst Respite Center (ARC) which is the first and only inebriate shelter in Hillsborough County. Prior to serving as the Interim COO, Cris served as the Administrator of Acute Care Services for ACTS, where he assumed leadership for the adult and youth addiction receiving facilities, the Outpatient Detox Program, and the Medication Clinic which provides psychiatric evaluation and medication services. He also served as Director of Supportive Housing and Director of Forensic Services for ACTS. Most recently, Cris has been instrumental in the development, implementation and direction of ACTS very first Medication Assistance Treatment (MAT) Program which serves as a direct response to the Opioid Crisis and aims at decreasing opioid dependency. Cris has more than 15 years of experience in the behavioral health, co-occurring/mental health and substance abuse fields, and working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Cris continues collaborate and identify innovative ways of bridging the gap of substance abuse and mental health services while providing a Comprehensive, Continuous, Integrated System of Care (CCISC) best practice with local community providers, hospitals, law enforcement, court administration and universities. Cris holds certifications as a Masters Certified Addictions Professional (MCAP) and a Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Counselor (CCJAC) through the Florida Certification Board. He is the Vice President of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Advisory Council and the sole Multicultural Professional Development Provider at ACTS. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Kentucky University with a major in Sociology and minor in Criminology and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University.
Asha Pereyra, MS, is Chief Executive Officer.
Asha has been with the ACTS for close to 30 years and has extensive experience with behavioral health, juvenile justice and criminal justice systems of care. She served as the Chief Operating Officer for more than 11 years where she was responsible for a wide array of clinical treatment and community-based services in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties. Her experience in the field has enhanced community relationships, and has helped ACTS build strong alliances with law enforcement, the courts, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Children and Families, Child Welfare, Veteran’s Administration and Central Florida Behavioral Health Network. She was instrumental in the implementation of the first Juvenile Assessment Center in Hillsborough County and assisted on the implementation of several JACs in Florida. She currently serves as a board member for Florida Behavioral Health Association, Hillsborough Anti-Drug Alliance, Hillsborough County Behavioral Health Task Force and the Health Care Advisory Board’s Management Subcommittee. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.
Gary Ennis, AB, Contractor, Retired, member since 1985
“I am continuing a family tradition of serving the community in the best ways that I can.”
Jeff Paulk, Attorney, Thomas & Paulk, member since 2015
Frederick “Ricky” Hearn, Attorney, Steven L. Hearn, P.A., member since 2018
Cynthia Parsons, DNP, ARNP, Nursing/Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Tampa Associate Professor, Secretary, member since 2009
“As an advanced practice nurse and community member of Tampa Bay I believe strongly in the community mental health model of care. Consumers benefit from access to services in their home community that work with the social structure of the community in which the clients live. Mental illness and substance use disorders are more than just a diagnosis; they are multi-faceted problems that require that clients be linked to multiple resources they need to recover and thrive. By serving on this board I am able to bring my healthcare knowledge of healthcare systems, their performance and resources required to deliver high quality, timely, efficient and safe care. In addition, I bring a perspective of building interdisciplinary teams, evaluating organizational systems from a value based and quality improvement perspective and developing programs that use our human resources to the best of their knowledge, skills and abilities. It is my goal to work with the full board to assure that the organization has strong leadership, programs that are meeting consumer needs and delivering quality and access to the resources needed for delivery and sustainability of these programs.”
Patrick H. Mazza, BS, AAI, Principal Agent/Owner Mazza Baker Insurance and Finance Services
President, member since 2009
“I decided to join the Board because I love to serve my community and learn more about how our organization can better help serve the public with the programs and services we offer.
Bill Hirsch, Owner of William C. Hirsch, CPA
Treasurer, member since 1994
Catherine Batsche, Ph.D., School Psychologist, Associate Dean, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, member since 1992
“I teach in the Behavioral Healthcare program at USF and am a certified instructor in Mental Health First Aid. My interest in ACTS is their commitment to helping individuals in our community who have substance use problems as well as co-occurring mental health and substance use issues. I also appreciate their attention to evidence-based practices to help those that they serve."