Our leadership team is comprised of a wide variety of professionals with unique backgrounds who all share a dedication to helping patients heal and learn to overcome obstacles.
Lisa Steele, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Steele was trained as a Clinical Psychologist, and spent her life dedicated to helping people heal from Co-Occurring Mental Health and Addiction challenges. Over the past 35 years, she worked her way up from a mental health worker to CEO of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. She was part of LA County Department of Mental Health’s leadership team on the implementation of services for Co-Occurring Disorders, and served on a task force to inform SAMHSA on best practices. She has a particular passion for business development, and in the last 5 years alone, has led a non profit team to generate $70M in new business. Dr. Steele’s passion for working with families dealing with Co-Occurring disorders comes from her loss of her Father and Grandmother who both passed away from their conditions, and several family members in recovery.
Director of The Military Program
Mario Bolivar, MSW, LCSW, received his undergraduate degree in Psychology as a member of the scholar’s program at Portland State University. He also completed his graduate degree at Portland State University. Mario has extensive clinical and administrative experience in community mental health psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment programs, and as a contributor to the Department of Defense Military Programs throughout the Western States and the Pacific Northwest. Mario has a special interest in multicultural treatment, military trauma and substance use disorders.
Jennifer Brown, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Jennifer received her nursing degree in 2012 from Kaplan College in San Diego, California. She joined Cedar Hills Hospital in 2016 as a nurse on the Crisis Stabilization Unit. As CNO she is using her time spent with some of the hospital’s most at risk patients and her Human Resource background to lead the nursing team.
Director of Outpatient Services
Alex Drilling, MHA has worked at Cedar Hills Hospital since 2011, having served in both coordinator and management roles with the Cedar Hills Hospital Outpatient Department prior to becoming the Director of Outpatient Services in 2018. Alex received bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Portland State University, and his Master of Healthcare Administration from Walden University. As a native Oregonian and Portlander, Alex has a passion for the outdoors, spending time with his family, and rooting for the Blazers.
Chief Financial Officer
Brady started his career in behavioral healthcare in his home state of Montana. He started as an accountant and went on to become the Chief Financial Officer of a psychiatric residential treatment facility for children and adolescents. Brady joined UHS in 2019 and most recently completed the Chief Financial Officer in Training program at West Oaks Hospital in Houston, Texas. Brady holds two bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Finance from the University of Montana.
Joan Marie Onnagan
Director of Performance Improvement
Joan Marie currently serves as the Performance Improvement Director at Cedar Hills Hospital. She started her career in healthcare as a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2010 and soon pursed her interest in medical records when the opportunity arose. With a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, she applied her strong clinical background and practical knowledge and has earned this Director role. Joan Marie has served as HIM manager elsewhere, managing busy long term and subacute skilled nursing facilities Health Information Departments. She is new to Oregon having relocated from California. She spends her days off travelling, staying physically active exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Jenn Mills, MA
Director of Intake and Assessment
Jenn Mills holds a BA in Criminology and Justice Studies from California State San Marcos. She completed her MA in Counseling Psychology at Humboldt State University. She has 9 years of clinical experience including nearly 6 years at Cedar Hills Hospital and Outpatient Services.
Jenn also has a small private practice, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis working with kids at home and after school programs. Here past work assignments have included Vocational Rehabilitation counselor for State of California. Over 15 years’ experience in management and customer service
Jenn was born in Great Falls, Montana and raised in Mesa, Arizona where she graduated high school.
She enjoys time with my family, live music, camping, snowboarding, cooking and road trips.
Director of Plant Operations
Kent Liebelt, Director of Plant Operations, joined the Cedar Hills team at the end of 2020. While new to the Behavioral Health side of Healthcare, Kent has 20+ years of experience in Health Care Operations, all in the Portland Area. Kent is passionate about healthcare as an industry, and believes that he and the teams he manages, directly impact patient care through providing excellent service and support to the Clinical Teams.
Kent has a degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and has called the Portland area home since 1998. When not at work he can be found enjoying the outdoors, working in his garage or riding his motorcycle.
Karen Phifer, LCSW
Director of Clinical Services
Karen Phifer, LCSW joins the leadership team at Cedar Hills Hospital as the new Director of Clinical Services. Phifer is in charge of ensuring successful day-to-day clinical operations, discharge processes, and delivery of clinical services in the hospital.
Prior to joining Cedar Hills Hospital, Phifer was the program manager at Legacy Health’s CARES Northwest, a unified, community-based medical program founded in 1987 whose efforts focus on the assessment, treatment and prevention of child abuse. During her 16 years at CARES, Phifer led the day-to-day of the multi-million dollar program and was responsible for the development and implementation of new programs. She is an alum of Portland State University School of Social Work.
If you or a loved one is struggling with mental illness, substance abuse or psychiatric distress, please call us at 503-944-5000 for a no-cost, confidential assessment. We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, but professionals are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.