Our Executive Leadership Team


Laurie Clothier


Chief Executive Officer

Laurie is an accomplished nonprofit executive with more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit behavioral health field. Her previous executive positions with the Center include, Division Director/Residential Program, Division Director/Non-Public School, Vice President of Operations, IT, Finance and Accounting. Laurie served as the Chief Operations Officer from July 2008 to August 2010 before taking the CEO position in September 2010. Laurie earned her Bachelor’s degree from the California State University at Chico. In her role as CEO Laurie is responsible for running all facets of the business, as well program development with the Board of Directors.

Amy Fierro


Chief Program Officer

Amy has worked at River Oak since 1999. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she received her M.A. from Fuller Seminary School of Psychology. Amy is a graduate of Class III of the Sierra Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Program (HLP). As the Chief Program Officer she oversees the provision of clinical services in both divisions and monitors contract compliance. Collaborating with community partners and maintaining an effective interface with a referral network are also primary responsibilities.

Sherri Cerles


Director, Human Resources

Sherri has served as Director of Human Resources at River Oak since 1999. She oversees staff recruitment, training, benefits, and compensation and helps to develop and implement agency-wide policies as a member of the Executive Management Team. Sherri is a member of the Sacramento Area Human Resources Association and participates as a human resource professional on a national committee. She received her certificate in Human Resources Development from the University of California, Davis in 2000.

Scott Becker


Director, Business Support and Operation

Scott received a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from California State University, Sacramento in 1994. He joined River Oak in 1995, serving in a number of positions before becoming Director of Business Support and Operations in 2006. In this role, Scott is responsible for the oversight of River Oak’s information technology, facilities, and business support departments and serves as the HIPPA Security Officer. He also helps to develop and implement agency-wide policies as a member of the Executive Management Team.

Kathleen Willard


Chief Financial Officer

Kathleen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting from California State University, Stanislaus. She also possesses a CPA license issued by the California State Board of Accountancy. She has achieved more than10 years accounting and financial reporting experience in the healthcare industry. She joined River Oak as Controller in 2013 and is responsible for the successful oversight and direction of the Agency’s Accounting Department and proper and accurate recordkeeping/reporting.

Roland Udy


Chief Operations Officer

Roland has a Masters of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento and a career that includes program development, collaboration and executive management for nonprofits focusing on the health and well-being of children and families. Roland joined River Oak in 2012 and is responsible for the development and implementation of the Quality Management and Compliance Plan to include maintaining accreditation by the Joint Commission, HIPAA privacy and risk management, utilization review, evaluation and outcome monitoring of individual programs and evidence-based practices.

Tina Traxler


Integrated Therapeutic Services Division Director

Dr. Traxler has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon. She previously served as the child and family specialist in a rural mental health clinic, supervised psychological evaluations of juveniles to help them prevent re-arrest, and managed two programs at River Oak since 2002. Dr. Traxler oversees specialized therapies for post-traumatic stress disorders and young children; school-based services; psychological evaluations; and day to day operations of the South Integrated Therapeutic Services Division.

Debbie Mendez


Integrated Therapeutic Services Division Director

Debbie has worked at River Oak since 2002. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she received her M.A. from Chapman University. As a director, Debbie oversees the day-to-day operations of the North Integrated Therapeutic Services Division and participates in the implementation of clinical services for the division ensuring the quality of services is consistent with the goals of the division. Debbie helps to create and maintain an effective organizational structure designed to deliver successful and efficient client/clinical services.

Rene Oliver


Intensive Community Based Services Division Director

Rene is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and received her Master’s in Counseling at the University of Phoenix. Previously, Rene served as the Clinical Director in a community non-profit organization and has direct experience working with clients identified with Co-Occurring Disorders. Joining the River Oak team in 2017, Rene has direct oversight of the daily operations in our Juvenile Justice Diversion and Treatment Program, (JJDTP) and our Wraparound Program. Rene ensures client centered services are utilized throughout the treatment process and promotes a “whatever it takes” philosophy for all individuals.

Mary Bush


Youth and Family Support Division Director

Mary joined River Oak in 2002 as a Family Partner and became the Program Manager in 2004. Mary graduated from Marymount University, Arlington VA with a BA in Liberal Studies. She ensures the family voice is heard at all levels of the organization, informs policy and procedures with a family perspective and assists in organizing quarterly family events.