Connee Meschini
Committees: Executive/Personnel – Chair
Term: (01/18/05) 01/01/22 – 01/01/26

Connee Meschini is a Student Assistance Counselor at Woodstock School District 200. She holds a Master’s Degree and has worked with the schools for 15 years. Connee holds a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification and has a 30-year history of working in nonprofits and at the community college. Currently, she is a member of the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers and has been a Rotarian for over 20 years. She serves on the executive committee of the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition and serves in a Stephens Ministry within her church, Since 2005, her desire to help those less fortunate, provide needed services for citizens, and act in the best interest of County taxpayers has led her to serve on the Mental Health Board. Connee grew up in McHenry County and resides in Crystal Lake.

Cathy Ferguson
Vice President
Buildings and Grounds; Ethics and Compliance
(05/21/13) 01/01/19 – 01/01/23

Cathy Ferguson retired from her work as a family therapist at Northwest Community Hospital after 35 years. She earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling, Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Certificates in Physical Handicaps and Learning Disabilities, Mediation and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). She also worked as a psychiatric liaison and a Special Education teacher for Klingberg residential school. Cathy has served on the Mental Health Board since 2013 and on Crystal Lake City Council since 1999. As a continuation of her life’s passion and as a working therapist, she felt that she could bring a different perspective to the Mental Health Board.

Tracy Champion
Committees: By-laws – Chair; Building and Grounds; Executive/Personnel
Term: 01/01/19 – 01/01/23

Tracy Champion is employed at McHenry County College working with high school students who choose to earn college credit.  Previously, Tracy worked at Pioneer Center for Human Services for 15 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Her knowledge of local agencies and desire to provide support to individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse led to her interest in serving on the Mental Health Board. Tracy resides in Crystal Lake and has 8 grandchildren ranging in ages from 3-15.

Ray Lapinas
Committees: Finance and Audit – Chair; Ethics and Compliance; Executive/Personnel
Term: 01/01/22 – 01/01/26

Ray Lapinas has spent the last 30 years working in various finance-related functions for major corporations in the Chicago area. His subject matter expertise in risk management, operational financial controls, and financial statement/budgeting are widely recognized. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Rochester in Corporate Accounting & Computer Information Systems. As a resident of Lake in the Hills since the fall of 1993, Ray has utilized his financial management skills to support various community based non-profit organizations regarding mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse. He has previously served on the Mental Health Board from 2014 – 2018 and had chaired the Ethics & Compliance Committee, By-laws Committee, and served as a member of other committees. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in the fall of 2017, Ray serves as a board member and Secretary of the NeuroBalance Center, NFP, in Barrington, Illinois where he actively advocates for individuals with chronic progressive disorders, autoimmune diseases, and neuromuscular conditions.

Paula Yensen
County Board Liaison
Committees: Ethics and Compliance; Finance and Audit
Term: 02/21/17 – Open

Paula Yensen is a Lake in the Hills resident and has served as a McHenry County Board member since 2008. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from Michigan State University. She has worked as Executive Director of the United Way of Central Kane County and an Adjunct Faculty member at Harper College.
 Paula has served as County Board Liaison to the Mental Health Board since 2017. She is active on the Executive Board and Board of Directors of Age Guide, Chair of Senior Services Grant Commission, Vice-Chair of McHenry County’s Public Health and Community Services, a board member of the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills, and on the Woodstock Age-Friendly Steering Committee. Paula’s passion behind her service with the Mental Health Board is to help make the not-for-profit sector as effective as possible, especially in underserved communities.

Greg Alexander
Committees: Buildings and Grounds – Chair; Finance and Audit
Term: 01/01/21 – 01/01/25

Greg Alexander has been a Crystal Lake resident since June of 1998; he retired from full-time work in 2017 and now operates a small solo training and consulting practice. His interest in mental health issues stems from a family history of depression and autism and the loss of his son to suicide shortly after his retirement. Greg’s volunteer work has included workdays at Home of the Sparrow and Habitat for Humanity. He is a recent addition to the Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers. He and his wife have 4 surviving children and 10 grandchildren.

Mike Baber
By-laws; Finance and Audit
01/01/21 – 01/01/25

Mike Baber runs a private mental health practice. Having been in the mental health field for over 30 years, he has worked in McHenry County at Youth Service Bureau, Family Service, and the Crisis Line. He was Director of Forest Hospital’s emergency services response team and Crisis Line, Director of social services for Vernon Hills Village and Police Department, and Northfield Police Department. Mike has a Doctorate (MA and BA) in Psychology and a CADC. He is a member of the American Associations of Suicidology and its Illinois Chapter. He has earned the McHenry County Juvenile Officers Award for service to children and 8 Golden awards from United Way. Mike has provided expert witness on domestic violence and mental health issues, performed specialty crisis work for law enforcement, and also provides therapy for police, firemen, and military. He is a former member of Illinois Police Social Workers. Mike serves on the Mental Health Board to ensure that the most vulnerable have access to quality services and he strives to support the agencies in McHenry County. Mike has lived in Marengo for 30 years with his wife and daughters.

Rachel Boldman
Ethics and Compliance – Chair; By-laws; Executive and Personnel
01/01/19 – 01/01/23

Rachel Boldman lives in Crystal Lake and is employed by McHenry County College as the Director of Crisis Intervention and Prevention Services. Her work history includes Director of Student Counseling Services at Stetson University; Program Therapist at Halifax Behavioral Services (children and adolescents); Family Case Manager (foster care, dependency) at One Hope United, Patient and Family Counseling Intern at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies. Rachel has BA in Communication Studies, a minor in music from Stetson University; MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education at Northern Illinois University. She is also licensed as an LCPC in Illinois.
 Rachel serves on the Suicide Prevention Task Force, Substance Abuse Coalition, is a member of the American Counseling Association, American College Counseling Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and American College Personnel Association. She serves the Mental Health Board to combine her clinical expertise, leadership skills, and diverse work experience to help her community.

Adam Carson
Committees: Buildings and Grounds; By-laws
Term: 01/01/21 – 01/01/25

Adam Carson has been in law enforcement as a police officer with the Lake in the Hills Police Department since October 2002. He was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant in 2019 and became a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Instructor in 2013. Adam is one of three DRE’s in McHenry County and is currently one of 12 Instructors in the State. The intense DRE program has increased Adam’s ability to determine if a person is impaired or there is a medical condition as well as the person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. He teaches officers and citizens throughout Illinois. Adam attended St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology. He is actively involved in community safety presentations for teens, women, and seniors. Since 2016, Adam has represented the Lake in the Hills Police Department at the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition. He has first-hand experience in dealing with people with substance use and abuse problems and mental health and wants to ensure services are available for any resident of McHenry County.