To contact us please refer to the team member bio and contact information.
Crystal McMahon began a career in mental health in 1997 and has worked in a variety of positions including Employment Specialist, Employment Program Supervisor, State Supported Employment Trainer, and Research Associate for the Mental Health Treatment Study. She completed a Master of Science in Psychology in 2009 and is currently employed at Options for Southern Oregon as the Director of the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence. Ms. McMahon has taught courses on Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Supported Employment at Portland State University and Dartmouth College.
Ms. McMahon has a longstanding interest in the natural world. She and several associates own 400 acres in Klamath County that they are conserving and restoring for wildlife habitat. Crystal serves on the Board of Directors for two regional non-profit organizations- Lomakatsi Restoration Project and Klamath Lake Land Trust.
EMAIL | Phone: 541-621-8875
Director of Centers of Excellence (OCEACT & OSECE)
Heidi Herinckx joined Options for Southern Oregon in July 2013 and serves as the Director for Research and Evaluation as well as the Director of Centers of Excellence (OCEACT & OSECE). Heidi has over 20 years of experience helping mental health programs implement and evaluate evidence-based practices.
Prior to joining Options, Heidi was a mental health services researcher at the Regional Research Institute at Portland State University for 18 years. Heidi has worked with a number of mental health and social service agencies in Oregon and Washington with the primary goal of advancing and improving mental health care and community-based services. Heidi’s areas of expertise include Assertive Community Treatment, Strengths case management, supported employment, the Matrix model for methamphetamine addiction, mental health court and therapeutic jurisprudence, peer providers, and person-centered service design.
Over the past 20 years, Heidi has implemented and evaluated ACT programs in Oregon and Washington. Heidi was the project manager for this randomized clinical trial that compared the effectiveness of consumer providers of ACT, non-consumer providers of ACT, and “ mental health services as usual.” From 2004 through 2008, Heidi helped implement and evaluate the COMET program in Clark County Washington, and the MERIT program in Josephine County Oregon. The COMET Program was an ACT team that combined the MATRIX model to treat individuals with serious mental illness and co-occurring methamphetamine addiction.
EMAIL | Phone: 541-507-7125
Statewide Trainer, Reviewer
Tammy Guest has been working under the IPS model of Supported Employment as a Statewide Trainer and Fidelity Reviewer for OSECE since June 2014. Tammy has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and over 20 years of experience working with adults with disabilities, primarily in employment services. Prior to working for OSECE, Tammy worked as an IPS SE Team Lead and an IPS Employment Specialist for over 6 years. In 2014, she was appointed to the Oregon State Rehabilitation Council, where she helped develop statewide policies for Vocational Rehabilitation and advocated for employment service equity for people with mental health disabilities in addition to all Oregonians experiencing disabilities. She was also chosen to represent Oregon in the Expert Employment Specialist research project with Dartmouth College in 2009-2010 contributing to current best practices for helping people find jobs in spite of justice system Involvement and psychiatric disabilities. She has been involved with some aspect of employment services for people with a variety of disabilities for the majority of her career (mental health, SUD, intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities, etc.) and has seen firsthand how the IPS Supported Employment model consistently changes lives for the better. Tammy’s work is informed by over 15 years of sobriety and from being a family member of individuals with behavioral health needs.
EMAIL | Phone: 541-295-5103
Statewide Trainer, reviewer
Joan Keenen joined Options for Southern Oregon in October 2016. She served as the Clinical Supervisor for the Support Employment and Education Services (SEES) program during the last 8 years of her 25-year career with the county of Fresno, Department of Behavioral Health in California. Joan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and is a certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist as well as certified Advanced Level Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator. Joan has been a champion for recovery services and peer inclusion. She was the lead staff for the Workforce Integration Support and Education (WISE) project at Fresno County sponsored by Mental Health America in Sacramento California which received the first OLWIE award. She has traveled and trained with the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery conducting peer support and wellness sustainability workshops around the county. She currently serves as an OSECE statewide trainer and is involved with the OSECE Peer collaborative and other statewide peer initiatives.
EMAIL | Phone: 541-291-2034
Statewide Trainer, reviewer
Jennifer Cassidy, M.A., joined the OSECE team in April, 2019. She spent more than 8 years as a supervisor in Supported Employment and Education services using the IPS model in northern Michigan, after working with vocational rehabilitation and student/youth advisory positions. She has been a Certified Employment Trainer since 2011. She was a special educator for 17 years and facilitated assessment and if applicable, Individual Education Plans for students, as well as creating individualized curriculums and skill-based programs.
Jennifer has over 30 years of experience working with youth and adults with disabilities and mental illnesses, to overcome barriers in education and employment and is excited to be part of the OSECE team!
EMAIL | Phone: 541-816-0212
Statewide Trainer, reviewer
Allyson Morrison joined Options for Southern Oregon in September 2016 as a Statewide Trainer with the Oregon IPS Supported Employment team. Allyson received her Bachelor of Science in International Business from Elizabethtown College in 2010. She has been working in the mental health field since 2009 and with the IPS Supported Employment model as an Employment Specialist and an IPS Supervisor since 2010. Allyson has a longstanding interest in social services and rural communities.
EMAIL | Phone: 503-396-6002