WYS Board of Directors
Lorry Leigh Belhumeur, Ph.D. – Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Leigh Belhumeur is a licensed psychologist, serving as Chief Executive Officer at Western Youth Services (WYS) for over 18 years. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from UCLA.
Under her leadership, WYS has evolved into the innovative organization that operates today. WYS annually provides integrated Mental Health Services to over 50,000 clients both directly and indirectly, with support from our collaborative partnerships.
As a seasoned community leader and fierce advocate for children, youth and families. Lorry has led the charge that reexamines mental health in the context of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and offers solutions that not only treat the predictable negative impact of ACEs but that look upstream to prevent them from happening in the first place.
She believes that the foundation of positive mental health in children and youth is having a caring dependable adult who believes in them, and uncovering their strengths and using them to heal. When people are served from that perspective, they become more confident and resilient. They make progress and create and lead successful lives.
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David Lechuga, Ph.D., ABPP, APN – President
Lechuga is the director of The Neurobehavioral Clinic & Counseling Center in Lake Forest. His clinical work focuses on the assessment and treatment of patients with neurological impairments and complex learning disorders.
Dr. Lechuga is the neuropsychological consultant for the Los Angeles Kings, LA Football Club, and the LA Galaxy. He is past-president of the California Psychological Association, past-chair of the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Diversity Committee, former consultant to the State Athletic Commission, and former representative from California to the APA’s Council of Representatives.
Dr. Lechuga is past-president of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society, and current chair of the California Psychological Association’s Division of Neuropsychology. Dr. Lechuga is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical psychology and rehabilitation psychology. His board certification in neuropsychology is from the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology.
He is a clinical instructor (voluntary) at UCLA. Dr. Lechuga serves as an expert witness in personal injury and criminal cases.
Csilla Koppany – Vice President
Csilla Koppany is a native Orange County resident. She is a full time Science “STEAM” Lead educator in La Habra City School District. Csilla graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Biological Sciences degree and continued her further education at Pepperdine University. Csilla returned to the University of California, Irvine to receive her second Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Administration with Curriculum and Design.
Csilla is a seasoned educator of 22 years and has worked day in and out with the population that Western Youth Services serve. A strong believer in service to others, her philosophy is that the greatest impact we can have on the course of our lives is being actively involved in giving back.
Among her other passions, is to educate other teachers on project based teaching and serves as an adjunct professor at Fullerton College. Csilla is also a lover of the arts and is an active ballroom dancer.
Csilla joined the board of directors in 2014.
Elizabeth Garcia – Treasurer
Fred de Avila – Secretary
Fred is retired yet continues to do Executive Coaching and Training. He has a unique blend of successful field and executive level management experiences. He is an entrepreneur recognized as an organizational “Turnaround Specialist” that focuses on hiring the right people, creating a positive work environment, clarifying critical success factors and providing on-going employee development.
His prior experiences include several senior executive management positions with such companies as Xerox, MAI, Basic Four, and Sage Software. His personal credentials include undergraduate work at California State University Long Beach, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Pacific University and MBA studies at Pepperdine University.
Fred is an active member of the community. In the past he has served on the several non-profit boards including the United Way, American Lung Association, Business Solutions Network International and currently is an active board member of Western Youth Services. He is a past recipient of Orange County “Spirit of Volunteerism of the Year Award” for his extraordinary contributions to the annual Orange County High School All-Star Football Game.
Gilbert Carmona, MSW, LCSW
Gil Carmona is a behavioral healthcare executive with extensive operational experience in the field of substance abuse and mental health delivery of treatment services.
He has served in various executive leadership roles from CEO, VP of Clinical Services, Clinical Director, supervisor and therapist. In addition, he was a former Assistant Dean for the USC Graduate School of Social Work, Orange County Center.
Gil received his master’s degree in social work from USC and is licensed as a clinical social worker. His career passion and mission has been and will continue to be helping underserved, disenfranchised populations access and obtain health care to improve well-being.
Darren Kerstien is an associate in the Orange County office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and practices with the firm’s Corporate Department. His practice focuses on corporate and securities transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and public and private capital markets transactions. He also advises clients on securities and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Kerstien earned his law degree in 2013 from the University of California, Irvine School of Law where he graduated cum laude and was awarded Pro Bono Highest Honors for his extensive work representing clients through the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. Mr. Kerstien served as a Senior Notes Editor for the UC Irvine Law Review and was a Research Fellow for the First Year Lawyering Skills course. Mr. Kerstien received a B.A. from Azusa Pacific University, graduating summa cum laude, and receiving the department award for top senior.
Mr. Kerstien maintains an active pro bono practice, including representing families in foster-to-adopt proceedings, individuals seeking immigration relief, and counseling nonprofit organizations on structuring and corporate governance matters.