"Excellence provides the structure for the global community to match resources with research, education and program support to take on mental health challenges and find new answers. We expect recovery!" Read more
An Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Sciences University, Gina served as Executive Director of the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs for 11 years before taking the helm of EXCELLENCE as President and CEO. She has worked extensively in mental health and addictions policy, leadership and management, health care financing and political advocacy. As a Community Mental Health Therapist, Adolescent Program Director and Clinical Supervisor, she brings experience in all aspects of community mental health. Gina's public service includes two terms as a Tillamook County Commissioner and Vice-President of the Association of Oregon Counties. She has a BA in Theatre and Dance and an MS in counseling from Portland State University and a PhD in Special Education focusing on social public policy and leadership from the University of Oregon.
Yana Jacobs, MFT
"I am committed to the mission of advancing a more progressive and just mental health system and improving the quality of care for individuals and families." Read more
Yana Jacobs began her journey in the mental health field as an art therapy student at UC Santa Cruz, writing her own major in “Art Therapy”. A field study/internship at Soteria House evolved into a full time job there. Thirty years later, after working in clinical services and program administration for the county mental health system, Yana brings her skills and experiences to the EXCELLENCE team where she helps our donors realize their philanthropic vision through donor-advised and incubator funds and provides assistance and oversight to our grantees. Jacobs holds a Master's degree in psychology and counseling from UC San Francisco.
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Chief Philanthropy Officer
"It is my honor to lead EXCELLENCE’s fundraising efforts in collaboration with colleagues across the organization and throughout the world who are committed to secure the resources we need to realize our vision." Read more
In partnership with our donors, we are shaping the future of EXCELLENCE and supporting world-class research to improve mental health outcomes. To our donors and to the global community interested in learning more about EXCELLENCE, I encourage you to explore this site and meet the people impacted by the power of philanthropy.
They are the heart of our mission – the researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinicians; public policy analysts and advocates; people with lived experience, family, and community members who are daily enriched, inspired, and transformed by the generosity of your gifts.
Kevin holds a BS degree in International Business from Auburn University and a MS in Entrepreneurship & Innovation from Oklahoma State University CLOSE
Data & Communications Manager
“I love sharing the stories of how our donors and grantees are changing the world together.” Read more
Jessica Pratt is responsible for website design and management, marketing and media development, and coordination of information technology for EXCELLENCE programs. She held a similar position at the Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs for five years. Prior to that, she served as legislative staff at the Oregon State Capitol and then at the Office for Oregon Health Policy & Research. She found her passion for improving standards for mental health care during her tenure as front-line staff at a community psychiatric crisis agency. Pratt is a graduate of Willamette University.
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Chief Administrative Officer
“All of us at Excellence are here to help you support the recovery movement as a philanthropist, volunteer or friend.” Read more
Malea Stockton manages the office operations and bookkeeping for the Foundation. She has prior experience in health care office management. She is a graduate of George Fox University.
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Kristen Guzman, CPA
Accounting Services Officer
"It is a joy to combine my love of people and financials to serve EXCELLENCE donors, volunteers and staff." Read more
Kristen is a Senior Manager at the Portland, Oregon office of Aldrich Advisors. She has over seven years of experience serving a wide variety of clients including nonprofit organizations. Kristen is the leader of the nonprofit niche in Oregon and performs assurance and consulting services.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants member
Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants member
Serves on the board and finance committee for a local nonprofit for women’s health
Mentors college students
Kristen graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelors of Science degree with a major in accounting. CLOSE