Meet the UVCares team
We are leading efforts for accessibility of behavioral healthcare through our dedicated experts.
UVCares Behavioral Health Organization
Meet the hardworking team that makes UVCares a possibility. Browse by group:
Rebekah Subido, EMBA Board President & Executive Director
A Pacific Northwest native, Ms. Subido envelops the value that everyone deserves to have access to mental health and substance use services and that mental health and physical health equally contribute toward a person’s overall well-being.
As a Superior Court Guardian ad Litem for 29 years, Ms. Subido frequently observed the need for behavioral health services and the main barriers that prevented access to services. Determined to create access to services for all, Ms. Subido founded UVCares Behavioral Health. She is passionate about people and helping those in need.
Ms. Subido holds an Executive Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Psychology degree from Washington State University. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Washington State University with the Carson College of Business teaching both undergraduate and advanced graduate studies in all areas of business.
John Fishburne, PhD Board Vice President
Growing up in the rural community of Leavenworth, WA, Dr. Fishburne developed a keen awareness of the need for mental health services in rural communities that often, do not have access to basic services. Dr. Fishburne’s personal and professional views strongly align with the mission of UVCares and he has spent much of his career supporting rural access to mental health for everyone.
Dr. Fishburne holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology and has been in private practice for 15 years with his office located in Spokane, WA.
U.N. Umesh, PhD Board Secretary
U. N. Umesh is a professor of marketing in the Department of Marketing and International Business. He has published his research in many journals, including Decision Sciences, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of International Marketing, Psychometrika and Journal of Forecasting. He co-authored a paper on outsourcing that was a Best Article Finalist in Decision Sciences.
He has held visiting positions at University of Texas at Austin, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a visiting associate professor, University of Washington and Koc University. His Ph.D. in marketing is from the University of Washington, where he has taught classes. He has won five teaching awards in his career. His students have won many prizes at Business Plan competitions.
Fernando Hernandez, EMBA Board Director
Fernando Hernandez is vice president of the Enterprise Operations, Finance and Sustainability (EOFS) – Enterprise Services – Indirect Supply Chain organization. In this role, Fernando leads the overall strategy, contracting, daily operations of Indirect and Center of Excellence goods and services for The Boeing Company. Fernando has worked for The Boeing Company for more than 20 years, starting as an intern and continuing in numerous supply chain and operational roles in Boeing Commercial airplanes, Boeing Global Services, and Enterprise Services. Fernando is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
Fernando completed his undergraduate degree from Central Washington University and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Carson School of Business and Economics at Washington State University.
Amber Hallberg Board Director
Amber Hallberg is the Housing Program Coordinator for Chelan County. She is a transplant to the Pacific Northwest, but is no stranger to rural communities. Amber grew up in a smalltown in Nebraska and knows how important it is to have access to mental health services in rural communities. In her current role, Amber oversees the grant funding for 10 nonprofits that operate 16 programs for those experiencing homeless or are at risk of homelessness in Chelan and Douglas Counties. She has experience with managing nonprofits, program implementation, and working in a substance use disorder outpatient treatment facility. Amber is passionate about breaking down barriers for community members to be able to access to services that will help to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.
Amber holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational and Relational Communication with a minor in Political Science from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is in the process of writing a book on the contrast of rural and urban homelessness.
Kayla Murphy, JD Board Director
After graduating from high school with a 1.7 GPA, Kayla earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Law & Justice from Central Washington University where she received the Outstanding Graduating Student award. Kayla then attended the University of Oregon School of Law. Kayla now has her own criminal defense firm, K. Murphy Law, where she strives to meet the legal needs of her clients with compassion.
Kayla sees how many of her clients suffer from mental health and substance abuse issues and how these issues contribute to criminality. Kayla is passionate about the mission of UVCares because she understands the monumental need for affordable mental health and substance abuse treatment in underserved communities. Kayla believes that UVCares can prevent crime and lessen the strain on communities by providing their vital services.
Leslie Sigrah, EMBA Board Director
Leslie Sigrah is Marketing & Operations Director for GEICO Spokane Local Office, in this role; Leslie leads the overall marketing, team building, & Operations of Excellence. Leslie has owned her job and established company bars nationwide since 2019 regardless of the current economy. Leslie’s career includes many successful hospitality operations including companies where she held positions up to and including Operations Manager overseeing operations producing over $2 million a year in revenues. Leslie feels like the opportunity that has made her most proud over her many years in business is a non-profit that allowed her to operate and command Bambino Buddy Ball. This is a baseball program benefitting youth and young adults with disabilities in Spokane, WA since 2007 and has successfully and will continue to serve 60-100 families every year.
Roksan Biktimir, PhD Clinical Intern Supervisor
H Roksan Biktimir, PhD, is a licensed mental health counselor and board-certified trauma treatment specialist. She has spent over 45 years in the field of mental health in both the administrative and clinical realms. She has been an approved supervisor with the State of Washington since 2004.
Over the years Dr. Biktimir has held a wide variety of positions including Administrative Director and Executive Director of a community mental health agency, she established a non-profit organization that managed a family support center and founded a parent training program and used bookstore among other programs sponsored by the family support center. Clinically Dr. Biktimir has worked in a 15-bed inpatient psychiatric unit while also maintaining a private practice. Currently she has a small private practice and specializes in trauma disorders. Dr. Biktimir holds a master’s degree in Business Administration, a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology.
Asia Goins, LMFT Clinical Intern Supervisor
I am a 55-year-old multi-racial male with over 25 years’ experience in social services and counseling. I received my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwest Christian University and am a licensed LMFT in the State of Washington. Throughout my 25 years of practice, I have been a social worker, a Quality Assurance trainer, a Child and Family Therapist and have training in family systems theory, trauma recovery, relationship dynamics and racial diversity.I concentrate on helping married and cohabitating couples deal with conflict, anxiety, anger issues and adjustment problems in their relationship. I counsel couples and individuals with a focus on repair, reconciliation, and restoration.
I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and have specific training and expertise with men who have been sexually abused as children.
Audrey Robinson, LMHCA Mental Health Therapist
Audrey Robinson received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.
In the past 15 years, she has worked in various mental health settings such as hospitals, residential treatment centers and non-profit organizations. A major focus in her clinical experiences has been with depression and anxiety management as well as helping her clients develop healthy coping skills, reduce stress and prevent mental health decline. In addition, she has been committed in dispelling the stigma and negative perception held within the culturally diverse communities regarding mental health treatment and seeking help.
Rachel Castiglia, LSWA Mental Health Therapist
Bio coming soon.
Erika Campbell, PhD, LMHC Mental Health Therapist
Bio coming soon.
Cheyenne Stefano, LMHCA Mental Health Therapist
Cheyenne Stefano received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in drama therapy from Antioch University Seattle.
Over the past 8 years, she has worked in various clinical settings such as behavioral health facilities, in-patient and out-patient substance use recovery facilities and colleges.
Cheyenne has worked with various populations, and focuses on the integration of mental health counseling techniques and theories with creative modalities. She strives to help clients build applicable coping skills, build greater understanding of how trauma, depression and anxiety can impact the
body, and feel confident in clients’ ability to make safe and healthier choices.
She believes that therapy should be accessible to all, and especially who may hold diverse and marginalized identities.
Lilah Poltz Executive Assistant
Lilah started her career as a social worker and spent 15 years working in group homes, then moving up to foster care support and adoption assessments. She spent many years at the corporate level with sales, marketing, and social media management.
Lilah feels grateful to be back working with a nonprofit organization that serves others and her values align well with the mission of UVCares Behavioral Health.