By working with and educating legislators, policy makers, and key stakeholders, we assist in the development and implementation of sound public policy that creates and supports healthier families and safer communities. IABH also shares its extensive experience by providing conference and training opportunities on the cutting edge of behavioral healthcare.
Gerald (Jud) DeLoss practiced health law for 25 years before accepting the position of Chief Executive Officer of IABH in 2020.
In 2012, Jud began as the Deputy General Counsel and in 2015 he became General Counsel of IABH, and has touched all facets of the organization, including helping to navigate the Association’s successful, two-year transition from the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association to IABH in June 2016.
While with IABH, Jud drafted State legislation that eliminated prior-authorization for medication-assisted treatment, mental health parity, anti-deceptive treatment marketing, and more. Jud has special expertise in Medicaid, grant funding, commercial insurance, and managed care. Jud also drafted proposed State legislation that would establish Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs)To support his clients’ positions, Jud has developed a unique understanding and experience with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act as well as Illinois Parity Law.
During his legal career, Jud represented behavioral health care providers, health information technology (HIT) solution providers, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), physicians, hospitals and research organizations, as well as industry trade and professional associations.
Jud has testified before the United States House of Representatives, Energy and Commerce Committee as a subject matter expert on 42 C.F.R. Part 2, the federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder information. Jud has also testified before legislative committees to support the bills prepared for clients. He has also served as an expert witness in court proceedings. Jud has written articles and presented on health law issues nationally and internationally, including on health information privacy and security and other compliance matters. His peers at the American Health Law Association (AHLA) have recognized him nationally as a leading behavioral healthcare attorney.
Randy Wells joined the Association in 2015 to lead IABH’s integration into mental health policy. He is well known for his experience working in the legislative process in the private sector and at the highest levels of state government. From his days of lobbying for the ACLU and NAMI Illinois, to his years as Legislative Director at both DCFS and DHS, where he also held the position of Deputy Chief of Staff, Randy brings three decades of legislative experience and understanding of how the Illinois General Assembly and State Government work. Randy guides the Association's legislative agenda, provides strategic planning to support the Association's advocacy efforts, and works to ensure our public policymakers keep beahvrioa health at the forefront of their policy priorities. His background and knowledge make him one of the most sought after legislative experts in the State. Randy holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois - Springfield).
As IABH's Vice President of Programs, Ashley Webb oversees the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI), Operation Snowball, Inc (OS), our newly added youth prevention gambling disorders program – Focus, and IABH's training program through the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC). She is also a part of IABH’s policy staff and supports the associations on-going advocacy efforts. Ashley is a certified for teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) instructor.
Prior to joining the Association in 2014, Ashley worked as a Prevention Specialist where she gained experience working with a mentoring and tutoring program, a social norms communication campaign, interacted with local coalitions, and educated middle school and high school students, professionals, and communities on the importance of youth prevention. Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in human development from DePaul University.
Pel Thomas Kelley has been with the Association over 30 years. She began her career as an administrative assistant and is currently Business Manager. Pel’s responsibilities include fiscal operations, executive assistant to the CEO, annual conference coordinator, providing assistance to the Membership, Board and Committees. Pel graduated from Balyki High School and attended Lincoln Land Community College.
As Prevention Program Coordinator, Riley Blythe, develops, implements and evaluates the Association’s prevention, wellness and leadership program – Operation Snowball (OS). She supports OS chapters and CGTI Community Action Teams through trainings, technical assistance, outreach, and fundraising, and works with community members to increase prevention programming throughout Illinois.
As an alumnus of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Riley was first introduced to the prevention field in 2010 through her local Operation Snowball chapter and has been volunteering with in various leadership roles since. She quickly became involved in CGTI where she continued to elevate her skills. Prior to joining IABH in 2018, Riley worked with individuals in recovery from substance abuse, members of the HIV community, and provided individual and group therapy to at-risk youth in the greater Chicago area. Riley holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Children and Family from Loyola University Chicago. Riley is a certified instructor in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA).
Natalie first attended Snowball and CGTI in the 2006-2007 school year and has since grown through both programs. She has held a number of positions on the CGTI Leadership Team, including Conference Advisor, Care Team member, Youth Staff Advisor, PALS Advisor and Media Coordinator as well as serving as a workshop presenter. She also served as a member of the Operation Snowball Board of Directors from 2019-2020.
Prior to joining IABH, Natalie worked as a Special Education instructor for high school students and a freelance journalist. Natalie holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and continues to pursue expanding mental health education and awareness through that avenue.
As Outreach Coordinator, Sarah Martin reports to the Vice President of Programs to develop, implement, and evaluate programming for the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI) and Operation Snowball (OS). She works with IABH staff to create and utilize effective communication and outreach campaigns, promote the mission of each program, and increase participation in each program throughout the state of Illinois.
Sarah was first introduced to Operation Snowball in 2012 as a participant and, ultimately, became more involved over the next three years as a staff member and teen director for the Naperville OS Chapter. Prior to joining IABH, Sarah was involved in social work where she supervised families in facilities or at their homes, conducted casework services for adults involved in the Department of Child Services, and for youth on probation. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in criminology, forensic investigation, and global health from Miami University of Ohio.
As Communications Coordinator, Brandon works with IABH staff to develop and utilize effective communication and outreach campaigns, promote the mission of each program, recruit, and bolster program participation in target areas of the state, and support the needs of a state-wide volunteer base. Brandon will lead the communication, promotion, and delivery of the gambling disorders grant through community outreach with a focus on youth engagement.
Brandon started his Operation Snowball journey in 2007 while attending Operation Snowflake. From there, it kickstarted a fire within him to get more involved and make an impact. He went on to serve in various leadership roles within the Homewood-Flossmoor OS chapter, for which he is a proud alumnus of. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s degree in mass media with a concentration in media management, promotion, and sales from Illinois State University, where he was involved in multiple organizations on campus. Prior to joining IABH, Brandon has also participated as a volunteer for CGTI in diverse roles since 2016.
CEOs, presidents, and executive directors from our member agencies lend their experience and expertise as members of our board of directors. Each director is elected by the membership for a two-year term.
Liaisons to the Executive Committee: