CLINICAL SERVICES MANAGEMENT

Joseph Gallagher Joseph Gallagher, CEO
Joseph Gallagher is Wyoming Behavioral Institute's Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gallagher brings many years of executive level experience in behavioral and general medical facilities. Prior to joining Wyoming Behavioral Institute, he was a managing partner of Behavioral Healthcare Strategies, a strategic behavioral healthcare management firm based in Warwick, New York. Mr. Gallagher began his health care career as a registered nurse and earned his BSN and MBA from St. Joseph's College in Maine.

Joseph Izzarelli Joseph Izzarelli, Chief Operations Officer
Joseph Izzarelli is a Wyoming native and has been working collaboratively with Wyoming Behavioral Institute’s referral sources – including hospitals and community mental health centers - for many years. Joseph obtained a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a master’s degree in social work from Walla Walla College in Montana. He began his career at Wyoming Behavioral Institute in 2001, working in the Intake Department as an intake/assessment coordinator. He was named the Director of Admissions in 2008. In 2018, Joseph was named Chief Operations Officer.

Michele Berens Michele Berens, Associate Administrator
Michele Berens is a Casper native who attended Casper College and the University of Wyoming. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Northern Arizona University in 1989 and her Master's of Business Administration from Franklin University in Ohio in 2008. She began her career at WBI in 1990 as psychiatric technician. She has grown through the ranks of the hospital, progressing from mental health worker to lead case manager. In 1998, she took the position of adolescent service program director and staff development coordinator. In 2001, she was promoted to director of risk management, performance improvement and environment of care at WBI. Michele was named associate hospital administrator in 2013. In addition to her experience with WBI, Michele worked in Cody as a family preservation specialty and adolescent group home and therapeutic foster care supervisor and counselor.

NMatthew Bertagnole Matthew Bertagnole, Youth Services Director/Director of Residential Services
Matthew Bertagnole is a professional counselor who has a master's degree in counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming, as well as an associate’s degree in psychology from Casper College. His previous experience includes spending several years as a case manager supervisor at the Casper Re-Entry Center, where he counseled people facing addiction and mental illness and collaborated with local treatment provides to increase successful discharge rates.

Zachary Bird, Director of Adult Clinical Services Zachary Bird, Director of Adult Clinical Services
Zack Bird is a licensed clinical social worker who obtained his bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and his master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. Zack counseled elementary school children and their families on an outpatient basis before joining WBI’s children’s unit. He later served as utilization review director at WBI before moving to Provo Canyon School, where he was the clinical services director. Zack returned to Casper to serve as WBI’s adult unit clinical services director in 2018.

Miranda Blajszczak Mandy Blajszczak, Director of Nursing
Mandy Blajszczak serves as Youth Acute Nurse Manager and was recently promoted to Director of Nursing. She obtained her associate's degree in nursing from Casper College and her bachelor's in nursing from the University of Wyoming. She is pursuing a Master's of Business Administration in Healthcare Management. Mandy began her career at WBI in early 2005 as a registered nurse on the children's unit. She continues to have a special interest in the child and young adolescent population. Mandy is a significant proponent of trauma informed care and evidence based practice and strives to implement these into the care provided at WBI.