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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Wyoming Behavioral Institute Leadership

Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips, Chief Executive Officer
Mike Phillips is dedicated to the success of everyone around him, and has a great passion for helping patients, their families and staff achieve their ambitions.

Mike has accrued more than 20 years of management and marketing experience with a background in long-term and short-term acute care as well as inpatient post-acute care rehabilitation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and a master’s degree in management and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.

A Casper native, Mike has devoted his training and talent to building the healthcare delivery system for patients and families in Wyoming and neighboring states. He serves his community as a member of the United Way of Natrona County and Special Olympics of Wyoming Boards of Directors. He also is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mike joined the WBI leadership team in January 2019.

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.

David Martorano

David Martorano, MD, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. David Martorano obtained his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of California Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Martorano is a second-generation psychiatrist raised near New York City.

Claire Bowles, Director of Clinical Services
Claire Bowles is a licensed professional counselor who obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming and her master’s degree from Capella University with High Honors. Claire worked in outpatient settings for several years, before joining Wyoming Behavioral Institute’s adult inpatient therapy team in 2021. Claire’s practice included individual, group, and family therapy, and she specialized in the trauma-focused treatment of adolescents and combat veterans. Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, group therapy, client centered therapy, and Gestalt are among Claire’s areas of expertise, and she supports the use of the therapeutic alliance with patients to help with motivation for change.

Mandy Blajszczak

Mandy Blajszczak, Chief Nursing Officer
Mandy Blajszczak obtained her associate’s degree in nursing from Casper College and her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Wyoming. She completed her Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Management in 2019. Ms. Blajszczak began her career with Wyoming Behavioral Institute in 2005 as a registered nurse on the children’s unit. She is a proponent of trauma-informed care and evidence-based practice and strives to implement these into the care provided at WBI.

Michele Berens

Michele Berens, Associate Administrator
Michele Berens, M.B.A., is a Casper native graduating from Casper College and then receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona University in 1989. She began her career at WBI in 1990, as a Psychiatric Technician. She has grown through the ranks of the hospital progressing from Mental Health Worker to Lead Tech, to Lead Case Manager. In 1998, she took the position of Program Director for Adolescent Service and Staff Development Coordinator. In 2001, she was promoted to Director of Risk Management/Performance Improvement and Environment of Care. In 2008, Michele earned her Master of Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. In 2012, she became a certified Service Excellence Trainer. In addition to her experience with WBI, Michele worked in Cody, WY for three years as a Family Preservation Specialist and Adolescent Group Home/Therapeutic Foster Care supervisor and counselor.

Willy Tophia

Willy Tophia, Admissions Director
Willy Tophia, R.N., is a Wyoming native who has dedicated his professional career to the care of others, and particularly special populations. Willy works collaboratively with hospitals, mental health professionals, people in crisis and their families to facilitate timely access to inpatient and residential care at Wyoming Behavioral Institute. He began his career at WBI in 1994, caring for patients as a licensed professional nurse. In 1997, he moved into the intake department as an assessment coordinator, and in 2018, was named Admissions Director. Willy has been commended for his Service Excellence and his team also has gotten a Service Excellence Award.

Tammy Quinn, HR Director

Emily Genoff

Emily Genoff, Director of Business Development
Emily joined Wyoming Behavioral Institute’s business development team in 2006. She has extensive experience in community health assessment and planning, healthcare policy research and development, marketing, and journalism. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wyoming. Emily works with referral sources in Wyoming and neighboring states, collaborating with them to promote access to mental health services.

A Continued Need for Mental Healthcare

Mike Phillips, CEO

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