About Us | Our Staff

Rusty Selix
Executive Director

Rusty has been Executive Director and Legislative Advocate for CCCMHA since 1987 and has grown the association considerably during the intervening years.  In this capacity, he partnered with Senate President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg to co-author California’s Mental Health Services Act, a tax on personal incomes over $1 million to expand community mental health care.  In addition he has been instrumental in moving forward a variety of critical mental health-related initiatives, including ensuring the implementation of the federal Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program to serve children with severe emotional disturbances.

Rusty has been a legislative advocate in Sacramento since 1978 when he joined the staff of the League of California Cities.  He also serves as Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in California and provides legislative advocacy for the (Los Angeles) Association of Retired Teachers.

Prior to becoming a lobbyist, Rusty served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Sacramento where he was the city's principal legal advisor on land use and environmental issues.  From 1980 to 1984 he was also a member and chairman of the State Bar's Committee on Environmental Law.

Rusty attended Northwestern University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics; he received his law degree from UC Davis.


Michele Peterson, MPH
Associate Director

Michele joined CCCMHA in 2010. Her current scope of work includes, managing the association through development and execution of an annual program to advance the association objectives, which are defined through nine committees under her direction. Her research is focused on healthcare reform and looking at innovative ways to integrate mental health into public health and health care systems. She coordinates the analysis of mental health regulations, by collecting information from members, county and state officials. This information is then disseminated through communications and programs for the education of community mental health executives.

Prior to CCCMHA, Michele was the Associate Director of Community Health programs at the Center for Health Improvement. In that position she was responsible for initiatives on health care quality and health policy reform, and managed a statewide advocacy coalition for hepatitis. She also served as Program Manager for the Learning Network for Chartered Value Exchanges (CVE), a component of the US Department of HHS’ "Value-Driven Health Care Initiative," a national Learning Network involving more than 550 health care leaders.

Michele has a strong background in health disparities, public health policy, and has experience with private foundations, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and the United Nations Population Fund. Michele has a Master’s in Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Pam Easley
Program Manager

Pam joined the office of Rusty Selix in 1989. She conducts the meeting planning for all of his clients as well as a wide variety of other office and client support activities.  Presently she is responsible for meeting planning for CCCMHA and has full responsibility for California Healthcare Provider Services (CHPS) programs and services.

Previously she worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Europe Division.

Julie Tindall                                                                        
Program Assistant

Julie is the Program Assistant for CCCMHA.  She is responsible for assisting with a wide range of program activities including website maintenance, general communications, membership meetings, and committee calls and meetings.  Contact her for website access, general information, or CCCMHA committee and membership meeting information.

Julie comes to us with over six years of program support experience along with a rich history of supporting a professional healthcare association.  She has taken an interest in politics through her volunteer work with a grassroots advocacy organization.  In addition, she has experience working with children and teens with developmental disabilities and is currently pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology.