Key Staff & Board of Directors

Executive Team

Jared SanfordJared Sanford, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
360 397 8246 ext 7484

Jared Sanford joined Lifeline Connections in October 2012 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer.  Jared has worked in many different capacities within the behavioral health field where he began his career as a Substance Abuse Counselor.  He has held progressively responsible positions ranging from Clinical Supervisor to Regional Director and now CEO.

Jared holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He has a passion for recovery because he has witnessed the destructive nature of addiction. Jared believes that recovery is possible and happens every day!


bbBrandy Branch, LMHC, CDP
Chief Clinical Officer
360 397 8246 ext 7534

Brandy serves as the Chief Clinical Officer of all Lifeline Connections clinical programs including in-patient residential, intensive outpatient, outpatient, mental health and drug court.  Brandy has worked in the substance use and mental health field for over 20 years including working with patients experiencing co-occurring disorders through case management, group counseling, and education.  She is fluent in American Sign Language and has counseled and assessed deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Brandy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, and Associate of Science, Sign Language Interpretation at Portland Community College. She earned her Master’s of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in Deafness from Western Oregon University.  Brandy started with Lifeline Connections in 2001 as a staff member in the Residential Unit.  She has had increasing progressive positions leading to her current position as Chief Clinical Officer.


Joseph_Foster_1- croppedJoe Foster, MBA, CMA
Chief Financial Officer
360 397 8246 ext 7554

As the Chief Financial Officer, Joe has oversight of the agencies facilities, equipment and financial activities.  Joe joined Lifeline after seven years at Concordia University, Portland OR where he played key roles including Director of Operations & Data Management, Director of Accounts Receivable and most recently Business Systems Analyst.

He began his professional career as the Director of Finance & Operations at Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, Santa Barbara, CA after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA. Joe earned his MBA with an emphasis in Operation Management from Concordia University, Portland, OR. Joe is also certified as a Management Accountant.

Management Team

Maria Calvert, BS, CDP
Program Director
Substance Use Disorder Outpatient Services
360 397 8246 ext 7542

Phillip Muir, BS, CDP
Program Director
Substance Use Disorder Residential Services
360 397 8246 ext 7411

Ashley Costello, RN
Program Director
Withdrawal Management Services
360.397.8246 ext 7421

Arianna Kee, LMHC, CDP
Program Director
Crisis Services
360 397 8246 ext 7462

Kaylee Collins, LPN
Program Director
Medication Assisted Treatment Services
360 397 8246 ext 7391

Pat Upshaw, BA, CDP
Program Director
Therapeutic Specialty Courts
Outpatient Services
360.397.8246 ext 7473

Jeff Cotta, LICSW
Program Director
Aberdeen/South Bend Offices
360.787.9319 ext 2527

Jessica Hall, PHR
Human Resources Director
360 397 8246 ext 7495

Jeri Shumate, CFRE
Development Director
360 397 8246 ext 7558

Jessica Spencer, LMHC, CDP
Program Director
Mental Health Services
360.397.8246 ext 7427

Melissa Guerra-Rushing, LMFT, CDP
Program Director
Women’s Treatment Services

Brianna Dalton, MHP, CG
Program Director
Community Based Treatment Services

Carolyn Mason, MS, CDP
Program Director
North Sound Region

Liana Hategan, MD
Medical Director
Board Certified Psychiatry and Neurology
Board Certified Forensic Psychiatry
Board Certified Addiction Medicine
360 397 8246 ext 7467

The Board of Directors

Rusty Williams – IGI Resources

Vice President:
Ginger Schmidt – Riverview Bank

Matt Lee – Opsahl/Dawson Certified Public Accountants

Harry Russell – Retired Law Enforcement

David Artz – Retired Attorney

Brian MacKenzie – Sam B. Gunn Law Firm

Edie Blakley – Clark College Career Services

Kasandra Early – Self Employed Business Contractor

Harry White – Waddell & Reed Advisors

The Sobering Services Unit Advisory Board

Kathy McNicholas – Vancouver Police Department

Vice Chair:
Angela Graves – Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center 

Marc Muhr – Clark County EMS

Peggy Sheehan – Vancouver City

Teri Owens – CVAB

Rusty Warren – Clark County Sheriff

Olivia Resnick – Share

Kalen Beasley – Veterans Administration Police Department

Kate Budd – Council for the Homeless

Todd Skenandore – Legacy Health Salmon Creek