Barbara L. Mitchell, MSW, has worked for Interim for more than 30 years, serving as Executive Director for the last 25 years. Under her leadership, Interim has grown from an annual budget of $300,000 in 1984 to a budget of more than $8.5 million.
Barbara started with Interim as the vocational program director and created the agency’s first vocational training program for adults with mental illness, the Sunflour Cookie Company.
Early on, Barbara and her staff realized that affordable housing was a significant barrier for those living with mental illness, so significant that the lack of affordable supportive housing often forced those with mental illness into homelessness. That realization spurred Interim to develop 17 projects that offer varying levels of support for 284 clients with mental illness throughout Monterey, Marina, and Salinas.
In 2000, California’s Director of Mental Health appointed Barbara to the State’s Mental Health Planning Council. This committee oversees California’s public mental health system. Barbara is past Chair of this group and is currently the Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee. She is also Chair of the Monterey County Behavioral Health Contractors’ Association and Vice President of Monterey County’s Coalition of Homeless Services Providers.
In 2014, the California Mental Health Planning Council presented an award to Barbara after she worked tireless on the Council to reinstate important dental benefits for Medi-cal consumers, allowing greater access to total health services and dental care for an estimated 3 million individuals in the state of California. She was also was named as one of the Outstanding Women of the Year for 2014 by the Commission on the Status of Women of Monterey County.
Jane Odegard is Interim’s Deputy Director. She started at Interim in 2004 as the Shelter Cove Program Coordinator and served as Bridge House Program Director for ten years. She provides clinical supervision for program directors and clinical consultation for staff groups. She also assists in program development, implementation and evaluation, and provides on-going training for all staff. Jane received her Doctorate degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ryokan College in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from California State University Monterey Bay. Jane is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner.
Alan Bilinsky is Interim’s Housing Development and Property Director. As Director, he is responsible for our Housing, Landscaping and Maintenance Staffs. Alan joined Interim in 2005 and is a certified housing Management Occupancy Specialist. Alan received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Michigan.
Pali Weerasekera, CPA, has been with Interim since December 2006; he is currently the Director of Finance and Administration overseeing all accounting functions for the organization. He received his B.S. from the University of Phoenix in Accounting and California College of Commerce.
Chris Kinard spent 35 years in the “for profit” world before joining Interim in late 2001 as the Director of Human Resources and Director of IT. After a BA in Civil Engineering and an MA in International Relations, Chris spent most of his career in increasingly responsible international Human Resources positions for Fortune 500 companies Standard Oil, Levi Strauss & Diamond Shamrock, followed by several years of management consulting. In the 15 years before joining Interim, Chris held executive positions for two venerable Hawaiian companies in the property development/agricultural and retail fields.