David Schmehl, CPA
President and CEO
David Schmehl is the Chief Executive Officer of Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc. David joined the company at its inception in 2002 as the Chief Financial Officer. He assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in April 2006 and has held both roles since that time. He is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and implementation, as well as its overall operations.
David was a senior executive at VistaCare, Inc., a national provider of hospice services, holding the position of Vice President, Finance and Administration prior to joining BHPI. From 1981 through 1996 he held a number of executive positions with MIDA Dental Plans (during that time the nation’s largest privately held dental HMO) and its affiliated organization American Dental Group including CFO and Vice President of National Research and Development.
David is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a degree in management science from Oakland University.
Lisa Knysz, PsyD
Chief Clinical Officer
In her role as BHPI’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Knysz works closely with behavioral and physical health providers to ensure a comprehensive continuum of care for all consumers being served. She provides the structure, oversight and on-going management and evaluation to ensure the clinical aspects of integrated care are being woven throughout our providers’ care and treatment. She will work closely with all providers working toward a delivery model of care, which relies on data and building an infrastructure which is flexible and allows for the system to achieve the best outcomes for consumers and the most efficient use of heath care resources. She is trained as a health psychologist and has spent the last 15 years working in community-based care.
Leslie White, JD
Chief People Officer
Leslie is responsible for all Human Resources Strategy and Operations for BHPI. It is her responsibility to focus on enhancing employee skills to meet ever-changing business demands and utilize available technology to its fullest extent while creating and promoting pathways for individual development. She has been with BHPI since 2005 and most recently served as the company’s Director of Marketing and Business Development.
Prior to joining BHPI, Leslie worked in management positions in Development and non-profit philanthropy as Director of Development for the ACLU of Michigan and Planned Parenthood of SE Michigan. She served as the Planned Giving Officer for the Wayne State University School of Medicine and The Detroit Medical Center. Prior to working in the non-profit sector, she worked as a Contract Negotiator for AT&T Capital Corporation and ProQuest (formally UMI) in Ann Arbor, MI.
Leslie also serves as BHPI’s Compliance Officer and is responsible for management of the Corporate Compliance program functioning as an independent and objective official that reviews and evaluates compliance issues and concerns within the organization. She ensures management and staff are in compliance with the rules and regulations of regulatory agencies, that company policies and procedures are followed and that behavior in the organization meets the company’s Code of Conduct.
Leslie received a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management from Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business.
Mercedes Varasteh Dordeski
Mercedes Varasteh Dordeski has been with BHPI since 2017. Previously, Mercedes was a member of the health care practice group at a nationwide law firm, where she represented both individual and organizational health care providers with issues pertaining to regulatory compliance, licensing, HIPAA, National Practitioner Data Bank reporting, Stark and Anti-Kickback laws, EMTALA and employment law.
Mercedes is currently Chair-Elect for the Health Care Law Section for the State Bar of Michigan, and previously served as the Vice-Chair of Publications of the Medical Staff, Credentialing and Peer Review Practice Group for the American Health Lawyers Association. She is a frequent speaker and author, and has been featured in national publications and seminars on topics including telemedicine, fraud and abuse, and medical staff issues.
She received her law degree from Wayne State University, and her bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from Western Michigan University. Prior to attending law school, Mercedes was a newspaper journalist.
Tamara Hagar, MA
Director, Quality Assurance
As Director of Quality Assurance, Tamara Hagar strives to ensure members receive top quality care consistent with their medical needs by trained and professional service providers and staff. Tamara facilitates high level and focused reviews of providers and staff as well as elicits member feedback to assure services are delivered within scope, to best practice standards, with dignity and respect upheld throughout.
Since joining BHPI in early 2011, Tamara has been responsible for continued Accreditation and high standards of quality care. Prior to BHPI Tamara was the Director of Midwest Operations for a California based leadership company focusing on strategic healthcare management, leadership, operations and technology improvement.
Tamara’s background includes collaboration on the development & launch of multiple electronic medical record systems to meet compliance standards, to improve productivity metrics and to streamline information collection.
Tamara graduated with her Bachelors of Arts double major in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Washington. She graduated from Antioch University Seattle with her Masters of Arts in Psychology, Couple and Family focus.
Director, Member Services
As Director of Member Services, RoShon has developed strategies to grow overall customer value. She oversees customer inquiries from initial contact through the resolution of the issue to the customers’ satisfaction. Her team consistently exceeds key performance indicators for our call center with their efficiency, performance and degree of accessibility to our callers.
Customer service is an integral part of BHPI’s value proposition. Implemented feedback loops allow us to capture feedback to improve customer service and ensure that quality and service exceed customer expectations. RoShon’s career has always involved customer service and client relations. She has worked as an Assertive Community Treatment Advocate, Case Manager, and Children’s Protective Services Worker.
In addition to holding a Bachelor of Social Work degree, RoShon became a Certified National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid in 2013. Sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health, this program strives to educate the public about mental illness and to eradicate the stigma that so many people experience.
Rebecca Leigh Klisz-Hulbert, M.D.
Associate Medical Director
In her role as BHPI’s Associate Medical Director, Dr. Klisz-Hulbert works hand-in-hand with the medical director and the clinical to provides oversight and evaluation of the utilization management program, the quality performance management program, and clinical aspects of the credentialing process and procedures. She also lends her expertise to pre-service, concurrent, and post-service reviews on cases that do not appear to meet medical necessity and clinical appropriateness, consulting with practitioners and providers as necessary.
Dr. Klisz-Hulbert is a psychiatrist affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including DMC, Detroit Receiving Hospital, and Henry Ford Hospital. She is one of 25 doctors at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital and one of 30 at Henry Ford Hospital who specialize in Psychiatry. She is also Wayne State’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program Director. Dr. Klisz-Hulbert, is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and she completed her Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training in the Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University Program. She has been a faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State since 2009 and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Hany Mekhael, M.D.
As BHPI’s Medical Director, Dr. Mekhael provides oversight and evaluation of the utilization management program, the quality performance management program, and oversees the clinical aspects of the credentialing process and procedures. He also lends his medical expertise to pre-service, concurrent, and post-service reviews on cases that do not appear to meet medical necessity and clinical appropriateness, consulting with practitioners and providers as necessary.
Dr. Mekhael is a physician, board certified in Adult Psychiatry with added subspecialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is licensed to practice medicine in Michigan. He is a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry at Wayne-State University. He’s currently serves as Chief of Staff at Havenwyck Hospital. He was named the “Outstanding graduating resident in General Psychiatry” and received the award for “Outstanding empathy with patients and fellow residents“ in 2005.