Leslie White, JD
President and CEO

Leslie is responsible for overseeing all of the operational functions of the organization. She has been with BHPI since 2005 and most recently served as both the company’s Chief People Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

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 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.

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. 

David Schmehl, CPA
Chief Financial Officer 

David Schmehl is the Chief Financial 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 retired from that role in 2020.

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.