Board Members
Board Members
Miriam Rothman, Ph.D., Chairperson

Dr. Miriam (Mimi) Rothman works with individuals as well as large and small organizations in the public and private sectors as a Human Resource Management Consultant and Executive Coach. Mimi has served on the Board of Directors for CRF since 2006. She is Professor of Management and former Co-Director of the Internship Program in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego where she teaches courses in Human Resource Management, Executive Career Development and Organizational Behavior at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has published extensively in both academic and practitioner journals and works with the Center for Creative Leadership as adjunct faculty.

Mimi joined the faculty of USD in 1984 after receiving her doctorate from the University of Washington in Human Resource Management. She earned an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University and a B.A. in Psychology from The City University of New York. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked in the public and private sectors in Human Resources

Anita Fisher

Anita Fisher served for ten years as the Director of Education at NAMI San Diego (2007-2018), overseeing the Mental Health Family and Peer Recovery Education, Support, and Training Programs. Previously, Anita enjoyed a 30-year banking career with her last position as a V.P. and Business Systems Analyst at Union Bank of California.

In 2005, after her eldest son was diagnosed with serious mental illness, Anita joined NAMI's mission of education, support, and advocacy with a special interest in criminal justice and substance use disorder.  Anita retired from NAMI SD in 2018 and launched Fisher Mental Health Consulting.  Anita enjoys semi-retirement and fulfills her passion for serving as a Certified NAMI family programs education & support leader/facilitator/state trainer, PERT Advisory Board/Training Presenter, and a new PATH Ambassador. She also serves on the SD County Probation Chief's Advisory Board, BSL Transitional Housing Board , and California Governor Gavin Newsom's 2021 Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health.

She has received the 2012 NAMI California Criminal Justice Advocate Award, 2013 NCNW of SD Community Service Unsung Hero Award, 2015 A New PATH Recovery Ambassador Honoree Award, and 2015 NAMI National Program Leader Award.

Linda Hammond, PhD, LMFT, President, Ex-Officio

Dr. Hammond is a widely recognized leader in San Diego's behavioral health community and has devoted her entire career to public mental health.  She began her involvement in the mental health system in San Diego in 1983 as a volunteer intern at Del Sur Crisis Center during her graduate work. She has held a number of positions at CRF:  Program Director at several START programs, Vice President of Residential Services, Chief Administrative Officer, and President before being promoted to CEO/President in 2019.  She has been an active member of the Mental Health Contractors Association and has served on the Executive Committee of that organization for over 20 years. She also serves on the CEO Roundtable. She regularly works collaboratively with San Diego County Mental Health Services management regarding system issues.  A certified Imago therapist, she was honored as San Diego County's Marriage and Family Therapist of the Year in 1993.  Dr. Hammond received the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award in 1996, the National Leadership Award from the Business Advisory Council in 2003, and the Outstanding Recovery International Partnership Award from Recovery International in 2014. 

Elizabeth Wilson, R.N., M.S.

Elizabeth (Betty Ray) Wilson, RN, MSN, received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from San Diego State University and her Master's Degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from the University of San Diego.  She has served on the Board of Directors since 1999. She has worked in the behavioral health field for 30 years in a variety of positions. 

Lourdes Perez-Williams, PhD

Dr. Perez-Williams is a bilingual-bicultural clinical psychologist who specializes in child and family psychotherapy.  Educated at Rutgers University and the California School of Professional Psychology, she lectures extensively on child rearing issues, parent education, childhood disorders, and treatment resolution.  She is a child and family specialist for the San Diego Police Department and provides psychotherapeutic services to fire fighters, border patrol officers and their families in her private practice. A child advocate, Dr. Perez-Williams co-founded and funded, with her son Ian, a literacy program for underprivileged children which promotes language acquisition and educational enhancement.  In addition, she devotes a portion of her practice and time serving uninsured families.  She assists with the Saint Augustine Food Bank in El Cajon, providing meals to homeless adults and children.  Her other projects include purchasing and donating prom gowns to homeless teens graduating from the San Diego Monarch School.

James Lohr, M.D.

Dr. Lohr is Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs at UCSD and the Director of the VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health.  He obtained his MD degree at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, and did his residency in psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington DC.  His research expertise has involved treatment of psychotic disorders and understanding the role of the motor system in psychiatric disorders.  Dr. Lohr has served on the CRF Board of Directors since 1995.