Dennis Regnier, MA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Dennis Regnier, MA is President and Chief Executive Officer of CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness. He joined CODAC in October of 2011, hailing from outside Chicago, Illinois where he was President and CEO of Grand Prairie Services, a nonprofit behavioral health organization with $14M annual budget and 14 locations. He was there since 2000.
Mr. Regnier’s 46 year career in behavioral health services began with the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities in 1974 where he held both clinical and administrative positions. He also has extensive experience in the for-profit health care industry, including senior leadership positions at Forest Health Systems, Century Healthcare, Hartgrove Hospital and HCA Chicago Lakeshore Hospitals.
He has a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Governors State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Illinois State University.
Laura J. Kolb
Senior Vice President for Administrative Services
Laura J. Kolb is Senior Vice President for Administrative Services at CODAC. Ms. Kolb is responsible for strategic planning, development and execution within CODAC's business operations. She oversees the agency's finances, information and technology, billing and contracts administration, facilities management, membership and front and back office operations.
Prior to joining CODAC, Ms. Kolb held various business leadership positions in the private sectors including a dental management service organization, international manufacturing, homebuilding and other professional services.
Ms. Kolb has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a double major in Management Information Systems and Accounting from the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona in Tucson.
Senior Vice President for Integrated Health & Wellness Services
Eddie Ornelas has a PhD in Counseling and Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Arizona. Since joining CODAC in 2005, Dr. Ornelas has held supervisory roles in various departments at CODAC including the Developmental Disability Team, Forensic Services Team, and as the Senior Director of Outpatient Services. Dr. Ornelas became a licensed psychologist in June of 2013. In his current role, Dr. Ornelas maintains oversight of all clinical services at CODAC.
Dr. Ornelas chose the field of counseling and psychology to help people and families reach their full potential and to live healthy, stable and productive lives. He believes in an integrative approach which nurtures the body, mind and spirit.
Nora Navarro-Hernandez, MS, CPHQ, CHC, CPC, LPC
Senior Vice President of Compliance & Outcomes
Nora Navarro-Hernandez has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Illinois State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has an extensive background in behavioral health and specifically with providing services to the Latino population in Chicago. She is responsible for oversight of the Performance Improvement and Planning Department at CODAC including: Quality Management, Training, Data Validation, Utilization Management and After-Hours Services at CODAC. Ms. Navarro-Hernandez has been employed with CODAC since 2005.
Steve Bupp, MD
In addition to being the Medical Director at CODAC, Steve Bupp, MD has his own private practice and is Staff Psychiatrist at Arizona Biodyne and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Biomedical Research Foundation, and holds many other professional affiliations. He earned his MD from the University of Kansas and his undergraduate degree from Wichita State University. Dr. Bupp is responsible for the medical care of all CODAC members and oversight of delivery of all services. He began working for CODAC in October of 1995.
Kristine Welter Hall
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Kristine Welter Hall is Senior Vice President for Marketing and Business Development. Kristine began her career at CODAC in 2003, spent time at University Physicians Healthcare and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, and returned to CODAC in 2009 where she has held progressively responsible roles.
At CODAC, Kristine leads internal and external communications, community relations, marketing and advertising, fundraising, strategic planning and business development initiatives and has a large role in facilities planning and design.
Kristine is also the administrative lead of CODAC’s division that serves sexual assault survivors: the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault (SACASA). In this role, she oversees grant administration, community collaborations, strategic initiatives, fundraising (including coordinating the annual Dine Out For Safety event) and sits on a variety of task forces aimed at enhancing services for survivors of sexual violence.
Kristine was recognized as one of Tucson’s 40 Under 40 in 2011 and was a member of the 2011-2012 class of Greater Tucson Leadership during which she co-led the creation of Tucson’s now iconic (though recently moved) I Am Tucson mural. Kristine was on the Board of the GLBT Chamber of Commerce (now called LGBT Chamber of Commerce) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Southern Arizona Chapter. She has been an active participant in many community event planning committees such as the Tucson Recovery Expo, Community Mental Health Arts Show, Take Back the Night, and Out of the Darkness Walk, among others.
Estella Searcy, BSBA, MAOM
Senior Vice President of Workforce Management & Development
Estella R. Searcy is CODAC’s Senior Vice President of Workforce Management & Development and has been with CODAC since 2004. Her primary responsibilities include all aspects of the Human Resources department as well as some administrative coordination. She is a key participant in internal strategic planning, career development and procedural development for the agency. Estella maintains oversight of the recruitment and hiring process for all agency positions and monitors the evaluation processes for over 300 staff. Her extensive experience in human resources has contributed to awards for Workplace Excellence in 2008 and 2010.
Estella is dedicated to maintaining an environment that promotes positive employee relations and successful business practices. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and completed her course work for her Master’s in organizational management in 2000 from University of Phoenix and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Estella has been employed with CODAC since 2004.