A Community Conversation on Mental Health

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Join the Town of Oro Valley for a community conversation on mental health. This event will include a panel of representatives from the Oro Valley Police Department, Oro Valley Parks & Recreation, Golder Ranch Fire District, Arizona Complete Health and local mental health professionals. The last couple of years have been difficult on many people and Oro Valley residents are no exception. Community members are invited to come out to learn about local resources, have an insightful conversation and engage and ask questions of our panel members. This event will also be available virtually via Zoom. Zoom info below:


Maria Stengel, Arizona Complete Health

Maria Stengel is a First Responder Liaison within the Crisis Services and Justices Services Division of Arizona Complete Health-Complete Care Plan, the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHSA) in eight Southern Arizona counties.  In this role, Maria has over four years of experience working alongside first responders and the behavioral health crisis system in Pima County and throughout southern Arizona.  Maria specializes in coordination of services and education around the crisis system, Mental Health First Aid, Resiliency and Trauma Informed Care.  Maria is a former law enforcement officer with over 21 years of service to Pima County and uses her knowledge and experience to enhance relationships, collaborations and innovations that best serve the community.  Maria is inspired daily by her husband and daughter.  In her free time, Maria likes to read, do puzzles and word games, spend time with their four dogs, and travel.

Dr. Alison Sutton-Ryan DBH, LCSW, LISAC

Dr. Alison Sutton-Ryan is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work at Salisbury University and a psychotherapist in private practice. She has an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Arizona. She has been practicing psychotherapy for over 25 years with specializations in perinatal mood disorders, addiction/recovery, mood disorders, and treatment of medical providers. She was formerly the Director of Mental Health at UA College of Medicine, UA Health Sciences, and College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband lived in Oro Valley for over 20 years raising their two children. She served the Oro Valley community as a former Family Advisory Board Member for the Oro Valley Library and as a Board Member on the Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. 

Chris Grissom, Deputy Chief of Professional Development

Chris Grissom currently holds the rank of Deputy Chief of Professional Development with the Golder Ranch Fire District (GRFD). The Professional Development Division includes Health and Safety, EMS, and Training. Chris additionally oversees the GRFD peer support team that consists of 18 highly trained individuals specializing in Critical Incident Stress management. Chris works closely with the Community Assistance Program (CAP) that is offered to the community that contains a group of dedicated, professionally trained individuals who provide 24-hour on-scene crisis intervention and/or victims assistance services to all citizens who reside in the Fire District. The CAP units respond from fire stations and works in partnership with social service agencies.

Kristy Diaz-Trahan, Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Director

Kristy Diaz-Trahan has been the Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Director since 2013. Throughout her 30+ years in the profession, she has seen the holistic wellness benefits of participating in recreation programs, attending community events and experiencing nature. In recent years, focus on mental and emotional health have risen to the top. There is significant research to support connecting to nature and with others has endless mental and emotional benefits and Diaz-Trahan will share how Parks and Recreation Departments play a vital role. 

Sonja Hudson, Oro Valley Police Department, Mental Health Support Team 

Sonja Hudson has been a police officer for more than 10 years, starting her career with Tucson Police Department. Since 2015, she has been a police officer with the Town of Oro Valley and currently assigned as the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) Officer. While with TPD, she attended Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), where she developed a passion for mental health.  In 2016, she became a member of the MHST of Pima County Sheriff’s Department. As a MHST member, she afforded the opportunity to become certified in Mental Health First Aid, and later became an instructor. She is also the Peer Support Coordinator for OVPD and a member of the county regional peer support team. She spent countless hours of mental health trainings to develop her passion and the effects in law enforcement and the community. Officers are trained in physical fitness and nutrition to get fit and stay physically healthy, but often do not discuss the impact of line of duty exposure. Peer support affords officers and family of officers resources to those that need mental wellness. Sonja enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with her family that includes her husband of over 20 years, who is also a sergeant with OVPD, and their daughter and son. 





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  • Tuesday, August 09, 2022 | 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM


Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N La Canada Dr.,  85737  View Map

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