Rick Treleaven, LCSW, has worked in the fields of addiction and mental health since 1982. He has provided clinical services with diverse groups of people, including youth, families, veterans, victims of abuse, and people with severe and persistent mental illnesses. He has worked at all levels of the field, as a volunteer, a therapist, a clinical supervisor, and as an administrator of programs. He was the Community Mental Health Director for Clatsop County from 1996 to 1999. He has worked for BestCare since 1999, and has been the Executive Director since 2001. In his time as director at BestCare the agency has expanded ten-fold and now provides compassionate behavioral health services in Jefferson, Deschutes, and Klamath counties. In 2006 he was the founding President of the Oregon Prevention, Education, and Recovery Association (OPERA). In the early 1990’s he spent two years in the Peace Corps, stationed in the Solomon Islands. He graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s in Social Work in 1987, and from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s of Arts in 1984.