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Emmy for Profiles of Hope


Kathleen Piché is a licensed clinical social worker, and has worked in the field of mental health since 1993. Starting as an inpatient psychiatric social worker, she has assessed patients in the emergency room for hospital admission and has worked in multiple treatment modalities, including group and individual therapy. Kathleen also worked in outpatient treatment as a case manager at Pacific Clinics and has supervised licensed clinicians and MSW interns.

Kathleen´s career at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) began in the Patients´ Rights Office in 1998 as an advocate and investigator, and later as LPS Designation trainer. She concurrently served on the board of directors for California Association of Mental Health Patients´ Rights Advocates (CAMHPRA), a statewide advocacy group for five years.

As the Public Information Office (PIO) Director for LACDMH, her responsibilities include: all media response and delivery for LACDMH, Editor in Chief for the department´s weekly e-Newsletter, countywide event coverage, branding the department, public relations and disaster response communications. Special projects include the creation and production of an original Emmy award winning video series entitled Profiles of Hope, shown on local television and used throughout the department as an anti-stigma and discrimination tool. Recent projects include creating, producing and co-hosting a ten-minute news magazine show seen online and on local television entitled “Meeting of the Minds.” The show features three segments: “Mental Health Minute” gives information on current issues in mental health, “Message from the Director” informs about our department news from LACDMH Director Marvin Southard and “Walk the Talk” features Kathleen interviewing subject matter experts and persons in recovery.


Karen Zarsadiaz is Public Information Officer II for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), contributing as a writer/editor to the weekly e-News and quarterly publication, Minds & Matters, as well as coordinating media response and assisting with LACDMH´s public relations campaigns.

Prior to joining the County, Karen was a news reporter for CBS News LA/KNX 1070-AM, and was a co-recipient of the Edward R. Murrow for breaking news coverage on the 2009 Station Fire. She has also paid her dues as a TV and radio reporter/anchor at stations in Fresno, California and Abilene, Texas. As a reporter, she broke exclusive stories and covered national headliners like the disappearances of DC intern Chandra Levy and pregnant Modesto resident Laci Peterson, and the trial of convicted Yosemite National Park killer Cary Stayner. Besides media, Karen has had experience working in public relations, marketing and advertising for the insurance industry and a large regional department store.

Karen is a USC Trojan who graduated cum laude with honors in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations. At USC, she co-founded a multi-cultural academic sorority and was recognized yearly in the national registry of "Who´s Who Among Students."


Kimberli Washington holds the title of Intermediate Typist Clerk at the LACMDH Public Information Office. She contributes regularly to the production and design of LACDMH´s e-News and Minds & Matters publication.

Kimberli graduated from California State University at Northridge (CSUN) with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and an emphasis in Public Relations. She also has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the CSUN Journalism Alumni Association.

Before joining LACDMH, Kimberli worked for Inclusive Education and Community Partnership (IECP), helping school-aged children with behavioral disabilities such as autism. In her spare time, she spends time with family and friends and enjoys shopping!


Vienna To is the latest addition to the LACDMH Public Information Office.  She transferred from LACDMH Revenue Management Division as an Intermediate Typist Clerk.  Vienna is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design.  She also has a background in fine art, enjoys painting and music, and can also converse with you in Mandarin, Cantonese and some Fukienese.

Working with LACDMH since 2006, Vienna previously held a leadership role in the Staff Appreciation and Building Enhancement OAD Transformation Team and has contributed as the Editor-In-Chief on its newsletters. 

Vienna is a true Los Angeles Lakers fan.  In May 2011, Vienna and her team, “Lakers Fan Wagon” took first place in the Red Bull Soapbox Race.  She has a team trophy to prove it! Her other passion for the arts, music and health is what drove her to organize a successful benefit in 2007.  “Lupus for Life” created awareness for Lupus, and featured 12 artists, three bands, two DJs and a dance team. She hopes to plan a second event in the future.  Prior to working for LACDMH, she freelanced for the Los Angeles band, Monte Negro, where she contributed to the marketing, merchandising, web and graphic designs.


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