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.
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.