Leading by Example
Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. is an organization built by and for people desiring to make a change in the world by creating a continuum of services that empower clients to live and succeed in their community. As an organization, Crestwood leads the mental health community by example. As individuals we lead our community – staff, clients, peers, families, business partners, county stakeholders, faith communities, schools and neighbors – by example.
Crestwood’s values – family, compassion, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility, collaboration and character – drive the work that we do every day. It is the responsibility of our corporate leadership team to uphold these values on a daily basis, in all aspects of their positions and roles.
George C. Lytal
George Lytal manages and oversees business issues and operations for all of Crestwood's facilities throughout California. He practices an inclusive management style that draws upon the strengths and abilities of the company's leadership team. His personal philosophy emphasizes high standards and socially responsible business practices. Mr. Lytal embraces and fosters a belief in client wellness and recovery and is an advocate against the stigma associated with mental illness. He has been with the company for more than 40 years and has dedicated his life to this field and embodies the servant leader, consistently leading by example through our Crestwood values of family, compassion, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility and character. Mr. Lytal was elected to the Board of Directors in 1992.
Derek Dobbins was literally born into the Crestwood family, as his Grandfather, James M. Dobbins Sr., founded the company in 1968 and his father, James M. Dobbins Jr., is currently serving as Chairman of the Board. Derek graduated from the University of the Pacific and began his career in 2003 with Crestwood as an Activity Director at Crestwood Manor in Stockton, where he then worked his way up to be the Administrator of that campus and excelled for seven years in that position. In 2017, he was promoted to Director of Operations, overseeing six Crestwood Campuses and in 2019 he became Crestwood’s President and COO. Derek prides himself in taking care of clients, as well as Crestwood employees, as if they were his own family. As Crestwood’s President and COO, he strives to always lead by example and use Crestwood’s values to determine every decision that he makes.
Patricia Blum, Ph.D., C.P.R.P.
Patricia Blum has executive oversight of all Crestwood facilities, clinical services, educational services, accreditation, communications, development and dietary services. She is also responsible for developing new mental health programs and transforming existing programs throughout the Crestwood network. She is a founding member of CIBHS’ Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative. Ms. Blum has been a Crestwood employee since 1980.
Maria Stefanou, CPA, CGMA
Maria Stefanou joined Crestwood in 1997. As Executive Vice President, Ms. Stefanou has executive oversight of Crestwood’s Accounting & Finance, Information Systems, Real Estate, Government Relations, and Facility Capital Management. She is also the company’s Chief Financial Officer and is involved in strategic planning and new business development. She has been a CPA for more than 30 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management. She is active in the community by being a board member of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra.
Pamela Norris, C.P.R.P
Pamela Norris, has been a part of our Crestwood team for more than 25 years. Pam began her career at Crestwood as a nurse at our Crestwood Center at Napa Valley campus and then became the campus' Program Director, and later she accepted the role of campus Administrator, where she excelled. In 2016, Pam was promoted to the Director of Operations position for our organization. In 2019, Pam was promoted to Vice President of Operations for Crestwood. Pam supports the operations at all of our campuses, with a focus on growing the programs that have opened in the last few years, as well as the new programs that we expect to open in the future.
George Woods, MD, LFAPA
After years of being an invaluable consulting source for Crestwood, George Woods, MD, LFAPA, became our Chief Scientific Officer and an official member of our Crestwood family on April 1, 2021. Dr. Woods has been our Senior Clinical Consultant for Crestwood for the past few years and served as a key member of Crestwood’s Pandemic Response Committee, helping to lead Crestwood’s strong response through the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Woods brings an incredible wealth of knowledge, education and experience to Crestwood that spans many years of working in the mental health field, consulting, teaching, and serving as a board member for companies and institutes. Dr. Woods is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Utah Medical Center, the first psychiatrist ever selected. Dr. Woods also received the Historical Prixe from the University of Milan in July 2019. He is currently President of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health. Dr. Woods has been a lecturer and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Davis, and Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.
Margarita Rosero, BS, MBA
Margarita has been with Crestwood since 2003 and has worked closely on developing and expanding Crestwood’s various accounting processes and systems. While working full time at Crestwood, she also furthered her education and obtained her BS and MBA with honors. Margarita brings all her expertise, skills and gifts as she continues to lead Crestwood and our Shoreline Accounting and Finance teams into the future.
Laurie Bell Schrum
Laurie Bell Schrum joined Crestwood as our General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in 2017. Ms. Schrum oversees all legal, regulatory, and compliance matters. Prior to joining Crestwood, Ms. Schrum was a partner with the Kroloff law firm, and served as our outside business counsel for many years. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of the Law and holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Business, with minors in Finance and Marketing.
Chad Arnold joined Crestwood as Vice President of Human Resources in 2019. Chad leads all areas of Human Resources including Employee Engagement, People Relations, Benefits, Staffing, Talent Management, Succession/Development etc. Prior to Joining Crestwood, Chad held HR leadership positions at Quest Diagnostics, Barclays Capital, Wachovia and several large technology companies. He has more than 26 years of experience, holds a Bachelors’ degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a minor in Business.