Crestwood Behavioral Health


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

President & CEO

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 and has served as President of Crestwood since 1997.

Lori Griffin Blackburn,

Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer

An employee since 1984, Lori Griffin Blackburn is responsible for Crestwood's accounting, IT, treasury and finance operations.  She oversees the strategic management of accounting and finance operations which includes monitoring operating cash requirements, maintaining relationships with outside auditors as well as directing all IT and accounting operational functions.

Patricia Blum, Ph.D., C.P.R.P.

Executive Vice President

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.

Lyn Collins

Vice President

Lyn Collins oversees all Human Resources aspects of the company's operations. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and has significant experience in the health care industry, particularly in long term care. Previously, Lyn Collins was the Director of Human Resources at Helios Healthcare LLC, a Crestwood affiliate, from 2003-2007.

Maria Stefanou, CPA, CGMA

Executive Vice President/ Chief Financial Officer

Maria Stefanou joined Crestwood in 1997. As Executive Vice President, Ms. Stefanou has executive oversight of Crestwood’s Human Resources, Risk Management, Legal Affairs, 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.

Laurie Bell Schrum

General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

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.

Gary Zeyen


Gary Zeyen has been with Crestwood since 1974. As Controller, he oversees Crestwood's county contracts and budgets. Mr. Zeyen also directs Crestwood's financial reporting on the state and county levels, ensuring Crestwood complies with all laws and regulations.

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