Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners

Adalesa Meek, MA, LPC, LISAC, ACS, Chairperson

Adalesa Meek, received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Cross Cultural Counseling from the University of Arizona. She comes from Mexico City and is a bilingual; Spanish and English clinician. While working at a maximum-security facility in Florida, Adalesa learn Haitian Creole to assist the multidisciplinary team understand a patient from Haiti. 

Adalesa is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, Cognitive Enhancement Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Ms. Meek is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor as well as a Clinical Supervisor in Arizona. In addition, she is an Approved Clinical Supervisor under the Center for Credentialing and Education. Adalesa has supervised numerous associate licensed clinicians in obtaining independent license.

In, 2021, Adalesa celebrated 30 years serving the community in Maricopa County. Adalesa has held numerous positions including Clinical Manager, Clinical Director and Chief Clinical Officer.       She was a member of a Clinical Education Program as a Sr. Clinical Supervisor overseeing the master level counseling and social work internships. Adalesa has led clinical teams, supported teams and organizations in a quality management role, developed and supported various programs including the first Dialectical Behavior Therapy under the Regional Behavioral Health Authority. 

Adalesa participated in an international cross-cultural program, Up With people.

Kimberly Bailey, LMFT - Photograph and Bio not available
Robert Charles, Public Member - Photograph and Bio not available

Diane Palacios, LISAC, LPC -  

Diane has worked in the mental health field and has served the community in many capacities for over 27 years. In 2021, Diane opened her private practice, Palacios Crew Counseling LLC. Prior to opening her private practice, she worked at Jewish Family & Children’s Service in many different roles and capacities for 13 years. She  graduated from NAU with a BA in Psychology in 2002 and while in college studied abroad in Granada, Spain and is fully bilingual in Spanish and English.  Diane then moved to Pasadena, CA to attend Fuller Theological Seminary and graduated  in 2004 with a Masters in Multicultural Ministries and Hispanic Studies. In California, Diane worked at the Union Rescue Mission in Skid Row where she worked with homeless women and children. In 2006, Diane moved back to Arizona to help open and start Hope House, a family group foster home for teen girls with Neighborhood Ministries- a non-profit organization in which she has volunteered and been involved with since 1996. In 2009, Diane returned to graduate school at Grand Canyon University and graduated in 2011 with a double Masters in Professional Counseling and Addiction Counseling. 

Diane is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) as well as an Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Approved Clinical Supervisor. Diane is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and has been certified in Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach,(A-CRA) through Jewish Family & Children’s Service. One of her passions and specialties is working in perinatal mental health, addressing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders ( PMADS). She is certified in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) and is an EMDR Certified Therapist. 

Mary Coonrod, Public Member

Ms. Coonrod attended New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1966 and joined the US Navy in 1968, where she was an instructor on a simulated flight trainer, teaching the basics of instrument flight to upcoming Navy pilots. After two years in the Navy, Ms. Coonrod held a variety of clerical and administrative positions that included the management of two adult mobile home parks in Tucson. In 1978 Ms. Coonrod was hired by the Arizona Department of Corrections.  She spent a total of 8 years working for the Arizona Department of Corrections, beginning in 1978 at the Arizona Correctional Training Center-Tucson, a facility housing first-time, youthful (under 25) male offenders.  Her first position was as the Inmate Accounts Clerk; within a year, she had changed direction and became one of only five female officers working at the facility. Later, Ms. Coonrod transferred to the Arizona State Prison Complex – Phoenix (ASPC-Phoenix) and worked as an officer at Alhambra, the initial intake facility for most male inmates incarcerated Arizona.  She then promoted to sergeant at the ASPC-Phoenix Aspen DUI facility. From 1988 to 1995, Ms. Coonrod worked as a Customer Engineer at IBM in Phoenix.  In 1995, she was hired as the Assistant Facility Administrator (Assistant Warden) and helped open the second privatized Arizona State Prison:  Arizona State Prison – Phoenix West (Phoenix West), a minimum custody DUI facility housing 500 adult male inmates. Assistant Warden Coonrod has remained at Phoenix West since then, providing oversight in a variety of areas, including Administration, Food Service, Maintenance and  Programs (Substance Abuse, Education, Library, Religious).  She is a certified staff trainer and acts in the capacity of EEO liaison and also conducts internal investigations, as needed.  She is the Qualifying Party for The GEO Group, Inc. Arizona Department of Public Safety Security Guard Agency license. In 2012, Ms. Coonrod became a member of the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and served one year as Secretary/Treasurer.

Leanette Henagan, LCSW, LISAC -
Dr. Leanette Henagan earned her Bachelors degree of Science in Business Management at Michigan State University and her Masters of Social Work and Doctorate of Integrated Healthcare and Behavioral Health at Arizona State University.  She is the founder and CEO of Concierge Wellness, LLC where she delivers health and wellness services, behavioral health therapy and consulting.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor and has 17 plus years of experience as a human service and behavioral health clinician with specialties in the areas of organizational leadership, health systems, program development and implementation, counseling, chronic disease management, crisis intervention, recovery and addiction.  She is a national speaker on the topics of behavioral health, pregnancy and addiction, and integrated healthcare, and she has a comprehensive understanding of current health care delivery practices and solution focused methods for patient care.  She is active in her community and sits on the Board of Directors for Sun Valley Academy, Desert Heights Charter School and Greater Hope Christian Church.

Polly Knape, LAC, MSC, Secretary-Treasuer
Polly brings over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, specializing in children, trauma, and crisis services. As the statewide Director for Special Programs at Arizona’s Children Association, Polly strives to improve outcomes for children and their families, focusing on internal and systemic
collaboration to drive program improvement, development and implementation. Polly recently relocated from Tucson to Chandler were she serves as the Chair of the Chandler Domestic Violence Commission. While in Tucson Polly led multi agency teams in the development of nationally awarded community collaborative programs bridging systemic gaps between behavioral health, law enforcement, and emergency services. Prior to relocation Polly served as a member of the Tucson Safer Cities Commission, The Haven Board of Directors, and participated on the Arizona Opioid Commission. Polly earned her Bachelors degree of Science; Family Studies at the University of Arizona in 2001 and her Masters of Science; Counseling at the University of Phoenix 2010.

Mark Shen, LPC - Photograph and Bio not available.

Antwan Trotter, Public Member - Photograph and Bio not available.