Our Leadership

AmySTAmy Simonds, MS, MA

Acting Chief Executive Officer 

Amy has 22 years’ experience in behavioral health including school counseling, intensive in-home family therapy, clinical supervision, utilization management, quality management, compliance and consumer privacy.  Amy began working for The Guidance Center in May 2012 as the Quality Improvement and Compliance Director, assuming the role of Acting Chief Executive Officer following the retirement of TGC’s previous CEO, Jack Callaghan in February, 2017.  Amy graduated from Antioch New England Graduate School with a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management and a Master of Arts in       Marriage and Family Therapy.  


DrBettsEllen Betts, Ph.D., MHP

Chief Clinical Officer 

Dr. Ellen Betts has over 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in private and public sector managed care organizations. Dr. Betts received her doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology and has lived in Arizona for 15 years. Dr. Betts has extensive experience in utilization management, healthcare accreditation and clinical operations. Prior to joining The Guidance Center, Dr. Betts was the Corporate Senior Clinical Program Manager for PacifiCare Behavioral Health/United Behavioral Health in Los Angeles, California for nine years.  

For the past ten years, Dr. Betts has served as the Chief Clinical Officer for The Guidance Center. Dr. Betts brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the development of clinical programs at The Guidance Center, while focusing on adapting services to meet individual consumer need. She oversees the adult and child outpatient clinical programs and the Substance Abuse Residential programs as well as our satellite office in Williams.


Dr. BaylesCody Bayles, PhD

Director of General Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services

Cody is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona. He was born and raised in Flagstaff. As an alumni of Mt. Elden Middle School and Sinagua High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Biola University in Southern California. Following a stint of serving spaghetti and sitting in traffic, he returned to the world’s first dark sky city. Having enrolled in NAU’s Community Counseling program, he sought experience in the field of community mental health and was brought into the Guidance Center as a Behavioral Health Technician in early 2009. Additionally, he has worked as a Substance Abuse counselor, Psychology Intern, and Clinical Manager prior to being selected as Director of Adult GMHSA services in 2016. While working at TGC, Cody successfully defended his dissertation in March 2015 and earned his PhD the following semester. His interests in the field lie in the theory and practice of psychotherapy for mental health and substance use disorders, psychological evaluation, clinical supervision and clinical outcomes research. Outside of the field of psychology and work, Cody can be found spending time with his wife and twin daughters, running in large circles, or drinking coffee and giving gum to his colleagues.


Dr. DonohueKelly Donohue, PhD

Director of SMI Services

Dr. Donohue is a graduate from Northern Arizona University with a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology. Prior to graduating from NAU Dr. Donohue received a Masters degree in Special Education from  Chaminade University of Oahu and taught special education for children with emotional disabilities. This experience led Dr. Donohue to the field of Psychology. Dr. Donohue has a wide range of clinical experience including completion of Psychological assessments, individual psychotherapy for adults and children, and couples counseling. Dr. Donohue is an experienced researcher with focuses on counselor self-efficacy and the benefits of sleep on memory and emotional wellbeing.  

KatieMommaertsKatie Mommaerts, LCSW

Director of Crisis and Intake Services

Katie Mommaerts is the Director of Crisis and Intake Services at The Guidance Center in Flagstaff Arizona, providing leadership and oversight of our 24 hour crisis/intake services and our Crisis Stabilization Unit. Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Masters in Social Work Degree in 2006. Katie brings with her over 10 years of social work experience from a variety of settings, including integrative care, hospice, school counseling and community mental/behavioral health. Katie was recently awarded “Emerging Leader of the Year” for 2017 by local Chapter 3 of the NASW. Ms. Mommaerts is an active community leader, participating in community education in crisis intervention services, homelessness, and substance abuse. Katie will complete a two-year certification curriculum in Birth-5 Services through the Harris Institute, Southwest Human Development, in May 2017.