Board Members and Clinicians

Board Members

Margaret Lapic, President
Gerrie Booth, CPA and Foundation Board Member
Jackie Evans, JH Kelly, Inc and Foundation Board Member
Erin Harnish, MD, Pediatric Clinic
Kay Purcell, Principal of St. Rose School
Darren Joy, Counselor, Monticello Middle School
Jocelyn Watters, Community Volunteer
Judi Barthalamew, Child Protective Services
Colleen Lemhouse, LCC Head Start


Anca Balasu, MD
Psychiatry: Child & Adolescent

Dr. Balasu joined PeaceHealth Medical group in 2005. She received her medical degree at Carol Davila University of Medicine in Bucharest, Romania in 1995. She completed a Residency in Pediatrics in 2000, at Fundeni University Hospital, Bucharest. Dr. Balasu explains that her work with Romanian orphans towards the end of the training ignited her interest in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed her residency in general adult psychiatry at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, in 2003, and completed her fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, summer of 2005.  

Susan Mejo, ARNP, PSYD 
Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatry

Dr. Mejo works with both families and children at A Child’s Place. Dr. Mejo is a licensed child, adolescent and adult nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Mejo earned a master’s degree in psychosocial nursing from the University of Washington in 1972 and a doctoral degree in 1992 from Pacific University in Oregon. She completed her fellowship in psychology and obtained her license to practice as a clinical psychologist in the state of Washington in 1994. She worked for Lower Columbia Mental Health Center from 1975 to 1981, and in her own local private practice from 1981 until June of 2000.

Gayle Tate, LICSW
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Gayle Tate is a child and family therapist for A Child’s Place at St. John Medical Center. Gayle received her Masters Degree in Social Work at Walla Walla College in College Place, WA. She also has bachelor degrees in Sociology and Social Work from Southern College in Collegedale, TN. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Gayle has worked with children, adolescents, and families in varied settings, from inner city school based therapy to specialized day treatment for children and adolescents in rural communities. Gayle has extensive experience providing treatment for children and adolescents with behavioral and mood disorders, such as conduct/oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, depression and anxiety. She also provides treatment for situations such as divorce, school phobia, adjustment issues, physical and sexual abuse.