Dana Lasenby, Chief Executive Director (CEO)
Dana Lasenby is a Behavioral Health Care Executive and Limited Licensed Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sector of the behavioral healthcare industry. Her unique set of administrative, clinical, managerial, operational skills, and attributes is critical to the management of one of the largest public community mental health systems.
Lasenby’s extensive expertise serves as the foundation for the vital role of Executive Director and CEO of Oakland Community Health Network (OCHN). Under her guidance, OCHN identifies, influences, and delivers services to more than 27,000 Oakland County residents. These individuals include adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD); adults with serious mental illness (SMI), children with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and individuals with substance use disorders (SUD).
In addition to overseeing OCHN’s administrative staff of approximately 240 people, Dana works closely with the organization’s service provider agencies, Board of Directors, people receiving services, community partners, and state legislators. She ensures concerns are addressed, solutions are initiated, and that Oakland County citizens in need of behavioral health assistance receive quality services that promote independence, inclusion, and equality.
Dana holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Michigan State University; a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix; and is completing a doctoral program in Industrial – Organizational Psychology from Walden University. She also was appointed by Governor, Gretchen Whitmer to serve on the Michigan Autism Council.
Most recently, Dana was named as one of the Top 20 Dynamic CEO’s of 2023 by The CEO Publication and was appointed to the Autism Council representing Pre-paid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHP) and local Community Mental Health Service Programs (CMHSP).
Both her personal and professional experiences have led her to the path of ensuring OCHN maintains its’ vision to be a national leader in the delivery of quality integrated physical and behavioral health supports and services, by responding to the community's needs and empowering people to achieve the lives that are important to them.