Executive Management Team

Dan Ranieri, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer; 30+ years of behavioral health experience, 20+ in executive leadership; Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University; B.S. from Arizona State (Psychology) and Penn State University (Biology). Enjoys coaching daughter’s softball team, horseback riding, and competitive athletics.
Kathy Wells, B.S., Vice President and Chief Operations Officer; 25+ years of experience in health care administration; B.S. in Business from Georgia State University. Responsible for overall corporate operations, including RBHA contracts, corporate compliance, HIPAA, facilities, MIS, and employee training. Enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. Personal mantra: Excellence. Personal philosophy: It is what it is.
Michael Prudence, B.S., Chief Financial Officer; 25+ years of financial management in the health care field in both government and private sectors; responsible for all corporate finance and accounting functions, including payroll and budget; B.S. in Accountancy from University of Arizona. Enjoys cooking and hiking.
Wenhui Cai, M.D., Ph.D, Chief Medical Officer; Board Certified Psychiatrist with extensive experience in all areas of psychiatry and medical management; M.D. from Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai, China; Ph.D in Neuroscience from Wayne State University. Served as the medical director for Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health System. In addition to duties at La Frontera Center, is clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine, and has authored two books on the topics of psychiatry education.
Laura Larson-Huffaker, M.C., L.P.C., Executive Director, EMPACT–Suicide Prevention Center, Inc.; 20+ years of experience in non-profit behavioral health care, including 15 years at EMPACT–SPC; selected by Virginia Piper Trust Foundation for 2005 Fellowship Program, during which she attended Executive Education courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and earned a Certificate of Professional Development with an emphasis on leadership; M.C. from Arizona State University; Licensed Professional Counselor. Currently serves on the board of directors of two Provider Network Organizations in Maricopa County – the Crisis Recovery Network and the People of Color Network.
David Bradley, B.S., M.S.Ed., MBA, Chief Development Officer; 30+ years of experience in child welfare and mental health services, practicing as a licensed counselor and administrator throughout southern Arizona; B.S. in Psychology from University of Maryland; M.S.Ed. in Counseling from Old Dominion University; MBA University of Phoenix. Responsible for the business development and fundraising arm of La Frontera Arizona. Leads the efforts to build relationships and partnerships throughout Arizona that result in support of La Frontera and its affiliates. Currently serves as Arizona State Senator for District 10 in Tucson.
Douglas Long, Ph.D., Executive Director, La Frontera Center, Inc.; responsible for administration of clinical operations, risk management, research and evaluation, and privileging and credentialing; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology; B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles.