Congratulations to three Lightfully employees—Clodagh Rafferty, Taylor Stead, LMFT, and Moises Estrada, LMFT—who have been recognized as 2022’s Most Influential Behavioral Healthcare Professionals by the San Diego Business Journal!
Moises Estrada is Director of Clinical Operations for Residential Treatment Centers with Lightfully Behavioral Health. He was raised in Northern California and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Sacramento State. Like many of his peers, he said he was drawn to the mental health field from an early age based on his own family’s struggle with addiction, mental health issues, dysfunction and trauma. “I wanted to learn more about families that were similar to mine, understand them, and find ways to help support and heal those systems,” he wrote. He received his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy/ Counseling from Alliant International University.
In the field, he said, he has worked with various populations ranging from mood and personality disorders to severe and chronic mental illness. “My experience and training created a new passion that includes the current opportunity to supervise, develop and lead a clinical team,” he wrote. “I draw heavily from my core values of accountability and perseverance in how I lead.As I have evolved in my career and personal life it has become clear how important these values influence not just my outlook on the world, but also in how I connect with others.”
Clodagh Rafferty is Chief Operating Officer at Lightfully Behavioral Health. She has spent seven years in behavioral health and 14 years in healthcare overall.She has been with Lightfully for the last 10 months. There she is responsible for national, regional, and program-level performance. This includes performance across clinical, team, growth, and financial objectives. This role also oversees People Operations and provides leadership and vision around cultural initiatives and leadership pro- grams. She is responsible for strategy and delivery of de novo and expansion projects, as well as the integration of acquisitions.
Recent accomplishments include keeping facilities open during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as maintaining the culture at Lightfully Behavioral Health. She places a high value on building community and believes that team culture is the most important factor in the delivery of quality care.
Previously she was Chief Operating Officer with Alsana in Thou- sand Oaks; Vice President ofOperations at InnerChange; Division Lead for Home Dialysis Operations at DaVita; and Senior Program Director with the Robin Hood Foundation.
Rafferty received her B.A. from Vassar College, her M.A. from Trinity College, Dublin and her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Taylor Stead is Vice President of Regional Operations for Lightfully Behavioral Health in San Diego.
She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is passionate about providing excellent leadership in clinical care as well as training the next generation of therapists and leaders in the field. She is an expert in treating individuals and families struggling with persistent, severe mental illness and has extensive experience utilizing attachment-based modalities to treat schizophrenia spectrum disorders, trauma and border- line personality disorder. Through her clinical work, she also developed a passion for creating efficient operational systems that support excel- lent clinical care as well as a safe, welcoming environment for clients and staff alike. As she has transitioned into operational roles, her focus has been on combatting compassion fatigue for front line mental health workers.She is currently overseeing operations for six new facilities opening in San Diego over the next year that will provide primary mental health care at the Residential and PHP/IOP levels for adults and adolescents.