Case Managers & Behavioral Health Services Committee

Behavioral Health Services Committee

The Whale Foundation’s Behavioral Health Services Committee (BHSC) has six members and is responsible for the following efforts:

  • Upholds standards of confidentiality.
  • Provides behavioral health services and personal support for the Grand Canyon guiding community.
  • Directs, coordinates and monitors the Whale Foundation Help-line.
  • Provides presentations and information to the community.
  • Offers relevant articles for the Grand Canyon River Guides’ Boatmen’s Quarterly Review.

The BHSC members include Susan Ash, Don Langford, John Crowley, Michael Ghiglieri and Christa Sadler.

Case Managers

Susan Ash and Don Langford are the Whale Foundation’s case managers. Either Susan or Don will return calls to the helpline and will asses the client’s situation and refer her/him to a Whale Foundation provider. (See the What happens when I call for more details.)


Don Langford bio picDon Langford

Don has worked for the Whale Foundation since 2010. A graduate of Arizona State University he holds a Master of Counseling degree and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Having lived in Arizona for the past 46 year and worked in the mental health community most of that time, he has a wealth of knowledge to offer as a case manager.  An avid outdoorsman he has run most of the Southwest rivers and hiked all the Grand Canyon trails at least once. Having raised two sons and married for 32 years, Don understands the challenges and rewards of exploring the outdoors while trying to manage the urban responsibilities of family and finance. He offers resources to those who struggle at times to run life’s rapids and need some assistance to continue down the ever flowing river of life. He understands that, sometimes, asking for help is the hardest thing to do.

SusanAshSusan Ash

Susan’s affiliation with the Whale Foundation began in 2005 as a member of the mental health services committee. She graduated with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. In 2003 she moved to Flagstaff and started doing river trips with her husband, working over 25 commercial trips. Prior to living in Flagstaff she was in private practice for almost 30 years in Atlanta, Dallas, and then Spokane, Washington where she developed and became sole owner of a large private practice. She also developed an in-patient womens unit at a local hospital providing direct supervision to hospital staff. Susan’s areas of specialization include eating disorders, sexual trauma, and addiction. She has spoken extensively in these areas.
Professional affiliations include:
Internation Association of Eating Didorder Professionals
Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Arlington, Tx.
Inland Empire Eating Disorders Task Force
Organizing committee and trainer for the Arlington Suicide Prevention Project