Chief Executive Officer
 Richard J. Stride, Psy.D, MBA, LMHC

Dr. Stride has been in Community Mental Health since 1996 both as a Clinician and Director/Administrator. He holds a doctoral and master’s degree in Psychology and well as an MBA in Healthcare Management. He served in the USAR in the Medical Service Corps in a Combat Stress Control Unit from 1999-2008. While in the USAR he obtained the rank of Captain and was the Executive Officer for his unit.

Dr. Stride is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. He is very active in the local community and is a member of the Chehalis Rotary. He believes his main job as CEO is “taking care of the employees; they are our greatest asset and our future”.

In his leisure time he enjoys, fishing, repairing old tube radios, and playing guitar. Dr. Stride and his wife Connie enjoy bike riding and hiking, and traveling.


Chief of Operations
 Matt Patten, MS, LMHC

Matt Patten has been a resident of Lewis County since 2002 when he moved to the area to begin providing crisis services at Cascade. In addition to the crisis work, Matt has supervised adult programs, and has served as Clinical Director since 2005. He has a BA in Social Science and Christian Education from Puget Sound Christian College, and has a MS degree in Counseling from Western Oregon/Oregon State University. He married his wife Paige (a lifelong Lewis County Resident) in 2008, and is an active member of his local church. He is a big sports fan, and can often be found on fall Saturdays traveling to watch his Oregon Ducks play football. He has a large Oregon Ducks collection of memorabilia, and his WSU Cougar, wife has found it within her heart to have these on display in the “Duck room” at their house. Matt has been providing and/or supervising the provision of mental health services in excess of 25 years.