Advisory Board

Brad Sutton is a graduate of CSU Chico and Lincoln Law School of Sacramento.  Brad has been in public service most of his career, serving the Department of Defense for 11 years and the State of California for 13 years.  He is currently an attorney with the Legal Services Division of the Department of Housing and Community Development.  While at Chico Brad volunteered at the Community Legal Information Center and in law school he was a volunteer for Legal Services of Northern California. Brad is a founding member of the TLCS Advisory Board.

Michael Lazar has been affiliated with TLCS as a Board Member since 1999 and served as Executive Director (ED) 2008-2016. As ED, he was involved in all aspects of the agency’s mental health and housing programs, and served as liaison to various related and peer organizations. These include the California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies (CASRA), which fosters a client-based recovery model approach to mental illness. He served as a member of the Sacramento County Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee, as well as several committees of Sacramento Steps Forward, the local nonprofit that is leading the community’s efforts to end homelessness. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York and a Master’s Degree from Northern Illinois University. He previously served as a public broadcasting executive.

Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola is currently Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the UC Davis Health System, the Director of the Community Engagement Program of the UCD Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC), the co-Director of the UC Davis Latino Aging Research and Resource Center (LARRC), and co-chair of the NIH’s Community Engagement Key Function Committee for the NIH-funded Clinical Translational Science Awards (CTSAs). He completed a four-year term as a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mental Health America (MHA) for a two year-term. Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola’s applied research program has focused on identifying unmet mental health needs to better understand and meet population mental health needs and reduce mental health disparities primarily in underserved populations. Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola served on the TLCS board from 2013-2016.