Eddy F. Borrayo
President / CEO
Eddy Borrayo is certified as a substance abuse and dual diagnosis counselor by the Illinois Certification Board, Inc. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago, and graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.
Today, Eddy is an internationally acclaimed speaker and business consultant. His presentations on various topics encompass cultural competence, mental health, suicide and suicidal ideation, integrated treatment for substance abusers, working with the dually diagnosed client, and topics addressing community awareness and health disparities.
Eddy has been a presenter in local, national and international conferences, such as: Illinois Association of Agencies and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy (IAACOMA); the Latino Behavioral Health Conferences in Los Angeles and Napa, California and Seattle, Washington; and at the Inaugural International Migrant Summit in Morelia, Mexico (May, 2007). He has been highlighted in local print and television media addressing health disparities, and was a presenter on behavioral health for TV Azteca, an international Spanish-speaking news media company. Television appearances include programming efforts covering addiction and family disparities on Univision’s Sabado Gigante show.
Eddy has dedicated his life to helping people and organizations become the best they possibly can. In harmony with his ongoing professional efforts, he is a Program Surveyor with CARF International (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) and travels nationally as part of an accreditation team to survey Opioid Maintenance Programs. In his previous position as Clinical Director and Vice President of Program Development and Consultation at Access Behavioral Services, Inc., he assisted behavioral health organizations with strategic planning, marketing, start-up initiatives, licensure and accreditation.
Throughout his career spanning 18 years in behavioral health and 13 years in management, Eddy has worked with several major non-profits and for-profits in staff and consultant roles. His experience includes administrative and clinical positions in a number of organizations that serve disfranchised and at-risk populations.
Vallabh Patel, MD
Dr. Vallabh Patel is an internist in Kankakee, Illinois and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Presence St. Mary's Hospital and Riverside Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Government Medical College Gujurat and has been in practice for more than 20 years
Victor Nevarez, CADC, QHEIC
Director of Community Relations and Development