Hope Program

Our Team

Patients in the Hope Program for Adults (Hope) are assigned a treatment team that brings together experienced clinical professionals to address their needs.
Team Members
donna-lamb-websiteDonna Lamb, LCSW
Program Director
Donna has more than 20 years of experience, and has been with Menninger since 2004. Her expertise includes grief and parental grief, and she facilitates weekend workshops for grieving couples and mothers. Her 7-week grief group that she developed 20 years ago continues to be offered at various locations throughout the Houston community.
Donna has been trained in and uses the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) approach when working with patients who struggle with suicidality. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the The Daring WayTM curriculum. She has authored blog posts, including "Lost: Helping Parents Cope with the Death of a Child," for SayNoToStigma.com. 
Donna earned her undergraduate degree from North Texas State University and her master's degree in clinical social work, with a concentration in children and families, from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. She completed a postgraduate fellowship at the Houston-Galveston Trauma Institute and participated in the psychodynamic fellowship at the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute.
buteaux-cheryl-hope-nursse-mgr-web-sizeCheryl Buteaux, MSN, RN
Nurse Manager
Cheryl is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse who received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Chamberlain College of Nursing. She has been a nurse at Menninger since 2009.
A member of the Texas Nurses Association, she received the 2017 Texas Nurses Association District 9 Outstanding Nurse Award as one of the top 20 nurses in the Houston area. As a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Cheryl has contributed to poster presentations on topics related to wellness groups for lifelong health, as well as principles of a leadership model and how this is linked to nurse job satisfaction. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Cheryl conducts orientation for new staff on the culture of safety and is the chair of the Menninger Nursing Community Partnership. She believes in leading with the heart and how caring for staff leads directly to great patient care.
gonzalez-cruz-sylvia-waist-up-web-sizeSylvia Gonzalez Cruz, MD
Medical Director, Adult Division
Staff Psychiatrist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Gonzalez has expertise in adult psychiatry with special expertise in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Her interests include personality disorders, conversion disorder and psychiatric education.
She completed a residency in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, Calif., followed by second residency in adult psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Gonzalez also completed a fellowship in psychoanalytically-oriented psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Center for Psychoanalytics Studies in Houston, where she is currently studying psychoanalytic thinking. She also completed the visiting ECT Fellowship at Duke University.
Dr. Gonzalez earned her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and her bachelor's degree from New York University, where she majored in neural science.
Dr. Gonzalez is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the American Group Psychotherapy Association and has participated in research at Menninger.
bouras-john-web-sizeJohn M. Bouras, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Bouras’ expertise is in adult psychiatry with special expertise in transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy (TMS), mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders and compassion therapy. He has presented on topics such as TMS, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder and aging.

He completed a residency in psychiatry at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He also completed a visiting fellowship in transcranial magnetic stimulation at Duke University in Durham, N.C., as well as an intensive course in TMS at the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Dr. Bouras earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., and his undergraduate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where he majored in applied physics with a minor in social-personality psychology.

He is board certified in psychiatry and neurology and is a member of the Clinical TMS Society. He has been awarded the Patients’ Choice Award and the Compassionate Doctor certificate from Vitals.com.
Dr. Bouras says it is a privilege and a joy to work with colleagues who are experts in their fields, caring for patients with compassion and respect.
netherton-elisabeth-photo-copy-awlElisabeth Netherton, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Elisabeth Netherton is board certified in psychiatry and neurology, specializing in women’s mental health issues and the psychiatric treatment of women and men before, during and after the birth of a child. She has given a number of presentations about postpartum depression as well as mood disorders that affect women throughout the phases of adult life.
In 2015 Dr. Netherton served as a Postpartum Mental Health Training volunteer instructor for social workers and was a panelist at the screening of the film “Dark Side of the Full Moon,” which were part of Mental Health America of Greater Houston’s initiative to raise awareness about postpartum depression.
Dr. Netherton completed her adult psychiatry residency at Baylor College of Medicine, which included a rotation at The Menninger Clinic. She earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. 
She is a member of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, as well as the Houston Psychiatric Society and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 
Addictions Counselor
wall-berry-web-sizeBerry Wall, MEd, BS, AAC, LCDC
Addictions Counselor
A licensed chemical dependency counselor with more than 25 years of experience, Berry's expertise is in co-occurring disorders and chronic relapse. He joined the Hope team in 2004.
His research interest is in how drugs affect the mind. He facilitates the chemical dependency group, chemical dependency process group, the 12-step group and chemical dependency relapse prevention group on Hope.
He earned his master's degree in counseling education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his bachelor's degree in psychology from Southwestern State University in Weatherford, Okla. 
Berry is a member of the Texas Association of Addictions Professionals.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist

Chelsey Philipp, CPRP
Coordinator, Rehabilitation Services
Chelsey began her career at The Menninger Clinic in 2006, working as a mental health associate for the Professionals in Crisis Program. She transitioned into the rehabilitation department as a rehabilitation specialist for the Hope Program for Adults in 2008 and soon after earned her certification as a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner. Since then Chelsey has focused primarily on behavior therapies and interventions, with a strong emphasis on group work and dynamics. 
Chelsey has pursued training and certification as a cognitive-behavior group facilitator, as well as training in dialectical behavior therapy and mindful self-compassion. Through the frame of psychiatric rehabilitation, she strives to take a person-centered approach as she helps individuals move toward functioning as their most capable selves and in ways that are meaningful to them. Chelsey implements these practices through individual services, such as social skills training, money management and budgeting and independent living assessments.
Chelsey also earned her certification as a yoga teacher in 2010 and currently offers yoga as a physical outlet for mindfulness, relaxation and mastery. 
Chelsey received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas A&M University in 2006 and is currently pursuing her master's degree in rehabilitation counseling through the University of Kentucky.
Team Responsibilities

Psychiatrists are employed full-time at Menninger, and office on the unit. They serve as leaders of the treatment teams, and as such conduct the admission interview and take a comprehensive history; coordinate the treatment plan and oversee the treatment teams; prescribe and adjust medications; manage physical problems and refer to specialists as necessary; conduct twice-weekly rounds; and make final decisions regarding treatment. Our psychiatrists have expertise in mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, neurocognitive disorders, somatoform disorders and personality disorders.


Psychologists provide psychological testing as ordered, review outcomes assessments with patients, lead groups and provide individual therapy.


Social workers provide individual, family and group therapy; communicate with the family regarding patient needs and progress; work with the patient and family on discharge planning needs and coordinate family visits.


Psychiatric rehabilitation specialists conduct vocational, social skills, fitness and functional assessments as ordered by the treatment teams; lead psychoeducational groups; oversee wellness activities; and assist in developing a wellness plan, which can provide a blueprint for recovery.


An addictions counselor will, if indicated, conduct addiction assessments; meet with patients individually to assess recovery needs; and conduct recovery groups.
Registered nurses (RNs) provide compassionate, patient-centered nursing care to patients around the clock. Each patient is assigned a primary nurse, who serves as the principle nursing advocate. RNs care for patients in a holistic manner, providing for their physical/medical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. RNs serve as strong patient advocates who collaborate with patients by reinforcing skills taught in psychoeducational groups. In addition, they facilitate therapeutic activities such as a nightly sleep-promotion group. RNs partner with mental health associates to monitor the unit; together they are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of our patients. Both RNs and mental health associates are active members of the interdisciplinary team, with whom they share valuable information in an effort to provide optimal, evidence-based care for each patient.
The nurse manager is responsible for managing and leading nursing resources, including the registered nurses, mental health associates and administrative assistants. The nurse manager supervises nursing staff to provide the safe care of patients within an optimal healing environment. Together with the program director, they lead the program's patient-centered care.
The program director is responsible for the direction and management of the clinical, programmatic and administrative functions of the program; additionally, the program director provides individual and group therapy.