Medical Director

Noel Gardner, MD

After completing his medical education at Loma Linda University and psychiatric training at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, Dr. Gardner joined the faculty at the University of Utah School of Medicine to be Chief of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry in 1988. There he rose to a full Professor (Clinical Track), was given numerous teaching awards and developed a practice in forensic psychiatry that ultimately brought him national recognition for his work on high-profile criminal cases and a wide range of civil cases.

After 15 years as a full-time faculty, Dr. Gardner left University employment to pursue a combination of out-patient practice specializing in complex mood disorders and involvement in psychopharmacology research and consulting to the medical, educational, and research programs of several pharmaceutical companies involved with the treatment of serious psychiatric conditions.

In 2009, Dr. Gardner accepted a position as Medical Director of South Valley Mental Health, a large out-patient clinic that was the exclusive provider for Medicaid patients for a catchment area with a population of 600,000 people. Here he supervised psychiatric residents and provided clinical leadership for a large staff of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, psychotherapists, and case managers as they served many individuals with serious mental illnesses. When that organization went through a disruptive re-organization, he left his employment with Valley Mental Health. He also became keenly aware that there were many people who had no insurance and no capacity to pay for psychiatric care. He decided to develop a clinic that could serve these people for free. With the support of his wife, Connie, and many volunteers and contributors, the clinic has become a major training site for psychiatric residents and nurse-practitioner students, while providing high-quality psychiatric care to many people who had lost hope of ever getting the care they need. It takes the skills, commitment and generosity of a whole community to provide this kind of “community psychiatry”. Dr. Gardner is grateful that he can share the joy of this work with so many friends and colleagues and the hope that it creates in the patients we serve.

Executive Director

Carolyn Tometich, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Carolyn’s nursing career began in 1979 at Weber State and McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.  She frequently says that one of the great things about being a nurse is that you have the opportunity to be in any field you want.  Carolyn spent the first half of her career learning and leading teams within Intermountain Healthcare.

   In 1999, Carolyn found her true passion and returned school at the University of Utah and completed her Master in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in 2001.

   After graduation, Carolyn spent the next 11 years caring for patients and in a variety of leadership positions within the Intermountain McKay-Dee/Urban North Region.  This allowed Carolyn to develop strong clinical and operational skills.

   For 8 ½ years, Carolyn served as the Executive Clinical Director – Intermountain Behavioral Health Clinical Program Clinical Operations. After 40 years, she retired from Intermountain in December 2020.

In January 2021, Carolyn became a volunteer psychiatric nurse practitioner provider at Impact. Shortly after joining, she identified other ways to contribute.  She is passionate about the mental health mission of the clinic.

Carolyn is married has 2 grown children and 2 dogs.  She enjoys biking, reading, sewing and spending time with family. 

Director of Fund Development & Community Relations

Connie Gardner

Connie has been involved with Impact Mental Health since its inception. She has supported IMH’s development in various capacities as it has grown from a 1/2 day clinic in the basement of an office building to where it is today.

Connie graduated from the University of Utah in 1985 and attended the University of Phoenix Master’s program in Human Resources and Organizational Behavior. She has worked for Eli Lilly and Company as a Specialist in their antidepressant market, has been a Marketing/Community Relations Director for University Neuropsychiatric Institute, has been a probation officer for the 3rd District Juvenile Court and has worked in the Granite School District with at risk teens. She has also served on several nonprofit advisory boards over the years.

Connie passionately embraces the mission of IMH believing access to quality mental health care for everyone, including uninsured and low income individuals is integral in breaking the cycle of homelessness, hopelessness and the downward plunge untreated mental illness creates.

Connie and her husband, Dr. Noel Gardner are parents to two wonderful adult children.

Intake Coordinator

Raven Bingham

Raven came to Impact Mental Health with the desire to help prevent homelessness as the result of crippling mental illness. She has worked with people experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake City in the past and her experience in case management with this very under-resourced population is beneficial as she oversees our intake process at Impact Mental Health. 

Raven has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Human Geography from the University of Arizona. After graduating in May 2020, she ended up in Utah working with people challenged by the effects of poverty, substance use disorders, mental illness, and other life events that hinder a person’s ability to live a well and healthy life. Raven’s favorite part of working with this population is the relationships that are developed and the impact her efforts can have on their lives.  

Raven is from Tucson, Arizona. When she is not at work, she can be found either outside enjoying the mountains or inside reading a book. She loves spending time with the people in her life.

Clinical Director, School & Family Relations

Tara Romney-Barber, LCSW

Tara Romney Barber has worked with children, adolescents, and their families in various capacities for almost 20 years. Tara graduated with a Master of Social Work from the University of Utah in 2016 and serves there as an adjunct professor. Tara is passionate about helping individuals who have experienced trauma, and other difficulties, increase their resiliency. She has considerable experience working as a trauma-informed therapist, serving primarily child and adolescent survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. Additionally, Tara has experience working as a Forensic Interview Specialist providing forensic interviewing training and expert witness testimony. Tara understands the importance of collaborating closely with families, schools, and community resources to help families emotionally and physically thrive. She is so proud to be a part of Impact Mental Health and believes that Impact fills a muchneeded gap in mental health care for vulnerable individuals and families who have limited options for treatment. In her free time, Tara loves spending time with her husband and two adult children traveling, exploring new places, taking colorful abstract photos, and riding rollercoasters.  

Front Office Coordinator

Carla Huerta

       Carla is our front office coordinator who comes to Impact Mental Health (IMH), with a work background requiring a lot of organizational and customer service skills.  This, along with her fluency in both Spanish and English, makes her a great fit for her role at IMH. Carla answers the phone, greets and schedules patients, follows up on medication refills, and attends to a variety of other patient needs.

       Carla enjoys hiking and traveling.  She has lived in Utah her whole life and enjoys her work at IMH because she feels she is able to make a difference for people who are seeking our help.