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Key Staff

President and CEO
Paul Gionfriddo was named President and CEO of Mental Health America on May 1, 2014. He has worked in a variety of health and mental-health related...
Senior Policy Associate
Nathaniel works on innovative federal and state policy solutions for problems in behavioral health care. In particular, he focuses on policies that...
Advocacy Associate
Casey works to make sure that the voices of people living with mental health concerns are heard in all levels of Mental Health America’s work, from...
Administration Coordinator and Liaison to the Board
Sachin manages administrative operations across the accounting/finance, human resources, affiliate services, and web and graphics departments. As the...
Affiliate Services Director
Danielle ensures that the 240 Mental Health America affiliates across the country thrive. She provides a broad range of technical assistance,...
Vice President of Consumer Advocacy
Patrick has worked as a mental health advocate for the past twenty-four years. His areas of expertise include peer provided services, self-directed...
Head Life Coach
Before joining Mental Health America as their Head Personal Coach, she worked as the Peer Support Specialist for the Intensive Community Treatment...
Director of Finance and Human Resources
Jessica performs several back-end functions at Mental Health America, including Finance, Human Resources, Database Administrator, and Web Development...
Senior Director of Office Services and Executive Assistant
Michael has worked with MHA for 19 years. He is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of MHA. Additionally, he works with MHA staff,...
Manager of Partnerships & Community Outreach
Antionette works to promote MHA's program and activities through the development and maintenance of outreach related activities; including...
Director of Policy and Programming
Theresa works to improve access to mental health care through policy and programming. Her areas of special interest include prevention, early...
Director of Partnerships & Community Outreach
America oversees Mental Health America's outreach and partnership efforts. In this role, she works to educate the community about MHA and its...
Vice President for Mental Health and Systems Advocacy
Debbie F. Plotnick, MSS, MLSP is the Vice President for Mental Health and Systems Advocacy at Mental Health America (MHA). Previously, she was the...
Senior Director of Development
Victoria directs development efforts of Mental Health America working with corporations, foundations, and individual donors. She brings a background...
Senior Director of Affiliate Services
Valerie H. Sterns serves as MHA’s Senior Director of Affiliate Services and is tasked with strengthening MHA’s relationship with its 200+ affiliated...
Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing
Erin directs MHA’s internal and external communications and marketing efforts, including the organization’s overall messaging, branding, and media...
Life Coach Trainer
Shavonne has had extensive training as a Certified Peer Support Specialist and in Counseling, both one on one and in group settings. She also has...
Pro Bono General Counsel
A former Board member who is nearly unrivaled in his dedication to the organization, Joseph  has been involved with mental health issues as a...
RPC Senior Policy Associate, MHA Central Carolinas
Ellis Fields is the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas, Inc. (MHA) located in Charlotte, North Carolina,...
RPC Senior Policy Associate, MHA Wisconsin
Shel Gross has been Director of Public Policy for Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHAWI) since 2000. Shel chairs the Wisconsin Council on Mental...

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