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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...
Manager, Programs and Operations
Taylor serves as manager for operations and as Board liaison. She has previously worked as a Public Policy Assistant for the American Foundation for...
Associate Director of Digital Marketing
Jennifer is the Associate Director of Digital Marketing at Mental Health America and assists with the development and implementation of online...
Senior Policy Director
Nathaniel works on innovative federal and state policy solutions for problems in behavioral health. In particular, he focuses on issues in incentive...
Director of Peer Advocacy, Support, and Services
Kelly’s lived experience with mental health diagnoses and trauma are at the center of her passion for transforming how we support individuals and...
Director of Development
Sachin Doshi explores ways for MHA to partner with companies, foundations, and public-sector stakeholders to transform mental health in the United...
Senior Director of Public Education and Visual Communications
Danielle Fritze serves as Director of Public Education and Visual Communications for Mental Health America.  In this capacity, Danielle oversees MHA’...
Program Manager
Michele joined Mental Health America (MHA) in 2017. She is responsible for the implementation of MHA programs and technical assistance, as well as...
Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services
Patrick has worked as a mental health advocate for the past twenty-four years. His areas of expertise include peer provided services, self-directed...
Advocacy Manager
Caren Howard currently serves as the Advocacy Manager for Mental Health America under the Vice President of Mental Health Systems and Advocacy, and...
Chief of Staff and Vice President of Finance
Jessica performs several back-end functions at Mental Health America, including Finance, Human Resources, Database Administrator, and Web Development...
Vice President of Office Services and Human Resources, Executive Assistant to the CEO
Michael has worked with MHA for 20 years. He is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of MHA. Additionally, he works with MHA staff,...
Vice President of Policy and Programs
Theresa works to improve access to mental health care through policy and programming. Her areas of special interest include prevention, early...
Senior 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...
Sr. Web Developer
Mohamed became Senior Web Developer of Mental Health America in April 2017. As the Web Developer, Mohamed has the responsibility for oversight of the...
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...
Policy and Programs Associate
Maddy Reinert joined Mental Health America in 2018 and currently serves as Policy and Programs Associate. She assists with the MHA Screening and...
Vice President of Development
Victoria directs all aspects of development efforts at Mental Health America working with corporations, foundations, and individual partners and...
Marketing and Communications Associate
Catherine joined the Mental Health America team in 2017. She assists with the Annual Conference, marketing requests, social media, web content, and...
Program and Operations Associate
Brandi is the Programs and Operations Associate at Mental Health America and performs bookkeeping functions, while assisting with workplace giving...
Director of Outreach
Laqwanda Roberts-Buckley, MSSW serves as the Director of Outreach in the Department of Partnerships and Community Outreach for Mental Health America...
Associate Vice President of Affiliate Services
Valerie H. Sterns serves as MHA’s Associate Vice President of Affiliate Services and is tasked with strengthening MHA’s relationship with its 200+...
Chief Communications Officer
Erin directs the MHA’s internal and external communications and marketing efforts, including the organization’s overall messaging, branding, and...
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 Representative, MHA Wisconsin
Shel Gross has been Director of Public Policy for Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA) since 2000. Shel has been an RPC member since 2009. Shel...
RPC Representative, MHA East Tennessee
Ben Harrington is the CEO of the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee and has held this position since 1994.   Mr. Harrington is actively...
RPC Representative, MHA New Jersey
Barbara Johnston is the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ).  Barb has worked in healthcare for...
RPC Representative, MHA Colorado
Moe Keller is Vice President of Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives for Mental Health Colorado since 2010.  Before her work with MHAC, Moe...

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