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Board of Directors

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Mental Health America (MHA) is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of mental health and business professionals, affiliate leaders, people with lived experience, and advocates for our mission. Meeting quarterly, the Board directs the strategic objectives and policy of the organization. Get to know our national Board of Directors below.

Board Executives

Peter Carson

Chair of the Board

Weber Shandwick
Managing Director, Public Affairs, North America

Peter Carson leads the Public Affairs Practice in North America for Weber Shandwick, bringing with him more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill and in political campaigns, as well as more than 17 years in strategic…

Jennifer L. Bright, MPA

Chair Elect

Momentum Health Strategies
President and Founder

Jennifer L. Bright, MPA, is a business strategy consultant with over twenty years of accomplishment in healthcare policy, issue management, patient advocacy and executive leadership. As President of Momentum Health Strategies, Ms.…

Tom Starling, Ed.D

Immediate Past Chair

Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee
C.E.O

Tom Starling, Ed.D is currently on the board of directors of Rolling Hills Hospital, a UHS psychiatric hospital. In Franklin, TN. He has also served six years on the state board of Community Health Charities of Tennessee, where he…

Pierluigi Mancini, PhD

Secretary/Treasurer

Multicultural Development Institute, Inc
President

Pierluigi Mancini PhD, is the President of the Multicultural Development Institute, Inc.d/b/a El Doctor Mancini. He is one of the most sought after…

Board of Directors

Aimee Falchuk, MPH, M.Ed, CCEP

Director
Director Chair, Program Committee

The Falchuk Group
Founder & Private Practice Clinician

Aimee Falchuk, MPH, M. ED, CCEP holds a B.A. in Women's Studies from Barnard College, a Master's in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Master's in Education in Counseling and Psychology from Cambridge College…

Amy L. Kennedy

Director

The Kennedy Forum
Education Director

Amy L. Kennedy is the Education Director of The Kennedy Forum where she pursues partnerships and collaborations that emphasize evidence-based research and programming to facilitate policy change in the areas of education and mental…

Art McCoy, Ph.D.

Director

Jennings School District
Superintendent/CEO

Art McCoy, Ph.D., is an inspiring champion of children and nationally recognized educator. In December 2010, Dr. McCoy became the youngest and 1st African-American Superintendent/CEO of Ferguson-Florissant School District at age 33, after serving as…

Bonnie Cook, MAS

Director
Director Chair, Affiliate Relations Committee

Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
President/CEO

Bonnie is the chief executive of Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. Prior to assuming this role in April, 2018 she was the executive director of Mental Health America of Kentucky. Bonnie has over 17 years experience working in the mental health…

Chris Wood

Director

IDONTMIND
Founder

Chris Wood is an actor, writer, and activist. Chris received his bachelor degree from Elon University in North Carolina before beginning his professional career in stage and film. In 2017, Chris founded IDONTMIND, a mental health awareness campaign…

Clare Miller

Director

Facebook
Life@ Mental Health Program Manager

Clare joined Facebook in September 2017 as the Life@ Mental Health Program Manager for Facebook. She leads the company’s mental health strategy and programs as part of employee benefits, called Life@. Life@’s mission is to take care of Facebookers…

Courtney Lang, JD

Director
Director Chair of the Committee on Anti-Racism, Equity, and Social Justice

Langco + Partners
Founder and Principal

Courtney Lang is the founder and principal of Langco + Partners, a public affairs and strategic communications firm recognized for advocacy, activism, and grassroots mobilization. Courtney advises clients on achieving health equity, access,…

Dwight Hollier, LPC, NCC

Director

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Senior Associate A.D. (Student-Athlete Health, Well-Being & Program Outreach)

Dwight Hollier, LPC, NCC, is a National Board Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience working with adolescents, families, and adults around a variety of clinical and non-clinical issues. Dwight…

Gustavo Loera, EdD

Director

Motivationomics
Founder

Gustavo Loera, Ed.D is an educational psychologist and leader in community mental health and education. For more than two decades, his work in education and research has been devoted to historically underserved communities in addressing health and…

Jen Madsen

Director

MITRE
Principal, Health Innovation

Jen Madsen, MPH, is an executive and health policy strategist with more than two decades of experience in the nation’s capital. She is a principal in Health Innovation at MITRE, a not-for-profit company that works in the public interest.

Jen’s…

Kana Enomoto

Director

McKinsey & Company
Senior Expert

Kana Enomoto is a Senior Expert at McKinsey & Company, where she co-leads the Center for Societal Benefit through Healthcare. She has more than 20 years of experience as a federal executive in mental-health and substance-use policy, data, programs…

Lacy Dicharry, MS, MBA

Director

LacyDee Consulting & Elevate Young Professionals
CEO/Coach/Consultant

Lacy Dicharry, MS, MBA, is an internationally known expert in youth engagement. Her expertise spans beyond the application of lived-experience to systems transformation to include child welfare, mental health, adoption, leadership,…

Laura Bay

Director
Director Chair, Public Policy Committee

National PTA
Immediate Past President

Laura Bay is the immediate past president of National PTA, a nonprofit association dedicated to making a difference for the education, health, safety and well-being of every child. In her role as the president of National PTA, she…

Marie Morilus-Black

Director
Director Chair, Marketing and Development Committee

MBI Health Services, LLC.
Chief Executive Officer

Marie Morilus-Black has an impressive array of clinical, administrative, leadership, and human services skills gained over more than two plus decades in the mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice arenas. She was recently…

Russell C. Petrella, PhD

Director

Dr. Petrella is a clinical psychologist with more than 40 years of experience as a clinician, state official, and health care executive. Early in his career, Dr. Petrella practiced at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ann…

Sarah Lund

Director

United Church of Christ
Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice

Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund is a pastor, author, and advocate. She is an ordained minister and has served as pastor to churches in Brooklyn, NY, Minneapolis, MN, and New Smyrna Beach, FL. Rev. Dr. Lund served as Regional Minister in the Florida Conference of…