Valerie works to further strengthen MHA’s relationship with its 200+ affiliated community-based organizations, providing strategic and technical assistance and overseeing recruitment and retention efforts to develop MHA’s presence in areas of the country not represented by an MHA affiliate. Sterns has over 20 years’ experience in non-profit management working with state and local affiliate organizations providing program and strategic assistance in all areas of association management for 501 (c)(6) and 501 (c)(3) organizations. Before joining MHA, Sterns served as Director of Membership & Affiliate Services and Director of Member Services for two national federations with local and state-affiliated organizations.
Mental Health America understands that racism undermines mental health. Therefore, we are committed to anti-racism in all that we do. This means that we pledge to work against individual racism, interpersonal racism, and institutional racism in all their forms.