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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

Tom Starling, Ed.D

Tom Starling, Ed.D

Chair of the Board

Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee

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…

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Peter Carson

Chair Elect

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…

Reginald Williams 

Reginald Williams

Immediate Past Chair

The Commonwealth Fund
Vice President, International Health Policy and Practice Innovations

Reginald Williams provides clients with research, analytic, and project management support on evidence-based medicine and healthcare quality improvement issues. Prior to joining Avalere Health, Reginald was a member of the health…

Jennifer L. Bright, MPA

Jennifer L. Bright, MPA


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.…

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Aimee Falchuk

Aimee Falchuk, MPH, M.Ed, CCEP


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…

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Amy L. Kennedy


The Kennedy Forum
Education Director

Amy L. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Science in Environmental Education from Nova Southeastern University. As part of her training, Amy has also…

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Bonnie Cook, MAS

Director Chair, Affiliate Relations Committee

Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
Executive Director/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



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…

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Daniel B. Eisenstein, JD


Retired Judge

Daniel B. Eisenstein, JD, retired as a Judge in Nashville, Tennessee in 2014. He presently is designated as a Senior Judge and serves as a Judge as needed. During his tenor as an elected Judge from 2004 until 2014, Eisenstein was…

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Danielle Schlosser


Verily Life Sciences
Lead Clinical Scientist

As a Lead Clinical Scientist for the Mental Health team at Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences), Danielle Schlosser's work is focused on developing a next generation measurement-based care platform that will enable a holistic and…

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Dwight Hollier, LPC, NCC


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…

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Fatima Mncube-Barnes, Ed.D, MPH, MSIS, MBA


Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library
Executive Director

Fatima Mncube-Barnes, Ed.D, MPH, MSIS, MBA is the executive director of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University. Dr. Mncube-Barnes is responsible for the management and administration of the library and all other…

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John Boyd, Psy.D, MHA


Sutter Solano Medical Center & Sutter Center for Psychiatry
System Executive for Mental Health Services

John Boyd, Psy.D, MHA, is Sutter Health’s CEO for Mental Health Services. John has an extensive background in healthcare administration including mental health. John has been appointed a commissioner by Governor Jerry Brown for the…

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Lacy Dicharry, MS, MBA

Director Chair, Marketing and Development Committee

LacyDee Consulting & Elevate Young Professionals

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,…

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Laura Bay

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…

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Luis B. Perez, LCSW


Mental Health Connecticut, Inc.
President and CEO

Luis B. Perez, LCSW is the President and CEO of Mental Health Connecticut. He has a proven track record in leadership positions, both in the private and public sectors, with particular expertise in the areas of behavioral health…

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Marie Morilus-Black


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…

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Russell C. Petrella, PhD


Beacon Health Options
President and CEO

Dr. Petrella, President and CEO of Beacon Health Options, 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…

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Stephen McCaffrey, JD

Director Co-Chair, Public Policy Committee

Mental Health America of Indiana

Stephen McCaffrey, JD is the President and CEO of Mental Health America of Indiana and Principal with The Third House, LLC. Stephen is a recipient of a Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest honorary award. He serves as…

Timothy Livengood

Timothy Livengood

Director Chair, Awareness, Engagement, and Education Committee

Acadia Healthcare
Resource Coordinator

Timothy Livengood is an accomplished health care marketer and a previous healthcare administrator. He currently serves as Resource Coordinator for Acadia Healthcare. After beginning a successful career in real estate, Timothy realized…