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Paul Gionfriddo

President and CEO

Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America (MHA), has worked in a variety of health and mental-health related positions during a career…

Taylor Adams

Manager, Workplace Mental Health

Taylor is the Manager of Workplace Mental Health at Mental Health America. She previously served as Manager of Programs and Operations and as Board Liaison…

Shani Banks

Operations and Program Associate

Shani Banks joined Mental Health America in July of 2019 as the Programs and Operations Associate. In this role, Shani works to support the administrative…

Jennifer Cheang

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 marketing…

Kelly Davis

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 change…

Danielle Fritze

Associate Vice President of Public Education and Design

Danielle Fritze serves as Director of Public Education and Visual Communications for Mental Health America.  In this capacity, Danielle oversees MHA’s…

Sachin Doshi

Director of Development

Sachin develops and implements strategic alliances and business development opportunities with corporations, foundations, and public-sector…

Mohamed Hassan

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…

Patrick Hendry

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 care,…

Caren Howard

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 she has…

Jessica Kennedy

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. As…

Michael King

Vice President of Office Services and Human Resources, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Michael has worked with MHA for 24 years. He is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of MHA. Additionally, he works with MHA staff…

Theresa Nguyen

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 intervention…

America Paredes

Associate Vice President 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…

Debbie Plotnick

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 Director…

Maddy Reinert

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…

Victoria R. Renard, MPA

Vice President of Development

Victoria directs all aspects of development efforts at Mental Health America working with corporations, foundations, and individual partners and represents…

Catherine Reynolds

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 other…

Brandi Richmond

Manager of Programs and Operations

Brandi is the Manager of Programs and Operations at Mental Health America and performs bookkeeping functions, while assisting with workplace giving…

Kevin Rushton

Program Associate

Kevin Rushton manages content for Mental Health America’s Screening 2 Supports platform. He writes and edits articles designed to help readers understand…

Edward Schmit

Director of the IDONTMIND program

Edward co-founded IDONTMIND in 2017, a mental health awareness campaign and lifestyle brand working to defeat stigma and inspire conversations about…

Emily Skehill

Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services Associate

Emily is the Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services Associate at Mental Health America. She manages the Center for Peer Support site and supports MHA’s…

Valerie H. Sterns

Vice President of Affiliate Services

Valerie H. Sterns serves as MHA’s Vice President of Affiliate Services and is tasked with strengthening MHA’s relationship with its 200+ affiliated…

Erin Wallace

Chief Communications Officer

Erin directs the MHA’s internal and external communications and marketing efforts, including the organization’s overall messaging, branding, and public…

Joseph N. de Raismes III, JD

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…

Ben Harrington

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…

Barbara Johnston

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…

Moe Keller

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 served…

Shannah Mulvihill

RPC Representative, Mental Health Minnesota

Shannah Mulvihill is the  Executive Director and CEO of Mental Health Minnesota, a position she has held since 2015. Shannah has worked in the non-…