MHA Welcomes Two New Staff Members
We are excited to introduce our new Lead Clinician, Kellie Simmons, MSW, LCSW. Kellie is a former MHA intern and employee, formerly a Family Advocate with the Strong Families Healthy Home program. Kellie comes back to us as a licensed clinician who has worked for Acacia Outpatient Clinic and Aurora South Shore inpatient unit. Kellie will be a great asset to the SFHH team, she not only believes in the work we do here at MHA, but even more so, in the work we do with children and families.
We are also excited to introduce Dawn M. Zak MS, CSAC as our new Associate Director, Dawn has over 27 years experience as a AODA and Mental Health counselor/educator/trainer/provider/clinic management and supervisor. Dawn also previously worked for MHA, about 5 years ago, as our Community Outreach Coordinator and left to pursue her masters and her own company providing consultation. She was most recently employed by Columbia St. Mary's providing program development, counseling and consultation for both intensive outpatient and inpatient units. Dawn truly believes in MHA and our mission and conveys it with great enthusiasm. She will be a great representative for MHA when in the community.
MHA Announces New President/CEO
The Board of Directors of Mental Health America of Wisconsin enthusiastically announces the election of Martina Gollin-Graves as its next President and CEO, effective December 4, 2013.
Ms. Gollin-Graves is a long-time member of the MHA leadership team and has been instrumental in the creation and management of a number of MHA's critical programs. She is a graduate of Alverno College, majoring in psychology, and has a master's degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is an Adjunct Instructor at Cardinal Stritch University in the Sociology department and at Springfield College in the Counseling/Human Services Department. Ms. Gollin-Graves is also a member of the Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition's Mental Health Action Team; the Milwaukee Mental Health Redesign Person-Centered Action Team, the Milwaukee Child Abuse Prevention Advisory Council, Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee and Co-chairs the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force.
MHA Kicks Off our Annual Adopt A Family Campaign!
As we wrap up another successful year here at MHA we would like to take a moment to reflect on all we have to be thankful for this year.
- We are thankful that this past year we trained over 1,000 people through our suicide prevention services, giving people the tools to save a life.
- We are thankful that we empowered over 150 children and families to seek recovery.
- We are thankful that we were able to link over 50, 000 people to community resources throughout the state of Wisconsin.
MHA's programs are empowering people and saving lives and we have you to thank for all that we have been able to do!
This week we would like to highlight one family in particular that we are thankful to have had participate in our programs: Melanie Deavers. Click here to view Melanie's story. Melanie was a participant in our wellness recovery classes, parenting classes, and in-home support services. She now serves as a valuable part of MHA's team as a peer support specialist.
Thank you for your support!
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