NJAMHAA

NJAMHAA Honors Providers, Legislators and Other Behavioral Health System Supporters

During its Annual Conference, Inspiring Progress, Seizing Opportunities, April 15-16, 2015, NJAMHAA held its Annual Courage & Compassion Awards Reception, welcomed new members to its Board and recognized Past Presidents and others who will be stepping down from the Board to pursue other endeavors in the mental healthcare or substance use treatment and advocacy field.

 
"The inspiring stories of our Courage and Compassion Award recipients invigorate all of us, giving us new energy to keep at the important work we do each day. Frontline providers, leaders and entire organizations throughout the NJAMHAA membership demonstrate such profound dedication to the children and adults they serve through the diverse and innovative programs they provide," NJAMHAA CEO Debra Wentz said. "Our members are further able to enrich people's lives thanks to the support we receive from legislators and other stakeholders who our Board President Deborah Megaro and I were equally delighted and honored to recognize."
 
Congratulations to the Following Award Recipients!
* Jennifer Velez, Esq., Former Commissioner, Department of Human Services: State Leadership for Enhancing Quality of Life Award:
*  The Honorable Joseph Vitale, New Jersey State Senator:  State Legislative Champion for Recovery from Addictions Award:
* Deborah Megaro, MS, MBA: NJAMHAA Board President
 * Gordon Smith, President and CEO, National Association of Broadcasters
* Paula Sabreen, ACSW, LCSW, Former Executive Director, FAMILYConnections:  Innovative Leader in Children's Services Award
* Peter Anderson, PhD,  Associate Executive Director, Mental Health Clinic of Passaic:  Outstanding Leadership in Children's Mental Health Services Award
* The Honorable Mary Pat Angelini, New Jersey State Assemblywoman:  State Legislative Champion for Improving Treatment Award
* The Honorable Robert Gordon, New Jersey State Senator: State Legislative Champion for Parity Award
* The Honorable Chris Smith, U.S. Congressman: Federal Legislative Leader Award
* David Seegert, MSW, LCSW, Preferred Behavioral Health Group:  Outstanding Direct Care Provider Award
* Linda Reynolds, MA, LCSW, Program Director, Adult Ambulatory Services, Department of Behavioral Health, Trinitas Regional Medical Center:  Outstanding Leadership in Adult Mental Health Services Award
* Harbor House Partial Hospitalization Program, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center: Outstanding Provider of the Year Award
* Paul Ressler, Founder, The Overdose Prevention Agency Corporation:  Innovative and Inspirational Partner Award:
* Shauna Moses, Associate Executive Director, NJAMHAA: Employee of the Year Award
 
Infinite Gratitude to NJAMHAA's Past Board Presidents and Others Stepping Down from the Board
"The leadership and dedication of our Board has been instrumental in all of our successes and for a number of years, much of our Board has consisted of Past Presidents. This will change at the end of this Fiscal Year due to an Executive Board decision to allow for a streamlined Board structure with new leadership that will foster innovation. That's not to say that our seasoned executives are not innovative. They have continued to be visionary, passionate and energetic, which is exactly what NJAMHAA needs to tackle the many challenges facing our system," Dr. Wentz said. "In fact, our Past Presidents are so highly esteemed that we are not truly letting them go. We created a Past Presidents Council so we can continue to learn from them and gain valuable guidance from them throughout the remainder of their careers."
 
The Past Presidents are:
* J. Michael Armstrong, MA, MBA, CEO of Community Hope
* James M. Cooney, MSW, LCSW, CEO of Ocean Mental Health Services, Inc.
* Joseph Masciandaro, MA, CEO of CarePlus New Jersey, Inc.
* John Monahan, ACSW, LCSW, President and CEO of Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare
* Robert L. Parker, MPA, CEO of NewBridge Services, Inc.
* Victoria Sidrow, MPA, President and CEO of Vantage Health System
 
Dr. Wentz also recognized Robert N. Davison, MA, LPC, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Essex County; Manny Guantez, PsyD, LCADC, NJAMHAA Board Vice President, and Vice President, Outpatient and Addiction Services, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care; and Linda Leyhane, CDA, Managing Director of Daytop Village at Crawford House, who will be stepping down from the Board to pursue other endeavors in the mental healthcare, substance use treatment and/or advocacy arenas.

Also Congratulations to NJAMHAA's FY 2016 Board Officers and At-Large Directors!
Also at the Annual Membership Meeting, NJAMHAA Board President Deborah Megaro, MS, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of Capitol County Children's Collaborative, announced the results of the FY 2016 Board election:

Board Officers
•    President:   Deborah Hartel, MSW, ACSW, Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center
•    Vice President : Anthony DiFabio, PsyD, Chief Executive Officer, Robins' Nest, Inc.
•    Treasurer: Cheryl Marks Young, Chief Financial Officer, Easter Seals New Jersey
•    Secretary: Harry Postel, MSW, LSW, Associate Executive Director of Operations, Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton
 
Slate of At-Large Directors
•    Mary Jo Buchanan, LCSW, MPA, Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Partnership for Children, Inc.
•    Robert Budsock, LCADC, Chief Executive Officer, Integrity House*
•    Anthony Comerford, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, New Hope Foundation, Inc.
•    James McCreath, PhD, LCSW, Vice President, Behavioral Health/Psychiatry, Trinitas Regional Medical Center
•    Peter Scerbo, LCSW, Executive Director, Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.*
 
* Denotes incumbent
 


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