New Management and Professional Staff Appointments at Mental Health America of Greater Houston

 

Houston, TX (April 23, 2014) – Mental Health America of Greater Houston (MHA Houston), the area’s oldest mental health education and advocacy organization, is pleased to announce the addition of several new management and professional staff members in the areas of school behavioral health, public policy, communications/development and executive administration.

Bill Kelly joins MHA Houston as the Director of Policy and Government Relations. Prior to his position with MHA Houston, Kelly worked as a Regional Field Manager for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He also served as Chief of Staff to Texas State Representative Ellen Cohen and as Political Director during former Houston Mayor Bill White's 2010 gubernatorial campaign. As the new Policy and Government Relations Director, Kelly will focus on developing, directing, and implementing the organization’s legislative and advocacy activities.

Janet Pozmantier is the new School Behavioral Health Initiative (SBHI) Manager and Consultant at MHA Houston. She is a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, and play therapist. Pozmantier began her career in primary prevention in 1982 at MHA Houston as the first director of WHO (We Help Ourselves), a child abuse prevention program. This was followed by 20 years at ChildBuilders, where she created Parents Under Construction, a nationally recognized, research-based, award-winning program teaching children and youth the parenting skills they will need in the future. As the initiative's Manager/Consultant, Pozmantier will advocate with school districts and organizations to implement recommendations developed through SBHI, oversee programs with SBHI implementation grants and share school behavioral health programming best practices.

Anne Wilburn joins the organization as the Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and Board Relations Manager. Prior to this role, Wilburn worked at the University of Houston in the University Advancement Department and the College of Architecture. She also worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center as its Patient Care and Prevention Facilities Manager. In her new position, Wilburn will provide high-level administrative assistance to the organization’s leadership and special project support to the Board of Directors and associated committees.

Courtney Taylor is the organization’s newest Communications and Development Specialist. Before coming to MHA Houston, Taylor served as Community Outreach Coordinator for the Preventive Medicine and Community Health Department at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. In her new role, Taylor will work as a key member of the communications and development team, working closely with leadership on a variety of initiatives that help guide the strategies and messaging for communications and fund development.

Donna Mohlman joins Mental Health America of Greater Houston as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Training Coordinator. She is a retiree from the Goose Creek CISD where she worked as a librarian and a mental health advocate at Highland Elementary. Donna's passion for mental health spans over many years and prompted her to identify ways in which she could make a difference for people and communities. She has been educated in Mental Health First Aid and has volunteered with mental health organizations including NAMI Greater Houston and Mental Health America of Greater Houston. As the WRAP Training Coordinator, Donna will organize WRAP classes in the Houston area.

“All of these individuals bring valuable skills and talents to their new roles at Mental Health America of Greater Houston—enriching the programs and initiatives,” said Susan Fordice, president and CEO. “Every staff member plays a part in the pursuit of our organization’s mission to enhance the mental health of all Houstonians and to improve the lives of those with mental illnesses.

Mental Health America of Greater Houston, established in 1954 by Ima Hogg, the daughter of former Texas Gov. James S. Hogg, is the area’s oldest mental health education and advocacy organization focused on shaping the mental health of people and communities in the areas of children and education, integrated health care, chronic illnesses, women, veterans and aging. Learn more at www.mhahouston.org

Media Contact: Traci Patterson, Director of Communications, 713-520-3476, tpatterson@mhahouston.org