MHAI Board of Directors


The mission of MHAI can only be achieved through the dedication of volunteers, and MHAI is thankful for those who have chosen to take on leadership positions. 

Members of the Board of Directors are actively involved in MHAI activities and participate in strategic planning, advocacy, fundraising, promotion, and various additional duties. To view more information about a Board member and their background, please click on their name below. 


MHAI President

Executive Director, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

Interest in Mental Health: Mental health is important as it is a component of the total health of every human…mind, body and Spirit. ?Our overall health whether physical, mental or spiritual affects our entire being. ?We need to be in balance to reach our full potential as humans. Unfortunately, our society does not place any value on an illness that cannot be seen so many are suffering mental?illness?without compassion and even worse, they are being judged and stigmatized. 

Nickname: Mamma J 
Favorite Food: A grilled kosher hot dog on a steamed bun with onion, relish, mustard and celery salt. Pickle on the side and a root beer.

MHAI Immediate Past President

Vice President, Aileron Communications, Inc.

MHAI Co-Vice President, MHAI Executive Director

Co-Vice President C & A Mental Health Advisory Council

MHAI Co-Vice President

Division Director – Will County Health Department
Associate Professor – Adler School of Professional Psychology

MHAI Treasurer


MHAI Secretary

Wealth Advisor, RMB Capital Management

MHAI Assistant Secretary

Senior Manager, Public Relations, Walgreens
Nickname: Mai
Favorite Food: Cheese!
Interest in Mental Health: Mental health is critically important to a person’s overall well-being and happiness. Acknowledgement and support of the issues that effect millions of families, friends and strangers helps to ensure those living with mental health have the resources needed to live their best lives.

Retired, Leo Burnett Worldwide

Interest in Mental Health: I feel strongly that taking care of my mental health has been the key to my surviving several physical health challenges.

Nickname: My husband calls me “Boots”
Favorite Food: Raw Pecans & Dried Cranberries

WGN-TV, Tribune Company

Clinical Professor of Law
The University of Chicago Law School
Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic

Interest in Mental Health: Mental health is important because there is not health without mental health

Nickname: Sparky
Favorite Food: Rainbow trout

Senior Manager

Executive Director, Cook County Department of Corrections
Clinical Social Worker
Partner, Smith Amundsen, LLC
Community Mental Health Board
Retired, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Director of Public Affairs, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
Guardian Life Insurance Company