NJAMHAA Celebrates Advocacy Successes, Announces New Board Leaders, Honors Several Individuals


June 12, 2024

NJAMHAA highlighted advocacy achievements and recognized several individuals whose significant contributions helped make NJAMHAA’s impact possible during its Annual Membership Meeting, Transformational Leadership…with Powerful Results.

“I am proud to work with so many individuals and organizations that transform as needed. They accept challenges and capitalize on the opportunities they present. Today is meaningful because we are celebrating such achievements by individuals in our membership and of NJAMHAA overall,” said Debra L. Wentz, PhD, President and CEO.

FY2025 Board Officers and New Members

The Officers for FY2025 are as follows:

  • Chair: Anthony Comerford, PhD, current Vice Chair of the Board and President and CEO of New Hope Integrated Behavioral Health Care
  • Vice Chair: Frank Ghinassi, PhD, ABPP, current Board Treasurer; member of the New Jersey Mental Health Institute (NJMHI) Board of Trustees; President and CEO of Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care; and Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health and Addiction Service Line, RWJBarnabas Health
  • Treasurer: Derry Holland, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer, Oaks Integrated Care
  • Secretary: Alan DeStefano, MSW, Executive Director of Cape Atlantic Integrated Network for Kids, was re-elected to this position.


The three new At-Large Board Members through the membership vote are:

  • Kathryn Colhoun, LCSW, Director of Community Resources and Advocacy, Ocean Partnership for Children
  • Lisa Merritt, DNP, RN, PHNA, NE-BC, Chief Nurse Executive, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton
  • Barrett Young, MS, Chief Executive Officer, Rescue Mission of Trenton and a member of the NJMHI Board of Trustees


The Board has appointed the following individuals to complete the terms of the recently and soon-to-be retired individuals:

  • Anthony DiFabio, PsyD, President and CEO, Acenda Integrated Health
  • Howard Haughton, CEO, Eva’s Village
  • Shavonda Sumter, MBA, President and CEO of Children’s Aid and Family Services; member of the New Jersey General Assembly; and Chair of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus

 
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