Advisory Board

Mark Gorkin

Mark Gorkin

Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW
— “The Stress Doc ™”

Mark Gorkin, “The Stress Doc ™”, is a licensed clinical social worker and a national keynote and webinar speaker. He is a “Motivational Humorist & Team Communication Catalyst” known for his interactive, inspiring and FUN programs for both government agencies and major corporations.

Gorkin is a training and stress-resilience consultant for The Hays Companies, an international corporate insurance and wellness brokerage group. He has also led “Resilience, Team Building and Humor” programs for various branches of the Armed Services.  A former stress and violence prevention consultant for the U.S. Postal Service, he is the author of “Resiliency Rap,” and the books “Safe Stress” and “The Four Faces of Anger.”

Gorkin also provides phone consulting and coaching for individuals across the globe. And his award-winning, USA Today Online “HotSite,”, was coined as “a workplace resource” by National Public Radio (NPR).

Gorkin is developing programs on “Anti-Bullying” and has been writing lyrics and Shrink Raps™ this past year on both childhood and workplace bullying. He has also written a Resiliency Poem for Passion for Change, “The Shrink Rap on Mental Illness.”


Laurie Henrichsen

Laurie Henrichsen, B.A.
— Hospice of the Western Reserve

Laurie Henrichsen is a communications professional with more than 20 years of strategic planning, media relations, writing and events experience. Currently, she is media relations & events coordinator for Hospice of the Western Reserve. Henrichsen was employed four years as a freelance marketing/communications consultant, and spent more than 10 years at American Greetings in a variety of public relations roles, most recently as public relations manager.

A graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor of arts in English, Henrichsen has a special interest in helping not-for-profit organizations achieve their objectives. Prior to her position as a Passion for Change Advisory Board member, she served as vice chair on the Passion for Change Board of Directors.

Henrichsen is a trained and commissioned Stephen Minister at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ (ALUCC), a lay ministry that provides a caring, non-judgmental presence to people coping with personal loss or difficult turning points in their lives, and has also served on both the Board of Membership and Board of Missions. In addition, she provides pro-bono public relations services to the Meredith A. Cowden Foundation in Akron, which is devoted to finding a cure for GVHD, a potentially fatal complication of bone marrow transplants.


Cindy Norwood

Cindy Norwood
— The Arc of Greater Cleveland

Cindy Norwood is the executive director of The Arc of Greater Cleveland, which serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has been a strong voice for Ohio individuals with disabilities for more than 20 years.

Norwood’s experiences as a facilitator, trainer, advocate and mother of a daughter with special needs have played out in a variety of notable roles. She has been key in the push for Home- and Community-Based Waivers in the state of Ohio, an outreach trainer for the COACT Team Training Project with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and has provided training and technical assistance to Ohio’s county Early Intervention Collaboratives (now called Help Me Grow), Family and Children First Councils, and Ohio’s Partners in Policymaking. She has also trained and mentored parents to serve as partners with faculty in pre-service personnel preparation for Ohio’s Higher Education Partnership Project.

Norwood has also been a regional parent coordinator of Northeastern Ohio for the Family Information Network, a regional consultant for The Arc of Ohio’s Family First Project and the founder and executive director of SKIP of Ohio, Inc. She also served five years on the Governor’s Interagency Early Intervention Council and was a founding member of both the Cuyahoga County Early Intervention Help Me Grow initiative and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council.


Megan Testa


Megan Testa, M.D.
– University Hospitals

Megan Testa is a physician specializing in adult, community and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Testa received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Youngstown State University and completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

During her psychiatric residency, Dr. Testa became interested in the criminalization of mental illness and the social effects of having severe and persistent mental illness. Driven by these interests, she completed fellowships in both forensic psychiatry and public/community psychiatry.

Dr. Testa currently practices at University Hospitals, where community contracts allow her to care for individuals with mental illness and criminal histories at local mental health agencies. Prior to her position at University Hospitals, Dr. Testa practiced at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare as a psychiatrist for individuals who were found incompetent to stand trial on criminal charges.

Dr. Testa has been engaged in advocacy and health policy for many years, and is currently an active member of the National Physicians Alliance, the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association and a member of the Medical Advisory Board for NAMI of Greater Cleveland.


Janet Cannata

Janet R. Cannata, MPA, APR
— Board Director
Strategies 4 Success

Janet Cannata has more than 20 years of experience as a strategic communicator and project leader. She has an extensive background in project and business management, media and public relations, marketing and community outreach. Additional strengths include utilizing multi-media communications tools, government relations and crisis communications. Her experience includes working in higher education and the public sector for numerous clients to develop solutions and implement marketing and outreach campaigns to meet strategic goals.

Cannata earned a master of public administration degree from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, where she was a recipient of the Dominic Tomaro Public Works Scholarship and a Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society Inductee. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in telecommunications with a concentration in journalism from Kent State University.

She holds a national accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America and has served on the Greater Cleveland PRSA Board in numerous capacities and as a national delegate. Cannata was one of the founding members of Pro Bono Day, which provides strategic public-relations services to not-for-profit clients. She has attended Franklin Covey courses and the Disney Management Institute and has served as a trainer and educator. Cannata has worked with numerous healthcare facilitators and program administrators to develop opportunities and special events providing free or minimal-cost healthcare services. This has included opening a neighborhood preventive-care center, a wellness/recreation facility, and a new health care training facility


Teresa Andreani

Teresa Andreani
– Work in Progress Consulting Group

Teresa Andreani is life coach with particular expertise coaching executives and other high value employees in recovery from, or dealing with problems associated with, alcohol and other substances. She also works with leaders seeking better work-life balance, mid-career professionals facing uncertainty in their employment, and young professionals discerning career direction. She speaks on substance use disorders and recovery in the workplace.

Andreani holds a master of arts degree in psychology from Cleveland State University and a bachelor of science degree in management from Case Western Reserve University. Her master’s thesis, “Alcoholics in Recovery: Factors Informing the Decision to Self-Disclose Alcoholism in the Workplace,” together with her personal experience as a woman in long-term recovery, motivate her work to reduce the stigma around alcoholism and other substance use disorders and to create supportive workplaces for affected employees.

Andreani was designated a Gestalt Professional Certified CoachTM through the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, and is Board Certified by the Center for Credentialing and Education. She has more than 25 years of experience in business and nonprofit leadership. She is adjunct faculty at Cleveland State University and Lorain County Community College. She is a member of the Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club, the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, a founding member of T2P2 (providing feminine care products to financially disadvantaged women), and deputy chair of the Tour of Good Cheer.