Board of Directors

 

Our efforts to drive change in the areas of mental health are guided by an experienced and knowledgeable Board of Directors.

 

Marilyn Mongeon Quill

Marilyn Mongeon Quill, M.S., APR
— Founding Director
President & CEO Passion for Change

Marilyn Mongeon Quill is a founding director and President & CEO of Passion for Change, an entrepreneurial 501(c)(3) located in Westlake, Ohio. She leads PfC’s core program, Communicators for Mental HealthSM—a Greater Cleveland Pilot Project researching the impact of professionals in the marketing and communications fields as educated advocates for mental health.

In her earlier work as a professional communicator, Quill specialized in employee communications and consumer and community relations in the public sector. Her corporate research projects included working with multi-constituency research groups to explore complex consumer communications issues, consumer board development, organizational change and the dynamic change in an employee communications newsletter. Quill has also played an integral part in issues management, training programs and advocacy campaigns.

Quill is a graduate of the Executive Program in Communications Management at the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. She is also a graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University, holds a certificate in volunteer administration and is a past-president and emerita board member of the Forum for Volunteer Administrators.

An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, Quill is also a member of PRSA’s Greater Cleveland Chapter and The Press Club of Cleveland. She is an organizational rep on the Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition, the MHAC Policy & Advocacy Committee and the Joint Citizens Advisory Board for a state of Ohio correctional consortium. Her Newhouse capstone-research project, “Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness: Using Public Relations as a Catalyst Toward Success,” won a Cleveland Rocks Gold Award in Research from PRSA’s Greater Cleveland Chapter, and was pivotal in founding Passion for Change.

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Gerald H. Goldberg

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Gerald H. Goldberg, EMBA
— Founding Director & Board Chair
President, Goldberg, Quill & Associates, LLC

Gerald Goldberg has more than 30 years successful management and marketing consulting experience worldwide. He has led major projects in manufacturing, distribution, service and retail, as well as with not-for-profits, in the Americas, Europe and the Far East. His expertise has been with organizations of all types and sizes, from Fortune 500 companies and multi-nationals to small businesses.

He is a graduate of Sir Antony Browne’s School, Brentwood, England, and holds an EMBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

A founding director of Passion for Change, Goldberg became aware of the serious issues related to mental illness as his wife, Marilyn Mongeon Quill, conducted her graduate research at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. “I will never forget the shock of Marilyn telling me that in 2006, the largest mental institution in the United States was the Los Angeles County Jail,” he notes.

Following Marilyn’s 2006 capstone presentation, “Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness: Using Public Relations as a Catalyst Toward Success,” Goldberg was both supportive and instrumental in founding Passion for Change.

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Pamela Baird Atwood

Pamela Baird Atwood, MBA – Board Vice Chair
Gladstone Executive Search

Pamela Baird Atwood brings more than 20 years of diverse experience in the healthcare arena, with extensive hands-on experience in the nursing-home and assisted-living environments. She has held executive positions in national nursing home chains as well as Nestle Nutrition, where she specialized in business development, sales, strategic planning and marketing.

In 2007, Atwood founded and launched Gladstone Executive Search (formerly Atwood & Associates), with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500s. As an executive search firm, Gladstone partners with its clients, offering retained executive search, interim executive consultants and consulting services. Atwood prides her firm in driving the market with precision accuracy in finding and retaining impossible-to-find talent.

She has served as an adjunct professor in the health care services program at Upper Iowa University’s Madison, Wis., campus, and has served as co-chair and chair for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women’s Executive Leadership in Madison. Atwood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Kent State University, with a major in marketing and a minor in art history. She also holds an MBA in executive health care from Baldwin Wallace University.

In addition to advocating for health and being a healthcare and wellness-care marketing thought leader, Atwood enjoys inspiring others to live their very best lives.

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Jennifer Pederson

Jennifer M. Pederson, CPA – Board Treasurer 
Cohen & Company, Ltd.

Jennifer M Pederson is a tax manager with the accounting firm Cohen & Company, Ltd.  Her focus is on the firm’s smaller business clients.  She serves as a resource for their bookkeepers and accounting departments, helping them with daily and monthly activities as well as more complicated business transactions.

Pederson received her bachelor of science in accounting degree in 2005 from the University of Akron.  She earned her public accountant certification in Ohio in 2007.

Pederson is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Ohio Society of CPAs.  She also serves as board treasurer for the North Coast Chamber of Commerce.

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Corinne Jalkanen

Corinne R. Jalkanen, B.A. – Board Director
Retired

Corinne Jalkanen recently completed 27 years as a paraprofessional librarian with the Lakewood Public Library and the Lorain Public Library System. She has served as both supervisor and a children’s librarian, recently working extensively with area schools and daycares to promote early literacy.

Jalkanen graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater and speech from Cleveland State University. She taught Children’s Theater for more than 20 years at the Cleveland Play House, the Beck Center for the Performing Arts, and Hathaway Brown School’s summer camp program in Shaker Heights.

She has been involved with NAMI for seven years, completed the Family-to-Family Course, and has participated in NAMI Greater Cleveland’s NAMIWalks annual fundraiser for the past four years. Jalkanen’s goal in her leadership role with Passion for Change is to help end the stigma of mental illness for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Shelle Mathis

Shelle M. Mathis, M.A. L.P.C. – Board Director
Shelle M. Mathis Counseling Services LLC

Shelle M. Mathis is a licensed professional counselor and is currently pursuing a LPCC (licensed professional clinical counselor), one of the highest mental health licenses. She is also currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Christian clinical psychology.   

Mathis is CEO and founder of Shelle M. Mathis Counseling Services, LLC, where she uses therapeutic approaches to unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that pose as obstacles for moving forward. She specializes in substance abuse, depression and anxiety disorders.

She is also CEO and founder of Lilly in the Valley Christian Center (LIV) a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created to heal the broken through the arts and holistic recovery. Eclectic counseling methods are used to help those recovering from mental health, substance abuse and other life-altering issues.

Mathis is a court appointed special advocate for Voices for Children, a Lorain County (Ohio) program on behalf of abused, neglected and dependent children who are involved in the Lorain County Juvenile Court System. She is also a committee member of the Lorain County Suicide Coalition Behavioral Health Outreach Committee and a member of the LOSS Team. 

A graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts degree in clinical pastoral counseling, Mathis also has an associate of arts degree from Lorain County Community College and a paralegal certificate from Cuyahoga County Community College. 

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Dawn R. Owen-Young

Dawn R. Owen-Young, B.A., HRG – Board Director
Encore Career Network, Southwest General Health Center

 Dawn R. Owen-Young has 25 years of leadership management experience in the not-for-profit sector coupled with clinical exposure with various populations. She has held a variety of roles including managing director and volunteer board positions in not-for-profits in Northeast Ohio. She has worked with organizations in the areas of fundraising, fiscal management, human resources, operations and program development.

While first vice president of the Lupus Foundation of America, GOC, Board of Directors, Owen-Young provided oversight and governance for the chapter around policy development, organizational alignment and fiduciary compliance. She wrote several policies, facilitated a five-year strategic planning session and designed an annual survey to assess board knowledge, subsequently creating training modules for board development.

Owen-Young’s clinical exposure includes working with mental health clinicians to provide group art therapy sessions at MetroHealth Art Therapy Studio and helping adults seeking mental health treatment manage their symptoms while enrolled with the Far West Center.

Currently, she works with the Encore Career Network, a division of Mature Services, helping Northeast Ohio not-for-profits with capacity building needs. She also works with Southwest General Health Center to recruit and onboard volunteers and to develop new programs that drive the mission of the hospital.

Owen-Young holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Baldwin Wallace University and is working toward a master’s degree in art therapy and program administration.

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Leigh S. Prugh

Leigh S. Prugh, Esq. – Board Director
Prugh Law, LLC
Scranton Road Legal Clinic

Leigh S. Prugh has been practicing law for nearly 16 years. She started her practice with the City of Cleveland, representing Hopkins International and Burke Lakefront airports in their transactional matters. She then spent several years in Portage County as an assistant civil prosecutor.

Prugh directly represented numerous elected officials, department heads and board officers in both transactional and litigation matters. She has advised on contract matters ranging from small service contracts to multimillion dollar construction projects. She has litigated cases in Ohio trial courts, the 8th and the 11th District Court of Appeals, and has handled one matter before the Ohio Supreme Court.

In February 2016, Prugh initiated her own solo practice. In addition to small business contract matters, she is knowledgeable in areas of general litigation and appellate advocacy, criminal defense and housing law.

Prugh obtained her law degree from Case Western Reserve Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Miami University.

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Chas V. Tabone

Charles V. Tabone, MBA
Performance Health

Following his graduation from Kent State University’s College of Business, with a major in Marketing, Chas Tabone worked in the fast paced, exciting environment of advertising, including national product launches for clients including Johnson and Johnson.

Passionate about healthcare, Tabone moved his focus to Performance Health, a medical device company, where he prides himself on being collaborative, innovative and passionate about achieving results.

As a national account manager, he wears multiple hats in his day-to-day responsibilities of project management, launching new products, managing cross-functional departments, planning, budgeting and exceeding sales goals and objectives.

Tabone also earned a Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from Baldwin Wallace University. He is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Marketing Association. He also has a passion for mental health, with a goal of educating, empowering and improving the lives of people with mental illness.

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MJ Thomas

MJ Thomas, B.S., APR
Sentry Protection Products

MJ Thomas is a veteran public relations professional with 30+ years experience in both profit and not-for-profit organizations. As a professional communicator, Thomas has worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare, public and private education, manufacturing, automotive and motorsports.

Her goal is to use the power of both the written and spoken word to create and deliver exceptional ideas, stories and messages that will engage audiences and move them to action.

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University. An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, she is a member of PRSA’s Greater Cleveland Chapter and is a certified Communicator for Mental Health through Passion for Change.

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Martha Barber

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Martha Dee Morrison Barber
— Emerita Board Director
In Memoriam

Martha Dee Morrison Barber was a 1956 graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor of fine arts in Music Therapy. She spent her early professional career working in three state-of-Ohio mental health facilities. Barber began as a music therapist at Athens State Hospital; she then became music and recreational therapy director at the Cleveland Psychiatric Institute and finally director of activities therapies at Hawthornden State Hospital.

Her work in the mental health environment during the mid-20th-century caused Barber to witness some of the earlier–and now controversial–therapies, much of which she found disturbing. Among them were lobotomies, water immersion and the earlier practices in electric shock therapy.

In 1963, Barber left the mental health field and became assistant director of the Central Volunteer Bureau, Welfare Federation of Cleveland. In 1975, she became director of field services for Lake Erie Girl Scout Council, Cleveland, and in 1986 she took on the role of manager of Cleveland’s United Way Services Volunteer Center. From 1993 to 1999, Barber shared her NFP expertise working with two organizations–Lake Metroparks, Kirtland, Ohio, in volunteer coordination, and R.S.V.P. of Cleveland, as training project director.

After retiring, Barber continued as an emerita board member of the Forum for Volunteer Administrators, Cleveland, and as a board director of Passion for Change. She also continued actively mentoring volunteer administrators and others in the not-for-profit arena.

After an extended illness, Barber passed on, March 4, 2009. As a mentor, friend and colleague, she is both treasured and dearly missed.

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Kathlyn S. Levine

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Kathlyn S. Levine, B.B.A., CPL, CVA
— Emerita Board Director
Management Systems by Design, Inc.

Kathlyn Levine holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pace University, New York City, with majors in marketing and education. She is certified as a paralegal by the National Center for Paralegal Training, Atlanta, Ga., and is certified in volunteer administration by the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA).

Levine was also vice-president of AVA’s board of directors and a member of its ethics and board-development committees. She has been published in AVA’s Journal of Volunteer Administration and has written numerous articles for volunteer management newsletters and other publications.

Levine has taught a certificate course in advanced volunteer management at Kent State University. A past-president of the Forum for Volunteer Administrators, she created FVA’s Mentor Match program and also its successful Essentials in Volunteer Management course.

Through her company, Management Systems by Design, Inc., Levine conducts workshops on volunteerism and volunteer management and consults to not-for-profit and corporate organizations. She creates and manages special events for organizations seeking to increase their revenue, stakeholders and supporters.

In 2006, Levine created the city of Cleveland’s first community-wide volunteer recognition event — involving not-for-profit organizations in the University Circle and North Coast Harbor areas. In 2007, she successfully planned a fun-filled, second-annual event, which expanded to include not-for-profit organizations from both Cleveland’s East and West sides.

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Maria Ucchino

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Maria C. Ucchino, MBA
— Emerita Board Director
SRC, Inc., Syracuse, New York

Maria Ucchino is director, capture & proposal planning for SRC, formerly known as Syracuse Research Corporation, a nationally recognized, independent, not-for-profit research company. In her role, she provides strategic and tactical marketing support to SRC’s business development team.

Prior to joining SRC in 2008, Ucchino held positions with Carrier Corporation, most recently as the regional marketing manager for Carrier Northeast, a wholly-owned distributor of Carrier heating and cooling products. In 1999, she was named a winner of the 40-Under-40 Award, recognizing her positive impact on her respective business and on the community as a whole.

Ucchino earned a bachelor of arts in English/communications from Le Moyne College and a certificate in marketing and sales from Syracuse University. In 2005, she completed her MBA through the University of Phoenix.

In addition to Passion for Change, Ucchino is past-president of Central New York Sales and Marketing Executives and has served on many other community boards. She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, a non-profit organization that trains individuals to become leaders in the Greater Syracuse community. The leadership program not only teaches class members about the assets and problems of the Syracuse community, but also about group behavior, transforming communities and power.

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