Events

Passion for Change Presents: Blues Fuse

 

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Passion for Change presents its first annual after-work event: Blues Fuse, an evening of camaraderie and cool sounds, featuring live music from the KSU Blues-in-Schools Quartet.

Bring your friends and join us in the Lower Garden at Georgetown for generous appetizers and a cash bar. Free parking is available behind the restaurant.

The Blues-in-Schools Quartet includes college students Andy Smith on piano, Anthony Lumpp on bass, and Dan Lumpp on drums, with Bob Bowers, bluesmaster and director of Blues-in-Schools, on trumpet. Since 2007, Blues-in-Schools has been producing some of Northeast Ohio’s most talented up-and-coming young blues performers.

Passion for Change is a Westlake-based not-for-profit that serves as a catalyst in breaking the stigma of mental illness by shedding light, challenging misperception and driving change through research, advocacy and education. A portion of your event ticket will be designated as a tax-deductible gift to Passion for Change.

Note: In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held at Vosh, Georgetown’s nightclub adjacent to the restaurant.

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Library Patrons with Mental Illness: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know

 

Encore presentation – June 19, 2015, Twinsburg Public Library

Ohio Library Council, Northern Chapter Conference – April 30, 2015

Original presentation: September 19, 2014
Cleveland Heights / University Heights Public Library

How common are library patrons with mental illness? What should I do if someone exhibits signs of a severe mental illness? How do they get treatment?

Learn about the major mental illnesses, how to recognize symptoms, what to do if a patron exhibits these symptoms/signs, an overview of the mental health treatment system including how people get into treatment, which sometimes involves the criminal justice system. Dr. Megan Testa will also share several stories (while protecting confidentiality) about patients she has seen at the state hospital who had library incidents leading to hospitalization… and answer your questions.

Notes from the September 19, 2014 Presentation…

On behalf of Passion for Change, Board Vice-Chair Dr. Megan Testa developed and presented a workshop on patrons with mental illness for Cleveland Hts./ University Hts. Library system staff. On September 19, she presented, “Library Patrons with Mental Illness: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know,”—holding her audience spellbound!

“When the workshops closed for the day, staff were still talking about the quality of subject matter and the expert way Dr. Testa imparted information to them,” said Kathy Levine, who originally recommended creating such a presentation.

Passion for Change is also most grateful to Dr. Tests for donating her honorariums to us!

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NAMIWalks Greater Cleveland

September 20, 2014

The morning of September 20, PfC President & CEO Marilyn Mongeon Quill (left) and Board Director Karmel Gravely (right) participated in the Greater Cleveland NAMIWalks on behalf of Passion for Change… along with our gorilla mascot (duh!), who insisted in showing up as usual.

“Let’s do a Selfie!” said Karmel. Gorilla was a bit skeptical, but was won over in the end…

It’s always a pleasure to support NAMI Greater Cleveland, a wonderful organization offering education and support to both individuals with mental illness and their families.

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When Good Leaders Lose Their Way

August 7, 2014

What’s for lunch? A corrupt corporate culture, intrigue, an international, multi-billion-dollar price-fixing scheme and three years of covert work with the FBI-fueled by reckless abandon related to years of undiagnosed and untreated Bipolar Disorder … Meet “The Informer” … the book, the movie, the man!

Register NOW!

When Good Leaders Lose Their Way
Mark Whitacre, Ph.D.

Thursday, August 7, 2014
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Second Level – The Galleria

Meet Mark Whitacre

—the whistleblower from the Archer Daniels Midland scandal and subject of the best-selling book and controversial movie, “The Informer.” High-level politics and jockeying litigators, coupled with risky behavior and crumbling loyalties, led to Whitacre’s own prosecution and more than eight years in federal prison for white-collar crime.

Today, the four FBI agents involved with Whitacre’s case tout him publicly as a “national hero” for his substantial assistance with one of the most important white-collar cases in history.

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NAMIWalks Greater Cleveland

September 7, 2013

Passion for Change supported NAMI Greater Cleveland by participating in its September 7, 2013, NAMIWalks. The PfC team included (standing, left to right) PfC Board Director Leon Harris, III, PfC Volunteer Administrative-Assistant Karmel Gravely, Donna Storm, daughter and PfC Board Vice-Chair Marissa Norden and (front row) Levi Harris, mom Tashena Harris, PfC President & CEO Marilyn Mongeon Quill and PfC’s mascot gorilla … who said it was very hot, and he would prefer to remain anonymous.

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Inside the Mind of a Terrorist – the Unabomber

February 27, 2012

After nearly two decades, how did the FBI finally catch the Unabomber, a twisted genius who built untraceable bombs delivered to random targets, left false clues to throw off authorities and lived as a recluse in a remote area, telling no one of his secret crimes?

Internationally renowned expert, Dr. Phillip J. Resnick, will share his insights when he presents: “Inside the Mind of a Terrorist: the Unabomber,” on Monday, February 27, 5:30 to 8:15 p.m., on the second level of the Galleria, 1301 E. 9th Street, Cleveland. Dr. Resnick has served as a consultant in numerous national high profile cases, including those of Jeffrey Dahmer, Timothy McVeigh, Scott Peterson, Theodore Kaczynski (the Unabomber), and Brian Mitchell, the kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart.

Tickets for the event, co-sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Passion for Change, a not-for-profit organization devoted to breaking the stigma of mental illness, are $35 each, and can be purchased online at www.passionforchange.org. The event is open to the general public, however seating is limited to only 135 people. Early reservations are recommended.

Widely regarded as both a leading forensic psychiatry expert and a master educator, Dr. Resnick has published more than 150 scholarly articles and book chapters, and has lectured in 49 states and more than 20 countries. He is well known for his meticulous preparation. During the Unabomber case, Dr. Resnick visited Theodore Kaczynski’s cabin, interviewed his neighbors, and walked along the same route that Kaczynski had taken. In addition, Dr. Resnick reviewed some 22,000 pages of documents, including Kaczynski’s diaries and infamous manifesto.

Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar are included in the ticket price. Continuing legal education credits are available for legal professionals through the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. For more information, visit www.passionforchange.org, or call 216-496-3295.

On February 27, 2012, in collaboration with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Café Sausalito, Passion for Change hosted Phillip Resnick, M.D.—the “Rock-Star of Forensic Psychiatry”— in his presentation, “Inside the Mind of a Terrorist – the Unabomber.” Following an informal reception, Dr. Resnick held the audience spellbound as he lectured on his extensive work with the FBI on this internationally known case.

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NAMIWalks Greater Cleveland

2011

Passion for Change walked in support of NAMI Greater Cleveland by participating in its 2011 NAMIWalks. The PfC team included (left to right) PfC Board Director Kathy Levine, Board Director Dr. Tom Kelbley, our mascot, Gorilla (always complaining about the rain!), and President & CEO Marilyn Mongeon Quill.

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NAMIWalks Greater Cleveland

2009

Passion for Change supported NAMI Greater Cleveland by participating in its 2009 NAMIWalks. The PfC team included (left to right) PfC Board Director Kathy Levine, Board Director Danielle Hupp and friend and President & CEO Marilyn Mongeon Quill. NAMI Greater Cleveland offers education and support to both individuals with mental illness and their families.

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