Danna Mauch, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH), Danna Mauch brings organizational leadership, operations management, evaluation research and strategic consulting experience gained in private and public sector enterprises.

Dr. Mauch’s prior service in the private sector includes ten years as Senior Fellow/Principal Associate at Abt Associates, Inc. She worked on behalf of foundations and governments and provided policy, evaluation and implementation assistance addressing insurance, service delivery and financing reforms targeted to individuals with complex health risks and disabling health conditions. Skilled in linking large data sets to advance accountability, clinical and cost improvements, Dr. Mauch contributed to designing system solutions for government clients’ compliance with legal and regulatory reforms. Prior to joining Abt, Dr. Mauch was Chief Administrative Officer for Comprehensive NeuroScience, Inc., Founding President and Chief Executive Officer for Magellan Public Solutions, Inc., and Founder and President of Integrated Health Strategies, Inc.

Dr. Mauch has a long career in public service. She presently serves as Court Monitor for the U.S. District Court of Western Washington, addressing forensic services reforms at the junction of the health, disability and justice systems. Her prior service includes Special Master for the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia; Executive Director of the Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals; and Assistant Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, overseeing the Divisions of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Forensic Medicine.

Her population-focused work addresses a broad range of at-risk and vulnerable groups of children, adults and elders, including persons with autism spectrum disorders, behavioral health conditions, HIV/AIDS, multiple chronic conditions, criminal justice involvement, military and veteran status, and homelessness.

Dr. Mauch is a published author of government and foundation reports, book chapters and journal articles on the organization, financing and delivery of care to vulnerable populations. To support health promotion, illness prevention and early intervention, she has served as a volunteer officer of several governing boards, including a regional health care conversion foundation, a national youth development and prevention organization, an urban elementary and middle school, and state health care reform initiatives.

Dr. Mauch holds a PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University.

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Cassie Cramer

Project Manager for Older Adult Behavioral Health

Cassie Cramer oversees the Older Adult Behavioral Health Network. She brings more than a decade of experience supporting at-risk older adults living in the community.

Cassie has worked in Elder Protective Services and currently is a clinician on one of the state’s first older adult behavioral health outreach teams (EMHOTS). She is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) and has a background in peer, aging and cross-disability advocacy. She is co-chair of the Elder Behavioral Health Collaborative and the MA Aging and Mental Health Coalition, where she advocates for critical statewide behavioral health, peer and wellness supports to help older adults live in the community or setting of their choice.

Cassie has a Master’s in Social Work from Simmons College and an advanced graduate certificate in Expressive Arts. She studied law and psychology as an undergraduate at Oberlin College.

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Kathy Franklin, MBA

Administrative Coordinator

As Administrative Coordinator, Kathy Franklin is responsible for general office management, including key support related to human resources, accounting, and contract management.

Kathy has more than 10 years of experience in business operations, contract management, and procurement management in both government and the private sector. She has an MBA and BS from Suffolk University.

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Jennifer Honig

Co-Director of Public Policy and Government Relations

As Co-Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at MAMH, Jennifer Honig works in collaboration with a range of stakeholders on executive, judicial, and legislative branch initiatives.

Jennifer has decades of experience leading legal advocacy on behalf of individuals with mental health issues who seek access to services and protection of fundamental rights. She has expertise in the areas of mental health care, education, rights in carceral facilities, the right to accept or refuse treatment, and disability discrimination. In pursuit of change, she has engaged in individual and systemic advocacy, institutional reform litigation, training, writing, and mentoring.

Before coming to MAMH, Jennifer was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC) of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. At MHLAC, she led the DYS Project, which sought to improve access to educational and mental health services for youth involved with the Department of Youth Services and served as a Chair of the Coalition for the Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CLRD). Prior to working at MHLAC, Jennifer worked for Massachusetts Law Reform Institute as an advocate for clients of methadone treatment programs, and as a volunteer attorney for the Volunteer Lawyers’ Project and the Women’s Bar Association. Jennifer attended Harvard College and Georgetown University Law Center.

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Leah Landry

Advancement Coordinator

Leah Landry works to tell the story of MAMH to various stakeholder groups including funders, mainstream media, donors and other potential supporters; and assists with Board engagement and activities.

At MAMH, Leah supports critical special projects like #JustAsk, our Well Being in the Time of COVID initiative, and expanding access to mental health education.

Leah brings strong public relations, communication and collaboration skills from more than 10 years of experience in public radio at an NPR-affiliate in upstate New York. While in media, Leah hosted the morning news show, produced a health-focused radio program called Take Care, managed grant funding, assisted in fundraising efforts, managed the station’s website/social media and held many other roles demonstrating her commitment to advancing the mission of non-profit organizations. Leah is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Oswego.

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Jessica Larochelle, SM

Co-Director of Public Policy and Government Relations

As Co-Director for Public Policy and Government Relations, Jessica Larochelle works in collaboration with a range of stakeholders on executive, judicial and legislative branch initiatives at MAMH.

Jessica brings to her role deep experience in policy analysis, program development, advocacy and implementation. Her prior work in health care reform and knowledge dissemination, combined with her longstanding commitment to vulnerable children, families and adults with health, disability and economic challenges prepares her well to implement the MAMH policy and legislative agenda.

Prior to joining MAMH, Jessica served as the Director of Evaluation and Strategic Initiatives at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation, where she led evaluation efforts to assess the effectiveness and impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking investments.

Jessica also worked as Field Director for Families USA, a national nonprofit consumer health advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. There she worked with advocates from across the nation on Medicaid defense, as well as Affordable Care Act implementation and public education. Prior to her time at Families USA, Jessica served as Executive Director of Consumer Health Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to expanding access to quality, affordable health care in Pittsburgh, PA.

Jessica holds a master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

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Kyle Neill

Program Assistant, Network of Care Massachusetts

As Program Assistant for Network of Care Massachusetts, Kyle Neill helps to maintain the accuracy of the service directory's listings and assists with outreach efforts to help grow the site's user base.

Before joining MAMH, Kyle was a Scheduling and Communications Assistant for Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell, where he drafted speeches and social media communications, maintained the Councilor's schedule, and supported events such as the Boston Civic Leader's Summit and the 1st Annual Mattapan Jazz and Unity Festival. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Communication from Emerson College.

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Y'aneris Olivencia

Communications Coordinator

Y'aneris Olivencia leads MAMH’s social media, website, and email communications related to policy, program initiatives, and outreach.

Y’aneris has a background in campaign and non-profit communications, most recently working as a digital organizer for Alianza for Progress, an organization aimed at increasing civic engagement, voter education and issue advocacy in the Latinx community. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in Communications and Sociology.

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Jenifer Urff

Director of Knowledge Dissemination and Technical Assistance

Jenifer Urff leads MAMH's outreach and education activities, including the dissemination of research findings and evidence-based practices related to mental health, substance use, and prevention.

Jenifer works across stakeholder communities to build consensus on behavioral health policy and program development. Jenifer has more than 20 years of experience managing federal and state contracts to deliver technical assistance, training, and creative products to support people living with mental health issues and promote resilience.

Prior to joining MAMH, Jenifer led state technical assistance activities at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). From 2014-2017, she was Director of Recovery for the MA Department of Mental Health’s Western Area, where she managed contracts for the peer-led Recovery Learning Community and Afiya, one of fewer than 20 peer-run respite programs in the country, and established and led a Task Force on Trauma-Informed Approaches. From 2003-2014, Jenifer was Deputy Director of Mental Health at Advocates for Human Potential (AHP). From 1999-2003, she served as Director of Government Relations and then Senior Policy Counsel at NASMHPD. Jenifer is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and the University of Michigan Law School.

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Louise Povall, MHSM

Senior Policy Consultant

As a Senior Policy Consultant, Louise leads strategic plan development, financial planning, state and federal policy analysis, and grant development.

Louise is a 30-year health care executive and strategic advisor, specializing in government-funded health care plans and programs, including Medicaid, Medicare and dual-eligibles. Previous work includes establishing a dual eligible financial alignment demonstration plan in Rhode Island for Neighborhood Health Plan where she served as Vice President for Medicare/Medicaid Integration.

Louise has worked as a health care consultant for many years providing strategic advisory services to a myriad of clients in both health and mental health. She also served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 20 years. She held both the CFO and COO posts at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and at the Massachusetts Medicaid agency.

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Robert Fleischner, JD

Senior Consultant

Robert Fleischner is the former Assistant Director at the Center for Public Representation and has been practicing mental disability law since 1973. He is a national expert on Protection and Advocacy (P&A) access, advance directives and guardianship.

Robert has served on the faculty of the Western New England Law School and Smith College School of Social Work. He is the co-author of Guardianship and Conservatorship in Massachusetts, published by Lexis, and has written several law review articles. A Boston College Law School graduate, Robert has litigated community integration, civil commitment, prison mental health, juvenile justice, guardianship and fair housing cases.

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