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Danna Mauch, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer

Danna Mauch, PhD is President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH).

Dr. Mauch brings organizational leadership, operations management, evaluation research and strategic consulting experience gained in private and public sector enterprises to inform her public policy, knowledge dissemination and legislative advocacy work for MAMH.

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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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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Stefani Karr, MPH

Network of Care Project and Data Manager

Stefani Karr manages the Network of Care Massachusetts project, maintaining the accuracy of the database listings and working with stakeholders to ensure that the site meets the needs of communities across the Commonwealth.

Prior to joining MAMH, Stefani worked as a Health Systems and Process Improvement Analyst at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai where she managed multiple projects to increase the efficiency of hospital operations and improve patient experience. She has also served as a Public Health Fellow in the Office of Senator Jo Comerford, a Marketing and Communications Intern with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation at the Clinton Foundation, and a Health Bucks Intern at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Stefani holds a master’s degree in Health Policy from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College.

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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. She supports critical special projects like our Well Being in the Time of COVID series 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

Director of Public Policy and Government Relations

Jessica Larochelle directs policy and advocacy activities, working in collaboration with a range of stakeholders on executive, judicial and legislative branch initiatives at MAMH. She brings to this 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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Catia Sharp

Behavioral Health Policy Analyst

Catia Sharp staffs the Middlesex County Restoration Center Commission, which seeks to create a walk-in and drop-off center pilot that would provide behavioral health services to individuals in crisis, diverting them from arrest and hospitalization. Previously, she served as an Economic and Fiscal Analyst for the MA Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where she launched two of the first Social Impact Bond or pay-for-success projects in the nation to fund permanent supportive housing and reentry educational and vocational services to reduce recidivism among young men.

In 2015-16, Catia was a Government Innovation Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab. In 2017, she completed a graduate internship with the New York City Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, where she worked on projects related to the integration of health and social services recognizing social determinants of health and intergenerational health equity.

Catia received a M.P.P. with a concentration in Social and Urban Policy and a Certificate in Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in May, 2018.

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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. She 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

Louise leads strategic plan development, financial planning, state and federal policy analysis, and grant development. She 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.

She 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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