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Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health Board

SWMBH is organized around an independent Board of Directors with one primary representative and one alternate representative from each of the eight county’s Community Mental Health Board Members.  Their responsibility is to administer the Governance Policies and direct the Executive Officer who organizes and oversees all operations.

A second Board, the Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board (SUD OPB), oversees, advises and makes recommendations regarding SWMBH’s budgets for substance use disorder treatment or prevention using Public Act (PA 2) Funds, and advises and makes recommendations regarding contracts with substance use disorder treatment or prevention providers. The SWMBH SUDOPB members are appointed by one of the County Commissions in each of the eight Counties in the SWMBH SUDOPB region. The SUD OPB and the Board of Directors work independently to achieve optimal efficiency and to maximize our impact in the areas that we serve.

Board of Directors

Applying his Master degree in Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, Master Degree in Clinical and Macro Social Work, as well as his National Certification for School Psychology, Tom advocates for children, adolescents and adults with mental health needs and substance use disorders. Tom is a retired school psychologist. He has served as a Community Mental Health Board member for the past twenty-five years and is currently Chairman of the Board at Pines Behavioral Health.

Tom Schmelzer
Vice-Chair
Branch County
Primary

Serving as the Vice Chair of the SWMBH Board, Edward is passionate about giving back to the community and serving where needed. He is interested in Community Mental Health and compassionate about the consumers served. He has an extensive history working on numerous boards including the St. Joseph Charter Township Board of Trustees, Berrien County Community Mental Health Board, and St. Joseph Public Schools Board. He attended Michigan State University as well as Western Michigan University.

Ed Meny
Chair
Berrien County
Primary

As a retired educator, Susan devoted her professional career to elementary school age children with special needs. She worked with children in Resource Rooms as well as self-contained Cognitively Impaired Classrooms in the Paw Paw Public School system for 24 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a K-12 Certification from Central Michigan University. Susan has decided to continue her community support for consumers by serving on both the SWMBH and Van Buren Community Mental Health boards.

Susan Barnes
Secretary
Van Buren County
Primary

• Educational Background: Graduate of New York University with B.S. English Education. Licensed K-12, 7-12 English. Graduate work for Special Education and Reading at Post University, Long Island, NY and Western Michigan for Continuing Education and Certification in Michigan.

• Professional History: Taught in NYC City School System. Taught under Title I Reading Mohansic, New York. Taught in autism program as part of POST graduate work and then at Harmony Heights Residential School for girls diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders in Oyster Bay, NY. Finished teaching career in private school setting in Kalamazoo.
• Board member BCCMHA. Member of Recipient Rights Committee BCCMHA and Appeals Committee. Have served on the BCCMHA since 2016. Was encouraged by Bob Nelson to interview for the position after sharing common family experiences with suicide and mental health and my experiences in New York at a residential school for high school girls who had emotional and behavioral disorders. I work with other committees and through the GFWC-GLA Women’s Club that includes four townships and 100 members to highlight mental health needs. This is the way I try to give back after being fortunate enough to often be on the receiving end.

• Interest in serving: Bob Nelson has been hospitalized for a nine weeks in ICU and will have a long recovery period. Our alternate, Bob Becker is unable to attend all the SWMBH meeting in Bob Nelson’s stead. I know that Bob N. enjoyed his tenure on SWMBH and I have always been interested in the reporting between our organization and the role we play within SWMBH.

Ruth Perino
Board Member
Barry County
Primary

Angie is a Western Michigan University graduate and has used her education to work with Head Start and Great Start Collaborative in multiple roles. As a Parent Liaison with the Parent Coalition, she ensured children are developmentally ready to succeed in school and in life. Angie’s commitment is to making a difference in the lives of others and serves as a Board Member for the Van Buren Community Mental Health Authority Board and SWMBH.

Angie Dickerson
Board Alternate
Van Buren County
Alternate

Educated in criminal justice and employed within the Michigan Department of Corrections system for nearly 30 years, Jon continues to serve his community believing that in order to have a strong healthy society, quality mental health services have to be available. Elected as a County Commissioner for multiple terms, Jon’s keen awareness is a valuable asset to the Branch County Pines Behavioral Health Services and Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health Boards.

Jon Houtz
Board Alternate
Branch County
Alternate

Kathy-Sue Vette is a Commissioner for Calhoun County District 1. As part of the Commission, she serves as Chair of the Calhoun Visitor Bureau and a member of the Calhoun County Board of Health. Kathy-Sue also serves as a member of various community entities, including Southwest Michigan First and Southwest Michigan Community Development Corporation. She also currently serves as Chairwoman of the Kellogg Community College Foundation and a founding member of Women of Impact Battle Creek.

Kathy Sue Vette
Board Alternate
Calhoun County
Alternate
Mary Middleton
Board Member
Cass County
Alternate
Randy Hyrns
Board Alternate
Berrien County
Alternate

Patricia is a current member of the Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Board. She is retired from the Kalamazoo City Commission as well as Western Michigan University Office of Public Service. She holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from Western Michigan University. Patricia is enthusiastic about serving those in our community with mental health disabilities to live their best lives.

Patricia Guenther
Board Alternate
Kalamazoo County
Alternate

Committed to the dignified treatment of all persons, Robert has an extensive history of serving adolescents in the public school system. With a Doctorate of Education Degree from Eastern Michigan University and Master Degree in Educational Leadership, Robert has served in the Public School System for nearly twenty years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Barry County Mental Health Authority and is dedicated to serving special populations in the community in a continued effort to fight for their right to dignified treatment.

Robert Becker
Board Alternate
Barry County
Alternate
Cathi Abbs
Board Member
St. Joseph County
Alternate

Patrick Garrett is owner of Garrett Healthcare Consulting and former CEO of the Battle Creek Health System. He has also served as CEO of hospitals in Montana, Missouri, and Florida. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University and a Master's Degree in Health Services Management from the University of Missouri. He has served on various area nonprofit boards and committees since moving to Battle Creek in 1999.

Patrick Garrett
Board Member
Calhoun County
Primary
Erik Krogh
Board Member
Kalamazoo County
Primary

Carol Naccarato, MFA, BFA, BSN, AASN, RN, CMA (AAMA)

Title – Director of Allied Health/Medical Assisting Glen Oaks Community College

• Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan

• Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (Registered Nurse), Glen Oaks Community College, Centreville, Michigan

• Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN), Glen Oaks Community College, Centreville, Michigan

• Medical Assistant Certificate, (CMA, AAMA), Glen Oaks Community College, Centreville, Michigan

• Master of Fine Arts, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

• Bachelor of Fine Arts, Siena Heights College, Adrian, Michigan

Professional History:
GLEN OAKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Centreville, Michigan 2015
Director, Allied Health/Medical Assisting & Full-Time Instructor 2015 – Present

COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Centreville, Michigan 2011
Registered Nurse, Med Clinic 2011 – 2015

FAIRVIEW NURSING AND REHABILITATION, Centreville, Michigan 2010
RN Supervisor PRN 2010 - 2011

GLEN OAKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Centreville, Michigan 2009
Part-Time Instructor Allied Health and Medical Assistant Program 2009 - 2015

FAMILY DOCTORS OF VICKSBURG, Vicksburg, Michigan 2006
Registered Nurse 2010 - Present
Licensed Practical Nurse 2009 - Present
Certified Medical Assistant 2006 – Present

STURGIS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Sturgis, Michigan 2005 – 2006
Executive Assistant 2005 - 2006

LEVOLOR KIRSCH WINDOW FASHIONS, Sturgis, Michigan 1990
Manager, Customer Service 2002 - 2005
Supervisor, Customer Service 1998 - 2002
Training Facilitator, Customer Service 1995 - 1998
Assistant Supervisor, Customer Service 1993 - 1995
Administrative Assistant 1991 - 1993
Customer Service Representative 1990 - 1991

LOURDES COLLEGE, Sylvania, Ohio 1983
Chairman, Department of Art 1988 - 1990
Instructor, Department of Art 1983 - 1990
Director and Founder, Gallery Loft Art Gallery 1988 - 1990
Program Director, Visiting Artist Outreach 1988 - 1990

CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, Toledo, Ohio 1979
Chairman and Instructor, Department of Art 1979 - 1983

I have a deep and abiding empathy from anyone that is diagnosed with any of the psychological diagnoses. I am willing to do my part to help dispel and eliminate the stigma that comes with these illnesses. I want to support our local CMH, their employees and the individuals that are served by it.

Carol Naccarato
Board Member
St. Joseph County
Primary
Vacant
Board Member
Cass County
Primary
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