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Executive Leadership Team


Brett Harris, Dr.PH

Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago
Clinical Associate Professor, UAlbany School of Public Health

Vice President

Leah Wentworth, PhD

Senior Manager, NAMI

Adjunct Public Health Professor, Goodwin University


Guthrie (Gus) Birkhead, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus, UAlbany School of Public Health


Katie Connors

Project Director, Council on Addiction Recovery Services, Inc.


Immediate Past President

APHA - A.R.G.-C Rep

Denise C. Tahara, PhD

Associate Professor, New York Medical College

Board of Directors

Laura Agnew, MPH, CHES ®

Assistant Health Education Outreach Specialist, New York State Department of Health 

Community Educator, Bellevue Woman’s Center of Ellis Medicine 

Mary Glenn

Assistant Dean of Community Engagement

School of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Buffalo 

Senior Research Associate, NORC at the University of Chicago

Joelle Monaco, MBA

Director of Outreach & Business Engagement, Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.