The Mental Health Association Announces New President & CEO

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The Mental Health Association Announces New President & CEO

Rochester, NY:  The Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County (MHA) is pleased to announce the selection of Mary Russo as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.  Russo joins the MHA after serving as its Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.

“The board is excited to have Mary join us,” says Michael Moeller, Board President. “Mary has displayed tremendous leadership during her interim role and brings extensive non-profit management experience to us.  Her passion and dedication to our mission will position our organization for an exciting future ahead helping us serve more people in our community.”

Russo joins the MHA after recently serving as the Chief Financial Officer at the Jewish Community Center and brings more than 15 years of service in the non-profit sector.  Russo is focused on expanding programs and services offered at the MHA, with a grand reopening of their newly renovated Life Skills building scheduled for this September.

“The Mental Health Association has been promoting mental wellness through a spectrum of culturally competent services for more than 30 years. Thanks to our dedicated staff, board members, volunteers and generous donors we have been able to provide excellent services and programs in the Rochester Community.  I am excited to build and expand on that great work,” said Russo.

Russo will draw on her professional and her lived experience to lead the organization. “Growing up in the City of Rochester with a single parent who was diagnosed with paranoid Schizophrenia allowed for me to experience compassion in foster homes and appreciate family.  Understanding that Mental Illness is not a choice allowed me to understand that my mother’s inpatient stay was not a choice of abandonment, but rather an opportunity for her to gain the support necessary to rebuild our family” said Russo.  “My employment here at MHA is my opportunity to support others in the community of where I received so much assistance over my lifetime.”

The MHA’s mission is to promote mental wellness through a spectrum of culturally competent services. Services and programs include employment support, peer support and peer navigation, creative wellness opportunities, education and training, family support, life skills and self-help drop-in support services.