Our History

Mental Health America of the North Shore was founded in 1965 by a group of advocates and mental health professionals concerned about the need to promote mental health in Evanston. We later expanded our reach to all the northern suburbs of Chicago. We are an affiliate of Mental Health America (MHA), the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness. The bell, cast from the shackles and chains that used to bind people with mental illnesses, is our symbol. The Mental Health Bell rings out hope for mental wellness for everyone. We are a volunteer-run organization governed by a Board of Directors and supported by a Professional Advisory Board and a Youth Advisory Board.

Our Mission

Mental Health America of the North Shore (MHANS) raises awareness and reduces stigma through education and advocacy to promote mental wellness throughout our community.

Our Philosophy

MHANS’ work is driven by its commitment that mental health is a critical part of overall wellness and that everyone would benefit from taking time for their mental health just as they do their physical health.

Our Work

Throughout the year, MHANS offers community and professional education programs on mental health and advocates for policies that support individual and community wellness.

Board of Directors

President – Tracy Levine, LCSW

Treasurer – Constance Paesel, MBA

Secretary – April Singer, MBA

Allyson Adams, MA

Joyce Bartz, LCSW

Shannon Gibert Boatwright, MS

Amber Brookhart, MEd

Meredith Knowles, MA

Brian LaMoreaux, MD

Dorian Matias-Williams, MSW

Paul J. Perry, PhD

Teresa Quinn, MSW

Michelle Rosenberg, BA

Professional Advisory Board

The Professional Advisory Board helps us stay current on new developments in the field and informs our programs. We thank the members of this board who volunteer their time to support our work:

Kathi Baron, MS, OTR/L, MFA, Yellowbrick Consultation and Treatment Center

Adv. Liron David, BSW, LL.M, Director, International Relations and Development, Enosh – The Israeli Mental Health Association

Norwil (Noy) Frial-Lopez, Psy.D, CADC, Chief Clinical Officer, Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center, Skokie, IL

Ann O. Johnson, Independent Consultant, Evanston, IL

Beth Lindley, LCSW, Director, Human Services, Village of Skokie

Richard Lyon, MA, LCPC, CADC, CAMS-II, Director, MaineStay Youth & Family Services, Park Ridge, IL

Beth Lindley, LCSW, Director, Response for Teens, Chicago, IL

Greta A. Nielsen MA, NCC, LCPC, Clinical Care Consultants, Inverness, IL

Myrna Orenstein, PhD, Independent Practice, Evanston, IL

Jennifer Pearson, PhD, Director of Special Education, District 225, Glenview, IL

Amanda Rios, PsyD, Center of Relational Empowerment

Rahul Sharma, PsyD, Strategic Consultant, Speaker, Clinical Psychologist

Nirmeen Rajani, PsyD, Psychology Center, Schaumburg, IL

Marsha Smith, LCSW, Independent Practice, Evanston, IL

Sharon Weingarten, MSW

Business Advisory Board

The Business Advisory Board support our work with their business skills and experience. We thank the members of this board who volunteer their time to support our work:

Alex Glasner, MBA, Coniston Peak