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DETROIT WAYNE MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY

DWMHA Board of Directors

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Meet the Board of Directors

Herbert C. Smitherman, Jr., M.D., Chairperson

Chairman Dr. Herbert C. Smitherman, Jr. M.D.Herbert C. Smitherman Jr., MD, MPH, FACP, is Assistant Dean of Community and Urban Health, and Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is also President and CEO of Health Centers Detroit Medical Group, a Federally Qualified Health Center Look Alike in the city of Detroit. His research focuses primarily on health issues related to underrepresented populations of color and access to care. Dr. Smitherman has spent the past twenty-one years working with diverse communities in Detroit to develop urban-based primary-care delivery systems that integrate the health and social goals and concerns of the community. He has been successful establishing and working with best practice models that have community participation and collaboration as the key element in creating sustainable primary care programs.

Dr. Smitherman received his Bachelor’s of Science in chemical engineering with a minor in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill. He completed his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati and his Master’s degree in Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Cheryl Munday, Vice-Chairperson

Vice-President Dr. Cheryl MundayDr. Munday is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy. She teaches case conference, child therapy and professional ethics in the doctoral program and personality theory in the undergraduate major program. Her research interests include behavioral correlates of object relations and defensive functioning in children and racial and ethnic influences in clinical judgment. Her research has been funded by the United Way and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Munday is former Director of Psychology and Psychology Training at Detroit Psychiatric Institute, and is currently Director, University of Detroit Mercy Psychology Clinic and Affiliated Faculty, Program for Research on Black Americans, Institute for Social Research. Dr. Munday earned her B.A. degree from Cornell University and her graduate degrees from the University of Michigan.

Bernard Parker, Treasurer

Treasurer Bernard ParkerFormer Wayne County Commissioner Bernard Parker has served as a board member since 2014, nominated by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.  Parker has dedicated his life to community and public service. As a commissioner, longtime activist and leader, he has accomplished a great deal and has left an indelible mark on the community for over 30 plus years. 

Parker currently serves as the Chairperson of the DWMHA Finance Committee, Vice-Chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of the Policy Committee. 

Parker attributes his political success to his mentor the Honorable Mayor Coleman Young.  Mayor Young took Bernard under his wing and mentored him to understand politics and the necessity of working with people to get things accomplished. 

As a Commissioner, Parker was appointed Chairperson of the Wayne County Health and Human Service Committee, where he was at the forefront of endless actions that positively impacted the citizens of citizens.  Commissioner Parker believes that prevention programs are essential in giving children an alternative to joining gangs and increasing self-esteem.  A notable accomplishment was the development of the Comprehensive Management Organization (CMO). This is a program designed as an alternative to incarcerating children, allowing them to stay in their homes and attend school while being monitored through court appointed processes.  The implementation of the program also led to the building of a state-of-the art juvenile facility.  Additionally, Operation Get Down, a well-known community organization located on the eastside of Detroit, is practically synonymous with Bernard Parker, who happens to be the co-founder and former Executive Director.

He championed a millage that funded the development of Wayne County Aquatic Center in Chandler Park on Detroit’s eastside; and oversaw the successful appropriation of ten balanced budgets during his tenure. Under his supervision millions of dollars for youth prevention and non-profit housing programs were awarded to organizations within the county.  

Parker was born and raised on the eastside of Detroit. He attended Highland Park Community College and the University of Michigan.  Bernard is married to Lorine Mays, has five children, seven wonderful grandchildren, and he still resides on Detroit’s lower eastside. 

Dr. Cynthia Taueg, Secretary

CynthiaTaueg.jpgDr. Cynthia Taueg is Vice-President of Ambulatory & Community Health Services for St. John Providence Health System where she is responsible for administrative oversight and leadership for numerous outpatient and community based services and programs.

She currently serves on several boards including the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority, the Board of Adult Well-Being Services and Advantage Health Centers. She is co-author of a book entitled Taking Care of the Uninsured: A Path to Reform released in 2008.

She is the recipient of numerous local and national awards including the American Medical Association's Nathan Davis Award and Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan Partners in Progress Award.

Cynthia began her career as a registered nurse graduating from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Later she received a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan and Doctorate in Health Administration (DHA) from Central Michigan University.

Tim Killeen

Tim KilleenCommissioner Tim Killeen represents eight communities in Wayne County, including:  Harper Woods,  part of Detroit and the Grosse Pointe’s. He has served the citizens of Wayne County since 2009. Commissioner Killeen serves as Chairperson of the Commission's Committee of Health and Human Services and is also a board member of the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority. He was instrumental in the process of the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency becoming an Authority as he helped chair the transition meetings and held public hearings around the county to ensure the public was knowledgeable about the changes. 

Constance Rowley

Constance RowleyConstance Rowley has been an advocate for the mental health community since before becoming a board member for the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority in 1998. She is nominated to the DWMHA Board by the Mayor of the City of Detroit.  During her extensive tenure as a board member she has served as Chairperson of every committee.

Mrs. Rowley currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Program Compliance and Policy Committees. She is also a member of the Finance and Strategic Planning Committees.

After a diverse and successful career in nursing administration, she became the director of Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center HIV/AIDS Program. She served as consultant to federal agencies as well as state and local communities. She has traveled to Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and Germany highlighting the need for collaborative efforts in the mental health area.  Constance has received numerous awards for her outstanding community service, advocacy and humanitarian efforts and she has been the recipient of two Spirit of Detroit Awards.

She is an active member in her community, a Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Incorporated and the Greater Wayne County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Constance Rowley has a Bachelor of Science in nursing and a master’s degree in education from Wayne State University.  She has been married for 52 years to LeRoy Rowley and is the proud mother of two daughters, Janice Rowley and Karen Stallings (Don) and grandchildren, Donametria and Daniel LeRoy.

Heather Underwood

Heather UnderwoodHeather Underwood has been a Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA) board member since April 2015. She offers expertise in writing, analysis, and administration as she sits on the board. Her primary and secondary experiences in the mental health field, including both setbacks and triumphs and contribute to her qualifications. She is devoted to improving the access to quality healthcare for all, thereby improving the health of the community. Heather also works as Church Secretary at Cana Lutheran in Berkley.

Before DWMHA, Heather was Executive Assistant to the President of TSM Financial Group, and Board Secretary for the parent company TSM, Inc.  She has also been Secretary to three consecutive Directors at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan and an Analyst and Technical Writer at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. She holds her Master’s Degree in English and Written Communication from EMU, as well as a Post-Bachelor’s Paralegal Certificate from Oakland Community College.

Dr. Iris Taylor

Dr. Iris TaylorIris Taylor has served the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) system for the past 40 years. Throughout her time there, she has held the roles of staff nurse, manager, educator, chief nursing officer, and since 2002, President. Approximately 10 of those years were spent at Detroit Receiving Hospital, which she helped transform from a primarily emergency care facility to one with numerous specialties. As a lifelong devotee to service, Iris has enjoyed mentoring future nurses and implementing programs that help the people of Detroit. She has volunteered for community organizations and served on several director boards, such as those of Detroit Central City Community Mental Health and the Merrill-Palmer Institute. She is also an adjunct professor at Wayne State University’s College of Nursing and School of Medicine. Iris holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and a doctorate in philosophy.

Marsha Bianconi

Marsha Bianconi

Marsha Bianconi has spent 27 years working  for local governments at the county, state and Federal level.  As the Executive Director of  the Conference of Western Wayne (CWW), a regional bipartisan  organization whose member communities represent 700,000  western  Wayne County residents, she has  an extensive established working relationship with local elected officials.  Ms. Bianconi has spent over 25 years working with diverse groups of people in a collaborative and cooperative  manner to  create  programs and services to benefit Wayne County residents.

She was a member of the Southeast Michigan Substance Services (SEMSAS) Board for 18 years and served as Chairperson from 2001-2014. She served on the Growth Works Board (SUD prevention services for youths) for 12 years. As the CWW 911 Coordinator  she implemented  wireline and wireless enhanced 911 services for 14 communities and has worked on numerous State 911 subcommittees with public safety personnel throughout the state. Ms. Bianconi has also  served on the Wayne County Transit  Authority, and is the current chairperson of the Westland TIFA Board.

Ms. Bianconi was appointed to the DWMHA Board in April 2014 and serves on the Substance Use Disorder Advisory Board, the Program Compliance Committee and is Vice-Chairperson of the Recipient Rights Advisory Committee.  

Terence Thomas

Terrance ThomasTerence Thomas is a trained lawyer and business leader who has used his negotiation, political and relationship-building skills to provide outstanding and proactive service to clients and the organizations he is affiliated with. He has a thorough understanding of health care reform, as well as, of the state and local politics and policies affecting Southeast Michigan. These skills were acquired through distinguished tenure with the Michigan Ministries of Ascension Health, St. John Providence Hospital and as a Principal with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLLC.

Mr. Thomas is the Vice-Chairperson of the Finance Committee and a member of the Policy Committee.

Dorothy Burrell

Dorothy Burrell Bio Coming Soon

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin McNamara

Kevin McNamara Bio Coming Soon

Herbert C. Smitherman, Jr., M.D., Chairperson
Dr. Cheryl Munday, Vice-Chairperson
Bernard Parker, Treasurer
Dr. Cynthia Taueg, Secretary
Tim Killeen
Constance Rowley
Heather Underwood
Dr. Iris Taylor
Marsha Bianconi
Terence Thomas
Dorothy Burrell
Kevin McNamara

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Public Notice of Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority Board Meetings & Committee Schedules

NOTICE: Time Change & Location Change
Full Board Meeting
6/21/2017 @ 11:00 am
Burton Manor
 Full Board meeting Time and Location change June 22, 2017 Burton Manor.jpg

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AD-HOC Committees (Meet as Required) (Click HERE for Listing)

POLICY/BYLAW COMMITTEE
Members: 
Constance Rowley, Vice-Chair
 
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
Members:
Bernard Parker, Vice-Chair
 
NOMINATING COMMITTEE
(Appointments to this Committee will be made in January 2017, in accordance with the Board By-Laws)
 

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Regularly Scheduled Committee Meetings

(Note: Dates may change. Please call to verify)
  
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
2ND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH
707 W. MILWAUKEE
DETROIT, MI 48202
MEETING TIME 1PM
1ST FLOOR CONFERENCE ROM
 
FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
1ST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
707 W. MILWAUKEE
DETROIT, MI 48202
MEETING TIME 1PM
2nd FLOOR BOARD ROOM
Members: Dr. Herbert Smitherman,
Bernard Parker, Terence Thomas,
Constance RowleyDr. Iris Taylor
 
FULL BOARD MEETING
3RD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
**CHANGED TIME & LOCATION** for 6/21/2017
707 W. MILWAUKEE
DETROIT, MI 48202
MEETING TIME:  1PM
2nd FLOOR BOARD ROOM
Members: All
 
PROGRAM COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
2nd WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
707 W. MILWAUKEE
DETROIT, MI 48202
MEETING TIME 12PM
2nd FLOOR BOARD ROOM
Members: Dr. Cheryl MundayConstance Rowley,
Marsha Bianconi, Tim KilleenDr. Iris Taylor,
Heather Underwood
 
RECIPIENT RIGHTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
1st MONDAY BI-MONTHLY (if Holiday, then 2nd Monday)
707 W. MILWAUKEE
DETROIT, MI 48202
MEETING TIME 1PM
2nd FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
Members: Tim KilleenMarsha Bianconi

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