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DETROIT WAYNE MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY

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Meet the Board of Directors

Dr. Cheryl Munday, 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.

Dr. Iris Taylor, Vice-Chairperson

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.

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 east side; 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 east side.

Heather Underwood, Secretary

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.

Ghada Abdallah, RPh

Ghada AbdallahGhada Abdallah is an experienced pharmacist and owner of Park Pharmacy. She knows the patterns of substance abuse or misuse, professionally and personally, as several family members have struggled with addiction including her cousin who died of an overdose.

Ms. Abdallah has worked with DWMHA as a member of our SUD Oversight Policy Board since 2016 and was instrumental in making our Narcan program a success.  She is also a board member for The Family Center, serving Harper Woods & the Grosse Pointes, the Wayne County Pharmacists Association since 2013, involved with the Michigan Pharmacists Association in Lansing since 2009, and in 2016 became the first Muslim woman to serve on their board. She also helped found SAFE, a substance abuse coalition in the Dearborn area.

Dorothy Burrell

Dorothy BurrellDorothy Burrell is well versed in government processes having worked human resource management in several capacities, most notably with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority while it operated under the county between 1982 and 2002. Her experience includes claimant advocate and consultant for the Michigan Employment Security Agency, mediator for the City of Detroit's Human Rights Department and Chairperson for the City of Detroit Board of canvassers for 20 years.

Burrell is an advocate for the mental health community as she provides a voice for her own family members and persons throughout Wayne County.  She is very active in her community as a Precinct Delegate for the Michigan Democratic Party for over thirty years and works in her community spreading awareness by coordinating mental health forums on depression, suicide and stigma through her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Detroit Alumnae Chapter, as the former Chairperson of the Social Action Committee. Burrell earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Arts in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University.

Dr. Barika Butler

Barika Butler MD.jpgBarika Butler, MD, is a double-board certified psychiatrist and founder of Peak Performance Global, specializing in personal, performance, and executive coaching.  She has served as Medical Director for Molina Health Care in Illinois and is Chief Medical Officer for the Behavioral Center of Michigan and Samaritan Behavioral Center.

Dr. Butler currently serves on the DWMHA Board of Directors’ Program Compliance Committee and Systems Transformation Committee. She has previously served on several boards, including the Wayne State University School of Medicine Alumni Board of Governors, Michigan Dental Association Foundation and as advisor to the Board of Directors for Vista Maria.  Her civic involvement includes current membership in the Junior League of Detroit and Jack and Jill of America, among others.  She has been recognized with honors by the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Butler completed her undergraduate work in Biopsychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan before earning her Doctorate of Medicine at Wayne State School of Medicine.  Dr. Butler is also a candidate for her Masters in Health Care Management from Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health in May of 2018.

Angelo Glenn

Angelo Glenn.JPGAngelo Glenn serves as Director of the Substance Use Disorder Prevention Programs at Mariners Inn, a residential treatment facility in Detroit, Michigan for men who suffer from the disease of addiction. Mr. Glenn began his career in substance abuse disorders with Mariners in 2006 and has held several key positions during his tenure.

He was appointed to the National Black Leadership Commission on Aids, Inc. (NBLCA) in June, 2015 and served as Chair for NBLCA Detroit.  He was initially appointed to the DWMHA Board by the Wayne County Commission in July 2013 sitting on the Recipient Rights Advisory Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board since its inception in 2014.

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 2006. 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.

Kevin McNamara

Kevin McNamara Kevin McNamara currently serves as the Supervisor of the Township of Van Buren. McNamara previously served with the Wayne County Commission as Chairman of Public Services (Roads and Parks) for eight years and also served as Chairman of Wayne County’s HEAD START programs, on Southeastern Michigan Council of Government’s Executive Board as Chairman of the Finance Committee and as a past Board member of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. As a member of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority's Board of Directors, McNamara sits on both the Strategic Planning and Policy committees.

Dr. Herbert C. Smitherman, Jr

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. Cynthia Taueg

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.

Announcement

SYSTEMS TRANSFORMATION COMMITTEE
April 27, 2018 at 10:00 am, Room 400 A&B
 
BOARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
April 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm, 1st Floor Board Room
 
 

Directors List

Dr. Cheryl Munday, Chairperson
Dr. Iris Taylor, Vice-Chairperson
Bernard Parker, Treasurer
Heather Underwood, Secretary
Ghada Abdallah, RPh
Dorothy Burrell
Dr. Barika Butler
Angelo Glenn
Tim Killeen
Kevin McNamara
Dr. Herbert C. Smitherman, Jr.
Dr. Cynthia Taueg
 

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Public Notice

Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority Board Meetings & Committee Schedules

 

Regularly Scheduled Meetings

(Note: Dates and/or times may change. Please call to verify)
 
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
2ND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH
707 W. MILWAUKEE
DETROIT, MI 48202
MEETING TIME: 10:30AM
1ST FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
Members: Dr. Cheryl Munday(Chair); Dr. Iris Taylor(Vice-Chair); Bernard Parker(Treasurer); 
 
FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
Canceled for April 2018
1ST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
707 W. MILWAUKEE
DETROIT, MI 48202
MEETING TIME: 1PM
2nd FLOOR BOARD ROOM
Members: Bernard Parker(Chair); Kevin McNamara(Vice-Chair); Dorothy BurrellTim KilleenDr. Herbert C. Smitherman, JrDr. Cynthia Taueg
 
FULL BOARD MEETING
3RD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
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: 1PM
2nd FLOOR BOARD ROOM
Members: Dr. Iris Taylor(Chair); Dr. Cynthia Taueg(Vice-Chair); Ghada Abdallah, RPhDr. Barika ButlerAngelo Glenn; 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 Killeen(Chair); Heather Underwood(Vice-Chair); Dorothy Burrell

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AD-HOC COMMITTEES

(Meet as Required)

POLICY/STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
Members: Dr. Cynthia Taueg(Chair); Tim Killeen (Vice-Chair); Ghada Abdallah, RPhDorothy BurrellKevin McNamaraBernard Parker
 
SYSTEMS TRANSFORMATION COMMITTEE
April 27, 2018 at 10:00 am, Room 400 A&B
Members: Dr. Herbert C. Smitherman, Jr(Chair); Angelo Glenn(Vice-Chair); Dr. Barika ButlerKevin McNamaraBernard ParkerDr. Iris Taylor
 
NOMINATING COMMITTEE
(Appointments to this Committee will be made in January 2019, in accordance with the Board By-Laws)

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Authority Governing Documents

  • DWMHA ByLaws_Revised 2016 [pdf]
  • Enabling Resolution 2013 [pdf]