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Meet the Board of Directors

  

Bernard Parker, Chairperson

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.

Dr. Iris Taylor, Vice-Chairperson

Article: "Dr. Iris Taylor: WSU 2019 Alumna of the Year!"
Dr. Iris TaylorDr. Iris 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.
 

Commissioner Tim Killeen, Treasurer

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.

Ghada Abdallah, RPh, Secretary

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.

Angelo Glenn

Angelo Glenn.JPGAngelo Glenn was first appointed to the Board of Directors in 2013 and has served on the Recipient Rights Advisory Committee and serves as Chairman of the Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board since its inception in 2014. Mr. Glenn is also the Director of Substance Use Disorder Prevention Programs at Mariners Inn, a residential treatment facility in Detroit. This is a program for men who suffer from the disease of addiction. He was appointed to the National Black Leadership Commission on Aids, in June, 2015 and serves as Chair for the Detroit Chapter.

Chief William T. Riley, III

William Riley pic.jpgWilliam T. Riley III is currently Chief of Police in Inkster. Chief Riley has over 29 years in command authority in law enforcement. He was Chief of Police in Selma, Alabama. He is concerned with public safety not only from a law enforcement view, but also from a prevention and treatment perspective. He believes in getting people the right help that they need, and he sees the behavioral health system as a partner in working with our communities. Chief Riley has held various positions in substance abuse areas such as major crimes, task forces, schools, narcotics units, and community relations.

Dora Brown-Richards

Dora Brown-Richards.jpgDora Brown-Richards is a financial executive with over 30 years in the field. She has been the Chief Financial Officer of Triumph Church since 2011. She manages the financial department and oversees cash, investments and asset management while maintaining outstanding banking relationships and strategic alliances with business partners, auditors and vendors. She is skilled in financial management and analysis and was formerly Vice President of Banking and Lending at Comerica Bank.

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. 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.

Dr. Taueg 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.

Dr. Lynne Frances Carter

Dr Carter.jpgDr. Lynne Frances Carter is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and a Licensed Physician. She is currently employed as Associate Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. She works in the Health Care Value Division where she is responsible for medical policy development. She also worked at the Wayne State University School of Medicine as Assistant Professor of Medicine from 2001-2011. The Professional organizations she is affiliated with are: Michigan State Medical Society, Wayne State Medical Society, Detroit Medical Society, National Medical Society and the American College of Physicians.

Kevin McNamara

Kevin McNamaraKevin 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.

Directors List

 
Bernard Parker, Chairperson
Dr. Iris Taylor, Vice-Chairperson
Commissioner Tim Killeen, Treasurer
Ghada Abdallah, RPh, Secretary
Angelo Glenn
Chief William T. Riley III
Dora Brown-Richards
Dorothy Burrell
Dr. Cynthia Taueg
Dr. Lynne Francis Carter
Kevin McNamara 
 

 

Good and Welfare

Issues raised during Good and Welfare/Public Comment that are of concern to the general public and may initiate an inquiry and follow up will be responded to and may be posted on www.dwmha.com. Feedback will be posted within a reasonable timeframe. Information that is HIPPA related or of a confidential nature will not be posted, but rather responded to on an individual basis.

 

Public Notice

Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority Board Meetings & Committee Schedules

Note: Dates and/or times may change.
Please call to verify
 

 Meeting Updates

 
Date Change: 
 
July 2019 Recipient Rights Advisory Committee
July 8th @ 1pm.
Please mark your calendars
 
Full Board Meeting
Rescheduled to September 25th
 

 
 
BOARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
2ND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH
707 W. MILWAUKEE
DETROIT, MI 48202
MEETING TIME: 12PM
1ST FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
Members: Bernard Parker(Chair); Dr. Iris Taylor(Vice-Chair); Commissioner Tim Killeen,(Treasurer); 
 
FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
1ST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
707 W. MILWAUKEE
DETROIT, MI 48202
MEETING TIME: 1PM
2nd FLOOR BOARD ROOM
Members: Commissioner Tim Killeen(Chair); Kevin McNamara(Vice-Chair); Dora Brown-RichardsDorothy Burrell; Dr. Cynthia Taueg; Dr. Lynne Francis CarterGhada Abdallah, RPh
 
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); 
Angelo Glenn; Chief William T. Riley IIIDr. Lynne Francis CarterGhada Abdallah, RPh
 
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: Chief William T. Riley III(Chair); Dorothy Burrell(Vice-Chair); Commissioner Tim Killeen

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AD-HOC COMMITTEES

(Meet as Required; All meetings are held at DWMHA unless otherwise notified)

BOARD POLICY/BY-LAW COMMITTEE
Members: Dr. Cynthia Taueg(Chair); Commissioner Tim Killeen(Vice-Chair); Angelo Glenn;  Kevin McNamara
 
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
Members: Dr. Iris Taylor(Chair); Ghada Abdallah, RPh(Vice-Chair); Dora Brown-RichardsDr. Cynthia TauegDr. Lynne Francis Carter
 
NOMINATING COMMITTEE
(Appointments to this Committee will be made in January 2020, in accordance with the Board By-Laws)
 
 

Authority Governing Documents

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