Dedicated to the care of all

Bonnie Cook, MAS
Executive Director
Bonnie is the chief executive of Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. Prior to assuming this role in April, 2018 she was the executive director of Mental Health America of Kentucky. Bonnie has over 17 years experience working in the mental health field. She also serves on the Affiliate Relations Committee of Mental Health America in Alexandria, Virginia.

Sylvia Orozco-Joseph 
WHO Program National Director and Coordinator of the Adolescent Symposium of Texas
Sylvia is a longstanding staff member with more than 30 years of service to MHA Dallas. She was recently recognized as A Beacon of Hope 2017 awardee from the Grant Halliburton Foundation.

Janie Metzinger  Public Policy Director
Janie is responsible for helping the Dallas community advocate for improved policies that aid recovery of anyone affected by mental illness.

Donna Ebow  Executive Administrator
Donna helps every program and staff member bring our mission directly to the Greater Dallas community.

 

Texas Parents as Teachers State Office

Elaine Shiver  State Leader
Elaine has initiated and coordinated the activities in Texas for Parents as Teachers for over 30 years.  As the Texas State Leader, she coordinates the training and support provided to local affiliates in the state that are implementing the Parents as Teachers model.  She has also served as a member of the Parents as Teachers Board of Directors and as a National Trainer for Parents as Teachers.

Mayra Benningfield  Office Manager
Mayra provides program information to current and potential sites and assists them with training registration.  For almost 30 years she has supported all PAT trainings and professional development in the state, working closely with the training team, national staff, and participants.

Claire McEnery  Program Support Manager
Claire’s experience includes teaching and public policy.   She has provided PAT sites in Texas with implementation support for the past four years and has worked closely with state agency staff regarding the benchmarks set by the state as well as PAT model fidelity tools and processes required of local sites.

Mia Talbot  PAT Program Specialist 
Mia has over ten years of experience in education, including serving families as a PAT parent educator in Early Head Start and working with adult education and literacy.   Her current responsibilities include providing implementation support to sites with varied funding streams and settings.

Lauren O’Rourke PAT Program Specialist
Lauren has experience as a teacher and researcher, and she provides implementation support to PAT sites in the state that are receiving HOPES funding for their home visiting services.   She has an understanding of data systems and provides additional training as needed.

Gilbert Chavez  PAT Program Specialist
Gilbert brings a wealth of information and experience to the team, especially in the area of father engagement and working with families facing multiple challenges.  He provides implementation support to the PAT sites in the state that are part of the Texas Home Visiting initiative.

 

Meet our Board!

Officers

Chair Cheryl Rayl
Vice Chair Valencia Hooper
Secretary Jeremy Hardy
Treasurer Syver Norderhaug

Members

Kay Colbert

Nancé Headley

David Henderson, M.D.

as of 1.1.18