Several new Board Members were appointed to the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County Board of Directors in late 2019. The Board welcomed new members Crystal L. Bryant, Esq., MS, LSW, Megan Van Voorhis and Patricia James-Stewart, M.Ed., LSW.
Crystal L. Bryant, Esq., MS, LSW is Director of the Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry, an organization whose primary role is funding comprehensive services for the formerly incarcerated population. Ms. Bryant has licenses in law and social work and previously held a position as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the City of Cleveland. She serves on several other boards in the community.
Megan Van Voorhis is the President and CEO of Arts Cleveland, a nonprofit arts and culture service organization dedicated to advancing arts and culture in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Ms. Van Voorhis is a mission-driven arts leader with nearly two decades of experience. She volunteers as a Trustee and Chair of the Northeast Hub Steering Committee of the Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition (MHAC).
Patricia James-Stewart, M.Ed., LSW is a Licensed Social Worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Throughout her tenure with the VA, she has collaboratively worked to end homelessness issues associated with mental health and addiction; and currently, to address one of the VA’s primary priorities; concentrating on the devastation of the opiate epidemic in Ohio as well as suicide prevention. Ms. James-Stewart is also involved with several other organizations in the community.
Two Board Members were also reappointed, Max M. Rodas, MA and Erskine Cade, MBA.
J. Robert Fowler, Ph.D. became Vice Chair and Katie Kern-Pilch, MA, ATR-BC, LPC-S, HLM (BATA) was elected Second Vice Chair to take the place of long-time Board Member, Eugenia Kirkland, who resigned from the Board of Directors.
Ms. Kirkland served the Board for 17 years, including her time with the Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board before its consolidation with the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board in 2009. Ms. Kirkland most recently served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and had previously served as the Chair for many years.
Mary Step, Ph.D. also resigned from the Board of Directors. Ms. Step served the ADAMHS Board in various positions from 2010-2019.
The volunteer Board of Directors has the legal responsibility and authority for the planning, funding and monitoring of community mental health and alcohol and other addiction treatment services in Cuyahoga County delivered through its network of provider agencies. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating the public behavioral health system in Ohio.