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January 12, 2009
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Institute for Disaster Mental Health selects advisory board chair

Susan Rounds, the new chair of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health’s advisory board, has more than 20 years of experience working with the American Red Cross.

Susan Rounds, the new chair of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health’s advisory board, has more than 20 years of experience working with the American Red Cross.

Susan Rounds of the American Red Cross has been appointed chair of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health’s (IDMH) advisory board. Rounds, a resident of Olivebridge, is the chapter planning and support manager for the Metro New York and Northeastern New York regions of the American Red Cross. She joined the advisory board in 2007.

The advisory board is a group of experienced and committed professionals and community leaders active in fields directly related to the work of the institute. The board assists in identifying community and professional needs for disaster mental health training; identifying funding sources; and disseminating the work of the institute to the public.

The board members are Gerald Benjamin, director of the SUNY New Paltz Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) and associate vice president of regional engagement; James Halpern, SUNY New Paltz psychology professor and director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health; Gweneth Lloyd, director of the college’s Psychological Counseling Center; Douglas Maynard, chair of the SUNY New Paltz Psychology Department; Jacki Brownstein, executive director of Mental Health America of Dutchess County; Charlene Mayville, deputy director of the New York State Office of Mental Health – Hudson River Office; Kevin Mulrooney, sergeant with the New York City Police Department – Counterterrorism Department; Debra Rauch, community business member; Art Synder, director of Emergency Communication and Emergency Management; Mary Tramontin, clinical psychologist – American Red Cross/Greater New York Chapter; and Eleanor Troy, public health preparedness coordinator.

For more information about the Institute for Disaster Mental Health, visit www.newpaltz.edu/idmh.

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