What We Do
MHA (Mental Health Association) helps people live their best life. We provide access to therapies for emotional health and wellness; services for substance use recovery, developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury; services for housing and residential programming, and more. With respect, integrity and compassion, MHA provides each individual served through person-driven programming to foster independence, community engagement, wellness and recovery.
Why It Matters
The youth, adults, seniors and families we serve want the same things in life as anyone: to have friends, work, go to school, have meaningful relationships, express themselves (and be heard), and be accepted in their community for who they are. With our help and resources from a caring community, people can live their potential, in their community, every day.
How We Think
Starting in the 1960s, MHA’s groundbreaking efforts and advocacy helped to transition people away from institutional living to a life in our community. This became a model for the deinstitutionalization movement. Today, our leadership continues to advance awareness of mental health conditions and needs at local, regional and national levels. We drive compassionate care for those challenged by mental health, developmental disabilities, substance use, homelessness, acquired brain injury and more.
Respect, Integrity and Compassion.
WHAT WE DO
Cheryl Fasano – President & CEO
Cheryl Fasano joined MHA in 2013. Cheryl has held the position of CEO/President and Chief Financial & Operating Officer at New Hope in CT and the positions of Executive Director and Finance Director at Womanshelter/Companeras in MA. Cheryl has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and an MBA from Western New England University.
Cheryl Cormier – Vice President of Human Resources
Cheryl A. Cormier comes to MHA with 15 years of Human Resource experience, 10 years of that experience serving the non-profit sector. Her last positions were Human Resource Manager for Journey Found Inc. and Human Resource Director for New Hope Manor, both located in CT. Cheryl obtained her degree from Briarwood College. Cheryl lives in Connecticut with her husband and two sons. She enjoys singing and is an active member of the South Windsor Community Chorus. Cheryl also has a passion for genealogy research.
Sarah Smith – Vice President of Finance
Sarah Smith joined MHA in 2013. Sarah is a certified public accountant and spent nine years auditing various non-profit and real estate entities in the greater Springfield area. Sarah decided to change careers and move into private accounting, which lead her to MHA. Sarah began her MHA career as the Director of Finance and was promoted to the Vice President of Finance. Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Western New England University.
Linda Kloss – Vice President Department of Developmental Services
Linda Kloss joined MHA in 1992 and became the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Division (now Residential and Support Services) in 2003. Linda started at MHA as a support worker and served as a supervisor and a program director. Earlier in her career she participated in the opening of the first group homes in Springfield and Westfield for people leaving Northampton State Hospital. Linda holds a BS in Social Work from Elms College.
Christine Palmieri, LRC – Vice President of Recovery and Housing
Christine joined MHA in October of 2014. She has over 15 years of experience in providing community-based rehabilitative services to adults and adolescents with disabilities. Christine has worked in residential, vocational, educational, and outreach settings with a focus on teaching skills to foster independence. Christine has extensive leadership experience, training and supporting staff to empower people with psychiatric challenges to recover and thrive. Christine has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College. She is also a Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor.
Sara Kyser – Vice President of Acquired Brain Injury Programs
Sara Kyser joined the MHA team in 2016 as the Director of Learning & Development before transitioning into her current role. Sara has worked in human services for the last 15 years, most of that time in varying degrees of management. Sara’s experience includes working with people living with developmental & intellectual disabilities, mental illness and acquired brain injuries across residential, outreach, day support, and case management services. Specialty populations include survivors of domestic violence, youth, and people living with autism. With a passion for teaching and vocational exploration, Sara has supported hundreds of people in their most vulnerable times.
Sara Kendall – Vice President of Clinical Operations
Sara Kendall joined MHA in November 2018. She has practiced in the fields of mental health and substance use disorders over the course of two decades, with a focus on youth and families, individuals experiencing serious and persistent mental illness and those experiencing co-occurring diagnoses, as well as responding to individual, programmatic and community trauma. Sara brings substantial leadership, quality, compliance, licensing and accreditation experience. She has an expansive background in teaching, training, supervising and providing consultation to professionals and programs in the behavioral health realm. Sara has a MSW in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University and is a Licensed Clinical Independent Social Worker.
Kimberley Lee – Vice President of Resource Development & Branding
Kim Lee is an experienced builder of collaborative relationships that support strong, inclusive and productive communities. As a leader in several nonprofit organizations, Kim has advocated for the populations served through constant policy influence at the local, community and state level, leading to effective government/non-profit relationships and satisfied customers. During a career spanning three decades, Kim has demonstrated consistent achievement in managing resources, building strategic corporate, state and nonprofit alliances, identifying and tapping new revenue sources, and working to implement innovative solutions delivered through non-profit businesses. Along the way she has built extensive relationships with her peers in non-profit and for-profit organizations, with municipal and state government officials, and with local and regional media. Kim began her career as a communication specialist and found her niche in the non-profit sector, where she has held a variety of senior and executive positions in Marketing, Advancement and Development. She is currently Vice President of Development for MHA, Inc. (Mental Health Association) providing a broad range of high quality, community-oriented human services to 400 adolescents, adults, and their families each year. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Westfield State College. Kim is married to Kevin Lee and they have two teenage daughters.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Robin Olejarz, Chair
- Kathy Reid, Vice Chair
- Denise Cogman, Treasurer
- Jacqueline Johnson, Clerk
- Charlene Mazer, Director
- Michael Brassard, Director
- John Odierna, J.D., Director
- Donna-Rae Kenneally, Director
- Laura Fenn, Director
- Joseph Lepper, Director
995 Worthington Street
Springfield, MA 01109
Phone: (413) 734-5376
TTY: (413) 785-5288
Fax: (413) 737-7949
CORPORATE OFFICE HOURS: M-F 9-5