MHA Rockland Announces Stephanie Madison as President/CEO


The Mental Health Association of Rockland County (MHA) and Joan Silvestri, Chairwoman of the Board, are pleased to announce that Executive VP Stephanie Madison, LMSW, will be assuming the role of President/CEO as of March 1, 2012.

Ms. Madison, a 14-year veteran of MHA, will be replacing Dr. Karen A. Oates, DSW, who is stepping down from her position after 11 years, to pursue other interests in New York and around the county. Dr. Oates will remain with MHA until the end of April to assist in the transition of leadership

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Dr. Oates for her extraordinary dedication and years of service to MHA. Dr. Oates has had a distinguished career in Mental Health and has been recognized throughout the region and the state as a leader in the field. She has been an invaluable contributor to our organization and will be missed,” said Ms. Silvestri. “We are thrilled that Ms. Madison is assuming the helm, as she has been with the organization more than 14 years and knows it inside and out. She has worked within almost every department, offering her a unique insight. The Board is confident that Ms. Madison will successfully lead the organization at a time when the area of caring for those with mental illness is going through some of the most dramatic changes in the last two decades.”

Dr. Oates, New York State Senate’s “Distinguished Woman of the Year 2005”, accomplished many notable acts in her tenure with MHA, such as improving the productivity, efficiency, and fiscal viability of the not-for-profit organization. Her indelible mark has an ever-lasting showcase with the grand opening of The Senator Thomas P. Morahan Wellness Center, 140 Route 303, Valley Cottage, NY—one that houses their services with easy access to all of the Rockland community by public transportation. An Opening Celebration is planned for Sunday, April 15th, 2012 at 5:30 pm.

With the help of Dr. Oates, in 2010-2011 MHA planned, purchased, renovated, and occupied the new building. MHA services 650-700 individuals per day with multicultural and multilingual capabilities to engage families in a culturally sensitive manner, respecting their client’s varied cultural identities reflecting MHA’s commitment to cultural competency.

Ms. Madison, a dedicated MHA employee since 1998, is “pleased to be assuming leadership of this dynamic organization. I take great pride in the quality and diversity of our services, our commitment to the community, and the dedication of our workforce, who have the privilege of working with our 600+ members on a daily basis.” She notes, “this is certainly an unprecedented time of transformation in the mental health world, affording us both challenges and opportunities. It is with great enthusiasm that we all enter this new chapter in The Mental Health Association’s life.”