People on the move: September 16

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Governor Bethany declared Governor of Hull Long Alexia WolfMPH, will be the lead coordinator for the Behavioral Health Consortium (BHC).

Wolf has over 20 years of experience in community behavioral health including her most recent role as Chief of Social Determinants and Social Support for the Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) in Delaware. In this role, Wolf led efforts related to homeless education, recovery services, and improving health outcomes in vulnerable communities. Wolf previously worked in various academic, nonprofit, and government capacities aimed at improving behavioral health resources for those in need.

As the principal coordinator of the Behavioral Health Consortium, Wolf will help guide the BHC’s multi-year strategy on prevention, treatment, access, and stigma for Delaware residents with addiction and mental illness. The BHC is an advisory body of community advocates, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and state leaders working to address issues related to the prevention, treatment, and recovery of mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders.

Nemours Baby Health Label Megan Walls, PsyD, Director of Foreign Affairs, Delaware Valley. Dr. Walls will work to build awareness of Nemours’ children’s health mission and garner support for its strategic goals with elected officials and community leaders. Dr. Walls will make recommendations on matters of public policy involving state and local governments, and lead and direct legislative and regulatory matters with key external stakeholders.

Dr.. Megan Walls | Image courtesy of NEMOURS Children’s Health

In 2022, Dr. Walls began working as a legislative and policy advisor in the Nemours, Delaware Valley Department of Foreign Affairs. As a legislative and policy advisor, she has focused on advocating and lobbying for policy that benefits the health of children and their families. It has been integral to the successful passage of policy innovations related to behavioral health, telehealth, paid family leave, and access to healthcare. As a New Castle County resident practicing psychology on Nemours Children’s Health Jessup Street, Dr. Walls is deeply embedded in the community and invests in advocacy for children in Delaware and beyond.

“After working with Nemours Children’s in a clinical capacity for 11 years, I am eager to expand my role and continue to partner with policymakers in our state,” Megan Walls said in a statement. “I look forward to supporting Nemours with a shared goal of changing children’s health forever.”

As a Nationally Recognized Innovator, Delaware Governor-appointed Member of Early Childhood, as well as the Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Board. She is also the co-chair of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Federation Data and Policy Committee, and has been appointed by the Delaware Secretary of Education to serve on the Pathways Middle School Steering Committee. Dr. Walls served as Chair of Electronic Communications for the Board of Directors of the Child Psychology Association.

Dr. Walls has been honored with numerous awards including the 2020 DBT40 (Delaware Business Times 40Under40), the 2020 Delaware New Journal’s Most Influential Delawareans in Politics, the 2019 Nemours Award for Outstanding Doctor of Community Service and the 2019 National Alliance on Mental Health and Delaware Healthcare. general provider.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Award James EllisonMD, MPHExemplary Psychiatrist Award 2022 for his exceptional contributions to improving the lives of people with mental health conditions.

Dr.. James Ellison | Image courtesy of Nami

A specialist in geriatric psychiatry, Dr. Ellison was assigned to Delaware in 2015 to assist ChristianaCare’s Swank Center for Memory Care and Aging Counseling Improving care for the elderly whose lives are affected by mental and neurological diseases. With the help of colleagues, Ellison has expanded Swank Center services to include general geriatric health care counseling, and fall prevention assessments through Safe Steps Programand educate the community about healthy cognitive aging through Memory Ambassadors Program. The center now serves Delawareans from three locations and expects to add more.

“Elison is a true gift to the State of Delaware,” said Dr. Joshua Thomas, CEO of NAMI Delaware. “I have personally witnessed the respectful and gracious way in which he provides information, provides reassurance, provides hope and works to surround individuals and families with needed care and support.”

Advances have been made in understanding late-life depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and neurocognitive disorders. However, research is still needed on how to prevent, identify and treat dementia, especially in its early stages. Dr. Ellison sees good reasons for hope.

Working with Dr. Ellison, NAMI Delaware added a special session to train them for law enforcement officials on how to help seniors experiencing confusion, agitation, psychosis, and depression.

Announced WDEL-AM/FM and Mark Fuser And the Rachel Suga Join the WDEL News Team.

Fowser is a former news director for WXDE/Delaware 105.9 at Lewes and WILM in Wilmington. The Claymont native is also the past president of the Delaware Press Association and the Chesapeake AP Broadcasters Association.

Suga is a recent journalism graduate from the Bellisario College of Communication in Pennsylvania, where she worked as a reporter. The Daily Collegian and PSN TV, including international reporting from Pennsylvania in Scotland and hosting coverage of THON’s fundraising event at PSU.

“Our commitment to our listeners and Delaware news has never wavered,” said Chris Carle, director of news and programming at WDEL. “Mark and Rachel’s staff will only enhance our efforts to cover news and issues affecting the state of Delaware.”

Congratulations to Shore United Bank Leslie Mathias Over 20 years of service. Mathias began her career with the bank in September 2002 at the Glen Burnie, Maryland branch as an “occasional banker”. Before starting her banking career, she enrolled in the EMT program at Anne Arundel Community College.

Leslie Mathias | Photo courtesy of Sure United Bank

Mathias’ first position at the bank was on the teller line, and later as a customer service representative, followed by that of assistant branch manager.

For the past 11 years, she has held the position of Branch Manager at Glen Burnie, supporting her valued team and showing up every day, ready to work alongside her team to do their best to help their clients.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without my team! We’ve been together for a long time, helping each other with tasks that need to be completed,” explains Leslie regarding the value in her work. “I just hope my team knows how much you value me,” she adds.

“Leslie’s commitment has been remarkable. For the past 20 years, she has been serving the northern Anne Arundel County community by volunteering her time for numerous organizations and providing banking solutions to a wide range of individuals and businesses,” says Jim Henstrand, regional retail manager.

In addition to her branch responsibilities, Leslie loves to go out into her community and help those in need. “I enjoy helping people. Every day, I help someone with a problem, solve a problem, and relieve some of their stress,” Matthias said.

Mike Smith He moved his business development company, MSBD, Inc. , from Northern Virginia to Ocean View, Delaware. It works with environmental and technology companies to secure visibility and funding. Mike is also a staff reporter for Coastal Point in Ocean View covering environment and education. He is on the boards of the National Press Club, Interfaith Partners of Chesapeake Bay and the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation. MSBD was established in 2000 as a business strategy firm. Clients include the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences, the American Watershed Initiative, and Watershed Results.

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