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StrideRichard 2019 2 crEric Meyer

Spurwink began in 1960 with one house in Portland serving eight boys whose developmental needs could not be met at home or in public school. Today Spurwink serves over 8,000 people each year through the good work of 1,150 employees throughout Maine. Their mission remains to provide exceptional, evidence–based behavioral health and education services for children, adults, and families so that they can lead healthy, engaged lives in the community. Spurwink recently merged with Community Partners, Inc., a nonprofit provider of services to adults with autism and developmental disabilities, to expand adult services and add valued expertise from 300 new employees. They also recently launched a Behavioral Health Home service, offering a team-based approach to outpatient care.

Eric Meyer has served as President and CEO of Spurwink since 2013. He previously served as the Senior Vice President-Operations of the national Behavioral Health Group at APS Healthcare and was responsible for operations at service centers located in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, California, Georgia and Florida. Eric is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked for many years in the Maine behavioral health provider community in a variety of roles, from therapist to program director. He obtained his MSW from the University of Maine and his MBA from the University of Southern Maine. Eric and his wife tend a small flock of chickens, some alpacas and a couple of horses on their small farm in Whitefield.

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StrideRichard 2019 2 crTim Swinfard

Compass Health Network is a nonprofit health care organization that provides a full continuum of behavioral health services and supports as well as primary and dental health services in 43 counties throughout Missouri. They are a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic and Federally Qualified Health Center with over 2,600 employees serving in excess of 180,000 people every year at their 30 locations.

CEO Tim Swinfard previously served as chief executive officer of the Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers. The Coalition has led efforts in Missouri to integrate primary care with behavioral healthcare and to implement disease management services for those with co-morbid chronic health conditions. Swinfard earned a bachelor of science in psychology from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a master of science in counseling from Missouri State University. He is a licensed professional counselor. He serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Council for Behavioral Health and is a former Chairperson of the Board of the Missouri Foundation for Health.

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PlayerProfHeadshotMaxine Booker

Maxine Booker was recently appointed as the CEO of Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health Services, Inc. (PEMHS), in Pinellas Park Florida. She began her career at PEMHS in 1988 as an Access Center Assessment Specialist and she has served in many capacities during her tenure. She has a Master’s in Psychology from Springfield College and a Bachelor’s from University of South Florida. She is passionate about acute care and stabilization and suicide prevention. In her spare time, she likes to decorate and spend time with her family. She is a mother of three, two sons and a daughter. Her youngest son attends University of Central Florida and was recently featured in a news article for his work on virtual reality software for PTSD and Immersion Therapy.  

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PlayerProfHeadshotLaura Montgomery

Laura Montgomery succeeded Harry Donahue as CEO of Catalyst Life Services. She previously served as Vice President of Human Resources and Housing Services. She holds a BS in Health Services Administration and has been with the organization for more than 13 years.    

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PlayerProfHeadshotMelanie Taylor

Melanie Taylor was appointed as CEO of Burke upon Susan Rushing’s retirement in July. Melanie has 32 years’ experience, most recently serving as deputy CEO. She has a degree in rehabilitation and started out working in direct care. When she became interested in the human relations side of Burke, she went back to school and earned a master’s degree in business. She is currently working on her second master’s degree in public management.    

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