At Mental Health America of Lake County we subscribe to a leadership style that focuses on the needs of our team members, before considering our own. We recognize and respect different perspectives; provide the support needed to meet work and personal goals; involve staff in decisions where appropriate; and concentrate efforts on building a sense of community within the team. We believe this philosophy heightens our ability to serve the best interests of vulnerable individuals and families.
Renae has served as the President and CEO of MHA of Lake County since June 2013. She has more than 15 years of executive level non-profit leadership experience and 10 years of entrepreneurial business experience, including 5 years as an independent consultant to non profit organizations. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Public Relations from Purdue University Calumet and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, as well as received training in the Continuous Quality Improvement better business decision making model. She is active in the Maternal Child Health Network of Lake County, East Chicago Bridges of Care, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Lake County Systems of Care Consortium.
Victor joined MHA of Lake County in November 2015 as the organization’s first Vice President, Strategic Partnerships. His experience includes both nonprofit and corporate management, as well as serving as Past President of the Highland Chamber of Commerce, and being named a Professional to Watch by BusINess Magazine. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Strategic Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Kimberly Smith joined MHALC in 2018 at Vice President, Operations. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Indiana University Northwest and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Purdue University Calumet. She served as Executive Director for Early Learning Partnership of NWI from 2000 until ELP merged with MHALC. She is a National Trainer for Parents as Teachers and an Adjunct Professor for the School of Social Work program at IUN. She has been active on numerous taskforces, committees, and boards including United for Children, and Lake County Prevent Child Abuse. Kim has been named a NWI Women of Merit and a “Leaders as Heroes” award winner.
Debbie serves as the Vice President, Finance and HR Director for MHA of Lake County and contributes to the overall success of the organization by effectively managing all financial and human resource tasks for the organization. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Computer Science and has 15 years of accounting experience, primarily serving the interest of nonprofit organizations. Debbie is a member of the Society of Human Resources national and local chapter.
Wendy serves as the Program Director for MHA of Lake County. She has nearly 15 years of experience in management and program development focused on building strong communities, thriving families, and children who are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Human Services, as well as training in the Continuous Quality Improvement better business decision making model. Wendy serves as the MHA of Lake County representative for Prevent Child Abuse of Lake County, Community Partners/Geminus Corp., and First Steps of Lake County.
Terany is in her 7th year with MHA of Lake County and serves as a Healthy Families Program Manager working primarily from the program’s Hammond’s office. She began her career at MHA of Lake County as a Family Support Specialist, moving up to Supervisor, and in 2014 was promoted to Program Manager. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Purdue University Calumet.
Vickie has 15 years experience supervising Parents as Teachers (PAT) programs in Lake County and currently serves as the PAT and Empowering Teens as Parents Program Coordinator for MHA of Lake County. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a certification in human services from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Mental Health America of Lake County’s “60 Sensational Women” includes former clients working today to empower families throughout Northwest Indiana.