Bonnie Cook, MAS
Bonnie is the Executive Director of Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. Before assuming this role in April 2018, she was the Executive Director of Mental Health America of Kentucky. Bonnie has over 17 years of experience working in the mental health field. Her passion for mental health drives her energy toward fulfilling the organization’s mission to lead the community in improving mental health through advocacy and education. She has an undying devotion to raising awareness and eradicating mental health stigma. Bonnie also serves on the national Board of Directors of Mental Health America, located in Alexandria, Virginia.
Bonnie holds a master’s degree in Non-profit Management from Fairleigh Dickenson University, New Jersey. Upon completing her degree, she moved to Kentucky, where she served as the Executive Director for Mental Health America of Kentucky and the Kentucky Psychiatric Medical Association. Bonnie is pursuing her MBA at Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business, Dallas, Texas.
She is a resident of Dallas and shares their home with her husband and rescue dog, Phoebe. In her free time, Bonnie enjoys quilting and Texas Rangers baseball.
Mothers and Babies Program Coordinator
Holly Brousseau is the Mothers and Babies Coordinator for Mental Health America Greater Dallas. Before joining the team, Holly had a career in corporate sales for the hotel and pharmaceutical industries, spent many years volunteering with various philanthropies, and non-profit organizations. She did all of this while raising two children. Holly is passionate about helping others and serving mothers. She looks forward to assisting new mothers find their strength and confidence through the Mothers and Babies Program.
When not working or volunteering, Holly enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and traveling to watch their son play collegiate baseball.
Mothers and Babies Spanish Facilitator
Marta is our bilingual Spanish-speaking facilitator for the Mothers and Babies support groups. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Marta has extensive experience in developing therapeutic activities for diverse populations and has served as a teacher, therapist, and caretaker for many years. She is also in the process of obtaining her Texas Teacher Certification!
Marta also enjoys art, keeping orchids, and playing with her dog.
Data and Website Coordinator
Avy is a marketing and business intelligence professional for Mental Health America Greater Dallas. She brings her writing, web design, and data analyst skills to MHA. Avy is passionate about developing creative marketing strategies: growth strategy, target audience study, and all things graphic design and social media management!
Outside of work, she enjoys exploring Dallas, Greek dancing, and taking comedy classes.
Marketing and Communications
Marine, a French and English bilingual professional, has 10 years of marketing and communications experience. She loves helping others with her organizational and time management skills, attention to detail, and creativity. Marine brings her social media management and marketing skills to MHA.
Following a successful career with The Staubach Company, a commercial real estate services ﬁrm, Ka Cotter leverages her knowledge and experience to the beneﬁt of high growth companies, small and large businesses, community organizations and individuals. She has a degree in Business Education and post graduate classes in ﬁnance, management, corporate governance, commercial real estate and professional coaching. Her skills include corporate real estate, construction, sales and sales management, growth strategies for service ﬁrms, corporate governance, corporate culture, and professional coaching.
Tracy Curts Chair
Tracy Curts is in his second year as board chair of Mental Health America Greater Dallas. A Dallas native, he retired after 37 years of public administration locally. He worked in several city government departments, managed the Uptown Public Improvement District for eleven years, and spent a year organizing a community health initiative for the Community Council of Greater Dallas. He has previously chaired the board of Junior Players, been on the Executive Committee of Friends of Fair Park and served on public boards and DART task forces.
Jennifer Erasime, MS, LCSW, LSW Co-Chair
Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than ten years of clinical experience in both community and inpatient mental health settings, with a concentration on program development and service expansion. She has worked with interdisciplinary behavioral health teams to cultivate community partnerships and expand access to care in her community. In her supervisory and clinical roles, she has been committed to integrating recovery-oriented and person-centered care, in high acute clinical settings.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Social Work from Saint Louis University. She currently is employed by The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute where she works to create equitable systemic changes so all Texans can obtain effective, efficient behavioral health care when and where they need it.
Jeremy Hardy Secretary
Tanya Browne Treasurer
Tanya Browne brings more than 25 years education experience to her role as Treasurer of the Mental Health America of Greater Dallas Board. In particular, as a public school executive, Ms. Browne led a staff of 400 staff to serve for more than 14,000 students with disabilities across 230 schools while managing the efficient use of a department budget of over $67 million.
Ms. Browne attended the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. In 2017, she was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as a Woman in Business Honoree. When she’s not ramping up a 2nd career in real estate, Ms. Browne can be found singing and gardening.
Steven Dunn Board Member
Steven Dunn became a licensed attorney in 1984 and has appeared as lead counsel in Texas state courts and federal courts in 20 states. In 2009, his daughter Morgan developed severe eating disorders which claimed her life at just 23 years old. She was known for the fight within her and how she inspired others, once saying “I can help everyone else, I just can’t seem to save myself.” Morgan’s fighting spirit was cemented as part of Steven’s heart and soul. He now makes presentations on the subject and combines his legal experience and eating disorder advocacy by pursuing treatment centers and others who fail to provide the necessary medical and mental health standard of care which is needed by so many.
Melanie Grimes Board Member
Melanie E. Grimes has been a mediator in private practice in Dallas for more than 20 years. Her practice focuses primarily on family law, in addition to a variety of civil matters. Melanie is a TMCA Credentialed Distinguished Mediator and has been recognized with the prestigious Susanne C. Adams Award by the Texas Association of Mediators (TAM) and the Louis Weber Award for “Outstanding Volunteer Mediator of the Year.” For seven years, Melanie was a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care and has served past Board of Director roles for a county-funded mediation service, a nonprofit private school, and a rape crisis center.
Sylvia Lopez, Ph. D. Board Member
Dr. Sylvia A. Lopez is the former Director of Counseling Services for the 2nd largest school district in Texas. She spent 41 years of her educational experience as a school counselor and as a principal in an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. She also served as the Director of Counseling Services, she facilitated the implementation of the school counseling program, coordinated district wide initiatives and actively supported and sponsored many of the College and Career Readiness Initiatives. Dr. Lopez was directly responsible for approximately 385 elementary, middle and high school counselors.
In August 2017, Dr. Lopez co-founded the Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA) in 2017 to address the needs of school counselors and provide quality training and information for all school counselors across Texas. She also has a consultant business to help school district leaders understand the importance of a quality school counseling program by providing training and designing systems to benefit the school counselor.
Alex Martin Board Member
Alex has worked for AT&T since 2009, most recently as an Applications developer on the Robotic Process Automation team in Business Solutions - a two-time Bronze Stevie Award-winning team for Information Technology Team of the Year. He develops solutions that help increase efficiencies and drive value to the business. When he’s not doing that, he serves as Vice President for an internal affinity group at AT&T called Ability, in which he advances, advocates, and educates people on persons with disabilities.
Alex has a bachelor’s in business administration and is pursuing his Master’s in Systems Engineering at the University of Texas in El Paso. He also has an Executive Certificate in Non-profit Governance, which lends him expertise in his multiple volunteer roles and capacities, especially as a board director at MHA of Greater Dallas.
Zach Noblitt Board Member
Zach Noblitt is the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Irving. He is passionate about mental health and serves on our fundraising committee. He went to Texas Tech, School of Law where he received his law degree in 2012. In his spare time he enjoys playing corn hole.
Sue Schell, LPC Board Member
Sue joined Children’s Health in 2014 as the Vice President and Clinical Director of Behavioral Health. In this role, she is extending behavioral health services into our community, focusing on early identification of treatment needs and preventive care. She developed and currently oversees our Integrated Behavioral Health Program, including the Behavioral Health Integration and Guidance initiative across the community, our Teen Recovery Program treating youth with both mental health and substance use disorders, the relationships with our behavioral health inpatient facilities who are part of the Children’s Health Care Network, and is currently expanding our services for children with autism.
Before joining Children’s Health, Sue held regional and national leadership positions in two managed care companies and has experience in community mental health and private practice. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Christian Sanford Board Member
Tania Sethi Board Member
As a litigator, Tania Sethi handles a wide range of complex commercial cases, including multi-faceted contract disputes, business disputes, trade secrets violations, technical construction and surety claims, transportation defense claims, and survival and wrongful death claims. Outside of the office, Tania serves as a board member for Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. She also serves as a board member and chief executive officer for The Sigma Sigma Rho Foundation, Inc. for which she spearheaded the corporate base, drafted the bylaws, and secured 501(c)(3) status.