Gary joined MMHPI as Director of Community Engagement. A major focus of his work includes engaging communities around Texas on projects and programs that are greatly needed in their areas and bringing new business opportunities to MMHPI. With a statewide scope of work, Gary will identify opportunities for MMHPI with community center CEO’s, The Texas Council of Community Centers, and health care providers.
Gary has more than thirty five years’ experience in the mental health field. Beginning in direct care, he has held an array of positions such as director of special programs at Rusk State Hospital; mental health director at a mental health authority; deputy executive director of a community mental health/developmental disability center; and, for the last 12 years, he was the executive director of East Texas Behavioral Healthcare Network (ETBHN), where he expanded its membership to eleven community centers covering over seventy counties in Texas, with services that stretch to over two hundred counties in total. Gary has an undergraduate degree in social work from Southern University in New Orleans and a Master of Social Work from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Since beginning work at MMHPI, Gary has worked on multiple projects on both the adult and children’s teams, such as the Lubbock Community Assessment, Texoma Community Assessment, The Depelchin Project (Harris County Foster System), and the Trauma Informed San Antonio project. Outside of assessments, Gary has led multiple organizations and groups of organizations in strategic planning and fostered cooperation across multi-organization consortiums and committees. In addition, Gary has worked to ensure community engagement by making multiple visits to Local Mental Health Authorities, Non-Profit Organizations, Health and Human Services, and Department of State Health Services.