Marylou has dedicated her professional life to honoring lived experience and creating conditions for community. After a decade of working in the field of human services early in her career, she assumed a role as Regional Planner for Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and then as Assistant Commissioner for Mental Health Services. Recently retired, Marylou served the last 38 years as the Executive Director of Western Mass Training Consortium (www.wmtcinfo.org). In the 1980s she led the Consortium in the creation of community service supports as people transitioned from institutions to community living. Over the last two decades, Marylou has been proud of the organization’s peer driven work, including supporting the Western Mass Recover Learning Community’s work of bringing the Hearing Voices Network to the region as well as supporting the first ever peer led Alternatives to Suicide Groups. She also supported Western Mass Recovery Learning Community to start the first ever peer led respite in Massachusetts.
Marylou joined the Windhorse Board of Directors in 2016 and brings a unique perspective as a parent of someone supported through Windhorse. Her son found refuge at Windhorse during a particularly turbulent time of his life and Marylou has remained connected to the community ever since, specifically by participating in a family support group facilitated by a senior clinician and peer support specialist.
“I found that connection profoundly supportive in my own struggles to help my sons and my appreciation for it continues. I am so happy to be able to serve on the Windhorse board and to give back in this way for the invaluable support offered to me and my family for over a decade.”
Marylou lives in Amherst MA with her two sons, Dan and Matt along with their dog Simba.