All Kinds of News for August 07, 2019
Embark Behavioral Health is pleased to announce that Mary Jo DeGrandi, M.S. has joined the team as Director of Professional Relations. With over 25 years of experience working with families and struggling adolescents, the past 8 years focused on admissions, outreach and business development roles, Mary Jo comes to Embark following four years as the Director of Outreach and Marketing with PRN for Families. (Mary Jo has held clinical and leadership positions with several well-respected programs in the therapeutic industry.)
While at PRN for Families, Mary Jo focused on creating and strengthening partnerships with referring professionals, programs, families and community resource providers in order to support families in their own homes and communities. Charles Elias, Founder and Executive Director of PRN for Families, expressed his gratitude for Mary Jo’s work with PRN, and support for her professional transition.
Mary Jo brings a strong background in the mental health field to her work with Embark Behavioral Health, with experience working with children and complex family systems in a variety of treatment settings (including residential treatment, therapeutic boarding, outdoor behavioral health, and outpatient programs). "I am thrilled to be reunited with many of my old colleagues at Embark and to continue my work with families in need," she said.
Mary Jo’s responsibilities will include supporting Lake House Academy as their Interim Admissions Director while concurrently broadening collaboration with school systems seeking help with their students. On a personal note, Mary Jo is married with 2 young children, a 16 month old daughter and a 5 year old son, as well as 2 young adult stepsons, ages 21 and 23. Her hobbies include cooking and eating delicious food, hiking the woods of Vermont, traveling and exploring new places, getting her hands dirty in the garden, playing in the ocean, and enjoying time with family.
Mary Jo earned her bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in psychology and English from Fairfield University, and her Master’s degree (M.S.) in Ecopsychology from Antioch New England University.
Embark Behavioral Health is a unique organization comprised of an extraordinary family of programs, all dedicated to reversing the increasing rates of adolescent anxiety, depression and suicide in the country. Embark includes a premier network of clinical and therapeutic programs (residential treatment centers, young adult transition programs, outpatient centers, addiction treatment facilities, wilderness therapy programs, and more) that offer a comprehensive set of services that run the span of acuities, ages and services; all focused on cutting-edge interventions, prevention and education. For more information about Embark, contact Thomas A. Ahern at firstname.lastname@example.org.