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2120 Lincoln Street
Evanston, Illinois
(847) 328-6198

  Who We Are

The Mental Health America North Shore (MHANS) founded in 1965 by Evanston parents and community members concerned with the lack of services for children with serious emotional disturbances, MHANS is affiliated with Mental Health America of Illinois and Mental Health America.

MHANS Mission

To educate our communities about mental health and social-emotional wellness and to advocate for individuals and families affected by mental and emotional disorders.

Our contributors are from all walks of life.
They care about mental health and social-emotional wellness. Everything MHANS does is financed by contributions and grants and powered with volunteer ideas and energy. Anyone concerned with mental health issues is welcome to volunteer.

We are governed by a Volunteer Board of Directors:
We are advised by our Professional Advisory Committee and Business Advisory Committee:

Dr. Kristin Velazquez Kenefick, Psy.D.

Mary Louise Fung

Josefina Alvarez, Ph.D.

Allyson Adams, M.A
Ariel Horvitz
Monique Jimenez, Psy.D.
Trevor Jones, J.D.
Kate Mahoney, L.C.S.W.
Cristina Ramirez, Ed.S., NCSP
Jon Ross, M.A.

MHANS Immediate Past Board Member

Jill Glenn,
Youth Board

Dan Paustian,
MHANS Immediate Past President

Elizabeth Brasher,
Past President

Sue Laue,
Past President

Karen Vroegh,
Past President

Professional Advisory Committee:

Tom Golebiewski
Dennis Grygotis, M.D.
Ann Ohlrogge Johnson, LCPC
Mary Lee Lally, M.A.
Richard Kotz
Jean O’Mahoney, Ph.D
Myrna Orenstein, Ph.D
Renee Summers
Deborah Taber, R.N.

Business Advisory Committee:

John J. Cahill, Sr.
Bruce K. Goodman
Steve Hagerty
Howard I. Kain
Marian Kurz


The Mental Health America North Shore has speakers available on various subjects, including mental health and social-emotional wellness, gang violence, depression, suicide prevention, social-emotional learning (SEL), substance abuse prevention and counseling, teen issues, neurobiological disorders such as schizophrenia, anxiety, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and other disorders, and the stigma often attached to mental health treatment. Other topics include: Abuse, Anxiety/Stress, Body Image, Bullying and Gang Violence, Cutting/Self-Harm, Depression, Grief and Loss, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health Disorders, Secrets, Sexuality, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and other concerns of teens and young adults.