Our Board of Directors

The preservation of the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles is vital to safeguarding public trust.

Our volunteer Board of Directors stands firm in their commitment to ensuring the vitality and viability of the organization through strong governance and stewardship.

Board of Directors - Officers


  • Lauren P. Trumbo, Board Chair
    Director of Finance, St. Catherine Hospital

    Lauren Trumbo's spirit of care is evident in both her personal and professional life. Driven by her passion to build a better future for Northwest Indiana, Lauren joined the board of Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (MHANWI) to build a stronger continuum of care for families and to serve as a true voice for children who don't otherwise have a say in their home lives, their care, and their ultimate success in life. Lauren's professional life equally supports some of our most vulnerable communities, where the work she does helps provide critical care and service to others and makes a distinct impact on the quality of life for all.

  • Gina Altieri, Board Secretary
    Owner/President, Phenix7 Mktg. Inc.

    Gina Altieri is a driver of positive change for her company and for Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (MHANWI). She attributes her parents with instilling in her a commitment to improving lives through volunteerism and has served on numerous nonprofit boards and committees throughout her career, including her work as a board member and volunteer for the Lake Area United Way.



  • Jeff Carroll, Board Vice Chair
    Attorney, Koransky, Bouwer & Poracky, P.C.

    In addition to Jeff Carroll’s legal acumen, he is an award-winning journalist, as well as an author. His volunteer experience includes devoting time to organizations that serve and enhance the well-being of children. His interest in mental health advocacy stems from his work at a mental health legal clinic while attending law school.

  • Joe Starkey, Board Treasurer
    Investment Advisor & Partner, Oak Partners, Inc.

    Joe Starkey joined the board in 2016, excited to devote his energy, time, and talents to advancing the mission of Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (MHANWI) and working as part of the team to help the social service ogranization reach its goals. Joe's volunteer experience includes serving as a board member for the March of Dimes, participation in several regional chambers of commerce, and serving as past president of the Griffith Chamber of Commerce.

  • Board Members


  • Christian Bartholomew
    Attorney
    Burke Costanza & Carberry

    Christian believes in contributing his time and talents to meaningful volunteer opportunities. His volunteer experience includes arts organizations as well as volunteering time in projects and fundraising that benefit community. He is eager to share his legal expertise and technical acumen to contribute to the viability and vitality of MHALC.


  • Jennifer Connelly
    CEO
    Triple W Forum LLC

    Jennifer is passionate about the role that parents play in creating the most nurturing environment for children to grow and thrive. Similarly to her own professional role, Jennifer admires the work of Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (MHANWI) in treating the whole person and is excited to share her talents in the continued success of the organization.

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    James Donovan
    Vice President
    Tri-Electronics, Inc.

    With extensive experience in both business and board service, Jim Donovan brings a wealth of knowledge and a true heart of service to Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (MHANWI). Active in volunteer leadership throughout his career, Jim has held executive board positions for many prominent Lake County, IN, nonprofit organizations. He is passionate about sharing knowledge gained from these experiences with the board and management team at MHANWI, and he is dedicated to applying his skills and talents to organizations and initiatives that lead to positive life outcomes for all children.


  • Will Glaros
    Managing Partner
    Meyers Glaros Group

    Will Glaros is a lifelong resident and business owner in Northwest Indiana, serving companies with high quality benefit services throughout the region. As a registered health underwriter for more than 30 years, Will has been very active in the healthcare industry. He has led the Northwest Indiana Wellness Council, served as past president of the Northwest Indiana NAHU chapter, sits on an advisory board for the Indiana Department of Insurance, and is a member of the Leading Producers Roundtable and Anthem Broker Advisory. Will has been interviewed by numerous news outlets for his wealth of knowledge about healthcare reform and speaks to organizations about trends in healthcare. He is recognized throughout the state of Indiana as being one of the industry’s most dynamic businessmen. Throughout his life, Will has also been involved with many community and civic organizations including serving as past president of Habitat for Humanity and current board member for Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (MHANWI).

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    Noah Hirsch
    Assistant General Manager
    Horseshoe Casino

    Inspired by his role as a father and dedicated to leveraging his professional strengths to build and sustain a better future for Northwest Indiana families, Noah Hirsch is a dedicated member of the Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (MHANWI) Board of Directors. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards and tailors that experience to MHANWI's mission to transform our community through proven programs that educate, empower, and change the ways families function for life.

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    Jill A. Miller, PsyD., HSPP
    Northwest Psychological Services, P.C.

    Dr. Miller has extensive experience working with parents to ensure the well-being of families. As a private practitioner, as well as working with family courts, she provides individual and family counseling, psychological evaluation, and substance abuse assessment, in addition to therapeutic parenting time and reunification. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (MHANWI), she devotes time to improving overall mental wellness through her involvement with the Northwest Indiana Suicide Prevention Council and by providing free counseling to Veterans.

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    Ronald L. Millies, Sr.. P.E.
    Millies Engineering Group

    Ron Millies, an accomplished business professional with 60 years of experience, continues to fulfill his personal commitment to the betterment of families and children as a board member for Mental Heath America of Northwest Indiana (MHANWI) and a volunteer for St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Munster Rotary Club. Ron was a founding member of Early Learning Partnership (now joined with MHANWI) and continues to serve as a passionate and dedicated board member in the organization's mission to change the ways families function for life. Ron began his professional career in 1958, founding the current day Millies Engineering Group (now run by his son R. Lee Millies, Jr., P.E., LEED AP) in 1975.

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    Phil Taillon
    Chief of Staff
    City of Hammond

    Phil Taillon currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the City of Hammond and is a dedicated member of the Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (MHANWI) board. Phil's focus on building strong families comes with a genuine interest in building a better tomorrow for not only the City he serves, but also for Northwest Indiana as a whole. He is proud to share his time and eager to make key connections for the organization as it seeks to reduce adverse childhood experiences and advance the organization's mission to educate, empower, and change the ways families function for life.

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    Rebecca Tilton
    Community Health Improvement Coordinator
    Franciscan Health

    Rebecca has a strong desire and passion for engaging and implementing programs that improve maternal and child health. In 2017, this former AmeriCorps volunteer partnered with Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (MHANWI) to enhance outreach to vulnerable women and worked in collaboration to create special events to benefit families.


  • Janice Zunich, M.D.
    Indiana University School of Medicine - Northwest
    MHANWI Director Emeritus

    Dr. Janice Zunich, a board certified medical geneticist, is the organization’s longest serving board member, devoting more than 25 years to the organization and applying her expertise in pediatrics and genetics to support Mental Health America of Northwest Indiana (MHANWI) programs that empower family well-being. Her dedication to wellness can be found in the clinical services she provides, as well as the many nonprofit organizations she has committed to in her career. She currently serves as the medical member of the Lake County Child Protection Team and Child Fatality Review Committee and now serves as Director Emeritus for MHANWI.

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