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National Staff Bios

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Sarika Gundu
Sarika is the National Director, Workplace Mental Health Program at CMHA National. She has a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration. Sarika is currently a member of the steering committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada Case Study Research Project and a member of the technical committee for the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety.

Sarika comes to CMHA National from Morneau Shepell, an employee assistance, health, benefits, and retirement needs company, where she focused on providing clients with supportive health benefits.

While at CMHA National, Sarika pioneered the development and currently leads the management and evaluation of an integrated nationwide workplace mental health program at CMHA, called the Workforce Mental Health Collaborative (the Collaborative). This year the Collaborative was voted one of the top four Mental Health Service Providers in the first annual 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Mark Henick

Mark is the National Director of Strategic Initiatives at CMHA National. He has a Bachelor of Arts with interdisciplinary honours in Psychology and Philosophy from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and a Master of Science in Child Development from the Erikson Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Mark has previously served as the youngest president in history of a provincial CMHA division (PEI) and is the longest-serving member currently on the board of directors for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He was also a national spokesperson for the Canada-wide Faces of Mental Illness campaign.

Mark comes to CMHA National from Mental Health Works – a national workplace social enterprise of CMHA with its head office at CMHA Ontario Division – where he acted as Program Manager.

He is a frequent media commentator on mental health issues and regularly speaks publicly about mental health, mental illness, suicide, advocacy, recovery, and hope. Mark’s TEDx talk on suicide is among the top 50 most watched in the world, having been viewed over 2.5 million times.

Informed by his direct experience with stigma and the mental health care system, Mark dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change.

Fardous Hosseiny
Fardous is the National Manager, Policy, at CMHA National. Fardous has a Master of Science with an emphasis on the neuroscience of addiction and a B. Sc. (double majoring in neuroscience and health studies) at the University of Toronto.

He comes to CMHA from Renascent, a Toronto addictions treatment organization, where he focused primarily on data quality and performance improvement as well as managing three of their major events – Scotiabank Marathon, Children’s Art Auction and the Benefit Concert.

As a strong advocate for mental health and recovery, Fardous hopes that the stigma, prejudice and discrimination that is often associated with mental illness is eliminated in our time.

Greg Kyllo
Greg is the National Director of Program Innovation at CMHA National. Greg has a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree and over a decade’s experience training health care professionals.

He comes to CMHA from Renascent, a Toronto addictions treatment organization, where he was an addiction counsellor before becoming Clinical Manager of Client Care.

As a strong advocate for mental health and patient-centred supports, Greg has been a longtime volunteer in grassroots community based programs.

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Harrison Curtis
Harrison is the National Manager, Marketing and Social Media at CMHA National. He studied film production at the Toronto Media and Film College. He worked for a number of years producing TV commercials and online marketing campaigns for WestJet, Kraft Foods Canada, and Under Armour.

Harrison comes to CMHA National from Renascent, a local Toronto addictions treatment organization, where he led their online marketing, program promotion, event and fundraising promotion.

Harrison is now harnessing his expertise in digital and online marketing to extend awareness and promotion of mental health issues to the Canadian and international community.

Julie Flatt
Julie is the National Committee Coordinator at CMHA National. She is currently the coordinator for CMHA National’s consumers/persons with lived experience advisory body – the National Council of Persons with Lived Experience (NCPLE). She also oversees the national awards program.

She has worked and volunteered at CMHA National for over 27 years. She is a person with lived experience and was hired in 1989 through the Framework for Support project to coordinate the development of a national consumer-owned and operated organization.

Julie has worked in various mental health positions over the years, and has spoken locally, nationally and internationally on the importance of strengthening the voice and involvement of consumers/persons with lived experience within mental health organizations and the broader mental health sector.

Teresa Gerner
Teresa is the National Coordinator, Administration and Government Relations at CMHA National. Teresa has a degree in International Development from McGill University. She has been actively engaged in various non-profit organizations locally and globally working in administration, event coordination and outreach.

She comes to CMHA National from the United Nations Information Service in Vienna, Austria.

Teresa strongly believes in CMHA’s vision and recognizes the importance of working with the federal government to improve mental health services and reduce stigma.

Deb Wise Harris
Deb Wise Harris is the Communications and Development Officer at CMHA National. Deb completed a Master of Education with a focus on mental health and a BA Honours in English and French, both at the University of Toronto.

Before coming to the CMHA, Deb worked in mental health research, both as an associate for David Reville & Associates, and as a senior research coordinator at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH) at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Her roots are in the not-for-profit sector, where she spent more than a decade as a writer and editor.

A strong advocate for mental health consumers, she has been a volunteer in the mental health unit at the University Health Network and with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She also writes creatively, and has published a book of poetry.