Board Members 2018-2019
President – Michelle Bostian, Head of Counseling, Greensboro Day School
Chair, Executive Committee
“I am proud to partner with Mental Health Greensboro because their mission and work resonates with my core beliefs. I believe in people’s capacity for growth and change, and I believe emotional health challenges are no different than other medical diagnosis. When we treat them with such equality, we make headway in healing.”
Michelle M. Bostian is a licensed clinical social worker and head counselor at Greensboro Day School. Michelle’s mission is to guide others to discover success. Her career has included advocacy, counseling, leadership development, program development, speaking and crisis management. She is married to the love of her life and has three amazing teenagers and one very tenacious dog.
Past President – Scott Grubbs, Director of Business Development, Hendrix Business Systems
“I lost a close friend to suicide. It is a pain which to this day, I’m unable to explain. Over time, I have made it a personal goal to spread the word regarding the resources available to help cope with this disease and also help destroy the stigma of mental illness.”
Scott Grubbs was appointed to the MHG Board of Directors in February 2013 and just completed his 3rd term as Board President. Scott also works with many special needs education schools and organizations here in the Triad. In the summer you will find Scott in the pool at Hamilton Lakes and in the fall, in his seats at Kenan Stadium watching the Tar Heels play. Scott and his wife Lynn have sons Jacob, Adam and Daniel.
Vice President – Tom McKenna, Business Development Professional
Chair, Development Committee
“As with too many, family tragedy led me to an intense orientation to mental health issues in our community and society. After seeing the very effective and live saving work that MHG was doing with the proceeds of an annual event we had started in 2015, joining the MHG team through board membership was a logical progression – very fortunate to be a part….”
Tom was raised in Yonkers, NY, and graduated from the University of Maryland (BS in marketing). He enjoyed a three-decade career in textiles, highlighted by expatriate assignments in Europe and Asia, the role of president at Cone Mills, and consulting roles with companies in Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, and China. Tom and Dianne enjoyed raising three children in Greensboro since 1997. In addition to mental health, Tom advocates other aspect of wellness, focusing on exercise, nutrition, and alternative medicine.
Treasurer – Hugh Murtagh, retired
Chair, Finance Committee
“MHG helped me restore my life. When I had the opportunity to help MHG, via the Board, utilizing my Accounting and Finance skills, it was very important to me to do so.”
Hugh is a retired accountant, with extensive non-profit accounting and tax experience, and has taught college-level courses in accounting, tax, finance, economics and management.
Secretary – Ashley Harris, 5th Grade English Teacher & Learning Resource Specialist, Greensboro Day School
“I am passionate about mental health and equipping people with the tools needed to become their best selves. I was drawn to MHG due to their commitment to quality programming aimed at promoting mental health and recovery services through dynamic educational and peer support services.”
Ashley is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro (BA, Psychology and BA, Sociology) and NC A&T University (Post Baccalaureate in Education). As a result of her extensive training in research-based behavior management strategies, development of social skills in youth and young adults, and proven track record in the classroom, she has facilitated numerous professional development workshops through NCDPI, GCS, and local collegiate partnerships. Ashley has a deep passion for teaching, counseling, and encouraging others. Ashley recently celebrated her 24th anniversary with Brian and delights in raising their three daughters together.
Carol Davis, Registered Nurse, retired
Chair, Program Committee
“I joined the MHG Board because I have seen over the years how caring and supportive this organization is to recovering people and their loved ones. MHG offers education, leadership, prevention, direct services, and peer support to advance mental health in the community.”
Carol graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Nursing. She worked as a board certified psychiatric nurse at Cone Behavioral Health for many years. She has served on the UNC School of Nursing Board of Directors and on the Great 100 Nurses Alumni Association Board of Directors. She enjoys volunteering in the community, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
I joined the Board in an effort to better understand mental health and substance abuse and to discover how I might be of greater service.
David was born in Charlotte and has lived in Greensboro since 1994. He studied Political Science at Furman University and served as a Deputy Legislative Intern in the Texas House of Representatives as well as Director of Elections for Kids Voting – Guilford County. Currently his passion for theatre affords him the chance to work in scenic, lighting and sound design for Greensboro Day School and with the Carolina Theatre of Greensboro.
Nicole Villano, General Manager, Deep Roots Market Cooperative
“I joined MHG’s Board because my ultimate goal is to inspire people to live healthy happy lives, love each other unconditionally and to take care of the earth.”
Nicole is a graduate of Appalachian State University. She is a lifelong student of Anthropology and Geology. She has a diverse career path that includes Mental Health, Archaeology, Videography, Cosmetology, Restaurant Ownership, Teaching Refugees and Health Food Chef and Kitchen and Store Management. Nicole has one teenaged son with whom she has adventured through the public, private and home education systems, the wilds of the US and Canada and the navigation of ridding their lives of toxicity. Her favorite ways to spend her very rare free time include travelling, gardening, making jewelry, hiking, biking and canoeing.
Rebecca P. Buchanan, Human Resources Director, Youth Focus
Chair, Governance Committee
“Having worked in the mental health arena for about 19 years, I saw the need for serving citizens of our community in a different capacity. Working on the MHAG Board of Directors gave me the perfect opportunity to advance the mental wellness of others at the local level.”
Becky Buchanan is the Human Resources Director at Youth Focus. She is very knowledgeable about all aspects of human resources. She is a graduate of High Point University and a long time Greensboro resident.
Rick Schneider, Consultant
“I joined the Board in response to seeing how mental health issues have effected friends and family and how MHG addresses the needs of individuals, families and the community in coping with today’s stresses.“
Rick was born in NYC, has lived in Greensboro since 1989, and is a graduate of Montclair State University (BS) and NYU Stern School of Business (MBA). He was a textile executive at Burlington / ITG for 25 years, and is currently an independent Consultant in Textiles, Sales and International Business. He has been a member of the UNCG CARS (Apparel/Retail) Advisory Board for 25 years. Rick is happily married to Debbie with three adult children and three grandchildren.
Teresa Bonnstetter, Commercial Property Manager, Koury Corporation
“I joined the MHG Board because I wanted to be part of an organization that advocates, educates and empowers those facing the challenges of mental illness. The programs and services provided are invaluable to our community and to anyone that has been affected by mental illness. I am honored to be a part of MHG.”
Teresa was born in NC, but has also lived in Virginia and Germany. She returned to NC in 1972 and is a graduate of Guilford College (BS). Teresa has been in real estate for 23 years and is currently the Commercial Property Manager for Koury Corporation. Teresa lives with her partner of 18 years and their son.