Meet Our Executive Director

Benjamin Waxman

Benjamin Waxman has worked in the field of communications and community development for not-for-profit organizations for more than two decades. He has worked primarily in the health and mental health sectors and provides marketing and fundraising consulting to healthcare and hospital systems as well as mental health advocacy, research and direct care organizations.

His experience spans health- and mental health-related projects supporting national policy development and advocacy, raising public awareness, expanding physician referral networks and increasing the use of quality assessment tools.

Mr. Waxman has specific experience developing institutional fund raising strategies for major gifts, corporate and foundation support and individual giving. He seeks and implements innovative approaches to incorporating technology into fundraising and communications initiatives in addition to producing more traditional fundraising proposals and annual reports for not-for-profit institutions. He also produces health and wellness newsletters, among other consumer education materials.

Mr. Waxman has produced a range of technical proposals to private institutions, state and federal agencies seeking support for health- and mental health-related initiatives on topics including: clinical services to low-income individuals, victim assistance, substance abuse treatment, youth violence reduction and post-traumatic stress disorder in children, medical research, medication compliance, HIV/AIDS treatment, healthcare quality assessment tools, Medicaid and other reimbursement issues, and corporate sector compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Mr. Waxman earned a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Northeastern University.

Meet Our Assistant Director

Laura Matheos

Laura Matheos has been with MHANe since 2011, helping our online community grow to over 350 members. She is responsible for grant research, program development and member relations.

Laura has been an active mental health advocate for the past decade, helping family members and friends push for improved access to treatment and caregiver support. She is passionate about educating others on how physical illnesses can affect mental health. Her experiences have made her our resident expert on anxiety disorders, OCD, Pandas, the neuropsychiatric impact of Lyme disease and the challenges of explaining invisible illnesses to schools and doctors. She has also lost friends who've died by suicide, which has led to her participation in local outreach programs. Laura has presented her experiences as a speaker at national conferences and in several publications.

Ms. Matheos earned a BA from Wake Forest University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her past experience has been in financial management and operations.

Meet our Board of Directors.