New Board Members appointed to MHARS Board of Directors – Morning Journal

New board members have been appointed to the Lorain County Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board.

Two members were appointed the week of September 27 to the MHARS board of directors and one was reappointed earlier in September, according to a press release.

Hope Moon, of Lorain, was re-appointed to serve on the Lorain County MHARS Board of Directors.

Moon was appointed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

She is currently a professor of nursing at Lorain County Community College.

As an educator, her goal is to appropriately educate the workforce about addiction and mental health issues, the statement said.

Moon was a nurse in the emergency department at the former St. Joseph / Lorain Community Hospital.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kent State University, a Masters of Science from the School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, and ultimately a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Educational Leadership.

Patricia Bell, of Oberlin, has been appointed by Lorain County Commissioners to serve on the MHARS Board of Directors.

Bell, who was sworn in on September 28, has nearly 20 years of mental health and addiction experience and is a registered nurse.

She holds an Associate’s Degree from Lorain County Community College.

Michele Flanagan of Avon Lake was appointed by Lorain County Commissioners.

Flanagan, who was sworn in on September 28, is a partner with Comprehensive Behavioral Specialists LLC, based in Westlake.

She has over 20 years of experience as a therapist working in Northeast Ohio.

Flanagan is a licensed social worker and professional clinical counselor.

She received her BA from Westminster College in Pennsylvania and her MA from Akron University.

“Our new board members bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge,” said Chairman of the Board Dan Urbino. “I welcome them to the MHARS Board of Directors and look forward to working with them.

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