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Marylou Sudders

president, CEO, MSPCC

Marylou Sudders became President and Chief Executive Officer of MSPCC in February of 2003. Previous to this, Marylou was Commissioner of Mental Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for seven years, serving as the Commonwealth's chief spokesperson on mental health issues. In May 1999, she was honored as one of the selected invitees to the first White House Conference on Mental Health. In June, 2002, she testified before Congress on the issue of criminal justice and mental illness. Marylou holds a Master's Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor's Degree with honors from Boston University. She serves on the Governor's Commissions on Children's Mental Health and on Sexual and Domestic Violence. She is a member of the National Association of Social Work, the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the Child Welfare League of America, and the Children's League of Massachusetts. She is the recipient of several prestigious local and national awards, including the 2004 Friend and Leader award by the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health; the 2004 Social Worker of the year award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation's 2004 Knee/Wittman Outstanding Achievement in Health and Mental Health Policy Award. Marylou also serves on the Board of the Pine Street Inn and Massachusetts Association for Mental Health.