The American Psychiatric Foundation announced the reappointment of John S. McIntyre, M.D., and Altha Stewart, M.D., and the appointment of Maria Llorente, M.D., Janet Vergis, and Joseph Zumpano, J.D., to three-year terms on its board of directors.
These appointments, which became effective January 1, represent the foundation’s continuing commitment to build a diverse Board of Directors who bring a variety of experiences and viewpoints to the organization.
McIntyre is chair of the department of psychiatry and behavioral health at Unity Health System in Rochester, N.Y., and a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. In addition to having served as a president of APA, he was speaker of the APA Assembly and now serves as chair of the APA Steering Committee on Practice Guidelines and the APA Political Action Committee (APAPAC). He is also the new APA senior delegate to the AMA House of Delegates and chair of the AMA Section Council on Psychiatry.
Stewart recently stepped down as executive director of the Detroit-Wayne County Mental Health Agency to return to private practice and teaching. She is the incoming president of the Association of Women Psychiatrists and a former president of the Black Psychiatrists of America. She is also chair of the APA Council on Social Issues and Public Psychiatry.
Llorente is director of geriatric psychiatry at the VA Medical Center in Miami. She recently was a member of the board of trustees of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatrists and served as chief of the division of geriatric psychiatry and training director of the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Vergis recently was named vice president for global strategic marketing for Johnson & Johnson after serving as vice president for the CNS Franchise for Janssen Pharmaceutica, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. She began her career as a clinical researcher before moving into marketing for Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical and Janssen. Vergis received the 2000 YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award for significant professional and community contributions and participates in the Johnson & Johnson Mentoring Program.
Zumpano is a noted health care attorney from Miami. He is chair of the health care practice for the law firm of Ferrell, Schultz, Carter, Zumpano, and Fertel. Zumpano is active in the South Florida community, dedicating time and skills to a range of local organizations, including the Junior Orange Bowl Committee, the Coral Gables Community Foundation, and the New Leadership Division of the State of Israel Bonds.
"We are please that Drs. McIntyre and Stewart will continue to provide leadership to the organization," said Foundation President Abram M. Hostetter, M.D. "They have been instrumental in guiding the organization through a period of transition and growth.
"The addition of Maria Llorente, Janet Vergis, and Joe Zumpano will bring fresh perspectives to the organization from the research and provider communities. We look forward to working with them over the coming years as we chart the future direction of the foundation."
The American Psychiatric Foundation is a charitable and educational subsidiary of APA. Its mission is to improve the lives of patients and their families, as well as their communities, through support of education, advocacy, and research advancing the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. ▪
Ms. Sayer is a development officer at the American Psychiatric Foundation.
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