Board of Directors
Bob Dembek, Executive Director
Bob was appointed Executive Director of MHAJC, replacing Laura Stahl upon her retirement in December of 2012. Bob comes to MHAJC with great professional experience in the field of mental health. He has a B.A. in Social Work from Providence College in Rhode Island and a M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut of Social Work. His wife, Lucy and he are the parents of two daughters. In 1975, Bob worked as a VISTA Volunteer in Seymour and worked with Human Services Head Start in 1976-77. Before moving to Seymour the second time, he worked in Social Services for 34 years, mostly with older adults and some with the developmentally disabled. He has been friends with a developmentally disabled male adult for 31 years serving as a limited guardian for 3 years. He is a member of the Central Christian Church, volunteers at Community Provisions, and has been on the board of directors for Mental Health America of Jackson County. Bob enjoys reading mystery and spy novels as well as listening to rock and folk music. His hobbies include watching baseball, high school mens and womens college basketball, walking, kayaking, camping and traveling.
Vicki Johnson, President
Vicki has been a Jackson County Mental Health America Board Member and President of the Board since 2004. She has lived in Jackson County since 1998 with her late husband Craig and has worked at Schneck Medical Center since 1997. Vicki has been a registered nurse for over 30 years, has obtained her MSN, and now enjoys nursing more than ever. She feels that being a part of MHA has enhanced her life in many ways and that the MHA clients are wonderful to work with. Vicki states, "MHA serves a wonderful mission of bringing joy to the lives of people that could so easily be forgotten. The Board of MHA is focused on improving the lives of those we serve. We appreciate the support of the United Way so much!"
Doris Kovener, Secretary
Doris has been involved with MHAJC for more than 45 years, beginning in the early 60's by wrapping and labeling boxes for the annual Chrismas Gift Lift at Muscatatuck State Hospital. She later became a board member in 1996 and has served as secretary for several terms. She lives in Crothersville and helps with mental health collection in the Crothersville area.
Carolyn Bruce, Treasurer
Carolyn joined the MHAJC in 2000 and has served as treasurer for most of those years. She became interested in mental health due to mental health issues on her mother's side of the family. She worked as a teaching assistant for 15 years in the Seymour School District and spent 8 years in retail. She presently is the Health Educator at the Jackson County Health Dept. She is married to Leonard Bruce and they have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. They are members of Central Christian Church.
Karen joined the mental health board in 2006. She had been employed with the Jackson County Health Dept. since 1983 and Administrative Office Manager since 1990, but has recently retired. Prior to that time she was fortunate enough to have been a stay-at-home mom, caring for 3 sons. She, and late husband Stan, had one grandson. Karen is a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Dudleytown. Her passion for mental health goes back to her childhood, as she had a mentally disabled brother who lived for 61 years. She saw first hand the many challenges her parents faced. Her brother, John, was one of the first students to attend the Sunshine School, one of the first schools for those with mental illnesses. Most recently, she has been working closely with people who are bipolar and understands the many problems they face. She hopes to bring joy and hope into the lives of those with mental challenges.
Becky joined the Mental Health America Board in 2007. She has been a nurse in ICU for 20 of the 25 years she has worked for Schneck Medical Center. Born and raised in Seymour, she has been married to her husband Brad for 34 years. She has 4 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Becky loves to volunteer and work with both the elderly and the mentally challenged. She has been a professional clown named "Bowtie" for the clowning chapter Giggles and More Chapter of Smiles Unlimited for the last 10 years. She is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has been a member of Immanuel Lutheran Guild for 10 years.
Mary Jane Lasater
Mary Jane was born into a family of educators. She is a retired teacher with Seymour Community Schools. Her father was Superintendent of Schools in Van Buren, Ark.,her three sisters were elementary teachers, and her husband was a teacher then Director of Transportation, Buildings and Grounds for the Seymour School System. Her daughter, Mindy, is a second grade teacher at Jackson elementary, and her son, David, is Director of Development at Purdue University. She looks forward to continuing to use her background in Education working the mentally challenged and in educating the public about all aspects of mental health. Her hobbies are walking, reading, and doing church work. She loves to spend time with her 5 grandchildren: Bailey (10), Will (10), Zachary (8), Anna (6), and Brady (4). She is a member of Tri Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma, Seymour Retired Teachers Association, an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Special Projects Committee at Schneck Medical Center Foundation.
Libby has spent most of her life in education, either as a teacher, counselor, or student. She earned a B.S. and M.S. from Indiana University and an Ed. S. from Butler University. Before becoming a school counselor she taught English at the middle school level. The last 18 years of her career were at Seymour High School where she served as Director of Student Services. Since retiring she has remained involved in education by supervising student teachers for Indiana University and administering the GED test to inmates at the Jackson County Jail. In retirement she has also volunteered at the 211 Helpline which serves Jackson County and several other counties in the area. She and husband Jerry are active members of Central Christian Church. Her favorite charity is PFLAG, and she enjoys lending support to the local chapter in Seymour. Libby has a heart for mental health especially since experiencing first hand the heartache of suicide. The Roberts' lost a son, Cliff, to suicide at age 22. They also have three other children, Nicole of Las Vegas; Cecily, of Georgetown, Ky, and J.D. who lives in Seymour.