International Bipolar Foundation Announces Leadership Changes
SAN DIEGO, CA July 30, 2013– International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) announced that mental health advocate Scott Suckow has been named as the agency’s Executive Director and Ashley Jacobs has been promoted to the position of Director of Internal Operations.
Suckow currently serves as the Vice President of Community Partnerships with Mental Health Systems (MHS), one of the country’s leading providers of behavioral health services. Suckow has a long history of involvement in the non-profit community, particularly around improving healthcare access and standards of care. He has held leadership positions throughout the country with some of the nation’s leading voluntary health organizations and non-profits; they include Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Diabetes Association, American Liver Foundation, and prior to MHS as an affiliate Chief Executive Officer of Mental Health America. Over the course of his career he has raised millions of dollars to fund research, support educational programs and plan advocacy campaigns.
“We are delighted to have such a high caliber executive with extensive experience join our organization,” stated Muffy Walker, Co-Founder and Board President of IBPF. “His proven track record and long history of involvement in the non-profit community, particularly around addressing the healthcare needs of those living with debilitating chronic diseases, will support IBPF’s vision to meet the needs of those living with Bipolar Disorder”.
“I am excited to be joining a dynamic organization with such a committed Board of Directors,” said Suckow. “Additionally, as a family member of someone with a mental illness, I remain committed to reducing the barriers to care caused by the stigma associated with the disease”.
Suckow serves on the National Advisory Board of Patient Advocacy Leaders Summit and the Statewide Steering Committee of the California Chronic Care Coalition. Previously, he served on the boards of Nonprofit Management Solutions, the Downtown San Diego Partnership and 2-1-1 San Diego; as well as the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Committee. Scott was also the appointee on three San Diego County commissions, named one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch,” is a LEAD San Diego graduate, and received an Outstanding Community Partner Award from Community Health Improvement Partners.
The promotion of Ashley Jacobs from Program Manager to the newly created position of Director of Internal Operations represents the Foundation’s commitment to building its infrastructure to support growth. Jacobs holds a master’s degree in Social Work from University of Southern California. In this role, she will lead the day-to-day operations, while continuing to oversee the program staff.
“Over the past three years Ashley has worked with the Board of Directors to expand the Foundation’s programs to 65 countries, which includes increasing the number of webinars and lectures offered,” stated Susan Berger, Board Treasurer of IBPF. “I look forward to working with her to further strengthen our growing organization.”
Jacobs will continue to represent the Foundation with Community Alliance for Healthy Minds, and on Mental Health America’s Meeting of the Minds Behavioral Heath Conference planning committee and the Suicide Prevention Council.
International Bipolar Foundation is a not for profit organization based in San Diego whose mission is to eliminate Bipolar Disorder through the advancement of research; to promote and enhance care and support services; and to erase associated stigma through public education. To learn more about the International Bipolar Foundation, please visit www.InternationalBipolarFoundation.org