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MHA's Board of Directors Selects New CEO

The Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Frederick County (MHA) has selected Shannon Aleshire as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective Sept. 29. Aleshire currently serves as the organization’s Chief Program Officer.

“We are thrilled to name a leader who has a depth of experience in the mental health field combined with a vision that will carry MHA into its next era,” says Guy Fletcher, MHA’s Board President. “Shannon’s qualifications, her keen understanding of the organization and its mission, and her forward-thinking approach make her an ideal CEO.” 

Aleshire joined MHA in 1996 as a trainer for the Child Care Choices program. She later became training coordinator and program director of Child Care Choices before being named Chief Program Officer in 2013. In that newly created role, Aleshire has been responsible for overseeing MHA’s wide range of services with budgets in excess of $2 million. She was selected CEO following a national search that began early this year and led by a Transition Committee comprising board officers.

“I am delighted that the board selected me to serve as MHA’s next CEO,” says Aleshire. “I am truly dedicated to this organization and its mission and am eager to lead this tremendously successful organization into the future.”

Aleshire succeeds current CEO Patricia Hanberry, who is retiring following a 15-year career leading the organization.  During Hanberry’s tenure, MHA expanded programs, increased the number of residents it serves and opened its current offices and community services facility on Jefferson Street.

“Over the past 16 years, Shannon has proved that she is an incredibly bright and gifted leader.  I can leave knowing that the Mental Health Association is in very competent hands,” stated Hanberry.

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The 17th Annual Catoctin Affair: A Benefit for the Mental Health Association will be held on Saturday April 11, 2015 from 6:30-11:30pm at the EventPlex at the Great Frederick Fairgrounds. Enjoy gourmet fare from Frederick’s most exclusive restaurants and caterers. The evening’s delights continue with dancing, music and a live auction featuring an extensive variety of fabulous items. A complete line-up of cuisine and auction items is posted to our web site at

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