Dave Graneto, PE, Board President:
Dave Graneto started Electrical Design Consultants 26 years ago, pioneering green energy in Cleveland through wind turbines and solar installations. He is a professionally licensed engineer and has built Electrical Design Consultants’ successful business from the ground up along with an independent flight instruction company he started 14 years ago out of his love of helicopter flight. He is also a father of four and has a heart for volunteer and charity service. “Grieving is one of the toughest things to go through,” says Dave after seeing grief and loss wreak havoc in lives of friends and his own family when his wife died. Dave believes in living life to the fullest and only wearing a tie to funeral and weddings.
John Daher, BBA, Board Treasurer:
John is experienced in all aspects of for-profit business and has owned small businesses as well as a Tropical Smoothie Café franchise at Legacy Village. He obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration at Cleveland State in 2013 while managing a family owned gas station in Collinwood. John is of Lebanese descent and speaks Arabic and English and is active in the Lebanese community. John has a heart for the under served and continues to be active in the East Cleveland area where he currently manages a PROTAX LLC office.
Brandie S. Smith, Board Secretary:
Brandie has a diverse background in program design, implementation, and management across public and private sectors earning multiple awards for leadership and performance. She is adept at analyzing management techniques and processes to improve organizational effectiveness; researching and interpreting regulations; stratifying resources and developing creative and strategic initiatives.
As a nine year Army veteran and current Army spouse, much of her passion and expertise lies in career, transition, resiliency training, and family wellness services and activities. She has done consulting work with numerous nonprofits in these areas since 2011.
Brandie S. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Studies and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University.
During his decades of service to the city of Cleveland, the county and the state of Ohio, Denihan served in posts as varied as acting Cleveland police chief in the 1990s, director of highway safety for Ohio, and executive director of the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services. More than that, he has always been a vocal, effective, often letter-writing public servant who advocated on behalf of the mentally ill, addicts, children in foster care and Cleveland's residents. In 2002, Bishop Anthony Pilla, then leader of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, asked Denihan to lead the lay commission in charge of investigating the church's clergy sex abuse cases after the scandal shook the church here. Denihan became executive director of the Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board in 2001 and led the consolidation of that board with the Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services Board of Cuyahoga County in 2009, creating the ADAMHS board. He values the therapeutic benefits of art and continues to lead painting groups for those in recovery. He states I “want to make a difference”, and that he continues to do.
Amy Furey-Ligan, J.D., M.S.H.A.:
Amy Furey-Ligan currently works as the Associate General Counsel at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). She has a commitment to all aspects of wellness – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual - which she furthers both in her professional work and personal life by serving as a member of the NEOMED Mental Health Committee, the campus Behavioral Intervention Team, and as a board secretary for SOAR, LLC, a student-run free clinic. Outside of work, Amy is a parent member of the Walsh Jesuit Wellness Committee and active member of Mother of Sorrows Parish in Peninsula. In her free time, Amy enjoys reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband, their three children, and their chocolate labradoodle.
Michelle Mulhern, MPA:
Michelle currently serves on several boards including the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education, Embracing Futures, and most recently as chair of the American Cancer Society’s Volunteer Leadership Council. She is dedicated to underserved communities and has a specific interest in agencies that assist children and the elderly and has actively supported and participated in training efforts for staff of these agencies through such organizations as Leadership Portage County. She is the executive director, administration, office of the president, and associate secretary to the board of trustees at the Northeast Ohio Medical University where she plays a key role in overseeing the daily operational management of the president’s division and serves as liaison between the president and internal and external constituencies. Michelle received her bachelor of arts in organizational management from Malone University and a master of public administration from Kent State University.
Rachel Silverman, MSE, PMP:
Rachel has 10+ years of healthcare consulting experience and has provided clinical and technical workflow support to hospitals and clinical providers across the country. She has an educational background in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. She took her passion for healthcare and deep understanding of process to clients to help improve clinical quality and costs. Rachel grew up in Mentor, Ohio and supports the local Cleveland Jewish community. She lives in Chagrin Falls with her husband and dog where she loves taking nature walks and baking healthy desserts. She understands the need for mental health services and removing the stigma to help broaden the reach into the Cleveland community.
Carol Wang, CPA:
Carol is originally from China and came to the US to pursue advanced education. She and her husband moved from Florida to Cleveland in 2016 followed and reside on the eastside of Cleveland. She spent over 10 years in the accounting and finance field and built a strong working knowledge of accounting for nonprofit organizations, local government, and commercial companies. She has also worked with grants from various granting agencies and programs at the federal, state, county and municipality level. Since migrating to this country, Carol has become interested in mental health at the individual and society levels. She believes many people with PTSD are not sufficiently treated/counseled here in the US and the rest of the world, and therefore is passionate about PALS for Healing’s mission.