Pisciotta named executive director
of Mental Health Association of R.I.

PROVIDENCE – The board of directors of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island has appointed Laurie-Marie Pisciotta as executive director, effective March 18.

Most recently, Pisciotta was program manager of Project HEAL, which provides services to people with eating disorders. She also previously worked as a development associate at Brookview House, serving homeless women and children.

Pisciotta’s wide-ranging experience also includes work as a client advocate/case manager at AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts; director of strategic partnerships and education at NeedyMeds Inc.; associate corporate foundation officer at Northeastern University; patient advocate at Women’s Medical Center of Rhode Island; English as a second language instructor at the Community College of Rhode Island; implementation aide at Rhode Island Strategic Prevention Framework; and lobbyist and program-development coordinator at the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union.

Pisciotta is a 2000 graduate of the University of Florida.

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Pisciotta’s responsibilities will include advocacy and education, policy formulation and analysis, budgetary and administrative management, and collaboration with community partners.

Pisciotta succeeds Ruth Feder as executive director. Feder did an “outstanding job” at MHARI, leading to the establishment of the Mental Health Parity Project and working toward the formation of an Olmstead Commission and Plan, according to Ted Martin, finance and operations consultant at MHARI.

In addition to helping people receive services in the least-restricted environment, Feder secured many grants that helped to support MHARI’s mission, the organization said.

Rob Borkowski is a PBN contributing writer.