Board of Directors

Susan A. Farnham

A native of Indiana, I attended Miami University and graduated with a BS in Education. I married Jack (a “Miami Merger” now of 36 years) and then taught elementary school in various Ohio school districts for 5 years. After taking time off after our two sons were born, I returned to work at a small family owned contracting business. I have continued at the same company as office manager/treasurer for over 23 years. I have been active in the community as an officer in school booster clubs as well as a member of “Twig” auxiliary of Children’s Hospital. After the devastating loss of our 20 year old son to suicide in 1999, I became acutely aware of suicide as a national health problem. I have been active in a Survivors of Suicide Group attending conferences for survivors and giving presentations to schools and organizations. I have been proud to serve on the OSPF Board since its inception and am currently chairman of the Finance Committee.

Dr. Vicki Whitacre

Joan Wyler

Wyler has worked at NORCEN Behavioral Health System for twenty-five years. Wyler serves on the Management Team as Director of Program Development and Community Relations. Wyler oversees and coordinates agency wide special projects, as well as supervises the Prevention and Education Department. Wyler is experienced in both writing and administering grants.

Wyler serves on many community groups including: the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Board of Trustees, GRADS Advisory Board, Hamilton County Prevention and Education Advisory Board, School Based Services Collaborative, Hamilton County Violence Coalition, Hamilton County Tobacco Partnership, Hamilton County Children’s Oversight Committee, Talbert House Steering Committee, Hamilton County Elderly Task Force, Interface Committee, Suicide Prevention Coalition, Health Foundation Adolescent Substance Use Providers Group, and Mental Health Works Grassroots Committee.

Before joining NORCEN, Wyler worked for ten years in the field of education. Wyler is an experienced journalist. She wrote the bi-monthly column “Healthy Mind” for the Cincinnati Enquirer for seven years. In addition Wyler has written feature stories for the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Magazine. She has received recognition as the Outstanding Prevention Professional from the Ohio Department of Mental Health. In addition, CARF has recognized a program developed by Wyler as an “outstanding prevention program.

Wyler has served as program coordinator for pilot grant projects including placement of mental health clinicians in public health centers, developing clinical mental health services for persons who are Deaf, and a collaborative of organizations for youth with sex behavior problems. She is also currently project coordinator at NORCEN for the Hamilton County Tobacco Partnership, Hamilton County Violence Prevention Program and implementing the evidence based programs Seven Challenges and Management, Illness, Recovery models.

Wyler is a graduate of University of Cincinnati with a dual degree from the School of Education and Arts and Sciences.

Gina M Bentle

Joy Ann Robinson


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