Dr. Marjorie Moyar, a clinical psychologist, and Dr. Susan Deakins, a psychiatrist, both members of Leadership 100, will offer the Forum on Health at the 16th Annual Conference on Friday, February 2, 2007. In keeping with the overall theme of the conference, The Heritage of Hope, the Forum is title, “Recovery for Living” which deals with the concept of recovery in the field of mental health.

Marjorie Maria Moyar completed a B.A. in English and History at the University of Pittsburgh. She taught public school in Cleveland for several years and her interests shifted to sociology and psychology. Active in the Junior League and the League of Women Voters, she received several awards for promoting female alcohol awareness and founded Hitchcock Center, a residence for women in recovery.

After completing an M.A. in Sociology at Cleveland State University and a Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University in Applied Social Science, she became a licensed psychologist and served as staff psychologist for a women’s in-patient recovery program while establishing a private clinical psychology practice.

An active member of the Church, Dr. Moyar recently served for three years as President of the Parish Council of Sts. Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Cleveland and is a member of the National Philoptochos Board where she serves on its Family and Society Committee. She started and co-chaired the Cleveland Metropolitan IOCC Committee fifteen years ago and has traveled to Serbia, Bosnia and Ethiopia as an IOCC representative.

Dr. Moyar is married to Bert Moyar, longtime officer and Board member of Leadership 100. Her inspiration continues to be her family: mother, husband, children and their spouses and her four grandchildren.

Susan Deakins attended Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons where she is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. She did an internship and residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Endocrinology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, where she then worked at the Smithers Alcoholism Treatment and Training Center for eight years, first as Supervisor of Detoxification and then as Coordinator of Treatment. She did a second residency at St.Luke’s-Roosevelt, this time in Psychiatry and has since worked with the seriously mentally ill and their families with a particular interest in people with co-morbid mental illness and substance use disorders. She has been a senior supervisor in several multi-site studies using multi-family psycho-educational groups in the treatment of people with schizophrenia.

For the past eighteen years Dr. Deakins has been a core faculty member and Associate Director of the Postgraduate Fellowship in Public Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. In addition she maintains a part-time private practice in which she treats the same kind of patients and families as well as people with severe dissociative disorders.

Dr. Deakins first encountered the concept of recovery while working in the substance use field and has watched its emergence in the field of mental health. In both arenas it has been the consumers who have initiated the idea, and, despite the differences in origin and ongoing impetus, there are probably more similarities than not to the meaning of the concept. How the two areas have influenced and are influencing each other remains of considerable interest.

Dr. Deakins is married to Peter A. Vlachos, long time Chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the Board of Leadership 100. They have a son and a daughter and a granddaughter, Zara, their pride and joy.

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