Michael Stoltz has been at the agency’s leadership helm since 1990, first as Executive Director of the predecessor organization, Clubhouse of Suffolk, and since July 2014, the CEO of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness (MHAW). MHAW is the result of the merger of Clubhouse with Suffolk County United Veterans and the Mental Health Association in Suffolk County.
Under Michael’s stewardship, the agency has grown to one with a $10 million annual operating budget, 150 employees, servicing more than 3,000 people each year through its Ronkonkoma, Riverhead, and Yaphank facilities.
A social worker by training, Michael received his Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1982 from Adelphi University, where he has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching Social Welfare Policy and Human Service Management. He served as a Program Supervisor, developing and implementing the Suffolk County Intensive Case Management Program, as well as positions in management and direct service at several Long Island outpatient clinics.
Among Michael’s vast non-profit board service, he is a member and the immediate past Chair of the board of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, as well as a board member of the Long Island Home, the parent organization for South Oaks Hospital and Broadlawn Manor. Michael was appointed to Suffolk County’s Welfare to Work Commission and is a member of the board of Stony Brook Medicine’s Clinical Network Performing Provider System that oversees Suffolk’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) initiative. Michael is also a Past President of the Ronkonkoma Rotary, where he has been an active member for more than 20 years and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Michael is recognized as a state and national leader in the field of mental health services. He was named in 2016 to the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of New York State (MHANYS). He is a Past President of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), an organization acknowledged as the most prominent and influential of its kind in this state. Michael has been honored with the Irvin Rutman Award for Executive Director of the Year from the International Association of Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Services (now known as the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association). He is also a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at mental health conferences addressing topics such as leadership, management, and system transformation.
Michael maintains a private practice along with his wife, Robin, also a Social Worker, in Smithtown. They have two children: Paul, a sales executive for an IT firm, and Leah, an advertising associate with Ogilvy and Mather in Manhattan. Michael and Robin proudly support Leah with the Curvy Girls Support Group which she founded when she was 13. The group, which provides information and guidance to girls with scoliosis and their families, now operates chapters in 32 States, Canada, Brazil, Great Britain, and Australia.