Riley Moody, Communications Assistant

Becoming an Inclusive Community:  The Journey to “Other" will be presented by Steve Spreitzer, president of Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Equity, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.Monroe County Community College will host two more events this month as part of its May Diversity Series.

"I am struck by how much we need each other to understand the complexity of racism, misogyny and other forms or exclusion, hate and oppression. This work is humbling!” said Spreitzer. “I hope we can create a safe place for folks to hear and hopefully speak.  I think people remember more what they say then what they hear.”

Spreitzer received his master's degree in social sork at Michigan State University, where he studied the role of the faith community in advancing social justice. He has worked in community mental health, criminal justice ministry and legislative advocacy. Spreitzer has received recognition from the World Sabbath for Religious Reconciliation, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, the Catholic Youth Organization and the Hindu American Foundation.

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MIND Your Health: Mental Health Awareness will be presented by Crystal Palmer and Kellie Rutledge, clinical program directors, Monroe Community Mental Health Authority, on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. via zoom. 

Palmer earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Saginaw Valley State University and a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University. As clinical program director for MCMHA Child and Family, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Access departments, she managed and had clinical oversight for the service delivery system along with being an active member on the Executive Leadership Team. Recently, Palmer was promoted to chief clinical officer where she provides leadership and oversight for all clinical programs, including administrative direction and supervision to clinical program directors; program development and implementation; monitors and improves the performance of the service delivery system, including fiscal and service functions; and provides overall guidance to clinical staff in fulfilling the mission of the agency. Prior to joining MCMHA, Palmer worked as a social worker with at-risk children and their families in Wayne County, MI.

In addition, she serves on Monroe County’s Human Service Community Network as vice-chair and is a consultant for Gabby’s Grief Center providing clinical supervision to social work students. She served from 2015-2021 on the Board of Directors for Child’s Hope, an organization that promotes the prevention of child abuse and neglect. 

Rutledge has been with MCMHA since 2015, providing case management, as program supervisor overseeing Medicaid waiver programs, and most recently as a clinical program director, overseeing behavioral health services to adults struggling with mental health challenges. In her current role she applies her social work skills to macro-level projects, including grant writing, program development and implementation, strengthening community partnerships, and using data to support strategic decision making aligning with MCMHA's mission, vision and values. 

Educating and developing new social workers is a passion for Rutledge. In addition to being an adjunct instructor at The University of Toledo teaching Introduction to Social Welfare, she developed and oversees the internship program at MCMHA and is a field instructor for a number of colleges and universities. 

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