OCCMHA Promotes Two Long-time Employees to Director Level

Director of Human Resources and Communication
Director of Human Resources and Communication

Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority (OCCMHA) has promoted two long-time employees from manager level positions to director. Ferndale resident, Vicki Suder, was selected as director of Recipient Rights and Advocacy and Customer Services, and Bloomfield Township resident, Edna White, has been named director of Human Resources and Communications.

Suder began her career with OCCMHA as a clerk in child/adolescent day treatment services in 1989. Over the past 25 years, she has advanced her professional career holding a variety of positions, including fiscal services, contract and program development, and human resources. Most recently she served as the organization’s manager of Community Education and Consumer Empowerment.

In addition to overseeing the Recipient Rights and Advocacy and Customer Services teams, Suder is also responsible for the support and empowerment of people served by OCCMHA’s service provider agencies through the certification of peer support specialists, the consumer strategic planning workgroup, and by leading the network’s anti-stigma effort.

Suder received her Master of Business Administration Degree from Wayne State University.

White joined OCCMHA as human resources specialist in 2005. In 2010 she was promoted to manager of Human Resources and most recently to director of Human Resources and Communications. White is a skilled, human resources professional whose areas of expertise include human resources programs, services, and functions. She has a strong knowledge of employment law, payroll, and benefits plans in both union and non-union environments.

In her new role, White will also oversee the organization’s Communications team. This division of OCCMHA is responsible for all internal and external public relations initiatives, including publications, media relations, community events, and network messaging for people who receive services, service providers, and staff.   


Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority is the public mental health system responsible for identifying, influencing, and delivering services and supports to more than 23,000 Oakland County residents, including adults and children with developmental disabilities; adults with serious mental illness or substance use disorders; and children with serious emotional disturbance. 

OCCMHA’s network of service providers include: Common Ground, Community Housing Network, Community Living Services, Community Network Services, Easter Seals Michigan, Macomb-Oakland Regional Center, Oakland Family Services, Inc., and Training and Treatment Innovations. For more information about OCCMHA call (800) 341-2003 or visit www.occmha.org.  


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