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Feb. 2, 2023: Mental Health Crisis in Central Florida: The Mission and Programs of the Mental Health

Marni Stahlman, President/CEO Mental Health Association of Central Florida

Hybrid Meeting – Feb. 2, 2023

Marni Stahlman has a 35-year career in C-suite healthcare delivery management in medical, educational, and mental and behavioral healthcare organizations. Since 2020 she has served as the President/CEO of the Mental Health Association of Central Florida, Inc ( one of the oldest nonprofits in Central Florida (1946) and the leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting mental wellness and equity of access to mental health care by providing mental health services, support, and information to the members of the Central Florida community. Additionally, she has been an Adjunct Professor in the department of Social Innovation at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, since 2019.

Prior to her current role, Marni was President/CEO for five years of Shepherd’s Hope (, the largest free and charitable clinic system in Florida with 5 locations that cumulatively provided, through her tenure, over 221,000 free acute care and specialty care patient visits to the uninsured. Preceding Shepherd’s Hope, Stahlman was the Senior Director of Operations at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida ( for six years, where she oversaw pediatric physical, occupational, and speech therapy outpatient services, across seven locations, for approximately 800 patients.

Stahlman’s behavioral care expertise arose when she was made the first female CEO of a large hospital in Central Florida, of Laurel Oaks Behavioral Healthcare, an 80-bed adolescent inpatient and outpatient facility with 150+ employees and an onsite Charter School. While there, Marni developed companywide clinical and performance management protocols for a national behavioral healthcare network, re-engineered the system’s clinical programs, and initiated new on-site/home-based clinical programs while successfully leading a JCAHO re-accreditation. Previously she was the State Administrator of Rehab Provider Network – Florida, Novacare, Inc., where she led a statewide initiative to create a rehabilitation therapy network for 100+ affiliate clinical practice sites in 40 Florida counties.

Currently, Marni is the Chair-elect of the Florida Executive Women, a member of the Executive Board of the Primary Care Access Network, and an Advisory Board member of the Reed Foundation.

Consecutively in 2015 and 2016, Marni was recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as a CEO of the Year and in 2018 was one of ten people featured in Orlando Weekly’s annual “People We Love” edition. In 2017 she was recognized by the Women’s Executive Council as Woman of the Year in Healthcare. In 2016 Marni received the prestigious Bud Bell Florida State Advocate of the Year award from the Florida Community Health Action Information Network. Additionally, she was selected in both 2014 and 2015 as a Women Who Mean Business nominee by the Orlando Business Journal and in 2014 was a Women of Distinction Nominee for the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council.

In 2014 she completed her second three-year appointed term as a lay member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Ninth Judicial Circuit and, from 2008-2012, was a Florida Supreme Court appointee to the Florida Bar’s Citizen’s Forum.

Previous appointments in community services included serving as a member of the Health Council of East Central Florida (2020-22), a member of the Public Policy Council for the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (2014-18), Vice Chairwoman of the Orange County Government Educational Facilities Authority (2003-2018) and Chairwoman of the Disability Advisory Board for Orange County Government (2012-2014).

A Central Florida “native” since 1975, Marni Stahlman was raised in Winter Park and is a graduate of Winter Park High School. She is mother to her 15-year-old daughter Lily Mae, trainer to the family’s 85 lbs. chocolate Labrador “Ellie” and has been married to her husband Paul for 16 years. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Tampa, a dual M.S. in Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University, and a Ph.D., ABD in Clinical Sexology from Maimonides University.

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