Heather Mermel

Heather Mermel, the New York State Strategic Initiatives Director at Beacon Health Options, leads Beacon’s efforts for the Children’s Behavioral Health MMC transition and initiatives for special populations. Prior to working at Beacon, she was the Director of Policy and Advocacy for Children and Families at The Coalition for Behavioral Health where she developed and implemented the Coalition’s policy and advocacy agenda and activities related to children, youth and families. With more than 10 years of experience in behavioral health, Ms. Mermel received her master’s in public health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s in behavioral neuroscience from Lafayette College.