Nashville, Tenn. — Tipper Gore, a pioneer in the field of mental health and the wife of former Vice President Al Gore, will serve as honorary chair for Centerstone’s “Lighting the Way” fundraising campaign to support Centerstone mental health centers, which officially kicks-off August, 2002. Jack Wallace and Lisa Campbell will serve as campaign co-chairs.
Centerstone is a non-profit organization comprised of 59 behavioral health facilities located throughout Middle Tennessee. It provides a full range of mental health services for children and adults including research and evaluation and treatment for mental illness and substance abuse. Centerstone assists approximately 40,000 Tennesseans each year.
“Tipper Gore’s accomplishments in the mental health field represent true national leadership,” said George Spain, chief executive officer of Centerstone. “Her strengths combined with those of Jack and Lisa form an exceptionally talented trio of professionals and our organization is empowered by their determination and dedication.”
The Lighting the Way campaign provides essential funds for the daily operations of Centerstone. Today, one in four Americans suffers from some form of mental illness. Contributions will fund programs that assist troubled youths, substance abusers, families in crisis, the homeless, the mentally ill and seniors among other services.
Centerstone includes six primary centers: Columbia Area Mental Health Center, Dede Wallace Center, Elam Mental Health Clinic, Harriett Cohn Center, Highland Rim Mental Health Center and Luton Mental Health Services. Each of these primary facilities oversees smaller offices which offer specific behavioral health services. Overall, Centerstone provides behavioral health services to 28 counties in Middle Tennessee.
Many facilities that are now a part of Centerstone formerly operated under other names. In October of this year, all of the facilities will begin using the name Centerstone. The name changes do not reflect changes in the management, staff and volunteers at the facilities, which will continue to provide the same high level of services for the patients and communities they serve.
“As we move into the annual campaign we will take the opportunity to introduce Centerstone to the people in our service area,” said David Guth, president of Centerstone. “We are truly fortunate to have Tipper, Jack and Lisa working with us. “
About Tipper Gore
Gore is founder and honorary chair of the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, which educates the public about mental health issues by helping eradicate the fear, shame and stigma commonly associated with mental illness. Recently, Gore hosted “Healing the American Spirit,” a series of town-hall meetings to discuss mental health issues post September 11. The event was broadcast on the Internet.
Gore previously served as Mental Health Policy Advisor to President Clinton. In this role, she was committed to eradicating the stigma associated with mental illness and educating everyone about the need for quality, affordable mental health care. She chaired the first ever White House Conference on Mental Health.
In 1990, she founded Tennessee Voices for Children, a coalition designed to promote the development of services for children and youth with behavioral, emotional, substance abuse or other mental health problems. Tipper Gore has enlightened millions through her candid discussions about her own personal experience with mental health issues.
Gore earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University and a master’s degree in Psychology from George Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.
About Lisa Campbell
Campbell, a native Nashvillian, has served on numerous boards and won the Search for Excellence Board Member of the Year Kraft Award in 1998 for her work at the Rape & Sexual Abuse Center, as well as the Junior League of Nashville Active of the Year Award in 2000. She is chair of the Women’s Giving Program at the United Way and co-chair of the Crown Ball for Senior Citizens Inc. Currently, Campbell serves on the boards of: The Boys and Girls Clubs (since 1997), The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (since 1999), the Nashville Housing Foundation (since 2000), the Women’s Fund Advisory Board at the Community Foundation (since 1999) and the Girl Scouts of Cumberland Valley (since 2002). Campbell is a member of First Presbyterian Church.
About Jack Wallace
Wallace has been on the Centerstone Board of Directors since 1985. His mother, Louise “Dede” Bullard Wallace, was instrumental in the development of the Dede Wallace Center in the late 1960s. The center is now the largest facility in the Centerstone network.
Wallace joined Willis of Tennessee in 1984 and currently serves as a senior vice president. He is a member of the Insurers of Tennessee and Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers. Wallace also serves on the board of directors and is past chairman of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. He is a deacon at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Wallace received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in 1981.