Mental Health Board - Forman
Rachel Forman, Ph.D. has served as the Executive Director of Grand Avenue Club since September, 1991.
GAC's mission is to provide Milwaukee County residents who face the challenge of mental illness with opportunities to experience a sense of community, find paid employment, and create and meet educational goals. GAC began with start-up funding from the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, but has evolved to become an effective public/partnership. Rachel is inspired by the many GAC members whose lives she has shared over the years and draws strength from the GAC community for the challenges of her own life. Based on the Clubhouse Model of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, GAC is part of a network of Clubhouse programs under the aegis of Clubhouse International, a training, advocacy, and accreditation organization. Rachel has served on the International Advisory Council of Clubhouse International since 1994.
Rachel is a graduate of Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology and American Studies and Boston University, where she earned both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology. Rachel was involved in political activities and community organizing in both New York City and Boston, including a stint as a reporter for the East Boston Community News and membership in an urban collective of friends who were (and remain) committed to public service. During this time Rachel taught Sociology and Women's Studies at both Simmons College and the University of Massachusetts. When Rachel moved to Chicago, she earned an M.A. in Social Policy and Administration at the University of Chicago.
In Milwaukee, Rachel has served on the Mental Health Redesign Task Force and is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Milwaukee Comprehensive Care Collaborative (MC3) for which she chairs the MC3/Academic Partnership Committee. The mission of this committee is to assist local faculty to prepare future workers for a system that is welcoming, culturally intelligent, person and recovery oriented, and trauma-informed.