Board of Directors

President:  Dottie Paxton

Vice President:  Joe Stellone

Secretary:  Kristine Harshaw

Treasurer:  Craig Wyatt


Lisa Kittleman

Mary Lasky

Jennifer Maher

Gail Makode

Chitra Raghu

Nancy C. Weissman

Nicholas J. Langhauser

Libby Boswell

Tyree Ayers

Dr. Mariana Izraelson, Executive Director

Dr. Mariana Izraelson joined Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center in October 2020 as the Executive Director. Dr. Izraelson brings years of clinical and managerial experience in the medical outpatient and behavioral health setting. She previously worked as the CEO for the Federally Qualified Health Care Center La Comunidad Hispana in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Other professional roles include Executive Director for Shepherds Clinic in Baltimore City, Director of Outpatient Services for Ashley Addiction Treatment in Harford and Cecil County, and Director of Recovery Care Services for HealthCare Access Maryland managing State Care Coordination, Maryland Recovery Net, and Women and Children programs for Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County.

Through her professional roles over the past ten years, Dr. Izraelson has strengthened her knowledge of professional procedures, research, and an understanding of a myriad of evidence-based treatment program deliveries. From her experience in rural Maryland to working in Baltimore City, Dr. Izraelson have been dedicated to providing high quality public health prevention and intervention services to at-risk populations.  As a clinician, and program director, she developed skills in working with clients who had multiple health and social needs including substance use and mental health disorders. Serving this population provided her with direct experience addressing substance use disorders during pregnancy as well as the unique concerns that affect pregnant women while in recovery.

Dr. Izraelson has a Doctorate Degree in Psychology from Argosy University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County and is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. In addition, Dr. Izraelson is a certified Project Management Professional. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Howard County Coalition to End Homelessness. She is also a member of the Project Management Institute, and the Psychologists for Social Responsibility Association.