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Media Contact: Clarencia J. Stephen

Published on December 14, 2017

Lourie Center Appoints New Chair of Board of Directors

Rockville, MDThe Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness (Lourie Center) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcel Wright, MBA, vice president of behavioral health services for Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services (BH&WS), to chair of the Lourie Center board of directors.

“Marcel’s passion for early childhood mental health and his knowledge of the behavioral health landscape in Maryland will help the Lourie Center continue to expand its services regionally,” said John Sackett, president of Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and executive vice president and chief operating officer of Adventist HealthCare.

Since joining Adventist HealthCare in 2002, Wright has held several positions of increasing responsibility, including senior director of operations at BH&WS Rockville, executive director of the Lourie Center and executive director of BH&WS’ Rockville campus.

Wright holds a master's degree in business administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree in administration from Washington Adventist University.

About The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness

The Lourie Center for Children's Social & Emotional Wellness is a private, non-profit agency with a mission to improve the social and emotional health of young children and their families through prevention, early intervention, education, research and training. The Center was founded in 1983 by the late Dr. Reginald S. Lourie, a world-wide leader in the fields of pediatric child psychiatry and infant mental health, and his colleagues, including Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Stanley Greenspan, as an outgrowth of their six-year clinical research project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. In July 2006, the Center affiliated with Adventist HealthCare, Inc. Serving more than 4,000 children and families in the Washington metropolitan area, regardless of ability to pay, the Center is a pioneer and leader in the field of infant and child mental health.