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Diane Van Maren, Former Mental Health Consultant for Darrell Steinberg, Appointed to NAMI California Board of Directors

Posted: Aug 13, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Diane Van Maren, Former Mental Health Consultant for Darrell Steinberg, Appointed to NAMI California Board of Directors

SACRAMENTO—On Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, Diane Van Maren, former health and mental health consultant for Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, was appointed to the Board of Directors of NAMI California.

Van Maren’s appointment follows her recent retirement from state service, where she served as a consultant to Senator Darrell Steinberg on policy relating to health and mental health. Van Maren worked for Senator Steinberg for two years, and was a key consultant to numerous major pieces of mental health legislation passed during the Senator’s term, as well as legislation to expand the Medi-Cal Program and to implement the federal Affordable Care Act in California.

“Over an illustrious career, Diane Van Maren has developed an unrivaled knowledge and capacity to get things done. She was crucial force behind the scenes in securing mental healthcare as Medi-Cal benefit, and ensuring hundreds of millions in new funding for crisis mental health care. Diane will be a great asset to NAMI California and for those living with mental illness,” said California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg.

Before working for Senator Steinberg, Van Maren served for 18 years as a senior consultant for to the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee formulating key policy initiatives and fiscal details in the areas of heath, mental health, public health and developmental services.

“Mental health wellness is a key attribute for all of us to be successful as individuals, as families and as a broader community. Due to stigma and discrimination, mental health assistance and services have been under-funded from the start and the need for assistance and services is often misunderstood and not fully valued.

“I sought a position on the NAMI California Board because I believe NAMI California is poised with its Strategic Plan and leadership to effectuate considerable change in this paradigm. The expertise and strong voice of consumers and family members offers the opportunity to influence State policies regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance changes, school and educational policies, and prevention and early intervention strategies. With my background in both health and mental health policy I believe I can offer NAMI guidance and policy assistance to broaden NAMI’s influence, seek additional funding opportunities and achieve policy changes. I think it is a very exciting time and I’m thrilled to join NAMI California’s Board as it leads into the future,” said Van Maren of her appointment.

Jessica Cruz, Executive Director of NAMI California, sees Van Maren’s addition to the board as a major step forward for NAMI California’s advocacy program. “Diane brings unrivaled expertise and institutional knowledge to our board at time when we are rapidly growing as an organization and expanding our advocacy efforts. She will be able to provide needed expertise and guidance as we broaden our efforts to impact mental health legislation at the State and Federal Level,” she said. “With the departure of Senator Steinberg due to term limits, we are extremely pleased that the person he trusted most on mental health policy is now a part of our brain-trust here at NAMI California.”

NAMI California is the state’s organization of the country’s largest mental health advocacy organization, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Our 19,000 members and 67 affiliates include many people living with serious mental illnesses, their families and supporters. NAMI California advocates on their behalf, providing education and support to its members and the broader community.

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PERRY COMMUNICATIONS GROUP SEES ONE OF ITS BEST COMEBACKS

Posted: Jul 10, 2013 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 10, 2013)– History has a number of notable comebacks… like the Buffalo Bills 1993 Playoff Game or the comeback of Martha Stewart, but none is more exciting than the comeback of former Perry Communications Group (PCG) staff member Jennifer Zins. Zins returns to PCG as a Vice President.

“PCG has had continuous growth in its clientele and in staff,” said Kassy Perry, President and CEO of Perry Communications Group. “We’re keeping the momentum going and Jennifer’s return is perfect for our team.”

As Vice President, Zins is responsible for managing multiple client accounts, bringing new business to the firm and supporting the professional development of the PCG team.
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DMHC Enforcement Chief Exits Post

Posted: May 31, 2013 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

Move is Made After Actions, Fines Drop Dramatically

By Payers and Providers Staff

The Department of Managed Health Care’s chief enforcement officer has stepped down. A DMHC spokesperson confirmed last week that Anthony B. Manzanetti is no longer serving as the agency’s chief counsel and deputy director. That individual plays a pivotal role in policing the state’s health plans, medical groups, insurance agents and other entities, meting out fines and seeking corrective actions for regulatory and legal violations.

The DMHC would not comment further about his status. Manzanetti’s LinkedIn profile states he is now employed as a staff attorney with the DMHC’s help center, which provides assistance to consumers.
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PERRY COMMUNICATIONS GROUP HIRES SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

Posted: Mar 13, 2013 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

PCG Announces the Addition of Matt Notley

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 13, 2013)– The old adage: “the bigger the better” may not apply to all circumstances but it is working well for Perry Communications Group’s (PCG) workforce. PCG is proud to announce Matt Notley as the latest addition to “the group” as a Senior Account Manager.

“The firm was looking for a seasoned vet to help with the growing client base,” said Kassy Perry, President and CEO of Perry Communications Group. “The combination of expertise and creativity is tough to find, and Matt will bring that level of experience to our new business ventures.”

As Senior Account Manager, Notley will be responsible for client accounts, new business, staff and financial management, in addition to other projects.

Prior to joining PCG, Notley worked for a Sacramento public relations firm where he led public affairs activities for several government clients focusing on water and environmental issues. Some of the most memorable projects he managed include the California Department of Water Resources’ FloodSAFE program and the independent Delta Stewardship Council.
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Perry Communications Group Honored With Crystal Awards, Business Communicator of the Year

Posted: May 23, 2008 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Perry Communications Group (PCG) won two Crystal Awards, and took home five Merit Awards at the 21st Annual Crystal Awards, presented by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Sacramento Chapter. Topping off the evening, Executive Vice President of PCG, Cynthia Moore, was recognized as the IABC Sacramento Business Communicator of the Year for her ongoing significant leadership, professional accomplishments and contributions to the profession. The event was held Thursday, May 22nd at the Sacramento Grand Ballroom.

“On behalf of our clients, we are thrilled to receive this recognition from our peers,” said Kassy Perry, President and CEO of Perry Communications Group. “These awards represent the dedication of our staff and team leaders who are committed to providing the highest level of service to our clients.”

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Perry Communications Group Earns Crystal

Posted: Jun 1, 2007 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Perry Communications Group (PCG) won a Crystal Award, and took home two Merit Awards at the 20th Annual Crystal Awards, presented by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Sacramento Chapter. The event was held Thursday, May 17th at Sacramento’s Tsakopolous Library Galleria.

“PCG was thrilled to be recognized by the public relations community for work on behalf of our clients,” said Kassy Perry, President and CEO of Perry Communications Group. “Our firm prides itself on providing inventive problem solving solutions and ideas that make a positive change for our clients and their issues.” READ MORE

Kassy Perry Featured in Sacramento Bee | By Bob Shallit, Bee Columist

Posted: Apr 16, 2007 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

Last Updated 6:12 am PDT Monday, April 16, 2007
Story appeared in Business section, Page D1

Back on her feet: Local PR folks know that Kassy Perry is a horsewoman. And they know she had a rough tumble off one of her mounts 18 months ago. But they didn’t learn until recently just how bad that spill actually was.

The news was revealed this month when Perry – head of Perry Communications Group – was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Sacramento Public Relations Association.

In presenting the award, newsie-turned-pitchman Stan Atkinson disclosed that Perry smashed a vertebra in the accident and was told she would never walk – let alone ride – again. READ MORE

Perry Communications Group Continues To Earn Gold, Kassy Perry Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted: Mar 30, 2007 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Perry Communications Group (PCG) won five CAPPIE awards at the Sacramento Public Relations Association’s 20th Annual CAPPIE Awards celebration held Thursday, March 29th at the Croatian American Cultural Center in Sacramento.  To top off the evening, President and CEO of PCG, Kassy Perry, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the Sacramento public relations industry and her ongoing significant contributions to the community.  Her award was presented by Stan Atkinson, former Sacramento television news anchor.

“It has been an extraordinary evening and I am honored to accept these awards on behalf of our clients,” said Kassy Perry, President and CEO of Perry Communications Group.  “PCG prides itself on providing strategies and innovative ideas that make a positive difference for each and every client we serve.  Being honored with awards for our work is just icing on the cake.” READ MORE

Top Health Care Advocate Takes Lead Role Representing The Patient Community In California

Posted: Dec 13, 2006 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif./December 13, 2006 – Perry Communications Group, Inc. (PCG) is pleased to announce that Liz Helms, Director of Advocacy & Outreach, is taking on a full-time role as President and CEO of the TMJ and Orofacial Pain Society of America (TOPS America).

This transition allows Ms. Helms and TOPS America to fulfill a request by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’ Office to catalyze the patient advocacy community and support health care reform.  To that end, Ms. Helms is organizing a roundtable to coalesce expertise from various chronic disease and health care reform organizations.

“Liz’s transition to full-time nonprofit advocacy work is long overdue.  She has been a driving force within our grassroots advocacy campaigns here at the firm and has trained our staff in the fine art of patient and health care advocacy,” said Kassy Perry, President and CEO of Perry Communications Group.  “She leaves us well positioned to continue advocacy work for our clients, and we look forward to working closely with her in her new capacity.” READ MORE