Gary Ander, MS, currently retired, was the project director of the Alamance Alliance for Children and Families, an early childhood SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) system of care grant embedded in Alamance County Social Services. As a licensed clinical social worker, Gary has worked across the spectrum of populations living with mental illness from adults to very young children. For 15 years Gary coordinated and facilitated the Domestic Violence Prevention Program for men in Alamance and is the past chair of Victim’s Assistance Advocacy Council of Alamance. For the past twelve years Gary has worked on developing a community wide system of care in Alamance County to respond to the comprehensive needs of children and families living with mental illness. He currently is the Co-chair of the North Carolina Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families, and sits on the board of the North Carolina Infant/Young Child Mental Health Association where he chairs the organization’s advocacy committee.