Our Founder

Gary Walby, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., M.S.

Gary’s career has spanned clinical practice, research, evaluation, community network improvement, and resource and sustainability development. He has focused on the enhancement and application of systems-based intervention and evaluation for much of his career. As a clinician he specialized in working with families at risk and adults with severe mental illness, using systemic family therapy and other systems based models. As an evaluator, Gary ensures that all evaluations, simple to intricate, are contextually relevant and applies systems and complexity models to enhance findings and to develop sustainability for the client.

As a successful grant writer, principal investigator, and project manager, he has helped to develop and integrate numerous programs related to mental health, maternal and child health, developmental disabilities, and children at risk. His efforts in conjunction with a capital development group have enhanced his capacity for supporting organizational and community sustainability. He has lead large strategic planning efforts for state and local government organizations as well as community-based organizations, and works closely with rural development and sustainability. Gary strongly believes in community, strong local businesses, and effective services as critical for local health, education and safety. His emphasis is on what is effective and efficient and he helps clients to select and implement evidence-based programs, is ‘data-driven’ in decision-making, and has helped start multiple coalitions and collaborations to increase community stability and capability. As a director on numerous boards for organizations, associations and coalitions, he has helped to promote sustainable growth and needed infrastructure.

Gary Walby received his Bachelor Degree from Michigan State University with a dual major in Psychology and Criminal Justice. He completed a Master’s of Science in Psychology from Nova University and a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of South Florida. Gary earned a Doctorate in Public Health with concentrations in evaluation of programs and policy, research methodology, participatory sustainability planning, development of evidence-based and best practices, and social-behavioral and community factors in mental illness and mental health from the College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health, University of South Florida.

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