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August 13, 2005
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Suzanne Vogel-Scibilia, M.D., Pennsylvania Psychiatrist, Elected New National NAMI Board President.
PR Newswire; 8/10/2005
HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Suzanne Vogel-Scibilia, M.D., of Beaver, PA, was elected president of national NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, at the recent national convention in Austin, Texas.
Vogel-Scibilia is a long-time board member of NAMI-PA, as well as the national NAMI board.
"NAMI has tirelessly advanced the cause of persons with mental illness, their families and friends for over 26 years," Vogel-Scibilia said. "We look forward to more successes in the coming years involving our goals of advocacy, support, education, and research."
A clinical psychiatrist, Vogel-Scibilia operates an independent mental health clinic in Beaver County. She has had bipolar disorder since the age of fifteen.
Vogel-Scibilia is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Western Psychiatric Institute and serves on the faculty of two community hospitals. She stays very active leading local peer education and support groups and acts in an advisory capacity for national organizations.
"Since I am a consumer, a family member and a provider," Vogel-Scibilia said, "I reflect the broad perspective that NAMI brings to our important advocacy movement."
"The entire organization is extremely proud that Suzanne Vogel-Scibilia, M.D., has been elected national president," said Jim Jordan, executive director of NAMI-PA, "and that Carol Caruso, our state president, was elected to the national NAMI board."
Vogel-Scibilia and Caruso are co-chairs of NAMIWalks, the Pennsylvania statewide walk-a-thon and fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2005, with 9 A.M. registration behind the Capitol in Harrisburg.
For information on NAMI-PA call 1-800-223-0500, or visit the website at http://namipa.nami.org/.
NAMI-PA is the largest family- and consumer-based organization in Pennsylvania dedicated to improving the lives of individuals impacted by mental illness, providing education, training, support and advocacy throughout Pennsylvania to improve the lives of the estimated 1 in 5 Pennsylvanians affected by serious mental illness. NAMI-PA has 60 affiliates across the state, with 9000 members.
CONTACT: Bonnie Squires for NAMI Pennsylvania, +1-610-649-0998, or Cellular: +1-610-329-6826
Web site: http://namipa.nami.org/
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MOTHER MISSING SINCE MARCH; POLICE SEEK PUBLIC'S HELP IN LOCATING WOMAN WHO DIDN'T RETURN TO GROUP HOME.
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY); 8/10/2005
Byline: Sue Weibezahl Staff writer
Clues in the March disappearance of a Syracuse woman have dried up, and city police are pleading with the public for help in locating her.
Tracy Kulas, 30, of 703 W. Onondaga St., has had no contact with relatives or friends since she climbed into a pickup truck outside her group home the evening of March 16.
Staff at Lincoln Elms Residence told police it was dark out, and they couldn't see who was inside the black open-backed truck. But they were fairly sure no force was used to get Kulas into the vehicle. Detectives believe she'd met the person in an Internet chat room.
The mother of three was estranged from her husband, Frank Kulas, of Kirkville, said Detective Rita Boskovski, of the Syracuse Police Department's missing-persons unit.
Tracy Kulas had a lawyer and had been trying to arrange a visitation schedule with her children, all of whom are younger than 12 and live with their father.
Although Frank Kulas indicated to police earlier this week he wanted to be involved in this latest effort to locate his wife, he has since hired a lawyer and refused to comment on the investigation, Sgt. Tom Connellan said.
It's been a frustrating case for police, Lt. Rebecca Thompson said.
"We've exhausted just about all of our leads - issuing subpoenas, canvassing areas, recanvassing areas, interviewing people - we are kind of running out of options now," she said.
Tracy Kulas has a bipolar mental illness and has been treated for personality disorders. She has been suicidal in the past when she did not take her medication, police said.
In late November, she moved from Hutchings Psychiatric Center to the group home and was regularly in contact with health care workers after her relocation, police said.
"It is believed that she has not taken her medication since she went missing," Connellan said.
There has been no activity on her bank accounts. Although she had been missing previously, it was never for longer than 48 hours, detectives said.
Police have no idea if she's still alive, Thompson said.
"We don't have anything to conclude either way, but we certainly hope she's well and happy and for whatever reason, just hasn't contacted anybody," she said.
Police recently hung posters in local hotels and motels Tracy Kulas used to frequent with dates she had met through the Internet. They also distributed them in areas where she had been seen before, Thompson said. Those steps were suggested by the National Center for Missing Adults, which has helped with the investigation.
City police checked phone records and computer logs but have not been able to unearth any leads, Thompson said.
"We're hoping another plea to the public might turn up some new information," Connellan said.
Where's Tracy Kulas?
Syracuse police are looking for help finding the mother of three who was last seen March 16. Police described her as 5 feet 4 inches tall and about 185 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts can call detectives at 442-5222.
COPYRIGHT 2005 All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of The Herald Co. by the Gale Group, Inc.
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