Meet the Staff
Clare Miller, Director
Clare Miller has served as Director of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health since 2003. Clare is responsible for the strategy and execution of the program. Under her leadership, the Partnership has grown to a network of more than 5,000 employers and related health purchasing stakeholders; the program now responds to more than 100 employer inquiries per month.
Before joining the Partnership, Clare was Manager of the Center for Prevention and Health Services at the National Business Group on Health. At the Business Group, she focused on a variety of employer health issues, including mental health and substance use disorders, terrorism and public health emergency preparedness, and public policy and marketplace issues. Prior to that, Clare was the Director of Public Policy for Mental Health America, where she served as the Director for Public Policy. She managed the association's national advocacy center, providing technical assistance to over 340 affiliate organizations and local and state advocacy partners.
Clare serves on the Council of Advisors for the Center for Health Value Innovation. She previously served on the Board of Directors for ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership and the National Business Group on Health’s Advisory Council on Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health.
Clare received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Salisbury University in Philosophy and English.
Kate A. Burke, MA, Associate Director
Kate Burke joined the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health as Associate Director in July 2012. Kate’s chief responsibilities are to develop educational content for employers for the purpose of advancing workplace mental health and external relationship-building with corporate leaders. She plays a leading role in the publication of Mental Health Works and the growth of our program website.
Kate brings more than 15 years of experience in the private and non-profit sectors, where she worked in operational management and human resources with the professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. She focused on performance management, process improvement, and change management projects in San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC. In conjunction with her Master’s degree Kate worked at Working Minds, a core project of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, which provides tools to workplaces to reduce the incidence of suicide among working-aged adults through early recognition and intervention. Kate has also worked with a metro DC management company, a national non-profit higher education association, and a national life insurance company.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a Latin American emphasis from Westmont College and a Master of Arts in Social Enterprise from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.
Mary Claire Kraft, Program Manager
Mary Claire Kraft joined the staff of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health in 2005. As Program Manager, Mary Claire develops programmatic content and manages the program’s communication vehicles, including the Partnership website and Mental Health Works (circulation of 50,000). She designs and implements strategies for reaching corporate representatives that purchase or manage mental health benefits and programs on behalf of their employee population.
Prior to her current position, Mary Claire served as Program Associate for the Partnership, and before that, Mary Claire was the Development Associate for the American Psychiatric Foundation. As Development Associate, she planned national educational events for audiences of more than 5,000 psychiatrists, worked with celebrities to publicly share their personal experience with mental illnesses, and organized national and community fundraising benefit events.
Mary Claire received a Bachelor of Science in Communications from James Madison University, where she specialized in Public Relations.
Nancy Spangler, PhD, Consultant
Nancy Spangler has worked as a consultant to the Partnership since 2006 to devise communication strategies and to develop collaborative relationships with employers who have programs, policies, and practices supporting mental health across the spectrum of prevention, screening, and effective treatment.
Nancy developed workplace health promotion, population health management, and health-behavior change strategies beginning in 1983 with a Boston-area consulting group and for nine years with Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. As president of her own consulting firm, Spangler Associates, she helps organizations look broadly at health issues and the multiple systems that support health. Her diverse clients have included employers, managed care organizations, benefit consultants, pharmaceutical companies, professional organizations, and governmental agencies. She also practiced as an occupational therapist in a variety of settings.
Nancy holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas. Her doctor of philosophy degree was in therapeutic science, an interdisciplinary area of study at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has taught and mentored graduate level students for Boston University, George Washington University, Rockhurst University, and the University of Kansas. Nancy has published peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters on behavior change and workplace mental health issues. She is an experienced presenter and keynote speaker on organizational and health-related topics.