Meet the dedicated team of the Center for Workplace Mental Health.
Darcy Gruttadaro joined the APA Foundation in 2017 as the director of the Center for Workplace Mental Health. As director, she is developing and implementing the Center’s strategic direction and continued growth. In this role, she will develop strategic relationships and collaboration with employers, business groups representing employers, colleague organizations and other key stakeholders. Before joining the Center, Ms. Gruttadaro served in multiple senior level positions with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). This work focused on initiatives to expand access to effective mental health services and supports for people impacted by mental health conditions. Ms. Gruttadaro has extensive experience in advocacy, policy and programmatic approaches to expanding evidence-based practices, improving early intervention, securing insurance coverage for mental health services and building a broader array of effective services and supports that promote resiliency and recovery.
Prior to NAMI, Ms. Gruttadaro worked with national organizations representing managed care organizations in analyzing state and federal insurance laws and regulations. She also practiced law with the Harris Beach law firm, concentrating her legal practice on health care and mental health related issues. She served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. Ms. Gruttadaro earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarkson University and a JD from Western New England University School of Law.
Ewuria Darley joined the American Psychiatric Association Foundation in 2016. As the associate director for the Center of Workplace Mental Health, her chief responsibilities include developing educational content for employers to advance workplace mental health, fostering external relationships with corporate leaders, producing the monthly Mental Health Works publication and optimizing resources for growth of the program website.
Prior to her appointment at American Psychiatric Association Foundation, Ewuria served as the director of health promotion at Well Space, LLC, a company that provides wellness and fitness programs to corporations and individuals. In that role, she provided leadership to position the organization at the forefront of the health and wellness industry; designed and implemented health communication, health coaching, fitness and nutritional programs; conducted research to establish workplace health promotion best practices, and addressed health disparities through community health and wellness campaigns. Prior to her work at Well Space, she served as a director with COPD Foundation and Federal Occupational Health to increase help improve the health status of American workers.
Ewuria earned her MS Degree in Health Promotion Management from American University in Washington, DC, a BA in psychology and a BA in biology from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.
Nancy Spangler, PhD, OTR/L has worked as a consultant to the Center for Workplace Mental Health 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.