Changes are afoot at Columbia Community Mental Health (CCMH) this summer. 

The local non-profit and largest employer in Columbia County has unveiled a new logo, with an emphasis on the “community” part of their name. 

“We decided it wasn’t necessary to change the actual name of CCMH even though we do so much more than mental health,” CCMH Executive Director Julia Jackson said. “We wanted to stay true to our roots and honor the ‘household name’ it has become, and we want it to remain; largely the reason for using the acronym as the main image.” 

Underneath the acronym in the logo, the name of the agency is spelled out, emphasizing the word “community” as the agency is often mistaken for “Columbia County Mental Health.” 

“Community is actually very important to us and needs emphasis to communicate the spirit of what we do. An individual’s mental and physical health is only as strong as the community that surrounds them; the time-old phrase ‘it takes a village’ is true and critical to long term health, happiness, and sustainability,” Jackson said. 

There is no set color for the logo, and the colors on CCMH brochures, business cards, event materials, and website will be ever-changing and diverse like the people and community the agency has served since 1975, Jackson said.

“We hope it makes the statement that CCMH is unified under one mission, but adaptable to the uniqueness of each staff member, client and community we serve,” Jackson said.

In addition to the new logo, CCMH has also revamped their website to include Board of Director biographies for review under their “Who We Are” section. The board now has two new members in their leadership: County Commissioner Alex Tardif has taken over as president, and Brandee Dudzic will take over as Vice President. 

Tardif said he is excited about the opportunity to continue his work on the CCMH board as president, and that his board is committed to the community and providing the best care possible.

“I will work with my board to achieve measurable outcomes, to ensure our agency is meeting the needs of our community while providing passionate care,” Tardif said. “Our agency has made large strides this last year and my vision is to continue to build upon that in hopes of becoming a state model for behavioral health care.”

Dudzic, who will perform Tardif’s duties in his absence, will work as Tardif’s “right hand woman.” 

“I can distill the sum of those responsibilities into just one word: stewardship,” Dudzic said. “Anyone can author and implement policy, but it takes a special kind of person with a go-getter attitude to be a successful VP.” 

Dudzic said she was the right person for the job because she is a professional problem solver – literally. She recently graduated from Portland State University with a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution, though she prefers the term “conflict transformation.”

Dudzic’s vision for the board is to wholly engage in bridge building, adding that as a board, they will be re-reading their by-laws and strategic plan line by line and will have an honest discussion about what’s working, what isn’t, and how to move forward.

“We are always grateful to have community members volunteer their time to sit on our board,” Jackson said. “The previous board chair, Mary Mitchell, and vice president, Janet Spika Kena, were also amazing and care deeply about the future of CCMH. The board values CCMH by recognizing that change and renewed focus is part of continued development. I’m excited to see what the future holds with Alex and Brandee leading the charge.”


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