PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Diana Lunt of Metuchen was named President of the Community Hope Board of Directors at the nonprofit organization's recent annual meeting. She is the daughter of the agency's late co-founder, Carmela Lunt, who led the agency as board president for 26 years until 2011 when Vice President and Co-founder Eileen Griffith of Chester took on the role of President. After seven years as Board President, Ms. Griffith will remain on the board as a Director.
Diana Lunt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with almost thirty years of experience working with adults and children using a variety of theoretical perspectives in individual, couples, and family therapy. Since 1989, she has held a private practice as a Psychoanalyst in Metuchen, New Jersey. Ms. Lunt joined the Community Hope Board of Directors in 2015, following the passing of her mother, Carmela Lunt, who co-founded the nonprofit organization in 1985 and led the organization as President for 26 years until her retirement in 2011. Carmela Lunt was a nationally-recognized advocate for individuals with mental illness and led the nonprofit to unprecedented growth during her tenure as president.
Ms. Griffith co-founded Community Hope in 1985. She served as Vice President of the Board of Directors until 2011, when she became President of the Board and served in that capacity until June 2018. She is the former President of the Morris County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She previously served on the boards of NAMI-NJ and the Mental Health Association of Morris County. She is the Former President and Current Member of the Greystone Park (Hospital) Association and has volunteered at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital for more than 30 years. Ms. Griffith had served as a Court-appointed Monitor on the Doe vs. Klein Monitoring Committee and was a State Certified Site Reviewer for community mental health services facilities. Ms. Griffith is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the wife of a Korean War veteran.
Community Hope's Board of Directors is composed of 16 members from diverse professions and fields, including the banking, legal, business, financial, pharmaceutical and wealth management industries and members who have served in our military as well as those who are recognized advocates for veterans and individuals with mental illness.