Caroline Haskell, director of Health and Wellness Services at CSU Monterey Bay, has been named to the Monterey County Mental Health Commission.

Fourth District Supervisor Jane Parker appointed Haskell to the position; her term will expire in May 2013.

The commission reviews and evaluates the community’s mental health needs, services, facilities and special problems. Commissioners act as advocates for local mental health services, a task for which Haskell is well prepared.

A staff member at the university since 1996, she is the founding director of the Personal Growth and Counseling Center and currently oversees all campus health and wellness services, including the PGCC, the campus chaplaincy, the campus Health Center, Health Promotion and Prevention and the office of Student Disability Resources. She provides counseling and psychological services for students, staff and faculty and is an adjunct faculty member.

Haskell earned a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and a B.A. in comparative literature from UC Berkeley. She received an advanced graduate certificate in Contemplative Clinical Practice from Smith College School for Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker with the California Board of Behavioral Science Examiners and a board certified diplomate with the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.

In 2010, Haskell received the Jay Foss Clinical Services Award. The award is given annually to someone who, in the opinion of the commissioners, has provided outstanding mental health services in the local community. The award is named for the late Jay Foss, a former member of the commission.

In 2005, Haskell was awarded the CSUMB President’s Medal for exemplary service to the university and commitment to its vision. Her campus peers nominated her for the award.