Patsy Dolan Bouressa

Photo Credit Julia Reihs
  • What does your organization do?

    The SIMS Foundation provides comprehensive behavioral healthcare to musicians, music industry professionals and their dependent family members. SIMS also provides free education on behavioral health topics and is on many committees that are trying to improve the way behavioral healthcare is delivered in the United States. Lastly, SIMS actively participates in many collaborative groups working to improve the music industry as whole with regards to diversity, equity, inclusion and pay.
  • How did you become interested in this work?

    I always knew I wanted to work in the behavioral healthcare field and received BA in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work. Match that with my love of music and it just made sense.
  • What drives your passion?

    Knowing that these issues are stigmatized and that stigma leads to people suffering needlessly.
  • Do you have a mentor or a role model?

    This list is far too long. I have professors who inspired me, co-workers who taught me all the things that you can’t learn in the classroom, and so many clients who have helped me gain an even deeper understanding of the things we all struggle with as humans.
  • What's the biggest challenge in your work?

    As a non-profit, the biggest hurdle is always fundraising. It is a very challenging being responsible for the financial stability of a non-profit.
  • What's the best advice that you have ever received?

  • What are your top tips for new Executive Directors?

    a) Collaborate with other organizations.
    b) Be open to feedback from anyone who has feedback.
    c) Hire people who have the qualifications you need, and don’t settle.