Our Board of Directors
Founder & President of the Peace Of Mind Foundation
Co-director of McLean OCD Institute // Houston
Dr. McIngvale’s is the Director of the McLean OCD Institute at Houston, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, where she maintains an active clinical, research and leadership role. Her clinical interests focus on OCD, anxiety disorders, mental health stigma and access to mental health care. She is the founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to OCD. Dr. McIngvale operates ocdchallenge.org, a free self-help website for OCD which is live in 6 languages and serves nearly 4,000 individuals. She was the first ever national spokesperson for the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF) and now serves on their board of directors. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Loyola University Chicago, her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Houston and is currently pursuing her MBA from Kellogg’s School of Business Management at Northwestern University. Dr. McIngvale engages in advocacy, clinical work, research and teaching related to OCD and anxiety disorders. She is a renowned speaker on both the local and national level speaking on behalf of OCD, mental illness and mental health stigma. Dr. McIngvale has received numerous awards for her advocacy and impact on the mental health field and currently serves as a director on 5 boards. She is internationally known and recognized for her clinical work and advancements in the OCD field. Dr. McIngvale is dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless and is grateful for a career which allows her to improve the lives of those living with a mental illness every day.
Owner of Westside Tennis and Fitness Club
Linda McIngvale has been a champion to the cause of mental health from day one with her daughter Elizabeth. Tirelessly fighting to not only find a cure to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) but to stamp out the stigma of mental health. When Elizabeth, Linda’s daughter asked to start a foundation to help others, Linda jumped on board immediately and helped make the Peace of Mind Foundation come to life. As a mother of four, Linda is a true matriarch to not only her family, but businesses as well. Along with her husband James “Mack” McIngvale, the McIngvale’s own and operate Gallery Furniture as well as Club Westside, a health and fitness club in Houston, Texas.
Founder and President of Love Advertising
Since opening in 1979 with a startup capital of $500, Brenda Love has grown Love Advertising to become one of the largest advertising agencies in Houston, with annual billings in excess of $35 million. The agency has developed an impressive list of local and regional clients including Gallery Furniture, Papa John’s Pizza, CenterPoint Energy, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Celltex Therapeutics Corporation, among others spanning across a diverse mix of industries. Love Advertising’s success, as well as Brenda’s respected reputation within the Texas business community, results directly from her dedication to hard work, strong ethics and a commitment to providing her clients with the best all-around advertising and public relations services possible. Brenda was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame in 2015, was awarded the 2016 Silver StarAward from the Houston Media Alliance for lifetime achievement and took home the 2015 Agency Principal of the Year. A native Houstonian, she has a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University and received the Outstanding Alumni Award for 2012. Additionally, she is a summa cum laude graduate from San Diego State University with a master’s degree in advertising and public relations. Brenda has served as the chairman of the Executive Board of Directors of the Houston Better Business Bureau, Cancer Counseling Board of Directors and serves on the Peace of Mind Board, National Advisory Board of the Chuck Norris KickStart Kids Program, Memorial Hermann FoundationBoard of Directors and the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center Advisory Council.
Vice President, Public Relations at Love Advertising
Behavior Therapy of Houston
John Hart, Ph.D. maintains a private practice in Houston, Texas at the Behavior Therapy of Houston. Additionally, he has been affiliated with the Menninger Clinic for 25 years where he serves as their anxiety disorders specialist. Dr. Hart was with the Menninger Clinic OCD Treatment Program since its inception and has presented nationally and regionally on the nature and treatment of obsessive-compulsive related disorders. Dr. Hart has a wide research interest and has published a number of articles on anxiety-related disorders. He has current research affiliations with the Menninger Child and Family Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Houston Clear Lake. Dr. Hart is currently the list advisor to the Parents of Adults with OCD, and serves as the facilitators of the Houston OCD Support Group and is a board member of the Peace of Mind Foundation, an advocacy organization for OCD suffers.
Owner of Vince Young Steakhouse
Laura McIngvale Brown, sister of Elizabeth has had a passion for mental since her sister was diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Like the entire McIngvale family, Laura is passionate about stamping out the stigma of mental illness. Full time, Laura and her husband Phil are restauranteurs and have owned and operated a successful steakhouse in Austin, Texas since 2010.
Dr. Garvin is the chief psychiatrist for the McLean OCD Institute at Houston, and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine. He is double board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Additionally, he has provided intensive psychotherapy and medication management for adults, adolescents, and children for over 12 years. He graduated medical school from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed his psychiatry residency and fellowship training at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine.
As a psychiatry resident, Dr. Garvin completed a 3-month rotation on the inpatient unit at The Menninger OCD Treatment Program in 2001 in Topeka, KS. Since then he has maintained a strong interest in OCD and other anxiety disorders and continued to provide evidence-based collaborative care and treatment with other community therapists. With the Houston OCD Program, he brings a strong understanding of how medications for OCD/Anxiety disorders are best utilized to help make ERP therapy as effective as possible
Dr. Rufino has a PhD in clinical psychology. After completing her predoctoral internship at Baylor College of Medicine she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Suicide Studies at The Menninger Clinic/Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Houston – Downtown. She also continues to pursue an active research program with the Menninger Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine that includes both suicide and OCD.