Holly Kastan is a mental health advocate who worked from 2016 to the present as a consultant to the Ohio State University’s Department of Psychiatry. Prior to that she served as Program Director for OSU Harding Behavioral Health’s Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Program, an initiative of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center that offers clinical services and education and conducts research to improve the lives of those suffering from traumatic experiences. Ms. Kastan was instrumental in creating the initial vision for the Program and continues to play an integral role in its ongoing development. As the Director of Development for OSU Harding Behavioral Health she has helped to procure over $1,000,000 to improve trauma and mental health services at Ohio State. Ms. Kastan is a licensed clinical social worker and received her Master’s Degree with honors from the The Ohio State University. Her undergraduate degree is from Duke University where she majored in management science.
In 2018 Ms. Kastan was awarded the OSU Department of Psychiatry’s prestigious STAR Award for her outstanding service to the Department and the Central Ohio community. She served on the Attorney General’s State Victims Assistance Advisory Committee. In 2014 she received the Woman of Valor Award from the National Council of Jewish Women in 2014 for contributions to the Jewish and mental health communities. Ms. Kastan was selected as an Olympic Torch bearer for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay for her work as a passionate advocate for improved services for those struggling with mental illness and homelessness. Ms. Kastan served on the board of Netcare and the Community Shelter Board (CSB), that funds services to support the City’s homeless population. From 1995-1999, she chaired CSB’s annual fundraising event that currently procures over $1.5 million annually. Ms. Kastan has advocated at the City, County, and State level on behalf of the plight of the community’s homeless citizens, and in 2002 she traveled to Washington to testify before a White house subcommittee on the success of The Shelter Board’s Rebuilding Lives Program. In 1997, she was presented with an award from the agency for outstanding leadership.
Ms. Kastan currently serves on the Strategic Planning and Public Policy Committees of the National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC). She has served on the Board of the Columbus Jewish Federation for over 25 years. In the early 1990’s she worked as a volunteer coordinator at Jewish Family Services and was instrumental in building a network of resources to aid in the resettlement of over 100 “new American families” who arrived in Columbus from the former Soviet Union. In 2001, she and her husband were honored for their leadership by Central Ohio State of Israel Bonds. They were also recognized in 1997 by The Columbus Jewish Foundation with its Vision Award for Outstanding leadership in the Jewish Community.
In her prior career, Ms. Kastan was Vice President of the commercial real estate division of M/I Homes. She served on both the Board of the company and its foundation from 1984-1993. From 1978-1983, she was Vice President of the commercial real estate division of the Fidelity Group of Boston.
She and her husband, Brad, have 5 children: Rebecca and Max Lipnick, Jake and Jenna Kastan and Sam Kastan.