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Mary Jane Gross was inducted into the Health category in 2011.

My Story

Mary Jane Gross is Founder, President and CEO of Stars Behavioral Health Group, which provides quality mental health care to the poor, homeless, uninsured and underinsured. Mary Jane was an experienced primary health and mental health nurse when she founded Stars Behavioral Health in Oakland more than 23 years ago. At Stars she is an innovator and entrepreneur who has found ways to provide valuable mental health services to adults and youth who probably would have no other way to get them. Mary Jane's determination to provide these services has helped Stars expand to 15 sites throughout California, with more than 1,000 employees.