Christopher J. Harrer Joins Didi Hirsch Board
For Immediate Release
USC Educator appointed to Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ Board
LOS ANGELES, Calif. July 15, 2014–University of Southern California Marshall School of Business educator Christopher J. Harrer honored his mother’s memory and his passion for erasing the stigma of mental illness by joining the Board of Directors of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services this week.
Harrer was a child when his mother, Patricia, was appointed to the board of directors of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. A close friend of Didi Hirsch, the social worker and benefactor for whom the agency was named, Patricia Harrer served on the board for 20 years before she died in 2004.
“My mother was a passionate volunteer and a big part of the history of Didi Hirsch,” Harrer says. “I wanted not only to honor my mother’s legacy but also to continue to help erase the stigma of mental illness, to make a difference in mental health and to help build and grow the Suicide Prevention Center.”
Harrer is a Senior Director and Adjunct Professor at the USC Marshall School of Business, who has instructed more than 2,000 students since he began teaching at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in 2002. He received the Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2005.
An accomplished entrepreneur in the hospitality and information management industries, Harrer founded United Document Storage LLC (UDS), which operates off-site document storage, shredding and other services. Harrer was President and Chief Executive Officer of UDS before he sold it in 2012. He is also the founder and former President and Chief Executive Officer of PCH Ventures LLC and Pacifico’s LLC, real estate and restaurant holding companies that he sold to investors in 2004.
Harrer, who earned an MBA and an MSBA from USC and has a BBA degree from Loyola Marymount University, will chair Didi Hirsch’s financial resources committee. He has served on several boards of directors for USC and was a past president of the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades. He also volunteers for the Adopt-a-Family Program, Union Rescue Mission and Homeboy Industries. Harrer lives in Malibu and has four children.
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services provides mental health, substance use disorder and wellness services to more than 74,000 children and adults in 11 locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties each year. Our Suicide Prevention Center’s Crisis Line has English- and Spanish-speaking counselors available 24/7, is one of five centers nationwide to operate the Disaster Distress Helpline, and offers online emotional support, community training and bereavement support groups for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. Learn more at www.didihirsch.org.
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