News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 23, 2011

NEWSMAKERS: Oct. 23, 2011


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TERRE HAUTE — Dr. Marilyn Frey, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist, commemorated 45 years in practice Oct. 1.  Frey is renowned throughout the Paris community for her volunteer efforts, as well as her global contributions to the psychology profession.

Frey opened a practice at Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center in 1994. She spends much of her time in the Paris area, and sees patients from within a 130-mile radius. Her practice includes individual and family therapy, clinical assessment, and neuropsychological assessment. She also specializes in clinical and forensic psychology, and often works with attorneys and judges on family law issues, a person’s fitness to stand trial, and criminal cases.

Among her many volunteer contributions, Frey provides free educational programs to local organizations and community groups. She also leads rescue efforts for homeless animals and conducts a very successful “Charity Choice” book sale. Charity Choice has been a regular attraction on the west side of the square during the Saturday Farmer’s Market in Paris. Frey purchases the books and donates them to the sale. The monies raised go to each buyer’s favorite charity.

“I adore giving back,” Frey said. “That sounds corny, but I love doing things like this.”

So far this year, Charity Choice has raised more than $8,000, surpassing last year’s goal of $6,000. Of the $8,000, more than $4,000 has been given to the Compassionate Food Pantry in 2011. So far, Charity Choice has made donations to 30 charities in Edgar and Clark counties.

Frey maintains a private practice in Chicago, where she once served as Clinical Director for the City of Chicago, Department of Public Health, Bureau of Mental Health. She was appointed by former Gov. Jim Edgar to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, which she chaired for three years. She also is credited with writing the national licensure exam for psychologists.

Frey trains doctoral learners in clinical and forensic assessment, and general clinical practice. She also lectures throughout the United States.

In the recent past, Frey involved several local senior citizens in a global study that restandardized psychological and neuropsychological methodologies used in mental health and medical practice. Because of her efforts, individuals throughout the world are compared to a sample group that included residents from Edgar and Clark counties.

Frey’s office continues to standardize various cognitive, neuropsychological and forensic assessments to assure that small, rural populations are represented in national test instruments.

“I’m the luckiest person professionally,” Frey said. “I have no intention of retiring.”



Paul Thrift of Terre Haute has been named chair of the Sycamore Athletic Foundation Board of Directors.

Thrift, a 1991 graduate of Indiana State, has been an active member of the board and supporter of ISU athletics. He is president of Thompson Thrift, a full-service real estate development, architecture and construction company.

“I am very pleased to be supporting ISU in this role. I am excited about the formation of the Sycamore Athletic Foundation over the past year and the potential it holds to help ISU reach new heights in its athletic programs,” Thrift said. “ISU Athletics has consistently had to compete from the bottom of the Missouri Valley Conference in terms of annual fundraising. The athletic foundation is determined to put the financial resources provided to our athletic programs on par with our peer universities.”

 Thrift said the current level of support from the university and the foundation, coupled with the quality of ISU coaches, staff and players has never been more promising.

“This is an exciting time to be a Sycamore,” he said.

The Sycamore Athletic Foundation is the athletic philanthropic support division of the ISU Foundation. Since its inception in 2010, the athletic foundation board has worked to develop the framework to obtain long-term private support. Immediate priorities are creating a substantial student athlete scholarship fund, improving facilities and significantly increasing annual philanthropic support.

“We believe that Paul will lead the SAF Board to making great strides toward the organization’s priorities. His enthusiasm for our athletic programs and ties to the Wabash Valley will help us reach our goals,” Nate Green, SAF executive director, said.

Thrift follows Mike Blackwell, a 1971 ISU graduate, as chair of the Sycamore Athletic Foundation board.

“Mike has helped us set up the framework necessary for the Sycamore Athletic Foundation,” Green said. “I had the privilege to serve alongside Mike on the charter SAF board and I was impressed with his commitment to ensuring the success of Sycamore Athletics.”

Blackwell served as chair during the board’s charter year and was instrumental in the organization and development of the athletics foundation.