Dr. David E. Dangerfield, executive director of Valley Mental Health in Salt Lake, has been elected chairman of the board of irectors for Mental Health Corporations of America Inc.

MHCA is a national system of not-for-profit mental health centers. Dangerfield's new responsibilities include reviewing committee assignments, integrating activities and providing general direction for the organization through policy setting and long-range planning.Dangerfield has been involved with mental health care for more than 20 years. He received his doctorate in social work from the University of Utah. In addition to serving as Valley Mental Health's executive director, Dangerfield is chairman of the board of directors for the Mental Health Risk Retention Group, an insurance company representing health care professionals.