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2020 Conference Speakers

Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Monica Lewinsky

Monica Lewinsky

Social Activist & Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair

Kelly Davis

Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports and Services, MHA

Ananya Cleetus

2019 - 2020 Member of MHA's CMHIC

Braden Renke

2019 - 2020 Member of MHA's CMHIC

Joi-Michelle Rhodes

2019 - 2020 Member of MHA's CMHIC

Juan Acosta

2019 - 2020 Member of MHA's CMHIC

Marissa Howdershelt

2019 - 2020 Member of MHA's CMHIC

Shivani Nishar

2019 - 2020 Member of MHA's CMHIC


Bell Chime Session Speakers

New this year - ten-minute, first-person stories from the main stage.

Ashley Sides Johnson

MHA of Vanderburgh County

Ben McAfee

Board of Directors, NAMI Broward County

Kelley Kitley

Author and Winner, MHA 2019 Brudney Social Work Award

Kim Sirois Pita

Board Chair, Mental Health Connecticut

Manya Chylinski

Author and Survivor of Boston Marathon Bombing

Rachel Slawson

Miss Utah

Samantha Hedden

Outreach Coordinator, Mental Health Minnesota

Shamaila Khan

Assistant Professor & Clinical Director, Center for Multicultural Mental Health, Boston University School of Medicine

Terry McGuire

Digital and Community Outreach Specialist, MHA of Wisconsin

Tom Starling

CEO, MHA of the Mid South

Breakout Session Speakers

Alba Prados Vilar

Psychotherapist


Alejandra Posada

Chief Operating Officer, MHA of Greater Houston


Aleksej Wilczek

Cosplayer & Screenwriter, WeDiscoverGeeks


Alexandra Orlandi

Co-developer, National Museum of Mental Health Project


Amber Wavryk

Manager of Educational Programs, WE Schools


America Paredes

Associate Vice President of Partnerships & Community Outreach, MHA


Angel Jones

Ph.D. Student, George Washington University


Anita Burgos

Senior Policy Analyst, The Bipartisan Policy Center


Aubrey Fine

Professor Emeritus, Department of Education, California State Polytechnic University


Barbara Sahli

Outreach Educator, Muslim Youth Voices


Brandon Dreiman

Captain, Coordinator of Firefighter Wellness & Support, Indianapolis Fire Department


Brijan M. Fellows

Program Director, University of Marlyand School of Medicine


Brittany Barnes

Director of Program Impact, MHA of Palm Beach County


Brook Griese

Co-Founder, Judi's House and JAG Institute


Brooksi Bottari

Director of Veterans Initiatives, Melwood Veteran Services


Bushra Ul-Haq

Director of Educational Programs, WE Schools


C. Grace Whiting

President and CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving


Candice Sorapuru

Co Founder/Clinical Director, Innovative Approaches Counseling Center


Cara McNulty

President, Aetna Behavioral Health


Caroline Posner

Administrator of Research & Evaluation, Elevate: A Policy Lab in Yale School of Medicine


Caroline Simmons

Senior Specialist for Policy Innovation and Impact, Elevate: A Policy Lab in Yale School of Medicine


Chance Browning

Senior Director of Programs, Caregiver Action Network


Christopher Lynn-Logue

Employer Engagement Manager, Thrive in your Workplace


Dana Fields-Johnson

Program Manager, Prevention Institute


Dana Foglesong

President, The International Association of Peer Supporters


Debbie Plotnick

Vice President for State and Federal Advocacy, Mental Health America


Donna Hardaker

Manager of Workplace Mental Health and Peer Engagement, Sutter Health


Douglas Bates

Assistant Professor, Winston-Salem State University


Elizabeth N Johnson

Psychotherapist


Ellen Kahn

Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships, Human Rights Campaign Foundation


Francesco Paladino

Certified Cognitive Life Coach and Comedian


Glenn Albright

Associate Professor, Baruch College of the City University of New York


Greg Kyllo

National Director of Program Innovations, Canadian Mental Health Association


Guyton Colantuono

Executive Director, Project Return Peer Support Network


Helga Luest

Director of Marketing and Publications, Abt Associates


Jacqueline Dozier

Community Member


Jacquelyn Gamino

Assistant Research Professor and Director, Adolescent Reasoning Initiative at the Center for BrainHealth, The University of Texas at Dallas


Janet Pozmantier

Founding Director, Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston


Janine Francolini

Founder, Flawless Foundation


Jean-Phillipe Regis

Associate Director of All Children - All Families, Human Rights Campaign Foundation


Jeanine Hoff

Founder, Where is the Sunshine?


Jenna White

Fairfax County Council PTA, Liaison to the Trauma Informed Community Network


Jennifer Spiegler

Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, Kognito


John Schall

Chief Executive Officer, Caregiver Action Network


Josie Cooper

Director, Movement Disorders Policy Coalition


Joy Burkhard

Founder and Executive Director, 2020 Mom and Mom Congress


Karen Alexander

Program Director, BrainFutures


Kat Mahoney

Owner/Creative Visionary and Life Skills Speaker, WeDiscoverGeeks


Kevin Lynch

Founder, President, and CEO, The Quell Foundation


Kristina Baker

Director of Recovery and Resilience, MHA of Palm Beach County


Liron David

Director of International Relations & Development, Enosh


Lisa Hamp

Virginia Tech Shooting Survivor


Liz Charpentier

Documentary Subject, Lift the Mask


Louis Gagnon

CEO, Total Brain


Louise Fleming

Chair of the Board, CARES Foundation


Margaret Hines

Founder and CEO, Kevin and Margaret Hines Foundation


Maria Sperduto

MOMS Partnership Scaling Coordinator (New York City), Elevate: A Policy Lab in Yale School of Medicine


Marianne Burdison

Senior Director of Strategic Alliances & Development, Government Relations, Centene Corporation


Marion Cooper

Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association of Manitoba and Winnipeg


Melanie Funchess

Director of Community Engagement, Mental Health Association of Rochester/ Monroe County


Michaeleen Renee Burns

Chief Clinical Officer, Judi's House and JAG Institute


Mike Sodini

President, Walk the Talk America


Nichole Goble

Program Coordinator, Caregiver Action Network


Nova Mahoney

Youth Artist, WeDiscoverGeeks


Pamela Greenberg

President and CEO, Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness


Patrick Hendry

Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports & Services, Mental Health America


Paul Piwko

Co-developer, National Museum of Mental Health Project


Quentin Vennie

Wellness Speaker


Rachael Steimnitz

Senior Manager of Program Implementation, Thrive in your Workplace


Randy Sconiers

Owner, Mental-Hop


Renee Folzenlogen

Arts in Mental Health Coordinator, the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc.


Ruben Cantu

Program Manager, Prevention Institute


Sara Pineda

Director of Programs, El Centro De Amistad


Sherwood Randolph Jr.

Behavioral Healthcare Manager, Capital Area Health Network


Sophie Pauze

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Mayor's Office of ThriveNYC


Steve Silvestri

Director of Public Policy, EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases


Steven Feldman

Executive Director, Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)


Sue Bergeson

VP of Consumer Affairs, Optum


Taylor Adams

Manager of Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health America


Terry Keane

Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Boston University


Thomas Lane

Senior Director of Recovery and Community Supports, Magellan


Tim Neal

Director of Athletic Training, Concordia University Ann Arbor


Tre Gabriel

Flawless Fellow, Flawless Foundation


Victor Armstrong

Vice President Behavioral Health, Atrium Health


Yanina Tsenkina

CEO, CYC Biomedical Consulting


Zenithson Ng

Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture College of Veterinary Medicine