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2020 Conference Speakers

Conference Speakers for 2020

MHA's 2020 Annual Conference: From Resiliency To Recovery will feature dozens of breakout speakers, plenary sessions and keynotes.

MHA will be releasing our Call for Proposals on September 30.

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KEYNOTES FROM 2019

Dr. Joshua A. Gordon

Dr. Joshua A. Gordon

Director of the National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Joshua A. Gordon is the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Gordon received his MD/PhD degrees at the University of California, San Francisco…

Dr. Timothy Shriver

Dr. Timothy Shriver

Chairman of the Board of Special Olympics

Dr. Timothy Shriver is the Chairman of the Board of Special Olympics. Shriver leads the International Board of Directors and serves together with over 5.6 million Special Olympics…

Jesse Milan, Jr.

Jesse Milan, Jr.

President and CEO of Aids United

Jesse Milan, Jr. is the president and CEO of Aids United and a tireless community advocate and nationally recognized expert on HIV/AIDS policies and programs. He joined…

Scott Badesch

Scott Badesch

President/CEO of the Autism Society of America

Scott Badesch is the President/CEO of the Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest and largest autism grassroots organization. In his role as President/CEO, Mr. Badesch has transformed…


Session Speakers from 2019

Al Levin

Assistant Principal

Al Levin is an assistant principal at an urban, public elementary school. He’s been in education for nearly twenty…


Alejandra Posada

Chief Operating Officer for MHA of Greater Houston

Alejandra Posada serves as Chief Operating Officer for MHA of Greater Houston. Since 2010, she has led the…


Amanda Talty

President and CEO

Amanda Talty brings over 15 years of experience developing and implementing strategic programs designed to spark…


Amy Oestreicher

Audie-Award nominated PTSD specialist

Amy Oestreicher is an Audie-Award nominated PTSD specialist, artist, author of "My Beautiful Detour," Huffington Post…


Amy Wassmann

Masters in Social Work

Amy Wassmann has a Masters in Social Work and has been working on mental health, substance abuse, social/emotional…


Andrew Sperling

Director of Legislative and Policy Advocacy at NAMI

Andrew Sperling has been Director of Legislative and Policy Advocacy at NAMI since 1996. In that role, he oversees…


Anna Mendez

Executive Director for Partner for Mental Health

Anna Mendez joined Partner for Mental Health as Executive Director in 2016 after a decade of providing and…


Anne Marie Galanis

Chief Clinical Officer at FAIR Health

Anne Marie Galanis, RN, is chief clinical officer at FAIR Health, a national, independent, nonprofit organization…


Barbara Coffey M.D., M.S.

Internationally known specialist in Tourette syndrome

Barbara Coffey M.D., M.S., is an internationally known specialist in Tourette syndrome (TS) and related disorders, such…


Brandon Newsome, M.D.

General Adult Psychiatry Program at Boston Medical Center

Brandon Newsome, M.D. did his medical training at the University of South Alabama. He is currently in his 3rd year…


Charlie Lucas

Co-founder for the NotOK

Charlie Lucas is the co-founder for the NotOK app and is at 13-years-old is a self-taught coder, proficient in…


Chris Calitz 

Director of the Center for Workplace Health Research and Evaluation

Chris Calitz is Director of the Center for Workplace Health Research and Evaluation. Before joining AHA, Chris was…


Christina Miller, Ph.D.

President and CEO of Mental Health America Los Angeles

Christina Miller, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Mental Health America Los Angeles. A licensed psychologist with over…


Clarence Jordan

Beacon Health Options’ national Wellness & Recovery Program

Clarence Jordan leads Beacon Health Options’ national Wellness & Recovery Program. Jordan received the…


Dakota Rosenfelt

Pharmacy School and is the founder of HemoTool

Dakota Rosenfelt is currently in his 4th year of Pharmacy School and is the founder of HemoTool, an app created to…


Dana Fields-Johnson

Program Manager at Prevention Institute

Dana Fields-Johnson is a Program Manager at Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit center dedicated to…


David Charles, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt University Clinical Neurosciences Institute

David Charles, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer of the Vanderbilt University Clinical Neurosciences Institute. Dr…


Dawn Taylor, Psy.D

Manager of the Intensive Residential and Residential units at Melrose Center

Dawn Taylor, Psy.D is the Manager of the Intensive Residential and Residential units at Melrose Center. As a…


Denise Takakjy

Licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania

Denise Takakjy is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania. She has been working as a counselor for over…


Dr. Naomi Pollock

licensed clinical social worker

Dr. Naomi Pollock is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with individuals and families as a therapist…


Eduardo Sanchez, M.D.

American Heart Association

Eduardo Sanchez, M.D. serves as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Prevention and Chief of the Center for Health…


Elizabeth Franklin

Executive Director of the Cancer Policy Institute (CPI) at the Cancer Support Community (CSC)

Elizabeth Franklin, LGSW, ACSW, is Executive Director of the Cancer Policy Institute (CPI) at the Cancer Support…


Elizabeth Breier

Training and Implementation Specialist at The Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery

Elizabeth Breier, MAHAP, is a Training and Implementation Specialist at The Center for Rehabilitation and Recovery…


Ellen Palmer

co-founder and COO of Healing Meals Community Project

Ellen Palmer is the co-founder and COO of Healing Meals Community Project (“Healing Meals”). Ellen’s former…


Hannah Lucas

co-founder for the NotOK

Hannah Lucas the co-founder for the NotOK app and has a passion for both mental health advocacy and business. At…


Jessica Miller

behaviorist and advocate in the field of developmental disabilities and child and adolescent psychology

Jessica Miller has been a behaviorist and advocate in the field of developmental disabilities and child and…


John Schall

Chief Executive Officer of the Caregiver Action Network

John Schall is the Chief Executive Officer of the Caregiver Action Network and is the organization’s content…


Junqing Liu

Research Scientist at NCQA

Junqing Liu is a Research Scientist at NCQA. Dr. Liu leads quality measure development and testing efforts in the…


Justin Birckbichler

founder of aBallsySenseofTumor.com

Justin Birckbichler is a men’s health activist, testicular cancer survivor, and founder of aBallsySenseofTumor.com…


Karin Tse

Health Outcomes and Research Coordinator

Karin Tse is the Health Outcomes and Research Coordinator at the Lupus Foundation of America. Karin brings her…


Katherine Pruitt

American Lung Association

Katherine Pruitt has worn many hats in her 25 years with the American Lung Association, and developed expertise on…


Lara Bloom

international Executive Director of the Ehlers-Danlos Society

Lara Bloom is the international Executive Director of the Ehlers-Danlos Society and responsible for globally…


Latifa Boyce

Director of the National Resource Center on Lupus

Latifa Boyce serves as the Director of the National Resource Center on Lupus for the Lupus Foundation of America.…


Lisa Giles

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lisa Giles is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania. She recently relocated to Virginia when her…


Lisa Kugler, PsyD.

ice President/ CEO of the Beacon Health Options Maryland Division

Lisa Kugler, PsyD. serves as the Vice President/ CEO of the Beacon Health Options Maryland Division.  …


Luis Montes

Chief Service Officer Of MHA Los Angeles North County

Luis Montes is the Chief Service Officer Of MHA Los Angeles North County works with adults impacted by…


Luther Richert

Chief Service Officer of the South County for Mental Health America Los Angeles

Luther Richert is the Chief Service Officer of the South County for Mental Health America Los Angeles. For over 20…


Madi Rajulapalli, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer for Aetna Better Health of Louisiana

Madi Rajulapalli, M.D. serves as Chief Medical Officer for Aetna Better Health of Louisiana. Dr. Rajulapalli…


Marcia Meier


Marcia Meier has been involved in the nationally renowned program for ED-DMT1 at Melrose Center in a collaborative…


Margaret Morrison

adult Cystic Fibrosis social worker

Margaret Morrison is an adult Cystic Fibrosis social worker at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC. Margaret is a…


Marianne Buchanan

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Marianne Buchanan has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of North Carolina since 2001. …


Mario Tovar

clinical psychologist

Mario Tovar is a clinical psychologist in Texas, and serves as the director of behavioral health and substance…


Mary Jones

President and CEO of the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas

Mary Jones is currently the President and CEO of the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas and is part…


Matt Miclette

psychiatric and mental health board certified registered nurse

Matt Miclette is a military veteran and a psychiatric and mental health board certified registered nurse. During…


Michelle Eakins, M.D. 

Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University

Michelle Eakins, M.D. is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Johns…


Mike Koprowski

National Campaign Director of Opportunity Starts at Home

Mike Koprowski is the National Campaign Director of Opportunity Starts at Home.  Most recently, he lived in…


Nadine Wilches

champion of systemic interventions and interweaves treatments

Nadine Wilches is a champion of systemic interventions and interweaves treatments into the practice to optimize…


Oladimeji Akinboro, M.D.


Oladimeji Akinboro, M.D. had his medical training at the University of Ilorin College of Health Sciences, Ilorin,…


Rebecca David

Vice President of Policy & Advocacy for the National Council for Behavioral Health

Rebecca David brings 10+ years’ experience in health systems financing, addiction and mental health parity,…


Rebecca Palpant Shimkets


Rebecca Palpant Shimkets has 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Over the past decade and a…


Renae Vania Tomczak

President & CEO of MHA of Greater Houston

Renae Vania Tomczak joined MHA of Greater Houston as President & CEO in July 2018. Previously, she served as…


Robert Pompa

Behavioral Change Specialist

Robert Pompa serves as Behavioral Change Specialist in a hospital-based HIV clinic since 2011.  Rob…


Ruben Cantu

Prevention Institute’s Safety and Wellbeing

Ruben Cantu is a program manager on Prevention Institute’s Safety and Wellbeing team. He has more than 20 years of…


Rwenshaun Miller

therapist

Rwenshaun Miller is a therapist and speaker who creates safe spaces for open and honest dialogue about mental…


Ryvell Fitzpatrick, J.D.

Assistant Ombudsman for Public Education in the DC State Board of Education

Ryvell Fitzpatrick, J.D. is the Assistant Ombudsman for Public Education in the DC State Board of Education where…


Sabrina Farina


Sabrina Farina LMSW is a Social Worker with 20 years’ experience working with health care multidisciplinary teams…


Scott Fadness


Scott Fadness is the Mayor of the City of Fishers, Indiana.  Fadness became Mayor of the City of Fishers,…


Seth Rotberg


Seth Rotberg is a rare disease advocate and motivational speaker who is passionate about bringing his personal…


Sherwood Randolph Jr.


Sherwood Randolph Jr. is a native of Virginia, husband and father, and is a graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth…


Simone Lambert, Ph.D.

67th President of the American Counseling Association

Simone Lambert, Ph.D. is currently serving as the 67th President of the American Counseling Association. She…


Siobhan Morse 

Foundations Recovery Network

Siobhan Morse spearheads research, clinical operations management and new product development for Foundations…


Steve Orusa

Project Leader of the Fishers Mental Health Task Initiative

Steve Orusa serves as the Project Leader of the Fishers Mental Health Task Initiative. He has served as the Fire…


Suzanne Clifford

CEO of Inspiring Transformations

Suzanne Clifford is the CEO of Inspiring Transformations, a catalyst for mental health and substance use disorder…


Suzi Craig

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Policy of Mental Health Connecticut

Suzi Craig is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Policy of Mental Health Connecticut. She brings…


Tanya Sockol

national and international advocate for individuals and families

Tanya Sockol is a national and international advocate for individuals and families whose lives are affected by…


Thomas Hart, J.D.

advocating for individuals

Thomas Hart, J.D., has spent more than a decade advocating for individuals with lived experience in facing barriers…


Tim Livengood

health care marketer

Tim Livengood is an accomplished health care marketer and a previous healthcare administrator. He currently serves…


Tonya Fulwider

Program Director at MHA Franklin County

Tonya Fulwider is the program director at MHA Franklin County. In this role, Tonya oversees the agency’s…