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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

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

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

Chance Browning

Senior Director of Programs, Caregiver Action Network

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


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

Guyton Colantuono

Executive Director, Project Return Peer Support Network

Helga Luest

Director of Marketing and Publications, Abt Associates

Jacqueline Dozier

Community Member

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

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

Lisa Hamp

Speaker and 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.

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