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2020 Conference Speakers

Confirmed Speakers In Order of Agenda Appearance

Peter Carson

Peter Carson

Board Chair, Mental Health America

Paul Gionfriddo

President and CEO, Mental Health America

Joshua Gordon

Director, The National Institute of Mental Health

Bakari Sellers

Former State Legislator and CNN Contributor

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Melissa T. Merrick

President and CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America

Kenneth Cole

American Designer and Activist

Luz Maria Garcini

Assistant Professor, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy

America Paredes

Associate Vice President of Partnerships & Community Outreach, MHA National

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Solomon Thomas

Defensive Lineman for the San Francisco 49ers and Mental Health Advocate

Tim Kaine

Senator Tim Kaine

United States Senator

Bill Cassidy

Senator Bill Cassidy

United States Senator

Maurice Benard

Maurice Benard

Mental health advocate, television and film actor, and New York Times best-selling author

Jean-Phillipe Regis

Jean-Phillipe Regis

Associate director of the All Children - All Families program at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Matt Collins

Matt Collins

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

Ariel Brown

Board President & Founder, The Emotional PPE Project

Daniel Saddawi-Konefka

Board Director & Founder, The Emotional PPE Project

Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H.

Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H.

20th Surgeon General of the United States

Tom Starling

Tom Starling

Immediate Past Board Chair, Mental Health America

Kelly Davis

Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports and Services, MHA National

Cheyenne Kippenberger

Cheyenne Kippenberger

Miss Indian World

Allison Kurtz

Allison Kurtz

National Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network and Patient Advisor for Cincinnati Children’s Transgender Youth Clinic

Elissa Lee

Elissa Lee

Reporter for the Center for Health Journalism

Michelle Williams

Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter and Activist

Leslie Boggs

Leslie Boggs

President of the National Parent Teacher Association

Neil Leibowitz

Chief Medical Officer, Talkspace

Theresa Nguyen

Chief Program Officer and Vice President of Research and Innovation, MHA National

Chirlane McCray

Chirlane McCray

The First Lady of New York City

Rebecca Cokley

Rebecca Cokley

Director of the Disability Justice Initiative at American Progress

Mary Giliberti

Mary Giliberti

Executive Vice President of Policy at Mental Health America

Ricky Watson

Executive Director, National Juvenile Justice Network

Marissa Howdershelt

Marissa Howdershelt

MHA Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council Member

Joi Rhodes

Joi Rhodes

MHA Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council Member

Juan Acosta

Juan Acosta

MHA Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council Member

Ananya Cleetus

Ananya Cleetus

MHA Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council Member

Braden Renke

Braden Renke

MHA Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council Member

Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Forward-Center for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Mental Health Advocate

Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi

#1 New York Times bestselling author, professor of history and international studies, and the Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research