Cruz Cavallo is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Ms. Cavallo received her BA in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California and an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Francisco.
David Paisley is a Program Coordinator at San Francisco Suicide Prevention and the Senior Research Director for Community Marketing & Insights (an LGBTQ-research firm). He has held each position for over 20 years. During his career he has developed the Youth Risk Reduction Program and LGBTQ Outreach Program at San Francisco Suicide Prevention.
Dr. Mittal is a full time staff psychiatrist at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS). He holds a position with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Medicine as an Associate Professor. Additionally he is an Investigator with the CAVHS Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research at CAVHS. Prior to coming to CAVHS/UAMS in 2004, Dr. Mittal served as the Medical Director of Geropsychiatry and Outpatient Clinic for the VA in Jackson, Mississippi.
Donna Hardaker is the Director of Wellness Works of Mental Health America of California, an award-winning expert on workplace mental health recognized by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, a management consultant and a sought-after speaker at events across Canada and the US.
Eduardo Vega, MA, 48, is Executive Director for the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF), a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of many diverse populations through advocacy, service, stigma-eradication, education, and research, and to advance recovery-driven transformation of mental health services and supports.
Elizabeth Corker gained an MA (hons) in Psychology from the University of St Andrews in 2007, before moving to London and completing an MSc in Health Psychology at University College London. Since 2009 Elizabeth has been employed by King’s College London in the Health Service and Population Research Department primarily working on the evaluation for the UK national ant-stigma program Time to Change. Elizabeth is also working part time on her PhD project which is exploring the effects of self stigma in people with mental illness and rheumatoid arthritis.
Eunice C. Wong, PhD, is a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research broadly focuses on mental health treatment access and quality of care and the implementation of evidence-based practices into community settings. Much of her research has involved trauma-exposed populations and underserved communities. Current projects include evaluating primary care collaborative care interventions for PTSD at federally qualified health centers and at military treatment facilities, the mental health care of Cambodian refugees and the mental health outcomes of their U.S.
Floria H. N. CHIO, MPhil, is working as a research assistant at the Diversity and Well-Being Laboratory of the Department of Psychology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) upon receiving her MPhil in Psychology at CUHK. She is interested in the promotion of mental health among the social minorities as well as the general population. She focuses on the mechanism by which loving kindness meditation mitigates psychological distress and enhances well-being.
Gigi R. Crowder, L. E., is the Ethnic Services Manager for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and has worked in the behavioral health care field for more than 25 years. As a family member of several loved ones who have received private and public mental health services she is a strong advocate for promoting culturally responsive behavioral health services for all clients, consumers and family members.
Dr. Heather Stuart, Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair, continues to play a major role internationally in anti-stigma research. Over the past year, she has continued in her role as an advisor to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and with her co-investigators recently received $1.7 million from Movember Canada for a new initiative, The Caring Campus: An Intervention Project. The multi-institutional project focuses on substance abuse, reducing the stigma associated with substance misuse and creating a more caring campus.
Jack Heath is CEO of SANE Australia – a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life. His vision is for Australia to lead the world in mental health services, programs and outcomes.
An Honours Arts/Law graduate from the University of Melbourne, Jack has taken leadership courses at Harvard and Stanford Universities. He is a former diplomat and served as a Senior Adviser to both Prime Minister Paul Keating and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.
Jamie Hannigan’s 20-year career with Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency has spanned numerous governmental programs, including the social welfare system, alcohol and drug programs, and mental health programs. She has experience with technical and administrative support, including vendor contracting expertise, personnel management, and fiscal/budgeting management and completed a 4-year term as the Shasta County HIPAA Privacy Officer. Ms.
Janet Caton is member of the Board of Directors of NAMI Amador, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, America’s largest grassroots mental health organization. She has completed a career in the commercial insurance industry. She joined NAMI Amador in 2010.
Janet King, MSW has been an activist to transform the mental health system of care so diverse communities are served in culturally competent ways. She has advocated for community defined evidence based practices to have the same honor and funding opportunities as western psychological methodologies. She is on the Native Visions advisory team that researched Native Communities in CA asking what the mental health needs are and how to best meet those needs.
Jeanine Gaines, a relatively new staff member, joined RSE in 2014 as an account manager. Her natural leadership ability and strong work ethic help her in managing all the moving parts of project implementation. In addition, her experience in video production and multicultural community development has already made her a strong asset to many of the agency’s social marketing accounts.
Jeanine’s past jobs have given her experience managing public health-focused
Janine Moore, M.S. is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Mrs. Moore has worked for Riverside County Department of Mental Health since 1996. She worked extensively with children and adolescents and their families. She supervised a large outpatient children’s clinic as well as mental health services at Riverside Juvenile Hall and a probation placement for juvenile offenders. She has worked as the Mental Health Services Act, Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Manager for Riverside County Department of Mental Health since 2008.
Jenee Darden is an award-winning journalist, host of Mental Health and Wellness Radio and the Communications Coordinator for Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS) in Oakland, Calif. She also co-facilitates the stigma- discrimination reduction speakers bureau, Lift Every Voice and Speak. Jenee has reported for NPR and Huffington Post. Listen to her show at www.peersnet.org/radio or iTunes.
Jessica Cruz, MPA/HS, is the current Executive Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, California and has served in this role for over four years. Working with legislators, community members and government officials; she uses her passion to advocate for change in mental health legislations and systems across the state. Her desire to further NAMI California’s mission stems from lived experience of being a family member of someone with a mental illness.
Jessie’s work includes work at Sonoma County’s Behavioral Health’s Mobile Support Team in conjunction with Psychiatric Emergency Services. As a Peer Support Specialist, Jessie provides resources information, a peer perspective, assistance with discharge planning at Psychiatric Emergency Services, a listening ear, and emotional support and validation. Jessie also collaborates with other community-based organizations to ensure continuity of care of individuals that Jessie works with. Additionally, Jessie is on the Advisory Board for the Peer Warmline Connection of Sonoma County.