Julio Arboleda-Florez, MD, PhD is a forensic psychiatrist epidemiologist and Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University in Kingston Canada with a long list of distinctions including past president of the World Association of Social Psychiatry and the Canadian Academy of Psychiatric Epidemiology.
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is the Founding Director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities.
Thomas H. Bornemann, EdD, became the Director of the Mental Health Program at The Carter Center under the leadership of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter on August 1, 2002. Prior to that he served as Senior Adviser for Mental Health in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence of the World Health Organization. While at the World Health Organization, Dr. Bornemann worked on the development of the World Health Report which focused on Mental Health.
Johanne Bratbo is a psychologist and has worked as the chief psychologist in a municipality, has been president of The Danish Psychologists’ Association and Head of the Knowledge Center for Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Currently she is the Project Manager of ONE OF US – the national campaign for anti-stigma in Denmark.
Daniel R. Caldera, 23, is a student studying Linguistic & Cognitive Science
with a concentration in Psychology at Pitzer College, part of the Claremont Consortium. Beyond being a student, Daniel is also a research assistant/head programmer for the Memory and Aging Lab at Pitzer College.
Janice Cooper, PhD, is currently the Country Representative for Health and Project Lead for the Carter Center Liberia Mental Health Program, where she oversees the Mental Health Services Implementation Program, works with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, organizes curriculum development, and manages evaluation efforts. She holds a Masters degree and a PhD from Harvard University, and a graduate and an undergraduate degree (Hons.) from Columbia University and Essex University respectively.
Patrick Corrigan, PsyD is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. His research examines psychiatric disability and the impact of stigma on recovery and rehabilitation. Currently, he is principal investigator of the National Consortium for Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE); funded by NIMH.
Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, is the Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). SAMHSA is the lead Federal agency designed to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. A self-identified mental health consumer, trauma survivor, and person in recovery from addictions, Paolo has been involved for over 40 years in behavioral health as a consumer, family member, provider, advocate, and policy maker.
Mackenzie Ellsworth is a jewelry designer and student at University of San Francisco, studying Entrepreneurship and Innovation/Environmental Studies, and expresses her lived experience through writing and design. Her writing has been published in the Huffington Post, and she has volunteered with ReachOutHere as a Text Supporter, Peer Supporter and speaker at the Compassion and Empathy conference in 2014.
Rita Fabi is on Facebook’s SafetyOps team and develops safety solutions across a number of areas including suicide prevention. She has been at Facebook for 5 years and also has had roles on Facebook’s Policy and Communications team and Facebook’s Marketing team, developing policy programs and marketing campaigns. Previously she worked at American Express in New York City leading loyalty and partnership marketing campaigns. She has an MBA from Columbia University and graduated with a BA in Economics from UC San Diego.
Aaron Glantz is a print, radio and television journalist for The Center for Investigative Reporting, whose work has appeared in a wide array of major national media outlets including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, ABC News, and the PBS NewsHour. In more than 10 years covering the Iraq War and veterans, Glantz has reported without U.S. military protection and authored three books, most recently “The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle Against America’s Veterans” (UC Press).
Katherine Kam is an independent journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She specializes in reporting on health and medicine, and her work has appeared in national publications. She is a former Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow who produced a series on depression and suicide in Asian American students.
Amanda Lipp is a youth advocate working as a mental health professional, public speaker, and videographer. She recently graduated from the University of California, Davis during which she was appointed as a board member for the CA National Alliance on Mental Illness, making her the youngest state board member in the nation.
Alison K. Malmon is founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc., the nation’s leading organization dedicated to empowering students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help seeking.
Captain Jon T. Perez, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of federal service ranging from direct care to policy and program management in the United States and abroad. His previous federal positions include directing small to large direct service programs, as well as providing national program and policy leadership as the Director of Behavioral Health for the Indian Health Service. He now serves as the Region IX Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr.
Bernice A. Pescosolido, PhD is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Indiana University and Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research. She has focused her research and teaching on social issues in health, illness, and healing. More specifically, Pescosolido’s research agenda addresses how social networks connect individuals to their communities and to institutional structures, providing the “wires” through which people’s attitudes and actions are influenced.
Michael Pietrus, Director of Opening Minds, contributed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s launch of its 10-year anti-stigma / anti-discrimination initiative designed to change the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians towards people living with mental illness. Opening Minds is the largest systematic effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness in Canadian history. Opening Minds is an important priority for the Commission because many people living with mental health issues say that the stigma associated with mental illness is often worse than the illness itself.
Professor Ian Rouse, Dean, Fiji School of Medicine. I now hold the position of Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at the Fiji National University. The College comprises two iconic institutions from the Pacific Islands – the Fiji School of Medicine and the Fiji School of Nursing. I was formerly Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science at Victoria University, Melbourne.
Gordon H. Smith, NAB President and CEO, joined the National Association of Broadcasters as president and CEO in November 2009. Prior to joining NAB, he served as a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon and later as senior advisor in the Washington offices of Covington & Burling, LLP.