Hayley Schore served as the Director of Development and Writer on the ABC drama BLACK BOX created by Amy Holden Jones and starring Kelly Reilly. In 2011, one of her feature scripts was selected for the prestigious Plume & Pellicule international screenplay writing competition, winning entrée into their exclusive lab in Sierre, Switzerland. Another won the Willamette Writer’s Conference screenplay competition, which included a professional staged reading.
Rebecca Palpant Shimkets, MS, is associate director for The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism of the Carter Center Mental Health Program. Ms. Shimkets develops and oversees a journalism fellowship program that each year awards stipends to 10 professional journalists in the United States, Romania, and Colombia to produce a significant work on mental health or mental illnesses.
Marc Smolowitz is an Academy Award®-nominated producer, multi-award
winning director, and executive producer with 20+ years of experience across all aspects of the entertainment and media business. His career focus has been powerful social issue filmmaking across all genres.
Senator Darrell Steinberg, the California Senate President pro Tempore, is the leader of the majority party in the California State Senate. Heralded within the mental health community as the “most transformative figure mental health has ever seen”, Steinberg authored Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, creating a one billion-dollar system for dynamic mental healthcare in California. Steinberg has been a relentless advocate for mental healthcare, calling it “the under-attended issue in our time and in our society.”
Heather Stuart, PhD has been working in the field of stigma research for almost 15 years and is the co-founder and current Chair of the Scientific Section on Stigma and Mental Disorders for the World Psychiatric Association.
Andrew Thorp works as a program manager of beyondblue which is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness of anxiety and depression in Australia and to reduce stigma.beyondblue works to create an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowers people to seek help and supports recovery, management and resilience.
Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, KC,MD, MA, DPM, PhD, FRCC Psych was Director of the World Health Organization’s mental health programme from 1977 – 1993, President of the World Psychiatric Association from 1993 – 1999 and has been President of the European Psychiatric Association since 1999. is the President of the Association for the improvement of Mental Health Programmes.
Patricia Titman is a 16 year old junior at Cosumnes Oaks High School. She’s a Ione band of Miwok, Maidu, and Madacie Band of Pit River. Patricia is actively involved in her native heritage through beading, and ceremonial dances such as fun dances. Her aspirations in life are to be an example for the next native generations. Patricia wants to show them they can overcome stereotypes and should never give up on their dreams because possibilities are limitless.
Eduardo Vega, 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. He is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Dignity, Empowerment and Recovery, a technical assistance, research and training center focused on innovative practices driven be lived expertise in reduction of stigma and discriminat
William Vega, PhD is Provost Professor at the University of Southern California with appointments in social work, preventive medicine, psychiatry, family medicine, psychology and gerontology. He is also the Executive Director of the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at USC and an Emeritus Professor in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine, Vega has conducted community and clinical research projects on health, mental health and substance abuse throughout the United States and in Mexico.
Roger Wolfson is a professional television and film writer and an attorney with a background in law, politics, news, and international diplomacy. As a writer, he has written for five Network TV series, including Law and Order: SVU, Saving Grace, and the Closer, where one of his episodes earned Kyra Sedgwick an Emmy Nomination. He has also developed and sold seven pilots of his own. He has served as counsel and speechwriter for four U.S.