SPEAKERS, PANELISTS, AND FACILITATORS
Margeaux Akazawa, M.P.H., is a program analyst in the Office of Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). In this role, she is responsible for advancing health information technology strategies and approaches to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. Ms. Akazawa previously worked with ONC’s Consumer eHealth and Engagement Division where she led efforts to improve patients’ access to their health information through technology. Ms. Akazawa has human-centered design expertise and experience facilitating design thinking trainings including serving as a coach for the HHS Idea Lab Ignite Accelerator program and as a workshop facilitator for the Better Government Movement. Prior to joining ONC, Ms. Akazawa was a Presidential Management Fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development where she served as a Desk Officer for Promise Zones, a place-based community revitalization initiative. Ms. Akazawa received her M.P.H. in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, and her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.
James Allen, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health and senior scientist with the Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team for American Indian and Rural Health Equity at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. He was previously Associate Director at the Center for Alaska Native Health Research
and graduate faculty in the clinical-community psychology program with indigenous and rural emphasis at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oslo Medical School, and graduate faculty in the clinical psychology program at the University of South Dakota. Research interests include American Indian and Alaska Native community resilience and prevention of youth suicide and substance use risk, community-based participatory research, multi-level intervention, and research methods for small populations. He currently works with Alaska Native communities developing an evidence base for a culturally grounded multi-level intervention promoting protective factors to prevent youth suicide and alcohol risk, and documenting community-level resilience structures promoting youth well-being and protection from suicide.
Allison Barlow, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., is the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. She has worked at the Center since 1991 to co-create and evaluate ecologically sound, evidence-based, and culturally resonant interventions with tribal communities to address behavioral and mental health disparities. Projects to date have spanned the design and demonstration of preventive interventions targeting adolescent suicide, depression, and substance abuse, as well as the design and evaluation of a tribal-specific early childhood home-visiting intervention, Family Spirit, to promote parenting and early child development—with the latest iteration including modules to address early childhood obesity and water insecurity. Other lines of research have included obesity and diabetes prevention, and most recently, youth entrepreneurship to address the twin problems of poverty and poor health trajectories. Her team has succeeded in disseminating successful interventions to more than 120 tribal communities across 19 states. They have also produced pioneering evidence to support the effectiveness of Native community health workers to promote behavioral and mental health, overcome access barriers in low-income communities, and build local human capital through an indigenous workforce.
Ed Coffey, M.D., is a neuropsychiatrist and a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Neurology at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Dr. Coffey is an accomplished physician (board certified in both Neurology and Psychiatry) with expertise in neuropsychiatry and brain stimulation, and is consistently listed as a “Top Doctor” by numerous organizations. He is also an award-winning health care executive, recognized for leading high-quality, financially successful, academically based systems of integrated health care. Dr. Coffey’s innovative work on “Perfect Depression Care” has been widely cited as a model for health care transformation, and its audacious goal of “zero suicides” has become an international movement, honored by The Joint Commission (2006 Codman
Award), the American Psychiatric Association (2006 Gold Achievement Award), the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (2011), and by his appointment to the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (2011).
Captain Mike Colston, M.D., is the director for Mental Health Programs in the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Health Services Policy and Oversight office. This office seeks to improve the lives of our nation’s service members and families through oversight, strategy management, program evaluation, and policy regarding DoD’s care of psychological health and substance use disorders, traumatic brain injury, and the clinical management of suicidality. Previously, Captain Colston served as the Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. As the director of the Mental Health Program in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Captain Colston oversaw a project that reviewed more than 200,000 cases involving posttraumatic stress disorder and depression diagnoses, led a mental health team in the independent investigation of the Washington Navy Yard tragedy, and co-chaired DoD’s Addictive Substances Misuse Advisory Committee. As Chair of the Mental Health Department at Naval Hospital Great Lakes, he oversaw a large-scale clinical integration of the Department of Veterans Affairs and DoD services at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center in the Chicago metro area. During deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he led a combat and operational stress team that supported a catchment of 10,000 service members. Captain Colston holds a B.S. in Industrial and Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. He joined the Navy as a line officer, serving as a nuclear engineer and surface warfare officer aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), deploying twice to the Arabian Sea and completing a Pacific Rim Exercise. He then commanded a littoral patrol boat as an afloat officer-in-charge. Transitioning to Medical Corps service, he earned an M.D. from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, trained as a resident in psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Northwestern University. He practices inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Surface Warfare and Officer-in-Charge Afloat devices, and campaign ribbons stemming from four overseas movements.
David Covington, LPC, M.B.A., is the CEO and the president of Recovery Innovations, Inc. (d/b/a RI International). He is also a partner in Behavioral Health Link, co-founder of CrisisTech 360 and leads the international initiatives “Zero Suicide,” “Crisis Now,” and “Peer 2.0.” A licensed profes-
sional counselor, Mr. Covington received an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State and an M.S. from the University of Memphis. He previously served as vice president at Magellan Health responsible for the executive and clinical operations of the $750 million Arizona contract. He is a member of the HHS Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee established in 2017 in accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act to report to Congress on advances in behavioral health. A recognized health care innovations entrepreneur, global speaker, and blogger, Mr. Covington is a two-time national winner of the Council of State Governments Innovations Award. He also competed as a finalist in Harvard’s Innovations in American Government in 2009 for the Georgia Crisis & Access Line, and the program was featured in Business Week magazine. Mr. Covington is the President-Elect of the American Association of Suicidology and has served on the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Executive Committee since 2010. He is also the Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Steering Committee. He has served on numerous committees and task forces on clinical care and crisis services, including the National Council for Behavioral Health Board of Directors.
Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D., policy maker, clinical/community psychologist, and health care innovator, is the CEO of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Evans has held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and the Yale University School of Medicine. Prior to coming to APA, he served for 12 years as Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services where he led a groundbreaking transformation of the Philadelphia service system that significantly improved health care outcomes and saved millions of dollars that the city used to expand services. Dr. Evans has also served in leadership positions in clinical administration and state government in the state of Connecticut where he developed a multidisciplinary private practice.
Keita Franklin, L.C.S.W., Ph.D., a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the National Director of Suicide Prevention for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Dr. Franklin serves as the principal advisor to VA leadership for all matters pertaining to suicide prevention. She leads a team of experts engaged in research, program evaluation, innovation, program development, data and surveillance, and partnerships. Before joining the VA, Dr. Franklin served as the director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office where she was responsible for policy and oversight of the Department of Defense suicide prevention programs. She is a licensed social worker with a specialization
in children and families, and has a Ph.D. in social work with specialized training and certifications from the Center for Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis. Dr. Franklin received a leadership award from Virginia Commonwealth University for leading efforts to help train and advise the social work profession on working with military families.
Julie Goldstein Grumet, Ph.D., is the director of Health and Behavioral Health Initiatives at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Dr. Goldstein Grumet provides strategic direction to health care providers to recognize and respond to suicide emergencies. She is also the Director of the Zero Suicide Institute, where she oversees the dissemination, resource development, and application of the Zero Suicide initiative nationally by providing consultation and training to health care systems. Dr. Goldstein Grumet received her Ph.D. from George Washington University.
Taryn Hiatt is a dedicated advocate and shares her story and passion to give hope and educate our communities about suicide. She is a survivor of her own attempts as well as a survivor of suicide loss, losing her father Terry Aiken on October 5, 2002. Ms. Hiatt is a founding member of the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and currently serves as the Area Director for Utah and Nevada. Ms. Hiatt is a certified safeTALK, CONNECT Postvention and Mental Health First Aid Trainer, facilitating hundreds of seminars to many different groups. Ms. Hiatt is a passionate advocate for change and has been featured in both U.S. News & World Report and The Huffington Post. She has testified before congressional members in Washington, DC, to increase awareness and support for better access to mental health services and to promote healthy discussions about suicide. She is widely respected throughout Utah for her hard work and dedication to saving lives. Taryn is a recent graduate of Utah Valley University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Michael Hogan, Ph.D., served as the New York State Commissioner of Mental Health from 2007 to 2012, and now operates a consulting practice in health and behavioral health care focusing on health care issues with significant public health impact, especially suicide prevention. The New York State Office of Mental Health operated 23 accredited psychiatric hospitals, and oversaw New York’s $5 billion public mental health system serving 650,000 individuals annually. Previously Dr. Hogan served as Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health (1991–2007) and Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health from 1987 to 1991. He chaired the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2002–2003. He served as the first behavioral health representative on the board of The Joint Commission (2007–2015) and chaired its Standards
and Survey Procedures Committee. He has served as a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention since it was created in 2010, co-chairing task forces on clinical care and interventions and crisis care. He is a member of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) National Mental Health Advisory Council. Previously, he served on the NIMH Council (1994–1998), as the president of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (2003–2005) and as the board president of National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors’ Research Institute (1989–2000). His awards for national leadership include recognition by the National Governor’s Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Campaign for Mental Health Reform, the American College of Mental Health Administration, and the American Psychiatric Association. He is a graduate of Cornell University, and earned an M.S. degree from the State University College in Brockport, New York, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
Ashleigh Husbands, M.A., is a prevention specialist for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center within the Education Development Center. Ms. Husbands provides technical assistance to state and campus youth suicide prevention Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grantees as well as unfunded state suicide prevention coordinators. Ms. Husbands has previously worked as a Regional Suicide Prevention Specialist for the Florida state youth suicide prevention SAMHSA-funded grant, where she provided technical assistance to behavioral health providers on Zero Suicide implementation as well as provided suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention trainings to community members. She also has prior experience as a crisis counselor, answering for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Ms. Husbands earned a master’s in clinical psychology from Towson University in 2013.
Nikole S. Jones, L.C.S.W., completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology (minor in Criminal Justice) at James Madison University in 1993 and master’s degree in Social Work at Howard University in Washington, DC. She completed her internship at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) at the Washington, DC, VA Medical Center. She really enjoyed working with veterans and wanted to commit her career to helping America’s warriors. Ms. Jones’s experience in the VA includes work in the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP), and as an Inpatient Psych Social Worker. However, after the death of her family member in 2006 to suicide, Ms. Jones became passionate about suicide prevention. During that time suicide prevention became a major initiative in the VA, Ms. Jones accepted a job as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the VA Maryland Health Care System. Ms. Jones and the Suicide Prevention Team are committed to
providing education to veterans and their families, VA employees, and the local community of the risk, warning signs, and protective factors suicide in an effort to reduce the incidence of suicide and increase access to appropriate care in the VA. Ms. Jones was instrumental in establishment of the Maryland State Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and served as the chapter’s first President of the Board of Directors. The Maryland chapter has grown to provide prevention efforts to every county in the state. Ms. Jones is currently working on her first self-help book, The Compulsion to Die, that will be available in early 2019. Ms. Jones also has a private practice (Therapy 4 Life) that provides Christian counseling and consultation services.
Maia Laing, M.B.A., is the senior business consultant within the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In her role, Maia identifies innovative solutions to complex challenges within HHS. Prior to joining the Office of the CTO, Ms. Laing worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on an enterprise effort to implement a process improvement mindset across the center. Ms. Laing holds a deep passion for improving delivery of care and has worked on projects in both federal government and nonprofit settings; including U.S. News & World Report top 10 ranked Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Marcus Lilly is a University of Baltimore college student and an Outreach Worker with Concerted Care Group. As a former incarcerated citizen, he also advocates for prison reform, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services. He is the author of The Marshall Project’s article, “Finding College by Way of Prison.” He has been a guest speaker at the University of Baltimore and Georgetown University. He is the co-creator of “37th and Jessup: Classmates Divided by Bars, United for Justice,” which is one of Georgetown University Justice Initiative projects. His goal is to become a mentor and share his story of transformation with high-risk youth.
Richard McKeon, Ph.D., M.P.H., received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona, and a Master’s of Public Health in Health Administration from Columbia University. He has spent most of his career working in community mental health, including 11 years as director of a psychiatric emergency service and 4 years as an associate administrator/clinical director of a hospital-based community mental health center in Newton, New Jersey. In 2001, he was awarded an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellowship and worked for U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, covering health and mental health policy issues. He spent 5 years on the Board of the American Association of Suicidology as the clinical divi-
sion director and has also served on the Board of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is currently the chief for the Suicide Prevention Branch in the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, where he oversees all branch suicide prevention activities, including the Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention, Campus Suicide Prevention grant programs, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and the Native Aspirations program. In 2008, he was appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the Secretary’s Blue Ribbon Work Group on Suicide Prevention. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to the Department of Defense Task Force on Suicide Prevention in the Military. He served on the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Task Force that revised the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and participated in the development of the World Health Organization’s World Suicide Prevention Report. He is also the co-chair of the Federal Working Group on Suicide Prevention.
Christine Moutier, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, knows the impact of suicide firsthand. After losing colleagues to suicide, she dedicated herself to fighting this leading cause of death. Since earning her medical degree and training in psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Moutier has been a practicing psychiatrist, professor of psychiatry, dean in the medical school, medical director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in La Jolla, and has been clinically active with diverse patient populations, such as veterans, Asian refugee populations, as well as physicians and academic leaders with mental health conditions. She has presented at the White House, testified before the U.S. Congress on suicide prevention, and has appeared as an expert on Anderson Cooper 360, the BBC, CBS This Morning, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, The Economist, and NBC Nightly News, among others.
Laurelle Myhra, Ph.D., LMFT, is Ojibwe and a enrolled member of Red Lake Nation and is the director of Behavioral Health at the Native American Community Clinic (NACC) and sits on the Health Equity Advisory & Leadership (HEAL) Council for the state of Minnesota and previously on the community board for Hennepin County Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic. Dr. Myhra completed her doctorate at the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science and Marriage and Family Therapy program, where she was an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Fellow. She has dedicated her career, as a researcher, supervisor, clinician, and educator, to addressing historical trauma, traumatic stress, and substance use disorders
among Native Americans. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on these subjects. She has received training on the top evidence-based trauma treatment modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Honoring Children, Mending the Circle (culturally adapted TF-CBT) and has adapted these to be culturally appropriate in practice. She was also trained on White Bison’s Wellbriety-Medicine Wheel and 12-Step, culturally adapted model, and Mending Broken Hearts on healing from grief and loss. Dr. Myhra is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has provided therapeutic service to the Native American community in the Twin Cities metro area since 2005.
Alfreda Patterson has worked in the counseling field since 1997 in positions ranging from Counselor Tech, Case Manager, and Substance Abuse Counselor. She was educated at Baltimore City Community College with a degree in Allied Human Services in Addiction Counseling. She joined Concerted Care Group on September 14, 2015. Her work as a substance use counselor and a housing coordinator is very dear to her heart. Her childhood and most of her adult life was in East Baltimore. She come from a background of Human Services: her mother was a teacher for 45 years, and her brother is a professor at Morgan State University. She owned several transitional houses for more than 7 years that housed clients with substance use disorders and mental health. Her goal is to always help anyone in need with services and adequate care. Housing is an important part of stabilization. When she is not working, she is working. She has been married for 27 years and is raising an 8-year-old with autism. Her message is always dedication, honesty, and commitment.
Joshua Prasad, M.P.H., is currently the director of the Concerted Care Group (CCG) integrated behavioral health and wellness center focused on addiction in Frederick, Maryland. At CCG, he is designing and implementing new programs to expand access to primary care and mental health in addition to traditional addiction and medication-assisted treatment. He is also currently a board member, and has been nominated as next-chair for a tobacco control and prevention nonprofit—Counter Tools. Mr. Prasad is also the co-founder of a social justice innovation consulting firm, IIF Health and is currently advising several disruptive companies domestically and internationally. He was formerly a senior advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, DC. There he focused on increasing the incorporation of the social determinants of health through national initiatives, the development of health systems and workforce concerns for rural communities, and designed solutions to improve government
efficiencies. While at HHS, he also assumed the role as director for the National Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative, which designed policy and community-based solutions and provide technical assistance to increase tobacco-free environments. Prior to this time in the federal government, Mr. Prasad worked as an advocacy outreach worker at a community health center in Philadelphia, and performs epidemiological analyses at the State Department of Health in Pennsylvania. In 2015, he completed an Innovation Fellowship at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care where he co-founded a startup focused on improving preventive health. Prior to this, he received his Master’s in Public Health from Drexel University, and his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, where he double majored in English and Psychology.
Jerry Reed, Ph.D., M.S.W., serves as the senior vice president for Practice Leadership at Education Development Center. In this capacity, he directs the Suicide, Violence and Injury Prevention Portfolio leading a staff of 53. He oversees the work on multiple projects such as the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the Zero Suicide Institute, the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the Children’s Safety Network, several violence prevention initiatives and serves as co-director of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention with partners at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His interests include geriatrics, mental health, suicide prevention, global violence prevention, and public policy. Dr. Reed recently co-led the committee that updated the U.S. National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and he serves as an Executive Committee member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Reed received a Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences with an emphasis in Gerontology from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in 2007 and his M.S.W. degree from University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1982 with an emphasis in Aging Administration. He served in the U.S. Navy during the period 1974–1978.
Jennifer Shaw, Ph.D., is a medical anthropologist and a senior researcher at Southcentral Foundation (SCF), an Alaska Native-owned and operated health care system serving 65,000 people in the greater Anchorage area and 55 rural villages. At SCF, Dr. Shaw’s research has focused heavily on suicide prevention in the Alaska Native community, including Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative projects to identify protective factors for suicide, explore lived experience of recovery from suicidal thoughts and behavior, and identify factors in the electronic health record associated with suicide risk. She is currently funded as the primary investigator on an Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence–funded study to apply a predictive algorithm to electronic health records to stratify suicide risk. She is also the Alaska primary investigator of a National Institute of Mental
Health–funded four-site trial to culturally tailor and test Caring Contacts for suicide prevention.
Holly C. Wilcox, Ph.D., has a joint faculty appointment as an associate professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Mental Health and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Wilcox received her Ph.D. in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She just completed a national project to summarize the state of the science and research needs for data linkage, which served as the foundation for a National Institutes of Health Pathway to Prevention workshop on youth suicide prevention. She teaches a course in the Bloomberg School of Public Health titled “Suicide as a Public Health Problem” and leads a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental suicide prevention work group at Johns Hopkins.
T. J. Wocasek’s first professional job was a substance use counselor at the Salvation Army Clitheroe Center (SACC) in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1998. In 2000, he was promoted to the Dual Diagnosis Supervisor at SACC where he served for 2.5 years. The clientele in this program had issues with mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness. He has worked at Southcentral Foundation since 2002. Mr. Wocasek has worked as a clinician at the Southcentral Foundation Pathway Home for 4 years where he addressed behavioral health and substance abuse issues with adolescents in a residential treatment setting. He transferred to the Behavioral Urgent Response Team (BURT) as a clinician working with people who were in behavioral health crisis. He conducted risk assessments, assessed for depression and anxiety symptoms, completed substance use screenings, and consulted on capacity cases. In 2006, Mr. Wocasek started as a BURT clinician and was promoted to BURT clinical supervisor in 2007. He developed the BURT team into a 24/7 team. From 2006 to 2010, he had a private practice where he addressed behavioral health and substance abuse issues on an outpatient basis. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Wocasek was the project director for two of Southcentral Foundation suicide prevention grants, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Indian Health Services Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative. These grants are providing more resources for suicide prevention. From 2010 to 2015, he was the Pathway Home Clinical Supervisor. Since 2015, Mr. Wocasek has been the BURT Clinical Supervisor.
Keith Wood, Ph.D., ABPP, has a 40-year history of providing services to, creating and implementing programs for, and researching intervention effectiveness with individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness behav-
ioral disorders. He developed and directed successful service programs in psychiatric inpatient and crisis stabilization units, psychiatric emergency rooms, hospital-affiliated outpatient behavioral health clinics, community mental health centers and on-the-street settings. Currently he is the clinical director of an intensive outpatient service focused on reducing psychotic symptoms through the teaching and enhancement of normalization and positive life functioning skills.
NATIONAL ACADEMIES STAFF AND CONSULTANTS
Natacha Blain, J.D., Ph.D., serves as the director of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families at the National Academies. Dr. Blain has more than 15 years of experience working with policy makers and senior legislative officials on a variety of social justice issues and campaigns, including serving as a Supreme Court Fellow, Chief Counsel to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Lead Strategic Advisor for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign. Most recently, she served as associate director/acting executive director at Grant-makers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF). Dr. Blain joined GCYF in January 2010 as GCYF’s first director of public policy. Her talents were quickly recognized and 1 year later, she was elevated to associate director. For approximately 2 years at the end of her tenure with GCYF, she also served as the acting executive director. In her various capacities, Dr. Blain has played a critical role in helping convene and engage diverse constituencies, fostering leadership, collaboration, and innovation-sharing through a network of funders committed to the enduring well-being of children, youth, and families.
Joseph Goodman is a senior program assistant and has been at the National Academies for 11 years. He has worked on a variety of activities related to military and veterans, Social Security, traumatic brain injury, and more.
Bridget B. Kelly, M.D., Ph.D., is a consultant specializing in strategy development, learning and evaluation, and meeting design and facilitation. She worked previously at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for 8 years leading a portfolio of projects that included mental health, early childhood, chronic diseases, HIV, and evaluation science, culminating in a term as the interim director of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families. More recently she co-founded the nonprofit Bridging Health & Community, with the mission of helping the health sector work more effectively with communities. She is also an experienced dancer, choreographer, and arts administrator. She received an M.D. and a Ph.D. from Duke University and a B.A. from Williams College.
Natalie Perou Lubin is a senior program assistant with the Board on Health Care Services and the National Cancer Policy Forum (NCPF) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Ms. Lubin has helped plan and disseminate NCPF workshops, including Long-Term Survivorship Care after Cancer Treatment, Establishing Effective Patient Navigation Programs in Oncology, and more. Prior to the National Academies, Ms. Lubin worked as a Program Assistant at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. In collaboration with the Duke-Margolis Center and the Duke Global Health Institute, she helped edit a policy report evaluating the funding mechanisms in global development. In Ms. Lubin’s academic and professional career, she is passionate in the areas of child and maternal health, women empowerment, and education and its intersection with health. Supporting these interests, in the summer of 2016, Ms. Lubin was a data analyst intern at the Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development, in which she worked on the monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy for the Innovations and Design Advisory team. Additionally, in the summer of 2015, Ms. Lubin carried out water sanitation research in rural Kenya through DukeEngage and the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research. Ms. Lubin is a graduate of Duke University with bachelor’s degrees in Global Health and Cultural Anthropology.
Marc Meisnere, M.S.P.H., is an associate program officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Health Care Services. He currently works on activities related to clinician well-being, mental health, and primary care. Since 2010, Mr. Meisnere has worked on a variety National Academies’ consensus studies, primarily focusing on mental health among service members and veterans. Before joining the National Academies, Mr. Meisnere worked on a family planning media project in northern Nigeria with the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and on a variety of international health policy issues at the Population Reference Bureau. He is a graduate of Colorado College and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Sharyl Nass, Ph.D., serves as the director of the Board on Health Care Services and the director of the National Cancer Policy Forum (NCPF) at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The National Academies provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. To enable the best possible care for all patients, the Board undertakes scholarly analysis of the organization, financing, effectiveness, workforce, and delivery of health care, with emphasis on quality, cost, and accessibility. NCPF examines policy issues
pertaining to the entire continuum of cancer research and care. For nearly two decades, Dr. Nass has worked on a broad range of health and science policy topics that includes the quality and safety of health care and clinical trials, developing technologies for precision medicine, and strategies for large-scale biomedical science. She has a Ph.D. in cell biology from Georgetown University and undertook postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as a research fellowship at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. She also holds a B.S. and an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has been the recipient of the Cecil Medal for Excellence in Health Policy Research, a Distinguished Service Award from the National Academies, and the Institute of Medicine staff team achievement award (as team leader).
Anne N. Styka, M.P.H., is a program officer in the Health and Medicine Division at the National Academies. Over her tenure she has worked on more than 10 studies on a broad range of topics related to the health of military and veteran populations. Studies have included mental health treatment offered in the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), designing and evaluating epidemiological research studies using VA data for health outcomes related to deployment-related exposures including burn pits and chemicals, and directing a research program of fostering new research studies using data and biospecimens collected as part of the 20-year Air Force Health Study. Before coming to the National Academies, Ms. Styka spent several years working as an epidemiologist for the New Mexico Department of Health and the Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center, and she spent several months in Zambia as the epidemiologist on a study of silicosis and other nonmalignant respiratory diseases among copper miners. She has several peer-reviewed publications and has contributed to numerous state and national reports. She received her B.S. in Cell and Tissue Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has an M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Ms. Styka was the 2017 recipient of the Division of Earth and Life Sciences Mt. Everest Award, the 2015 recipient of the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Medicine Multitasker Award, and a member of the 2011 National Academies’ Distinguished Group Award.