Joseph Rogers (welcoming remarks)
Joseph Rogers is the founder and executive director of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, a national technical assistance center funded in part by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He is also chief advocacy officer of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. An internationally known advocate, he has won numerous awards, including the 2005 Heinz Award for the Human Condition and the 2013 Voice Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by SAMHSA.
Ute Gazioch (welcoming remarks)
Ute Gazioch is the director of substance abuse and mental health for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Previously she served as mental health lead and project director for the statewide Children’s Mental Health System of Care Expansion project. Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Gazioch spent 16 years working in the child welfare and behavioral health fields, both in direct care provision as well as program development, management and evaluation. She holds a degree in psychology from Florida State University.
Paolo del Vecchio, MSW (introducing Kana Enomoto)
Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, is the director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services (SAMHSA/CMHS). Paolo was the first consumer affairs specialist hired in 1995 by SAMHSA. In this capacity, he promoted consumer participation in all aspects of the Center's policies and operations, ranging from public education to developing evidence-based practices to address the needs of persons with mental illnesses. 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.
Kana Enomoto, MA
The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy
"Claiming Power and Working Toward Recovery"
Gina CalhounShe attributes her recovery journey in part to supportive relationships that choose to focus on “what’s strong” instead of “what’s wrong.” The recipient of the Distinguished Advocates Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services and ACMHA’s Timothy J. Coakley Behavioral Health Leadership Award, Gina is national director for wellness and recovery education of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery.
2009 Joy Evans Award from the D.C. Office of Disability Rights, a 2010 VOICE Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, and others. She has written several plays, including the award-winning “Meet Me on the Moon,” and a series of 11 self-published children’s books about a dog who has bipolar disorder and a trauma history.
"Meeting the Challenge: Moving Forward"
Leah Harris, MAShe is a mother, advocate, storyteller, trauma survivor, and the daughter of parents, both diagnosed with schizophrenia, who died very young as a result of disability and substandard mental health treatment. Leah has dedicated her life to fighting for a meaningful life in the community, civil/human rights, and healing for all people with mental health conditions, addictions, and trauma histories. She is a trainer and consultant with the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC), and teaches Emotional CPR (eCPR), Trauma-Informed Peer Support, and other trauma-sensitive approaches to supporting individuals through distress and crisis and into recovery. Leah is a suicide attempt survivor who consults nationally on new innovations in suicide prevention. She is communications and development coordinator at the National Empowerment Center, and newly appointed director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery.
"Youth Are the Future and the Future Is Now: Making Change Happen"
Lacy Kendrick Burk, MS, MBAYouth MOVE (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) National, which includes 77 chapters of nearly 9,000 young people across 39 states. Lacy overcame abuse, multiple mental health diagnoses, suicidal ideation, and trauma responses before finding her way to recovery. At age 15, Lacy and her five younger siblings were placed in foster care. After learning her voice could make a difference for herself and her siblings, she began using her voice to help other foster youth. She was adopted at age 28 by her long-time foster parents, who received the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption Award in 2013. At 30, Lacy has started her own consulting business and has established herself as an international speaker, consultant, author, a director on the boards of national and international organizations, and a coach and mentor to other youth. She was appointed to the CMHS National Advisory Council in 2012 by Secretary Sibelius, interned for Senator John Kerry, has testified in state and federal Congressional hearings, and received a 2014 SAMHSA Voice Award.
is a filmmaker, international public speaker, and founder and director of the consulting firm and speakers’ bureau Campbell Outreach Group. At dozens of high schools, universities, treatment programs, and community venues, Sean has drawn upon his experience of finding help for his own behavioral health challenges to reach tens of thousands of people with messages of wellness and hope. Sean is a peer mentor to young adults at the Mental Health Association of Rockland County in New York State. Previously, he helped launch a recovery center while serving as a peer specialist at Rockland Independent Living Center in New York, where he co-produced and wrote the SAMHSA-funded documentary Heart and Soul: A Film Promoting Whole Body Wellness in Behavioral Health (2013). Sean also co-wrote How to Touch a Hot Stove: Thought and Behavioral Differences in a Society of Norms (2014). Sean earned the Young Adult Leadership Award at the 2014 SAMHSA Voice Awards, and was selected by SAMHSA as a Young Adult Leader for the 2014 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day kickoff event.
a pioneer in the Alameda County, Calif., consumer movement, received its prestigious 2010 Consumer of the Year Award for her dedication to advancing the voice of youth, as well as the inaugural 2012 Jay Mahler Leadership Award. The community trainings and groups manager at PEERS, she is responsible for maintaining PEERS’ WRAP Center of Excellence Legacy by overseeing WRAP groups, trainings, and quality assurance. She is a founding member of the Pool of Consumer Champions Transition Age Youth Committee and the Transition Age Youth Advisory Board, and she is the first WRAP facilitator in the nation to run youth-to-youth groups. Letty is a member of the 10x10 Campaign Steering Committee and serves on the SAMHSA ADS Center Steering Committee. An inspiring public speaker who has delivered keynote addresses at international conferences, she also facilitates local and international workshops and trainings. Letty has been involved with efforts for social change since she was 14, volunteering with Nel Centro De Juventud, Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, and the Pool of Consumer Champions.
Greg Dicharry, the national youth empowerment director at Magellan Health, developed MY LIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment), one of the nation’s leading empowerment programs for youth who experience mental health, substance use and/or foster care-related challenges. Greg, who has lived experience of mental health and substance use disorders, oversees 12 MY LIFE groups nationally with more than 500 youth involved. MY LIFE events have attracted nearly 50,000 attendees and reached thousands more via the videos Greg has created, through social media, and through news coverage from Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, COX and Comcast TV affiliates and numerous major radio networks. Greg received a 2014 SAMHSA Voice Award for consumer/peer leadership.