as the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, PeachCare for Kids. The combined programs provide health care coverage to over 1.6 million Georgians, with expenditures approaching $6 billion. He has worked for over 27 years in a variety of health care fields, serving in both the public and private sectors. While serving as Medicaid director, Mr. Trail implemented a successful conversion from the outpatient clinic option to the rehabilitation option for people with mental illness and addictive diseases. The conversion provided for the payment and development of assertive community treatment teams, peer support counselors, and certain residential services. Prior to his work with Medicaid, Mr. Trail worked in a variety of positions in the mental health, developmental disability, and addictive disease fields. He has been a member and leader of multiple organizations, including serving as president of the National Association of County Behavioral Health Directors. He currently serves on the executive committee of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors. Mr. Trail received a masters degree in community counseling from Georgia State University.
Sr. Ann Catherine Veierstahler, RN, SCSJA, has had a life-long struggle with mental illness that has been featured in both newspapers and magazines. Although her professional life has included working as a registered nurse in a refugee camp in Cambodia with the Red Cross, serving as a nursing home administrator, starting the first clinics for the homeless in Milwaukee, and creating programs to meet the needs of persons with mental illnesses in boarding homes, her own mental illness of rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, present since age 7, was not correctly diagnosed and treated for decades. On her fiftieth birthday, she was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She has since fully recovered from that illness and devotes much of her time and skills to a website (www.hopetohealing.com). This website contains stories of individuals’ successes despite the many challenges of mental illnesses in order to offer hope to persons still struggling with such illnesses and to help overcome the stigma they experience by educating the public. She also is developing and expanding consumer-run Faith in Recovery support programs in several local faith communities. As a member of Al-anon for many years, Sr. Ann Catherine uses the 12-step program in her own life and knows first-hand the challenges of addictive behaviors. She has received many awards for her outstanding programs and innovations in empowering people to meet their needs and lead enriching and meaningful lives. Among her awards are the Mental Health Association Consumer Advocacy Award and several awards from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) including the Adult Services Award.
Cynthia Wainscott is chair of the National Mental Health Association and serves on the Governor’s Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Sub-