William R. Beardslee, MD (Forum Cochair), directs the Baer Prevention Initiatives at Boston Children’s Hospital, is senior research scientist at the Judge Baker Children’s Center, and is Distinguished Gardner-Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His research has centered on the development of children at risk because of parental adversities such as mental illness or poverty. His work is focused on the ways in which self- and shared understanding help individuals and families cope with adversity. His study of resilience in survivors of cancer and in children of depressed parents led to development of public health interventions for families facing depression and a 10-year randomized trial that showed they were safe and led to lasting gains. He and colleagues adapted the principles in Family Connections, a teacher training and empowerment program for Head Start and Early Head Start. He directs the Boston site of a multisite study on prevention of depression in adolescents using a cognitive-behavioral model. He is the author of more than 225 scientific articles and two books. Awards include the Blanche F. Ittleson Award from the American Psychiatric Association, Catcher in the Rye Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Human Rights Award from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. He received an honorary doctorate of science from Emory University; the Community, Culture, and Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research; and the Judge Baker Children’s Center World of Children Award.
C. Hendricks Brown, PhD, MA (Forum Cochair), is professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Preventive Medicine,
and Medical Social Sciences in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. He directs the Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and HIV, as well as a study to synthesize findings from individual-level data across multiple randomized trials for adolescent depression. He co-directs the Prevention of Youth Violence Center. Since 1985, he has directed the Prevention Science and Methodology Group. Recently, his work has focused on the prevention of drug abuse, conduct disorder, depression, and suicide. He has served on numerous federal panels, advisory boards, and editorial boards.
Anneta Arno, PhD, MPH, is a public health professional in the field of health equity. Her work includes promoting community collaboration to transform views and perspectives related to root causes of health disparities, the integration of health equity concepts into health care delivery systems, and racial equity through a public health lens. Her experience in public health, philanthropy, urban planning, and academia, as well as her spirit of collaboration, led to her position with the newly minted Office of Health Equity in the District of Columbia Department of Health, where she serves as an ambassador for a “health in all policies” approach to improving population health. Prior to joining the District of Columbia Department of Health, she was the division manager for communicable disease prevention and public health preparedness in the Kansas City, Missouri, Department of Health. She has also served as the director for the Center for Health Equity in the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness and as adjunct faculty in the University of Louisville, School of Public Health and Information Sciences. She holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of Reading and an M.P.H. in health care management from Columbia University.
Stephanie Autumn is a senior technical assistance consultant at the American Institutes for Research. A member of the Hopi Tribe, Autumn has 38 years of local, national, and international American Indian advocacy and policy work experience and has presented at human rights forums at the United Nations in Geneva and New York. She has worked throughout the United States on issues of American Indian adult and juvenile justice, substance abuse prevention, restorative justice, and tribal youth mentoring programs. She served as the executive director of the Minnesota Restorative Justice Campaign for 5 years and is a skilled Restorative Practitioner facilitator, trainer, and Circle Keeper. Her expertise includes developing culturally competent strategic planning tools and training for American Indian/Alaska
Native tribes. She has directed national projects on American Indian juvenile domestic assault, restorative justice, pre- and post-release services for American Indian offenders, tribal mentoring, and truancy. She recently served as project director for three programs for tribal youth that provided training and technical assistance to more than 135 tribal grantees. She has provided expertise and testimony for the Minnesota and South Dakota Departments of Corrections with regard to traumatic brain injury and trauma informed care needs/issues with incarcerated American Indian juveniles and adults.
Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, FAAN, is an assistant professor at Duke University School of Nursing and a 2017–2018 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, Health and Aging Policy Fellow. Her program of research is focused on improving nutritional outcomes for nursing home residents with dementia by developing the science for three hand-feeding techniques. In addition to traditional means of disseminating the results of her scientific findings, she is a national leader in using technology and social media to translate and disseminate the results of her work to a wide and varied global audience. In 2010, she disseminated geriatric nursing education content by translating the nine Geronotological Nursing Education Consortium modules into podcasts. She has produced videos, hosted a monthly cable program, and maintained an active website. Her expertise has been solicited for national webinars sponsored by the Gerontological Society of America/Emerging Scholars and Professionals Organization, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Research Leadership Network.
Harolyn M.E. Belcher, MD, MHS, is the director of the Center for Diversity in Public Health Leadership Training at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is principal investigator (PI) of three public health leadership training programs to promote diversity in public health research, training, and leadership experiences. She co-directs the National Center for Health Policy Research Scholars. She was also PI of two National Child Traumatic Stress Network grants and evaluated a curriculum that promotes parental emotional well-being and knowledge of child development for young parents of children enrolled in Early Head Start. She is co-PI on a National Institute of Nursing Research grant to compare costs of two evidence-based parent interventions and was co-investigator on a community-based Head Start family and child behavioral health prevention intervention. She collaborated on community-based initiatives to support recruitment and parent education of African American parents participating in church-based foster care for children with drug exposure and HIV infection in Tampa, Florida. She was director of the Developmental Evaluation and
Intervention Program at the University of South Florida. She received her B.S. in zoology from Howard University, M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine, and M.H.S. focusing on mental health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg University School of Public Health.
Felesia R. Bowen, PhD, RN, is a nurse scientist and associate professor at Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing where she is the director of undergraduate programs. Previously, she was an assistant professor and director of the Center for Urban Youth and Families at Rutgers University College of Nursing. Bowen began her nursing career as an Army nurse where she served on active duty, the army reserves and NJ National Guard units for 15 years. She is a veteran of the First Persian Gulf War, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During her tenure in the military, she held several nurse leadership positions and earned several military honors and awards for her service during peacetime and war. She earned her B.S.N. from Tuskegee University, M.S. from Rutgers University, Ph.D. from Columbia University, and D.N.P. from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Teresa Brockie, PhD, RN, FAAN, is at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and her research focuses on achieving health equity through community-based prevention and intervention of suicide, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences among vulnerable populations. In 2011, she led an all Native American team to collect data to study suicidal behavior among reservation-based Native American youth. A member of the White Clay (A’aninin) Nation from Fort Belknap, Montana, she earned her Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.
Angela Diaz, MD, PhD, MPH, is the Jean C. and James W. Crystal professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She directs the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, a program that provides integrated medical care, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, dental, and optical services. Under her leadership it has become one of the largest adolescent-specific health centers in the country and is a major training site. She has been a White House fellow, member of the Food and Drug Administration Pediatric Advisory Committee, and member of the board of directors of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In 2003, she chaired the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism for the Department of Health and Human Services. In 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed her to the New York City Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth Taskforce. She is active in public policy
and advocacy and has conducted many international health projects. She has an M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, an M.P.H. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Columbia University.
Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, was Minnesota’s Commissioner of Health (through December 2017). As commissioner, he is responsible for directing the work of the Minnesota Department of Health, the state’s lead public health agency. Prior to his appointment, he was director and chief health officer at Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota (U of M). From 1980 to 1995, he served as director of personal health services for the Minneapolis Health Department. He served in the National Health Service Corps from 1973 to 1975. He is an adjunct professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the U of M School of Public Health. He is the past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Minnesota Public Health Association, Twin Cities Medical Society, and North Central College Health Association. He is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and has a Master’s in public health and an M.S.P.H. from the University of North Carolina. Ehlinger was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and also a Bush Fellow.
Seema Gajwani, JD, is special counsel for juvenile justice reform at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where she oversees juvenile justice reform initiatives focusing on diversion, restorative justice, trauma services for victims of crime, and improved data collection and analysis. Prior to this position, she ran the Criminal Justice Program at the Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, D.C., funding efforts to improve criminal and juvenile justice systems across the country, with a focus on pretrial detention reform and improved prosecution decision making. She started her career as a trial attorney at the D.C. Public Defender Service, where she represented juvenile and adult defendants for 6 years. During her time at New York University School of Law, she served as an editor of the Moot Court Board and interned at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, King County Defender Association in Seattle, and the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana in New Orleans. She graduated from Northwestern University.
Jane Hamel-Lambert, MBA, PhD, is a visiting associate professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University/Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Previously, her scholarship focused on improving the children’s health delivery system in the rural Appalachian region of southeast Ohio, where she advanced the Integrating Professionals for Appalachian Children network. As PI on several federal grants, her efforts advanced early develop-
mental screening, the integration of behavioral health and primary care, the development of a regional family nurse navigator program, and a local interdisciplinary assessment team. From 2007 to 2011, she served on the National Advisory Council of Interdisciplinary, Community-based Linkages, concluding her term as its chair. From 2013 to 2015, she was elected to American Psychological Association’s Committee on Rural Health, again concluding her term as chair. Her clinical area of expertise is pediatric psychology and neurodevelopmental disorders, and areas of scholarship include rural health, leadership, collaborative partnerships, and community-based participatory methodology. She is co-editor of the book Participatory Partnerships for Social Action and Research, recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Edited Books Award from the Applied Communication Division of the National Communications Association.
Emily A. Haozous, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an associate professor and Regent’s professor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. She was a member of the 2011 cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars. Her research examines cancer pain and symptom management, cancer prevention, early detection and control, and eliminating health disparities in American Indians and Alaska Natives in the Southwest and nationwide. Her work integrates traditional American Indian values with contemporary research methods to address health issues in underserved populations. Through dissemination at the local, tribal, regional, and national level, and in community, academic, and clinical settings, she has made it a priority to communicate research results for all audiences to translate research from bench to bedside as quickly and effectively as possible. She is a member of the Chiricahua Warm Springs Fort Sill Apache Tribe. She received her B.A. in music from University of California, Santa Cruz, and completed graduate work at Yale, where her studies focused on oncology nursing and end-of-life care.
J. David Hawkins, PhD, is the endowed professor of prevention and founding director of the Social Development Research Group in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. His research focuses on understanding and preventing child and adolescent health and behavior problems. He seeks to identify risk and protective factors for health and behavior problems across multiple domains; understand how these factors interact in the development or prevention of problem behaviors; and establish comprehensive prevention strategies that seek to reduce risk through the enhancement of strengths and protective factors in families, schools, peer groups, and communities. He is the co-developer of the Communities That Care prevention system; the Guiding Good Choices, Preparing for School Success, and Staying Connected with Your Teen parenting programs;
and the Social Development Model, a theory that provides a foundation for positive development and delinquency and drug abuse prevention.
Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood, PhD, is vice chair for research in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Her research focuses on child, adolescent, and family outcomes; parent engagement and activation; implementation science in policy contexts; and quality measurement. She also works with the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Services at the New York State Office of Mental Health as a research scientist. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, she was professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University and associate director for child and adolescent mental health research in the Office of the Director at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she directed the Child and Adolescent Services Research Program. She is director and principal investigator (PI) of the Advanced Center on Implementation and Dissemination Science in States for Children and Families and the Evidence-based Treatment Dissemination Center. She is also co-director of the Community Technical Assistance Center for New York State child-serving agencies. She is PI on several other major grants and subcontracts focused on improving the quality of services and outcomes for children and families. She received her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Regina S. James, MD, is director of clinical and health services research and acting director for community health and population science at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). She oversees health services research, research on minority and health disparities populations in a clinical setting, and research on disparities in health care across groups and populations. She previously was acting associate director for clinical research and data management at NIMHD and directed the Office of Health Equity at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. She also trained as a clinical fellow at the National Institute on Mental Health. She was a member of the American Psychiatric Association Workgroup on Disorders in Childhood & Adolescence, charged with revising the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. She has received numerous awards and conducted and published clinical research in health disparities and child/adolescent mental health. Her research interests include understanding and addressing how determinants impact health status, access, and quality of health care across the lifespan. She received her B.S. in psychology/biology and M.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed a residency in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP, is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She is a primary care pediatrician and physician scientist whose research has focused on addressing health disparities among minority immigrant populations. She has been the principal investigator of many grants; her current work focuses on engaging immigrants in evidence-based preventive parenting interventions. This project involves working with churches, mental health providers, primary care clinics, and community-based organizations serving Filipino immigrant youth in Los Angeles. She is also in the first cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Clinical Scholars program, and the goal of her team project is to create a culture of mental health and healthy parenting in the Filipino community.
Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, is immediate past president of the American Public Health Association and senior fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on naming, measuring, and addressing the impacts of racism on the nation’s health and well-being. She aims to catalyze a national conversation on racism that will mobilize and engage all Americans. Before coming to Morehouse, she was an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and medical officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has been elected to many boards, including the American College of Epidemiology, American Public Health Association, DeKalb County Board of Health, and National Board of Public Health Examiners. Her awards include the Hildrus A. Poindexter Distinguished Service Award, John Snow Award, and an honorary doctorate of science from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She earned her B.A. in molecular biology from Wellesley College, an M.D. from Stanford University, and an M.P.H. and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She completed residency training in general preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins and in family practice at Montefiore Medical Center.
Beth Kanter, chief strategy officer, Spitfire Strategies, helps clients on issues ranging from economic inequality and reproductive rights to immigration reform and gender equity. She is particularly skilled at working with nonprofits and currently is focused on efforts to address poverty and economic inequality. She partners with state-based campaigns across the country and was instrumental in a successful campaign to make key provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit permanent. She also collaborated with the Center for Community Change in an effort to
reform immigration policies. Prior to joining Spitfire, she was the senior vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood of Illinois. As a vice president at the Chicago-based public affairs firm Jasculca/Terman and Associates, she won the Silver Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago for her work with the AFL-CIO on the Democratic Presidential Forum. In 2007, she led a political program for the Chicago Federation of Labor that helped elect six new aldermen to the Chicago City Council and passed the Big Box Living Wage ordinance.
Kelly J. Kelleher, MD, is a pediatrician whose research interests focus on accessibility, effectiveness, and quality of health care services for children and their families, especially those affected by mental disorders, substance abuse, or violence. He has a long-standing interest in formal outcomes research for mental health and substance abuse services. He is director of the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice and vice president of Health Services Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is also professor in the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Kelli A. Komro, MPH, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health where she has served as the director of graduation studies since 2016. Komro is a social and behavioral epidemiologist with experience evaluating effects of community and policy strategies to promote child and adolescent health and reduce health disparities. Currently, she leads a study to investigate state-level family economic security policy effects on infant and child mortality, and a community trial in collaboration with the Cherokee Nation to prevent alcohol use and consequences among youth living in rural communities. She has published in public health, prevention science, preventive medicine, addiction, and health behavior journals. She has been recognized for her teaching and mentoring as recipient of the University of Florida College of Medicine Exemplary Teacher Award, Society for Prevention Research Mentoring Award, and American Public Health Association’s Student Caucus mentor of the year award. She has held academic positions at the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida, where she served as associate director of the Institute for Child Health Policy. She is a graduate of the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.
Jaime T. Koppel, MPA, is the deputy director for strategic partnerships at the Communities for Just Schools Fund. Previously, she was a senior fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, where she worked across federal agencies and with
external partners toward eliminating punitive school discipline and increasing positive school climate. Prior to her time at DOJ, she was director of youth and education justice at the Children’s Defense Fund–New York. She also served as chief of staff for the executive deputy commissioner of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services. While living in Honduras from 2001 to 2003, she founded Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA), a nonprofit working with financially disadvantaged families to provide high-quality bilingual education. She now serves as BECA’s board chair. She has a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Uma R. Kotagal, MBBS, MSc, is executive leader, Population and Community Health, and a senior fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She formerly served as senior vice president for quality, safety, and transformation and executive director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she oversaw the transformation of Cincinnati’s health care system and supported the development of learning networks. Previously, she served as director of the neonatal intensive care units at the University Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s. She was a visiting scholar at the Center for Risk Analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health and a visiting professor at the Tufts New England Medical Center, completing training in decision and cost-effectiveness analyses. She is on the board of directors of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and chairs the Quality Improvement Committee of the Children’s Hospital Association. She was a member of the advisory committee of the Toronto Patient Safety Center and associate editor of BMJ Quality and Safety. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Bombay and her M.Sc. in clinical epidemiology and clinical effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Daniela Lewy, EdLD, MPH, is executive director of the Virginia Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, working to align interagency state resources, policies, and programs to ensure Virginia’s most vulnerable children and families can thrive. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, she was on the International Health faculty at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, working and teaching at the intersection of health, education, social services, and juvenile justice in the United States and throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She is co-founder and board member of Thrival World Academies, a network of publicly funded, credit-bearing, study abroad high schools for U.S. students from low-income neighborhoods. Her professional experience has extended across the public and private sectors, local and international locations, research and prac-
tice institutions, and urban and rural communities. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and an Ed.L.D. from Harvard University.
Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, is Cincinnati Children’s professor of pediatrics and co-director of the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His work encompasses the application and study of systems improvement methods across a broad range of areas, including primary and subspecialty care, communities, and public health settings, to improve the health outcomes of children, families, and communities. Over the past 20 years, he and his research team have developed innovative approaches that engage patients, their families, clinicians, scientists, and communities in developing network-based learning health systems that simultaneously improve care, spawn innovation, and accelerate research. He has extensive experience in large-scale comparative effectiveness research, the creation of large-scale interoperable data systems, managing large project teams, and engaging individuals from diverse backgrounds to co-produce improved care and research. He currently serves as chair of the PCORnet Council, which is aimed at transforming research infrastructure in the United States. Recently, the ImproveCareNow Network, which he leads, was awarded the Drucker Prize.
Mary Ann McCabe, PhD, ABPP, is associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and affiliate faculty in applied developmental psychology at George Mason University. She is also a clinical psychologist and consultant in independent practice. She is past president of the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice and member of a task force on integrated care for the Society of Pediatric Psychology. She led the planning of two national interdisciplinary summits on child mental health in 2009 and 2013, chairs the American Psychological Association Interdivisional Task Force for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, and chairs the Consortium for Science-Based Information on Children, Youth and Families. She directed the Office for Policy and Communications for the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), where she oversaw bridging research with policy and practice and directed the SRCD Congressional and Executive Branch Policy Fellowship Programs. Previously, she was the director of health psychology and director of training in psychology at Children’s National Medical Center. Her areas of scholarship include knowledge transfer across research, practice, and policy; child mental health; and minors’ capacity for involvement in decision making about medical and mental health treatment and research.
Reggie Moore serves as director of the Office of Violence Prevention located within the City of Milwaukee’s Health Department. Appointed by Mayor Tom Barrett in April 2016, he leads the city’s efforts to assess, prevent, and decrease incidents of structural and community violence. Prior to joining the Milwaukee Health Department, he was founding CEO of the Center for Youth Engagement (CYE), which serves as a catalyst for building and sustaining strategies to connect young people with quality opportunities to learn, lead, and develop. Prior to launching CYE, he was founding executive director of Urban Underground, a program that builds youth leadership through grassroots community organizing and civic engagement. He has also worked as national director of youth activism for the American Legacy Foundation in Washington, D.C., and volunteers with several local and national organizations, including the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation and National Youth Alliance for Boys and Men of Color.
Keith J. Mueller, PhD, is the interim dean of the College of Public Health, and Gerhard Hartman Professor in Health Management and Policy, University of Iowa. He is also the director of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis and chair of the RUPRI Health Panel. He has served as president of the National Rural Health Association and as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. He has also served on national advisory committees to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He has published more than 220 scholarly articles and policy papers and received awards recognizing his research contributions from the National Rural Health Association, RUPRI, and the University of Nebraska. In 2016, he received the University of Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. His Ph.D. is in political science from the University of Arizona, and he completed a faculty fellowship with The Johns Hopkins University.
Sherice Perry, vice president, Spitfire Strategies, connects reporters, individuals, and families with information to empower them to make decisions that benefit their communities. Before coming to Spitfire, she was executive director of The Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI). Prior to joining BJKLI, she was the director of specialty and broadcast media in the Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she focused on public health and the Affordable Care Act. In that capacity, she led specialty media outreach, managed the secretary’s broadcast media portfolio, and staffed Secretary Sebelius and Secretary Burwell for in-town and on-the-road events. She also planned and executed events to educate the media and public about the Affordable Care Act and
public health issues affecting minority populations, in collaboration with the White House and other government agencies.
Devin Reaves, MSW, is a community organizer and grassroots advocacy leader. He has worked on expansion of access to the lifesaving drug Naloxone, implantation of 911 Good Samaritan policies, and expansion of youth-oriented systems. He works to build constituencies of consequence that will lead to meaningful public health policy changes around substance use disorders. He is the executive director for Life of Purpose New Jersey. He established and operates Brotherly Love House, a recovery residence in Philadelphia. He also serves on the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia and the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force. He received a B.A. in human services from Lynn University and an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice with a focus on community and organizational change.
Michelle S. Rodgers, PhD, is associate dean and director of Cooperative Extension and Outreach at the University of Delaware (UD), where she provides overall leadership for programs, personnel, and the organizational development of UD Cooperative Extension. She applies 30 years of extension experience to foster collaborations among Delaware’s agriculture industry, families, and communities while delivering outcomes through statewide programs. Nationally, she is project director for the Cooperative Extension System–Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Partnership for Healthy Communities, cochair of the Centers for Community Engagement at UD, and past chair of the Extension Committee of Organization and Policy, and she completed training as a fellow in the Food System Leadership Institute. Scholarly interests include developing high-performance teams, operational outreach partnerships, evaluation competencies, leadership and change theory, incorporation of technology as a delivery method, and strategies for building healthy communities. She holds a B.S. in home economics education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in rural sociology, and a Ph.D. in agricultural education from Penn State University.
Lourdes M. Rojas, MPH, is a doctoral candidate in the Prevention Science and Community Health Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She has worked for Familias Unidas, a family-centered, evidence-based preventive intervention that aims to prevent substance use, risky sexual behaviors, and other problem behaviors among Hispanic adolescents. She has published in seven peer-reviewed journals, including Prevention Science, Journal of Pediatric Health Care, and the American
Journal of Public Health. Her work has mainly focused on the implementation and integration of eHealth Familias Unidas into pediatric primary care settings. She is also currently working on a project through which Hispanic families are recruited on a social media site, assessed, randomized, and delivered the intervention completely online. Her dissertation will focus on developing a screening instrument for parents entering into the Familias Unidas intervention. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in allied health sciences, she earned her M.P.H. from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Joyce K. Sebian, MSEd, is a public health adviser in the Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She aims to advance policies and practices for healthy communities, families, and children, and her work provides a public health approach to children’s mental and behavioral health. A key focus of her work is on developing and sustaining effective collaborations and partnerships focused on the well-being of children, families, and communities, as well as supporting implementation strategies to achieve effective infrastructure and system capacity for ongoing quality improvement and system change. She received her M.S.Ed. in early childhood education leadership and public policy from Wheelock College.
Andy Shih, PhD, is senior vice president of public health and inclusion at Autism Speaks, where he oversees the public health portfolio, including the Global Autism Public Health Initiative, an international advocacy and development effort. He and his team serve as technical advisers to ministries and other government agencies by facilitating multistakeholder collaboration and sourcing content expertise and other technical resources with the goal of delivering community-based feasible, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions. His research background includes published studies in gene identification and characterization, virus-cell interaction, and cell-cycle regulation. Prior to focusing on Autism Speaks’ public health/international development efforts, he oversaw the organization’s investments in genetics, environmental sciences, epidemiology, and assistive technologies. He received his Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from New York University Medical Center.
José Szapocznik, PhD, is professor of public health sciences, architecture, psychology, and educational research and counseling psychology at the University of Miami. He is chair emeritus of the Department of Public Health Sciences in the university’s Miller School of Medicine and honorary founding director of the Miami Clinical Translational Science Institute. His primary research focus has been the role of context on adolescent problem behavior and the development and testing of family-based inter-
ventions for the prevention and treatment of drug-abusing and problem behavior in Hispanic adolescents. With colleagues at the Center for Family Studies, he has tested basic assumptions of family therapy, developing the evidence-based intervention Brief Strategic Family Therapy® and a number of culturally specific variations of this approach. As PI of the Florida Node Alliance of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network, he is translating treatment research into clinical practice throughout Florida and in Colorado, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico. He also developed an interdisciplinary program of research on the relationship between the built environment, behavior, psychological functioning, social processes, biomedical mediators, and physical health outcomes. He has mentored a large cadre of minority graduate students and junior faculty and has held many policy advisory roles.
Joseph W. Thompson, MD, MPH, is president and CEO of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement and professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His work is centered at the intersection of clinical care, public health, and health policy. He has led efforts in planning and implementing health care financing reform, tobacco- and obesity-related health promotion, and disease prevention programs. In addition, he is guiding Arkansas’s initiatives to improve health system access, quality, and cost. From 2005 to 2015, he served as Arkansas Surgeon General and worked closely with the governor’s office, legislature, and public and private organizations. Previously, he was the lead architect of the Tobacco Settlement Act of 2000 and instituted the Arkansas Health Insurance Roundtable. He is former director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity. Before that, he served on the Arkansas Board of Health and Academy Health Board of Directors and is past president of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is author of numerous articles and publications in the areas of health and health care. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and his M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jennifer Tyson, MA, is a social science analyst in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Preventions’ (OJJDP), Innovation and Research Division, at the Department of Justice. Prior to joining OJJDP, she served as a coordinator for a national training and technical assistance project at American University and as a program coordinator for a community-based crime prevention and public safety effort in the Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Boston University and an M.A. in child development and urban policy and planning from Tufts University.
Christine Begay Vining, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a bilingual Navajo speech-language pathologist at the Center for Development and Disability, Department of Pediatrics, Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She works with children, youth, and young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities, their families, and communities. As program manager of clinical and community-based programs, she has worked to improve systems of care and education with emphasis on rural, underserved areas, including Native American communities. She provides consultative and direct services to Navajo Nation Growing in Beauty Program to build capacity in services related to autism spectrum disorders and other developmental delays. In addition, she represents the speech-language pathology discipline on the faculty team for the New Mexico Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program and facilitates opportunities for infusing cultural and linguistic competence with the LEND curriculum. She collaborates with faculty to provide an interdisciplinary training program that strives to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with or at risk for neurodevelopmental and related disabilities and their families. She cochairs the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Multicultural Council and serves on the AUCD Board of Directors as well as on other national boards. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arizona and doctorate from the University of New Mexico.
Deborah Klein Walker, EdD, is president of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association) and a former president of the American Public Health Association and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. She formerly served as vice president and senior fellow at Abt Associates, Inc., and as associate commissioner for programs and prevention at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Prior to state service, she was an associate professor of human development at the Harvard School of Public Health and a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has authored three books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. Her research and policy interests include child and family policy, program implementation and evaluation, public health practice, disability policy, community health systems, health outcomes, and data systems. She received her Ed.D. in human development from Harvard University.