Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, Ph.D., RN-BC, FNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN, is a tenured associate professor of nursing and a geriatric nursing researcher. She is the director of The George Washington University’s interdisciplinary Center for Aging, Health and Humanities. Dr. Batchelor-Murphy has worked as an administrative nurse in skilled nursing homes and practiced as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) across long-term care settings. Her research, which is focused on patients with dementia, has been supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program, and the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Batchelor-Murphy was previously an associate professor at Duke University and is board certified as a gerontological registered nurse and FNP. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a 2017–2018 Health and Aging Policy Fellow serving the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in the office of Senator Susan Collins.
Colonel David Benedek, M.D., received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1986 and his M.D. from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in 1991. After an internship and residency in psychiatry at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he was assigned as the division psychiatrist in the First Armor Division in Germany. From there, he deployed to the former Yugoslavia and delivered mental health support to U.S. and NATO Troops for Operation Joint Endeavor (1996). He returned to Walter Reed to complete forensic psychiatry fellowship training in 1998 and then served as the assistant chief of inpatient psychiatry. In 1999 he became the chief of Forensic Psychiatry Service and the
director of the National Capital Consortium Military Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Walter Reed, and he remained in those positions until joining the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress faculty in 2004. Dr. Benedek’s awards include the Meritorious Service (2OLC) and Army Commendation (3OLC) Medals for his work at Walter Reed and in Bosnia, the LTG Claire Chennault Award for Outstanding Military Psychiatry Faculty Member, and the American Psychiatric Association’s Nancy C.A. Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education. In 2002 he received the U.S. Army Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator. He has authored or co-authored more than 75 scientific publications and has presented on numerous aspects of military, disaster, and forensic psychiatry at regional, national, and international professional conferences. He served on the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA’s) Committee on Confidentiality, was a consultant to APA’s Practice Guideline for the treatment of acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder work-group in the development of its 2004 practice guideline, and the lead author of the 2009 guideline watch (update). He is the co-editor of the Clinical Manual for Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Benedek is a professor of psychiatry and the chairman of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ Department of Psychiatry, appointed in 2017. He is also an associate director of the University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. He is a past president of the Society of Uniformed Service Psychiatrists, the Military District Branch of APA, and he is the currently the Society’s deputy representative to the APA Assembly. He is a distinguished fellow of APA. In addition to his operational experience in Bosnia and Croatia, Dr. Benedek has deployed to Cuba, Iraq, and Kuwait in conjunction with the Global War on Terrorism. In 2004 he was appointed consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General for Forensic Psychiatry.
Dolores Subia BigFoot, Ph.D., a child psychologist, is a presidential professor who directs the Native American programs at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Funded since 1994 by the Children’s Bureau, she has directed the Project Making Medicine and, since 2003, the Indian Country Child Trauma Center, where she was instrumental in the cultural adaptations of evidence-based child treatments. Under her guidance, four evidence-based treatments were enhanced for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families in Indian country, titled the Honoring Children Series. One of the four is Honoring Children—Mending the Circle, a cultural enhancement of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) for use with AI/AN children and their families. Dr. BigFoot has more than 15 published articles and chapters, including serving as the lead author of Adapting Evidence-Based
Treatments for Use with American Indians and Native Alaskan Children and Youth. Dr. BigFoot has served as the principal investigator on 13 federally funded projects. Other distinctions include her service on the national advisory council of the Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Network to Eliminate Health Disparities, and working groups for the Indian Health Service and the National Indian Child Welfare Association. She was selected to attend the White House conference on children’s mental health and is the past president of the Society of Indian Psychologists. Dr. BigFoot has more than 30 years of experience and is knowledgeable about the concerns of implementation and adaptation of evidenced-based practices being introduced into Indian country. Dr. BigFoot is a member of the national TF-CBT Trainer Network. Dr. BigFoot is an enrolled member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma with affiliation to the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana, where her children are enrolled members.
Kennita Carter, M.D., is a senior advisor in the Division of Medicine and Dentistry in the Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration in the Department of Health and Human Services. She received a B.S. in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed both medical school and a residency in internal medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is a board-certified internist and fellowship-trained geriatrician. She completed her fellowship at the Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. She completed the Duke Integrative Leadership fellowship in Durham, North Carolina, and was a recipient of the Bravewell Leadership Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She continues to serve as volunteer faculty training geriatric medicine fellows, internal medicine residents, and medical students in an interprofessional setting at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Other areas of interest include health equity, spirituality in medicine, and physician well-being.
Sandra Crewe, Ph.D., M.S.W., holds a B.S.W. and an M.S.W. from the National Catholic School of Social Services at The Catholic University of America. She earned her Ph.D. in social work from Howard University in Washington, DC. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Her research interests include family caregiving and kinship care (emphasis on older adults), program development and evaluation, and cultural competence. She has published articles in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Affilia, and the Journal of Health and Social Policy. She serves as the director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Social Gerontology. Dr. Crewe is a gubernatorial appointee for the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust; a member of the National Association
of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (Resident Leadership Faculty); a member of the board of directors, American Association of Service Coordinators (chair professional development committee); an advisory council member of the Women’s Health Institute and HIV/AIDS Consortium (Howard University); and a member and the chair of the ethnogeriatric and culture committee, Washington DC Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium (WAGECC). She is also a Master Faculty Scholar for WAGECC and a member of the National Association of Social Workers Aging Specialty Group and served as a member of the expert panel for Family Caregiving Standards. Dr. Crewe also serves on the Council of Social Work’s professional development committee. She is a program evaluation/development consultant for the Department of Social Development (provincial government), Cape Town, South Africa.
Andrew Dailey, M.Div., M.S., has been with the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) of the American Psychological Association since October 2002. He is responsible for the overall program, including the vision and mission of the MFP. Mr. Dailey works closely with federal funding agencies and advisory committees regarding policy decisions and serves as a liaison for the MFP’s relationships with other organizations.
Jorge Delva, Ph.D., M.S.W., a nationally recognized expert on substance use disorders and ethnic health inequities, was appointed the dean of the School of Social Work at Boston University on January 1, 2018. Dr. Delva was the Kristine A. Siefert Collegiate Professor of Social Work and the director of the Communities Engagement Program of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research at the University of Michigan. He was a faculty associate in the Department of American Culture’s Latina/o studies program. Dr. Delva conducts research focusing on addressing and reducing health inequities and helping improve the lives of low-income and racial and ethnic minority populations and communities. His areas of expertise include addictions and mental health, behavioral health, cross-cultural research, survey research, and community-based participatory research.
Julian Fisher, B.D.S., M.Sc., M.I.H., is a policy advisor and an analyst specializing in health workforce education, social and environmental determinants of health, and global oral health. He is currently based in Germany with regular trips to United Nations agencies in Switzerland. He is also the director of advocacy and network development in a part-time capacity for the nongovernmental organization Training for Health Equity, THEnet (New York). He holds a position as a research assistant professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in New York. As chair of two World Health
Organization (WHO) Technical Advisory Groups, he is engaged in supporting WHO’s technical and normative work. Prior to this he was the associate director of professional and scientific affairs with FDI World Dental Federation in Geneva, Switzerland. His work experience covers a diverse range of professional domains, including international public health policy and advocacy (consultancies for WHO; the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and the United Nations Environment Programme), health profession (federation) management, and health workforce undergraduate and postgraduate education, both classroom and web based. His work has been based in geographical locations including Antarctica, Europe, Falkland Islands, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Tanzania within various sectors and organizations.
Robert A. Horne, Ph.D., serves as an assistant professor of counselor education and the director of the Addiction Studies Certificate Program at North Carolina Central University. Additionally, Dr. Horne serves as a counselor and a counseling consultant in private practice; a National Board for Certified Counselors mentor; and a fitness for practice evaluator for the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors. Dr. Horne has previously served as the chair of the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation Minority Fellowship Program Doctoral Advisory Council and as a subject-matter expert for the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium. Dr. Horne holds a Ph.D. in counseling and counselor education from North Carolina State University, an M.A. in agency counseling from North Carolina Central University, and a master of divinity from Duke University. He is a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor Intern, International Certified Advance Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Master Addiction Counselor. Dr. Horne is a National Board for Certified Counselors fellow and a Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration fellow. Dr. Horne’s research and publications focus on (1) African American male identity development and sustenance; (2) behavioral and substance addiction; and (3) spirituality, stress, coping, and cultural trauma. Dr. Horne actively engages in conducting national and international workshops, trainings, and webinars.
Timothy “Noble” Jennings-Bey resides in the city of Syracuse in upstate New York. Since 1996 Mr. Jennings-Bey has dedicated his life to working in the field of violence prevention. Currently, he is the director for the Trauma Response Team and the executive director of Street Addiction Institute Inc. (SAII Inc.). For more than a decade Mr. Jennings-Bey and his team have been on call 24 hours per day. The team responds to shootings
and homicides while acting as a liaison among the Syracuse community, the Syracuse Police Department, and Upstate Medical Center. Mr. Jennings-Bey created SAII Inc. and the theory underlying it is that criminal activity specific to neighborhood violence has an addictive nature similar to alcohol, gambling, and substance abuse. Mr. Jennings-Bey believes that participants of gang and criminal activity are in need of respite and rehabilitation before they can be mainstreamed back into society. Syracuse University’s Falk College has partnered with SAII Inc. to conduct research and offer families throughout the Syracuse community free counseling services specific to individuals affected by neighborhood violence. Mr. Jennings-Bey is a published author, mentor, consultant, and motivational speaker. His areas of expertise are trauma, grief and loss, depression, gang culture awareness, maladaptive behaviors, street addiction, and nontraditional intervention approaches specific to the street and gang culture.
Mildred Joyner, M.S.W., LCSW, BCD, has served as the director at DNB Financial Corporation since 2004. She has been the president of MCJ Consultants since January 2011 and is an emeritus professor of social work from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she started her teaching career in 1979. While at West Chester University she was elected in 1984 as the director and chairperson of the Undergraduate Social Work Program and served in that position until 2011. In 2010, Ms. Joyner chaired the fund-raising committee for the Frederick Douglass sculpture that is permanently located on the campus of West Chester University. Ms. Joyner was elected in 2015 as the vice president of the National Association of Social Workers. She also serves on the boards of the Chester County Food Bank, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute SoulMates advisory board in Boston, Massachusetts. She previously served on the boards of the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy in Washington, DC; the International Association of Schools of Social Work; the ANSWER Coalition; Chester County Children, Youth, and Families; the Chester County Women’s Commission; and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in Alexandria, Virginia, and as the president and the board chair from July 2010 to June 2013. Ms. Joyner is a chair emeritus of Living Beyond Breast Cancer in Narberth, Pennsylvania, where she previously served as the board chair and as the chair of Board Governance. In addition, Ms. Joyner also served as the vice president of CSWE, and is a past president of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, a national organization located in Alexandria, Virginia. Ms. Joyner earned her B.S.W. in 1971 from Central State University in Ohio and an M.S.W. in 1974 from Howard University in Washington, DC.
Robert Keefe, Ph.D., MSSA, joined the University at Buffalo School of Social Work faculty as an associate professor in 2005 from Syracuse
University. Passionate about public health social work, community health, and health and disability, Dr. Keefe possesses several years of post-M.S.W. health and mental health care practice experience as a medical and psychiatric social worker in facilities in New Hampshire and Ohio and as a case manager/clinical care reviewer in New York. He is also a member of the American Public Health Association, Society for Social Work and Research, National Association of Social Workers, and Council on Social Work Education. In addition to teaching several courses centering on mental health, health, and interventions, Dr. Keefe is also the faculty liaison and academic advisor for the M.S.W./M.P.H. dual degree program. With his current project, “Postpartum Depression Among New Mothers of Color,” funded by the Fahs-Beck Foundation of the New York Community Trust, Dr. Keefe endeavors to help service providers render culturally competent services to new mothers of color. His significant contributions to the field have earned him high honors; in addition to being selected as the Public Health Social Worker of the Year by the American Public Health Association in 2011, he was also named a fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine in 2013. Dr. Keefe received his Ph.D. from the University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare subsequent to earning an MSSA from Case Western Reserve University and a B.A. in sociology from Ithaca College.
Kathleen Klink, M.D., FAAFP, is the chief of health professions education in the Office of Academic Affiliations in the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is responsible for overseeing all of the clinical trainee portfolios of the Veterans Health Administration, including advanced fellowships, associated health education, medical and dental education, and nursing education. She has served as the director of the Center for Family and Community Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, the chief of Service for Family Medicine at NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, a Robert Wood Johnson Health policy fellow in the Office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the director of the Division of Medicine and Dentistry in the Bureau of Health Professions at the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the medical director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care. Dr. Klink most recently served as the director of medical and dental education in the Office of Academic Affiliations. Dr. Klink is a board-certified family physician. A graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine, she completed her residency at the Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami. She has devoted most of her career caring for underserved people and advocating for improved access through enhanced workforce training that provides vulnerable populations services where and when the need is greatest.
Sandra D. Lane, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence and a professor of public health and anthropology at Syracuse University, and a research professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Upstate Medical University. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology from the joint program at the University of California, San Francisco, and Berkeley, and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the impact of racial, ethnic, and gender disadvantage on maternal, child, and family health in urban areas of the United States and the Middle East. Dr. Lane has published 52 peer-reviewed journal articles; 23 book chapters; a 2008 book titled Why Are Our Babies Dying? Pregnancy, Birth and Death in America; and a policy monograph, The Public Health Impact of Needle Exchange Programs in the United States and Abroad. Her work has been funded with 10 federal grants (from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Office of Minority Health) in addition to foundation and state grants and several internal grants. In addition to the Meredith award, she received the Carl F. Wittke Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and the John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching, both at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Lane has developed a model that links the community-participatory analysis of public policy with pedagogy, called CARE (Community Action Research and Education). Her CARE projects include food deserts in Syracuse, lead poisoning in rental property, health of the uninsured, and her current project on neighborhood trauma and gun violence. Her CARE publications since joining the Syracuse University faculty have included as co-authors 22 community members and 75 students (not an unduplicated list because some students and community members were participants more than once). Prior to joining Syracuse University, Dr. Lane was the founding director of Syracuse Healthy Start, an infant mortality prevention program, in Syracuse, New York. She was a Ford Foundation program officer for child survival and reproductive health in the Middle East and has also been a consultant to the World Health Organization for operational research on tuberculosis, the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Children’s Fund for Rapid Assessment Procedures, and the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for qualitative methods in hospital evaluation. Dr. Lane was also the 2015 recipient of the Henrik L. Blum Award for Excellence in Health Policy from the American Public Health Association and the 2020 George Foster Award for Practicing Medical Anthropology from the Society for Medical Anthropology.
Terri Lipman, Ph.D., CRNP, MSN, is the assistant dean for community engagement, the Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition and
Professor of Nursing of Children at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, a senior fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives, and a distinguished fellow of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Her research is currently focused on disparities in the care and outcomes of children with diabetes—with an emphasis on addressing the social determinants of health—and on gender disparities in the evaluation of linear growth. She was funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health to study an academic–community partnership to increase activity in youth and their families and by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to integrate community health workers into care of underserved children with chronic disorders.
Emily Stinnett Miller, M.D., M.P.H., is professionally trained as an obstetrician and a maternal–fetal medicine physician. She has formal training in study design and epidemiologic analysis through the completion of a master’s in public health. Her research focuses on obstetric and perinatal outcomes related to perinatal mental health disorders, and she has dedicated her career to optimizing the treatment of perinatal depression. Her unwavering commitment to improving perinatal mental health care is evidenced by her involvement in several projects that have advanced health care delivery in the area of perinatal depression. Collaborating with mental health experts, she has contributed to a chapter on mental health in one of the preeminent obstetric textbooks. She was nominated to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist’s Maternal Mental Health Expert Workgroup to develop a consensus statement to guide care provision for perinatal depression and anxiety and obstetrician-facing decision support. In recognizing gaps in health care services, she challenged the paradigm of the current obstetric model of perinatal depression care and received a Friends of Prentice Special Projects Initiative Award to implement a collaborative care model for perinatal depression support services (COMPASS) at Northwestern University. In the 2.5 years since COMPASS launched, more than 1,300 women have been referred for mental health collaborative care. Adherent to the core principles of collaborative care, COMPASS has made a positive impact in the lives of hundreds of pregnant and parenting women. The footprint of COMPASS has expanded beyond individual patient care; COMPASS has changed the culture of obstetric care at Northwestern, empowering obstetricians and midwives to take ownership of depression screening and treatment by the development of educational resources and clinical tools for depression care. COMPASS is now expanding beyond the walls of Northwestern, providing guidance on successful collaborative care implementation strategies to other academic sites across the United States.
Love H. Mouity is a former refugee from the Republic of the Congo who has had great experiences working in different companies since coming to the United States. He was able to gain useful experience and now works at Catholic Charities of Onondaga at the Refugee Resettlement Program as one of the health services program coordinators. He participated in Mental Health First Aid USA courtesy of the National Council for Behavioral Health in January 2019. He is an alum of the Community College of Onondaga and Syracuse University at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He co-teaches the refugee health course, which is a collaborative project of Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University, and Catholic Charities of Syracuse.
Seth Moulton was first called to service when he joined the Marines in 2001, days after graduating from college and months before the attacks on 9/11. As the leader of an infantry platoon, he was among the first Americans to reach Baghdad in 2003. He served four tours in a war that he did not agree with—but he was proud to go, so that no one had to go in his place. After returning home from Iraq, Mr. Moulton earned joint degrees in business and public policy at graduate school and then worked in the private sector in Texas to build the country’s first high-speed rail line. But it was not long before he was called to serve once again—this time in his home district in Massachusetts. Mr. Moulton ran—and won—on a platform of bringing a new generation of leadership to Washington, DC, becoming the only Democrat to unseat an incumbent in a primary in 2014. In the two terms since he was first sworn in, Representative Moulton has worked tirelessly to uphold his commitment to bipartisanship. He has passed several bipartisan bills, including the Faster Care for Veterans Act and the Modernizing Government Travel Act, and he was named the most effective freshman Democrat by the Center for Effective Lawmaking. He has also concentrated on spurring economic development in Massachusetts, creating the first intergovernmental task force focused on growing the economy of Lynn, the biggest city in his district. Today, as a member of the House Committee on the Budget, Representative Moulton is focused on creating a new economic agenda that will make a difference for American families. He also sits on the House Committee on Armed Services and is the top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
Warren Newton, M.D., M.P.H., serves as the president and the chief executive officer (CEO) for the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). As president and CEO of ABFM, he also oversees the ABFM Foundation and the Pisacano Leadership Foundation. Dr. Newton previously served as the executive director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (NC AHEC), a national leader in practice redesign, continuing professional
development, health careers programming, and innovation in graduate medical education, and he was the vice dean of education at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine. From 1999 to 2016 he served as the William B. Aycock Professor and Chair of Family Medicine at UNC. Dr. Newton has served as a personal physician for 34 years, working in a variety of settings, including the UNC Family Medicine Center, the Moncure Community Health Center, and the Randolph County Health Department. In the 1990s he founded the first hospitalist program at UNC Hospitals and helped reorganize family medicine obstetrics into a maternal child service. For the past 15 years he led practice transformation initiatives at the practice, regional, and statewide levels; NC AHEC now provides ongoing support for health information technology, patient-centered medical home, and quality improvement for more than 1,200 primary care practices. Dr. Newton graduated from Yale University in 1980 and Northwestern Medical School in 1984. After residency and chief residency at UNC, he completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program and an M.P.H. at UNC. In 2012–2013 he served as a Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Bishop fellow, during which he also completed the American Council of Education fellows program.
Duy Nguyen, Ph.D., LCSW, M.S.W., is the director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration–funded Minority Fellowship Program at the Council on Social Work Education. A gerontological mental health services researcher, his grant-funded research has revealed how sociocultural factors, especially differences among Asian ethnic groups and the aging process, affect health and mental health service use. As an educator, he has held faculty appointments at Columbia University, New York University, and Temple University, where he has taught courses in research, statistics, and human behavior in the social environment. A licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Nguyen earned his B.A. and M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Society for Social Work and Research.
Wendi K. Schweiger, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, is the director of international capacity building at the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. & Affiliates (NBCC). In this position, Dr. Schweiger organizes and facilitates NBCC’s collaboration efforts with counselors and counseling organizations outside the United States that are taking steps to professionalize. She has worked for NBCC in a variety of capacities and was named to her current position in September 2018. Dr. Schweiger has been a National Certified Counselor since 1998. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina and an inductee of the Chi Sigma Iota honor society. She travels,
presents, and trains worldwide, and she has co-authored publications inside and outside of the United States. Dr. Schweiger completed her undergraduate studies at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She earned her Master of Science and Educational Specialist degrees in community counseling in 1997 and her doctorate in counselor education in 2008 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Matthew Shank, Ph.D., became the eighth president of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC) in January 2019. The mission of VFIC is to advance the distinctive values and strengths of 15 independent member colleges and universities in Virginia. Prior to his tenure at VFIC, Dr. Shank served as the interim president of the World Affairs Council in the District of Columbia. Previously, Dr. Shank became Marymount University’s sixth president in July 2011 and stepped down to become president emeritus in June 2018 after 7 years of service. In recognition of his work at Marymount, Dr. Shank received the 2012 Global Education Leadership Award from the World Affairs Council. In addition, he accepted the World Affairs Council–DC Global Educator of the Year Award on behalf of Marymount in March 2017. He has also received the Robert Ball Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ballston Business Improvement District in 2018 and the Edu-Futuro Community Partner Award in 2017 and earned the distinction of visiting distinguished professor at the National University of Public Service in Budapest, Hungary, in 2016. Dr. Shank currently serves on a variety of nonprofit boards, including Arlington Free Clinic (advisory); Arlington Public Schools (advisory); Arlington Street Peoples Assistance Network; American University in the Emirates, Dubai; Cristo Rey High School in Washington, DC; Dream Project (advisory); Leadership Center for Excellence (advisory); National Catholic Education Association; Northern Virginia Community College Foundation; 4Stay; and Women’s Foundation of Washington, DC. An accomplished scholar, Dr. Shank has published numerous articles, presented at many conferences, and is the author of Sports Marketing: A Strategic Perspective (5th edition). He has consulted with more than 75 organizations in the areas of marketing research, strategic planning, and marketing strategy.
Carl Sheperis, Ph.D., M.S., is the dean at Texas A&M University–San Antonio. Previously Dr. Sheperis was the interim president and the chief executive officer of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates (NBCC) and its division NBCC International. Headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, NBCC is the preeminent certification agency for professional counselors in the United States. It has certified more than 64,000 counselors and provides licensure examinations for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Dr. Sheperis completed his
undergraduate studies at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. He earned a Master of Science in Education in 1994 from Duquesne University and his doctorate in mental health counseling in 2001 from the University of Florida. He is a national certified counselor, certified clinical mental health counselor, master addictions counselor, approved clinical supervisor, and licensed professional counselor, as well as a past NBCC board chair. Before joining NBCC full time in April 2018, he was the program dean for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix, and earlier served at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he was the chair of the Counseling and Special Populations Department and led the largest state university system counseling program in the United States. Dr. Sheperis has been the president of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling and an associate editor for the Journal of Counseling and Development, as well as serving as the editor of the Journal of Counseling Research and Practice. He has also worked with the American Counseling Association as the chair of the Research & Knowledge Committee.
Ruth Shim, M.D., M.P.H., holds the Luke & Grace Kim Professorship in Cultural Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California (UC), Davis, School of Medicine. She is an associate professor of clinical psychiatry, the director of cultural psychiatry, and the chair of the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Faculty Excellence in Diversity at UC Davis Health. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a co-editor of The Social Determinants of Mental Health.
Zohray Talib, M.D., FACP, is the senior associate dean for academic affairs and the chair of medical education at the California University of Science and Medicine. Dr. Talib is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education and also holds academic appointments at the Aga Khan University in Kenya as well as the Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. Dr. Talib’s research focuses on strategies to strengthen medical and health professions education in low-resource settings and for underserved communities. She was the medical education lead and co-investigator for the Coordinating Center of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, working with medical schools in Africa, examining training models aimed at improving the quantity, quality, and retention of graduates. She has published on medical education innovations and strategies to support the scale-up of training programs for underserved communities. Dr. Talib is also an advocate for gender parity in global health leadership and has written commentaries that bring light to this issue in both The Lancet and The Lancet Global Health. Dr. Talib has led global
health initiatives in Central Asia and East Africa ranging from community-based cancer screening to research training for academic faculty. She brings to the field of global health the unique perspective of being a primary care clinician, educator, and researcher. She was previously an associate professor of medicine and health policy at The George Washington University, where she held leadership positions in undergraduate and graduate medical education. Dr. Talib received her B.S. in physical therapy from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her M.D. from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She completed her residency in internal medicine at The George Washington University Hospital. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Stephanie Townsell, M.P.H., serves as the director of public health for the Department of Research & Development at the American Osteopathic Association. In this role, she is directly responsible for the development and implementation of public health initiatives and policies as well as other research and educational initiatives of the organization. Prior to this role, Ms. Townsell was the director of HIV surveillance for the Chicago Department of Public Health, where she managed multiple Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grants aimed at monitoring the HIV epidemic, analyzing collected data, and disseminating findings to community and clinical stakeholders. Additional public health experiences include facilitation of faith-based prevention and awareness programs, management of evaluation research projects, and coordination of the Community Engagement and Research Core of the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at the University of Illinois. She is also an active member of the Community Engagement Advisory Board for the University of Illinois and an ambassador and a grant reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Ms. Townsell is personally and professionally very passionate about social justice issues impacting vulnerable populations. She has specific interest in addressing health inequity, the elimination of health disparities, and advocating for the overall health and well-being of families and individuals in high-poverty communities. For many years, she and her family have lived on the Westside of Chicago, in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country. They proudly joined with others to relocate and engage in efforts to rebuild the community and redistribute financial resources to address the need. Ms. Townsell and her family are partners in a coalition aimed at creating affordable housing, quality health care, after-school programs, and transitional housing to formerly incarcerated persons, and organizing neighbors to address pressing social problems. Her neighbors’ issues are not theoretical. Every day she sees neighbors who are self-medicating with alcohol and other substances; people who are hurting,
frustrated, and hopeless. She learned from her own experience growing up the value of having people present in one’s life to encourage and challenge your vision for the future, listen, and provide support. So she and her family made a goal to help provide the same for others. Ms. Townsell holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and an M.P.H. from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health in maternal and child health/epidemiology.
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