Active Minds National Conference 2019
Friday & Saturday, March 22 – 23, 2019 | Washington, DC
Keynote Speakers and Presenters
The Active Minds National Conference features inspiring keynote presentations and breakout sessions led by esteemed mental health, higher education, and other experts. Below is the current list of keynote speakers and presenters, representing top organizations such as It’s On Us, Steve Fund, The Trevor Project, The JED Foundation, Crisis Text Line, NASPA, National Campus Leadership Council, and more. Click here for the conference agenda.
Steve Fund, Senior Scientific Director
Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (recognized professionally as Dr. Alfiee) is a sought-after expert in teen, young adult, and family mental health, and known nationally as a gifted scientist, public speaker, author, and media personality. She has numerous television appearances on major networks including NBC, PBS, Fox Sports, and A & E and has lectured internationally on topics related to helping racially diverse young people (and young at heart) improve their lives and achieve optimal mental health. With a primary focus on teens, college students, families, and communities of color, she is recognized for her uncanny ability to motivate and inspire by translating complex scientific concepts (developed via her 20+ years of research leadership in R1 institutions) into everyday language. She consults with numerous organizations including the Steve Fund where she serves as Senior Scientific Director.
The Trevor Project, Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs
Sam is one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They are the founder of the 50 Bill 50 States campaign at The Trevor Project to end the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, first in the United States and then around the globe. As a survivor of conversion therapy, Sam has spearheaded efforts to submit legislation and promote public education in the hopes of ending the practice on minors. They have co-chaired the National Center for Lesbian Rights #BornPerfect Advisory Committee on conversion therapy and have spoken before the United Nations and Congress as well as testified on legislation to protect LGBTQ youth across the country. Sam also serves as an expert in advocacy to support suicide prevention training and LGBTQ youth data collection efforts. They have been featured in numerous media including a recent New York Times op-ed as well as USA TODAY, The Washington Post, TIME, MSNBC, PBS Newshour, Huffington Post, and many others. Sam uses they, them, or theirs as their pronouns as a genderfluid person.
Arizona State University
Stephanie Cahill is a junior at Arizona State University where she dual majors in Business Law and Psychology. She is the local chapter president for her university as well as the President of the National Leadership Council of NSCS, where she sits on the national board for the honors society as the student perspective. Throughout her time in college, Stephanie has focused her drive on destigmatizing mental health. She has done this by being a speaker on the subject, hosting events across Arizona, and providing universities innovative resources. She holds a unique stance by being a student that has been extremely active in both Active Minds as well as NSCS. After college, her goals include attending law school then lobbying for individual’s mental health and mental trauma rights.
Assistant Vice President of Campus Life, American University
Traci Callandrillo, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia. She is the Assistant Vice President of Campus Life in the Office of Campus Life at American University. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of the Counseling Center at American University and worked previously as Assistant Director of Clinical Services in the Counseling and Mental Health Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Callandrillo was a founding member and former chair of the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) and a former member of the Executive Board of the Society of Counseling Psychology as the Vice President of Professional Practice. During her tenure in leadership with HEMHA, she was involved in the development of HEMHA’s “Postvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses.”
Active Minds Speakers Bureau
Pablo Campos shares his mental health and substance use recovery story with schools nationwide as an Active Minds Speaker. He is working on his LCSW and an accelerated master’s program at North Carolina State University. As an undergraduate student at Pensacola State College, he served as a founding member and president of the Active Minds chapter there for three semesters and also worked at the campus Crisis Action Referral Effort for Students (CARES). In May 2018, Pablo celebrated 10 years of sobriety.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Jen Castillo is the Senior Manager of Scholarships at NSCS and also manages the Active Minds national partnership for the organization. In this role, Jen helps to incorporate Active Minds into NSCS programming to educate members on the importance of mental health education on college campuses. NSCS chapters host events, provide Active Minds resources and fundraise to support Active Minds’ mission. Jen graduated from St. Mary’s University with a degree in Sociology and has a passion for higher ed and mental health education.
Healthy Minds Network
Peter is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology and School of Public Health, with a long-standing interest in mental health research and promotion among youth. He has worked in clinical, programmatic, and research settings in mental health, leading work such as researching the mental health impacts of youth’s social networking site use, creating web-apps and educational seminars on sexual and mental health for various marginalized populations, and advising and producing media projects focusing on youth empowerment. As a projects coordinator for the Healthy Minds Network, he is very excited by the Network’s growing success and impact, as he helps strategize how the Network’s research may be translated into impactful programs, education, and tools for youth across the nation.
Director, Kent State of Wellness, Kent State University
Melissa Celko leads the university level initiative to create a healthy campus. She has been facilitating the shift to student led programming through the KSoW Student Ambassador program, Seeds of Wellness mini grant opportunity, Meditation Across Campus and the annual Larry Pollack Summit which this year will focus on mental health. Prior to joining Kent State, Melissa spent 4 years working for the Cleveland Clinic leading the Wellness Team which helped hundreds of companies across the country change their culture toward health and well-being.
Alum, Robert Morris University
Joey graduated from Robert Morris University with a degree in Business Administration, concentration in Marketing. He joined Active Minds after transferring because he is a survivor of suicide and wanted to help others that struggle with mental health. Joey served as Vice-President his freshman year and President for his sophomore and junior year.
Active Minds Speakers Bureau
Colleen Coffey, EdD, is a seasoned speaker and mental health advocate. For over a decade she has been speaking life into audiences and organizations across the country. Colleen currently serves as the Innovation Project Manager at the renowned programming company, Phired Up Productions, with a special interested in organizational recruitment, retention, and relationship focused training. Colleen has a degree in Social Work from Belmont University, a masters degree in student affairs from Eastern Illinois University, and a doctorate in leadership and professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University.
Executive Director, Global Social Enterprise Initiative
Leslie Crutchfield is an author, the Executive Director of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and a Senior Advisor at FSG. Leslie co-authored Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World with FSG managing directors John Kania and Mark Kramer, recognized as a “game changer for philanthropy in the 21st century,” and she collaborates with FSG on developing new knowledge designed to advance social sector thinking and practice.
As Executive Director of Georgetown’s GSEI, Leslie and her team conduct research and deliver educational and actionable programs that help businesses drive shared social, environmental and economic value, and work with cross-sector actors to achieve positive societal change.
Leslie has contributed to The Washington Post, Fortune, Forbes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has appeared on programs such as NPR and ABC News. She holds an MBA and BA from Harvard University and resides in the Washington, D.C. region.
John J. DeGioia
President, Georgetown University
John J. DeGioia is the 48th President of Georgetown University. As President, Dr. DeGioia is dedicated to deepening Georgetown’s tradition of academic excellence, its commitment to its Catholic and Jesuit identity, its engagement with the Washington, D.C. community, and its global mission. Under his leadership, Georgetown has become a leader in shaping the future landscape of higher education and has recently completed a $1.5 billion campaign dedicated to enhancing the lifelong value of a Georgetown education.
Dr. DeGioia is deeply engaged in addressing broader issues in education. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education; he also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the National Association of Independent Schools. Dr. DeGioia also serves as Chair of the Division I Committee on Academics for the NCAA and as a member of the NCAA Board of Governors and NCAA Division 1 Board. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global University Leaders Forum.
Lisa K. Desai
Lisa K. Desai, Psy.D., is Director of Mental Health Screening and Research at MindWise Innovations, a division of Riverside Community Care. Dr. Desai has over 20 years of clinical and administrative experience across delivery systems in college counseling centers, community mental health, hospitals and private practice. She received her doctoral degree from Wright State University and completed a pediatric behavioral medicine internship at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Dr. Desai pursued her interest in psychotherapy and neuropsychological evaluation of children, adolescents and adults through a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital, Harvard School of Medicine. In her role at MindWise, Dr. Desai oversees a robust online screening program which partners with over 400 colleges, as well as a wide range of community partners and workplace sites. She is committed to the ongoing development of new screening tools and innovative programs that explore best practices with the goal of increasing help seeking behaviors particularly in high risk populations.
Active Minds Speakers Bureau
Becky oversees the Active Minds California Mental Health Services Act (CalMHSA) funded initiative. She has supported the creation of peer-powered student advocacy programs under CalMHSA contracts for five years, beginning in 2012 at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University. Becky served as Adjunct Faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College, where she taught a course on personal health and issues at the forefront of public health. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of California, Davis, and a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University. Becky also co-founded the Powerful Voices Project, a documentary film series highlighting the stories of resilience and recovery from people who have experienced sexual assault.
Cynthia Bissett Germanotta
Born This Way Foundation
Cynthia Bissett Germanotta is President of Born This Way Foundation, which she co-founded with her daughter Lady Gaga in 2012, with the goal of supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to build a kinder, braver world. Under Cynthia’s leadership, Born This Way Foundation has connected with tens of thousands of young people across the country and around the world, launched innovative youth-focused programming, and conducted cutting edge research to improve the understanding of mental wellness. Cynthia, Lady Gaga, and Born This Way Foundation have been the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Association of School Psychologists Special Friend to Children Award and the President’s Medal of Excellence from the Teachers College, Columbia University. Cynthia is a former telecommunications executive whose career in sales & management spanned twenty-five years.
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Frances Gonzalez is the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and its nonprofit administrator, Vibrant Emotional Health, managing national and local communications strategy, media relations, branding, and messaging partnerships. She regularly works with artists, media, and content creators to raise awareness of the Lifeline, share stories of hope and recovery, and empower the public to support others in crisis. She is also an expert in digital suicide prevention best practices, co-authoring the Lifeline’s “Support for Suicidal Individuals on Social and Digital Media” toolkit, and has written and spoken about her lived experience and the need for diversity and representation in the mental health space.
Jessica has 10 years of experience as a youth advocate in the areas of higher education and public health workforce. In her current role as Senior Manager of High School Programming at The Jed Foundation (JED), Jessica is responsible for the partnership development, program dissemination, and resource creation of various high school-level mental health programs and initiatives. Prior to her work at JED, Jessica served as a member for the South Los Angeles Area Health Education Center Advisory board and has assisted in developing and managing many youth programs such as AmeriCorps Health Fellows and AHEC Community Health Scholars. Jessica graduated from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Mo. with her Master’s in Public Health with a focus in Behavioral Science and Health Education.
Active Minds Speakers Bureau
Lisa Hamp is a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting that took place on April 16, 2007. In her raw and powerful presentation, Lisa shares her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, an eating disorder, and infertility to help others who may be struggling with mental health issues. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, SELF Magazine and VICE. Lisa has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Virginia Tech, a Master’s degree in Operations Research from George Mason University, and a Master’s degree in Economics from John Hopkins University.
Hartstein Psychological Services
Jennifer L. Hartstein, PsyD, is the owner of Hartstein Psychological Services, a group psychotherapy practice in New York City. Dr. Jen works with children, adolescents and their families with a wide range of psychological diagnoses, and specializes in the treatment of high-risk children and adolescents. She has received intensive training in adolescent suicide assessment and has specialized in this population for several years, using a variety of treatment approaches, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Jen is on the executive committee and a board member for Active Minds, an organization working to decrease the stigma of mental health. She is also part of the Practitioner Alliance of We’re All a Little “Crazy,” a global mental health initiative. Dr. Jen is a self-esteem ambassador for Dove’s Real Beauty campaign and was on the advisory board for MTV’s A Thin Line, which focused on the digital behaviors of today’s young people. Additionally, she is a psychological contributor for NBC’s Today Show, a national morning news program, and a core expert on psychological issues for The Dr. Oz Show, as well as other national news outlets. Dr. Jen is the author of Princess Recovery: A How-to Guide for Raising Strong, Empowered Girls who Can Create Their Own Happily Ever Afters.
Brooke Kingsley Isbell
Assistant Executive Director of Prevention and Accountability, Pi Kappa Phi
Brooke develops and manages the Fraternity’s menu of programs and initiatives intended to prevent and address the negative behaviors associated with alcohol and drug abuse, hazing, and sexual abuse and harassment. Her favorite part of the job is working with chapters and volunteers to create positive chapter change. A native of Indiana, Brooke was initiated into Phi Mu Fraternity as an undergraduate at Purdue University where she received a bachelor’s degree in consumer science. She later attended North Carolina State where she earned a master’s degree in higher education administration. Brooke came to Pi Kappa Phi from Delta Sigma Phi where she served as Coordinator for Compliance.
California Mental Health Services Authority Fellow
Megan graduated from UCLA with degrees in Biology and Study of Religion in 2018. During her time on campus, she joined UCLA’s chapter of Active Minds and found her passion for advancing the conversation about mental health. Megan went on to serve as Fundraising Chair of the Active Minds Student Advisory Committee, California Fellow, and Programs intern. Outside of her work with Active Minds, Megan works as a crisis counselor for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and serves as a member of the Youth Innovation Project Committee as part of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Committee. Megan will begin graduate studies at USC in the fall as she pursues a masters of social work in adult mental health and wellness
Professor, Clinician, and Author
Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D., LICSW, known as “Dr. Kris”, is an internationally recognized, award-winning behavioral science professor, clinician and author from Boston, Massachusetts. As the Lead Faculty for Behavioral Science at Northeastern University, Dr. Kris’s research and teaching interests include individual and organizational well-being and resilience, particularly for marginalized and underserved populations. She operates a clinical and consulting practice devoted to preventing and treating burnout and is the author of RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress, Winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Motivational Book of 2015, and Mentalligence: A New Psychology of Thinking. She is a regular contributor for Thrive Global and Psychology Today. Dr. Kris’s work has been featured on NPR and CBS radio.
Active Minds, University of California, Riverside
Michelle is currently a 4th year undergraduate student majoring in biology with a neuroscience minor at the University of California, Riverside. She serves as the Director of Public Relations/Marketing of her Active Minds chapter. Michelle is also the National Director of Public Relations for Delta Epsilon Mu, a professional pre-health, co-ed fraternity along with being the Vice President for UCR’s chapter of Delta Epsilon Mu. Additionally, Michelle is part of the HerCampus chapter of UCR. Her plans after graduation are to attend graduate school to obtain a masters in biomedical sciences, specifically in clinical neuroscience research.
Senior Manager of Equity Programs, Foundation for California Community Colleges
Heather oversees a number of student equity programs and initiatives centered around mental health and wellness, basic needs, foster youth, student ambassadors and CalFresh outreach. The programs provide quality resources, educational programs, and training for California community colleges and the students that they serve, especially those who have been historically underrepresented. Since 2013, Heather has worked on the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP) in collaboration with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. CCC SMHP focuses on implementing prevention and early intervention strategies across California’s 114 community colleges. She has a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Leadership from California State University.
Matthew has worked with Morneau Shepell for the past twelve years. In his current role as Senior Director of Student Support, Matthew is responsible for the continued strategy, development, and execution of the Student Support Programs on a global basis. Matthew and his team work closely with educational institutions and partners in the design, campus integration and management of various student mental health programs. Matthew is a frequent speaker a various higher education conferences and events on the subject of international student mental health, most notably the NAFSA Research Symposium, NAFSA National Conference, Canadian Association of College and University Student Services, and the British Columbia Council on International Education.
Author, Co-found The Buried Life
Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and a star of the MTV show The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured in major media including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC News, and more. Oprah called Ben and his friends “truly inspiring.” An acclaimed keynote speaker, Ben has presented his ‘5 Steps to Make the Impossible Possible’ to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, garnering standing ovations from Amazon, FedEx, Harvard, Levi’s, Microsoft, Verizon and more.
A decade ago, Ben was knocked off his feet by a heavy depression. In an attempt to feel more alive, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three best friends. They borrowed a rickety old RV and criss-crossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from raising over $400,000 for charity to placing a record-breaking $250,000 bet on roulette—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to chase their dreams.
Amy Ellis Nutt
Author, former science writer at the Washington Post
my Ellis Nutt is a former science writer on the national team of The Washington Post and the author of three books, including two New York Times’ bestsellers: “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family,” and “The Teenage Brain,” with Frances Jensen. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing in 2011. She is currently working on her fourth book, “American Madness,” a narrative history of mental health treatment in America. Nutt has taught at Columbia and Princeton Universities and was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard in 2005-2006.
Association of Recovery in Higher Education
Tim Rabolt is the Executive Director for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE). In his role with ARHE, Tim oversees the national conference, membership and external relations, and work with collegiate recovery stakeholders across the country. Prior to joining ARHE, Tim worked in the Washington, D.C. area as a Project Manager with Altarum, a public health research and consulting organization. Tim graduated from The George Washington University in 2015 with his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and in 2017 with his Master’s of Arts in Education and Human Development.
Active Minds Speakers Bureau
Kai shares the story of his battle with anxiety and panic disorder through interactive dialogue and hip-hop music. He experienced chronic mental health issues as an undergraduate student at Carnegie Mellon University, where he began his healing process through music. His resulting album “Carnegie Café” has become a resource for students and others dealing with mental health disorders and ordinary stresses of life. As a previous sufferer of anxiety, Kai Roberts is a spirited performer and speaker, with a passion for uplifting his audience.
Manager, Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement
Joseph Robinson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor II with extensive clinical, administrative and public policy experience and a Manager of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement. He is a member of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Advisory Council and the California Department of Education Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup. Joseph is the past President of the California Coalition for Mental Health, past member of the California Mental Health Planning Council and Co-Chaired the California Mental Health Service Authority Advisory Council.
Monika Roots, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at Pacifica, an award-winning mental health app that combines meditation, health tracking, and cognitive behavioral therapy-based tools for daily management of stress, depression, and anxiety. Her interest in a multi-system approach to mental health led to her previous position as Chief Medical Officer of CogCubed, where she focused on assessing and training cognitive processes through games used on new and innovative technologies. Dr. Roots moved on to serve as Vice President of Health Services at Teladoc (acquired CogCubed in 2016) and as an adjunct professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to joining Pacifica.
Dr. Ilene Rosenstein
University of Southern California
Dr. Ilene Rosenstein has served in the field of mental health, well-being, and positive psychology on university campuses for over 30 years. As the Associate Vice Provost for Campus Wellness and Education in the Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention at University of Southern California, she coordinates a strategic vision for training and educating all faculty, staff, and students on how to ensure we work in safe and caring environments. Previously, for 9 years, she was the Director of USC Student Counseling Services and, for approximately 18 years, the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania. She provides presentations and consultations to individuals, departments, schools, and institutions on mental health, wellness, and thriving. She currently teaches in the USC Rossier School of Education. Dr. Rosenstein’s focus is on improving organizations’ and individuals’ quality of life, well-being, and productivity through connection and awareness.
Barry A. Schreier
University of Iowa Counseling Center
Barry A. Schreier, Ph.D. is a licensed Counseling Psychologist in Iowa. He is the Director of The University Counseling Service, the University of Iowa Counseling Center and is a Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Iowa College of Education. Prior to that he was Director of the Counseling Center at the University of Connecticut and spent a year at Princeton University. Dr. Schreier has numerous publications on a variety of topics including sexual orientation and transgender identities; training and education in psychology; managing student distress; campus suicide prevention; campus outreach and programming; and the book: The Handbook of Multicultural Counseling Competency.
Associate Director of Mental Health Initiatives, University of South Carolina
April Scott currently serves as the Associate Director of Mental Health Initiatives at the University of South Carolina where she is responsible for reducing stigma of mental health, promoting a positive mental health climate on campus, and increasing awareness of mental health resources such as stress management, Counseling & Psychiatry, and suicide prevention. Ms. Scott also has over five years of instructional experience working with special populations in higher education, such as student-athletes and first-generation college students. Ms. Scott uses her expertise as a therapist of nine years and background in clinical and counseling psychology to inform her work with students in a way that makes her programs, informative, interactive, and exciting.
Lisa Sontag-Padilla is a behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. She has expertise in child and adolescent health and development, parent-child relationships, as well as research design, strategic planning, data collection and analysis, and program evaluation. Her work involves examinations of individual differences in stress and resilience, interpersonal relationships, and pubertal development in youth; evaluations of large federally funded public health and mental health programs; and evaluations of locally funded programs targeted at high-risk youth and families. She completed her post-doctoral training in primary care research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Sontag-Padilla earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology and a graduate certificate in social science methodology and statistics from the University of Florida.
Raquel is a determined mental health advocate who aspires to become a counseling psychologist. She is the President of the Student Advisory Committee and President at the Active Minds ESU chapter in Pennsylvania.
Active Minds, The University of Iowa
Sammy Stoll is currently a senior at The University of Iowa majoring in Psychology with minors in Criminology and Human Relations. She got involved with Active Minds her freshman year at Iowa as a general member, became the chapter’s events coordinator during her sophomore year, and became president of the chapter her junior and senior years. Additionally, she serves as a Resident Assistant in Iowa’s residence halls and as a student government senator, which functions hand-in-hand with her role in Active Minds.
Robyn graduated from Cabrini College with a dual degree in Philosophy and English, and concentrations in Social Justice and Women’s Studies in 2014. He was involved in the Active Minds chapter at Cabrini starting his freshmen year when he took over the presidency. From there, he served on the Active Minds National Student Advisory Committee, the Active Minds Board of Directors, and as a Programs Team intern. Robyn founded a group for transgender men and transmasculine individuals, he is a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line, and he is on the steering committee of a transgender legal advocacy group.
National Campus Leadership Council
Lindsey coordinates NCLC’s research and training initiatives, most recently leading the organization’s newest endeavor, the Student Voice Index. She is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, College Park studying women’s leadership development and career paths in higher education. Lindsey has served as an instructor for courses on student leadership and also has experience working with higher education associations and research groups. She has mentored student leaders through professional and volunteer roles in fraternity and sorority life for the last four years. Lindsey received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Richmond and her M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Allison Tombros Korman
Culture of Respect
Allison Tombros Korman, MHS, is the senior director of Culture of Respect, which builds the capacity of educational institutions to end sexual violence through ongoing, expansive organizational change. Allison brings to Culture of Respect more than fifteen years of experience in health policy, programming, and education with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has provided management, support, and technical assistance to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and served as the Associate Director of Education for the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) in Washington, DC.
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
Kim Torguson serves as the Associated Director of Communications for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) – the nation’s public-private partnership for suicide prevention. Torguson has over 15 years of experience working in health care communications. Prior to the Action Alliance, Torguson served as the Director of Communications for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) – one of the largest behavioral health systems in the country. Torguson started her career at the U.S Senate working at the Democratic Communications Center. She is a magna cum laude graduate from Hofstra University, where she studied broadcast journalism and political science.
Having worked for the past forty years at Duke University, Sue Wasiolek currently serves as an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, overseeing student health and wellness efforts as well as student conduct, emergency response, parent programs and student veteran services. She teaches education law and also lives in a freshman residence hall on campus as a faculty-in residence. Sue has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science Education, a Master of Health and Hospital Administration and a Master of Law degree from Duke. She has also completed a Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University and a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ashley Womble, MPH, is the Head of Communications at Crisis Text Line. She is an award-winning journalist and the author of “Everything Is Going to Be OK: A Real Talk Guide for Living Well with Mental Illness.” She has also led marketing and communications at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Fountain House, and Phoenix House.
It’s On Us
Silvia Zenteno is the Director of Educational Programs and Training at It’s On Us, where she works to develop peer-to-peer prevention and intervention programs for campus communities around the country. Previously, Silvia was a Biden Foundation policy fellow, working under the Violence Against Women pillar to identify gaps in services for youth and college/university students. Silvia also worked as a management analyst at the U.S. Justice Department’s Office on Violence against Women, where she worked on the Campus and Consolidated Youth teams to improve the national response to gender-based violence.
Active Minds Speakers Bureau
Over the last four years, Michael has spoken about suicide awareness to thousands of university students throughout the United States. Michael is a commercial real estate executive who resides with his wife, Gayle, in Atlanta, Georgia. Tragically, on April 21, 2012, they lost their only child, Michael “Keller” Zibilich – a second semester Sigma Chi freshman at LSU – to suicide. Devastated by this inexplicable loss, they have dedicated their time and resources to promoting suicide education and awareness to college students throughout America. Michael and Gayle partnered with the Sigma Chi Foundation to create the “Keller Zibilich Fund” and “The Keller Zibilich Sigma Chi Lifeline Program” – both a suicide prevention hotline and an in-depth suicide education and prevention curriculum (Strong Arms) for all 17,000 active Sigma Chi’s across the nation.