Bernard S. Arons, MD
Bernard S. Arons, MD is a psychiatrist and mental health advocate and administrator. He presently serves as the Director of Medical Affairs at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, the public psychiatric facility for Washington, DC. Previous positions include leadership of The National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI), the directorship of the Federal agency responsible for improving mental health services across the Nation, the Center for Mental Health Services; serving as Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health; and advisor on mental health and substance use policy issues to Tipper Gore during the Clinton/Gore administration. During Dr. Arons' tenure as director of the Federal Center for Mental Health Services, the idea for a "Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health" was hatched and then carried out to completion. This report continues to serve as the best information on the present status of mental health and mental illness and the best road map guiding the field into the future.
CYNTHIA BAUM-BAICKER, PHD
Cynthia Baum-Baicker, PhD. is a clinical psychologist in full-time private practice, with offices in Philadelphia and Doylestown, PA. Dr. Baum-Baicker Board Chair of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation and sits on the Grants Committee. She also sits on the Advisory Board of the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health at the Center for Bioethics at The University of Pennsylvania. Interested in social systems, Dr. Baum-Baicker was previously a research clinical psychologist at the Social Systems Department of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of the original papers on the health benefits of light and moderate drinking. She also served as the president of the Section on Couples and Family Therapy for the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association, where she also chairs the Public Policy and Liaison Committee. She has been director of the Wisdom Project for the Division of Psychoanalysis of APA, and has published and presented work in the area of virtue ethics and clinical wisdom. Dr. Baum-Baicker has a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Temple University.
Thom Craig, MPA
Thom Craig, MPA, is the Director of Mental Health Program of Peg’s Foundation, the largest mental health funder in northeast Ohio. Peg's Foundation promotes the implementation of a stronger, more effective, compassionate and inclusive health care system for all. Since 1991, Peg's Foundation has granted over $45million to mental health, education, and the arts. In his role, Thom collaborates with non-profits, community leaders, families and persons with lived experience of mental illness seeking ways to improve access to care and recovery. He evaluates the outcomes of grants, program investments and develops program ideas. Thom consults with grant seekers to ensure alignment with the foundations strategic areas of focus. He pursues methods to increase cross-system collaboration to activate community solutions.
Thom has a background in social services, public health, intellectual disabilities, public education and mental illness. Over the past thirty years he has interacted with many non-profit and philanthropic organizations in implementation of services and program development. Mr. Craig received his Bachelor's Degree in psychology and philosophy from Borromeo College Seminary in Cleveland and holds a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Akron.
HOWARD H GOLDMAN, MD, PHD
Howard H. Goldman, MD, PhD, is a professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Goldman received his MD from Harvard University and PhD in social policy research from Brandeis University. He is mental health services and policy researcher, who is the author of 300 publications in the professional literature. Dr. Goldman is the editor of Psychiatric Services. He served as the Senior Scientific Editor of the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health for which he was awarded the Surgeon General’s Medallion. In 1996 he was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance, and in 2002 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine.
MICHAEL HOGAN, PHD
Michael Hogan, PhD, served as New York State Commissioner of Mental Health from 2007-2012, and now operates a consulting practice in health and behavioral health care. The NYS Office of Mental Health operated 23 accredited psychiatric hospitals, and oversaw New York’s $5B public mental health system serving 650,000 individuals annually. Previously Dr. Hogan served as Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health (1991-2007) and Commissioner of the Connecticut DMH from 1987-1991. He chaired the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2002-2003. He was appointed as the first behavioral health representative on the board of The Joint Commission in 2007, and as a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention in 2010. He served (1994-1998) on NIMH’s National Advisory Mental Health Council, as President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (2003-2005) and as Board President of NASMHPD’s Research Institute (1989-2000). His awards for national leadership include recognition by the National Governor’s Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Campaign for Mental Health Reform, the American College of Mental Health Administration and the American Psychiatric Association. He is a graduate of Cornell University, and earned an MS from the State University College in Brockport NY, and a PhD from Syracuse University.
Arlene Notoro Morgan
Arlene Notoro Morgan, an associate dean at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York, has been a lifelong advocate for improving behavioral health in the Philadelphia community. A graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, Morgan has taught about diversity and ethics issues at the University of Hong Kong, the University of Barcelona and several schools in New Zealand. She was a member of the Friends Hospital Board for more than 30 years before it was sold and then a founding member of the Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. She is also an advisory board member of the Rosalyn Carter Mental Health Reporting Fellowships at the Carter Center in Atlanta. A member of the American Society of News Editors, Morgan serves on several journalism school advisory boards, including her alma mater, Temple, the Manship School at LSU, and the journalism program at SUNY, Stonybrook. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Kaiser Health News Service, the Health and Science desk of WHYY, an NPR station in Philadelphia, and the Carter Center's Rosalyn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowships.
LLOYD SEDERER, MD
DAN RHOTON, MED
Estelle Richman serves as Senior Advisor to the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She received her master's degree from Cleveland State University. Previously Estelle was with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare where she served as Secretary of Public Welfare for 7 years. She also served as Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia and Director of Social Services for the City of Philadelphia. Other positions held by Richman include the City of Philadelphia's Commissioner of Public Health and Deputy Commissioner for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services; and Assistant Director of the Positive Education Program in Cleveland, Ohio, a day treatment program for children with behavior problems. A nationally recognized expert on issues of behavioral health and children's services, Richman has been honored for advocacy efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association, among others. She is also the recipient of the 1998 Ford Foundation/Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government. In addition, the Behavioral Health System named her the winner of the 1999 Innovations in American Government from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Linda Rosenberg, MSW
Linda Rosenberg, MSW, is a national expert in the financing and delivery of mental health and substance services. Under her leadership, the National Council for Behavioral Health has become our nation’s most effective advocate for behavioral health prevention, early intervention, science-based treatment, and recovery. Harnessing the voices of the 10 million adults, children, and families served by the National Council’s 2,500 member organizations, Rosenberg helped secure passage of the federal parity law, expanded integrated behavioral and primary care services, introduced Mental Health First Aid in the U.S., and built an array of organizational, clinical and workforce improvement initiatives. The National Council’s strong support of the Mental Health Excellence Act will result in the first comprehensive effort to establish community accountability for the health of people with serious mental illnesses and addictions, the consistent utilization of evidence-based practices, and the standardized measurement of outcomes. Rosenberg was Senior Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health prior to joining the National Council. She has over 30 years experience in designing and operating hospitals, community and housing programs, and implemented New York’s first Mental Health Court. Rosenberg serves on an array of boards of directors and is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.