Expert Participants

Ayne Amjad

Dr. Ayne Amjad serves as Commissioner for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, and as the West Virginia State Health Officer. Since 2010, Dr. Amjad has been a private practicing physician specializing in internal medicine and preventive health care and founder of Bee-Better, a non-profit organization against opioid Read More…

Nirav Shah

Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, he served as the Director of the Illinois Department of Health. Earlier in his career, Dr. Shah served as the Chief Economist of the Ministry of Health of Cambodia, during his tenure as a Henry Luce Scholar. In Cambodia, he worked on a variety Read More…

Michael Fraser

Michael Fraser has served as ASTHO’s chief executive officer since August 2016. Most recently, he served as the executive vice president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Medical Society in Harrisburg, Pa. During his tenure there, he worked with physician leaders to transform the organization into a dynamic, relevant, and effective membership organization representing all of Read More…

Kristina Box

Dr. Kristina Box was named Indiana State Health Commissioner by Governor Eric J. Holcomb on September 18, 2017. She brings to the role a passion for improving the health of Hoosiers, beginning before birth. Dr. Box has been a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist in Indianapolis for 30 years, starting her career at Community Hospitals of Read More…

Christy Denckla

Dr. Christy A. Denckla is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Research Fellow at the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard whose work focuses and risk and resilience following exposure to adversity. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Denckla aims to investigate Read More…

Daniel H. Gillison Jr.

Dan Gillison brings expertise in non-profit leadership and a passion for advocating for people with mental illness to NAMI. Before coming to NAMI, Dan led the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF), where he was responsible for strategic planning, personnel management, board communications, oversight of APAF’s public education programs and outreach, and formulating strategic alliances and Read More…

Don Lemon

Don Lemon anchors “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” during weekday prime-time and serves as a correspondent across CNN/U.S. programming. Based in the network’s New York bureau, Lemon joined CNN in September 2006. A news veteran of Chicago, Lemon reported from Chicago in the days leading up to the 2008 presidential election, including an interview with Read More…

Ken Duckworth

Ken Duckworth, MD, serves as the medical director for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is triple board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult, Child and Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry and has extensive experience in the public health arena. Dr. Duckworth is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor at Read More…

Jane Pauley

Jane Pauley is Anchor of CBS News “Sunday Morning”. She has been one of the most respected figures in American broadcast journalism for more than thirty years, with a television career that spanned morning, daytime, and primetime. In 1972, Pauley began her journalism career as a “temporary, probationary employee for 90 days” at WISH-TV in Read More…

DeWanda Wise

DeWanda Wise is an actress and NAMI Ambassador. In television, film, theater, writing, and producing, DeWanda Wise has established herself as one of the industry’s most exciting talents. In the Netflix adaption of “She’s Gotta Have It,” created by Spike Lee, Wise appears as the iconic ‘Nola Darling.’ Based on Lee’s 1986 film of the Read More…