Speakers Bureau

Building A Resilient Georgia.

Addiction Recovery

Leighton Gilling, LPC    

CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org 

Fonta High, LPC, NCC, MAC, CPCS

CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org 

Shonali Saha, MD

Whole and Healthy You

Contact: info@whyaddictionmedicine.com

Peer Networks and Technology

Kim Jones

Executive Director, NAMI Georgia 

Contact: executive@namiga.org

Chris Scoggins, MPH

Director of Educational Outreach, Rural Health Innovation Center, Mercer University School of Medicine

Contact: scoggins_ct@georgiaruralhealth.org

Marquita Johnson

Technology and Mental Health in Atlanta GA

Contact: marquita@millennialc3.com  ph. (678) 865-4343

Community Connections

Daeisha Fowler, MSW 

CHRIS 180

Contact Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Tiffany Sawyer 

Director of Prevention Services, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

Contact: tiffanys@gacfca.org, ph. (770) 830-4023,

Erica Fener Sitkoff, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Voices for Georgia’s Children

Contact: efenersitkoff@georgiavoices.org

 

Shannon Terrell Gordon, EdD, LCSW, CFRE, CPS-P

Collaboration, Mental Health Services and Challenges in Monroe Co, Macon, Central GA, Fulton

Contact: sgordon@river-edge.org, ph. (478) 803-7646

Resiliency


Community Resiliency Model

Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University 2

Contact: lgrabbe@emory.edu

 

Kim Loomer, EDD, MA

Associate Dean for Student & Multicultural Affairs, Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Health Behavior Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Contact: KLOOMER@augusta.edu

Rachel Woford, PhD

Community Education, Early Identification and Intervention in Atlanta and Auburn

Contact: rwaford@mygbhp.com ph. ​(404) 969-5395,

Resiliency


Culturally Informed Resiliency and Mental Health

Rosalyn Campbell, PhD, LMSW 

Associate Professor, University of Georgia School of Social Work with specialties in Black mental health and illness

Contact: rdcampb@uga.edu

Resiliency


Resources For English Learners

Fonta High, LPC, NCC, MAC, CPCS

CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Darlene C. Lynch

Head of External Relations for CVT-Atlanta, The Center for Victims of Torture

Contact: Lynch@CVT.ORG

Bethany Verbrugge, LMSW

CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Resiliency
 


Disaster Recovery and Resilience
 

Fatima Kasiah, MD 

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, Morehouse School of Medicine

Contact: fatima.kasiah@gmail.com

Monica McGannon, LCSW  

Clinical Director, Fulton County Behavioral Health

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Resiliency


Education Innovation and Resiliency

Jason Byars

PBIS Program Manager- Office of School Safety and Climate, Georgia Department of Education

Contact: jbyars@doe.k12.ga.us

Garry W. McGiboney, Ph.D

Deputy Superintendent – Office of School Safety and Climate, Georgia Department of Education 

Contact: gmcgiboney@doe.k12.ga.us

Kim Loomer, EDD, MA 

Associate Dean for Student & Multicultural Affairs, Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Health Behavior Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Contact: KLOOMER@augusta.edu

Lizann Roberts 

Executive Director, Coastal Georgia Indicators Coalition

Contact: director.cgic@gmail.com

Erica Fener Sitkoff, Ph.D. 

Executive Director, Voices for Georgia’s Children

Contact: efenersitkoff@georgiavoices.org

Resiliency 


Family Resiliency and Child Development
 

Jennifer Barkin, M.S, PhD

Associate Professor of Community Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mercer University School of Medicine 3

Contact: barkin_jl@mercer.edu

 

Elise Blasingame 

Executive Director, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia

Contact: elise.blasingame@hmhbga.org

Jan Christiansen
Executive Director, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Contact: jchristiansen@gcadv.org

Trasie A. Topple, PhD, LCSW

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Support Group Lead, Athens Early Learning Center, Head Start and Early Head Start programs

Contact: tatopple@uga.edu

Kathy Colbenson, LMFT

President and CEO, CHRIS 180 

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

         

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD                                                                                                                                                      Former CDC Director, Georgia Commissioner of Public Health and Georgia State Health Officer, currently Resilient Georgia Executive Board Chair, Resilient Georgia

Contact: bcf75@icloud.com

Veda Johnson, MD FAAP 

Professor, General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Medical Director, Lindbergh and Women Health Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital

Contact: vjohn01@emory.edu

 

Monica McGannon, LCSW 
Clinical Director, Fulton County Behavioral Health

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Stephen Messner, MD

Child Abuse Pediatrician, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Contact: Stephen.Messner@choa.org

Michele Smith, Ph.D. LMFT*
Director of Collaborative Care, Wellstar, Adjunct faculty, Master of Family Therapy Program, Mercer University

Contact: Michele.Smith2@wellstar.org

Orion Mowbray, PhD, MSW 

Associate Professor and Director of Research 

Contact: omowbray@uga.edu

Erica Fener Sitkoff, Ph.D. 
Executive Director, Voices for Georgia’s Children

Contact: efenersitkoff@georgiavoices.org

Stan Sonu, MD, MPH 

Assistant Professor, Division of General Medicine & Geriatrics, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Division of      Preventive Medicine, Associate Program Director, Emory J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency, Associate Program Director,    Emory Preventive Medicine Program, Emory School of Medicine

Contact: stan.sonu@emory.edu

Andrea S. Meyer Stinson, Ph.D. LMFT

Associate Program Director, Master of Family Therapy Program (Macon), Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Mercer University School of Medicine, GAMFT president 4

Contact: meyer_as@mercer.edu

Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D. 

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine, Founder and Consultant Lorio Psych Group and Lorio Forensics, Treasurer, Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association

Contact: DrVinson@LorioPsychGroup.com

Assaf Oshri, PhD

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia, Founding Director of the Youth Development Institute

Contact: oshri@uga.edu

Morais Cassell 

De-escalation, Urban Youth, and Mental Health in Warner Robbins/Macon

Contact: moraiscassell@gmail.com

Lauren Joiner Paul, LMSW

In Athens, GA

Contact: laurenjoiner1@gmail.com, ph. (770) 225-0804 ext. 700

         

Rachel Woford, PhD

Early Identification and Intervention of Psychosis and Bipolar, in Atlanta and Auburn

Contact: rwaford@mygbhp.com, ph. (404) 969-5395

Reinette Arnold 

Youth Serving Organizations and Mental Health in Atlanta

Contact: rarnold@ihrcorp.com, ph. (770) 318-1897

Neill Blake, MSIA

Lived Experience: Prefers to speak in Cobb, Cherokee, or Paulding Counties

Contact: nhblake@gmail.com, ph. (770) 757-0151

 

Don Benson, CPS-MH, CPS-P

Lived Experience: In Dallas, GA (Paulding Co)/ Rome GA

Contact: dbenson2nd60@gmail.com, (770) 289-5071

Resiliency


Parent Resiliency Skills

Orion Mowbray, PhD, MSW

Associate Professor and Director of Research

Contact: omowbray@uga.eduph. (706) 542-5441

Jody Baumstein, LCSW 
Licensed Therapist with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

Contact: jody.baumstein@choa.org

Diana Cortina, LMFT

CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Yolanda Fountain, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, NCC, ACS

Owner, Play Wellness LLC, Founder, Child Loss Center Inc., Adjunct Faculty, Mercer University Part-Time Faculty, Georgia State    University, Adjunct Faculty, Morehouse School of Medicine

Contact: Care@playwellness.net

Veda Johnson, MD FAAP 

Professor, General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Medical Director, Lindbergh and     Women Health Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital

Contact: vjohn01@emory.edu

Andrea S. Meyer Stinson, Ph.D. LMFT

Associate Program Director, Master of Family Therapy Program (Macon), Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Mercer University School of Medicine, GAMFT president 5

Contact: meyer_as@mercer.edu

 

Erin Harlow- Parker, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Licensed Therapist with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

Contact: Parker@choa.org

Carol Pitts, PhD, LPC, LMFT, CPCS
CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Sue Smith                                                                                                                                                                                  

Executive Director, Georgia Parent Support Network

Contact: sue.smith@gpsn.org

Stan Sonu, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Division of General Medicine & Geriatrics, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, Associate Program Director, Emory J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency, Associate Program Director, Emory Preventive Medicine Program, Emory School of Medicine

Contact: stan.sonu@emory.edu

Melissa Robinson Graves, LMFT 

Director of School Based Mental Health Services, CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Erin Harlow- Parker, APRN, PMHCNS-BC                                                                                                                 Erin.Harlow-

Licensed Therapist with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

Contact: Parker@choa.org

Stephanie Walsh, MD

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life’s Medical Director

Contact: Stephanie.Walsh@choa.org

Resiliency 


Teen and Adolescent Resiliency Skills
 

Jody Baumstein

LCSW, Licensed Therapist with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

Contact: jody.baumstein@choa.org

Ashleigh Dennis-Silas, LPC, CPCS
CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

JD Dreiling, APC

CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Ekom Essien, LPC,CFMHE,CPCS,RPT-S

Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Forensic Evaluator

Contact: mressien@veritycounseling.com

Yolanda Fountain, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, NCC, ACS

Owner, Play Wellness LLC, Founder, Child Loss Center Inc., Adjunct Faculty, Mercer University Part-Time Faculty, Georgia State University, Adjunct Faculty, Morehouse School of Medicine

Contact: Care@playwellness.net

Erin Harlow-Parker
APRN, PMHCNS-BC, Licensed Therapist with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

Contact: Erin.Harlow-Parker@choa.org

Veda Johnson, MD FAAP

Professor, General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Medical Director, Lindbergh and Women Health Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital

Contact: vjohn01@emory.edu

Fatima Kasiah, MD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, Morehouse School of Medicine, Brighter Day Psychiatric Services of Atlanta 6

Contact: fatima.kasiah@gmail.com

 

Rita Mathis, LCSW

Director, CHRIS 180 Training Institute

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Anna Moore, PhD

Director of Student Support at The Westminster Schools, Clinical Psychologist

Contact: annamoore@westminster.net


Brittney Walters, LCSW

Clinical Director, Chris Counseling Center, Director, Transitionz and Drop in Center, CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Resiliency

Sources of Strength
#sourcesofstrength

Garrett Liles
Club President, Sources of Strength Program at Lassiter High School

Contact: garrettliles20@gmail.com

Misty Hawk

Counselor, Sources of Strength Lead, Lassiter High School

Contact: Misty.Hawk@cobbk12.org

Resiliency
Lived Experience

Jamie Like
Lived Experience and Over 25 Years of Experience Working with Children and Families

Contact: jamielike2021@gmail.com, ph. (270) 823-3465

                

Managing Stress and Anxiety
 

Jody Baumstein, LCSW

Licensed Therapist with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

Contact: jody.baumstein@choa.org

JD Dreiling, APC

CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Ekom Essien, LPC,CFMHE,CPCS,RPT-S

Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Forensic Evaluator

Contact: mressien@veritycounseling.com

Kim Loomer, EDD, MA

Associate Dean for Student & Multicultural Affairs, Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Health Behavior

Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Contact: KLOOMER@augusta.edu

Fatima Kasiah, MD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, Morehouse School of Medicine, Brighter Day Psychiatric Services of Atlanta

​Contact: fatima.kasiah@gmail.com

Assaf Oshri, PhD

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia, Founding Director of the Youth Development Institute

Contact: oshri@uga.edu

Rita Mathis, LCSW

Director, CHRIS 180 Training Institute

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Jen Packard, LCSW – EMDR, TFCBT

ARC Trainer, CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Erin Harlow- Parker, APRN, PMHCNS-BC

Licensed Therapist with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

Contact: Erin.Harlow-Parker@choa.org

Michele Smith, Ph.D. LMFT*

Director of Collaborative Care, Wellstar, Adjunct faculty, Master of Family Therapy Program, Mercer University

Contact: Michele.Smith2@wellstar.org

Stephanie Walsh, MD

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life’s Medical Director

Contact: Stephanie.Walsh@choa.org 

Tera Carter

In Gwinnett County

Contact: carterfamily116@gmail.com, ph. (404) 219-3910

Morais Cassell

Self-Care in Warner Robbins/Macon

Contact: moraiscassell@gmail.com

Mental Health First Aid: Parents and Youth

Jewell H Gooding MBA, MA, NCC

Executive Director, Mental Health America of Georgia

Contact: Jewell@mhageorgia.org, ph. (770) 741-1495

Fatima Kasiah, MD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, Morehouse School of Medicine

Contact: fatima.kasiah@gmail.com

Chris Scoggins, MPH

Director of Educational Outreach, Rural Health Innovation Center, Mercer University School of Medicine

Contact: scoggins_ct@georgiaruralhealth.org

Mindfulness & Wellness


Mindful Awareness and Wellness

Mindy Belcher, RD

Registered Dietitian, Owner, MCFit Adventures

Contact: mindydietitian@gmail.com

Shanta Dube, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Georgia State University

Contact: sdube2@gsu.edu

Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University

Contact: lgrabbe@emory.edu

Vira Salzburn, MSM

Program Director, Prevent Suicide Today, Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council, Inc.

Contact: virasalzburn@chlink.org

Yolanda Fountain, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, NCC, ACS

Owner, Play Wellness LLC, Founder, Child Loss Center Inc., Adjunct Faculty, Mercer University Part-Time Faculty, Georgia State University, Adjunct Faculty, Morehouse School of Medicine

Contact: Care@playwellness.net

Mark Dannenfelser, MA, MPS, LPC

Psychotherapy and mindfulness teaching as it relates to depression, anxiety, and/or addiction in Atlanta

Contact: mark@markdannenfelser.com

Mindfulness & Wellness


Finding Purpose in Uncertain Times

Kathy Colbenson, LMFT
President and CEO, CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Shanta Dube, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Georgia State University

Contact: sdube2@gsu.edu

Carol Pitts, PhD, LPC, LMFT, CPCS

CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Michele Smith, Ph.D. LMFT*

Director of Collaborative Care, Wellstar, Adjunct faculty, Master of Family Therapy Program, Mercer University

Contact: Michele.Smith2@wellstar.org

Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine, Founder and Consultant Lorio Psych Group and Lorio Forensics, Treasurer, Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association

Contact: DrVinson@LorioPsychGroup.com

Strategies to Cope with Grief Loss & Trauma
 

Jody Baumstein LCSW

Licensed Therapist with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

Contact: jody.baumstein@choa.org

Yolanda Fountain, PhD, LPC, RPT-S, NCC, ACS
Owner, Play Wellness LLC, Founder, Child Loss Center Inc., Adjunct Faculty, Mercer University Part-Time Faculty, Georgia State University, Adjunct Faculty, Morehouse School of Medicine

Contact: Care@playwellness.net

Erin Harlow-Parker APRN, PMHCNS-BC 

Licensed Therapist with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

Contact: Erin.Harlow-Parker@choa.org

Jack Rainer, PhD, ABPP

CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Melissa Robinson Graves, LMFT

Director of School Based Mental Health Services, CHRIS 180

Contact: Kathy.Colbenson@chris180.org

Michele Smith, Ph.D. LMFT*
Director of Collaborative Care, WellStar, Adjunct faculty, Master of Family Therapy Program, Mercer University

Contact: Michele.Smith2@wellstar.org

Andrea S. Meyer Stinson, Ph.D. LMFT

Associate Program Director, Master of Family Therapy Program (Macon), Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Mercer University School of Medicine, GAMFT president

Contact:  meyer_as@mercer.edu, ph. (478) 301-4098

Dr. Jennifer Elkins, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Georgia School of Social Work with specialties in Trauma

Contact: jelkins@uga.edu

"I can be changed by what happens to me.

But I refuse to be reduced by it."

― Maya Angelou