We're proud to be partnering with the following speakers
at our 2020 State Conference!
Morning Keynote: Daniel H Gillison Jr., CEO of NAMI
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 partnerships to further APAF's mission. Prior to APAF, Gillison led County Solutions and Innovation for the National Association of Counties (NACo) where he was instrumental in repositioning the organization's programs to provide expertise in health and human services, justice and public safety.
Dan has over 30 years of experience and has previously held leadership positions at Xerox, Nextel, and Sprint. Dan holds a B.A. from Southern University and A&M College.
Afternoon Keynote: John Moe, Host of "The Hilarious World of Depression"
John Moe is the host and creator of the award-winning hit podcast, “The Hilarious World of Depression,” as well as an in-demand speaker around the country. The author of three books (Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences; The Deleted Emails Of Hillary Clinton; and Conservatize Me), his writing has appeared in numerous humor anthologies as well as The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney's, The Seattle Times, and many more publications. He has hosted nationally distributed public radio programs such as Wits, Weekend America, and Marketplace Tech Report, and his radio work has been featured on Marketplace, All Things Considered, and Morning Edition. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Afternoon Keynote: Bill Radke, Author and Host on KUOW
Bill Radke hosts The Record and Week In Review on Seattle’s KUOW-FM. He’s a Husky alum, hosted an NPR humor show called Rewind, hosted the Marketplace Morning Report, heard on public radio stations nationwide. Now he lives on Mercer Island, where he looks forward to sitting in his car, in his driveway, once a week talking on the phone to his therapist.
All Workshop Presenters
Kevin L. Allen, SUDPT (he/him) was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorder in his 30’s. He has lived with co-occurring substance use disorder for over 40 years. In dealing with the disease, he has been in and out of inpatient mental health and substance rehabs along with multiple incarcerations. Throughout the process, he has endured isolation, maltreatment, misdiagnosis, and endless medication routines, only to find results with a family doctor and mental health provider who listened empathetically and helped Kevin live a focused life. Kevin has since earned an AAS with a focus on equity and advocacy work. He was a key inspiration for the Post Prison Education Program’s founding 15 years ago.
Steven Allgoewer (he/him) is the Chief Managing Officer of the Black Prisoners’ Caucus and a Law, Economics & Public Policy student at the University of Washington. Steven has been diagnosed with bi polar disorder, ADHD, PTSD and borderline personality disorder, and was in prison for many years beginning at age 16, so he has a deep understanding of stigma and intersecting systems of oppression. Many of his family members have struggled with bipolar as well, and have navigated jail and prison for generations. Steven is committed to systemic change through relationship building, program/curriculum development, public speaking and journalism.
Jonathan R. Beard, LICSW is a Washington State Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience as a provider, supervisor and senior executive in nonprofit and governmental mental health and other human service agencies. Mr. Beard has an extensive history in clubhouse model rehabilitation programs, having worked in, directed and/or started accredited clubhouses in New York, Texas, North Carolina and Washington. He was a principal in the founding of HERO House in Bellevue and Rose House in Tacoma. Mr. Beard currently serves as a Project Manager with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington where he consults, trains and conducts fidelity reviews on evidence-based practices in community mental health throughout Washington.
Jim Bloss, BS, MS, is a retired Air Force, Vietnam-era veteran whose career spanned most of the time period of that war. He is NAMI Washington's Veteran's Affairs rep. and their appointed member of NAMI National's Service Members, Veteran's and Families Council (SMVFC). Jim has been a NAMI member for 25 years with most of that time devoted to research and study of the nexus between the behavioral health and justice systems. He is NAMI Washington's rep. to the Seattle University Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and the Immediate Past President and member of NAMI Snohomish County.
Taylor Buck, M.A. (they/them) is the Director of Applicant & Student Services at the Post-Prison Education Program. Prior to PPEP, they did street-based work with queer and trans youth in Chicago, as well as housing-first work with women who were chronically houseless and diagnosed with schizophrenia. Taylor lives with bipolar II and ADHD, and holds a BA in Social Sciences and an MA in Gender Studies. With a deep passion for radical, feminist mental health, transformative justice, prison abolition and harm reduction, they’re committed to what Betina Love calls “moving past ally-ship to co-conspiratorship.”
Lori Cloud, is a Certified Substance Use Disorder Professional who provides recovery services to those seeking to overcome life-controlling problems.
Tony Cloud, is an international speaker and recognized as a top trainer by the National Council for Behavioral Health. He advocates for those living with mental illness, substance use disorders and justice involved backgrounds.
Steve Curtis, PhD, MSCP, is a Prescribing Psychologist Fellow in the Family Medicine Center of Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, NM. Dr. Curtis is an Affiliate Faculty member of the PsyD Clinical Psychology Program at Antioch University, Seattle where he teaches psychopharmacology, child development, and pediatric psychology. In addition, Dr. Curtis has a private practice with his wife, Jane Curtis, PhD, at Lifespan Psychological Services, PS on Bainbridge Island, WA. Dr. Curtis has worked with children/adolescents with behavioral, emotional, and neurodevelopmental challenges for over 30 years.
Holly Provance Doggett, MS, is a community liaison at Cedar Crest Hospital & RTC in Belton, TX. Prior to joining the team at Cedar Crest, she served as the executive director of NAMI Texas. She is still actively involved in NAMI as a NAMI Homefront instructor and a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group facilitator. She is also a Veteran Spouse Support Group facilitator. She is a peer and a family member, and often shares her lived experience. She has a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master’s in Management and Leadership from Western Governor’s University.
Kailey Fiedler-Gohlke, MA, CRC, is the CEO of HERO House NW. Ms. Gohlke has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a faculty member of Clubhouse International. Under her 8-year long leadership, HERO House NW has expanded their capacity to serve more communities around Washington State, seeing an increased need from individuals with mental illness for a safe and supportive community. HERO House NW currently operates three Clubhouses in the Puget Sound region. Ms. Gohlke is presently working on her PhD in Organizational Leadership, specializing in Evidence-Based Practices.
Aubrey Good is a mental health advocate living with bipolar disorder. She has been on a long, sometimes difficult, but always worthwhile journey toward mental wellness. Aubrey has spoken on multiple panels for organizations such as International Bipolar Foundation, The Quell Foundation, and International Society of Bipolar Disorders. Aubrey has also organized and participated in online anti-stigma campaigns such as World Bipolar Day. You can learn more about Aubrey’s experience with mental illness in People Magazine and Daily Mail UK.
LTC Scott Grogan, DO, MBA, FAAFP, is a graduate of Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed both the Family Medicine residency and his faculty development fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. He completed his MBA in 2013, served as research director and Associate Residency Director at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA before returning as Residency Director at Madigan Army Medical Center in March 2016.
Jesse Zook Mann is an Emmy-Award winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured on NBC, VICE, MTV, Al Jazeera, Discovery and Science. Over the past two decades, he has built a name for himself as a fearless director who is willing to explore his subjects’ stories with curiosity and empathy. Mann founded Mental Health Media in 2019 to promote and educate the public about the landscape of available mental health treatments and the importance of self-care. He uses his media expertise to help others through the project and is a prominent mental health thought leader on Twitter.
Daryn Nelsen-Soza, MSW, LCSW, LICSW, is a graduate of the University of Southern California - School of Social Work. She is a member of NAMI Thurston/Mason where she is on the Board of Directors. She is a facilitator for several NAMI Signature classes, is a state trainer for Homefront and Provider Education. She has facilitated in person and online trainings for NAMI. She is also a National trainer for Provider Education. Daryn serves on the State Board of Directors for NAMI Washington State. She has presented numerous workshops both locally and nationally on a variety of topics including suicide prevention and awareness and depression. Daryn is currently employed at Sea Mar Community Health Centers as manager of the Care Management Team working with high risk clients with both physical and behavioral health concerns. In addition to her social work education, Daryn has 25 years of ministry and pastoral counseling experience with a diverse group of communities and individuals including seniors, youth, and couples. She continues to pursue active role of a mental health educator/therapist within the faith-based community.
Nikki Lynette is a performer, writer, and visual artist whose individual style is equal parts hip hop, alternative, and pop. A Chicago native, she fuses mental health activism into her work and has created a lane that is uniquely her own. Her tunes have been featured in popular shows on Netflix, Hulu, Showtime and more, and have garnered nationwide recognition. She is currently producing the digital version of her play, Get Out Alive, which sold out it's entire debut run at Steppenwolf Theatre Company as part of its LookOut Series. Nikki is a proud ambassador for NAMI Chicago.
Sita R Prasad, BS,i s a volunteer and member of NAMI. Sita is a Pharmacist, by profession. She has worked as a Research Pharmacist at Glaxo Wellcome in Greenville, North Carolina. After moving to California, she became a Registered Pharmacist, and worked as a hospital pharmacist for more than 25 years. She has always been interested in community service and was part of PTA and other local community organizations in California.Presently, living in WA for the past few years, she volunteers with NAMI as a Facilitator for Family Support Group and is a part of End The Silence program.
Sudhir Ralhan is a retired Bio medical Engineer. He is involved in energy healing, Alternative health consciousness and spirituality Twenty years ago, he discovered meditation as a tool to connect with the vital force by inward journey then outward and upward. He was able to recover from DIS-ease of anxiety and depression by practicing regularly the meditation, while keeping him in balance. He learned how to manage the mind by asking" Mind what you do in your Mind" you are my mind and why do not listen. My mind is now able to acknowledge is my immune system working?
Kim Rettig, M.Arch. Born and raised in the Northwest, Kim was active in community groups, music and athletics. Art became her passion during college at the U of W, while majoring in Environmental Design and Architecture. In addition to school, Bipolar Disorder enveloped Kim’s life. Art therapy became a coping skill. Creativity was a key ingredient in her completing graduate school at Texas A&M University in 1993. Kim and a colleague started the Gay & Lesbian Student Services at TAMU that same year. In 1996, Kim started to receive ECT to assist with the medication and therapy. In 2003, while working as an Intern Architect, Kim’s mental illness compromised her ability to remain employed. After cycling from Mania to Depression, Kim found HERO House NW in 2007! This would, also, become her last year of psychiatric hospitalization. Bellevue Clubhouse became a staple and an exit from isolation for Kim and a plethora of other members. Subsequently, she ceased ECT treatment in 2015! Then things drastically changed, as Kim started participating in the Clubhouse Transitional Employment Program, working part-time at Panera Bread. After 6 months, she entered Supported Employment and found herself even more confidently employed. Finally, in 2019, Kim worked Independently from Clubhouse at a Panera closer to her home. Utilizing Clubhouses resources, she was able to work part-time, while balancing mental health stability. Kim continues to dedicate herself to Bellevue Clubhouse and especially enjoys being creative. She just received a Copyright on her first book to be published called “Art in Mind”, which is a collection of 28 years of art therapy and prose. Her memory may be compromised, but her goals and inspiration remain the same!
Deanna Roy, is a longtime active member of her affiliate, NAMI Yakima. She has served as the NAMI Yakima Board Secretary for two and a half years. Deanna has more than 20 years residential management experience. She holds a BS in Business Accounting from the University of Phoenix.
Broderick Sawyer, PhD is a teacher, activist, and psychologist. Broderick has personally struggled with mental illness for most of his life, which was his motivation for seeking a degree in clinical psychology. While Broderick has engaged in traditional therapy on his own healing journey, he has gained much more from holistic healing practices, and often integrates holistic healing into his practice of therapy. In his professional role as a therapist, he treats trauma, anxiety, depression, and race-based stress and trauma. Broderick uses a blend of mindfulness and compassion-based treatments when working with patients.
Rachael Seevers, J.D. (she/her) joined Disability Rights Washington as an attorney in 2013 and has been a program attorney for DRW’s Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Program since 2014. Her work with AVID focuses on individual and systemic advocacy in Washington’s state prisons and the Special Commitment Center. Rachael also engages in routine and targeted monitoring in these correctional and treatment settings as well as policy advocacy at the state level to effect larger criminal legal reform in Washington.
Sanjay Shirude, PhD, CEO, has 25 years of experience as a management consultant. He served as a mentor, director, program manager position for various public sector agencies. As a co-author of the Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBOK) II, the researcher in the “Philosophy of the absolute self.” He has a Ph.D. degree in Management Information systems along with PMP, CDMP, CBIP, CISA, EDME certifications.
Melanie Smith, MPA has been lobbying for 15 years, and lobbying in Washington State since 2009. Her work focuses on Health and Human Services, with a concentration in behavioral health, long term care, and child abuse prevention.
David Shearer, PhD, MS, MSCP, is a clinical and prescribing psychologist for the Department of the Army at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) in the state of Washington. He serves as a core faculty member and Director of Behavioral Sciences the MAMC family medicine residency. He is also a faculty member of the Department of Behavioral Health. Dr. Shearer is the Chair of the Washington State Psychological Association Prescribing Psychology Legislative Taskforce. His research and professional interests include understanding and evaluating the combination of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy in the treatment of behavioral health disorders.
Anisa Wiseman, B.A, was born in Hawaii, went back and forth to the mainland and graduated from Kahuku High on the North Shore of Oahu. She went on to get her bachelor's at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu. She is a former special education teacher, business owner, successfully lives in recovery from PTSD, anxiety, and depression, and has family members with severe mental illness and substance abuse. She grew up with a single parent with severe mental illness without proper healthcare or supports and so domestic violence, homelessness, addiction, etc. all played roles in her life. She currently works as program director and walk manager for NAMI Hawaii where her experience is able to help others get through their crisis.
Jack Yatsko, MSW, COO, has been with Clubhouse International since 2002, and his career in mental health spans over 30 years. He began his Clubhouse career in Hawaii in 1989 at Friendship House, the first Clubhouse program in Hawaii. Jack works closely with our Training Bases and Faculty for Clubhouse development; helps develop new Clubhouses; and provides technical assistance to many existing Clubhouses and groups or individuals seeking to learn more about the Clubhouse Model. Jack continues to reside in Hawaii although his travels take him across the globe. He has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Hawaii.