State of Mental Health Disparities in the African American Community Conf

State of Mental Health Disparities in the African American Community Conf
Event on 2017-08-18 12:00:00
Goal: To examine how political and social policies have impacted mental health disparities in the African American community. The conference will examine the state of mental health disparities by exploring it’s impact on cultural trauma through historical documentation, systems exploration and personal testimonies. Past: Examining policies that impacted the present state of disparities in the African American community Present: Discussion of the impact of mental health disparities on the pursuit of health parity. Future: What must be done to help shape policies that impact mental health disparities in the African American community? *Equipping attendees with the knowledge to create and advocate for relevant policies at the national, state and local levels If you are in need of lodging during the conference the discounted rate at the Beachwood DoubleTree is 9.00 per night plus tax. NEOBHC’s 2017 State of Mental Health Disparities Conference Speakers’ Bios William E. Ajay, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center   William E. Ajay, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He currently works as a primary therapist in an integrated Post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder residential treatment program. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of PTSD and co-occurring trauma-related psychological difficulties. In addition he provides psycho-education regarding the common reactions to trauma and helps facilitate emotional processing of psychological and emotional trauma in an effort to help individuals regain control of their lives and re-establish meaningful relationships with their loves ones.  His theoretical orientation is integrative and evidence-based, primarily cognitive-behavioral. Dr. Ajay is nationally certified in various evidence-based specialized interventions for treating PTSD including: Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure. His professional activities also include diagnostic assessment, facilitation of psycho-educational/psychotherapeutic groups, consultation and collaboration with a multidisciplinary teams, and provision of ongoing supervision to doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Ajay grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and completed his undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral work at Kent State University.  He completed a psychology internship with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  He was a staff psychologist at the Lexington VA Medical Center prior to his current position at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. Iris Bailey President and Clinical Supervisor Pipeline to God Communications, Inc.   Iris Lynn Bailey has a dual career in both the behavioral healthcare field as well as nearly 25 years as a radio and television broadcaster. She entered Ashland Theological Seminary and “seasoned” a second career and her faith walk with both theological and clinical behavioral health degrees.  Reverend Iris is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Combining her experience, communication skills and her desire to serve those with emotional aches and pains, she founded Pipeline to God Communications, Inc.  The organization is a non-profit entity licensed in the state of Ohio and certified as a Community Mental Health Agency. Pipeline services families, committed to preserve the ties that make families strong and healthy. Its mission: To inform, teach and assist families in identifying behavioral problems and finding appropriate solutions. Because emotional health starts before birth, Pipeline offers infant and early childhood mental health development, working with families whose children get suspended from pre-school. If those behavioral problems are not addressed, the problems can follow the individual throughout their school years, into young adulthood and beyond. Pipeline counselors can also recognize disparities in whom and how individuals receive care.   Julius Bailey, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Award-winning Author Wittenberg University   Julius Bailey, PhD, teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Wittenberg University. He is a philosopher, cultural critic, social theorist, and diversity lecturer. Dr. Bailey has been interviewed on CNN, Fox, B.E.T, and ABC Nightline. A guest on numerous radio shows as a social critic and education advisor, he is often sought to speak at colleges, prisons, and community organizations across America. He is an award-winning author who has written four books including: The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, Jay Z,  Philosophy and Hip Hop, the award-winning Racial Realities and Post-Racial Dreams in the Obama Age, and his recent Be-Longing: Triumph in the Mirror, dealing with overcoming depression, addiction and self-hatred.  Some may remember him when he was a 26-year old professor at Millikin who fought for seven high school students expelled for 2 years after a football fight. Others may remember him as the former Church Administrator at Main Street Church who brought in dozens of national recording artists and organized educational events.   He holds Masters Degrees from Howard and Harvard Universities and a Doctorate from the University of Illinois.   Maureen Bobo Co-Director Hope for Widows Foundation   Maureen Bobo is a Christ follower, love advocate, and a Masters-level Social Worker (LSW) through the state of Ohio for over 20 years. Her background is in child welfare, adoption, foster care, mental health, chemical dependency, program development and assessment.  Her ministries include grief, singles and health and wellness. After the tragic death of her husband from chronic heart disease in 2010, Maureen developed The Beautiful Stone Ministries to provide grief support to groups and social service organizations.  She also co-authored “The Unwelcome Committee,” story of three young widows with children and their navigation through the processes of grief. She contributes to Grief Diaries: Poetry, Prose and More, artistic expressions from grievers from various backgrounds. Maureen is a Co-Director of Hope for Widows Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that supports widows through the grieving process and beyond by providing life transition resources and immediate peer connections.  She is also involved in singles ministry development at her church. She has completed four half marathons and has a goal to complete a half marathon in every state. Maureen has a message for people: “Be your own superhero, and make your own self proud through intentional self-care.”   Nichole M. Cobb, LISW-S, SAP, OCPC President Kingdom Developers Consulting, Inc.   Nichole M. Cobb is the President of Kingdom Developers Consulting Inc. a behavioral health firm that she founded in 2008.  With over 20 years of experience, Nichole has worked with individuals across the lifespan, from infants to centenarians.    As a clinical social worker, Nichole has focused years of work serving the behavioral health needs of the older adult population, assisting them in their adjustment to aging, illness, loss and the end of life.  In her practice, Nichole also works with individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, and provides consultation to organizations providing prevention and wellness services.  Nichole’s consulting strengths include developing, organizing, implementing and evaluating social programs, as well as process mapping, training and defining quality improvement measures.  Her academic appointments have included Kent State University, ITT Technical Institute, and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.  Nichole serves on the Advisory Committee of the Training Institute of the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County.  She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Designation, Substance Abuse Professional and an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant.  Nichole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.     Simone Crawley Executive Director Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc.   Simone Crawley currently serves as the Executive Director for the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc.  MACC is a statewide non-profit membership organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of care in Ohio's health care system and to incorporate culturally competent models of practice into the systems and organizations that provide services to Ohio's diverse populations.   Throughout her career at The Ohio State University, Simone served as a Page in the Ohio House of Representatives. She earned her degree in Political Science. Expanding her public policy background, she served as an aide to Assistant Minority Leader Charleta B. Tavares for three years. During her time at the Ohio Senate, Simone was also elected President of the Ohio Young Black Democrats where she aided in the successful campaigns of several legislative candidates.   In January 2015, Simone began working to ensure cultural proficiency and improved health outcomes in Ohio as the Program Coordinator for the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc.  She has served as the Executive Director since March 2016.   Tracee’ L. Black Fall Founder and Executive Director Tova’s N.E.S.T.   Traceé L. Black-Fall is the founder and Executive Director of Tova’s N.E.S.T which “Gives a bridge of hope as people move toward new beginnings.”   Mrs. Fall graduated Cum Laude in 2006 from Columbus State Community College in Applied Science, despite being given a dim prognosis of recovery from a brain aneurysm. She is also a graduate of The Ohio State University, John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy, Leadership Academy.   She is an active community partner in education and advocacy throughout Ohio with the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success as well as serving on numerous boards and committees.   Mrs. Fall has received several awards including the “Voice Award,” with national recognition for her advocacy work from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Sojourner Truth Meritorious Service Award from the National Association of Negro and Professional Women’s Club Inc., and was honored by Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board for her “Faith Based Involvement.”   Faye A. Gary, Ed.D, RN, FAAN Medical Mutual of Ohio Kent W. Clapp Chair, Professor of Nursing Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University Faye A. Gary, EdD, RN, FAAN, is the Medical Mutual of Ohio Kent W. Clapp Chair and Professor of Nursing at the Bolton School of Nursing at CWRU. She holds a secondary appointment with the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, is an Emerita Distinguished Professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and she consults with local and global community leaders across six continents. She has served on numerous national committees that address behavioral health and substance abuse: The National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (Chair) are a few of these national federally funded agencies. Dr. Gary has also worked as a consultant to Ministries of Health across the continents, including Africa, South and Central America, Europe, and Asia. She has also been active in local communities and for years, she volunteered in juvenile confinement centers where she taught ethics. Dr. Gary is also a Distinguished Emerita Professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville   Linette Graddic, M.Ed., LPC OwnerTherapeutic Life Changers LLC   Linette Graddic, M.Ed., LPC, is a knowledgeable and compassionate licensed professional counselor, providing guidance to help people navigate life’s challenges. She offers counseling and therapy for individuals, couples, and groups. Her goal is to facilitate the process of one’s personal awareness towards transformation and wellness. Linette sees clients at Therapeutic Life Changers Counseling Center, a private practice which serves the Northeast Ohio area. Unique to her practice, Linette offers a spiritual wellness component called Thera-P, which is a one-day therapeutic, inner healing intensive for pastors, professionals, and people of faith. She is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work; and Certifications in Multicultural Diversity and Leadership. Linette has Associate degrees in Theology and Ministry and is currently matriculating in the Formational Counseling doctoral cohort at Ashland Theological Seminary. Linette is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Professional Black Christian Therapist Network. She is a commissioned officer of the Ohio Military Reserve where she served as a Military Chaplain for eight years. Linette is also director of Mercy Center Global Ministries, an outreach ministry where she serves alongside her husband, Randy Graddic.         Karen L. Graves, LPCC Executive Director Exodus Clinical Counseling Services Karen Graves is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio with supervisory status. She is also a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependent Counselor in Ohio and Executive Director of Exodus Clinical Counseling Services. She received her Master’s Degree in Pastoral Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2004.   Karen’s life story begins with the belief that service is the price you pay for living. She is proud of being a part of a generational legacy of service to God and community. She also serves as the Director of Social Services for Family Planning of North East Ohio. There, she is responsible for the delivery and supervision of the agency’s prevention services and serves the under-insured and the uninsured with pre-and post-natal care.   She is a member of the Professional Black Christian Therapist Network, the American Correctional Association and the American Christian Counselor Association.   Exodus CCS has recently launched Video Therapy counseling, which supports Pastoral, Law Enforcement/First responders, and Sports and Entertainment professionals. Life’s standard for her is God first, education second, and all of her hearts desires will follow as long as they are within the will of God!   Howard Hall, Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychological Sciences Cleveland Medical Center   Dr. Howard Hall is Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychological Sciences at Cleveland Medical Center.  He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Princeton University and Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Rutgers. He is a pioneer in integrative health care, early research on the impact of hypnosis on immune function and his latest global work on Sufi rapid wound healing.  His research was featured on the National Geographic TV channel.  Dr. Hall’s clinical integrative practice and teaching employs hypnosis, biofeedback, and mind/body/holistic approaches for patients with complex medical symptoms. He is also a sports psychologist, previously with Penn State football and CWRU’s men’s soccer teams, currently with Rainbow Sports Medicine program.   Cultural diversity and disparities has been both a teaching and research focus for Dr. Hall.  He developed and taught a course on “The Psychology of African Americans at CWRU.  He also lectures extensively on “Clinical Work with Culturally Diverse Populations.” Related publications:   Hall, H.R. (1985-1986).  Cancer and blacks:  The second leading cause of death; Hall, H.R. & Bell, X. (1985). Increases in cancer rates among blacks: A psychological and behavioral analysis; Cope, N.R., & H. Hall, H.R, (1985).  The health status of black women in the U.S.:  Implications for health psychology and behavioral medicine. Yvonka Marie Hall, MPA Executive Director Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition Yvonka Marie Hall is the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition. NEOBHC is the first organization in Ohio dedicated to addressing health disparities in the African American community. She served as Director of the Cleveland Office of Minority Health and the Northeast Ohio Director of Cultural Health Initiatives for the American Heart Association. Yvonka is a nationally recognized health disparities expert. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer and HIV Educator. The 1974 murder of her mother dramatically changed her life; her childhood promise to use her life to help others has lead to the creation of cutting edge programs and impacted thousands of people’s lives. After the murders of her mother Yvonne, younger brother Antoine and best friend Tracey, she dedicated her life to working for the disenfranchised. Her personal tragedy fuels her commitment to community and dedication to raising her son Samario Antoine. She is a proud mother and activist deeply impassioned and involved in social justice activities. Whether it’s speaking against environmental issues, systemic racism, cardiovascular disease, infant mortality, domestic violence, health disparities, mental illness, juvenile justice, employment, education or hosting community forums, she uses her voice to make a difference in the lives of others. She is a graduate of Texas Southern University and Notre Dame College of Ohio. She has the distinguished honor of being a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow.   Robyn C. Hill, LPCC Owner, Therapist Robyn Hill Counseling & Associates   Robyn Hill is an independently licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC), with credentials issued by the State of Ohio as a Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist.  She studied at Ashland Theological Seminary, where she obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling.   Robyn currently runs her own private practice, Robyn Hill Counseling & Associates, in Beachwood, Ohio. Her practice provides culturally and spiritually sensitive counseling, specializing in depression, anxiety, and trauma recovery.  She also currently hosts the live internet radio talk show, “Mind Healing Conversations.” More information is available at Additionally, Robyn Hill has authored books to educate on developing coping skills to improve emotional wellness.  These books can be found on Amazon, Nook, and Kindle. The books include: “A Healing Conversation: Beginning Steps towards Dealing with a Painful Past” and “Refresh! A Therapeutic Devotional”   Sylvester Huston, Ph.D. Retired Professor and Clinical Psychologist Stark State College   Sylvester Huston, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, former respiratory therapist and retired professor from Stark State College. As the only African American psychologist in Stark County, he returned from retirement to provide culturally sensitive emotional health services and help eliminate the disparity in minority mental health treatment. Through the GRACE Initiative of CommQuest Services, Inc., he offers a variety of psychological services.   Dr. Huston is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist, Ohio Psychology Board, and a Respiratory Therapist, Ohio Respiratory Care Board. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Human & Development as well as his Masters of Arts in Education Administration from Kent State University; his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Eastern Mennonite University; and his Associates of Applied Science in Repository Care from Columbus State Community College.   Kim Jordan, LPCC-S Readjustment Counseling Therapist Department of Veteran Affairs     Kim is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC-S) and a 20 year retired Army veteran. She received her Master’s Degree in Human Services Counseling at Regent University during her active duty career in the Army. She pursued a second Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling after retirement. Since licensure Kim has worked within the substance abuse community assisting federal clients with readjustment after incarceration.   She currently works within the Department of Veteran Affairs (RCS Vet Center) as a Readjustment Counseling Therapist assessing and treating veterans with PTSD and/or combat related PTSD symptoms and their immediate family members.  She is currently trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR); CPT, MST, PAIRS in both individual and group therapy.     Dakota King-White, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Cleveland State University Dr. Dakota King-White has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Counseling, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is a Professional Licensed School Counselor and a Professional Counselor. She has taught in Counselor Education programs for the past ten years and has done extensive research on the impact of parental incarceration on children and the psychological, emotional, and behavioral effects of incarceration. Through her research she has designed a group counseling curriculum for children of incarcerated parents entitled, Children Having Incarcerated Parents Succeeding (C.H.I.P.S.). The curriculum has been implemented within K-12 education and has impacted many children and adolescents. Dr. King-White has also designed a mental health model that is used in K-12 education to help address the mental health needs of school-age children within an academic setting. The model looks at an interdisciplinary approach to addressing mental health needs within schools to help increase academic achievement by addressing mental health. One main focus of the mental health model is to identify children and adolescents who have been exposed to traumatic events and to provide additional support to help eliminate any barriers to academic success.  Dr. King-White is passionate about children succeeding and believes that ALL students can succeed if given the right tools and opportunities.   Karryl J. Lindsey, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, SAP Co-Owner Cornerstone Marriage and Family Counseling   Karryl J. Lindsey , MSSA, LISW-S, SAP, LICDC-CS received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio University and a Masters in Social Service Administration from Case Western.  She is a masters- level, independent social worker and substance abuse professional.   For the last 20+ years Ms. Lindsey has provided behavioral health counseling to those with emotional, psychological, behavioral, or trauma- based issues. Ms. Lindsey’s strong work ethic and passion for people has allowed her the privilege of building a therapeutic rapport with various individuals, families, youth, and diverse communities over the years.  She provides Christian counseling, anger management education, substance abuse assessments/counseling, and DOT/SAP services.  She specializes in those individuals who have a great difficulty sharing their issues and emotions appropriately which has negatively impacted their relationships in the home, community, and/or the workplace.   Ms. Lindsey is also co-owner of Cornerstone Marriage and Family Counseling located in Cleveland Heights.  Her goal is to bring peace, hope, and serenity to her client’s world.          Albert McIntosh Owner and Clinical Director Hope Behavioral Health LLC   Albert J. McIntosh is the Owner and Clinical Director for Hope Behavioral Health LLC. Hope Behavioral is a group private practice that offers culturally competent, spiritually sensitive and trauma informed services that provide hope, emotional healing and positive change that improves lives and strengthens families.  Mr. McIntosh is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a Supervisor designation by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.  A graduate from Cleveland Heights High School and Kent State University, Mr. McIntosh earned a Master’s of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.   He has over 30 years of experience in Child Welfare and Children’s Mental Health Services as a Social Worker, Psychotherapist, and Social Service Administrator. Mr. McIntosh also served for two years as vice president of the Cuyahoga County Alliance for Child Caring Agencies. Most recently Mr. McIntosh served as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University’s Graduate School of Social Work, and is a frequent speaker on issues related to mental health."As a result of the God’s demonstrated love towards me, I have been profoundly transformed with an abiding sense of hope in my life …..and am committed to helping individuals and families in crisis, walk through the journey of emotional and spiritual restoration."   Dawn Pullin Substance Abuse/Mental Health Counselor Lenzy Family Institute   Dawn Pullin’s lifelong mission has been to advocate for and assist those struggling with substance abuse, trauma and mental health issues.   Dawn received her associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in Nursing from Norfolk State University and her Master of Arts in Education from Malone College. In 2015, Dawn received her Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant certification from the Ohio Chemical Dependency Board and plans to sit for the LCDC III: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III in 2017.   She also received her associate’s in Biblical Studies from North Carolina School of Theology. Dawn is currently employed at the Lenzy Family Institute where she serves as a Substance Abuse/Mental Health Counselor for individuals and families.  She has also worked at SCCAA Head Start Program as the Family and Community Partnership Manager.  She was employed with Interdynamics Inc. as the Aftercare Coordinator/Counselor III, in the Maryland State Correctional Facility.  She also was a Child Protective Services Social Worker As a survivor and overcomer of substance abuse, trauma and mental illness, Dawn continues to make an impact on others struggling with these same challenges. Her greatest accomplishment has been her ability to be a single mother of 3 and provide her children with a positive environment free from substances, extreme trauma and mental illness; resulting in well-rounded young adults.     Dr. Kamesha Spates Assistant Professor Kent State University   Dr. Kamesha Spates is an assistant professor in the department of Sociology at Kent State University. She works diligently to unveil stigmas of mental illness and suicide in the black community. She recently completed a book entitled, What Don’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger: Black Women on Suicide, where uncovers reasons for their nearly non-existent rates of suicide. Her analysis offers a deeper understanding of the positive life strategies that underlie black women’s resilience. Some of her other works can be found in the Key Issues in Crime and Punishment series, the Sociology Compass Journal, and Journal of Pan African Studies. She is currently working on projects 1) that examine the role of the black church in suicide prevention/postvention and mental health awareness; 2) Northeast Ohio’s black community’s preparedness to handle rising suicide rates 3) A black parent’s guide to talking with their Children about Suicide. Charleta B. Tavares Senator, District 15 The Ohio Senate   Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) was re-elected and sworn in as the State Senator for the 15th District and Assistant Democratic Leader in the Ohio Senate in 2015. A committed public servant, she has served since 2011 as the State Senator, representing Bexley and parts of Grandview Heights and the historic neighborhoods of the city of Columbus. She is currently the Senate ranking member on both the Ways and Means and the Health and Human Services Committees. She also serves as a member of the Finance, Finance Subcommittee on Corrections, Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee, Joint Committee on Agency Rules and Review, and serves as Co-Chair of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.   Tavares previously was a member of Columbus City Council and also served in the Ohio General Assembly, representing the 22nd House District.  She is the first African-American and Democrat female to serve in the state legislature from Franklin County, Ohio (House and Senate) and the first African-American woman ever to hold a leadership position in the history of the Ohio General Assembly.   Tavares was recently selected to serve as the President/CEO of Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, Inc., a federally qualified primary healthcare system to provide access to services that improve the health status of those experiencing financial, social, or cultural barriers to health care.   Tavares formerly served as Executive Director of the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence.       Jerome West, MAR, MRE, QHMS, SWA Program Coordinator, Grace Initiative Program CommQuest Services, Inc.   Mr. West is an innovative intellectual, servant leader, and urban emotional health visionary. He is a voice for African Americans and other minorities who endure emotional health disabilities. Through diplomacy he agitates the mental health/substance abuse system from stagnation to innovative solutions that remove treatment barriers, delicately antagonizes worldviews of historical trauma, and makes a recovery and resiliency practical in people's lives.   He is the Program Manager for The GRACE Initiative of CommQuest Services, Inc., a minority centered emotional wellness and health program designed to inspire individuals to be emotionally healthy. His life is devoted to service not only through the social services, but also through secondary and higher education as a former Dean, Faculty Evaluator, Educator Assessor, Head Wrestling Coach, and Adjunct Professor at Malone University, an Ohio-based Christian college.     Mr. West holds dual Masters Degrees in Religious Education and Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University; a Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Management from Malone University; an Associates of Applied Science: Human and Social Services from Stark State College;, and  a certification as a Mental Health First Aid Trainer. In 2016 he received the Stark County 40 under 20 Leadership Award and the Malone University Leadership Excellence Award.   Ann S. Williams, PhD, RN, CDE Case Western Reserve University   Ann Williams is a Research Associate Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She has extensive experience working with persons who have diabetes, both as a clinician and a researcher. She has provided diabetes self-management education in blindness rehabilitation settings, physician offices, and local community organizations. Since 1986, Dr. Williams has promoted equivalent diabetes self-management for people who have both diabetes and disabilities. She has served on the national Board of Directors for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and was first author on AADE’s Position Statement on Diabetes and Disabilities. She currently conducts research and is the Director of the FIND Lab at Case Western Reserve University, where she provides consultation for researchers to promote the Full INclusion of Persons with Disabilities in their mainstream health care research. She recently completed a research project entitled Diabetes System CHANGE, using a social ecological theory of behavior change to provide ongoing self management support to help people with diabetes to manage it more effectively.   Ferne A. Ziglar, ABC President The Ferneway Company  Ferne A. Ziglar is an accomplished senior-level marketing communications professional.  Founder and president of The Ferneway Company, Ziglar has a 30-year record of success and proven skills in strategic communications planning, public relations, creative development, multimedia production and technical writing. Her firm currently focuses on health and technology communications, creating and delivering digital and multimedia content solutions. She was an associate editor and blogger for the pilot, an electronic news website designed to encourage communities of color and the medically underserved to adopt and use health information technology. Prior to forming her own consultancy, Ziglar was a public relations manager for the Ohio Bell Telephone Company (AT&T), publications editor at Blue Cross of Northeast Ohio, co-producer at WVIZ TV and a reporter for the Call & Post. She is an accredited business communicator and has won international awards for communications excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators. An honors graduate of Ohio University with a B.A. in Spanish, Ziglar also completed graduate studies in journalism at Kent State University. She is the former president of the Cleveland Chapter of IABC, and a member of the Ohio University Ebony Bobcat Network, Minority Women with Breast Cancer Uniting, Inc. and Abundant Grace Fellowship, where she is a small group Bible study leader and member of the health ministry.

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