Paul Gionfriddo, is president and CEO of Mental Health America (MHA). Mr. Gionfriddo has worked in a variety of health and mental-health related positions during a career spanning nearly forty years. He joined MHA in 2014, and was responsible for coining the concept “B4Stage4” to describe MHA’s long-time focus on prevention, early identification, early intervention, and integrated approaches to promoting recovery for people with mental health concerns. Prior to joining MHA, he was a consultant, speaker, and writer, and author of a popular weekly health policy blog entitled Our Health Policy Matters. His essay entitled How I Helped Create a Flawed Mental Health System That’s Failed Millions – And My Son, was published as the Narrative Matters essay (and was the most-read article) in the September 2012 issue of Health Affairs and was also published in the Washington Post in October 2012. The full-length version of the story was published as a book in October 2014, entitled Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia, by Columbia University Press. Mr. Gionfriddo has served on many local, state, and national nonprofit Boards, for organizations serving people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or developmental disabilities, and for others engaged in child advocacy and clean energy advocacy. He is currently a member of the Board of the Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health in West Palm Beach, FL, and the Golden Center Foundation. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
Kevin Martone, LSW, is executive director for the Technical Assistance Collaborative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping our nation’s human services, health care, homelessness, and affordable housing systems implement policies and practices that empower people to live healthy, independent lives in the communities they choose. Kevin has twenty-seven years of experience in behavioral health at the national, state, and provider level. Prior to joining TAC, he was mental health commissioner for the State of New Jersey and president of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. He was also President and CEO for Advance Housing, a supportive housing agency in New Jersey that served people with serious mental illness. Kevin is currently the president-elect of the National Association for Rural Mental Health, and he has taught mental health and social work policy at Tufts School of Medicine and Rutgers University School of Social Work.
Beth McGinty, Ph.D., is an associate professor and the associate chair for Research and Practice in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Johns Hopkins, she serves as the deputy director of the Center for Mental Health and Addiction Policy Research and the associate director of the ALACRITY Center for Health and Longevity in Mental Illness.
Reginald D. Williams, II, is the vice president of the International Health Policy and Practice Innovations program at the Commonwealth Fund. In this role, he is responsible for fostering international dialogue, exchange, and education that enables U.S. policy makers and healthcare leaders to learn from cross-national experiences. He is responsible for the organization’s international benchmarking activities, its international research and policy analysis, and the educational exchanges it conducts with key international partners. Critical to all activities is the cultivation of a robust international network of senior policy makers and healthcare leaders, including The Commonwealth Fund’s Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice. Prior to joining the Fund, Mr. Williams was at Avalere Health, a consulting firm dedicated to improving healthcare, where he served as Managing Director focusing on health care delivery innovation and digital health. During his 15 years at Avalere, Reggie led the firm’s Evidence-Based Medicine Policy practice and several other practice groups, including managing the firm’s Tel Aviv operations, and helping to build a network of consulting firms from around the world with whom Avalere could collaborate. Prior to joining Avalere, Reggie was a member of the health policy team at the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). He serves on the board of directors of Mental Health America, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives. Reggie earned an A.B. in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University.