Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for this event included representatives from veteran and non-veteran peer programs, leaders from military and veteran service organizations, prominent researchers in the field, and VA and military leadership.

Conference Chairs
Michelle Kees, PhD, Associate Professor, M-SPAN and Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
Jane Spinner, MSW, MBA, Director, M-SPAN, University of Michigan

Steering Committee

  • Anthony Allman, CEO & Co-Founder, POS REP
  • CPT Nick Anderson, State Family Programs Director, Michigan National Guard
  • Meredith Beck, Consultant
  • Megan Bunce, Director, Government and Community Affairs, America’s Warrior Partnership
  • Bonnie Carroll, President & Founder, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  • Lt. Col. Erika M. Cashin, Founder, Lean In Military Chapter; Co-Founder, Lean In Women Veterans Chapter; USAF
  • Matt Chinman, PhD, Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation; Research Scientist, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
  • Chris M. Crowe, PhD, Senior Mental Health Consultant and Liaison to the DoD Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and TBI, VA Mental Health Services
  • Livia Davis, MSW, CSWM, VP, Organizational Culture & Development Project Director, Center for Social Innovation
  • Lynda C. Davis, MA, MPA, PhD, Executive Vice President, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors; Executive Director, Military and Veteran Caregivers Network 
  • MAJ Mike Erwin, MS, Board Chair and Founder, Team RWB; US Army Reserves
  • COL Steven Eshenaur, D.O., State Surgeon, West Virginia Army National Guard
  • Cindy Gierke, CTR, Regional Community Program Peer Network Coordinator, USSOCOM
  • GEN (Ret.) Mark Graham, Senior Director, Rutgers UBHC National Call Center; Director, Vets4Warriors, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care
  • Catharine Grimes, MBA, Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
  • Sean Hanna, LAc, MAOM, Director, Veterans Mental Health Program, Texas Veterans Commission

 

  •  William Hudock, Senior Public Health Advisor, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Kristy Kaufmann, Executive Director, Code of Support
  • Kacie Kelly, MHS, Senior Program Manager, Mental Health Strategic Partnerships, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Wendy Lakso, Director, Outreach and Training, Defense Suicide Prevention Office
  • Barbara Lau, Special Projects, Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • Anna Laubach, MSW, Director of Special Initiatives, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
  • Laura L’Esperance, MBA, Senior Vice President of Brand and Communications, Mission Continues
  • Jackie Maffucci, PhD, Research Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
  • Kyle Mitchell, Director of Veteran and Military Policy, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
  • Marjorie Morrison, LMFT, LPC, CEO and Founder, PsychArmor Institute
  • Paul Pfeiffer, MS, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
  • CAPT (Ret.) Jonathan Pruden, Warrior Relations, Wounded Warrior Project
  • Rajeev Ramchand, PhD, Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • Bill Rausch, Executive Director, Got Your 6
  • James Schmeling, JD, Executive Vice President, Strategic Engagement, Student Veterans of America
  • Steve Schwab, Executive Director, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
  • Terri Tanielian, MA, Senior Social and Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • Marcia Valenstein, MS, MD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan; Research Scientist, Department of Veterans Affairs