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Sylvia Weatherspoon

News Anchor

Sylvia is an award winning veteran journalist, producer and primary TV news anchor. She has more than 30 years of experience in radio, television, digital media and film. She is a dedicated volunteer for community and many critical causes including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, St. Vincent DePaul Charity, the American Heart Association, Go Red For Women and the Junior League of Baton Rouge.

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The Speakers



Chief Executive Officer


Daniel H. Gillison Jr.

National Alliance On Mental Illness

Dan Gillison provides strategic leadership to NAMI with more than 30 years of professional experience and a deep passion for mental health advocacy fueled by personal lived experiences with mental illness and its ripple effects on families. He also currently serves on the National Institute of Health's Advisory Mental Health Council, the Lululemon Global Wellbeing Advisory Board, the National Health Council Board of Directors, and the Austen Riggs Center Board of Trustees.


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David Covington, LPC, MBA

RI International

David Covington serves as CEO and president of RI International, is an owner of Behavioral Health Link, and leads the international initiatives Crisis Now and Zero Suicide. He is a two-time national winner of the Council of State Governments Innovations Award, in 2008 with the Georgia Crisis & Access Line and again in 2012 with Magellan Health. For five consecutive years, he competed as a national finalist in innovations award competitions, including Harvard University’s Innovations in American Government in 2009.

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Kevin Fisher

CIT International

Kevin Fischer is President of Crisis Intervention Team International (CITI). The CIT model, known as the “Memphis Model” was first developed in 1988 and since has spread throughout the United States and several nations worldwide. The CITI program is a community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, individuals who live with mental illness and/or addiction disorders, their families and other community partners to improve community responses to mental health crises. 


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Senior Vice President


Robert Robertson

PNC Bank

Robert has over 22 years of home lending experience. He serves as the SVP, Southeast Division Territory Sales Manager for PNC Bank. Robert is responsible for growing and leading a high impact team in the Southeast attracting and developing talent, maximizing P&L Results while being culture centric being a change agent in the Southeast Geography. 


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NAMI Ambassadors

Marcus Smith

Marcus is a 6 year NFL veteran, Media and TV correspondent, Life coach and a mental health advocate. He is also the founder of The Circle of M, a nonprofit initiative created to break the negative stigmas around mental health.

Brandon Bolden

Baton Rouge, Louisiana native, Brandon is not only an epidermoid carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.  survivor, but also a 2-time Super Bowl Champion. Brandon uses his journey to motivate others that may face similar circumstance.

Soul Cole

Brandon Coleman, former New Orleans Saints player, is a certified Health and Wellness Coach, breathing coach and a Sound Healing Practitioner. He has dedicated himself to helping people create mindfulness habits, reduce their anxiety and to live in their purpose on purpose.

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NAMI Ambassadors

Dr. Charlayne Hayling-Williams

Community Wellness Ventures

Dr. Hayling-Williams is a counseling psychologist trained in cultural competence, urban children youth and families, and complex social policy issues as they relate to poverty. She is the founding President & CEO of Community Wellness Ventures (CWV), a comprehensive human services agency headquartered in the District of Columbia and national consultant on systems transformation.


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Executive Director

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Dr. Jan Laughinghouse

Capital Area Human Services

Dr. Laughinghouse is a licensed clinical social worker, board approved clinical supervisor, and licensed addictions counselor who serves in the capacity of Executive Director at Capital Area Human Services. She has over 25 years of experience in the treatment of substance use disorders and has worked extensively with women, veterans, individuals with co-occurring disorders, those that have experienced trauma and chronic homelessness, and re-entry populations. 


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Christena Huntsman-Durham

The Huntsman Foundation

Christena Huntsman-Durham serves on the boards of several charitable organizations, including the Huntsman Foundation, The Road Home, the Huntsman World Senior Games, the Carmen Pingree School for Autism, and the Moran Eye Center, and is committed to serving others. Christena is the mother of seven children and grandmother to several grandchildren.

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2328 Irene Dr.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

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