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National Advisory Board

Co-chaired by Dr. David Satcher and Hon. Patrick Kennedy, the National Advisory Board (NAB) is made up of national leaders from key agencies who share a common goal of promoting mental health equity.


Anne L. Bakar has served as President and CEO of Telecare Corporation for more than three decades, taking over the role at age 29, after the unexpected death of her father.

Founded in Oakland, CA, in 1965, Telecare is a family- and employee-owned company and is one of the largest and most respected national providers of behavioral health services for individuals with complex mental illness needs.

Telecare partners with public mental health systems, health plans, and private hospitals, providing a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services, ranging from acute care to Assertive Community Treatment.

She has led the organization’s successful expansion through turbulent health care cycles over the years, growing from five Northern California inpatient programs in 1987, to more than 100 programs in eight states today, with 3,400 staff members serving approximately 30,000 individuals each year.

Hallmarks of her leadership include the creation of an innovative recovery-oriented clinical system, the establishment of an independent physician services organization, the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in 1997, the consistent recognition of Telecare as a “Best Place to Work,” and a vast array of public/private partnerships that have infused systems of care nationally with renewed hope for recovery and greater efficiency.

In addition to her Board of Directors role at Telecare, Ms. Bakar is involved in numerous civic and community activities. She is a national advisory board member for the Kennedy Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity, a member of the National Council for Behavioral Health, the World Presidents Organization, and the Jewish Community Federation. She also serves in advisory roles at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

She has received formal commendations for her role from United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, as well as former State Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, former State Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata. At Telecare’s 50th anniversary, Anne also received formal recognitions from the Alameda and Los Angeles County Boards of Supervisors.

Anne graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley.

Eve H. Byrd, DNP, MPH, FNP-BC, PMH-CNS became director of the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program in February 2017.  Prior to joining the staff of the Mental Health Program, she was a faculty member of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and served as the Executive Director, Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression/Emory University School of Medicine.

Eve is a long-term friend of The Carter Center Mental Health program having participated in each of the programs initiatives over the last 14 years. Eve has held leadership positions both nationally and locally engaged in work aimed at eliminating the stigma of behavioral health disorders and improving persons with behavioral health disorders access to care.  She has been a consultant to the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Georgia Division of Aging Services, the Atlanta Regional Commission, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Georgia Representative Pat Gardner. Until coming to the Carter Center, Eve also practiced as a nurse practitioner in geriatric psychiatry establishing on-site services in affordable housing for older adults and young disabled as well as practicing in a patient-centered medical home for persons with dementia. Eve began her career as a public health nurse in Georgia.

Eve earned a master of public health in health policy from Rollins School of Public Health/Emory University and a master of nursing with a concentration in psychiatric/mental health nursing from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing/Emory University.  She earned a bachelor degree in nursing from Emory School of Nursing and a bachelor degree in psychology from Florida State University.  She received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with an emphasis in systems change and implementation science at the Emory School of Nursing in May, 2017.

Scientist-practitioner, clinical and community psychologist and health care innovator Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, is CEO of the American Psychological Association, a post he assumed on March 20, 2017. In this position, he heads the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

Before joining APA, Evans spent 12 years as commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Service, a $1.2 billion health care agency that is the behavioral health and intellectual disabilities safety net for 1.5 million Philadelphians. He realigned the agency’s treatment philosophy, service delivery models and fiscal policies to improve health outcomes and increase the efficiency of the service system. The transformation of the Philadelphia service system has saved millions of dollars that the city reinvested in other community-based services

Evans has been recognized nationally and internationally for his work in behavioral health care policy and service delivery innovation. In 2015, he was recognized by the White House as an “Advocate for Action” by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 2013, he received the American Medical Association’s top government service award in healthcare, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service. Evans is also regarded as a strong mental health advocate and was recognized by Faces and Voices of Recovery with the Lisa Mojer-Torres Award. In 2017, he was awarded the Visionary Leadership Award by the National Council for Behavioral Health and inducted into the Florida Atlantic University Alumni Hall of Fame at his alma mater. He has also been recognized as a strong advocate for social justice, having received three different Martin Luther King Jr. awards.

Evans holds faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Drexel University School of Public Health and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and has held a faculty appointment at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Earlier in his career, Evans was deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, where he led major strategic initiatives in the state’s behavioral health care system. Similar to his work in Philadelphia, he was instrumental in implementing a recovery-oriented policy framework, addressing health care disparities, increasing the use of evidence-based practices and significantly improving community engagement. He also developed a thriving private practice.

Anita Everett, MD, DFAPA is the Chief Medical Officer at SAMHSA. She is also the Director of the Office of Chief Medical Officers (OCMO). The OCMO is strategically positioned within SAMHSA to facilitate the development of policy, practice and programs that comport with best practices and current trends in contemporary health care.

Dr. Everett comes to SAMHSA with long term experience in the delivery and leadership of psychiatric services.  Prior to her arrival at SAMHSA, she served as the Section Chief of The Johns Hopkins Bayview Community and General Psychiatry in Baltimore, Maryland. She was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Hopkins, she directed 22 community psychiatry programs that provide a range of services to individuals from preschool age to older adults and through a range of programs that include intensive acute services as well as recovery support services for persons with Serious Mental Illnesses. More recently at Hopkins, she has been involved with the leadership of health system behavioral health integration into accountable care structures. Earlier in her career, Dr. Everett served as the Senior Medical Advisor to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. There she worked on the promotion of access to quality services and access to medications in the Medicare prescription drug benefit. From 1999 to 2003 she served as the Inspector General to the Office of the Governor in the Department of Mental Health in Virginia. During this time she completed over 80 inspections of Institutions operated and licensed to provide mental health services in Virginia. She received the Patrick Henry Award for outspoken advocacy.

Dr. Everett has served on the National Institute on Drug Abuse National Advisory Council. She is active in several professional organizations including the American Psychiatric Association where she has received a commendation for her work in healthcare reform. She is a past president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. She has been engaged in a number of international projects which have included consultation with the Ministries of Health, Department of Mental Health in Iraq and Afghanistan on the implementation of mental health services in these countries.

Richard G. Frank, PhD, is the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at DHHS directing the office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy. From 2013 to 2014, he served as a Special Advisor to the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services, and from 2014 to 2016 he served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services. His research is focused on the economics of mental health and substance abuse care, long term care financing policy, health care competition, implementation of health reform and disability policy. Dr. Frank served as an editor for the Journal of Health Economics from 2005 to 2014. Dr. Frank was awarded the Georgescu-Roegen Prize from the Southern Economic Association, the Carl A. Taube Award from the American Public Health Association, and the Emily Mumford Medal from Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mental Health Association of Maryland. Dr. Frank also received the John Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award from the National Research Service Awards. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine) in 1997. He is co-author with Sherry Glied of the book Better but Not Well (Johns Hopkins Press).

Mary Giliberti, JD is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  Prior to joining NAMI, Ms. Giliberti served as a section chief in the Office for Civil Rights at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that, she was the director of public policy and advocacy for federal and state issues at NAMI.

During her 20+ years in the mental health field, Ms. Giliberti also served as a disability counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and as a senior attorney at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

Mary earned her BA at Harvard College and her JD at Yale Law School. She is a native of North Bellmore, NY.


Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America (MHA), has worked in a variety of health and mental-health related positions during a career spanning nearly forty years.  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 in the September 2012 issue of Health Affairs and was also published in the Washington Post in October 2012. His book, Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia, was published by Columbia University Press in October, 2014.

He was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1979 until 1990, and served a term as Mayor of Middletown CT.

Paul is a graduate of Wesleyan University.  He lives with his wife, Pam, who is CEO of the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, in Lake Worth FL.  They have five adult children and two grandchildren.

Saul M. Levin, MD, MPA, is the Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). Prior to assuming this role in October 2013, Dr. Levin led the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH). There, Dr. Levin was responsible for the health of the nation’s capital, including primary care for from infants to the seniors on Medicaid and Medicare, DC-funded health care, HIV/AIDS, addictions, health professional licensing and regulation, policy and planning.  He was also responsible for health emergency preparedness, planning and coordinating alongside dozens of federal and local agencies to ensure the public’s health during major events such as President Obama’s second inauguration.  Moreover, he promoted the development of a citywide health information exchange that connects health care providers, shares critical information to promote patient care, tracks outcomes, prepares for disasters and provides for public health surveillance.

Dr. Levin also served on the D.C. Health Exchange Board and chaired the Essential Health Benefits Package Subcommittee, where he successfully led the effort to ensure that residents of the District of Columbia had access to a full range of substance abuse and mental health services.  He also co-chaired the committee that oversaw the integration of substance abuse and mental health services into the new Department of Behavioral Health.

In 2012, Dr. Levin served briefly as Senior Deputy Director of DOH’s Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration. During his tenure, Dr. Levin promoted substance abuse prevention efforts in all eight wards of the city through the work of the Prevention and Access to Recovery teams, including implementation of over $20 million in federal grants for services, assessed and referred an increasing number of individuals into treatment services, and connected more clients to recovery support services.

Dr. Levin has long been involved in organized medicine and psychiatry. He served as Vice President for Science, Medicine, and Public Health at the American Medical Association. There, he oversaw programs related to evolving health delivery systems, such as in the areas of prevention and health care disparities. He also led efforts to improve the interface between clinical medicine and public health.

Among other positions Dr. Levin has held includes serving as a special expert appointee in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he led the initiative to integrate primary care, substance abuse, mental health, and HIV/AIDS response. While serving as President for Access Consulting International Inc., he worked with federal, state, and local governments and private companies to provide health policy, program, and research and evaluation services.

As First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray has redefined the role of First Lady, managing a robust portfolio to advance an ambitious agenda in support of all New Yorkers.

Ms. McCray created ThriveNYC, the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or state in the nation, and she is recognized nationally as a powerful champion for mental health reform.  Additionally, Ms. McCray spearheads the Cities Thrive Coalition of mayors, with representation from more than 150 cities from all 50 states, advocating for a more integrated and better-funded behavioral health system.  As Chair of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, she brings together government, philanthropy and the private sector to work on some of the most pressing issues of our time, including mental health, youth employment and immigration.

Ms. McCray’s other duties are extensive; she is passionate about public service and leverages her platform in innovative ways to bring change where it is needed.  As co-chair of the Commission on Gender Equity, she is a persistent voice for creating a 50-50 city and world.  In partnership with NYC’s Police Chief, she leads the Domestic Violence Task Force.  In 2015, with her signature, New York City became the first city in the country to join the United Nations Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative.  The First Lady oversees the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and is intent on making sure that the programming, installations and exhibits are more accessible to the public, and better reflect the rich history and many cultures that make up New York City.

She is the first in her position to address a U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting; lobby Capitol Hill, fighting for progressive issues that affect the quality of life of New Yorkers; testify before the New York City Council; and serve as commencement speaker for a major college or university.

Ms. McCray is a graduate of Wellesley College and recently received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. She and Mayor Bill de Blasio live in Gracie Mansion, the official residence, and are proud parents of Chiara and Dante.

Carol McDaid serves as Principal at Capitol Decisions, Inc.  Capitol Decisions has a special expertise in addiction and mental health policy.  For 25 years, Ms. McDaid has worked with mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems, addiction physicians, prevention and educational organizations and addiction and mental health consumer organizations to refine public policy addressing addiction and mental health.

With over 30 years of Federal legislative experience in Washington, Ms. McDaid provides clients with government relations consulting on issues that span the breadth of health care, including behavioral health, Medicare, Medicaid, and private sector reimbursement issues.

Ms. McDaid helped establish and coordinate activities for the Parity NOW Coalition, which was influential in passage of the 2008 Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.  This landmark legislation requires insurers to treat addiction, mental, and physical health problems equally.

To expand both addiction and mental health coverage at parity, McDaid served as strategist to this behavioral health Coalition during the health care reform debate in Congress.  Capitol Decisions also served as consultants to the Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose (CSOO) who were part of the successful multi-coalition effort to pass the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act in 2016 as well as to include mental health and substance use disorder and mental health provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act.

Ms. McDaid is a founding Board Member of Faces and Voices of Recovery and currently serves on the Board of Young People in Recovery.  In 2007, she received the Johnson Institute’s America Honors Recovery Award and in 2016, she received the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s John P. McGovern Award.

Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, is the Senior Vice President for Practice Leadership and Director of the Injury, Violence & Suicide Prevention Portfolio at the Education Development Center.  In this capacity, he oversees the Injury, Violence and Suicide Prevention Portfolio overseeing a staff of 53.  He directs the work on multiple projects such as the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the Zero Suicide Institute, the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the Children’s Safety Network, several violence prevention initiatives and serves as Co-Director of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention with partners at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

His interests include geriatrics, mental health, suicide prevention, global violence prevention and public policy. Dr. Reed co-led the committee that updated the U.S. National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and he serves as an Executive Committee member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Dr. Reed received a PhD in Health Related Sciences with an emphasis in Gerontology from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in 2007 and his MSW degree from University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1982 with an emphasis in Aging Administration.  He served in the United States Navy during the period 1974-1978.

Joseph Pyle, MA, the President of the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, has more than 30 years experience in philanthropy and behavioral healthcare leadership.  In his role as President, he has lead the foundation to focus on evaluation, design thinking, and community participation in programming which has lead the foundation to become a disruptive thought leader in the philanthropic space. Pyle sits on several non-profit boards focusing on health care, behavioral health, intellectual disabilities, and philanthropy. He is a graduate of LaSalle University with a degree in Special Education, and Glassboro State with a Master’s Degree in School Psychology. Mr. Pyle lives in Chester County with his wife and has two adult sons.

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