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We believe each person with a mental illness can rebuild a meaningful and productive life.

This conference is a gathering of thought leaders, community advocates, and program participants/members intended to help increase the education and awareness of the changing landscape of the mental health community.

See the schedule below and click the "JOIN NOW" buttons to join the Zoom meeting for each speaker.

Meet Your Moderator

Christopher Celio, Psy.D.

Director of Clinical Programs,Portia Bell Hume Behavioral Health and Training Center

Christopher Celio, PsyD is the Vice President of Clinical Programs at The Hume Center. Dr. Celio, who started working in the mental health field in 2001 and originally trained to be a Child Psychologist, found his calling when he joined The Hume Center as a Doctoral Intern in 2007. While this shifted his focus to serving adults diagnosed with serious mental illness, he brought with him an emphasis on the family and other systems that the consumer is a part of and a creative spirit that believes that healing and recovery can come through many surprising and outside-of-the-box pathways, beliefs, and persons. He has held many roles at Hume Center, including supervising in all of the programs and clinics and has been the Co-Chair of Development for ten years. He has helped Hume Center’s services in Contra Costa expand into prevention and early intervention services and full-service partnership services, including case management, peer and family services, and housing support services. He is currently working on a team at Hume Center developing their housing for their consumers.

After experiencing the positive impact of bringing in speakers from NAMI  In Our Own Words, WREACH Speakers Bureau, Putnam Clubhouse, Rainbow Community Center, and RI International, he helped work to create or support events like Mental Wellness Night with the Sharks, Community Living Room Conversations, and the annual Hope Cup Softball Tournament and Annual Bowling Tournament. Dr. Celio was proud to be awarded the Hope Award by the SPIRIT Classes of 2017 and 2018, the Community Partnership Award by the Putnam Clubhouse in 2018, and the Committed Clinician Award by NAMI Contra Costa in 2019. He was honored to be chosen by Contra Costa Behavioral Health to moderate their first "Bust Stigma" event at Brenden Theatre for Recovery Month 2019, by Putnam Clubhouse to moderate their Reimagine Mental Health Care Conference in 2020 and 2021, and by TogetherWell to speak as a panelist during their "The Power of Support and Advocacy in Peer Mental Health" in 2021. He would like to remind everyone that "Hope has been proven to be contagious, so pass it on!"


Introduction - 9:30am


Jim Davis, Board President, The Contra Costa Clubhouses, Inc.

Tamara Hunter, Executive Director, The Contra Costa Clubhouses, Inc.

Paula Boyd, Member and Board Member, Putnam Clubhouse

Cameron Matthews, Program Director, Putnam Clubhouse


Protecting Our Investment: Advocating For Generational Change: 10am-11am

Jessica Cruz is the current CEO for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, California and has served in this role for over eleven years. Working with legislators, community members and government officials; she uses her passion to advocate for change in mental health legislations and systems across the state. Her desire to further NAMI California’s mission stems from lived experience of being a family member of someone with a mental illness.

Jessica received her Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Services from the University of San Francisco, where she focused her studies on policies in health care. Her undergraduate studies in Mass Communication from California State University of Sacramento gave her the institutional knowledge to enhance her career in the public sector.


Jessica Cruz, MPA/HS

CEO NAMI California

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Clubhouses As Advocates: Lessons from the Care Responders Campaign: 11am-12pm

Mary Crowley, Senior Vice President, & Chief External Affairs Office, Fountain House

Bill Wasserman, Partner & President M & R

Christina Sparrock, Fountain House member


Panel Discussion

Is 911 the Answer When Someone is in a Mental Health Crisis? 11:30am-12:30pm

Addie Kitchen, grandmother to Steven Taylor

Matt Chang, brother to Errol Chang

Bella Quinto Collins, sister to Angelo Quinto

Jeffrey Arlt and Stacey Smith, father and mother to Sean Arlt


Panel Discussion

Learning Through the Lived Experiences of a Diverse Group of Young Adults: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Alfred Koo, NAMI Contra Costa County

Naomi Gashaw, NAMI Contra Costa County

Baylee Wechster, NAMI Contra Costa County

Mariela Acosta, NAMI Contra Costa County

Tristen Siebold, NAMI Contra Costa County


Panel Discussion

Real Lives: Real Recovery: Clubhouse Members Tell Their Stories of Resilience: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Jack Yatsko, Chief Operating Officer, Clubhouse International

Cindy Hamersma, Clubhuis de Waterheuvel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Joshua Miller, Taiwha Fountain House, Republic of Korea (Video)

Oh Youngwha, Taiwha Fountain House, Republic of Korea (Video)

Steven Manning, The Carriage House, Indiana


Panel Discussion

Peer Support, Peer Workforce Expansion & SB 803 Implementation: 1:30pm-2:30pm

Anna Lubarov, PSS, ITE, Mental Health Consultant-Moderator

Tiffany K Elliott, Program Manager, Peer Empowerment Partnership California Association of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations (CAMHPRO)

Janet Costa, SPIRIT Peer Co-Instructor, Community Support Worker II/Family Partner/Team Lead Officer for Consumer Empowerment/OCE

Jo Bruno, CMT, Peer Support Specialist, Founder of Delta Peers, Antioch #CupOfJoBruno

Keris Jän Myrick, M.B.A., M.S., Ph.D.c Policy Liaison, executive board member of the National Association of Peer Supporters


Panel Discussion

From Promise to Practice: Making Sense of Unprecedented Reforms in California’s Behavioral Health Landscape: 2:30pm-3:30pm

Alex Briscoe, Principal, California Children’s Trust, Children and Mental Health Care


The Remarkable Trieste Mental Health System: 2:30pm-3:30pm

Kerry Morrison, Founder & Project Manager, Heart Forward LA


VIDEO: Member Spotlight - Growing Into a Life of Independence: 3:30pm-4:30pm

Harrison Morgan, member of the Putnam Clubhouse

Susan Morgan, mother of Harrison Morgan



Eric Styles, Musician, member of the Putnam Clubhouse

David Bragen, Member of the Clubhouse