Keith Cherry has 19 years of public health experience, specializing in community-based approaches for the prevention and treatment of infectious disease, substance abuse, and serious mental illness. Currently, Dr. Cherry is one of the leaders of Deloitte Consulting's Federal Health Practice and he serves as Project Director for SAMHSA's Financing Center of Excellence, a multi-year effort to maximize public and private funding dedicated to behavioral health. Dr. Cherry is formerly the Executive Director of the Delaware HIV Consortium, an organization dedicated to providing care for people with HIV and AIDS including mental health services statewide through a network of qualified providers. In partnership with Delaware's other leading social service agencies, Dr. Cherry also developed several innovative programs including the state's first treatment and supportive housing program for women with HIV and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Cherry has held teaching and research appointments at the George Washington University, University of South Florida, College of Medicine and the James H. Haley Veterans Medical Center. He is a member of the American College of Mental Health Administration (ACMHA) and a member of the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).


Charles Mr. Curie specializes in working with leaders in the healthcare field, particularly the mental health and substance-abuse arenas, to facilitate the transformation of services and to attain increasingly positive outcomes in the lives of people worldwide. Nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in October 2001 as Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Mr. Curie reported to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and led the $3.2 billion agency responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance-use disorder prevention, addictions treatment and mental-health services. Articulating the vision of "a life in the community for everyone," Mr. Curie charted a new course for SAMHSA. To realize this vision Mr. Curie redefined the SAMHSA mission as "building resilience and facilitating recovery." He created an Agency matrix of priorities and principles to guide program development and resource allocation that forms the basis of SAMHSA's new direction, one based on the premise that people of all ages, with or at risk for mental- or substance-use disorders, should have the opportunity for a fulfilling life that includes a job, a home, and meaningful personal relationships with friends and family. Mr. Curie has more than 25 years of professional experience in mental-health and substance-abuse services field. His core commitment to ensuring that people with addictive and mental disorders have the opportunity for full participation in American society has earned him national recognition. Prior to his confirmation as SAMHSA Administrator, Mr. Curie was appointed by then Governor Tom Ridge as Deputy Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for the Department of Public Welfare in Pennsylvania. There he implemented a nationally recognized mental health and drug and alcohol Medicaid managed care program and streamlined fractured service delivery systems. He also established and implemented a policy to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint practices in the state hospital system. This program won the 2000 Innovations in American Government Award sponsored by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Ford Foundation, and the Council on Excellence in Government. Before his service in the Ridge Administration, Mr. Curie was the Director of Risk Management Services for Henry S. Lehr Inc. in Bethlehem, PA; President/CEO of the Helen H. Stevens Community Mental Health Center in Carlisle, PA; and Executive Director/CEO of the Sandusky Valley Center in Tiffin, Ohio. Mr. Curie is a native of Indiana and a graduate of Huntington University. He holds a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and is also certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers.


Andrew Knapp is most recently with Magellan Health Services, where he served as Vice President, Government Relations. Prior to that, he served as U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he most recently served as the Deputy Administrator (Acting) for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He joined HHS on July 2, 2001 as the Acting Director and Deputy Director for Operations, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In December of that year, he assumed the role of Counselor to the Secretary and in February of 2003, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff by Secretary Tommy G. Thompson. In that role, he advised the Secretary daily from a portfolio that includes the Health Resources and Services Administration, Indian Health Service, Administration on Aging, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Homeland Security, Intergovernmental Affairs, Tribal Affairs, and Rural issues in addition to assisting the Chief of Staff with bringing agencies into compliance with the President's Management Agenda. He was also a member of Secretary's Budget Council. In his last position at HHS as SAMHSA Acting Deputy Administrator, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of a $3.3B federal budget in an agency with nearly 550 employees. Prior to this, he was a government affairs consultant, assisting business and trade groups with issues pertaining to the nation's governors, state legislators and statewide elected officials. Mr. Knapp served as the Political Director for the Republican Governors Association (RGA). As Political Director, he was responsible for coordinating and implementing RGA strategy and for maintaining the national RGA budget. Mr. Knapp's experience with the RGA has also included positions as the Deputy Finance Director and as a Policy Analyst. Mr. Knapp worked in the State Government Affairs division of Consumers Energy Corporation in Lansing, Michigan. He has been part of the election effort of President George W. Bush and the re-election efforts of Governor John Engler of Michigan, Congressman John Porter of Illinois and Bush/Quayle '92. Mr. Knapp graduated from Michigan State University with a double major in the James Madison College International Relations program and Spanish. He is a native of Illinois and grew up in Libertyville.


Edward McKelvey is a business owner and survivor of suicide loss. He holds a degree in economics, and is President and CEO of Lakeside Bottling Company, a Northeast Wisconsin Pepsi Cola franchise. This family-owned firm dates back to 1941 and has 65 employees, guided by Mr. McKelvey's direction, business acumen and vision for the past four decades. In his role as a corporate officer, employer and father of three children, Mr. McKelvey has significant interest in mental health issues and policies affecting access to appropriate care for our nation's citizens. Together with his wife Jacque, Mr. McKelvey has made a commitment to the east central Wisconsin area as an employer, community leader and advocate. He has served on the boards of healthcare institutions, school boards, financial institutions, for-profit corporations and not-for-profit philanthropic organizations. Mr. McKelvey's only son, E.J., died by suicide at age 34 in 2004. Since this profound loss, he and wife Jacque have become actively engaged in advancing prevention of suicide in Wisconsin, where they reside, and beyond.


Robert Postlethwait is retired from a more than 28-year career with Eli Lilly and Co., a leading pharmaceutical corporation. From 1994 until his retirement in May 1999, Mr. Postlethwait led the neuroscience unit at Lilly. The last position he held there was President of the Neuroscience Product Group. He joined Lilly in 1970 as a staff engineer and subsequently held numerous positions with the company in the United States, Latin America and Europe. His responsibilities included a number of management assignments in Brazil for Lilly International Corporation, marketing advisor for Latin America for Elanco and director of agricultural marketing for Lilly International in Florence, Italy. In 1983 he became general manager of the Lilly affiliate in Argentina, and he was named president and general manager of the Brazilian Affiliate in 1985. He became executive director of engineering in 1988 and was named area vice president for Europe in 1992. Among Mr. Postlethwait`s community activities, he has served for four years on the board of directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; and for three years on the board of directors of the Indiana Red Cross. He is a member of NAMI-Indiana. Mr. Postlethwait served on the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2002 and 2003. He is Venture Partner with Pearl Street Venture Funds. Mr. Postlethwait completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1988 and earned an MBA at Butler University in 1974. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1970.


With more than 30 years of distinguished service in mental health policy, services and system reform, Linda Rosenberg is a leading mental health expert. In 2004, Ms. Rosenberg was named President and CEO of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, a not-for-profit advocacy and educational association of mental health and addiction treatment service organizations. Under Ms. Rosenberg's leadership, the National Council has grown to 1600 member organizations, employing 250,000 staff serving 6 million adults and children in communities across the country. Prior to joining the National Council, Ms. Rosenberg was the Senior Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Office of Mental Health. In addition to responsibility for New York's state run adult, child and forensic hospitals, Ms. Rosenberg tripled New York's assertive community treatment capacity; expanded children's community based services; developed an extensive array of housing options for people with mental illnesses and addictions; implemented a network of jail diversion programs including New York's first mental health court; and promoted the adoption of evidence based practices and consumer and family programs. A certified social worker, as well as a trained family therapist and psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, Ms. Rosenberg has held faculty appointments at a number of Schools of Social Work, serves on numerous agency and editorial boards, and writes and presents extensively on mental health and addiction issues including the impact of organizational and financing strategies on consumer outcomes.


M. David Rudd is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah. He also maintains a part-time private practice in clinical psychology. His undergraduate degree is from Princeton University. Dr. Rudd completed his doctoral training at the University of Texas-Austin and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia under the direction of Aaron T. Beck. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Division 12 and Division 29), the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (a founding fellow). He was recently elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Scholar of the National Academies of Practice in Psychology. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Rudd is an active researcher with over 150 publications. He has authored several books, including Treating Suicidal Behavior (2001, Guilford, 2nd printing in 2004) and Suicide Science: Expanding the Boundaries (2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers) and the recently released, The Assessment and Management of Suicidality: A Pocket Guide (Professional Resource Press, 2006). Dr. Rudd's research focuses on clinical suicidology, cognitive therapy, as well as ethics and regulatory issues in psychology. His research has been recognized through his receipt of the Edwin Shneidman award from the American Association of Suicidology (1999), the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award from the Texas Psychological Association (1998), and the Aleteia Award from the Aleteia International School of Cognitive Therapy in Italy (2001). Most recently, he was awarded the first-ever American Association of Suicidology Exceptional Leadership Award in 2005. In 2007, he received the Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy at the 2007 American Psychological Association Convention in San Francisco. The Heiser Award is given annually to psychologists who have significantly advanced the profession of psychology through their volunteer advocacy efforts resulting in the successful passage of legislation, the successful implementation of regulations, and/or preventing the passage of legislation inimical to the profession of psychology. Dr. Rudd conducts many national and international continuing education workshops providing training in the assessment and management of high-risk patients to a broad array of healthcare professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, family physicians, social workers, and counselors. His teaching has been recognized through the Robert Rynearson Award for outstanding teaching in 1998 at Texas A&M Health Science Center and the award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member at Baylor University in 2003. He has served as a consultant to many organizations nationally and internationally, including the United States Air Force, the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the Beijing Suicide Prevention and Research Center. Dr. Rudd recently participated in a national panel to identify "core competencies" in the assessment and management of suicidal patients, with the publication due out shortly by the Suicide Prevention and Resource Center. Additionally, he is currently serving on a Jed Foundation panel addressing the standard of care in identifying and treating depressed and suicidal college students. He also is a very active forensic reviewer in the area of malpractice and negligence in cases of suicide, taking cases from across the United States. Dr. Rudd serves on a number of editorial boards, is past Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, is President of the Texas Psychological Association, President of Division 12 Section VII of the American Psychological Association, is Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology, and was recently elected as the TPA representative to the APA Council of Representatives.

E. HERVEY EVANS (Ex Officio)

With more than 25 years experience in magazine publishing, Hervey Evans was integral to the launch and ongoing strategic management of Advancing Suicide Prevention®, a 20,000 controlled-circulation magazine for professionals in all relevant arenas. Together with the publisher and magazine's executive leadership, Mr. Evans developed a strategic and comprehensive business plan for this publication, which some suggest could represent a new model for science-to-service transfer. As circulation director, he is responsible for overall circulation strategy and segmentation for the magazine and its brand including planning, positioning, sponsorship and strategic alliance tie-ins, and trend analysis. In addition, Mr. Evans developed and implemented growth strategies for a host of publications in diverse arenas. These include Science & Spirit, The Tracking Way, Sunday/Monday Woman, Adoptive Families Magazine, Chemical Pilot Magazine, Experience Life Magazine, Roadside, and The Riverbank Review. As corporate circulation director for Cowles Enthusiast Media, Mr. Evans managed direct mail promotion, fulfillment operations, and financial planning for this Pennsylvania publisher of 17 enthusiast magazines. A former general manager for the Illinois-based Carus Publishing Company, Mr. Evans managed a staff of 18 in the Cricket Magazine Division, and also launched Ladybug magazine for Carus. As general manager and publisher for the Hazelden Foundation Publishing Group, Mr. Evans established and led working teams for the world's largest non-profit publisher of chemical dependency materials. While manager of single-copy sales for Lark Communications, Inc., based in Asheville, North Carolina, Mr. Evans developed retail sales of consumer crafts magazines and books via national distribution agents and specialty store channels. Mr. Evans holds an undergraduate degree in English and Economics from Duke University, and an M.B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a board member of MMPA (Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association) and is a member of IPA (Independent Press Association) and SNAP (Society of National Association Magazines). An outdoor enthusiast, he has served as chairman of the board of Voyageur Outward Bound School and presently serves as the Vice-Chair for the board of Outward Bound Wilderness.


Marlene M. Ingraham is President, Founder and Owner of Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, America's largest consumer-based exhibition for the combined sewing and quilting arenas. Established in 1995, the Expo has produced more than 110 major events in cities nationwide to advance the industry's growth on a national level, and has drawn more than 450,000 enthusiasts. Consumer spending on industry products and services has increased by $101.1 million over the past 15 years, as a direct outcome of the Expo and its reach, growth and engagement of key audiences. In her years with the Expo, Ms. Ingraham has forged targeted alliances with leading global industry players in the fabric-arts arena, including top educators, equipment manufacturers, trade publications and professional associations. Her vision for delivering a total consumer experience in a well-branded event has helped strengthen and expand the field by providing a compelling venue for both industry players and consumers alike. Ms. Ingraham and her staff of 20 are based in Cleveland, Ohio and the Expo is owned by MS. Productions, Inc.