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Mental Health Task Force and National Advisory Council

Task Force Members

  • Rosalynn Carter, Chair
  • Renato D. Alarcon, M.D., M.P.H., Emeritus, Mayo Clinic, Professor of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  • William R. Beardslee, M.D., (Retired), Baer Prevention Initiatives and Chairman Emeritus, Children's Hospital, Boston, Mass.
  • Pamela Collins, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Global Health, Director of the Global Mental Health Program, University of Washington
  • Benjamin G. Druss, M.D., M.P.H., Rosalynn Carter Endowed Chair for Mental Health, Professor of Health Policy & Management Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Mary Jane England, M.D., Clinical Professor, Boston University School of Public Health, Department of Health Law, Policy & Management
  • Rosa Gil, D.S.W., President & CEO, Comunilife, Inc.
  • W. Rodney Hammond, Ph.D., (Retired), Director, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Ethleen Iron Cloud-Two Dogs, M.S., Program Director for the Mental Health Project in the Oglala Sioux Tribe
  • Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D., ABPP Professor and Chief Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Jennifer Olsen, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. Executive Director for Rosalynn Carter Center for Caregivers
  • Ruth Perou, Ph.D., Deputy Associate Director for Science, OD/NCBDDD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Sally Engelhard Pingree, President, The S. Engelhard Center; Trustee, The Charles Engelhard Foundation
  • Shekhar Saxena, M.D., F.R.C.Psych., D.A.B., M.R.C., Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health in the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Leslie Scallet, J.D., (Retired), Vice President, The Lewin Group
  • Joel Slack, President, Slack Consulting, LLC

Ex-Officio Members

  • Thomas H. Bornemann, Ed.D., Former Director, The Carter Center Mental Health Program, 2002-2017
  • Kathryn Cade, M.B.A., White House Projects Director for First Lady Rosalynn Carter, 1977-1980; Co-Chairperson of Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, Vice Chair of Board of Trustees of The Carter Center
  • Gregory L. Fricchione, M.D., Associate Chief of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Former Director, The Carter Center Mental Health Program, 2000- 2002
  • John J. Gates, Ph.D., Former Director, The Carter Center Mental Health Program, 1993-1999
  • Larke Huang, Ph.D., (Retired) Senior Advisory on Children, Office of the Administrator, SAMHSA


  • Paige Alexander, Chief Executive Officer, The Carter Center
  • Kashef Ijaz, M.D., Vice President for Health Programs, The Carter Center
  • Eve Byrd, D.N.P., M.P.H., Director of the MHP Program, The Carter Center Mental Health Program
  • Lei Ellingson, M.P.P., M.S.S.E., Senior Associate Director, The Carter Center Mental Health Program
  • Helen Robinson, M.P.A., Associate Director, Public Policy
  • Ana Cunningham, M.S.S.W., Program Associate, Public Policy
  • Susan Hunsinger, Program Associate, The Carter Center Mental Health Program
  • Kari Cobham, M.A., Senior Associate Director, The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism/ Media
  • Samhita Kumar, M.P.H., Associate Director of Global Behavioral Health
  • Janice Cooper, Ph.D., M.P.A., Senior Program Advisor, Global Behavioral Health
  • Sadie Bazur-Leidy, M.P.H., Senior Program Associate, Global Behavioral Health Program
  • Tsion Horra, Program Assistant, Global Behavioral Health
  • Amy Macklin, Senior Associate Director of Development Peace, Health, and Education Programs
  • Rennie Sloan, Assistant Director, Communications


  • William Foege, M.D., Director, Centers for Disease Control, 1977-1983;
    Health Policy Fellow, The Carter Center

National Advisory Council

  • William G. Baker, Jr., M.D.
  • Johnnetta B. Cole, Ph.D.
  • Jane Delgado, Ph.D.
  • Jeffrey Houpt, M.D.
  • Patrick Kennedy
  • Antonia Novello, M.D.
  • David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Richard Surles, Ph.D.
  • Beverly Tatum, Ph.D.
  • Cynthia Ann Telles, Ph.D.
  • Joanne Woodward

Funded in part by: Charles Engelhard Foundation

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