Speakers and Presenters

2021 Mental Health Summit

Keynote Speaker
Rheeda Walker, PhD

Dr. Rheeda Walker is an award-winning Professor of Psychology, a fellow in the American Psychological Association, and a leading scholar who has published more than 60 scientific papers on African American mental health, suicide risk, and emotional resilience. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist who prepares doctoral students for independent careers…

Moderator
Revella Nesbit, M.Ed., LCMHCS

Revella joined Cardinal Innovations Healthcare in 1998 serving in various roles.  In 2019, she became the Director of Diversity & Inclusion. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor with 28 years of experience in the areas of behavioral health, cultural competence, diversity, inclusion, and equity…

Mistress of Ceremonies
Monica Fuller Johnson

Monica Fuller Johnson joined Cardinal Innovations Healthcare in December 2015 and currently serves as Member Engagement Specialist. In her role, Monica helps people with behavioral health needs obtain the services and support their need to be well and improve their lives…

Victor Armstrong, MSW

Victor Armstrong joined North Carolina DHHS as ‪Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services …

Sonyia Richardson
PhD, MSW, LCSW

Dr. Sonyia Richardson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Richardson was…

Rev. Dr. Karen L. Owens

Rev. Dr. Owens is a Behavioral Health Chaplain and serves as a member of the Chaplain’s Professional Advisory Group for the Northeast Division of the Atrium…

Eric M. Deshaies
MD, FAANS, FACS

Dr. Deshaies is the Senior Vice President and System Physician Executive for Novant Neuroscience and Psychiatry Institute. He specializes in ...

Diana Duncan

Diana is the CEO of Diana’s Homecare, Inc which she launched to fulfill a dream of providing assistance to mentally challenged and DD individuals…

Honorable Carla Cunningham

Carla Cunningham represents the 106th District in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Before being elected to the North Carolina General Assembly in 2012…

Yazmin Garcia Rico, MSW

Yazmin is the Director of Latinx and Hispanic Policy and Strategy at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). She has over…

LaTonya Summers
PhD, LCMHC, LCAS, MAC, NCC

Dr. LaTonya Summers is an award-winning assistant professor of clinical mental health counseling at Jacksonville University. There, she brings 24 years of clinical…

Rev. Dr. Sheldon R. Shipman

Dr. Shipman is a motivational speaker, community activist, Afrocentric educator, senior minister and pastor for the past thirty-seven years…

Brittany Glover

Brittany Glover is a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her…

Arlana Sims, PhD

Dr. Sims is the Chief Executive Officer of SIMS Consulting & Clinical Services, Inc. which serve individuals across nine counties in the state of North Carolina…

Trasha J Black
PhD LCMHC LCHMCS

Dr. Black is the co-owner and Clinical Director of Genesis Project 1, Inc., a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency, accredited by the Center on Quality and…

Rev. Melissa Heyward

Rev. Heyward is a licensed and ordained Minister. She serves as an Associate Minister at the Oak Grove Baptist Church-Harrisburg where she currently is the…

Breanna Ussery, MSW, LCSWA

Breanna is a clinician at Atrium Health Behavioral Health Hospital. In her role, she provides mental health services to adults in the form of individual therapy, crisis …

Rev. John Burton Jr.

Rev. Burton is a Youth & Children’s Minister at First Baptist Church-West where he was ordained by the United Missionary Baptist Association. He is a…

Suzanne Jones, BSW

Suzanne Jones, BSW

Suzanne is a Graduate Assistant, Integrated Behavioral Health Scholar, and Master of Social Work student in the Advanced Standing program at the University of …