Speakers and Presenters

2022 Mental Health Summit

Keynote Speaker

Vergel L. Lattimore III, PhD

Dr. Lattimore is President and Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Counseling, Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, North Carolina. He is a native of Charlotte, NC, and received his primary and secondary education in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.  He received a B.A. (with high honors) in Social Welfare from Livingstone College …

Moderator

Jeremy Moseley

Jeremy Moseley is the Associate Vice President of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s FaithHealth Division, which is located in Winston-Salem, NC.  He provides support for six full-time Community Health Workers and twenty-one part-time Connectors aligned with faith and social networks …

Host

Tonya Rivens

Tonya Rivens is an award-winning media personality with more than 25 years in Radio and nine years in television. She has a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family. They own a small business, the Rivens Business Center…

Nora Dennis, MD, MSPH

Dr. Nora Dennis is a board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist and Lead Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina…

Samuel J. Pullen, DO

Dr. Samuel Pullen currently serves as the System Physician Executive for the Psychiatry and Mental Health Institute at Novant Health and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of …

Christine Zazzaro,
M.Ed, LCMHC

Christine Zazzaro is the Vice President and Facility Executive of Behavioral Health Charlotte (BHC). She is responsible for the strategic planning and expansion of Atrium Health’s …

Victor Armstrong, MSW

Victor Armstrong serves as Chief Diversity Officer of RI International. Prior to accepting this role, Victor served as North Carolina DHHS Chief Health Equity Officer, with …

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…

Chaplin Harry Burns, MA, BCC

Chaplain Harry Burns is a Chaplain at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. He has also served as a Community Engagement Specialist with …

Glencie Rhedrick, MS, MDiv, BCC

Reverend Glencie Rhedrick, is an ordained Baptist minister. She currently serves as an associate minister at First Baptist Church-West, where she leads the Bereavement ​ …

Roger F. Suclupe, MSW, LCSW

Roger F. Suclupe is a Clinical Assistant Professor and BSW Program Director for the School of Social Work at UNC Charlotte. He earned his MSW from The…

Richard Bartell

Richard Bartell is a Veteran of the United States Navy and leader in the Greater Charlotte Regional Veteran Services Community. He is currently the Director…

Maria Franklin, MS, LCMHC, CCM

Maria Franklin is the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Healthy Blue, NC. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Certified Case Manager…

Kenneth Robinson

Kenneth Robinson is the Founder and President of Freedom Fighting Missionaries. He assists the formerly incarcerated in obtaining identification, providing job…

Julie Louise Dudley

Julie Louise Dudley is a health consultant, plant-based chef, author and humanitarian from Daytona Beach Florida. She is passionate about bringing unity in the African American …

Anabel Paniagua-Doyle

Anabel Paniagua-Doyle is currently a Senior Specialist at ONE Charlotte Health Alliance. She previously served as the Community Outreach Recruiter for…

Rev. Angela D. Brown

Rev. Angela Brown was born and raised in Winston Salem, NC. She attended St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC, with concentration of studies in both Chemistry…

Aalece O. Pugh-Lilly, PhD

Dr. Aalece O. Pugh-Lilly is the Senior Director-Community Health & Well Being at Alliance Health Plan where she is responsible for facilitating macro-system…

B. Steven Bentsen, MD, MBA, DFAPA

Dr. Bentsen has been the Behavioral Health Medical Director for Healthy Blue since 2019. He completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and …

Rosa M. Gonzalez, BSN, RN

Rosa Gonzalez is a Faith Community Health Nurse at Atrium Health in Concord. Her primary role is an integrator of faith and health with wholeness of mind, body and…

Paige Rosemond

Paige Rosemond brings over 25 years of human service experience to her current position as Senior Director of Child and Adult Services with Alliance Health. She received…

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. He is the senior pastor…

Rulondo T. Anderson, Sr.,
MA, LCMHCS, LPC

Rulondo T. Anderson Sr. is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in the state of North Carolina. He has over 20 years of experience in the fields of mental…

Claretha Rowell, MSW, QP

 

Claretha Rowell has been a long-time advocate for children and families. She has worked with abused and neglected children since 1987. Getting her start with …

Cathy Henderson, MS

 

Cathy Henderson is a catalyst for positive change.  She currently serves as Program Manager for Mecklenburg County’s Improving Community Outcomes for …

Tiffany Sanders, LCSW, LISW-CP

 

Tiffany Sanders LCSW, LISW-CP is a Licensed Social Worker in North Carolina and South Carolina. Tiffany has extensive experience working with …