Behavioral Health

Master Sergeant Stephanie Weaver

Master Sergeant Stephanie Weaver’s military career spans over 20 years and includes service in the New Hampshire National Guard, Active Army, and the California National Guard.  She has been involved in substance use disorder reduction since 1999, beginning with the California National Guard’s Drug Demand Reduction Program.  In 2003, she was assigned as the California National Guard’s substance abuse program manager, which included initiating a prevention, treatment, and outreach program for National Guard Members.  In 2009 she accepted a position with the National Guard Bureau to assist all National Guard Soldiers and Airmen combat and prevent substance use disorder issues and in September of 2010 was selected as the National Guard Counterdrug Liaison to SAMHSA.  Master Sergeant Weaver obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix and her awards and decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, and four Army Achievement Medals.

Luana Ritch

Luana Ritch is the Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families Coordinator for the Nevada Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. She has served with the Nevada State Health Division in various positions for 22 years including six years as Chief of the Bureau of Health Statistics, Planning, Epidemiology, and Response. She has served on numerous statewide committees and has facilitated several strategic planning processes resulting in state plans and initiatives including the Governor’ Maternal and Child Health Advisory Board’s Strategic Plan, the Nevada State Health Plan, the Health Division’s “Futures Initiatives.”

In 2012, she published the research brief: Suicide Mortality in Nevada’s Military Veterans, 2008-2011. Dr. Ritch served in the United States Army on Active Duty, in the Nevada Army National Guard, and the US Army Reserve from 1977 to 2005, and the Retired Reserve of the Army of the United States from 2005 to the present.

Dr. Ritch holds a Bachelor’s of Science with Distinction in Health Education, a Masters in Public Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Nevada with a major in Public Policy.

Joe Raymond

Joe Raymond is the Director of the Forsyth County Department of Social Services located in Winston – Salem, N.C. Previously, Joe was co-owner of a national consulting firm Peterson, Raymond and Associates from 2000 - 2005 and was founding CEO of The Georgia Academy (1991 – 2000), a professional development and consultation organization focused on children, youth and family issues. Joe was Income Maintenance Director for the State of Maryland 1990 – 1991.

Joe has a Bachelor’s Degree from Guilford College, an M.S.W. from UNC – Chapel Hill and a M.P.A. from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.

John Nelson

Dr. John Nelson is a Senior Research Scientist and the Director of Military Research and Community-Based Prevention Science at the Family Translational Research Group. He served military families for 30 years in a wide variety of roles, and across a wide variety of settings from installation to Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) level. He retired as a colonel in June 2002. Prior to his retirement he led the $50M Air Force Family Violence, Substance Abuse and Suicide Intervention and Prevention programs.

As the Associate Director of the OSD Office of Family Policy he wrote the first DoD Family Center policy, co-authored the Congressional Report, Family Policies and Programs: Persian Gulf Conflict, and was also responsible for conducting research related to several large-scale DoD family surveys. From 1995 - 2002 while chief of the Air Force Family Violence, Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention programs, Dr. Nelson led a major restructuring which led to the development of the Integrated Delivery System (IDS) and the implementation of the HQ USAF CAIB. From 1998 to 2002 he directed a $3M/year research program partnering with scientists leading researchers in the field of family violence.

Dr. Nelson's current work is focused on community building initiatives and training to enhance collaboration across human-service agencies. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Minnesota,

Ann Kirkwood

Ann Kirkwood is Affiliate Faculty at Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health and works as a consultant on social marketing, communications, research and grant writing. She has a master’s degree from Boise State University and obtained her undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington. She has run a gatekeeper education program on the mental health of children, teens and young adults since 2000 and was director of ISU’s Garrett Lee Smith youth suicide prevention project from 2006-2013. She has collaborated extensively with Boise Veterans Affairs and the Idaho Army National Guard on staff training, resiliency and suicide prevention. She has served on the advisory committees for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and SAMHSA’s ADS Center. She won a SAMHSA Voice Award as well as awards from NAMI and the National Educational Television Association for work to reduce mental illness stigma.

Robert Horton

Robert Horton serves as the public information officer for the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) in Montgomery, AL. Before joining the ADVA, he served on active duty with the Alabama Army National Guard and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 25 years of military service.

His staff and command assignments include: Public Affairs Officer, Alabama National Guard Joint Force Headquarters; Assistant Professor of Military Science, Auburn University Army ROTC; Field Artillery Fire Direction and Executive officer; and Commander, 131st Public Affairs Detachment, Alabama Army National Guard. He also served as Mobilization and Training Officer with the responsibility of preparing Army National Guard service members for overseas deployment.

As public information officer for the ADVA, he is involved in the Yellow Ribbon Program that focuses on transitioning Reserve and National Guard service members to and from active duty during deployment cycles. He also serves as a member of the Alabama Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Policy Academy. In 2008, he represented the ADVA on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Gulf War Illness Advisory Committee.

He is a graduate of Troy University and his military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Public Affairs Officer Course and the Command and General Staff Officer Course.

Anthony M. Hassan

Anthony Hassan was appointed clinical associate professor at the USC School of Social Work in 2009, serving as the inaugural director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (CIR) and chair for the military social work program. A retired Air Force officer, he brings 25 years of experience in military social work and leadership development.

Hassan's career has been marked by an interest in administration, leadership and innovation. He previously served as deputy department head of the Leadership Directorate and director of the master's degree program in counseling and leadership at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Lilly Coniglio

Lilly Coniglio is managing partner of The Strategic Organization. She has over 35 years experience in providing planning, project management, funding strategies, assessment and technical assistance with government and international agencies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, associations, and nonprofit organizations. She has developed and directed national and regional outreach programs, planning and professional training initiatives including, a global conference on technology and tourism, national and regional healthcare projects, community and educational outreach initiatives and Web based solutions for technical assistance.

She is the co-developer of The Strategic Profile, an online strategic assessment tool and technical assistance platform used by associations, government agencies, nonprofit and intermediary organizations.

As a consultant to Army OneSource, Lilly has served as project lead for AOS efforts to provide free online behavioral health training, building state level military legal assistance and developing an online resource center. She also serves as an AOS subject matter expert for onsite facilitation and planning.

Lilly received her BA from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and an MA in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Eric Aft

Eric currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the United Way of Forsyth County in North Carolina. During his 20+year career serving five communities from Ohio to South Carolina, the organizations where Eric has worked have been recognized for their ability to build collaborations and engage diverse partners to create solutions to address critical community needs.  Eric has managed teams, and personally been involved with, securing millions of dollars in grant funds and private donations while, most importantly, improving community conditions in the areas of education, access to health care, and family financial stability.  He also serves as adjunct faculty at Salem College teaching Social Entrepreneurship and Organizational Planning & Evaluation.

COL Rebecca Porter

COL Becky Porter is currently the Chief of the Behavioral Health Division at the Office of the Surgeon General, Army.

She received her Army commission from the University of Washington in 1983, where she began her Army career as a Military Police Officer. She served as a platoon leader and battalion personnel officer before transferring to the United States Army Reserve, where she was assigned as a Civil Affairs officer. COL Porter transferred from the Military Police Corps to the Medical Service Corps in 1995

COL Porter has served in a variety of assignments in Germany, Hawaii and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Her Washington D.C. area assignments include: Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Joint Task Force, National Capital Region Medical.

She is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, as well as the American Psychological Association, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

COL Porter received a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chapman University. She entered the doctoral program at Fielding Graduate University and is a graduate of Tripler's Postdoctoral Health Psychology Fellowship. She is a Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist, and is licensed in Alabama.

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