Adam Swanson, MPP is a public speaker, writer and advocate dedicated to public health system equity. He helps state governments, health care organizations and universities improve the quality of care for people in crisis as the senior prevention specialist at the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Adam has served on international expert panels to address minority health disparities, and ran national programs to help behavioral health organizations adopt innovative treatment services for youth with serious mental illnesses. In U.S. Senate, he helped advance anti-bullying legislation and HIV/AIDS reforms. Adam is a former Mental Health America fellow.
Contact information: Email: ASwanson@edc.org Twitter: @AdamDSwanson
Education: Master of Public Policy, George Mason University School of Policy, Government and International Affairs. Bachelor of Arts, Western Kentucky University
Kristin Yakas, Esq. obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is currently employed in the public sector as an attorney, with a primary focus in social services. She lives in Ellicott City, with her husband and two kids.
Laura Zam is a writer, performer, and professional speaker whose work focuses on resilience. Her writing appears in The New York Times, Salon, The Huffington Post, and in seven book anthologies. Her award-winning one-person plays have been performed Off-Broadway and internationally. Through keynotes and workshops, Laura helps organizations, campuses, and individuals triumph over all kinds of adversity, including the wounds of sexual violation. She just started blog dedicated to sexual healing called OneThePinkCouch.com.
Leslie Spellen is the Lead Physician Assistant for the Adfinitas hospitalist group at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She has 6 years of experience as a physician assistant and has worked in both emergency medicine and with the inpatient population. She also has three years of prior experience as a registered nurse. Leslie has a passion for people and their overall health, including their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. She is excited to bring this passion to Aha Moment by supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or trafficking. Leslie is happy to listen and respond to any of your needs and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Andre Spellen is a self-taught entrepreneur and is a licensed mortgage and insurance specialist. Since his early 20's, Andre proactively researched, planned, developed, and maintained successful business ventures. He has been involved in many different enterprises, including but not limited to: Real Estate, Logistics, Telecom, and Commodities Trading. His business and finance experiences were major assets that made him a valued member of Aha! Moment's Board of Directors. He looks forward to the opportunity to use his business, leadership, and strategic planning expertise for a cause that he values. In his spare time he enjoys time well spent with his beautiful family of five.
Susan Rosenstock is a children's advocate, an event planner, a mother, and the leader of the suicide prevention organization, umttr (you matter). In 2013, Susan suffered the tragic loss of her son, Evan, to suicide. Days later, four of Evan's friends approached Susan with an idea to honor her son's memory, to raise funds for suicide prevention and research, and to send a message to all the other young people in their community suffering from depression: YOU MATTER. Their idea came to fruition in September 2013 with the first annual Evan Rosenstock 3v3 umttr Memorial Basketball Tournament. In the three years since that tournament, Susan has helped umttr grow into a youth suicide prevention move met with national and international reach. umttr has raised funds to implement peer-led suicide prevention programs in schools around the DC area. Umttr is a founding member and leader of the Mid-Atlantic regional effort of the Campaign to Change Direction, a nationwide initiative that few out of the 2013 White House summit on mental health. They have inspired teens and young adults both locally and around the world to spread the message that YOUR LIFE MATTERS. Susan continues to lead the umttr Team of Champions, dedicated group of young adult volunteers, in pursuit of their goals: reducing the stigma of mental illness and depression, creating a compassionate culture free from bullying in schools and youth athletics, and putting and end to suicide.