Our Panel Presentation Speakers:

Dr. Paul Bolster is the founder and principle consultant for Support Housing LLC. He assists communities planning to end homelessness, co-develops supportive housing with service providers, and organizes advocacy efforts focused on state and local policy issues. He is also the founder and current ED of the Georgia Supportive Housing Association which can be found at www.supportivehousingassociation.com

He served as Director of Supportive Housing for United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and the Regional Commission on Homelessness for four years. He has served on two Georgia Policy Academy teams (2002, 2005) responsible for the state plan and is a current member of the State Interagency Council. Dr. Bolster’s past experience includes serving as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives for twelve years, as Government Affairs Director of the Georgia Hospital Association, as Southeast Regional Director of the American Hospital Associations, and as President of St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Services, a healthcare for the homeless provider in Atlanta. He holds a law degree from Georgia State University and a PhD from the University of Georgia.

 “Supportive Housing has become a passion. It takes capital, subsidy, and services to make a unit, but you must have ingenuity to bring them together on a real piece of land. We know that supportive housing works but we need Government policy that makes it easy to create more.”

Ruby Moore is the Executive Director of the Georgia Advocacy Office, the designated Protection and Advocacy system for people with disabilities in Georgia. Ruby is nationally known for her work in the disability field over the past 39 years, particularly in the areas of the ADA, employment, rehabilitation, augmentative communication, and the design and implementation of settlement agreements.

 Ruby has decades of experience in individual and systemic advocacy and has worked as an expert in dozens of class actions lawsuits, including landmark cases in the disability field. Her work has taken her throughout the U.S. and several other countries to bring people out of exile and to develop policies, practices, relationships, and services to support people with disabilities to have good lives. She has given testimony before U.S. Senate committees, the U.S. EEOC, federal court judges, and was an invited speaker at a United Nations conference.

Ruby continues to work at the local, national and international level, to improve disability policy and the opportunities available to people with significant impact of their disability, to live and work in the community.

Dr. Teliho is a board certified psychiatrist who received his medical degree from the State University of New York’s Upstate Medical University.  He then completed his psychiatric residency at Emory University School of Medicine, where he also served as chief resident of Grady Memorial Hospital.  He continues an affiliation with Emory as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in a teaching capacity.

In private practice,  Dr. Teliho works with mood, anxiety, and thought disorders primarily.  He employs medications, psychotherapy and transcranial-magnetic stimulation therapy to help his patients.

Our Panel moderator:

Shelley Danser is a Certified Recreational Therapist and the Coordinator of Adjunctive Therapies at Skyland Trail, a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults in Atlanta, Georgia.  Along with her group leadership and direct client care at Skyland Trail, Shelley also facilitates the STEP Program (Support, Training, and Education) providing families mental health education and support. In addition to her work, enjoys spending time with her family and loves the beautiful outdoors.

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