Education Meeting Speakers

Some of our previous speakers include:

NAMI Smarts Program

Briggs & Associates

Summit Counseling.

Sally Atwell, Benefits Navigator.

Jon Toppen with Tapestry Development Group. 

Kim Jones, Executive Director of NAMI GA and Faye Taylor president, spoke at our September meeting and updated us on all of the exciting things happening at NAMI Georgia and around the state. 


S. Derek Gage, Attorney at Law:  Mental Health and Criminal Defense.

Attorneys Anjel Burgess & Larry Christensen: Social Security Disability benefits for adults and children as well as Guardianships.

Adoption: the Rest of the Story. Leslie Pate MacKinnon, LCSW

Mark Biernath, special needs attorney.

Boadie Dunlop, MD is the Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at Emory University, where he has conducted over 50 clinical trials for depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and anxiety disorders.  He gave a presentation on clinical trials in psychiatry: how they work and what patients need to know before deciding whether to participate.

The Bipolar Babes

Jeff Sanders, MD, PhD, psychiatrist within Outpatient Psychiatric Services at Emory/Grady Memorial Hospital.

Laura Nichols, Emory Wesley Woods Hospital
Gina Little from Dream Power Therapeutic Equestrian Center
GCAL – Paul Crolley & Tekesha Smith
Grady ACT program
iResearch Atlanta – Annette Taylor
Community Friendship Inc.
Terry Mercer – Legal Shield
Dr James Fugedy Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
Pat Strode, CIT

Emory’s Dr. Rakofsky’s Mental Health Care and the Role of Family presentation (PowerPoint download)

We invite knowledgeable speakers who come and share information with our members and guests on mental health issues and ways to help our loved ones living with mental illness. These meetings are free and open to everyone. Contact Beth Sanders for more information. 

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