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Council Members Biographical Information

Allen S. Daniels, Ed.D., Professor, Clinical Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati
Dr. Daniels is a professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and Chief Executive Officer of University Managed Care at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Dr. Daniels’ work focuses on mental health transformation through the integration of behavioral health care and physical health care into a holistic wellness framework.  He has lectured and written on the financing structures, changes in medical training, and the conceptual models necessary to transform health care systems to a whole- individual perspective.  In addition to his faculty position, Dr. Daniels serves as Chief Executive Officer of University Managed Care, where he is responsible for the operation of a fully capitated managed behavioral healthcare organization.  Dr. Daniels is widely published and has received numerous awards, including the Eli Lilly/National Managed Health Care Congress Leadership Award.  He was an invited participant to the 16th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy and the White House National Mental Health Awareness Campaign. 

King Davis, Ph.D.
Dr. Davis has made exceptional contributions in the field of Health and Mental Health throughout his professional career, spanning more than three decades.  Since January, 2000, Dr. Davis has held the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work.  His research and teaching at the university have focused on public mental health policy, the provision of culturally competent mental health services, health care for the mentally ill and disparities in rates of illness and services for people of color.  From 2003-2008, Dr. King also served as the Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation, which awards grants and manages programs to improve mental health research and services in Texas.  In these influential roles, Dr. King has impacted mental health policy, research, and practice on both a statewide and a national level. 
Dr. Davis has written and published numerous articles and reports on mental health, fund raising, managed health care and social justice.  He served on the Surgeon General’s Workgroup on Mental Health, Culture, Race and Ethnicity and in 2003 helped write the report on cultural competence for the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.  He has presented his research findings at conferences and workshops throughout the nation.  Among Dr. Davis’ numerous awards and honors are the Austin Travis County Mental Health Center Garnet Coleman Eternal Flame Award and the Council on Social Work Education Lifetime Achievement Award.

Robert M. Friedman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Dr. Friedman leads the Louis de la Parte Institute’s work on children’s mental health issues at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) and the University of South Florida (USF) Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida .  He has served for 15 years as Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies at FMHI where he provided consultation to local and state mental health agencies as well as at the national level.  Dr. Friedman’s work focuses on the resilience and protective factors of children and families, children’s emotion and behavioral disorders and on the development and dissemination of the concept of “systems of care” for children and their families.  He chairs the CMHS Child Mental Health Transformation Workgroup.  Dr. Friedman has authored more than 150 articles and makes frequent presentations both nationally and internationally.  His awards include the Nicholas Hobbs Award from the American Psychological Association Division of Child, Youth, and Family Services and the Distinguished Service Award from the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, Florida.

Laurie R. Garduque, Ph.D.
Dr. Garduque is the research director of the program on Human and Community Development at the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Illinois.  Her primary areas of focus include mental health, juvenile justice, education, and the impact that healthy children and families have on overall community development.  As a member of the Board of Directors for Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, she works with other philanthropic organizations to coordinate efforts to improve the well being of children, youth and their families.  Dr. Garduque has served as director of the National Forum on the Future of Children and Families, a joint project of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine.  Dr. Garduque has published extensively and is nationally recognized for her work on mental health issues and community development.

Tricia L. Gurley
Ms. Gurley is the coordinator of the Statewide Youth Mentoring Opportunities for Vocation and Education (M.O.V.E.) for the State of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland. 
In this capacity, she Ms. Gurley provides training in leadership skills, empowerment and advocacy for the Systems of Care communities.  Youth M.O.V.E. is an organization that provides youth-guided and youth-driven input to the communities funded through the CMHS Systems of Care program.  Ms. Gurley formerly served as Youth Coordinator for Family Services of Westchester in White Plains, New York.  She has conducted trainings, focus groups and provided presentations on the development of effective youth empowerment efforts in the behavioral health field for the national M.O.V.E. organization as well.  Her focus is on leadership development, youth input in policy development.  In addition, Ms. Gurley works with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in behavioral health settings.  Ms. Gurley has integrated her personal background as a consumer of children’s protective and mental health services with her ongoing education in social services to support her strong belief in the value of youth input in the development of effective community behavioral health approaches. 

Ledro R. Justice, M.D.
Dr. Justice has gained a unique understanding of the difficulties of providing quality mental health services in rural communities through his teaching and private caseload in Arkansas.  Dr. Justice has a strong interest in increasing diversity in the behavioral health workforce as well as the ethical dilemmas in providing mental health services.  His work has focused on troubled youth and adolescents with recent presentations on PTSD and the impact of trauma on social and emotional development. Dr. Justice currently consults with the West Moreton Child and Youth Mental Health Services in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.

Spero Manson, Ph.D  
Dr. Manson is a professor of Psychiatry and director of the Centers for American Indian Alaska Native Health in the School of Public Health at Anschutz Medical Center, University of Colorado, Denver, in Aurora, Colorado.  Dr. Manson is also a Medical Anthropologist and trained in epidemiology and health services research.  He heads the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Programs at the University of Colorado.  Dr. Manson’s programs include nine national centers which entail research, program development, and training among 102 Native communities spanning rural, reservation, urban and village settings. Dr. Manson has developed a series of telemedicine partnerships among tribes, the University, the Veterans Health Administration, and the Indian Health Service.  Weekly psychiatric clinics, via live videoconference, are now available to veterans living in 12 rural, isolated communities.  Four hundred patients have received treatment through this telemedicine network.  The program also serves as a training ground for medical students and residents.   In 1999, Dr. Manson was one of just five American Indian researchers who received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  He received four of the eight grants awarded to native researchers that year. 

Dr. Manson serves on numerous national boards and panels, including the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging National Advisory Council (2003-2006), Office of the Surgeon General Editorial Board, Department of Veterans Affairs, and National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.  He has also served on the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (1997-2000).          Dr. Manson has published numerous articles on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, drug, as well as mental health problems in the AI/AN population.  He was selected to receive the prestigious Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges in recognition of his work to advance the health and welfare of American Indian and Alaska Native communities. 

William R. McFarlane, M.D.
Dr. McFarlane is a professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont, the Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center and Spring Harbor Hospital, and the Director of Early Detection, Intervention and Prevention of Psychosis in the Robert W. National Program Office at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Portland, Maine.  Dr. McFarlane’s work focuses on early intervention to prevent or limit the impact of the onset of major mental illnesses and the applications of these approaches in public sector settings.  He has made groundbreaking advances in the prevention of schizophrenia with children and their families.  Previously, he served as the Director of the Biosocial Treatment Research Division of the New York State Psychiatric Institute and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.  He has published more than 40 articles and book chapters, is an Associate Editor of several well-regarded professional journals including Family Process and Family Systems and Health and serves in numerous leadership capacities with psychiatric and mental health associations and organizations.

James McNulty
Mr. McNulty currently serves as the Coordinator for the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs for the Division of Behavioral Health at the Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals.  Prior to this Mr. McNulty was self-employed as a computer consultant to small business, and as the CEO of a mental health advocacy organization.  He is extensively involved in volunteer advocacy activities in the field of mental illness.  Mr. McNulty serves as board president (formerly CEO) of the Manic Depressive and Depressive Association of Rhode Island (a chapter of the National Depressive and Bipolar Support Alliance).  He is a board member and executive committee member of NAMI Rhode Island.  Mr. McNulty has served several terms on the board of the Mental Health Consumer Advocates of Rhode Island, a statewide organization for mental health consumers.  He has also served in voluntary positions, including vice-chair of the NAMI Consumer Council (CCEC), board member of the National Association of State Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils (NAMHPAC) and the National Association of Consumer/Survivor Mental Health Administrators.  Mr. McNulty serves or has served in numerous state and national government advisory roles, including the Rhode Island Governor’s Council on Mental Health (now known as the Governor’s Council on Behavioral Health)  and the NIMH National Advisory Mental Health Council.  Mr. McNulty has been active in involving patient and family advocates in all aspects of treatment of mental illness, including managed care issues, Medicare/Medicaid, restrictive formularies, employment and the entire range of bio-psychosocial treatments for these disorders.

Diane Narasaki
Dr. Narasaki’s life has been governed by her passion for social justice. In the 1980s, she served as Associate Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest region of the American Friends Service Committee and as Executive Director of the Northwest Labor and Employment Law Office, an organization that works for human rights and workers’ economic justice through community organizing and economic development. Also in the 1980s, Dr. Narasaki played a role in overturning laws that allowed Japanese Americans to be interned during World War II.   

In 1995, Dr. Narasaki became the Executive Director of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) in Seattle, Washington where a number of services are provided for Asian Pacific Americans. These services -- provided in 30 languages -- include assistance with nutrition, mental health, chemical dependency and domestic violence issues as well as employment training, legal aid, and naturalization and citizenship information. One of the largest organizations of its kind in the country, ACRS employs 160 staff who work with some 350 volunteers, serving as many as 20,000 clients.  

In response to the 1996 welfare-reform laws that excluded immigrants and refugees from federally funded food, medical, and income assistance, Dr. Narasaki co-founded the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC), which she now chairs and which includes more than 100 Asian Pacific American groups.  In 2004, Dr. Narasaki co-chaired the Asian Pacific American Community Summit, which brought together 5,000 Asian-Pacific Americans to learn about advocacy, citizenship, and voting.

Anna Patty Duke Pearce
Ms. Pearce is a successful actress, author, activist, and mental health spokesperson.  She is the recipient of an Academy Award and has served as president of the Screen Actors Guild.  Ms. Pearce suffered rapid mood swings from an early age but did not receive a definitive diagnosis of manic depression until well into adulthood.  She has co-authored the book, “A Brilliant Madness:  Living with Manic-Depressive Illness” and regularly speaks at meetings, testifies at Federal and State hearings and writes in order to educate the public, health care givers and fellow survivors about the possibility of recovery.  She also hosts a recently launched website and blog entitled, “Patty Duke’s On Line Center for Mental Wellness.”

Patrick Alan Risser, B.A. Consultant, Ashland, Ohio
Mr. Risser has been a trauma champion for over 25 years.  He has developed self-help, peer support groups, built and directed a statewide consumer Network and directed a patients’ rights program.  He has special expertise in training on trauma issues, mental health recovery and recovery-oriented systems, self-determination, case management and on employing consumers as part of the mental health workforce.  Mr. Risser has provided consultant services to organizations which include the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.   

Mr. Risser has provided his consultative services and training to many organizations.  He has served on many boards and presently serves as a member on the Ohio Community Support Planning Council, the Ohio Adult Recovery Network Board and the Ashland County Mental Health and Recovery Board.  In 2005, he was a member of the Oregon State Mental Health Planning Council and appointed by the Governor of Oregon to serve on the Oregon State Mental Health Advisory Board.


Last updated: 1/6/2011