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Honorary Chairs

Supervisor Dave Haubert, Alameda County, District 1

During my time in office, Mental Health has been a top priority.  Making sure that our most vulnerable population throughout Alameda County have access to resources is key.  As a former school board member and a father of 3, the well-being of children has always been at the top of my list.  During the last 18 months COVID-19 has exasperated and brought to light the topic of Mental Health. Mental disorders in children can drastically change the way children learn, behave, or handle their emotions. I wanted to make sure parents are aware and informed. I have hosted two town halls in the past month, one for Dublin and Livermore students and one for Fremont students; this was to inform parents and students of the available programs in their school district with the assistance of Alameda County. I’m proud to say that during my time as Mayor along with my council colleagues our city of Dublin was the leader in bringing Axis Bridge to all of residents in the Tri Valley.  Axis Bridge will be a triage to many, in a time of crisis.


Supervisor Richard Valle, Alameda County, District 2

Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle has made mental health one of his top priorities. He was the frontrunner of creating a Peer Respite Center in Alameda County and was delighted to see Sally’s Place in Hayward open a few years back, with a home-like setting and six beds, staffed by peers who have found help with their own illness and wish to assist others to find their path. He wants to see that youth suffering with mental illness have a place to go in South County to meet and help each other get through challenging times. In 2020, he planned to host a Mental Health Summit, which unfortunately was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, he pivoted to create two pre-recorded Mental Health Series episodes which are viewable on You Tube and focused on 1 youth experiencing difficulties during the isolation of the shelter in place (30 minutes), 2 stigma and the challenges of social media bullying and shaming (50 minutes). He has visited many persons incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail and brought them comfort and word from family when Covid did not permit visiting and hopes to work in the next months with recommendations to shift mentally ill people from the jail setting to places where they can get proper treatment, a caring environment and thrive.

Corporate Chair

Tricia Williams, CEO, Fremont Hospital

Fremont Hospital was founded in 1989, to bring hope and healing to people who are struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. Because we focus solely on behavioral health, we are able to provide specialized psychiatric and substance abuse care along with discharge placement plans to help drive a successful outcome.
Our goal is to provide a secure environment where patients can stabilize and receive integrated mental health care, allowing them to ultimately lead healthier lives. Treatment is designed for rapid symptom stabilization with a focus on moving toward a more independent future.

Family Team Chair

Jim Diamond

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Keynote Speakers

Jeff Bell

Jeff is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established him as a leading authority on adversity and the concept of Greater Good motivation. Jeff served for eight years as a board member and national spokesman for the International OCD Foundation and has lent his support to numerous wellness organizations, including Mental Health America, which has honored him with its prestigious forWARDS Award, for “moving the cause of mental health forward.” A 25-year veteran of radio and television news, Jeff currently co-anchors the afternoon news at KCBS Radio in San Francisco.

Stephen Hinshew, Ph.D.

Steve is a Professor of  Phycology, University of California, Berkeley
Department Chair 2004-2011
Professor in Residence and Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychology
Co-Director, Child Teen and Family Center
Co-Director, UCSF-UC Berkeley Schwab Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity Center
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
University of California, San Francisco
Past President, Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Author, "Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness" (St. Martin's, 2017).
**Winner, Best Book, Autobiography/Memoir, American Book Fest (2018)

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►Steve and Robert Villanueva will be presenting in a dialog Keynote Address focusing on mental health stigma.


Robert Villanueva

Robert is a NAMI National IOOV Trainer of Trainers. Robert has been a key player in establishing IOOV as an integral part of acute care psychiatric hospitals in Alameda County.  That has been met with great success in achieving positive results in improving the quality of patients’ lives by providing peer support and hope.

Robert has trained IOOV presenters throughout the United States.  Robert is a NAMI Peer to Peer teacher and Connection (recovery support group) leader. Robert taught the first NAMI Peer to Peer Class in Alameda County.  Also, Robert is a Peer Mentor for the Mentor on Discharge® program.  Through those and other NAMI consumer involved programs, Robert has been an exceptional asset and influence in expanding consumer involvement NAMI Programs in Almeda County and elsewhere.

In addition, Robert has worked tirelessly both nationally and internationally to reduce sigma associated with mental illness.

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