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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Barbara Roberts

Dr. Barbara Roberts is a licensed clinical psychologist and is entering her second full-time season with the Washington Commanders as the Director of Mental Wellness and Clinical Services. Dr. Roberts has an extensive history of working with professional athletes, and was one of the first licensed clinicians to work full-time for an NFL franchise.

Dr. Roberts has her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Psychology from Frisk University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

She incorporates a proactive approach to handling mental health and focuses on the development of a foundation for mental wellness and its impact on overall health and performance.


Guest Speaker

Deneen Vaughn

Deneen Vaughn is the Founder and CEO of Mind and Wellness Foundation (MAWF). The foundation was formed out of the tragic and untimely death of her beloved son Chris, who took his own life nearly a year ago after suffering in relative silence from PTSD and acute depression. A proven leader with over 25 years experience in the live and experiential event space, most recently as an event producer, Deneen will use her analytical and strategic planning skills to create positive change in her community and communities at large. 

Mind and Wellness Foundation seeks to eradicate the stigma and change the narrative around mental health, while paving a new path that changes the way mental health is recognized, discussed, supported, and cared for in communities of color in particular, but for all communities. 


Guest DJ

Brian Collins

NAMI Northern Virginia is happy to welcome Guest DJ Brian Collins to this year's NAMIWalks Your Way. 






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