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speakers 2015

The NAMI Indiana 2015 State Conference is packed with outstanding speakers and presenters. Topics include personalized medicine, recovery, financial planning and advocacy. We hope to see you there!

John J. Wernert, M.D., MHA
Secretary, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Dr. Wernert currently is the Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), appointed to this cabinet position by Governor Michael Pence in June 2014. He is the first physician to lead this large multi-division state agency which is responsible for the provision of social benefits and healthcare for 1.4 million Hoosiers in need. In addition to Medicaid, Dr. Wernert oversees the Division of Mental Health and Addictions, the Division of Aging, the Division of Disability and Rehab Services and the Division of Family Resources. From Pre-K education to end-of-life care, FSSA addresses the life-long needs of disadvantaged Hoosiers. 

Ronald S. Honberg, J.D.
National Director of Policy and Legal Affairs, NAMI

Ron Honberg, J.D. oversees NAMI's federal advocacy agenda and NAMI's work on legal and criminal justice issues.

Mr. Honberg has drafted amicus curiae briefs in precedent setting litigation affecting people with mental illnesses and has provided technical assistance to attorneys and NAMI affiliates on legal and public policy issues. He serves as a frequent resource for print and broadcast media on legal and policy issues.

Before joining NAMI in 1988, Mr. Honberg worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Maryland and in a variety of direct service positions in the mental illness and developmental disabilities fields.

Mr. Honberg has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and master's degree in education from the University of Maryland.

Leslie Ann Holvershorn, M.D., M.Sc.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction

Dr. Hulvershorn graduated from college at Indiana University, Bloomington, with honors in Neuroscience. She was then awarded a research fellowship to complete a Masters of Science in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, where she explored the relationship between early ear infections and abnormal brain development affecting language. 

She returned to her home state of Indiana to complete her M.D. at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She then completed an Academic Track residency in General Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and a two year Research Track Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at New York University. 

Dr. Hulvershorn is an active researcher and clinician and has authored numerous publications on various topics in child psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. She has received multiple grants to study the neurobiological basis of emotion regulation and addiction risk in children with externalizing disorders. She is board certified in Addiction Medicine and directs the Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Program at the Riley Hospital for Children.

Ashley Overley, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Prevention and Recovery Center for Early Psychosis (PARC)

Jill Ginn
Assistant Trust Director, The Arc Master Trust

The Arc Master Trust founded in 1988 and serves people of all disabilities, including people with physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Prior to this position, Jill joined The Arc of Indiana in 2007 and was The Arc Advocacy Manager for five years, leading a team that assisted more than 2000 people per year navigate disability systems and government programs.

Jill graduated from IU Business School in 1989 with a degree in Marketing. Later she obtained teaching credentials and taught Elementary and Jr. High for five years. Jill, her husband Jim and three sons reside in Fishers, Indiana.

Jacqueline M. Jaques
Attorney, the Law Office of Scott D. Lewis, LLC

Jackie regularly represents Social Security disability claimants at hearings before Administrative Law Judges in Indianapolis and throughout the state of Indiana; she also helps clients at every other step of the process from completing initial applications to preparing Appeals Council briefs. 

Jackie graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1997. She has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. Jackie is a member of the Board of Directors of NAMI Indianapolis and the NAMI Indiana Public Policy Committee. She also gives In Our Own Voice presentations to share her own story as a person who has experienced mental illness for over twenty years. Jackie belongs to the National Organization of Social Security Representatives (NOSSCR), and she is a member of the Women in the Law Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association.

Clubhouse Indiana

Leaders from Clubhouse Indiana will discuss the benefits of Clubhouses around the state. Clubhouses are a powerful demonstration of the fact that people with mental illness can and do lead normal, productive lives. Clubhouses provide members with opportunities to build long-term relationships that, in turn, support them in obtaining employment, education and housing.

 Corporation for Supportive Housing