The Cohen Veterans Care Summit is the pre-eminent convening event for private and public sector leadership to gather and advance the Veterans Mental Health research agenda and clinical care delivery model.
Steven A. CohenChairman and CEO Point72 Asset Management
Steven A. Cohen
Chairman and CEO Point72 Asset Management
Steven A. Cohen is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Point72 Asset Management, a 1,000-person family office managing the assets of Mr. Cohen and certain eligible employees. Mr. Cohen founded S.A.C. Capital Advisors in 1992 and converted his investment operations to the Point72 Asset Management family office in 2014. An avid philanthropist and entrepreneur, Mr. Cohen has founded and holds active leadership roles in a number of nonprofit organizations.
Mr. Cohen is the Co-Chair and Founder of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. Started in 2001 by Mr. Cohen and his wife Alexandra, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation is committed to achieving lasting and meaningful change through commitments to children’s health, education, veterans, and the arts. A longtime advocate for veterans with a particular interest in veterans’ mental health issues, Mr. Cohen co-founded Cohen Veterans Network and Cohen Veterans Bioscience in 2015 to improve the mental healthcare, treatment, and quality of life for recently-returned veterans and their families. He sits on the Board of Cohen Veterans Network.
Mr. Cohen also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and the Emeritus Board of the Robin Hood Foundation. Mr. Cohen received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He began his investing career at Gruntal & Co., where he managed proprietary capital for 14 years before starting his own investment business.
Magali Haas, MD, PhDCEO and President Cohen Veterans Bioscience
Magali Haas, MD, PhD
CEO and President Cohen Veterans Bioscience
Dr. Haas is Chair, CEO and President of Cohen Veterans Bioscience, a non-profit brain research organization based in New York City whose mission is to fast-track diagnostics and therapeutics to advance precision brain health. Magali has over 15 years of pharmaceutical executive experience, predominantly at Johnson & Johnson, where she assumed broad end-to-end development leadership roles in early & late stage neuroscience clinical development, translational medicine, diagnostics and integrative solutions. To pioneer new approaches for precision therapeutics for brain health, she founded Orion Bionetworks in 2012, which was transformed to Cohen Veterans Bioscience in 2015, while also serving as founding Chief Science and Technology Officer for One Mind for Research. She serves on several advisory boards including Alto Neurosciences, Partnership for Assessment and Accreditation of Scientific Practice, VirtualBrainCloud, Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics and IMEC for nanoelectronics.Magali earned her BS in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, an MS in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University, and her MD and PhD in neuroscience with distinction from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Anthony Hassan, EdD, LCSWCEO and President Cohen Veterans Network
Anthony Hassan, EdD, LCSW
CEO and President Cohen Veterans Network
As the CEO and President of the Cohen Veterans Network, Dr. Anthony M. Hassan oversees the establishment of 25 mental health clinics nationwide. These clinics are designed to improve the mental health outcomes for post-9/11 veterans and their families, with a particular emphasis on post-traumatic stress, through high-quality, free, and accessible mental health care. In addition, he leads efforts to advance the field through funded research initiatives and training programs to improve care within the network and beyond.
Hassan is a veteran, of enlisted rank in the United States Army and an Air Force officer, with 30 years of experience in military behavioral health, serving as a military social work officer, leader, clinician, and academic. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 on the first-ever Air Force combat stress control and prevention team embedded with the Army. He also led the largest military substance abuse and family advocacy programs in the Pacific. These programs were recognized as benchmark programs and training sites for all other Pacific bases.
He most recently served as the inaugural Director and Clinical Professor of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. During his tenure at CIR from 2009 to 2015, Hassan was instrumental in the exponential growth of the school’s military social work program and community-based research on veterans and military families. He has strong relationships with the most senior levels of leadership in the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Washington, D.C.
Ardy Arianpour, MBACEO & Co-Founder Seqster
Ardy Arianpour, MBA
CEO & Co-Founder
Ardy Arianpour is CEO & Co-Founder of Seqster, the first consumer driven healthcare data management platform that enables individuals to aggregate their EHR, genomics and fitness data in one place and share with their family creating a multi-generational health record. Ardy is a visionary genomics executive and serial entrepreneur in the biotech industry. Prior to starting Seqster, Ardy launched several clinical and consumer-based genetic tests as CCO of Pathway Genomics, and SVP of Ambry Genetics that sold to Konica for $1B in 2017. He is one of the main architects in launching the first commercial clinical exome sequencing test in 2011, establishing the value of next-gen sequencing in the clinic. As a key player in the 2013 landmark SCOTUS decision scrapping gene patents, Ardy played an instrumental role in expanding genetic testing access with the launch of BRCA testing benefiting patients and family members across the country.
Ardy received his BS in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine and an MBA from Marshall Goldsmith School of Management.
Rinad Beidas, PhDAssistant Professor Director, Implementation Research University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Rinad S. Beidas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry Director, Implementation Science Working Group
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Implementation Research
Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research
Dr. Beidas’s research group has two primary foci: (1) improving behavioral health and the quality of behavioral health services for traditionally underserved patients; and (2) advancing the study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine practice to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services (i.e., implementation science). Dr. Beidas is an established expert in implementation science; a recent social network analysis conducted by Norton and colleagues identified her as among the top 10 implementation science experts nationally. Dr. Beidas has published approximately 100 articles and is the co-editor of the only book published on EBPs in youth, Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in child and adolescent mental health. Dr. Beidas’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health continuously since 2012. Dr. Beidas is deeply committed to partnering with community stakeholders to understand the best way to implement evidence-based practices and improve behavioral health and health services across a variety of settings including community mental health, pediatric primary care, and schools. Further, Dr. Beidas and her group are invested in building capacity in implementation science and growing the next generation of implementation science investigators.
Dr. Beidas holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Colgate University and a doctorate of philosophy in psychology from Temple University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beidas is a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute and directs the Leonard Davis Institute’s Implementation Science Working Group. She is also an alumnus fellow of the NIH funded Training Institute in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH), Implementation Research Institute (IRI), and the Child Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Fellowship. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the ABCT President’s New Researcher Award in 2015; the American Psychological Foundation Diane J. Willis Early Career Award; and the Perelman School of Medicine Marjorie Bowman New Investigator Research Award in 2017.
Aaditya BhatData Scientist Cohen Veterans Network
Data Scientist Cohen Veterans Network
As the Data Scientist, Aaditya will acquire data from internal and external data sources; build systems to maintain and leverage insights from collected data; design data collection systems and strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and data quality. Also, he will monitor integrity and completeness of data, support clinic staff and leadership in obtaining missing or additional data, and ensure data errors are addressed.
Aaditya is a data enthusiast with experience in Data Science and Data Engineering. Over the years he has built and maintained Data Systems in diverse industries such as Manufacturing, Finance and Technology. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Mumbai University and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern University.
Carl Castro, PhDAssociate Professor University of Southern California
Carl Castro, PhD
Director Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families
University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Carl Castro, PhD, joined the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work faculty in 2013 after serving 33 years in the Army, where he obtained the rank of colonel, as the research director for the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families. Castro began his military career as an infantryman in 1981. Throughout his military career, Castro has served in a variety of research and leadership positions, including commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit-Europe in Heidelberg, Germany; chief of the Department of Military Psychiatry at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.; and director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program, Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Md. Castro has completed two tours in Iraq and peacekeeping missions to Bosnia and Kosovo.
He is currently chair of a NATO research group on military mental health training and serves as an advisor for several Department of Defense research panels focused on psychological health. Castro has authored more than 150 scientific articles and reports in numerous research areas. His current research efforts focus on assessing the effects of combat and operations tempo (OPTEMPO) on soldier, family and unit readiness, and evaluating the process of service members’ transitions from military to civilian life.
Castro has been recognized for his contributions in the field, most recently as a recipient of the 2017 Charles S. Gersoni Military Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association.
Abhishek ChandraCo-Founder & CTO Spring Health
Co-Founder & CTO
AbhishekChandraisthe co-founder andCTOofSpringHealth, an online mental health clinic with a mission to help patients by eliminating every barrier to care. Spring Health’s R&D and statistical research, published in eminent statistical and psychiatric journals, creates an integrated framework for screening, treatment selection, telemedicine and progress tracking for mental health. Featured in Forbes 30 under 30 as a consumer tech entrepreneur, Abhishek is also an inventor on three patent submissions related to treatment for major depressive disorder, and is committed to using data, engineering and design to disrupt the painful process of receiving effective psychiatric care.
Adam Chekroud, PhDCo-Founder Spring Health
Adam Chekroud, PhD
Adam is co-founder of a mental health startup called Spring Health, based in New York City. Spring works with large employers like GAP and Whole Foods to provide their employees with free and immediate access to high-quality mental healthcare. The company has raised over $8M and has over 600 providers in its network. He is also an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University. His research seeks to improve treatment outcomes in mental health, particularly depression, by using large existing datasets to anticipate barriers to treatment and likely illness course. His research has been featured in JAMA Psychiatry, Lancet Psychiatry, and PNAS, and covered in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, BBC, and CNN.
Keith Fisher, MDMedical Director Humana Military
Keith Fisher, MD
Dr. Keith Fisher holds the position of Medical Director at Humana Military. In this capacity, he serves the 6 million TRICARE East beneficiaries through the management of the TRICARE contract.
As a Medical Director at Humana Military, Keith supports innovation, data management, data analysis, quality, and healthcare delivery in the Integrated Medical and Behavioral Health space.
Keith earned his Medical Degree from the Drexel College of Medicine and is currently enrolled at Dartmouth College where he studies Healthcare Delivery Science. Keith holds Board Certifications in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.
Keith resides in the Hill Country of South Texas where he and his wife are the proud parents of two children.
Dr. Tom FoleySenior Clinical Lead for Data NHS Digital
Dr. Tom Foley
Senior Clinical Lead for Data
PI, Learning Healthcare Project
Tom is a psychiatrist, academic and clinical informatician. His interest in Learning Healthcare Systems stems from a frustration with the inadequate evidence base that he encounters in his clinical work and the apparent inability of traditional methodologies to bridge the gap. In recent years, Tom conducted reviews on healthcare policy issues for the Health Foundation, Health Education England, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Centre for Mental Health, NHS England, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and others.
He has held management positions with the Care Quality Commission and Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and committee and associate positions with Monitor, British Medical Association and General Medical Council. He has also worked as a management consultant for PwC and BDO. Tom is currently the Senior Clinical Lead for Data at NHS Digital, the organisation that collects, analyses and distributes data for the English National Health System. He is also a Fellow of the UK Faculty of Clinical Informatics.
Lara Gregorio, LCSWHead of Health Systems 7 Cups
Lara Gregorio, LSCW
Head of Health Systems
Lara Gregorio is the Head of Health Systems at 7 Cups, a web and mobile peer to peer emotional support platform. 7 Cups is the world’s largest mental health system with 270,000 listeners in 189 countries, providing support in 140 languages to millions of people a month. The 7 Cups platform is also used by organizations to extend support to their members. For example, MIT uses 7 Cups to provide student to student support, NAMI utilizes 7 Cups to extend support to caregivers and Northwell uses 7 Cups to conduct research on how to better support new mothers and patients struggling with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. 7 Cups was the recipient of the Stanford MedX prize for Health Care Systems Design.
Lara obtained her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 2005, and worked in a variety of clinical settings, from inpatient psychiatric facilities to homeless outreach to private practice, and then in legislative policy roles prior to joining 7 Cups in January 2016.
Damian MingleChief Data Scientist Raiven Healthcare
Chief Data Scientist Raiven Healthcare
Damian Mingle is an American businessman, investor, and data scientist.
Damian Mingle currently acts as the Chief Data Scientist for Raiven Healthcare, an organization helping those involved in risk-based contracts to closely monitor and improve health for patients with complex conditions.
Damian is a Founder of SwitchPoint Ventures and Logic Plum. SwitchPoint Ventures builds machine learning solutions and facilitates investments in companies wanting to cultivate their artificial intelligence capabilities.
Logic Plum is a data science productivity platform that leverages hundreds of algorithms guide by industry best practice to accelerate the development and deployment of machine learning solutions for the enterprise.
Damian is a Founder and Chief Data Scientist of the non-profit LoveToThink.org, a way for skilled professionals to contribute their expertise and empower the world’s social changemakers.
Formerly, Damian was the Chief Data Scientist at Intermedix (an R1 company) where he was responsible for leading a team of international data scientists to drive business value. As the lead for the company’s predictive analytics service, Damian offered providers and hospital systems descriptive analytics, exploratory data analysis, inferential analytics, and mechanistic analysis.
Before joining Intermedix, Damian was the Chief Data Scientist at WPC Healthcare, a company focused on machine learning and predictive analytics solutions for improving clinical, operational, and financial outcomes. Throughout his professional career, Damian has held a variety of positions in the healthcare and finance industries, working with companies like Hospital Corporation of America, Coventry Healthcare, and Morgan Stanley.
Damian’s work has been published in The International Clinical Pathology Journal, Current Trends in Biomedical Engineering & Biosciences, and The International Journal of Biomedical Data Mining. Through regular competitions, he is ranked in the top one percent globally as a data scientist. Damian earned the title of 2015 Nashville Technology Council Data Scientist of the Year, 2016 Sepsis Hero Finalist, and the 2017 Best Use of AI in Food, Health, and Medicine for machine learning innovation in the emergency department.
Damian has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Asbury University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University.
Monica E. OssChief Executive Officer OPEN MINDS
Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer
Monica E. Oss, M.S. is the founder of OPEN MINDS. For the past two decades, Ms. Oss has led the OPEN MINDS team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice.
Ms. Oss is well known for her numerous books and articles focused on the strategic and marketing implications of the evolving health and human service field. She has unique expertise in payer financing models, provider rate setting, and service pricing. She has led numerous engagements with state Medicaid plans, county governments, private insurers, managed care programs, service provider organizations, technology vendors, neurotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations, and investment banking firms – with a focus on the implications of financing changes on delivery system design.
Prior to founding OPEN MINDS, Ms. Oss served as an executive with a national managed behavioral health organization, with responsibility for market development and for actuarial analysis and capitation-based rate setting. She also held a position as a vice president of the U.S. risk management and underwriting division of an international insurance company.
Ms. Oss has been the keynote speaker at the conferences of dozens of national associations and has been published in a wide range of professional journals and trade publications. She has provided Congressional and state legislative testimony on issues as diverse as the financial impact of parity and payer medication access policies.
Ms. Oss has led a range of industry research and management consultation initiatives, serving as principal investigator on research projects that include (but are certainly not limited to) examination of national managed behavioral health enrollment patterns; development of provider rate structures for government entities; creation of a return-on-investment analysis model for technology investments; design of performance-based compensation models for service providers and managed care entities within public and private health plans; and analysis of the economic impact to health systems and health plans of changes in benefit design, adoption of evidence-based practices, and new technologies. Ms. Oss is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She serves on the advisory boards of the Shippensburg University Health & Human Service Management Program and the Institute for Behavioral Health Informatics.
Rajeev Ramchand, PhDSenior Vice President - Research Cohen Veterans Network
Rajeev Ramchand, PhD
Senior Vice President – Research
Cohen Veterans Network
Rajeev Ramchand is Senior Vice President-Research at the Cohen Veterans Network (CVN). In this role, he is responsible for designing and guiding CVN’s research agenda and for conducting research within the network.
He comes to CVN after working for 12 years as a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. At RAND, he conducted research on an array of topics including military and veteran mental health, military and veteran caregivers, adolescent delinquency, the impact of disasters on community health, and violent extremism. He has also conducted many studies on suicide and suicide prevention in military, veteran, and civilian populations. This includes epidemiologic studies on risk factors for suicide, evaluations of suicide prevention programs, environmental scans of suicide prevention programs, and has developed tools to help organizations to evaluate their own programs.
Dr. Ramchand has authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and private foundations. He has been interviewed by and published op-eds in various media outlets, and has provided expert testimony before the United States Congress and California State Senate.
Dr. Ramchand received his B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Linda Rosenberg, MSWPresident & CEO National Council for Behavioral Health
Linda Rosenberg, MSW
President & CEO
National Council for Behavioral Health
Linda Rosenberg is President and CEO of the National Council for
Behavioral Health. Under her leadership the National Council has become the nation’s largest mental health and addiction education and advocacy association with 2900 government and not-for-profit member organizations serving 10 million Americans.
The National Council helped secure passage of the federal parity law and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA); advanced the integration of behavioral health and primary care, leading to the creation of a Medicaid Health Home option; ensured passage of the Excellence in Mental Health Act; and introduced Mental Health First Aid in the U.S.A.
Prior to joining the National Council, Linda was New York State’s Senior Deputy Commission for Mental Health where she opened New York’s first Mental Health Court; implemented NY’s assisted outpatient program, Kendra’s Law; designed services and housing for the homeless; and developed and operated a Home and Community Waiver Programs for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families.
Linda also serves as a Cohen Veterans Network board member.
Agnes Rupp, PhDHealth Economist National Institute of Mental Health/NIH
Agnes Rupp, PhD
National Institute of Mental Health/NIH
Agnes Rupp, Ph.D., joined the National Institute of Mental Health/NIH to serve as Chief of the Financing and Managed Care Research Program, an extramural grant program established in response to President Carter’s Commission on Mental Health. Since 2006 she has also overseen the Methodological Research Program in the Division of Services and Intervention Research. As Senior Research Economist, she holds a leadership role for advancing scientific knowledge to improve financing, including insurance parity, for mental health services in public and commercial health plans. Currently she is involved in research projects as the Science Officer of the NIMH-supported Mental Health Research Network. Before joining NIMH she conducted post-doctoral studies at CUNY Graduate Center in health economics and was an investigator at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her publications focus primarily on hospital payment methods for mental disorders and economic analysis of clinical trials. She is co-founder and former co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics and honorary member of the World Psychiatric Association.
Leo Shane IIIDeputy Editor Military Times
Leo Shane III
Leo Shane III is an award-winning military and veterans affairs reporter has worked in Washington, D.C. since 2004. His beats include Capitol Hill, the White House and the Department of Veterans Affairs. His work also includes overseas coverage of military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chile and Ecuador.
In 2010, Shane was part of a team of reporters who received a Polk Award and a National Headliner Award for stories that revealed the military’s practice of profiling journalists in Afghanistan in an attempt to steer coverage of the war. Prior to his national work, Shane covered state and local politics for newspapers in Ohio, Illinois and Philadelphia. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
As Vice President, Clinical Programs, Shelton is responsible for the development and day-to-day oversight of Clinical Programs including clinical training, telehealth, clinical innovations, intern and scholars’ programs and works directly to support each clinic to have the clinical resources and expertise necessary to provide the highest-quality clinical services to our veterans and military families.
Following a 2-year post-graduate fellowship at Johns Hopkins, Shelton served as an active duty social work officer in the United States Navy. During her time in uniform, she worked with infantry marines and combat instructors at the Marine Corps School of Infantry offering evidence-based interventions in the clinic and out in the training field. Shelton has worked closely with military leadership on multiple Force Preservation Counsels in an effort to build and sustain psychological readiness. In her final tour, Shelton was part of team that built and led the first-ever mental health clinic at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, where she provided clinical care for the USMCs most wounded, ill and injured.
Shelton received a BA in English from San Francisco State University and an MSSW from University of Texas, Austin, School of Social Work.
Jay H. Shore, MD, MPHMedical Director Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Jay H. Shore, MD, MPH
Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Jay Shore, MD, MPH has focused his career on the use of technology in mental health, which include ongoing development, implementation, and assessment of programs in Native, rural, and military settings aimed at improving both quality and access to care.
Dr. Shore has consulted for tribal, state and federal agencies and served on planning and/or grant review committees for several federal agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the Indian Health Service and the National Institutes of Health. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on funded research grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the SAMSA, AHRQ, and the State of Colorado.
He has presented at over a 100 regional, national and international conferences, grand rounds and invited lectures including the Institutes of Medicine and testimony before the US Senate. Dr. Shore’s authorship contributions include over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts focused on clinical and research topics in physician health, telehealth, rural health care, veteran and Native populations. A former Laughlin Fellow he is currently a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrist. Since 2000, he has been a fellow in the American Telemedicine Association, served on its board of directors, and is an active member in its TeleMental Health Special Interest Group for which he is a past chair. Dr. Shore is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and serves as the current chair of the APA Telepschiatry Committee.
Dr. Shore also serves as a Professor at the University of Colorado Denver’s Department of Psychiatry, Department of Family Medicine and the School of Public Health’s Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. Additionally he is the rural Native Veteran Domain Lead for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veterans Rural Health Resource Center-Western Region (VRHRC-WR), served as a subject matter expert and the behavioral health portfolio manager for the Department of Defense’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and is an Associate Medical Director at the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP).
Michael C. SullivanChief of Staff, Head of External Affairs Point72 Asset Management
Michael C. Sullivan
Chief of Staff, Head of External Affairs
Point72 Asset Management
Michael C. Sullivan is the Chief of Staff and Head of External Affairs of Point72 Asset Management. Mr. Sullivan joined the Firm in 2007 after serving as a senior aide in the United States Senate, focusing on telecom, technology, and finance issues. Mr. Sullivan also served as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives working on similar issues. Before coming to Capitol Hill, Mr. Sullivan was the head of strategic development for a telecommunications focused trade association.
Mr. Sullivan is involved with several veterans’ mental health-related non-profit organizations. He helped establish and serves on the Board and as Treasurer of the Cohen Veterans Network, which operates a national network of clinics to treat veterans and their family members affected by Post-Traumatic Stress. Mr. Sullivan also serves as the Treasurer and on the Board of a second veterans-oriented non-profit, Cohen Veterans Bioscience, which is developing next-generation diagnostics and therapeutics to improve the detection and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress.
Mr. Sullivan is an Associate at the NYU-Stern Endless Frontier Labs, where he mentors start-up companies in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and related fields. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of Students First New York, a nonprofit organization advocating for educational reform in New York State. Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Terri Tanielian is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Tanielian is a nationally recognized expert in military and veteran’s health policy. Her research interests include access to and quality of care for service-connected health problems, particularly mental health problems; military suicide; military sexual assault; military families; veteran caregivers; and psychological and behavioral effects of combat, terrorism, and disasters. She employs both quantitative and qualitative research methods and analyses in her work, including surveys, interviews, focus groups, and analysis of administrative data; as well as environmental scans of existing policies, programs and services. She formerly directed RAND’s Center for Military Health Policy Research, overseeing RAND’s diverse military health research portfolio. In this role, she was interacted regularly with senior military health officials to identify and develop policy relevant studies and advise on the use of findings to improve decisionmaking. Tanielian was co–study director for RAND’s seminal study Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery (2008: RAND), the first non-governmental assessment of the psychological, emotional, and cognitive consequences of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. She won the AcademyHealth Impact Award for this work in 2011. She was also the principal investigator for RAND’s comprehensive study of military and veteran caregivers titled Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers.She led the first ever prospective longitudinal study of military families across the deployment cycle, the Deployment Life Study. She has conducted several needs assessments examining the challenges and issues facing veterans living in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, Massachusetts and in New York State. Her studies have also examined the readiness of private sector health providers to deliver high quality care to veterans. She also led a study examining community based models for expanding mental health care for returning veterans and their families under the Welcome Back Veterans Initiative, as well as a consensus building effort to design a Blueprint for Future Research on Veteran Caregiving.Tanielian has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She has served on many advisory committees and expert panels related to veteran mental health policy, public health preparedness, and homeland security.Tanielian has a M.A. in psychology from the American University.
Caitlin Thompson, PhDVice President, Community Partnerships Cohen Veterans Network
Caitlin Thompson, PhD
Vice President, Community Partnerships Cohen Veterans Network
As VP, Community Partnerships, Dr. Thompson is responsible for establishing and maintaining critical national and local collaborations between CVN and public-private partners. She is also the lead for CVN’s suicide prevention initiatives.
She was most recently Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Suicide Prevention, leading VA’s integrated public health approach to suicide prevention for our nation’s 22 million Veterans. She was responsible for the Office’s vision and mission, including the development of VA suicide prevention policy initiatives, education for Veterans and health care providers about suicide awareness and prevention, and dissemination and implementation of assessment and treatment strategies across the Veterans Health Administration. A licensed clinical psychologist, Thompson directed VA’s epidemiological and clinical research in suicide prevention and is recognized internationally as an authority on Veteran suicide prevention. Prior to her work in the VA Suicide Prevention Office, she spent five years as the clinical care coordinator for the Veterans/Military Crisis Line.
Thompson has a BA in music from Brown University and an MEd and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia.
Sergeant Kyle WhiteMedal of Honor Recipient United States Army Spokesman Cohen Veterans Network
Sergeant Kyle White
Medal of Honor Recipient
United States Army
Spokesperson Cohen Veterans Network
Sgt. Kyle Jerome White joined the Army in 2006, from Washington State. He attended basic training, advanced individual training, and U.S. Army Airborne School consecutively, at Fort Benning, Ga., before being assigned to the 2-503rd, at Camp Ederle, Italy, from 2006 to 2008. While assigned to the 2-503rd, White deployed to Aranas, Afghanistan, in spring 2007, where he served as a platoon radio telephone operator. He was assigned to the 4th Ranger Training Battalion, at Fort Benning, from 2008 to 2010. White departed the active-duty Army in May 2011.
His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he majored in finance. He currently resides in Charlotte, where he is a Vice President at Merrill Lynch.
His military education includes the Combat Life Saver Course, U.S. Army Airborne School, U.S. Army Air Assault School, the Infantryman Course (One-Station Unit Training), the Primary Leadership Development Course, and the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course.
White received the Medal of Honor during a May 13, 2014 ceremony at the White House. He became the seventh living recipient of the nation’s highest military decoration for conspicuous gallantry and valor during actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
White received the Medal of Honor for his disregard of his own life while trying to save the lives of a Marine and two fellow Soldiers after his team of 14 U.S. Soldiers and squad of Afghan National Army soldiers were set up and ambushed by a much larger and more heavily armed Taliban force, who engaged in a three-prong attack from elevated ground.
White’s other awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and “V” device, the Army Achievement Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 2 device, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Parachutists Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Valorous Unit Award.
Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr.Co-Founder S.A.F.E. Project
Admiral James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr.
U.S. Navy (Retired)
Co-Founder S.A.F.E. Project
Admiral Winnefeld graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and served for 37 years in the United States Navy. He flew the F-14 Tomcat, instructed at the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also known as Topgun, and served as senior aide-de-camp to General Colin L. Powell.He subsequently commanded a fighter squadron, the amphibious ship USS CLEVELAND, the aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE, and the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Carrier Strike Group.As a flag officer, he commanded NATO Joint Command Lisbon, Striking and Support Forces NATO, the United States SIXTH Fleet, United States NORTHERN Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD.He retired in 2015 after serving four years as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States’ number two ranking military officer.
Admiral Winnefeld is a frequently published author and a director or advisory board member for several companies, including Enterprise Holdings, operating in a broad spectrum of business sectors.He currently serves as Distinguished Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech, where he is also a member of the Engineering Hall of Fame.He is on the Board of Visitors of the United States Naval Academy, and a senior non-resident fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In late 2017, Admiral Winnefeld and his wife, Mary lost their youngest son, Jonathon to a drug overdose after a long struggle with addiction. Jonathon’s journey, marked by a recovery that enabled him to enroll into college three days before his death, inspired the Winnefeld family to launch the national non-profit, S.A.F.E. Project US (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic).S.A.F.E. Project US is committed to contributing in a tangible way to overcoming the epidemic of opioid addiction in the U.S. and has received both national attention and grass roots support for its important mission.
Mary A. WinnefeldCo-Founder S.A.F.E. Project
Mary A. Winnefeld
Co-Founder S.A.F.E. Project
Mary A. Winnefeld is the co-founder of the S.A.F.E. Project, a non-profit organization working through a disciplined, collaborative, multi-pronged and non-partisan approach to end our country’s catastrophic opioid epidemic. Mary and her husband, retired Navy admiral and former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, James “Sandy” Winnefeld, established the organization in November 2017 following the loss of their 19-year old son Jonathan to an accidental opioid overdose.
Through her personal experience as a military spouse and mother, Ms. Winnefeld has been actively involved in the health and welfare of military and veteran families, as well as the policies and procedures that affect their lives. She has a keen awareness of the hardships that affect military families ─ especially the stress involved with casualty, illness, multiple deployments and numerous moves ─ and has been a dedicated advocate to them for more than thirty years.
Ms. Winnefeld currently serves on the board of directors for the Cohen Veterans Network, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, USO Metropolitan Washington and is an Ambassador for the Tragedy Assistance for Survivors (TAPS).She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) and on the grant committee for Newman’s Own Foundation.
Prior to dedicating her life to the S.A.F.E. mission and the welfare of military and veteran families, Ms. Winnefeld was employed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for close to 20 years, serving as a program manager for NATO as well as a member of SAIC’s Ethics Board.
Ms. Winnefeld is the recipient of both the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy Meritorious Public Service Award.
Ms. Winnefeld holds a BA from the University of San Diego and a MA from San Diego State University.
Paul J. WoodChief External Affairs Officer Cohen Veterans Network
As Chief External Affairs Officer and a member of the leadership team, Wood is responsible for setting overall communications strategy for Cohen Veterans Network and oversees communications, marketing, social media and public partnerships.
Prior to joining Cohen Veterans Network, Wood was a partner at Ketchum, a top three global public relations firm, where he held a variety of roles focused on client leadership, practice leadership, client experience and growth. He has expertise in using strategic communications programming to drive organizational outcomes. While at Ketchum, Wood developed cause and public education campaigns for Michelin, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The New York State of Health and other clients.
Prior to Ketchum, Wood worked for other leading agencies such as Burson-Marsteller and Fleishman-Hillard in both the US and Asia. His work on behalf of clients has been recognized through numerous awards programs including PRSA Silver Anvils, PR Week, Global Sabre Awards and others. Wood is also a frequent speaker/commentator on disruption and communications.
Wood received a BA in English from The University of California at Irvine. He also is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt.