Speaker Biographies

Michelle R.B. Saddler

Michelle R.B. Saddler, Secretary - Illinois Department of Human Services. Michelle R.B. Saddler serves as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). After taking a four month leave in 2010 to serve as the Governor's Chief of Staff, Michelle returned to DHS in December 2010. As Illinois' largest and most diverse State agency, DHS serves as many as two million people every day (1 in every 5 Illinois families) through its wide range of services for low income families, persons with disabilities, and for those needing assistance with issues of mental illness and substance abuse.

Michelle previously served as Director of Investments for the State of Illinois, and she later managed one of the nation's top performing investment pools for nearly 200 Illinois municipalities.

She currently serves as Co-Chair of Protestants for the Common Good, an Illinois social justice organization. She served for more than five years as President of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and she led Illinois' largest international adoption agency, Lifelink, in Bensenville, Illinois.

Michelle earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and her Master's in Management Degree from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Michelle and her husband, Ed Shurna, have four adult children and three grandchildren.

Lorrie Jones

Dr. Lorrie Rickman Jones was appointed Director of the Division of Mental Health (DMH), Illinois Department of Human Services in 2005. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Rickman Jones served as the Deputy Director for Clinical Operations, responsible for the daily operations of nine state psychiatric hospitals, and the service planning and funding of over 150 community-based mental health providers. Under her leadership as Director of DMH, the system significantly changed funding approaches, transitioning from a grant-in-aid to a fee-for-service system, and expanding the delivery of recovery oriented evidenced based practices.

Dr. Rickman Jones began her professional career at the Bobby E. Wright Community Mental Health Center while interning at the Chicago Read Mental Health Center. Over her 25 year career, she has held various positions in leadership with the Harvard School of Public Health as a senior research associate, the Psychiatric Institute for the Circuit Court of Cook County as an expert examiner, and later as Chief Executive Officer of the Better Boys Foundation in Chicago. Prior to returning to Illinois in 2000, Dr. Rickman Jones served as a Deputy Director in the public mental health system in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Rickman Jones holds a Bachelors degree from Tufts University and a Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Howard University. She has received specialized training in clinical neuropsychology, forensic psychology and organizational management. She is licensed to practice as a clinical psychologist in the state, and has served as an executive leadership coach for large and small corporations in private industry.

Professionally, she is involved with several organizations that establish mental health policy both on a state and national level, and serves as a board member to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), the NASMHPD Research Institute (NRI) and the Council of State Governments (CSG). Personally, she is committed to civic service, volunteering her time on community boards and other organizations including: Better Boys Foundation, United Negro College Fund, Links Foundation and the Pacific Garden Mission. She is the recipient of numerous awards and citations for her contributions to her field and to her community.

Theodora Binion

Theodora Binion currently serves as the Director of the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA). In her capacity as the Single State Authority, she serves on the board of the National Association of State Alcohol/ Drug Abuse Directors.

Ms. Binion has worked in the field of substance abuse since 1981 starting as an entry level substance abuse counseling position at Habilitative Systems on the West Side of Chicago. In 1989 Ms. Binion joined Garfield Counseling Center as the Executive Director. Ms. Binion worked with the Campaign for a Drug Free Westside, a coalition comprising providers, community residents, clients and businesses to develop and carry out plans to address widespread open-market drug sales. Ms. Binion spearheaded the development of several programs and demonstration projects targeting substance abusing women and their children including setting up a recovery home for women and their children and a DCFS independent living program for soon to be emancipated DCFS female wards and programs for women delivering substance-exposed infants.

In 1995, Ms. Binion joined the City of Chicago Department of Public Health. She served as the Director of Behavioral Health Care. Her responsibilities included monitoring and evaluating relevant epidemiological data, developing substance abuse treatment and prevention programs to meet the needs suggested by the data. Ms. Binion additionally worked to ensure integration and coordination of mental health, substance abuse, violence prevention and social services within CDPH and between CDPH and substance abuse and HIV/AIDS community based providers. Ms. Binion developed within the community, programs for chemically dependent: a) women at high risk for HIV disease; men who have sex with men; older adults and culturally specific programming for African Americans and Latinos. She believes strongly in working with communities and coalitions to build the capacity to identify and resolve challenges that the communities face.

Ms. Binion additionally served on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV Prevention Planning Group for Chicago, working on the Needs Assessment and Cap Analysis committees; served on the National African American Coalition for the Advancement of HIV, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment.

Ms. Binion continues service to her community as the Assistant Pastor at Faith United Methodist Church located in the Englewood Community on the south side of Chicago. There she works with a coalition of United Methodist Churches to help adolescents and young adults develop the skills and resiliency to be successful in their community.

Ms. Binion is a life-long Chicagoan, attending DePaul University for undergraduate and graduate degrees and seminary education at Chicago Theological Seminary and the Theological Seminary of America.

Director Hamos

Julie Hamos was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in April 2010. Previously, she was the elected State Representative of the 18th District since 1998.

In the General Assembly, Julie was Chair of the Mass Transit Committee, the Housing and Urban Development Committee and the Aviation Committee. Julie was appointed to the Governor's Illinois Housing Task Force, Child Support Advisory Committee, the Interagency Council on Early Intervention and the Legislative Audit Commission. In June 2004, Julie was selected as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. She has been named "top legislator" by over 50 organizations, and was named "25 Women to Watch" by Crain's Chicago Business in 2007.

During her tenure as a legislator, Julie served as chief sponsor for key initiatives such as the Illinois Health Information Exchange and Technology Act; the Consumer's Guide to Health Care; the Children's Mental Health Act; universal hearing screening for all newborns; the Older Adults Services Act; the Illinois Food, Farm and Jobs Act; the Energy Efficient Building Code; the Rental Housing Program Act; rewrite of the Telecommunications Act; and comprehensive funding and reform of the transit system.

Long before seeking public office, for over 20 years Julie championed public interest policies and community issues. After receiving her law degree in 1975 from George Washington University in Washington, DC, she became the first staff attorney for a newly formed subcommittee of the powerful U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. In 1977, she moved to Springfield, Illinois, with the purpose of creating the first organization to advocate for issues affecting low-income and working families before the Illinois legislature. Later she became legislative and political action director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME Illinois), working on policy issues affecting working men and women.

From 1981 to 1984, Julie served as legislative counsel and policy advisor to then-State's Attorney Richard M. Daley, and later as director of the child support division. In 1988, Julie founded Julie E. Hamos & Associates, a public policy and community relations consulting firm.

Personal Background

Julie is a daughter of Holocaust survivors and escaped with her family from Hungary during the 1956 revolution. That experience as a seven year-old girl taught her a lesson about courage and determination that remains the driving force behind her work. She

Damon T. Arnold, M.D., M.P.H.

Damon T. Arnold, M.D., M.P.H., was named the 16th director of the Illinois Department of Public Health on October 1, 2007. Dr. Arnold has hosted International delegates from the Czech Republic, France, Poland, Russia and Taiwan. He also was appointed Adjunct Professor with Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine; University of Illinois, School of Medicine; University of Illinois, School of Public Health. Awards include: Partners in Government, Illinois Homecare Council; 2010 Award of Merit, Illinois Public Health Association; 2010 Health Pioneers Award, Recovery 2000; March of Dimes National Award for Excellence in Newborn Screening; The Chancellor's Award for Excellence, East-West University; Government Service Award, Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees; Urban Health Program Trailblazer Award, UIC School of Public Health; National Women Veterans United Health Award, National Women Veterans of Chicago; Gift of Life Honorary Award, National Kidney Foundation of Illinois; Newsmaker Award, Chicago Defender Newspaper; 2008 Keeper of the Vision Award, Vision House.

Prior to his appointment to director, Dr. Arnold was the medical director for bioterrorism and preparedness for the Chicago

Department of Public Health. He served in the Army National Guard for over 26 years. Dr. Arnold holds the rank of Col and served as the Illinois Army National Guard's Commander of the Joint Task Force Command and Illinois State Surgeon.

Dr. Arnold received his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from the University of Illinois, and has completed several law courses at DePaul University College of Law. He began his career in public service by volunteering nearly 2,000 hours of community service during high school, taking care of hospitalized patient's needs.

Over the years, he has had a distinguished military career and received many military awards, including Legion of Merit Army Commendation, National Defense Service and Humanitarian Service medals. He has served missions to Iraq, Kuwait, Central America, South America, Africa and Europe, as well as participated in relief efforts for hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He was the American Red Cross Military Hero of the Year for 2007.

Dr. Arnold has served in the role of a medical director for St. Francis Hospital, Blue Island, Illinois; LTV Steel Company in Indiana; and Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago.

He has received training and certification in holistic medicine, for massage therapy and acupuncture, and the martial arts. He currently lives with his wife Sharon Johnson-Arnold in Chicago. 

David Lloyd David R. Lloyd, Founder of M.T.M. (Management, Training and Marketing) Services, LLC based in the Raleigh, North Carolina area brings new healthcare management, training and community relations/marketing initiatives to Community Behavioral Healthcare Organizations nationally. Mr. Lloyd is the author of How to Maximize Service Capacity and How to Deliver Accountable Care that have been very helpful to Community Behavioral Healthcare Organizations nationally. In his books, Mr. Lloyd has developed principles and solutions about how CBHOs can deliver "Best Value" accountable care.

David Lloyd has been a featured presenter at numerous national, regional, state and local workshops and conferences. His strength lies in his energetic, motivational and focused "We Can Do This" consultation style. Mr. Lloyd's management expertise is built on a foundation of over forty years experience in both private-for-profit and Community Behavioral Healthcare Organization (CBHO) settings.

Mr. Lloyd has successfully adapted his management, training and marketing private-for-profit experience to CBHO service delivery care management needs through providing consultation / training to over 500 CBHOs nationwide. A primary focus of this consultation has been developing standardized behavioral health clinical forms that support Medical Necessity documentation linkage requirements for Medicaid and Medicare. 

Gail P. Hutchings, M.P.A. Gail P. Hutchings, M.P.A., is the founding President and CEO of the Behavioral Health Policy Collaborative, a private consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia, whose clients are public and private sector organizations dedicated to improving mental health and substance abuse systems, services and outcomes. She is a nationally recognized expert on national- and state-level behavioral health policy and practice as well as effective technical assistance for a wide range of topics and issues. Ms. Hutchings is the former Chief of Staff of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a $3 billion dollar agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is also the past Deputy Executive Director of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Gail served as an Alternate Commissioner on the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and was the senior content editor and contributing writer to the Commission's 2003 Final Report, "Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America." In 2007, Gail was appointed to SAMHSA's Advisory Council on Women's Services and she is also a Foundation Associate in the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Healthcare Industry Foundation. She is a former Board Member and Summit Chair of the American College of Mental Health Administration. Gail is a published author of several journal articles and book chapters on mental health and behavioral health issues. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in public management from the State University of New York at Albany.
Frank DeGruy

Frank Verloin deGruy III, MD, MSFM, is the Woodward-Chisholm Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, a position he has held since 1999. Dr. deGruy served as University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine at the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine for three years prior to his move to Denver.

Dr. deGruy received his undergraduate degree at Princeton University in 1970 (sociology, religion) and his medical degree in 1977 from the College of Medicine at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. He completed his family medicine residency at The Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia in 1980 and his family medicine fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1982.

Dr. deGruy has held academic appointments at the Departments of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and currently the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Dr. deGruy received the Most Outstanding Teacher award for three consecutive years while at Duke University and was named as Distinguished Faculty at the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine 1990, 1998, and 1999. He has reviewed over 1000 grant applications for the NIMH, AHRQ, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He served for five years as the chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Depression in Primary Care program. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Families, Systems and Health, the Annals of Family Medicine, and the Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. He is past president of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA), is chair of the Board of Directors of the Family Physicians' Inquiries Network (FPIN), and the president-elect of the North American Primary Care Research Network. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine. He has authored over 100 papers, chapters, books, editorials, and reviews, and has been the Principal Investigator on about $5 million of research and training grants.

He is married to Geri deGruy and has four children: Mariah (30), Frank IV (28), Kalyn (23), and Kyra (20).

Dr. David Deopere Dr. David Deopere is the President of the Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health. The Center, an affiliate of Trinity Regional Health System in Rock Island, Illinois, is one of the most comprehensive and successful integrated behavioral health systems in the Midwest. Dr. Deopere was appointed to the position in 1985 and has been in leadership roles in the mental health field for over 40 years. Dr. Deopere earned his Bachelor's Degree from Western Illinois University and served as a Psychiatric Triage Specialist during the Vietnam War. He received his Master's Degree from the University of Maryland and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He has held leadership positions in Illinois, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. and served on a number of State and National committees related to behavioral health. He is a past State Chairperson of the Illinois Alcohol and Drug Dependency Association and currently serves as a member of the Behavioral Health Constituency Section of the Illinois Hospital Association.
Nanette Larson Nanette Larson, BA, CRSS, is the Director of Recovery Support Services for the Illinois DHS/Division of Mental Health. She earned her baccalaureates degree in 1993 from Illinois Wesleyan University, majoring in psychology and religion. Ms. Larson's broad experience working in social service, child welfare and mental health includes working in a residential treatment center for children with serious emotional disturbances, and providing case management services in a homeless shelter. Since 1999, Ms. Larson has worked with the Illinois DHS/Division of Mental Health, providing leadership and consultation to further the development of a recovery-oriented service delivery system within the public mental health system. During this time, she has led the state's Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) initiative and facilitated the state's partnership to develop the Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) credential. In addition, she has worked with the State to develop a civil service classification series for mental health recovery support specialists within state operated hospitals and regional community services. Ms. Larson is a nationally recognized leader in the mental health recovery movement and has provided numerous presentations to diverse audiences on recovery, spirituality, and related topics. Her passion for recovery comes from her personal experience of recovery from mental illness, and her message is one of hope for all whose lives are affected by these conditions.
Richard G. Frank

Richard G. Frank, Ph.D., is the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. From 2009 to 2011 he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at DHHS directing the office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy.

Frank is also a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also serves as Co-Editor for the Journal of Health Economics. Dr. Frank was awarded the Georgescu-Roegen prize from the Southern Economic, the Carl A. Taube Award from the American Public Health Association, and the Emily Mumford Medal from Columbia University's Department of Psychiatry. In 2011 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mental Health Association of Maryland. Dr. Frank received the John Eisberg Mentorship Award from National Research Service Awards. He is co-author with Sherry Glied of the book 'Better but Not Well" (Johns Hopkins Press)

John O'Brien John O'Brien is the Senior Advisor to the Administrator on Health Care Reform at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). John O'Brien was the Director of a Cross System Financing Project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project provides an opportunity for states, counties and cities to develop strategies for coordinating funding for human services from federal, state and local dollars.  He was also a member of the Advancing Recovery Project staff. The Advancing Recovery project Advancing Recovery is an $11 million initiative to improve the quality of addiction treatment through the use of evidence-based practices, or practices supported by research to improve patient outcomes in treatment settings. He was also the Program Director for Resources for Recovery, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative to implement strategies to expand alcohol and other drug treatment within state's public AOD systems. Prior to Resources for Recovery, Mr. O'Brien worked with the Technical Assistance Collaborative for fifteen years as an Senior Consultant. He has provided consultation to over 30 states and local human services authorities. He has worked with Medicaid, state mental health and substance abuse authorities. John's primary focus is designing services and systems of care for individuals with behavioral health needs and their families. He also assists states with financing these services and systems. He has worked with states to develop federal Medicaid Waivers, Medicaid state plan amendments, and federal grant applications (e.g., children's system of care). He has experience designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research of children's behavioral health systems. He was also the Director of Planning and Program Development at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children where he oversaw the agency's development and implementation of a lead agency child welfare managed care initiative. Mr. O'Brien has also been a manager at KPMG Peat Marwick and worked for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, the Massachusetts Developmental Disability Council, the Illinois Governor's Office, and the Illinois Legislative Commission on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse. He was a program staff at Thresholds, Inc. in Chicago.
Diana Knaebe Diana Knaebe, M.S.W., A.C.S.W. Diana began her career in community behavioral health as a Clinician in Van Buren County, MI. She followed a progressive leadership / management /supervisor path. In late 1993, she joined the organization now known as Heritage Behavioral Health Center, in Decatur, IL, where she functioned as the Chief Operating Officer until May 2002 when she became the President / CEO. Ms. Knaebe is Past President of the Board of the Community Behavioral Health Association of Illinois. She is a Board member for the Mental Health Corporation of America. She is also President of the Decatur Rotary Club.
Barbara Dunn

Barbara Dunn is the CEO of the Community Health Improvement Center, an FQHC located in Decatur with satellites in Champaign, Urbana, Mattoon and several other locations in Decatur. The Center provides medical care to approximately 18,500 residents of East Central Illinois; behavioral health services are available at the Decatur and Champaign sites.

Prior to becoming CEO at the health center in the mid-eighties, Dunn, a Chicago area native and a social worker, was the Director of a volunteer recruiting program in Decatur and worked at Richland Community College on several grant related projects.

She serves on the Executive and Legislative/Public Policy Committees of the Illinois Primary Health Care Association and is the immediate past chair of the organization and is a recipient of their Danny K. Davis Healthcare Achievement Award.

Jerry Lowell Jerry Lowell, LCSW has led Aunt Martha's Behavioral Health Division since 2007. He has been intimately involved in the expansion and integration of behavioral health within 10 FQHC clinics, with over 7,000 users and 34,000 encounters in 2010. Aunt Martha's also has collaborations with several community mental health centers, and provides tele-psychiatry services to 6 rural downstate communities.
Kathy Reynolds

Kathy Reynolds, MSW, ACSW, has over thirty (30) years experience in the mental health and substance abuse field. Ms. Reynolds currently is the Director of the SAMHSA/HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions and the Vice President for Health Integration and Wellness for the National Council for Community Behavioral. Previously Ms. Reynolds was the Director of the Washtenaw Community Health Organization (WCHO) a nationally recognized organization in the integration of behavioral health and primary care services. The WCHO included a Community Mental Health Services Program, a Substance Abuse Coordinating Agency and primary health care capitation dollars for Medicaid and indigent consumers.

Ms. Reynolds graduated from the University of Michigan, School of Social Work in 1982. Ms. Reynolds has presented at numerous conferences and conventions on the integrated health and is the author/co-author of numerous articles on integrated health. She co-authored a manual in implementing integrated care entitled, Raising the Bar: Moving toward the Integration of Health Care a Manual for Providers. Raising the Bar is in its second edition and is used widely to implement integration between the public behavioral health system and primary care providers.