Monday's Speakers

Joe Pantoliano • 2019 Keynote Speaker

Emmy-award winning actor and film producer Joe Pantoliano will kick off the 2019 NABH Annual Meeting as the first speaker on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.

Mr. Pantoliano will discuss his personal experience with clinical depression and his efforts to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. While he starred as character Ralphie Cifaretto in HBO’s landmark series “The Sopranos,” Mr. Pantoliano published Who’s Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up Guy, a New York Times bestselling memoir about this childhood and his mother’s mental illness.

Mr. Pantoliano created No Kidding, Me Too!, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to removing the stigma of mental illness, and directed the award-winning documentary No Kidding, Me Too! to promote awareness about mental health issues.

Brandon Staglin • 2019 Speaker

Brandon Staglin, president of One Mind, will continue Monday’s program as the day’s second and final speaker

One Mind focuses on guiding, supporting, and facilitating collaborative brain research to provide better diagnostics and treatment to patients who suffer from brain disease and injury. Brandon served as director of marketing and communications for One Mind Institute from 2005 to 2017, and as a board director for One Mind Institute and One Mind from 2015 to 2017.

Brandon serves on advisory councils for the National Institute of Mental Health, The California Mental Health Services Authority, Mindstrong Health, and Stanford University’s Prodrome and Early Psychosis Program Network, and as a board director of The Stability Network. Mr. Staglin earned a master of science degree in healthcare administration and interprofessional leadership from the University of California San Francisco in 2018, and a bachelor of arts degree with honors in engineering sciences and anthropology from Dartmouth College in 1993. He has received numerous awards for his brain health advocacy, including the Lifetime Achievement VOICE Award from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Clifford W. Beers Award from Mental Health America, the Shattering Stigma—Realizing Recovery Award from the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America, and the Clifford W. Beers Centennial Service Award from the Clifford W. Beers Clinic. Mr. Staglin’s “lived experience with recovery from schizophrenia makes him grateful to be living in health and happy every day he can contribute to the health of others,” according to his bio from One Mind.

Tuesday's Speakers

Molly Joel Coye, M.D., M.P.H. • 2019 Featured Speaker

Molly Joel Coye, Physician Leader in Medicaid Transformation at AVIA, will begin Tuesday’s program.

Molly Joel Coye, M.D., M.P.H. is executive in residence and executive sponsor of Medicaid transformation at AVIA, the nation’s leading network for health provider systems seeking to innovate and transform through the deployment of digital solutions.

From 2005-2018, Dr. Coye was the chief innovation officer for UCLA Health, where she led the health system in identifying new strategies, technologies, products and services.

Dr. Coye was CEO of HealthTech, the premier forecasting organization for emerging technologies in healthcare, from 1999-2010. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and was a member of the Board of Directors of Aetna, Inc. from 2005-2018. Dr. Coye received her medical degree and masters degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Eric D. Hargan • 2019 Featured Speaker

Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary of HHS, will serve as the keynote speaker during the 2019 Annual Meeting on Tuesday March 19.

As the department’s deputy secretary, Mr. Hargan serves as the chief operating officer of the federal government’s largest department, which has an annual budget of more than $1.3 trillion and more than 80,000 employees in 26 divisions.

From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Hargan served at HHS in a variety of capacities before he eventually held the position of acting deputy secretary. During his tenure at HHS, Mr. Hargan has also served as the department’s regulatory policy officer, where he oversaw the development and approval of all HHS, CMS, and FDA regulations and significant guidance.

Hargan is from Mounds, Ill.—a town with a population of about 800 people—where his mother worked at rural hospital for 58 years. He received his B.A. cum laude from Harvard University, and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School, where he was senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. In between his tours at HHS, Mr. Hargan taught at Loyola Law School in Chicago, focusing on administrative law and healthcare regulations.

Norm Ornstein • 2019 Keynote Speaker

Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar at AEI, will then continue Tuesday’s program

Mr. Ornstein studies politics, elections, and the Congress at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic, as well as an election analyst for BBC News. He played a role in creating the Congressional Office of Compliance and the House Office of Congressional Ethics.

Wednesday's Speakers

Wendell Primus • 2019 Keynote Speaker

Wendell Primus, Senior Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, will begin Wednesday’s program

In his role as senior policy advisor, Dr. Primus was the lead staff member in developing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. He also played a major role in the sustainable growth rate (SGR) legislation in 2015 and various budget agreements.

Before he was appointed to this position in March 2005, Dr. Primus was the minority staff director at the Joint Economic Committee. He has also held positions at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; served at HHS during the Clinton administration; and served as the chief economist for the House Ways and Means Committee and staff director for the Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Resources. Dr. Primus earned his Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University.

Regina LaBelle • 2019 Keynote Speaker

Regina LaBelle, Director, Addiction & Public Policy Initiative O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Law Center and former Chief of Staff, Office of National Drug Control Policy will continue Wednesday’s program.

As a political appointee in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) during the Obama administration, Ms. LaBelle co-wrote and helped implement the administration’s plan to address the opioid epidemic. Then, as the chief policy advisor to the director and later as chief of staff, Ms. LaBelle represented ONDCP before Congress, at national conferences, and with the media.

Get a glimpse inside past years’ events

  • 2018 Annual Meeting (with Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., M.P.H.; former U.S. Rep. and Kennedy Forum founder Patrick Kennedy; Sen. Bill Cassidy; Reps. Paul Tonko and Gus Bilirakis; and more)
  • 2017 Annual Meeting (with Sen. Chris Murphy; Rep. Tim Murphy; former CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, M.D.; National Governors Association’s Hemi Tewarson, J.D., M.P.H.; McLean Hospital’s Brent Forester, M.D.; Treatment Advocacy Center Executive Director John Snook; ASAM President-Elect Kelly J. Clark, M.D., M.B.A.; National Association of State Alcohol & Drug Abuse Directors’ Executive Director Robert I.L. Morrison; Capitol Decisions’ Carol McDaid; NABH Addiction Treatment Committee Chair and AdCare Hospital of Worcester, Inc. President Jeffrey Hillis, M.B.A., J.D.; and more)