2019 Summit Presenters


Admiral James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired)

Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Co-Founder of SAFE 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.

Admiral Winnefeld and his wife, Mary, are Co-Chairs of S.A.F.E. Project US (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic), a national nonprofit committed to contributing in a tangible way to overcoming the epidemic of opioid addiction in the United States.




Mary A. Winnefeld

S.A.F.E. Co-Founder and Co-Chair
Military and Veteran Advocate

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.

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.

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 that affect their lives. She has a keen awareness of the hardships that impact 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.

In addition to serving as a co-Chair, SAFE Project, Ms. Winnefeld currently serves on the board of directors for the Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Walmart’s Opioid Advisory Board, RAND’s CRAFT Adaptation Advisory Council, and 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), USO Metropolitan Washington 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.




Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble

Project Director, Founder, The AAKOMA Project, Inc
CEO, The AAKOMA Center, PLLC

Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble (recognized professionally as Dr. Alfiee) is an internationally recognized media personality, scientist, author and speaker. Her media work includes television (e.g. NBC, PBS, Fox 2 Detroit, A & E, and Lifetime Television); social impact (e.g. Soulpancake and celebrity podcasts), print media (e.g. Tonic, Black Enterprise, Philadelphia Inquirer and Vice) and radio (e.g. NPR and WHYY The Pulse). She consults with Fortune 100 companies, education and research organizations (e.g. NCAA, the Big East Conference, SAMHSA), non-profits; independent K-12 schools and districts, colleges and universities bringing her unique and inspiring blend of scientific evidence and life experience to bear on mental health problems for racially diverse youth, young adults and families.

Dr. Alfiee is an engaging and inspiring speaker, sought after at international venues to lecture on topics related to helping racially diverse young people (and young at heart) live mentally healthy lives. She is a scientist at heart, known for translating complex scientific concepts (developed through her AAKOMA Project Research Lab) into useful, everyday language that touches people’s hearts and minds. In June of 2019, this skillset was on full display as Dr. Alfiee moderated a celebrity panel with Ms. Taraji P. Henson, Charlemange Tha God and Mrs. Jenifer Lewis on racial disparities and addressing the mental health needs of African Americans. r. Alfiee was trained at Howard University, New York University, the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Duke University School of Medicine and she believes deeply that her culturally relevant science can help ALL people actualize the love and light that arises from optimal mental health.




Dr. Robert Jones

Medical Director, Student Health Center
UNC Charlotte

Dr. Jones serves as the Medical Director of the Student Health Center and is the Head Team Physician at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is also on the faculty of the Family Medicine residency program at Atrium Health, and is the former Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship program. Prior to moving to Charlotte, NC with his family, Dr. Jones was in private practice with the Desert Medical Group in Palm Springs, California. Dr. Jones is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical System and completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at San Jose Medical Center/Stanford University School of Medicine.




Sue Wasiolek

Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs
Dean of Students
Duke University

For almost the past forty years (except for a brief nine-month hiatus to practice law), Sue Wasiolek has worked in the Division of Student Affairs at Duke University. Currently serving as one of the Associate Vice Presidents for Student Affairs and the Dean of Students, Sue has oversight responsibility for student health, counseling and psychological services, health education and health promotion, case management, student conduct, crisis response, parent and family programs and veteran programs. She has served for over thirty-five years as an academic advisor to freshmen and sophomores and has taught courses in education, law and cultural anthropology.

Sue has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science Education, a Master of Health and Hospital Administration and a Master of Laws degree from Duke. She has also completed a Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University and a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2008, Dean Sue co-authored a book entitled, “Getting the Best Out of College.” The second edition was released in Spring 2012.

In October 2013, Sue accepted an invitation to become a Faculty-in-Residence at Duke. She currently loves living in Gilbert-Addoms with 190 smart, achievement-oriented, fun, energetic freshman students.




Nicholas Allen

Director of Clinical Training
University of Oregon

Nick Allen is the Ann Swindells Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon, where he Director of Clinical Training. He is a leading researcher in the area of adolescent mental health, know especially for his work on adolescent onset depression. His work aims to understand the interactions between multiple risk factors for adolescent emergent mental health disorders, including stress, family processes, brain development, autonomic physiology, genetic risk, immunology, and sleep. More recently, his work has focused on translating risk factors identified in prospective longitudinal studies into innovative preventative approaches to adolescent mental health. For example, we have completed a large randomized controlled trial of a sleep improvement intervention that aims to prevent the onset of mental disorders during adolescence. We are also currently also conducting trials of other innovative preventative approaches (e.g., parenting, outdoor wilderness activities), aimed at early to mid-adolescence as a key inflection point in life for health trajectories. He is the Director of the Center for Digital Mental Health (https://www.c4dmh.net/), where his work focusses on the use of mobile and wearable technology to monitor risk for poor mental health, and his group has developed software tools that combine active and passive sensing methods to provide intensive longitudinal assessment of behavior with minimal participant burden. The ultimate aim of developing these technologies is to facilitate the development of a new generation of “just in time” behavioral interventions for early intervention and prevention of adolescent health problems.




Dr. Wendy Shanahan-Richards

Chief Medical Officer
Aetna Student Health

Dr. Wendy Shanahan-Richards is the Chief Medical Officer of Aetna Student Health.

Dr. Richards practiced Family Medicine for over ten years, and was driven by passion for and commitment to improving the health of people.

During the past 20 years, Dr. Richards has held physician executive positions in healthcare systems, and has served in leadership roles for several large national health care payer organizations.

In her current role with Aetna Student Health, Dr. Richards is responsible for ensuring that the products, tools, and practices of Aetna Student Health meet the clinical needs of colleges, universities, and students. A key component of Dr. Richards’ role is to develop and grow strong partnerships with the clinical leaders of client and industry organizations, and collaborate with them to achieve a positive impact on the health of health plan members.

Dr. Richards received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Chicago and a Master of Business Administration degree from Benedictine University. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is designated a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Richards is also certified by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, and is a surveyor for the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She is on the adjunct faculty of DePaul University, Chicago, where she developed and taught courses in healthcare administration and health information technology and analytics.




Elana Bizer, LCSW

Integrated Health Team Leader & Technology Initiatives Coordinator
The University of Texas at Austin

Elana Bizer, LCSW, is the Technology Initiatives Coordinator and Integrated Health Team Leader for the University of Texas at Austin. She oversees a team of behavioral health counselors who work within the student medical center. In 2016, she created the iPhone app Thrive at UT in collaboration with counselors, students and faculty throughout campus. The app, which aims to improve student resilience, was completely redesigned for both iOS and Android platforms and adopted throughout the UT System in Fall 2019. Ms. Bizer also oversees UT Austin's MindBody Labs, which are self-paced environments designed to help students improve their emotional and physical well-being. Prior to becoming a licensed clinical social worker, Ms. Bizer worked as a journalist.




Monica C. Webb, PhD, MPH, CHES

Associate Director, GatorWell Health Promotion Services
University of Florida

Dr. Monica C. Webb completed a BS in Health Science Education from the University of Florida, an MPH from the University of North Florida and a PhD in Health and Human Performance from the University of Florida. Dr. Webb has over 18 years of experience in health education, serving as a college health educator, middle school health teacher, a university faculty member, and most recently, as Associate Director for GatorWell Health Promotion Services at the University of Florida. As a Certified Health Promotion Specialist, she leads her team to develop innovative approaches to address high risk health behaviors among college students.




Janice M. McCabe

Dartmouth College

Janice McCabe is an associate professor of sociology and the Allen House Professor at Dartmouth College. She teaches courses on the sociology of gender, youth, education, social problems, and research methods. Her recent book, Connecting in College: How Friendship Networks Matter for Academic and Social Success (University of Chicago Press, 2016), and current research focuses on friendship networks and identities during college and into young adulthood.




Sean Marz

Director of Training and Technical Assistance
Alive and Well Communities

Sean joined the Alive and Well team in 2016 to provide training and technical assistance to organizations working to adopt trauma-informed practices. He has more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit section, ranging from health education to community mental health. In each of these roles, Sean has worked to advance trauma-informed practices. He served on the Missouri State Trauma Roundtable where he helped to craft the Missouri Model: A Developmental Framework for Trauma Informed. In his work with Alive and Well Communities, he provides training and technical assistance to organizations across sectors based on the Missouri Model. He is a recognized trainer by the federal Gaines Center on how being trauma-informed improves criminal justice system responses and by the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Sean has consulted with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on developing trauma-informed measurement strategies for behavioral health and health settings.

Prior to joining Alive and Well Communities, Sean worked as a therapist, specializing in trauma recovery, severe persistent mental illness (SPMI), and co-occurring disorders. He is a recognized Train-the-Trainer by Community Connections, a national leader in developing trauma-informed interventions and cultures. He has applied his vast knowledge in a variety of settings from community mental health to drug court.

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