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    Taking a Goal Line Stand for Your Mind & Body

    David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
    Presentations: All Forums
    Dr. Satcher is the director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at Morehouse School of Medicine. He served as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States from 1998-2002. From 1993 to 1998, Dr. Satcher served as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. As Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Satcher released Surgeon General’s reports on tobacco and health, mental health, suicide prevention, oral health, sexual health and responsible sexual behavior, youth violence prevention and overweight and obesity. Dr. Satcher graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1963 and received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1970.

    Jeanne Blake
    Presentations 2010 - August 25, September 8 & 22, October 4, November 16, and December 16
    Presentations 2011 - January 12

    Blake is a medical journalist, author, and affiliated faculty member at Harvard Medical School’s Division on Addictions. She is president and of Blake Works Inc. and Family Health Productions, which distribute the Words Can Work® series of DVDs and booklets about the public and mental health challenges young people face growing up. Blake serves as a member of the board of trustees of McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric facility of Harvard Medical School.

    Ayanna Buckner, M.D., M.P.H.
    Presentation 2011 - February 3 & 4, May 4, June 1, August 10, September 7, October 10, and November 14
    Ayanna, Buckner, M.D., M.P.H., is the Clinical Director of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine of Morehouse School of Medicine and serves as Associate Director of its Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program.  Dr. Buckner is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Buckner formerly served as director of the Regional Coordinating Center for Hurricane Response, which assisted in rebuilding the public health infrastructure and addressing mental health disparities in the U.S. Gulf Region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

    Alicia Duerson
    Presentation 2011 - August 10, September 7, and October 10
    Alicia and Dave Duerson met in 1979 during their freshman year at the University of Notre Dame. They were married from 1983-2010 and have four children: Chase, Tregg, Brock and Taylor. Dave played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears (1983-1989), the New York Giants (1990), and the Phoenix Cardinals (1991-1993). Alicia and other family and friends received text messages from Dave on February 17, 2011 asking that his brain be donated for research about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), and that same day Dave committed suicide. Duerson's wish was granted and in May, 2011, researchers at Boston University confirmed that he had CTE. Following her former husband's death, Alicia asked that Dave be remembered "as a good, kind, and caring man [who] loved and cherished his family and friends and was extremely proud of his beloved Notre Dame and Chicago Bears." She has spoken frequently in various capacities about concussions and mental illness. Alicia and her children live in Highland Park, Illinois.

    Eric Hipple
    Presentations 2010 - August 25, September 22, October 4, November 8 & 16, and December 6
    Presentations 2011 - January 12, May 4, June 1, August 10, September 7, October 10, and November 14

    Hipple is a former NFL quarterback whose 10-year career was spent with the Detroit Lions. Hipple’s accomplishments include two playoff bids, a divisional championship, and NFL MVP for the season. From 1995-2000 Hipple hosted the NFL pre-game show in Detroit. Since his 15-year-old son Jeff’s suicide, Hipple has devoted his life to building awareness and breaking down the stigma surrounding depressive illnesses. Hipple recently received the prestigious 2008 Lifetime Achievement award given by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He also received a presidential citation at the American Psychological Association’s 2006 Annual Convention for his six years of national community-based work combating adolescent depression and suicide prevention. Hipple currently serves as an outreach coordinator for the University of Michigan Depression Center.

    Chamique Holdsclaw
    Presentations 2010 - September 22, November 8, and December 6
    Presentations 2011 - January 12, and February 4

    Holdsclaw is a professional basketball player in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) with the San Antonio Silver Stars. She has previously played for the Washington Mystics, Atlanta Dream and Los Angeles Sparks.  Prior to her professional career, Holdsclaw led her Queens, New York, high school women’s basketball team to four straight New York State Championships. She and was named a High School All-American and Rookie of the Year in her first season with the WNBA. She also played on the Women’s Basketball Olympic team, helping to lead them to a gold medal. In 2004 she disclosed that she was suffering from clinical depression that she had initially been ashamed to discuss with the public.

    Mark Kelso
    Presentations 2010 - August 25, September 8 & 22, October 4, November 8 & 16, and December 6
    Presentations 2011 - January 12, May 4, June 1, August 10, September 7, October 10, and November 14

    Kelso graduated from the College of William & Mary and played in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills from 1986-1993, including four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Kelso was well-known for wearing a “pro cap” on his helmet to reduce the risk of concussions. A former 5th grade teacher at East Aurora Middle School in New York, Kelso currently serves as the color commentator for Buffalo Bills radio broadcasts and is the Development Director and varsity football defensive coordinator at Saint Mary’s High School in Lancaster, New York, as well a local baseball coach.

    Sylvia Mackey
    Presentations 2010 - August 25, September 8 & 22, October 4, November 8 & 16, and December 6
    Presentations 2011 - January 12, May 4, June 1, August 10, September 7, October 10, and November 14

    Mackey met her husband John when they were students at Syracuse University. They graduated and were married in 1963. While John was playing for the Baltimore Colts, Sylvia worked as a bi-lingual secretary (French) for the World Bank and as a linguist (French/Russian) for the National Security Agency. After having three children, Sylvia began a 30-year modeling career that took her all over the world. After nine seasons in Baltimore, they moved to San Diego where John completed his tenth and final year in the NFL playing for the Chargers. In 1998 Sylvia began a new career as a bi-lingual flight attendant with United Airlines which provided her and John with a steady income and health insurance. During a post-9/11 furlough from United Airlines, John was diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Dementia and Sylvia finally had answers concerning his recent strange behavior. Sylvia moved their family from San Diego back to Baltimore because she knew the city would be kind to John. In 2006, Sylvia asked the NFL for help, knowing this disease could lead her to financial ruin. Her plea turned into the “88 Plan,” named after her husband’s Baltimore Colts jersey number.

    Tammy McLeod
    Presentation 2010 - November 16
    Tammy McLeod serves as a Chaplain at Harvard University and Director of College Ministry at Park Street Church in Boston and is studying for her M.Div. at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2008, Tammy’s 17-year-old son Zack made a tackle in a high school football game that caused a left subdural hematoma and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Initially unsure if he would live, Zack underwent a craniotomy, craniectomy, five weeks in ICU, followed by four months in acute rehab where he had to re-learn how to walk, eat, drink and speak. Now 19, Zack still has little speech and short-term memory and tone issues in his right leg and arm. He is not expected to ever go back to school or live alone. Tammy has three additional children and is also a singer and songwriter.

    Jim Unis
    Presentation 2010 - November 16
    Jim Unis was born and raised in Gloucester, MA, and had a promising career in football as a high school and college student. He served as a captain for the East team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in Texas in 2002 and started as a true freshman at Boston College in the fall later that year. After sustaining multiple concussions, Jim discontinued playing football his sophomore year and devoted his time to realizing his passion for equality. He received a B.A. in 2006 and an M.Ed. in 2007, both from Boston College. Upon finishing his advanced degree, Jim served as a high school history teacher and football coach in the Boston Public School system and worked as a personal trainer. Currently, Jim works in the field of higher education as a student affairs administrator at Mount Ida College where he has been able to continue his passion for assisting young people in their development. Although his injuries allowed him more time to realize his passion for social justice, Jim continues to educate himself on effective ways to treat Post Traumatic Concussion Syndrome (PTCS) symptoms.

    Eleanor M. Perfetto, Ph.D., M.S.
    Presentation 2011 - November 14
    Dr. Eleanor Perfetto’s husband Ralph Wenzel played in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers from 1966-1973. In the mid-1990s both Eleanor and Ralph began to notice Ralph’s memory problems and in 1999 Ralph was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment which has progressed to degenerative dementia. Ralph now lives in an assisted living facility, unable to feed, bathe or otherwise care for himself. In 2009 Eleanor filed the first workers’ compensation claim against the San Diego Chargers for dementia resulting from brain injuries incurred while playing football. Eleanor has been recognized with several Alzheimer’s Association advocacy awards for her work on behalf of patients with head trauma-related dementias and their caregivers. Dr. Perfetto is Senior Director, Reimbursement and Regulatory Affairs, at Pfizer Inc. and currently serves as a board member for the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, Center for Medical Technology Policy, Health Industry Forum, and Sports Legacy Institute.