Sue Abderholden is executive director for NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness). For the last 14 years, she’s led changes in public policies, created educational opportunities, and sparked support networks, helping to transform public attitudes and perceptions about people with mental illnesses. She has also worked for PACER Center, Arc and former U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone. Abderholden received her BA from Macalester College and her MPH from the University of Minnesota.
Rev. Alfred Babington-Johnson is the founder and CEO of the Stairstep Foundation with a mission to reignite the spirit of community among African-Americans. Stairstep facilitates the largest ecumenical collaboration of African-American churches in Minnesota: His Works United (HWU). More than 150 congregations are connected through the HWU Policy Board, consisting of the Heads of Communion of all the major African-American denominations. The latest initiative of HWU is a focus on community wellness, violence reduction and elimination of mental illness stigma. Babington-Johnson is an ordained minister with a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University and a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Seminary.
Bruce Sutor, MD is a Consultant Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He has been Practice Chair for the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo since 2011 and currently serves on the Governor’s Task Force For Mental Health. A native Minnesotan, Dr. Sutor graduated from Mayo Medical School and completed his residency training in psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic. His research interests include management of behavioral problems in dementia patients, and Electroconvulsive Therapy.