Speakers and Panel

Master of Ceremonies – Senator Mike Woodard

Senator Mike Woodard (D-District 22: Durham, Granville, & Person)

Mike Woodard is the North Carolina State Senator representing District 22: Durham, Granville, and Person counties. Before joining the General Assembly in 2013, Senator Woodard served on the Durham City Council for seven years. In his professional life, Senator Woodard is a long-time administrator with Duke University and the Duke Health System. He also worked as an administrator and instructor at Durham Technical Community College. A native of Wilson, NC, he graduated from Duke with degrees in economics, political science, and non-profit management.

Senator Woodard has been active in community affairs for more than 30 years. He served as State President of the North Carolina Jaycees and President of the Durham Jaycees. In addition, he has held leadership roles with St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, the Durham Arts Council, the Durham Rotary Club, the Dispute Settlement Center, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, and Triangle United Way.

The awards and honors Senator Woodard has received include: the 2017 Public Official Conservation Award from Sound Rivers; the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award from the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants; the 2017 Senator of the Year and the 2014 Rising Star awards from the League of Conservation Voters; the 2017 Legislator of the Year Award from Toxic Free NC; the 2012 City of Durham Human Rights Award, presented to an elected official has supported and promoted human rights causes and issues; the 2011 Goodmon Award for Regional Leadership by a Public Official; and in 2009 being named one of the first recipients of the Reliable Ally Award presented by the Southern Anti-Racism Network. In 1998, he was recognized as one of the Five Outstanding Young North Carolinians.

Senator Woodard is a regular panelist on “Front Row,” UNCTV’s weekly public affairs program.

He is married to the Reverend Sarah Woodard, a human resources officer for Duke Medicine, an ordained minister serving at St. Titus’ Episcopal Church and as a hospital chaplain, and an active community volunteer. In 1997 they were named the Durham Jaycees’ Family of the Year.

In his free time, Senator Woodard serves as a tutor at C.C. Spaulding Elementary School and enjoys bicycling, hiking, watching sports, reading, and attending arts events.

Keynote Speaker – Kody H. Kinsley

Kody H. Kinsley

Kody H. Kinsley serves as the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at DHHS. He leads state-wide public policy and operations that promote whole-person health by developing prevention methods, interventions, and systems of care for individuals living with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and substance use disorders. To that end, he oversees the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, which develops policy and funds community-based services and supports. He also oversees the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities which operates the 14 facilities that comprise the state’s publicly funded health system. Finally, in driving the Department’s commitment to community-based services and care, he oversees the Senior Advisor for ADA. In total, the Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health and IDD’s organization comprises over 11,000 employees and an annual budget of about $2 billion.

Mr. Kinsley returned home to North Carolina after serving as the presidentially appointed Assistant Secretary for Management for the United States Department of the Treasury. In that role, he functioned as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer with a broad scope of responsibility for the agency, its $15.5 billion discretionary budget, and 100,000 employees.

Mr. Kinsley’s experience spans the public and private sectors, including positions at the White House, the U.S Department of Health and Human Service, and leading operations for a behavioral health care service provider in western North Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brevard College in Brevard, NC and his Master of Public Policy from the University of California, at Berkeley.

Featured Speaker – Joel D. Corcoran

Joel Corcoran

As Executive Director of Clubhouse International, Joel is a global advocate working on behalf of millions of people living mental illness.

A Clubhouse is an evidence-based-practice founded on the belief that even the most disabled can sufficiently recover and improve their lives with the help of a supportive community. The Clubhouse model provides pathways to meaningful social inclusion, work and wellbeing. First developed in New York in 1948 by a small group of former psychiatric hospital patients, the model has gained international recognition, scaling to more than 350 Clubhouses operating in 33 countries and growing. Joel travels extensively throughout the world, working to promote and support the development and quality of new and existing Clubhouse programs. Together with a large Clubhouse International network he helps local communities in many countries and cultures create enduring resources and opportunities for people living with mental illness. In 2014 Clubhouse International was recognized as an exemplary organization working to “alleviate human suffering” with the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the largest humanitarian prize in the world.

Prior to Clubhouse, Joel worked with disadvantaged inner city youth, in large psychiatric hospitals, as an administrator with a multi-state mental health agency and campaigned nationally for mental health services reform. He is a passionate champion for the rights of people living with mental illness, and the importance of their involvement in the design of services and systems that support dignity, opportunity and recovery.

Clubhouse Panel

Lauren Butler

Lauren Butler is originally from Durham, North Carolina. She has two children—a daughter, Saniya (age 12) and a son, Alexander “Zander” (age 11). After graduating from Northern High School, Lauren’s dream was to become an Executive producer of a major morning news show; preferably Good Morning America. However, Lauren’s pursuit of this career was deferred when she began experiencing mental health challenges, specifically with depression. Lauren moved to Charlotte for a number of years before returning to the Chapel Hill area about one year ago.

The trauma of moving from a big city exacerbated Lauren’s depression and led her to feel extremely disconnected and isolated from the community. It was at this time that Lauren’s counselor referred her to Club Nova, a place for individuals living with serious mental illness to lead meaningful lives of their choice in the community. After going on an initial tour at Club Nova, Lauren felt the sense of belonging she had been looking for, and immediately began the process of becoming a member.

Lauren has a passion for music; however writing is her talent. She also does spoken word performances. Moving forward, she plans to start her own business geared towards an array of the performing arts. Despite the adversity Lauren has faced, including three hard-won battles with cancer in the last four years, Lauren is a survivor. Club Nova feels very lucky to have Lauren as a member, and it’s an honor to have her speak today.

The Honorable M. Patricia Devine

The Honorable M. Patricia DeVine served as District Court Judge in Orange and Chatham counties from May 1998 until her retirement from full-time judging at the end of 2008. She has presided – in virtually every case as both judge and jury – over criminal and civil court, hearing and deciding matters that include divorce and child custody disputes; misdemeanor criminal cases; juveniles alleged to be abused, neglected, dependent and/or delinquent; and contested involuntary hospital commitments.

Her prior courtroom experience includes nearly four years in this judicial district as an Assistant District Attorney; three years in the Office of the State Appellate Defender; and seven years as an Assistant Public Defender. She clerked at the Supreme Court of North Carolina for Associate Justice Harry C. Martin after graduating in 1983 from UNC Law School. She has taught law students at UNC Law School in the Research and Writing Program. She has also taught law related courses to undergraduates at UNC-Chapel Hill in both the Political Science and Speech Communication Departments; the Public Administration Program at North Carolina Central University; and the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
Pat was born in Brooklyn where she resided until her father’s job transferred their family to Birmingham, Alabama in her freshman year of high school. In the 1960’s, Pat moved to the Chapel Hill area where she has lived ever since. Pat is the mother of twins – her daughter, Beth, lives on Nantucket Island. Her son, Timothy, was a Chapel Hill resident until his death three years ago, at the age of 45. Tim suffered from mental illness—schizoaffective disorder – and was a loyal member of Club Nova. Club Nova members were present at Tim’s funeral and provided invaluable assistance with cleaning out Tim’s apartment when he passed. Pat and her son, Tim, remain a special part of the Club Nova family, and we are excited to have her speak today.

Legislative Panel

Rose Hoban – Moderator

Rose Hoban

Rose Hoban (Founder, Editor, Reporter) spent more than six years as the health reporter for North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC, where she covered health care, state health policy, science and research with a focus on public health issues. She left to start North Carolina Health News after watching many of her professional peers leave or be laid off of their jobs, leaving NC with few people to cover this complicated and important topic.

Hoban took a circuitous route into journalism—after a decade of practicing nursing, she enrolled at UC Berkeley’s journalism school. While at Berkeley, she also earned a master’s in public health policy.
Hoban’s work has been recognized both regionally and nationally with numerous awards, including broadcast’s highest award – the Columbia-DuPont – a Gracie Award, an Edward R. Morrow award, and a Society for Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade award. In 2010, she was awarded a fellowship by the Association of Health Care Journalists to do in-depth reporting on North Carolina’s mental health system. She has also been a Knight Digital Media Fellow.

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