BREAK THE SILENCE WITH US
Thursday, May 10, 2018
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration and coffee at 7:00 a.m.
Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Marylou Sudders, MSW, ACSW
Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Professionally trained as a social worker, Sudders has been a public official, private non-profit executive, advocate and college professor. She served as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Sudders was an associate professor and chaired the health/mental health program at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. She also served as a behavioral health expert with the Department of Justice.
She has been recognized by top business, social work and civic organizations, including the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Eastern Bank, and from the National Association of Social Work for her work.
Sudders is an alumna of Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree with honors and a Master’s degree in social work, and received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Believing in community service, she has served on many charitable boards, including the Pine Street Inn, DentaQuest Foundation, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Joseph D. Feaster, Jr.
Counsel, McKenzie & Associates P.C.
Samaritans Council Member
Feaster is a prostate cancer survivor (2002), and a strong advocate on mental illness and suicide, particularly since he lost his son to mental illness in 2010.
He currently serves on the advisory council of Samaritans, Inc., as chairman of the board of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, as co-chair of My Brother’s Keeper Boston, as a board member of the National Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, as a board member of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Inc., and as a board member of Health Care for All. He previously served as President of the Boston Branch NAACP, as Vice Chairman and board member of Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP), as Speaker of the House of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), as a board member of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MLCHC), as a board member of Dimock Community Health Center, which tenure included serving as Board Chairman and as the Center’s Interim President, and as a board member of NAMI Boston.
Feaster is married to Phyllis Feaster, has 2 children, Aalana and Joseph III (deceased), and a grandson, Jaedin.
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All event Sponsors receive a table for 10.