Mary Giliberti, J.D.
is the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Previously, Ms. Giliberti served as a section chief in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to that, she was the director of public policy and advocacy for federal and state issues at NAMI.
During her 20+ years in the mental health field, Ms. Giliberti also served as a disability counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and as a senior attorney at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
Mary earned her B.A. at Harvard College and her J.D. at Yale Law School. She is a native of North Bellmore, N.Y. About NAMI
NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Captain Jon Perez, Ph.D.
, is the Regional Administrator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region IX which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Guam, Nevada, American Samoa, CNMI, FSM, Marshall Islands, and Palau.
His federal service spans over 20 years, with a range of previous positions from directing clinical service programs to providing national leadership as the Director of Behavioral Health for the Indian Health Service. Dr. Perez is also well known for developing programs for disaster response and international health diplomacy efforts.
In addition to numerous other professional, military, academic, and civic honors, Dr. Perez received a letter of commendation from the President of the United States in 1991 for his pioneering work with military families in over 20 countries during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; the Secretary of Health and Human Services Distinguished Service Award in 2006 for his work on behalf of Louisiana school children following hurricanes Katrina and Rita; and the White Eagle Feather in 1999 from the people of the White Mountain Apache Tribe for his seven years’ work with them as their behavioral health director.
Dr. Perez is a native Californian who was raised, trained, and still lives in Region IX. In addition to California, he has also lived in Nevada and Arizona, and served in Hawaii on numerous military and civilian missions. http://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/perez-bio_2.jpg