Nexus Conference Preview: Moving Forward Together So That All May Learn

Learn more about the Nexus 8 conference at Bryant Alternative High School on April 21.

Is there a connection among student behaviors such as  bullying, depression  or  other student problems that  make focus and learning difficult and what is called “mental health” - and can the negatives be prevented??? Come find out?

Come to NEXUS 8:                                    


April 21, 2012 -  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bryant High School Cafeteria (on the lower level)

2709 Popkins Lane

Alexandria, Virginia 22306

NEXUS is sponsored by the citizen Advisory Board for The Joe & Fredona Gartlan Center for Community Mental Health,

In the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County, Virginia.  

Gartlan’s Nexus Team organizes forums, supports activities and advocates for those who share effective programs and strategies to help the young learn healthy brain-ways in a stressful world.

This conference is the 8th free, public forum exploring opportunities for:

Building Together

Strong Mental Health Outcomes

Among Children and Youth

Through Education and Research for

Prevention & Intervention.


Contact: Lainge Bailey, Nexus Coordinator laingebailey@earthlink.net with your reservation  and choice of  RR chicken or roast beef sandwich or salad.

Come and bring your  questions for the following folks:


W. Elliott Bales, Master of Ceremonies (MC)

Scott Surovell (D-44th) (Time:TBA) Virginia Delegate

Co-facilitators Karla Bruce, Division Director, Regions 1 and 4
Regional Services and Center Operations, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and Mary Ann Panarelli, EdD, Director, Intervention and Prevention Services, Fairfax County Public Schools

AM Gail Ritchie, SAMHSA/CMHS – The Good Behavior Game

Taking Ideas from the Field Into The Classroom:

Tina Hone – Founder of the Nonprofit-The Coalition of The Silent and  former FCPS Board member

Tina Wilkerson, FCPS  Program Manager for FCPS Applied Behavior Analysis Program (ABA PreK-2 Adapted –12)

Nannette Bowler , Director, Fairfax County Family Services –  and  The Team: Mary Phelps & Kesha Edwards – Fairfax County Department of Family Services – and the "Learning Cottage'

West Potomac High School Players - Improving behaviors school-wide, identified in the 2011 Fairfax County Youth Survey

PM: Dan Storck - Mount Vernon Representative to the Fairfax County Public Schools Board – presents a 30K foot view present and future progress meeting  individual, mental and physical, holistic health needs  as well as academic needs. 

Denise Juliano-bult – Chief of the Systems Research and Disparities in Mental Health Services  Research Programs, National Institute of Mental Health  -  improving the effectiveness of services for young people with  severe  mental illness including programs addressing homelessness, incarceration, and community.

Taking Ideas into the Real World -

Dennis Fee – Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court  -

Kathy Furr, Program Coordinator, Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home

Jorjanne Gausman Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.(CSB) senior member, CSB resource team for children’s mental health

James Gillespie, LCSW, MPA, CSA Program Manager, Fairfax-Falls Church

Dr. Sharon Hunt, Principal Project Specialist at American Institute of Research (AIR) Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership)

James Sawyer - MS, NCC- Youth Involvement Content Specialist - National Federation of Families - meaningful youth involvement


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