NAMI Colorado State Conference and Annual Meeting

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October 23 - 24, 2021

Event is both in person and virtual - option to choose at registration.
Saturday, October 23rd, 1-6 p.m. MST and Sunday, October 24th, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MST.
Staenberg Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia Street, Denver, CO

Agenda (Subject to Change)

October 23, 2021

1:00 - 1:25

Welcoming Remarks

Babu George Mathew President, NAMI Colorado

Ray Merenstein
Executive Director, NAMI Colorado

1:30 - 2:15

Philips Social Hall

Special Presentation “Conversations We Need to Have”

Dr. Cerise Hunt 
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
Colorado School of Public Health

Jessica Muhlenberg
Vice President, Global Benefits, Well-being & Mobility at VF Corporation

Babu Mathew George
President, NAMI Colorado

Facilitated by
Ray Merenstein

 2:30 - 3:15

Philips Social Hall

Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Mental Health and Spirituality 

Rev. Amy Petré Hill,
Mental Health and Inclusion Ministries

Tanya Ryder,M.Ed, NAMI, Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

AbdulAziz Syed,
Khalil Center

Moderated by
Babu George Mathew

Mizel Reception

Crisis Intervention Teams 2021 - What's new

Jeff Santelli,
Santelli Training

Lt. Christopher Gulli
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office

Perlmutter Room

Voices from NAMI Colorado - Rural and Urban

Bonnie Bowman
NAMI Southeast 

Eunice Collette,
NAMI Chaffee County
3:30 - 4:25

Philips Social Hall

Veterans and Their Families

Daniel Schreiter,
Family Care Center

Michael Wheaton
Helping Heroes


Our Legislative Advocacy

Senator Chris Kolker

Representative Judy Amabile

Moderated by Ray Merenstein


Professional Workforce Issues

Moe Keller,
Mental Health Colorado

Amy Lyden,
Jefferson Center for Mental Health

4:30 - 5:00


Annual Business Meeting & Elections

5:00 - 6:00


Mental Health, Music and More - Networking Hour

October 24, 2021

9:00 - 9:10


Opening Remarks

Ray Merenstein Executive Director, NAMI Colorado

Babu George Mathew President, NAMI Colorado

9:15 - 9:45


The Intersection of Justice and Mental Health

Attorney General Phil Weiser



LGBTQIA - Everyone is On a Journey

Brad Reubendale,

Maree McRae Heart Mind Connect

Camryn Byrne Heart, Mind Connect


Brackish Waters: Mental Health and the Colorado Law

Jonathan Culwell,
Public Policy Chair, NAMI Colorado

Jen Longtin,
JLongtin Law

Hassan Latiff,
Second Chance Center


Youth: Today's Voices, Tomorrow's Leaders

Taleen Sample,
Colorado Youth Advisory Commission

Aimee Resnick,
Colorado Youth Advisory Commission

Moderated by Rep. Dafna Michaelson-Jenet



Mindfulness and Wellness

Katherine Winter Sellery,
Founder and CEO of Conscious Parenting Revolution 


Digital Technology & Suicide Awareness

Bryan Archuleta,
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co


Media and Mental Health

Jesse Ogas,
TEGNA Foundation/9 News
Executive Director of Social Responsibility and Community Engagement



Closing Remarks




Frequently Asked Questions

No, the event is come and go as you please but will only be accessible if you attend in person or pre-register for the event online.
In order to ensure we have an accurate count of attendees we request that each person register individually.
Yes, a chat or Q&A function will be available so you can type your question. Online audience will be muted and unable to ask questions live.
The majority of them are scheduled to be in person but they presentation will be streamed via Zoom or YouTube Live during the event.
Prior to the event, a reminder will be sent to all registered participants with instructions on how to login for each session.
Yes, there is a virtual lounge and chat that will be available throughout the conference that you can choose to attend if you are online. Organizations that wish to share resources or links should contact