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Beryl Jones-Wooden, JD
Beryl Jones-Wooden specializes in copyright law, art law, and professional responsibility. In addition to teaching courses in those areas, she serves as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. She is on the board of directors of the Westchester Children's Museum. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Copyright Society, a member of the American Law Institute, and the Federal Bar Council, She has also chaired the Association of the American Law Schools Art Law Section and its Intellectual Property Section. She has long been active in New York City Bar on its committees for art law, communications and media law, and copyright law. Professor Jones-Wooden joined the faculty in 1984 after serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the Eastern District of New York, and law clerk to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
David W. Covington, LPC, MBA
Clinical Division Director
David is the CEO and President of Crisis Access, LLC. Between 2009 and 2013, he was Vice-President of Clinical & Program Outcomes for Magellan Health Services. He was instrumental in developing the Clinical Care & Intervention Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, which has become the basis for an imitative to transform healthcare systems in their active support of suicide prevention. He has served as special editor of a special National Council Magazine that included more than 50 articles on suicide prevention.
Crisis Centers Division Director
Pat has been the Program Director of a 24-hour Regional Crisis and Triage line at Volunteers of America Western Washington since 2006, accredited by AAS and CONTACT USA. The Crisis Line is a Lifeline affiliate, and Ms. Morris has been a member of the Lifeline Steering Committee since 2009. In addition to her duties as the AAS Crisis Centers Division Chair, she is a Board member of NASCOD, National Association of Crisis Line Directors. She is a certified ASIST and safeTALK training through Livingworks. Ms. Morris is a licensed professional counselor, a nationally certified mental health and Master Addiction counselor with a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Idaho. During her thirty year career in the Mental Health and Chemical Dependency field, she has experience providing mental health case management, involuntary treatment evaluations, psychosocial and Clubhouse rehabilitation and outpatient therapy.
Lived Experiences and Attempt Survivor Division Director
DeQuincy Lezine, PhD, is a suicide attempt survivor who has been active in suicide prevention since 1996, including roles in the development of national and state suicide prevention plans. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from UCLA, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester focused on public health approaches to suicide prevention. Dr. Lezine is the Co-Chair of the Consumer Survivor Subcommittee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and a member of the Steering Committee for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. He is also a a member of the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force, of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and principal author on the Way Forward: Pathways to Hope, Recovery, and Wellness with Insights from Lived Experience which is in press. He has also worked with organizations including Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) USA, Organization for Attempters and Survivors in Interfaith Services (OASSIS), National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), and the Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council. Dr. Lezine is the author of Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide (Oxford University Press, 2008) and President & CEO of Prevention Communities, focusing on suicide prevention and mental health promotion.
John Draper, PhD
Prevention Division Director
Dr. Draper has nearly 25 years of experience in crisis intervention and suicide prevention work, and is considered one of the nation's leading experts in crisis contact center practices (hotline, online chat, SMS services, etc.). Dr. Draper provided clinical leaderships to a mobile crisis team for 7 years before establishing the award-winning LifeNet in 1996, New York City's first 24/7 crisis hotline service that was also central to the nation's largest-ever disaster mental health response following 9/11. Since 2004, Dr. Draper has been the Director of the SAMHSA-funded National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK), overseeing all aspects of this service. Dr. Draper is also the primary Lifeline liaison to both SAMHSA and the Veterans Crisis Line. In addition, Dr. Draper is President of Link2Health Solutions (L2HS), a wholly-owned affiliate of the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC). As president of L2HS, Dr. Draper and L2HS staff administers other national networks of crisis services, including the NFL Life Line, the SAMHSA-funded Disaster Distress Helpline. Dr. Draper serves on two task forces for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, acting as a faculty member of the Zero Suicide Academy and as co-chair of the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force. Dr. Draper Earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia Counseling Psychology Department in 1996. Dr. Draper has also maintained a private psychotherapy practice in New York City since 2000, working with individuals and couples.
Lisa Brenner, PhD
Research Division Director
As the Director of the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 19 Mental Illness Research, Education, and clinical Center (MIRECC), Lisa has worked to create a culture that values collaboration with professionals across disciplines to conduct meaningful research aimed at reducing suicide and increasing quality of life among those who have served. She is also Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Neurology at the University of Colorado, Denver School of Medicine. In addition, Lisa is a researcher, investigating suicide prevention among military personnel and Veterans, with a focus on promising clinical interventions.
Janet Schnell, MSW LSW
Survivor Division Director
Janet Schnell MSW LSW, is a suicide loss survivor following her brother Kent's died by suicide in 1994. She has been active in suicide postvention since 1996 when she helped form Survivors of Suicide of Dubois County in Indiana. Janet previously served on the board of the Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network (SPAN USA). She is a Question Persuade Refer (QPR) suicide prevention instructor and founding member of the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition. Janet is a member of the Indiana Suicide Prevention Advisory Board with the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, the Southwest and Dubois County Suicide Prevention Coalition, and she is an American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Faces of Suicide quilt organizer. She authored a chapter about her experience for Seeking Hope: Stories of the Suicide Bereaved and had an article published about suicide loss survivors after Robin William's death with the National Association of Social work. She is an adjunct trainer for Vincennes University - Jasper Campus, coordinator for the Dubois County Substance Abuse Council, a grant reviewer for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and is certified in Psychological Autopsy Investigation.
Michelle Cornette, PhD
Ex-Officio, Executive Director
Dr. Cornette's longtime professional focus has been the study and prevention of suicide. Her professional history in suicide prevention includes roles as administrator, researcher, clinician, educator, and survivor of suicide loss.Dr. Cornette comes to AAS from the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where she served as Military Suicide Subject Matter Expert. In her work for the CDP, she developed a 2-day workshop for military mental health providers on empirically-supported approaches to suicide prevention. The workshop, which was designated among APA's 2013 Presidential Initiatives, has been disseminated to military mental health providers across the country. She co-developed the CDP's online suicide prevention course, and oversaw the 1-week civilian training program. She has also been active in teaching within the Medical and Clinical Psychology doctoral program.
Prior posts held by Dr. Cornette include her 10-year in the VA system, where she was VISN 12 Suicide Prevention Director, Suicide Prevention Team Leader, and Mental Health Division Research Lead. In the former capacity, she was responsible for overseeing suicide prevention activities at the 7 VA facilities in VISN 12. Dr. Cornette has also maintained an active research program on suicide risk, funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Charles E. Kubly Foundation, the DoD, and VA HSR&D. She has published a number of articles and book chapters, and has presented extensively on the topics of military and civilian suicide risk, risk assessment, and intervention.
Dr. Cornette is a member of the MOMRP Suicide Research Consortium, and the Defense Suicide Prevention Office working group addressing suicide prevention training. She sits on the Medical Advisory Board of the Charles E. Kubly Foundation, and has previously served on the VISN 12 Mental Health Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors, Mental Health American of Wisconsin. She has been honored for her contributions by both VHA and DoD.
Dr. Cornette holds a research faculty appointment in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.