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Join Chaka Fattah, Arthur Evans, Jr., PhD, Vicky Yamamoto, PhD,

Salima Pace, Alejandra Y. Castillo and Garen Staglin

on March 19 at 2pm for this virtual symposium.

Arthur Evans, Jr., PhD

Clinical and community psychologist and health care innovator Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, is CEO of the American Psychological Association, the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. With more than 121,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students as members, APA promotes and disseminates psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve lives – a mission consistent with Evans' life work.

Vicky Yamamoto, PhD

Dr. Vicky Yamamoto is a cancer scientist at Keck School of Medicine of USC in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery with more than 10 years of research experience ranging from developmental neurobiology and stem cell to molecular targeted therapy. Prior joining the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC, Dr. Yamamoto worked at Mount St. Mary's College, The Scripps Research Institute, the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and California Institute of Technology. She has significant teaching experience and mentored numerous students.

Salima Pace

Salima Pace is the Secretary-Treasurer for District 1199C National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees.   She is an active volunteer in the 51st Ward in Southwest Philadelphia including holding the positions of Ward Chair and committeeperson. She has also held the position of block captain as well as serving on the Neighborhood Advisory Sub-Committee at the Southwest CDC (2018 – 2019). Before being elected as the union’s Secretary-Treasurer, she served as an Administrator Organizer for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She was proud to receive the 2017 Next Generation of Leadership Philadelphia’s Rising Stars Award from city councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown.

Alejandra Y. Castillo

Alejandra Y. Castillo (Washington, DC) is the former Minority Business Development Agency National Director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Ms. Alejandra Y. Castillo to serve as the National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).  Ms. Castillo is the first Hispanic-American woman to lead the Agency since its creation.  In this capacity, Ms. Castillo directs the Agency’s strategic efforts to enhance the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises (MBEs).  Under Ms. Castillo’s leadership, the Agency has expanded its effort to help MBEs grow and succeed through access to capital, access to contract and access to business opportunities both domestically and abroad.  Prior to assuming this role, she served as National Deputy Director managing the Agency’s day-to-day operations and its national network of 44 business centers.

Garen Staglin

Garen is the Co-Founder and Board Chairman of One Mind (formerly the International Mental Health Research Organization), a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

During the last twenty years, One Mind and the Staglin’s Music Festival for Brain Health have raised more than $400 million for mental health charities and research. Launched in 2011 with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy and now led by President, Brandon Staglin, One Mind is pursuing a number of large-scale public-private partnerships in Schizophrenia, TBI, and PTS as well as funding cutting-edge research with 30 rising star scientists.