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Director of the Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston

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Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, & Education
Director of Training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Director of School Mental Health Services Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

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Steve Shiels is currently the Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness for Fort Bend ISD where he has served for the past six years. Prior to Fort Bend ISD, Steve was the Director of College and Career Readiness for Pflugerville ISD where he was also the Lead Counselor for Hendrickson High School before moving to the district level. Steve has been a School Counselor at all levels in Chicago Public Schools and Austin ISD. He began his counseling career as a Licensed Professional Counselor where he served children and adolescents in both inpatient hospital and community settings. His passion is mental wellness and removing barriers to high quality services for the underserved.

Olga Acosta Price, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist with postdoctoral training in school mental health, is director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS), a national resource and technical assistance center based at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and is associate professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the University.

Jennifer Del Bono has been an educator in California for 23 years, currently serving as the Director of Safe and Healthy Schools at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. She's dedicated to promoting equity through health, and creating possibility for all.
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Sharon Hoover, PH.D.

Sharon Hoover, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Co-Director of the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH, She currently leads national efforts to support states, districts and schools in the adoption of national performance standards of comprehensive school mental health systems ( Dr. Hoover has led and collaborated on multiple federal and state grants, with a commitment to the study and implementation of quality children’s mental health services. Creating safe, supportive and resilient schools has been a major emphasis of Dr. Hoover’s research, education and clinical work. Since 2004, she has worked with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Treatment Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope and Wellness in Schools, to train school district and school leaders, educators and support staff in multi-tiered systems of support for psychological trauma.

Dr. Bailer is currently the coordinator of School Psychology Services for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). In her current role, Dr. Bailer has supervisory responsibility for over 170 school psychology practitioners who serve over 189,000 students. In collaboration with state and county government, and public and private agencies, she has worked to establish practices and policies to develop, implement, and continuously evaluate mental health services to students. The school division is located near the nation’s capital and proudly hosts over 14,000 military connected students. Dr. Bailer serves as the Liaison to the Military for the school division, working with local Garrison leadership, School Liaison Officers, and state and national leaders and organizations serving military students and families. FCPS is the 10th largest school division in the nation.

Dr. Lever is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the National Center for School Mental Health. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience providing and leading school mental health services and programming efforts at the local, state, and national levels. She serves as the Executive Director of the University of Maryland School Mental Health Program, a long-standing and exemplar community-partnered school mental health program in Baltimore City. In her Co-Director role, she is working with federal, state, and local agencies, national organizations, school districts, schools/higher education institutions, and mental health programs to advance school mental health. She has advanced research, training, policy, and practice focused on building multi-tiered systems of student supports that have family-school-community partnerships as a foundation. She has extensive experience and leadership in advancing high quality and sustainable school mental health services and programming including serving as a leader for the National Quality Initiative on School Based Health Services.