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Fact or Fiction: Let's Talk Mental Health and the ADA

  • 10/10/2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Burhans Hall, 440 N. Whittington Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40222


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"People who have mental illness are just crazy.” “People with Schizophrenia are always dangerous.” These are just a couple of the myths surrounding people who have mental illness, but it’s time to learn the FACTS surrounding these conditions.

Kelley Gannon, COO of Centerstone Kentucky

Kelley Gannon, COO of Centerstone Kentucky, and Aarika Mack-Brown Sr. Attorney for the EEOC’s Indianapolis office, are both experts in this field and want to share their knowledge on these issues with you. Kelley will cover facts and myths about mental illness, and clarify terminology that is frequently misused. She will also provide attendees with helpful tips on the best ways to deal with the issues that could arise in the workplace. Aarika will discuss the legal aspects of mental illness in the workplace and cover recent case developments in the area.

Aarika Mack-Brown, Sr. Trial Attorney for the EEOC Indianapolis District Office

Aarika D. Mack-Brown is a Senior Trial Attorney in the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission’s Indianapolis District Office. She has been with the EEOC since 2009. As a trial attorney, Ms. Mack-Brown represents the Commission in its employment discrimination litigation. Ms. Mack-Brown also advises the Commission’s investigative staff on matters related to the federal employment discrimination law.

Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Mack-Brown represented the interests of management as a defense attorney and served as in-house legal counsel for an international civil and defense aerospace company.

Ms. Mack-Brown received her B.A. summa cum laude from Fisk University in 2001 and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004. Ms. Mack-Brown is admitted to practice in Indiana and the United States District Court for both the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. She speaks frequently to management and employee groups on issues related to employment discrimination.

Kelly Gannon, COO for Centerstone Kentucky

Ms. Gannon is the Chief Operating Officer for Centerstone Kentucky, formally Seven Counties Services. As COO of Centerstone KY she is responsible for setting the strategic direction for four lines of service, Adult Mental Health, Child and Family Behavioral Health, Addiction Services and Intellectual and Development Services. Centerstone KY is the leading provider of behavioral healthcare in the Louisville region serving over 34,000 people annually.

Ms. Gannon has worked in the behavioral health field for twenty-eight years. She has extensive experience in strategic planning and implementation and proven leadership in the application of Evidence Based Practices. She has leadership skills in coordinating and promoting collaborative relationships with community providers and key stakeholders to create real collective impact and positive outcomes. She has adept knowledge for developing practice management opportunities to support the mission of behavioral health.

She earned her master’s degree in social work in 1994 from the University of Kentucky and her independent licensure in 2002. Most recently she earned her MBA from the University of Louisville.

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