Attorney General Thurbert Baker served for 13 years as Georgia’s top law enforcement official, over the span of three governors. Throughout his tenure, General Baker was consistently picked as one of Georgia Trend magazine’s “100 Most Influential Georgians.” Attorney General Baker served as the president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) from 2006-2007, where he gained the respect of business and legal leaders around the country for his leadership and expertise. General Baker is now a Partner, with the international law firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge in Atlanta, GA.
Charles G. Curie, M.A., A.C.S.W. is the principal and founder of THE CURIE GROUP, LLC, a management and consulting firm working with leaders in the healthcare field, particularly mental health (MH) and substance use (SU), to facilitate the transformation of services and to attain positive outcomes in the lives of people worldwide.
Curie's professional experience spans 30+ years in the MH and SU fields. He was nominated by the President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to head the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) from 2001 to 2006. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation’s substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment and mental health services, including The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the Strategic Prevention Framework for substance use prevention, Access to Recovery, National Outcome Measures, and work with post-conflict and war-torn countries MH and SU systems. Curie also chaired the Interagency Coordinating Committee to Prevent Underage Drinking, an unprecedented multi-agency effort to address the issue at the federal level. Curie oversaw a SAMHSA budget in excess of $3 billion a year.
From 1995 to 2001, Curie was appointed by PA Governor Ridge to serve as Deputy Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Services and implemented a nationally recognized MH drug and alcohol Medicaid managed care program, as well as a policy to reduce and eliminate the use of seclusion and restraining practices in the state hospital system, which won the 2000 Innovations in American Government Award.
Curie holds a Master Degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the PDV Foundation, the Responsible Retailing Forum, Inc. (RRF) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
Michael Fields received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University and a Law Degree from St. Mary's University School of Law. After Law School, he joined the Harris County District Attorney's office where he served as an Assistant District Attorney. From there, he worked for the Texas Attorney General's Office in the Prosecutor Assistance Division before starting a private Law practice. Michael then ran for Judge of County Criminal Court 14 in Harris County, won the primary, and took the bench in 1999. Currently, Mr. Fields serves on the Board of the Houston Community Center for the Performing and Visual Arts. He has also served as the Chairman of the Harris County Bail Bond Board, on the Board of Trustees of the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Board of Directors for Hope for Families, and on the Advisory Counsel of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs.
Carley Graham Garcia serves as Head of Global Industry Relations for Google, Inc., where her focus is fostering affinity for the company amongst the industry trade and customer audiences. As part of this global role, Carley leads the team responsible for managing relationships with key industry associations and for enhancing relationships with and driving revenue opportunities for Google's media properties.
Prior to joining Google in 2007, Carley was the Director of Advertising Sales at National Journal Group in Washington, DC, where her focus areas were issue advocacy and brand advertising. She has also held positions in the Integrated Advertising Sales Group at The Atlantic and within the marketing department of The Advisory Board Company.
Carley holds a BA from Georgetown University, a MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and is currently on leave from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she is pursuing a Mid-Career Master's in Public Administration. In her spare time, she serves as Adjunct Instructor within the Digital Marketing program at NYU's School for Continuing and Professional Studies and facilitates a women's network called Power Girls. Carley is based in New York City.
After graduating from college, Mr. Insley began his career in 1993 as a Police Officer with the Virginia Marine Police. In 1996, he was hired as a Special Agent with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In 1999, Mr. Insley was accepted into law school and continued to perform his duties as an ABC Special Agent, while attending law classes in the evenings and on the weekends. In 2003, Mr. Insley graduated from law school and was admitted to practice law in Virginia. Mr. Insley left ABC to work as a state prosecutor. After prosecuting for a few years in two separate jurisdictions, Mr. Insley entered the private sector and focused his practice in ABC Law. In his private practice, Mr. Insley has represented clients ranging from small solo-proprietorships to national chain restaurants, distributors and manufactures of alcohol in an array of ABC related issues. In 2010, Mr. Insley was appointed by Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell to serve as Commissioner and Chairman of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
Lisa Graham Keegan graduated from Stanford University with a degree in human language. She earned a master's degree in communication disorders from Arizona State University. Ms. Keegan was a founding member of the Education Leaders Council and was named Chief Executive Officer. She has long worked for education reform, gaining national attention for her focus on student centered funding and academic improvement. Having worked as a superintendent and at the state government level, Lisa Graham Keegan is often called to speak to Congress, State Legislative bodies, and education organizations. She is currently involved with boards and committees including the President's Commission on Title IX, Empower America, and Foundation for Teaching Economics. She regularly contributes to publications for organizations such as the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, the Pioneer Institute, and Chronicles Magazine. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Weekly Standard, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.
Robert King earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity College and a law degree from the Vanderbilt University of Law. He began his career as a prosecutor for offices of District Attorneys. Since then, he has been in private practice, served as a New York State Assemblyman, and most recently has been serving as Chancellor for the State University of New York. He has served as a volunteer with the United Way, the American Lung Association, Camp Good Days, and Special Times. Mr. King received a Presidential appointment to be a member of the White House commission on Presidential Scholars. He was appointed by Secretary of State Colin Powell to the Education Committee of the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a representative of state and local government interests.
Dr. Wolf received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the City University of New York and received a bachelor's degree from Columbia College. He has been a practicing psychologist for over 25 years, seeing children and adolescents in the Springfield, Massachusetts area. Dr. Wolf is the author of many books on parenting children and adolescents, including the best selling book, Get out of my life but first could you drive me and Cheryl to the Mall? A Guide to the New Teenager and I’d Listen to my Parents if they’d just shut up. Dr. Wolf is a frequent contributor to parenting magazines including Parents, Family Circle, and has written for CHILD Magazine. He has won numerous awards, and his works have been featured in TIME and O Magazine.