Kevin "Earthday Earleybird" Earley
Kevin lives independently in Arlington, Virginia where he works as a Certified Peer Support Specialist for Arlington County, working with youth who have mental health challenges. In addition to working as a Peer, he has given several speeches across the country about his experiences with mental health challenges, and his resilience and recovery. He is featured in the upcoming 2022 Ken Burn’s Documentary on youth mental health, titled HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT. Kevin has gone on to earn his master’s in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020. He loves to make art and music and releases projects independently and through his website, www.getthatworm.com.
Laura Pogliano is a training and education consultant in Baltimore, MD. She was the primary caretaker of her son, Zaccaria, who was stricken with schizophrenia at age 17. Ms. Pogliano is the director of Treatment Before Tragedy, a non profit that provides practical supports and small grants to the caregivers of those with mental illnesses and their families. Her son’s story has been featured on CBS News, in USA Today, in Oprah Magazine, and in Baltimore Magazine. Her son’s story was also featured in a documentary called “Shattered Families,” which won numerous awards on the independent film circuit. Ms. Pogliano is passionate about helping families understand how to best help their loved ones and improving patient care and outcomes.
Dr. Leona Satterburg
Leona completed a Master’s in Forensic Psychology studies at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and went on to earn her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Southern California Seminary. Forensic Psychology is the intersect of mental illness and the judicial system. Attending Southern California Seminary was an intentional academic pursuit. Having a mental health degree grounded in Biblical studies was a priority. She studied with the vision of strengthening the ministry of the church to those who are impacted by mental illness and their families.
Her passion grows from her own experience with her son who was hospitalized and diagnosed at age seven with bipolar disorder and later with schizoaffective disorder. His illness led to addiction and homelessness. The journey was one that engulfed the entire family and required hope that only comes from God. As a committed volunteer for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), she has been a family educator for fifteen years. She leads support groups and is co-leading the FaithNet outreach in her area to educate and inform churches of the mental health resources available. She is also a Mental Health Coach through American Association of Christian Counselors.
Leona lives in Northern California where she enjoys traveling, reading and time with family. She has six adult children and eight grandchildren that bring incredible joy. Her son has been stable for three years and recently married.