Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz is an award-winning reporter for the Chicago Tribune, where she covers workplace issues for the newspaper's business section. During the 14 years she has worked as a journalist, Alexia has covered retail for the business section, health and travel for the Tribune's lifestyles desk and, before she aged out of the demographic, she wrote features for RedEye, the Tribune's daily tabloid for 18- to 34-year-old readers. Alexia also covered several suburban towns for the Daily Herald and crime for the City News Service. She started her career with internships at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, WGN Radio, ABC News 20/20 and El Comercio, Peru's leading newspaper. A native of Washington, D.C., Alexia has a B.A. in international relations from Brown University. She also serves on the board of 826Chi, a nonprofit that teaches low-income Chicago kids how to write. Alexia is the younger daughter of Eduardo Elejalde.
Tom Feitel has had a distinguished career as a businessman and innovator in technology, healthcare, and life sciences. Tom is Global Head, Enterprise Customer Solutions at Medocity, a company developing integrated virtual care systems and services. Prior to Medocity, he was the Global Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation at Sanofi after more than a decade serving as Chief Web Officer for Medco Health Solutions where he was responsible for medco.com, the largest online pharmacy in the world at that time. He also created and ran Medco's enterprise innovation practice driving rapid, high quality visualizations of breakthrough ideas. Previously, he was EVP of Marketing and Sales for Medsite and held several executive leadership roles at Schering-Plough Healthcare Products. Tom has a BA in English from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Ron Grais is Director, Pro Bono Services for Sugar, Felsenthal, Grais & Hammer, LLP. Ron provides transactional and governance legal services to non-profit organizations and oversees firm-wide pro bono activities. Ron has extensive experience in real estate development law, and expertise in zoning, construction, LEED certification, and mediation. Ron is deeply committed to improving the lives of persons suffering from serious mental illness. He led efforts to introduce smartphone technology to community behavioral health organizations in Illinois and Massachusetts. He has developed innovative programs to create permanent supportive housing for the mentally ill, and jail diversion efforts. He has built affordable and supportive residential housing as a developer himself. In his role as Director and President of Thresholds, among the largest and most innovative US psychiatric rehabilitation agencies, he has led housing, job creation, and technology efforts on behalf of members for more than 30 years. In recognition of his work with Thresholds, Ron received the 2016 Illinois Governor's Volunteer Service Award from the Serve Illinois Commission. He has a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Cornell University. He was a 2014 Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.
Fernando Montero is President of Mentor Capital Corporation, an investment management firm involved in listed securities and private equity in the United States and Latin America. He is also a founding partner of Latin America Enterprise Fund Managers, LLC. He was President of Hanseatic Corporation in New York from 1989 to 1997. He is a former minister of Energy and Mines of Perú during the Belaunde Administration. He started his career with the Deltec Group and subsequently worked for the International Finance Corporation and Lehman Brothers. A citizen of both the U.S. and Peru, Fernando holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mark Olfson, MD, MPH is Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center and a Research Psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute. His research focuses on identifying gaps between clinical science and practice in mental health care. He has brought attention to problems in quality of assessment and treatment of children and adults with psychiatric and substance use disorders including an emphasis on neglected and underserved populations. He has characterized unmet need for mental health services, the flow of patients into mental health care, and evolving practice patterns in the assessment and management of psychiatric disorders in primary care. Dr. Olfson has received numerous federal and private foundation grants and has published over 400 academic papers. Dr. Olfson has an M.P.H from Columbia University School of Public Health, an M.D. from Northwestern Medical School and a B.A. in Biology from Reed College.
Ralph Wharton, M.D., is Clinical Professor, Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). From 1965 to 1968, he was Assistant Chief, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and published a landmark paper on lithium carbonate in 1966. He has served as President, Society Of Practitioners at Columbia University Medical Center, and President, American College of Psychoanalysts. Ralph is the author of numerous papers and textbook chapters on depression and anxiety. He has been awarded the Distinguished Practitioner of the Year at CUMC. In 2010, he was named Co-Director of the Reiner Center for Psychosomatic & Behavioral Medicine. Ralph has a B.A. from Harvard and an M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.