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AGENDA - 2023

Pathways to Hope

Better Together! + Mejores Juntos!

Friday, August 25 @ The Tobin Center for The Performing Arts

9:00am-10:00am Opening Plenary #1: Judge Peter Sakai, Rawle Andrews, Jr.

10:00am-10:15am Break

10:15am-11:15am Workshop I

11:15am-11:30am Break

11:30am-12:30pm Workshop II

12:30pm-1:15pm  Lunch

1:15pm-2:15pm     Workshop III 

2:15pm-2:30pm   Break

2:30pm-3:30pm  Workshop IV

3:30pm-3:45pm  Break/Alamo City Street Choir

3:45pm-4:15pm   Closing Celebration Plenary #2: Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Dr. Kara Allen


Saturday, August 26  @The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

8:00am-8:45am  Multi-Faith Prayer Time Rev. Wyndee Holbrook

Interfaith San Antonio Alliance and Festival of Faiths San Antonio

8:45am-9:00am   Break

9:00am-10:00am Opening Plenary #3: Eric Smith, Rev. Mike Marsh

10:00am-10:15am Break

10:15am -11:45am Seminar A

11:45am-12:30pm Lunch

12:30pm-2:00pm Seminar B

2:00pm-2:10pm  Break

2:10pm-2:30pm   Closing Celebration Plenary #4: Rev. Scott Heare


Meditation and Prayer                      [Next to the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater]

A quiet space for meditation and prayer will be open during the entire conference.  You may spend time in
quiet reflection, in meditation or in prayer.  Located Next to the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater.


Conference Plenaries


  • A 30-minute speaker sharing a compelling story.  



  • A 30-minute speaker giving thanks and encouragement to those in attendance as well as a celebration and commitment to the action items discovered in the seminars. 


Opening #1                                                            [Friday at 9 am] H.E.B. Performance Hall

Rev. Justin Lindstrom 

Judge Peter Sakai, Bexar County Judge 

Rawle Andrews, Jr., Esq., Executive Director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation - “Reclaiming Your Inner David: Finding Purpose, Promise and Peace of Mind in a World of Goliaths”


Celebration #2                                   [Friday at 3:30 pm] H.E.B. Performance Hall

Alamo City Street Choir 

Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio - “Community Leading the Way” (Video)

Dr. Kara Allen, Spurs - “Community Partnerships Impact on Mental Health” 


Opening #3                                          [Saturday at 9 am] H.E.B. Performance Hall

Rev. Justin Lindstrom 

Eric Smith, Living in Community with a Mental Illness 

Rev. Mike Marsh, Rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Uvalde, Texas 


Celebration #4                                   [Saturday at 2:10 pm] H.E.B. Performance Hall

Rev. Justin Lindstrom 

Rev. Scott Heare, H. E. Butt Foundation 

Conference Workshops

  • One hour long led by two speakers of talent and expertise in the field or topic who would present for 20 minutes each.  One facilitator who would lead the discussion following the presentation for 20 minutes.


I (Friday at 10:15 am)

Compassion to Action: Donna Costa, LMSW                                             (Feik Rotunda)

  • Trauma-Informed Faith Communities  

  • Donna Costa, LMSW, NAMI Bridges to Care & Dr. Eunice Grant, MA, True Vine International Church 

  • CEU’s Available


Celebrating Diversity: Bishop Trevor Alexander                                        (McLaughlin Rotunda)

  • African American Communities: I Heard it Through the Grapevine 

  • Sharing Hope (video) and Family Story


Human and Community Flourishing: Keely Petty, PhD.                     (Denman Founder’s Lounge)                     

  • Coming Together as a Community 

  • Westcare of Texas [Dr. Keely Petty], Rapha Cohort/BTCSA [Dr. Andy Gray], NAMI Bridges to Care 

  • CEU’s Available


Justice and Mercy: Leticia Dominguez                                                          (Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater)

  • Courts - Navigating the Justice System [Judge Yolanda Huff]

  • Sally Uncapher, Bexar County Deputy D.A.; Judge Yolanda Huff, Bexar County Mental Health Court

  • CEU’s Available


II (Friday at 11:30 am)


Compassion to Action:  Rev. Justin Lindstrom                                          (Denman Founder’s Lounge)

  • Mental Health and Spiritual Health: Better Together

  • Rajam Ramamurthy, MD; Beth Stanley; Mitch Holbrook

  • CEU’s Available


Celebrating Diversity: Norma Quintero/Maria Hoenigman                 (McLaughlin Rotunda)

  • Hispanic Communities [Pastor Norma Quintero, Faith Leader Olga Rodriguez]

  • “La Ropa Sucia se Lava en Casa” Compartiendo Esparanza (video) : A Family Story 

  • CEU’s Available


Human and Community Flourishing: Amy Porfiri                               (Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater)

  • A Question of Faith and Equity: Making Mental Health Care Work Across Multicultural Communities   [Rawle Andrews, Jr. and Amy Porfiri, American Psychiatric Association Foundation; Rev. Dr. Que English, Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services]


Justice and Mercy: Veronica Drake                                                                                (Feik Rotunda)

  • The Americans with Disability Act: What you need to know if you cope with Mental Illness 

  • Tiffany Cox Stacy, JD Ogletree Deakins, Board Certified Labor and Employment Law


III (Friday at 1:15 pm)

Compassion to Action: Rev. Rev. Ann Helmke                                                            (Feik Rotunda)

  • Housing as Health Panel: Property with A Purpose Campaign

  • Stanley Wilson, Senior Pastor, Abundant Life Christian Fellowship

  • Courtney Laverty, CEO, The THRU Project

  • Bill Glenn, CoLead, Housing via Faith Community Collaborative

  • Mark Carmona will facilitate the conversation. Chief Housing Officer, City of San Antonio


Celebrating Diversity: Donna Costa                                                                   (McLaughlin Rotunda)

  • Bexar System of Care (The Bexar County Children and Youth Behavioral Health System of Care)

  • Donna Costa, NAMI Bridges to Care (moderator); panelists:  Alice Alvarez, Bexar SOC; Jennifer Forbes,  Ecumenical Center; Deborah Balli (parent); Evalyn Frer (youth); Lanai Johnson (youth)

  • CEU’s Available


Human and Community Flourishing: Mary Beth Fisk                                          (Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater)

  • Lessons Learned: Uvalde [Mary Beth Fisk, Niki Henderson, Jessica Ruff]

  • CEU’s Available


Justice and Mercy: Leticia Dominguez                                                                   (Denman Founder’s Lounge)

  • Building Support Systems to help reentry after incarceration and/or hospitalization [Aida Negron, Dr. Doshie Piper]

  • CEU’s Available


IV (Friday at 2:30 pm)


Compassion to Action: Angelica Cervantes                                                        (Feik Rotunda)

  • Access to Care for Under Resourced Communities 

  • CHCS Eastside Clinic [Johnny Harris], NOW Clinic [Megan Fredrick], YWCA [Angelica Cervantes, LCSW-S]

  • CEU’s Available


Celebrating Diversity: Ann Helmke                                                                         (Denman Founder’s Lounge)

Dr. Eric Castillo, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Office of the Chancellor, Alamo Colleges District; Rev. Bethany Hull Somers. Senior Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church 


Human and Community Flourishing : Leticia Dominguez                  (McLaughlin Rotunda)

  • Recovery Communities: Mental Illness, living in community and reintegration [Gilbert Gonzales, Bexar County-Dir., Mental Health Unit; HKS Architects; Mark Carmona-COSA Chief Housing Officer; Edward Gonzales-Towne Twin Village; Dr. Andrea Guajardo, BC MHU]

  • CEU’s Available


Justice and Mercy: Jessie Higgins                                                    (Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater)

  • Mental Health Services in the Bexar County Jail and an Innovative Approach to Competency Restoration

  • Annie Cortez, CHCS Clinical Administrator; Denise Descoteaux, Director of Mental Health, Mental Health Department,  University Health, Detention Health Care Services.

  • CEU’s Available


Conference Seminars

  • One and a half hours long led by one facilitator for the “domain" topic below who would present information on the topic.  Then facilitate the discussion, group work, and development of at least 3 but no more than 5 action items for the domain keeping in mind Compassion to Action, Cultural Competency, Human and Community Flourishing, and Justice.


A (Saturday at 10:15 am)


Compassion and Connectedness:  Rev. Ann Helmke                                              (McLaughlin Rotunda)

  • From CompassionateSA to CompassionateUSA – one city to an entire country, one person to an entire community, self compassion to systemic compassion, collective trauma to collective healing.

  • What is needed to be compassionate and connected in daily support each other in complex times and through the next traumatic event? How can we be more compassionate?


Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Jessie Higgins                                     (Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater)

  • Building a Community of Recovery 

  • Dr. Christine Mayer, CEO, Blue Heron Recovery: Dr. Jennifer Potter, Vice President for Research, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UT Health San Antonio, Be Well Texas; Rev. Justin Lindstrom, Christ Episcopal Church 

  • CEU’s Available


Companionship: Part I - Keely Petty, PhD.                                                         (Feik Rotunda)

  • Bridges to Care San Antonio Companionship Training Module

  • CEU’s Available


B (Saturday at 12:30 pm)


Companionship: Part II -  Keely Petty, PhD.                                                           (Feik Rotunda)

  • Bridges to Care San Antonio Companionship Training Module

  • CEU’s Available


Relationships:  Rev. Justin Lindstrom and Rev. Ann Helmke                              (McLaughlin Rotunda)

  • Deeply connected and trusting friendships and relationships are key to us feeling healthy, thriving, and flourishing.  We are better together.

  • Are you content with your friendships and relationships? Are your relationships satisfying? How do we develop peer-to-peer relationships? How can we be companions along the way for each other?


Mental Health Resources: Norma Quintero/Maria Hoenigman/                 (Denman’s Founder’s Lounge)

Rose Arizola

  • In Spanish and English

  • “Where Can I Get Help?/¿Dónde puedo obtener ayuda?

  • CEU’s Available

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