Phil Ritter

Chief Operating Officer of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute for Texas (MHPIT). 

The Face of Mental Illness Featured Panelists: 

Milan Dowsett Community Advocate

Milan was diagnosed as a young adult with ADD/ADHD, severe Social Anxiety and Eating Disorders. She also grew up amid various mental health conditions in her family. Through these personal experiences, her college education and NAMI training, Milan intimately understands both the challenges and the victories of living daily with mental illness. She is uniquely able to relate to, support and come alongside others on the same path. 

Laura Vogel, Ph.D. 

Licensed psychologist and Director of Therapeutic Services at Momentous Institute.  

Brenda Richardson Rowe, PhD, LPC-S.

Director of Clinical Counseling at the Harmony Community Development Corporation.

As a society, we largely remain uninformed about the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and we ignore our role as responsible community members to help people with mental illness. The Best Southwest Healthcare Committee is excited to launch the BE THE 1 TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE CAMPAIGN as a part of our Inaugural Health Care Forum on Mental Health.

We will present a prolific event that will provide valuable information about the Many Faces of Mental Illness.We can equip you with tools and resources that will help your company, your team, your church, your organization and you MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

The forum consisted of inspirational testimonies, motivational messages, informative panel discussions, vendor resource tables and much more. 

A Conversation with Mental Health Professionals Featured Panelists:


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm


Trina K. Ita, MA, 

Deputy Associate Commissioner

Deputy Associate Commissioner, Texas Health & Human Services Commission (HHSC), Medical & Social Services (MSS) Division | Office of Mental Health Coordination (OMHC).

Sherry Cusumano, RN, LCDC, MS 

Registered Nurse, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and President of the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Dallas Board of Directors.

Brian Cuban Lawyer, Author, Activist and TV Host

Brian Cuban is a successful lawyer, activist and TV host living with an enemy that haunted him for over 30 years - his own reflection in the mirror. Brian is an author of the book, Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Through a series of very personal, witty and poignant anecdotes, the younger brother of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban opens up about his personal battle with a mental disorder known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) in which the sufferer is preoccupied with a distorted sense of self-image and is often afflicted with eating disorders, depression and addiction.

In the book, Cuban illustrates the ongoing nightmare of (BDD) that has permeated his thoughts since childhood, taking the reader through the painful journey of childhood bullying over his weight, rejection and the behaviors that slowly developed as a young adult which took him into the abyss of depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, steroid abuse and eating disorders, nearly causing him to take his own life at the age of 44.