Board of Directors


Cynthia Taylor Handrup
Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago


JillJill D. McLeigh, PhD
Director, Policy, Advocacy, & Research 
s Health, Dallas, TX


Past President  

RyanRyan P. Kilmer, PhD
Professor of Psychology
University of North Carolina at Charlotte



edilmaEdilma L. Yearwood, PhD
Associate Professor of Nursing & Health Studies
Georgetown University Medical Center



WilliamWilliam R. Beardslee, MD
Distinguished Gardner-Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Chairman Emeritus and Director of the Baer Prevention Initiatives in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital

Directors At Large

virginiaVirginia Gil-Rivas, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
University of North Carolina Charlotte 

jessicaJessica Goodkind, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of New Mexico  

monicaMonica Landers, MSW
Child and Family Behavioral Health 
University of South Florida

ArelisArelis Moorede Peralta, MD, MEd, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor Department of Languages and Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies 
Clemson University 


dannaDanna Mauch
, PhD
President and CEO
Massachusetts Association for Mental Health

Rebecca SingerRebecca Singer, DNP, RN 
Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago



Student and Early Career Representative 

Amber KraftAmber Kraft, MA
PhD Student, Community Psychology Program
University of Illinois at Chicago 


CRCathryn Richmond, MA
PhD Student
Virginia Commonwealth University

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry



Jill D. McLeigh, PhD (ex officio)
Director, Policy, Advocacy & Research 
Children's Health, Dallas, TX


 William Spaulding, PhD (ex officio)
Professor of Psychology|
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Executive Office

Executive Officer

Robin Robin Kimbrough-Melton, JD (ex officio)
Research Professor
Colorado School of Public Health


Communications Assistant

cecilyCecily Basquin 
PhD Student, Health Psychology Program
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

Senior Policy and Global Affairs Advisor

GitaGita Jaffe, PhD
Toronto, Canada



The Global Alliance Board of Directors appoints committees to assist in carrying out the business of the association.  Committee meetingMembers of the Global Alliance are welcome to join these committees.  Contact the Central Office for more information.   

  • Awards - Chaired by Deborah Klein Walker
  • Conference - Co-chaired by Cynthia Handrup and Virginia Gil-Rivas
  • Development - Chaired by Deborah Klein Walker
  • Finance - Chaired by John Sargent
  • Membership - Chaired by Virginia Gil-Rivas
  • Nomination - Chaired by Deborah Klein Walker
  • Policy - Chaired by Cynthia Handrup

 Our Past Presidents