“Back to School – Back to Work”

Mental Health Services Awareness Night

Thursday, August 19, 2021
3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Utah Valley University – Clarke Building or join online

Register Here

Knowing how to access mental health resources has never been more important. Whether it’s a global pandemic, loss of a loved one, struggles with body image or the effects of an addition, a person’s mental health can change quickly and impact all areas of their life. Connecting a person with the right resources can literally be life-changing and even lifesaving.

Intermountain’s Annual Mental Health Services Awareness Night is designed to connect people with resources. The event is open to anyone in Utah who would like to know more about the resources available to those struggling with mental health challenges.

This year we are happy to partner with the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, Utah Valley University, United Way, Blunovus and Encircle to expand the event and offer more information and resources.

The event – known as the Mental Health Services Awareness Summit – will be offered in-person and online. 

Our 2021 Schedule

  • 3 to 3:50 p.m. – Opening Keynote: The Stigma of Mental Health (LIVE STREAM- Christena Huntsman Durham and Mark H. Rapaport, MD
  • 4 to 4:50 p.m. –Educational classes session 1 (pick one – classes will repeat)
    • How Leaders and Companies Will Succeed In A New Normal: A Panel Discussion/Q&A on Leadership, Mental Health, and Remote Work (LIVE STREAM– Presented by Blunovus – James Hadlock, LaRae Wright, Dr. Reza Ahmadi and Marshall Paepke
    • Everyday Strong: Create a Plan for Your Child's Back-to-School Anxieties (LIVE STREAM– Presented by United Way – Dani Rowan
    • The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Mental Health: What the LGBTQ+ Community Can Teach Us (LIVE STREAM- Camlyn Giddons
  • 4:50 to 5:30 p.m. – Information booths and refreshments
  • 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. – Educational classes session 2 (pick one – repeated from above)
    • How Leaders and Companies Will Succeed In A New Normal:A Panel Discussion/Q&A on Leadership, Mental Health, and Remote Work (LIVE STREAM)Presented by Blunovus – James Hadlock, LaRae Wright, Dr. Reza Ahmadi and Marshall Paepke
    • Everyday Strong: Create a Plan for Your Child's Back-to-School Anxieties (LIVE STREAM– Presented by United Way – Dani Rowan
    • The Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Mental Health: What the LGBTQ+ Community Can Teach Us (LIVE STREAM- Camlyn Giddons
  • 6:20 to 7 p.m. – Information booths and refreshments
  • 7 to 7:50 p.m. – Closing Keynote: Dr. G. Sheldon Martin – Managing Mental Wellness: Prevention, Intervention, Healing (LIVE STREAM)

Parking and other information

The Clarke Building is located on the north end of the main campus of Utah Valley University. Click here to go to a map of UVU campus. Parking is located on the north and west sides of the building and signage will be placed to direct participants.

Participants are welcome to attend all or part of the event. All classes and speakers will also be streamed live so that others from across the state of Utah can join. Email reminders will be sent to everyone who registers. Refreshments will be served throughout the event as it will go through the dinner hour.

Business casual dress is recommended for the event. If you have questions or need other information, please email janet.frank@imail.org.

Thank you to our event sponsors!

  • Blunovus
  • Encircle
  • Select Health
  • Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Utah Valley University
  • United Way

Speaker/Presenter Bios


Christena Huntsman Durham

Christena Huntsman Durham is the executive vice president of the Huntsman Foundation. She serves on the boards of several charitable organizations, including The Road Home, the Huntsman World Senior Games, the Carmen Pingree School for Autism, and the Moran Eye Center, and is committed to serving others. Christena is the mother of seven children and grandmother to several grandchildren.

Mark H. Rapaport, MD

Mark Hyman Rapaport, MD, is the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and CEO of the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI). He serves as the second William H. and Edna D. Stimson Presidential Endowed Chair, University of Utah School of Medicine.

From 2011-2020, Mark was chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine and Chief of Psychiatric Services at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to that appointment, he was the chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a professor of Psychiatry at both Cedar-Sinai and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Mark has received peer-reviewed grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, The Stanley Medical Research Institute, the Veterans Affairs Research Board and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) Foundation. His research interests focus on human psychoneuroimmunology, psychopharmacology research, clinical trial methodology, quality of life, and complementary and alternative medicine. He has written more than 190 articles for such peer-reviewed publications as The American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and Neuropsychopharmacology. Mark is board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

James Hadlock

James Hadlock

Once an award-winning, top entrepreneur, James Hadlock had one of the fastest growing companies in Utah until mental illness and substance abuse led him to life on the streets and in and out of rehab centers and psychiatric hospitals. As an experienced entrepreneur, mental health activist, and executive coach, he’s nationally recognized as one of the most prominent voices advocating for a more connected, supportive, and emotionally healthy workplace. He’s the co-founder and chief evangelist of Blunovus, an emotional support service and leadership training company that helps organizations move upstream and proactively address life-work well-being on a cultural level. James and his wife Alicia are avid Dodger fans and live with six of their nine children in Midway, UT.

LaRae Wright

LaRae Wright is an advisor and mentor who enjoys working with and coaching others. LaRae believes we succeed when we operate in an environment that is authentic to who we are, cultivates creativity, fosters meaningful conversations and leverages unique perspective and experiences from others. She enjoys guiding leaders through conversation and meeting individuals where they are. LaRae believes we are the author of our own life and through discovery, we live our lives to the fullest. She works alongside her husband to change lives and empower others to navigate their life transitions with confidence and courage.

Dr. Reza Ahmadi

Dr. Reza Ahmadi is a seasoned management consultant with 18 years of experience and a proven record of working with organizations and leaders to develop impactful business strategies, design effective organizations, create high performance cultures and lead complex organizational change. His work spans organizational and leadership development, organizational assessment, process development, workplace strategy and change management. High stakeholder engagement and collaboration are hallmarks of Reza’s work and essential to producing practical actions and allowing new knowledge to become embedded in organizations. Reza brings his clients a rich organizational systems perspective and a focus on narrative as key pathways toward action, development and change at the individual, team and organizational level.

Marshall Paepke

Marshall Paepke was born in Washington state grew up in Idaho. He graduated from the U of U with a bachelor’s degree in business management and received his MBA from Westminster College. Marshall began his career at Mountain America Credit Union as an intern in human resources and grew to serve in many roles, including as the Senior Vice President Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President of Administration and President of Mountain America Financial Services.

In 2018, after a 21-year career at Mountain America Credit Union, Marshall founded 20-20 Advisor Group, a management consulting and executive coaching company. His first client was Mountain America Credit Union. The following year, Brigham Young University invited Marshall to be an adjunct professor, where he has enjoyed impacting the lives of our future leaders and teaching them about how to create effective organizations and teams. Marshall and his wife Heather have been married over 27 years and have four sons. He enjoys traveling, 4-wheeling, downhill skiing, cycling, and continuing to create and check-off personal and family bucket list dreams.


Dani Rowan

Dani Rowan is a community mental health advocate and mother of four. She has taught community classes including suicide prevention, parenting improvement, and healthy sexuality for more than three years. Dani also serves on the board of PG Cares, Pleasant Grove City's mental health and substance abuse prevention coalition. Her passion for mental health is driven by seeing her sisters struggle with major depression and suicidality, as well as seeing the difference in her own life as she's implemented the principles she teaches. Her goal is to empower people with knowledge so they can strengthen their relationships and improve their own well-being. She and her family live in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Camlyn Giddins

Camlyn Giddin’s love for people translated into studying film and media arts. Being raised in a home of arts and social work, Camlyn loves the transformation that happens through relationships, art, and learning. For three years, Camlyn has taught film, race and culture, and other electives at Walden School of Liberal Arts. She simultaneously works at Encircle Provo as community outreach coordinator where she continues to educate and strengthen relationships that help LGBTQ+ individuals and their families thrive. Camlyn lives in Provo, though she has roots from a number of places.

Dr. Sheldon Martin

Dr. Sheldon Martin is a clinical mental health counselor focused on integrated care solutions through products and technology. Sheldon graduated from Arizona State University with a doctorate in integrated behavioral health. His work has focused on using technology to reduce healthcare costs, expand treatment, and improve care. He has conducted research, worked in private practice, and led large organizations to address mental health for a worldwide audience effectively. He has also been a featured speaker on “Hope Works” from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Although these accolades give Sheldon credentials to speak on specific subjects, his real professional love is people. Helping people is his business and life's mission. Whether done through publishing, speaking, designing products, and treating or educating, his life's work is people. He finds excellent life fulfillment in helping others. The people that mean the most to him are his family. His wife Nicole and his children are the centers of his focus.