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HealthLab@LightCity presented by Kaiser Permanente, Supporting Sponsor: Towson University

Thursday, April 19

Explore the health of our society with noted innovators and on-the-ground practitioners whose work and innovative practices have the potential to affect the quality of life and health for people in Baltimore and around the globe.

• HealthLab@LightCity is being emceed by Dr. David Fakunle, Ph.D. in public health, Drummer and Storyteller

• The day kicks off with a discussion of the “Healing Power of Forgiveness,” led by Damion J Cooper, a victim of gun violence and the founder of Project Pneuma. Damion will be joined by a Baltimore Police Officer and middle school participant in the program.

• Professor Kathryn Collins will discuss her research on interventions that work in mitigating the effects of childhood trauma. 

• Leader of Brown and Healthy, Michelle Antoinette Nelson, will talk about health and power, particularly for women.

• Scott Nolen, of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, and Lynn Mumma, of the Behavioral Health System of Baltimore, will discuss innovations in opioid treatment in a talk entitled, “A Safer and Healthier Baltimore: The Role of Safe Consumption.”

• We’ll look at the addiction crisis from the perspective of a parent and an activist in a discussion with Peter Bruun of the New Day Campaign, and author and activist, Kevin Shird.

• Baltimore’s game-changing health commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen will speak about what we can all do to achieve health equity in Baltimore.

• Mateo Blu, artist, activist, and former NFL player will connect living with epilepsy to his art and activism. 

• The day closes with one of the most noted changemakers in the world, Nancy Lublin. Nancy Lublin is the founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line. During her 2013 TED Talk, Lublin launched Crisis Text Line, the world’s first 24/7, free, text message-based support service for people facing a range of issues, from depression and substance abuse to eating disorders and physical abuse. Named one of the “World's 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine, Lublin later launched a separate initiative called Crisis Trends to track when and where issues occur. Nancy’s closing keynote will be entitled, “Saving Lives & Changing the World Through Texts and Technology.”


Damion J. Cooper, M.Th., Founder/Executive Director, Project Pneuma

Damion is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Pneuma, which is a holistic program to assist young African American boys who are having challenges in middle school as it relates to their impulse actions being barriers to their educational success. This program partners with the Baltimore City Public School System and Baltimore City Police Department.  Damion also serves with Coppin State University’s “Our House” Mentoring Program and the Mayor’s Office and the Baltimore City Health Department’s Task Force on Youth Violence and Prevention. 

Dr. Kathryn S. Collins, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Kathryn S. Collins is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Co-Principal Investigator of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network SAMHSA funded Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center and Principal Investigator of Trauma Education Connections Initiative. The focus of her academic career centers on social justice, disparities in access to trauma based mental health services, and developing trauma focused social work interventions for vulnerable and oppressed populations such as minority children, women, and families surviving poverty and chronic violence in the inner city. Currently, she is the co-developer of Trauma Adapted Family Connections, a trauma informed neglect prevention intervention.

Scott Nolen, Director, Open Society Institute – Baltimore Drug Addiction Treatment Program

Scott Nolen is the director of the Drug Addiction Treatment program at the Open Society Institute–Baltimore. Nolen has held a variety of research, legislative, and advocacy positions in the public health and juvenile and criminal justice fields. Before joining the Open Society Institute–Baltimore, he worked as a health scientist in the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Strategic Planning, Legislation, and Scientific Policy. As a part of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Nolen led a project focused on driving the national discussion on health disparities.

Lynn Mumma, MSW, CHCO, Vice President for Strategy, Behavioral Health System Baltimore

Lynn Mumma serves as the Vice President for Strategy. She oversees strategic planning and data and analytics for Behavioral Health System Baltimore and directs the work of identifying opportunities to partner with other systems, agencies, and funding sources to implement new projects and expand existing ones that further BHSB’s mission. Lynn has over seven years’ experience directing behavioral health and child welfare programmatic operations. Prior to joining BHSB, she served as the Deputy Director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, overseeing adult, family and children’s services, where she spearheaded the implementation of a family find program serving children in foster care who do not have a permanent connection to family.

Dr. Leana S. Wen, M.D., MSc., FAAEM, Health Commissioner, Baltimore City

Dr. Leana Wen is the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore. An emergency physician and patient and community advocate, she leads the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD), the oldest, continuously-operating health department in the United States, formed in 1793. BCHD is an agency with a $130 million annual budget and 1,000 employees committed to improving well-being and combatting disparities through education, policy/advocacy, and direct service delivery. BCHD’s wide-ranging responsibilities include maternal and child health, youth wellness, school health, senior services, animal control, restaurant inspections, emergency preparedness, STI/HIV treatment, and acute and chronic disease prevention.

Michelle Antoinette Nelson, Founder, Brown + Healthy

Michelle Antoinette Nelson aka LOVE the poet is an artist, innovator, and Founder of Brown and Healthy, a non-profit global health and wellness initiative for people of color. She's also a multifaceted career creative who's dedicated over a decade to her life's work to innovating for social justice, authoring books and plays, writing arts education curricula, and providing platforms for artists and entrepreneurs to explore and discover the true nature of their work.

Mateo Blu, Renowned artist and former NFL Player

Matthew Rice, also known by his creative moniker Mateo Blu, was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, U.S.A. His humble beginnings were like that of many other inner city youth growing up surrounded by temptation and negativity. Outside of having a loving family and a strong spiritual belief, two things that aided in changing Mateo's story were: art and football. Both gave him the escape that he needed allowing him to grow. With this newfound focus and discipline, Matthew went on to excel in both realms. Mateo has been blessed to successfully pursue his purpose; his clients include businesses, art collectors, interior decorators, professional athletes, foreign political dignitaries, and nonprofits.

Peter Bruun, Artist

Peter Bruun came to Baltimore in 1987 to attend graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Following ten years of his own studio practice and teaching as an adjunct professor in area colleges, he became involved in the Baltimore community using art to bring people together around a variety of issues. His background includes having been one of the founders of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance in the late 1990s and founding and running the non-profit organization Art on Purpose from 2005-2011. In early 2014, several years after leaving his position at Art on Purpose and having returned to his own social engagement art practice, his eldest daughter Elisif died of a heroin overdose. Upon her passing and in his grief, Peter felt a call to corral his skills as an artist, curator, and organizer to do something: the New Day Campaign, initially intended as a one-time project using arts programming and public engagement to challenge stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and substance use, making the world a more healing place. Following an extraordinary run over a 92 day period in late 2015 that saw the New Day Campaign produce 16 art exhibitions and 63 events which thousands attended, it was clear the Campaign needed to continue. Now, not quite three years later, the effort has expanded its reach as Peter is working on New Day Campaign Maryland 2018, with programs taking place throughout the state of Maryland. In both art and behavioral health matters, Peter has been widely recognized for his work digging into the nexus between art and healing.

Kevin Shird, Author and youth advocate

Kevin Shird is a youth advocate and public speaker. Shird served twelve years in prison for drug trafficking, and today works with young people to help them avoid the dangers of the street culture. Shird cofounded the Do Right Foundation with Grammy-nominated singer and actor Mario Barrett and worked for the White House as part of President Barack Obama’s Clemency Project. Kevin has also worked with the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to promote substance abuse awareness to students across the nation. He has held a number of positions appointed by the former mayor of Baltimore including the heroin treatment and prevention task force. Shird is also a three-time published author and speaker. He lives in Baltimore, MD.

Nancy Lublin, Founder & CEO, Crisis Text Line and former CEO of Do Something Inc.

Nancy Lublin is the founder and CEO of Crisis Text Line. During her 2013 TED Talk, Lublin launched Crisis Text Line, the world’s first 24/7, free, text message-based support service for people facing a range of issues, from depression and substance abuse to eating disorders and physical abuse. Named one of the “World's 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune, Lublin later launched a separate initiative called Crisis Trends to track when and where issues occur. With such great success using technology and big data, Lublin rolled out in 2018 as a for-profit subsidiary of Crisis Text Line. Lublin is chairwoman of the new board at, a for-profit petition and fundraising website focused on social and political change, and serves on other prominent boards. One of the Schwab Foundation’s 2014 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year, Lublin was selected as a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum and named one of the NonProfit Times’ 50 Most Powerful Leaders three years in a row.


Jennifer Facteau, MS, LCPC, Regional Director of Behavioral Health, Kaiser Permanente

Jennifer Facteau, MS, LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 16 years of experience, 12 of which have been in operational leadership positions. Jennifer has been with Kaiser Permanente since 2010 and is currently the Regional Director of Behavioral Health. In this role, Jennifer has direct responsibility for all operational and regulatory aspects of Behavioral Health and is responsible for the design, strategy and oversight of effective service delivery throughout the Mid- Atlantic region. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Jennifer worked at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for 8 years in the department of Psychiatry. During this time, Jennifer also served as a Lead consultant for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) where she traveled across the United States to funded SAMHSA programs to perform site assessments and make recommendations to improve the clinical and fiscal operations of these programs. Jennifer also served as a trainer and consultant to the State of Connecticut, Department of Child and Family services to implement cost effective, evidenced-based treatment programs for high risk families. 

Dr. David Fakunle, Ph.D.