Our First Confirmed Keynote Speaker:

Keris Jän Myrick, M.B.A., M.S. 



Keris Jän Myrick is the Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs for the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Ms. Myrick is a leading mental health advocate and executive, known for her innovative and inclusive approach to mental health reform and the public disclosure of her personal story. Previously, Ms. Myrick was President and CEO of Project Return Peer Support Network, a Los Angeles-based, peer-run nonprofit, which manages over 150 self-help groups in Los Angeles County, a peer-staffed Warm Line, a Spanish language community resource center (El Centrito de Apoyo), and peer run crisis respite house. She was the President of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and served as a consultant to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Office of Minority and National Affairs (OMNA). She has been an advisor providing assistance with the psychiatry component of the Recovery to Practice project, a SAMHSA-funded collaboration between the APA and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists (AACP). Ms. Myrick’s is featured in the CalMHSA documentary A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness and her personal story was featured in the New York Times series: Lives Restored, which told the personal narratives of several professionals living with mental health issues. Ms. Myrick’s belief in the strength of relationships to aid in recovery was featured in an interview in the Psychiatric Times: Advocate Attributes Recovery to Strength of Therapeutic Alliance and in the Los Angeles Times. With her unique combination of executive skills and personal lived experience in the mental health system, Ms. Myrick is an in-demand national trainer and keynote speaker. She is known for her collaborative style and innovative “whole person” approach to mental health care. Ms. Myrick has a Master of Science degree in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University. Her Master of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis on marketing, is from Case Western Reserve University.