The Bridge Forum

2022 Phoenix


Beyond the Stigma

Tuesday, May 3 at the Footprint Center

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Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. – Fred Rogers


William D. Parham, PHD
Director of the Mental Health and Wellness National Basketball Players Association

Special Remarks

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.
President & CEO of National Newspaper Publishers Association Black Press USA


  • Shar Najafri-Piper, PHD Shar Najafri-Piper, PHD

    CEO of Copa Health

  • Thomas Winkel Thomas Winkel

    Director of Arizona Coalition for Military Families

  • Tad Gary Tad Gary

    Deputy CEO of Mercy Care

  • Justin Chase Justin Chase

    President & CEO of Solari Crisis & Human Services

  • Cara Christ, MD, MS Cara Christ, MD, MS

    Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Special Guests

  • Paul Penzone Paul Penzone

    Sheriff of Maricopa County

  • Jeffrey Glover Jeffrey Glover

    Chief of Police of the Tempe Police Department

  • Mary Cameli Mary Cameli

    Fire Chief of The Mesa Fire Department


Tomás León
President of Equality Health Foundation


Master of Ceremonies

Ronnie R. Williams
President & CEO, HeroZona Foundation


Robert Sarver
Owner, Phoenix Suns

Opening Remarks

Aaron Bare
Author, Exponential Theory
Co-Founder, HeroZona Foundation


Aubrey Barnwell
African American Christian Clergy Coalition

National Anthem & Pledge of Allegiance

Ronnie R. Williams

“My Mother’s Son”

“HB” Harold Branch III

Special Guests

Sheriff Paul Penzone
Chief Jeffery Glover
Chief Mary Carmeli

Special Remarks

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr.


Dr. William D. Parham

Panel Moderator

Tomás León


Alan “AP” Powell
President, AP & Associates
Co-Founder, HeroZona Foundation