NAMI Tri-Valley
Monthly General Meetings: 2014

All meetings are held at the Livermore Public Library on the first Monday of each month except for September and December. The meetings run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Guest speakers are invited to present in his/her area of mental health expertise to the general public. There is no cost and is open to the public.

Livermore Public Library,
1188 So. Livermore Ave., Livermore
Gwen Lewis
2nd Vice President
Speaker Coordinator,

7:00 - 7:15 = Doors open
7:15 - 7:30 =
Announcements and housekeeping by Speaker Coordinator
7:30 - 8:30 = Guest speaker's presentation
8:30 - 9:00 = Q&A and networking opportunities

Refreshments provided

Presentation Schedule for 2014
January 6, 2014
Toni Tullys, MPA
Deputy Director
Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

Please join us as we host our first guest presentation of the year by county behavior health's Deputy Director. Details to follow.
February 3, 2014
In Our Own Voice
In Our Own Voice (IOOV) is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained consumer speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery.

March 3, 2014
Chris Esguerra, MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer, Becton Healthcare Resources
Dr. Esguerra received his M.D. from the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California and completed his psychiatry residency training from the San Mateo County Psychiatry Residency Training Program. He also received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Dr. Esguerra will update us on the Affordable Care Act and where we are
at this point in time.

April 7, 2014
Beverly Bergman
Family Advocate, Mental Health Association, Alameda County
Beverly Bergman is an 1
8-year staff member of the Mental Health Association in Alameda County. Her expertise as benefits advocate for 11 years successfully helped over 500 people receive SSI/SSDI. The past 6 years, Beverly has advocated for family/caregivers by providing support, advice, education, advocacy, information and referrals. Beverly guides families through dispute resolutions and assists with filing complaints. Other services include help with completing forms, explanation how the Alameda County mental health system works and strategies when the system doesn’t work. Beverly has a family member with a mental illness and understands first hand the challenges in obtaining help for a loved one while maintaining the health of the family/caregiver.

Francesca Tannenbaum
Director, Patients' Rights Advocates of Alameda County
Mental Health Association, Alameda County

Francesca Tenenbaum is Director of Patients' Rights Advocates Programs for Alameda County and San Mateo County. She has 19 years of experience in advocacy and has been a Patients' Rights Advocate for over 12 years. Currently there are 10 advocates in Alameda County and 3 advocates in San Mateo.

May 5, 2014
Special Needs Trusts
Stephen Dale

Learn what you need to set up a special needs trust. This is a must for families who are wanting to make financial arrangements after they pass away.

Stephen W. Dale received his Law Degree from Armstrong Law School and his LL.M. in Taxation from Golden Gate University. His law firm is dedicated to providing top quality estate planning to clients by working cooperatively with the client’s tax, financial and insurance professionals.  Mr. Dale regularly teaches continuing education courses accredited by the California Department of Insurance on Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, and Life Insurance Trusts.

June 2, 2014
"Ask the Doc"
Daniel Kostalnick, M.D.


NAMI Tri-Valley is pleased to present Daniel Kostalnick, M.D. Dr. Kostalnick will field questions from the audience on a variety of topics such as the brain, medication and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Kostalnick is a board-certified psychiatrist with a private practice in Pleasanton.

Please note that Dr. Kostalnick’s information is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose.

July 7, 2014
Horizons Family Counseling
Lynn Gardner,
Acting Manager &
MFT Intern/Family Therapist

Lynn Gardner is Acting Manager for Horizons Family Counseling and a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Lynn will be talking about the Horizons Family Counseling.

Horizons Family Counseling, a division of the Livermore Police Department, addresses the mental health needs and strengthens the relationships of youth and families in the Livermore and Tri-Valley area by providing effective, strength-based, counseling programs and services.  Horizons partners with the City, community organizations, police, and school districts to provide innovative and exceptional service to help create solutions to the challenging problems facing families today.

Lynn graduated from California State University, East Bay (Hayward) in 2004 with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as received a certificate in Child & Adolescent Therapy. Lynn is responsible for administrative management of the clinic, interfacing with Alameda County agencies, Probation Department, Delinquency Prevention Network and community based organizations.

August 4, 2014
A Preliminary Talk On Understanding Suicide
Mark Rahman,
Family Advocate
Family Education & Resource Center

In conjunction with the Suicide Prevention Workshop for Family Caregivers on Saturday, August 9, Mark will present on the facts about suicide. This talk is a preliminary to Saturday's Workshop

September, 2014

October 6, 2014
Criminal Justice Mental Health Services
Yvonne Jones

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

November 3, 2014
"The Soloist" movie & popcorn

December, 2014

NAMI Tri-Valley, an all volunteer 501 (C) (3) nonprofit, and an affiliate of NAMI California and NAMI National
Updated 2014