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2015 Award Winners

Meet the 2015 Voice Award winners whose work and personal stories of recovery are educating the public about behavioral health.

2015 Award Winners

Award Categories

Lifetime Achievement

DeQuincy Lezine, Ph.D.

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DeQuincy Lezine, Ph.D., is a suicide attempt survivor who has been active in suicide prevention since 1996, including roles in the development of national and state suicide prevention plans.

DeQuincy is chair of the Attempt Survivors/Lived Experience Division of the American Association of Suicidology, co-chair of the Consumer Survivor Subcommittee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and a member of the Steering Committee for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. He is also a member of the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force and the Impact Group for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and the primary writer of “The Way Forward: Pathways to Hope, Recovery, and Wellness with Insights from Lived Experience,” released in July 2014.

He has also worked with organizations including Suicide Prevention Action Network USA, the Organization for Attempters and Survivors in Interfaith Services, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council.

DeQuincy is the author of “Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide,” and director of Suicide Prevention Innovations at the Center for Dignity, Recovery, and Empowerment. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester that focused on public health approaches to suicide prevention.

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Consumer/Peer Leadership

Veronica Alston

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Veronica Alston is president and CEO of Ruth’s Miracle Group Home Foundation. Through her passionate devotion to providing shelter for homeless women in transition from domestic violence, in recovery for drug and alcohol abuse, and on parole for non-violent offenses, Veronica is improving quality of life for women and girls in Southern Maryland and beyond. Veronica has enhanced her skills through certifications in recovery coaching, wellness and recovery action planning facilitation, Mental Health First Aid, and culinary arts.

Veronica has helped many past residents maintain their recovery. She was acknowledged for her work to help women and girls by Maryland’s Board of Calvert County Commissioners, Commission for Women of Calvert County, the League of Women Voters, and other local officials.

In 2013, Veronica received the 11th Annual Women of the World Service Award, presented by the League of Women Voters and the Commission for Women of Calvert County, for her community service to women and girls in Calvert County, Maryland.

Veronica received a citation from the Governor of the State of Maryland in 2014 in recognition of a special tribute by the Nu Zeta Omega–Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority as the recipient of the 2014 Social Justice & Human Rights Awards.

Neil Campbell

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Neil Campbell, M.S., is the executive director of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and supporting community alliances to reduce the impact of addiction through education, advocacy, and training. She is a passionate advocate for recovery, using her own lived recovery experience to reach others who are struggling. Neil’s current emphasis is to influence public policy, promote recovery-oriented systems of care, and increase the peer recovery workforce.

In 2009, she co-founded the Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) Academy that has prepared 275 people in recovery to deliver support services in Georgia’s behavioral health system to date. Additional recovery initiatives include community listening sessions in partnership with the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network and the annual Addiction Recovery Awareness Day at the state capitol.

Neil has extensive experience working in criminal justice agencies, including law enforcement, adult corrections, and juvenile justice. She served as the single state authority for addiction services funding in Georgia. In her current role as a recovery advocate, Neil frequently visits jails, prisons, and domestic violence and homeless shelters to carry the message of hope for recovery.

Her passion is to ensure voices of lived recovery experience are heard, and stories of hope are used as a basis for changing the way addiction is perceived. She serves as Southeastern Regional Representative for Faces & Voices of Recovery. Neil is dedicated to growing communities that support recovery.

Bob Carolla

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Bob Carolla, J.D., is director of media relations for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). He also serves on the editorial board of bp Magazine. Through NAMI, Bob has provided grassroots education and training for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s recovery and inclusion initiatives such as the ADS Center and the “What a Difference a Friend Makes” campaign, and participated in the selection of entertainment Voice Awards winners. He is particularly proud of having managed NAMI’s sponsorship of a National Forensic League mental health policy debate series that involved 1,000 high schools and 15,000 students nationwide.

His work on mental health, prejudice and discrimination, and workplace issues has included presentations before the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the National Academies of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Previously, Bob worked for almost a decade as legislative assistant to former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell of Maine. His achievements included negotiation of a presidential executive order establishing a commission on aviation security and terrorism and subsequent legislation after the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, working closely with victims’ families.

During law school at Boston University, Bob was topics editor for the American Journal of Law & Medicine. A graduate of Middlebury College, he served as editor of the college newspaper while working summers as a reporter and columnist for weekly newspapers in rural Central New York. He continues to write and edit professionally and be interviewed in various media.

Cheryl Sharp

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Cheryl Sharp, M.S.W., ALWF, holds the unique perspective of someone who struggled with severe mental health challenges and is a trauma survivor, a family member of a loved one who died as a result of mental health challenges, and a provider of substance abuse and mental health services.

Cheryl has worked with adult trauma survivors for more than 30 years and trains and speaks internationally on trauma-informed care. Her work with the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) has been to bring a wellness and recovery focus to trauma-informed practices for community behavioral health care.

As faculty lead of the National Council’s Trauma-Informed Care Learning Communities, Cheryl has led more than 500 organizations from 7 national and 10 state, local, and regional learning communities in the implementation of trauma-informed care—including the groundbreaking Trauma-Informed Primary Care Initiative at Kaiser Permanente. Cheryl is also the project lead for the National Council’s crisis services and suicide prevention efforts.

Cheryl is a Copeland Center Certified Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, working exclusively with the Copeland Center to co-facilitate the Advanced Level WRAP Facilitators Course and provide mentorship for WRAP Facilitators. Also a Mental Health First Aid Trainer®, trainer of Intentional Peer Support, life coach/mentor, and ordained minister, Cheryl received the Lou Ann Townsend Courage Award for her contributions to persons with psychiatric disabilities.

Dese'Rae L. Stage

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Dese’Rae L. Stage is a photographer, writer, and suicide awareness advocate who struggled with self-injury for 9 years and survived a suicide attempt catalyzed by an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. She was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder in 2004.

As a result of this history, losses of friends to suicide, and the recognition of an absence of resources for those with lived experience, Dese’Rae created Live Through This (LTT) in 2010. LTT is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told in their voices. The series reconnects its audience with the humanity of suicide by putting faces and names to the anonymous statistics that have represented survivors in the past. Dese’Rae has interviewed and photographed 123 attempt survivors in 15 U.S. cities. LTT has been featured in The New York Times, The Associated Press, and NPR, among others.

Dese’Rae continues to travel to expand this body of work, and speaks at universities and conferences nationwide about LTT and suicide prevention in social media. She recently partnered with researchers at the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, and Centerstone on a study based on LTT that will examine personal and social experiences associated with a suicide attempt. Dese’Rae also plays a central role in the upcoming film, The S Word, a documentary shattering the silence surrounding suicide.

Dese’Rae is trained in crisis intervention and holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from East Tennessee State University. Her writing has been published by Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, and xoJane. She lives with her wife in Brooklyn, NY.

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Young Adult Leadership

Hayley Winterberg

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Hayley Winterberg is a role model for youth and adults in coping with challenges using determination and fortitude. Having grown up surrounded by mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 12, and lost most of her friends because she was considered “different.” Instead of giving up hope, Hayley decided to promote the voice of youth across the nation.

In 2008, Hayley founded MY LIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment), a group that began with only 10 members and yet attracted more than 3,000 participants at its first event. Since then, she has traveled to other cities to speak, organize events, and inspire similar groups supporting behavioral health. Hayley has served on the boards of Youth M.O.V.E. National and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Arizona. She also advocated with the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Division of Behavioral Heath to create a protocol for professionals on promoting youth involvement and engagement in treatment.

At age 16, she graduated with honors from Phoenix College with her associate’s degree. By age 17, she was flown to Washington, DC, to receive the “M Power” award from Mental Health America for being selected from more than 200 youth as the country’s No. 1 youth advocate for mental health.

Now an independent contractor for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Youth M.O.V.E. National, it is Hayley’s desire to transform the systems that serve youth, while providing them with the opportunity for growth and leadership themselves.

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A Long Way Down

Based on the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby, “A Long Way Down” features four strangers who meet on the roof of a London building on New Year’s Eve, each with the intent of dying suicide. Martin (Pierce Brosnan) is a famous talk show host just out of jail; Maureen (Toni Collette) is a lonely single mother; Jess (Imogen Poots) is young, reckless, and heartbroken; and JJ (Aaron Paul) is an American realizing his life’s failures. Their plans for death in solitude are ruined, so they mutually agree to call off their plans until Valentine’s Day, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family and searching together for the reasons to keep on living.

Writers: Nick Hornby (novel) and Jack Thorne (screenplay)

Producers: Christoph Daniel, Finola Dwyer, Nick Hornby, Zygi Kamasa, Christine Langan, Caroline Levy, Amanda Posey, Lisbeth Savill, Marc Schmidheiny, Thorsten Schumacher, Dario Suter, and Richard Webb

Director: Pascal Chaumeil


In “Cake,” Claire Bennett’s (Jennifer Aniston) physical pain is evident in the scars that line her body. She’s no good at hiding her emotional pain either and has driven away her husband, her friends—even her chronic-pain support group has kicked her out.

The only one left in Claire’s otherwise solitary existence is her housekeeper/caretaker, Silvana (Adriana Barraza), who barely tolerates her boss’ need for liquor and prescription pills. But the suicide of Nina (Anna Kendrick), one of Claire’s fellow chronic pain group members, prompts another fixation. In pursuing questions about the death of a woman she barely knew, Claire explores the boundaries between life and death, abandonment and heartbreak, danger and salvation.

Writer: Patrick Tobin

Producers: Jennifer Aniston, Ben Barnz, Stephanie Caleb, Mark Canton, Yu Wei Cheng, Elizabeth Destro, Babak Eftekhari, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Kristin Hahn, Robert Jones, Scott Karol, James Kattan, Sammy Kattan, Patty Long, Des Lyons, Shyam Madiraju, and Courtney Solomon

Director: Daniel Barnz

Infinitely Polar Bear

Cam Stuart (Mark Ruffalo) lives in Boston with his family, and with bipolar disorder. When he has a breakdown that lands him in a mental health treatment facility, his wife, Maggie (Zoe Saldana), and their two young daughters, Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky) and Faith (Ashley Aufderheide), are forced to move into a cramped apartment in Cambridge.

Broke, stressed out, and overwhelmed, Maggie is accepted to Columbia University’s MBA program in New York City, and asks Cam to become the primary caregiver for the girls. Cam agrees, and over the course of the next 18 months, learns how to take care of his precocious daughters as well as himself. Based on a true story, “Infinitely Polar Bear” is a funny and heartbreaking portrait of the many unexpected ways in which parents and children save each other.

Writer: Maya Forbes

Producers: J.J. Abrams, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Sam Bisbee, Bryan Burk, Stewart Anderson Burkland, W. Elliott Burkland, Theodora Dunlap, William Goldberg, Bingo Gubelmann, Erika Hampson, Benji Kohn, Noah Millman, Ruth Mutch, Galt Niederhoffer, Danny Rifkin, Richard Rifkin, Jonathan Rubenstein, Mark Ruffalo, Stefan Sonnenfeld, Austin Stark, Tom Valerio, and Wallace Wolodarsky

Director: Maya Forbes

To Write Love On Her Arms

Based on the true story that started a global movement, “To Write Love on Her Arms” presents a vision of hope, healing, and redemption. Renee (Kat Dennings) is a Florida girl living with addiction and mental illness, and struggling to come to grips with the abuse she has experienced. In a creative blend of artistic fantasy and music conflicted with hard reality, Renee discovers the value of genuine friendships and embarks on a daunting yet courageous journey toward recovery.

Writers: Nathan Frankowski (story), Josh Lujan Loveless (story consultant), Kate King Lynch (screenplay), Bob Massey (story consultant), Jamie Tworkowski (story consultant), and Renee Yohe (story consultant)

Producers: Ralph Clemente, Cameron Kim Dawson, Larry Frenzel, Darcy Loughran, Josh Lujan Loveless, Pattie Mallette, David Blair McKenna, David Nixon, Steven Okin, Rick Ramsey, Paul Sirmons, Jayson Stringfellow, Tom Swanson, and Steve Warner

Director: Nathan Frankowski

Welcome to Me

Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), a woman with borderline personality disorder (BPD) who goes off her medication, wins the lottery and decides to buy her own cable access talk show. From her larger-than-life personality and obsession with being famous to angry meltdowns, impulsive spending, and indecisiveness, Klieg’s BPD leads her to gain a cult following. In the meantime, she also alienates her friends, family, and even her therapist (Tim Robbins). In “Welcome To Me,” this realistic portrayal of mental illness shows how Klieg works through her deep-seeded emotional and psychological wounds, many of which she ties to a traumatic childhood.

Writer: Eliot Laurence (screenplay)

Producers: Taryn Benesta, Tom Butterfield, Luke Daniels, Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Aaron L. Gilbert, Marina Grasic, Brad Greiner, Margot Hand, Keith Kjarval, Adam McKay, Patrick Murray, John Raymonds, Jeff Rice, Burton Ritchie, Clayton Smith, Steven Thibault, Robyn Wholey, Kristen Wiig, and Michael R. Williams

Director: Shira Piven

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Series (Season 3)

Detective Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) are a modern-day crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, Holmes’ post-rehab regimen is working as a police consultant. Watson accompanies Holmes on his jobs and supports his recovery.

In season 3 of “Elementary,” Sherlock tries to grow/maintain his positive relationships and escape a toxic friendship with his former drug dealer. He also recognizes Watson’s importance in his recovery process and supports her when she encounters a personal tragedy. He tries to do the same with his sponsor Alfredo (Ato Essandoh) when he faces some of his own struggles.

Writers: Robert Doherty, Bob Goodman, Jeffrey Paul King, Arika Lisanne Mittman, Peter Ocko, Brian Rodenbeck, Jordan Rosenberg, Craig Sweeny, Jason Tracey, and Robert Hewitt Wolfe

Producers: Carl Beverly, Melissa Black, Carol Cuddy, Robert Doherty, Bob Goodman, Chris Leanza, Kammie Mann, Arika Lisanne Mittman, Peter Ocko, John Polson, Craig Sweeny, Sarah Timberman, Jason Tracey, and Robert Hewitt Wolfe

Directors: Guy Ferland, Ron Fortunato, Jerry Levine, Aaron Lipstadt, Lucy Liu, Seith Mann, Christine Moore, John Polson, Michael Slovis, and Larry Teng


Bipolar Disorder and Recovery Storyline (Season 1)

Upon learning that his father, Lucious (Terrence Howard)—the founder of a successful record label—has a terminal illness, Andre (Trai Bryers) focuses more on gaining control of Empire Entertainment than caring for his bipolar disorder. When Andre is pushed to his emotional limits after a no-confidence vote from his father to take over the company, he contemplates suicide. With the support of most of his family members, a team of therapists talks the family through ways to treat Andre’s bipolar disorder. In the first season of “Empire,” Andre begins to improve with the help of a musical therapist, Michelle (Jennifer Hudson).

Writers: Joshua Allen, Wendy Calhoun, Ilene Chaiken, Lee Daniels, Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft, Eric Haywood, Attica Locke, David Rambo, Malcolm Spellman, and Danny Strong

Producers: Jessica Badenoch, Francie Calfo, Wendy Calhoun, Ilene Chaiken, Lee Daniels, Ingrid Escajeda, Loucas George, Brian Grazer, Howard Griffith, Sanaa Hamri, Richard S. Lederer, Attica Locke, David Rambo, Sean Sforza, Malcolm Spellman, and Danny Strong

Directors: Debbie Allen, Lee Daniels, Michael Engler, Sanaa Hamri, Rob Hardy, Anthony Hemingway, Rosemary Rodriguez, John Singleton, Danny Strong, and Mario Van Peebles

“Madam Secretary”

Trauma and Recovery Storyline (Season 1)

In “Madam Secretary,” Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni) is the shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics, and circumvents protocol as she negotiates issues, both at the White House and at home.

In season 1, she returns home from a violent coup attempt in Iran and experiences flashbacks, nightmares, anger, confusion, and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. When it begins to affect her job performance, Elizabeth’s husband and the Chief of Staff step in and convince her to get help.

Writers: Alex Cooley, David Grae, Joy Gregory, Barbara Hall, Alexander Maggio, Joseph C. Muscat, Lyla Oliver, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, Paul Redford, and Matt Ward

Producers: Morgan Freeman, David Grae, Joy Gregory, Barbara Hall, Sam Hoffman, Téa Leoni, Lori McCreary, Tracy Mercer, Tony Palermo, Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, Paul Redford, David Semel, Eric Stoltz, and Matt Ward

Directors: Jonathan Brown, Martha Coolidge, Nicole Cummins, Tate Donovan, Anna Foerster, Dennie Gordon, Rob J. Greenlea, Eriq La Salle, Gloria Muzio, Edward Ornelas, Mark Piznarski, David Semel, Eric Stoltz, Michael Waxman, Jeremy Webb, James Whitmore Jr., and Randall Zisk

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Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw

Chamique Holdsclaw emerged from challenging beginnings to become one of the best and most famous women’s basketball players on the planet until her career was derailed by depression and near-suicide. Her road to recovery was slow and bumpy, but she took a risk and started telling her story to help others.

Chamique soon became a powerful mental health advocate and recognized leader in shining a national spotlight on mental illness—especially in sports, among African-Americans, and among youth. Then, in a dramatic reminder of just how difficult the recovery process can be, she had a very significant setback. Mind/Game is a powerful, poignant, and instructive portrait of Chamique’s recovery journey and those who participated in it.

Writers: Rick Goldsmith and Sharon Wood

Producers: Rick Goldsmith and Lauren Kawana

Director: Rick Goldsmith

That Which I Love Destroys Me

That Which I Love Destroys Me takes an uncensored look at the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and severe mental trauma that create tremendous challenges for returning service members. The documentary follows Special Operations soldiers Tyler Grey and Jayson Floyd, who befriended each other due to their similar struggles with the invisible wounds of war. As the soldiers return home after fighting in the longest combat campaign in American history, they begin to face a new battle: the effects of PTSD, substance abuse, and reintegration into civilian life. Filmed over 3 years, the documentary addresses how Tyler and Jason overcome these issues and invites other veterans to seek help during the reintegration process.

Writer: Ric Roman Waugh

Producers: Jonathan Chibnall, Patricia Driscoll, Dana Gonzales, and Ric Roman Waugh

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

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SAMHSA Special Recognition

Wayne Brady

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For Wayne Brady, music and comedy have been at the center of his wildly successful and diverse career that has entertained audiences for well over a decade. In 1998, his career took off with the show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” for which he won a 2003 Emmy Award. Mr. Brady went on to host his own Emmy Award-winning syndicated talk show, “The Wayne Brady Show,” for two seasons, and was honored with two Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

In 2005, Mr. Brady starred in the Broadway production of “Chicago” before making a splash in Las Vegas with his hit stage show “Makin’ It Up.” He returned to the theater in 2010 to join the all-star cast of the Neil Patrick Harris-directed “Rent” at the historic Hollywood Bowl.

Mr. Brady was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his single “A Change Is Gonna Come,” off debut album “A Long Time Coming.” In addition, he released a children’s album titled “Radio Wayne,” which took the top spot on iTunes and Amazon kids’ charts. On the big screen, Brady has been featured in films including Crossover, Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Roll Bounce, and the animated film Foodfight!

Mr. Brady has been tapped to host several high-profile shows including the NAACP Awards, BET Honors, as well as guest hosting “The Late Late Show” for a week earlier this year. His hosting role on the iconic “Let’s Make A Deal” has garnered several Emmy nominations.

Brady joins Brandon Marshall, Ben Scrivens, and Michael Angelakos in making mental health advocacy a part of their platform through the #StrongerThanStigma PSA campaign. Launched by Bring Change 2 Mind in partnership with Brandon Marshall’s Project 375, the campaign encourages men to talk about their mental health.

Sam Cochran

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Major Sam Cochran (retired), founder and coordinator of the Memphis Police Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) in Tennessee, retired from the Memphis Police Department after more than 30 years of service. Nationally known for his work in the field of crisis intervention, Maj. Cochran now provides consultation to CIT programs throughout the nation.

In addition to his nationally recognized work with the CIT program, Maj. Cochran served as coordinator for the Hostage Negotiation Team and the Critical Incident Services for the Memphis Police Department. During his time as a law enforcement officer, Maj. Cochran served in uniform patrol and the investigative division, and was an instructor at the training academy. He has worked with police departments throughout the country, as well as departments in Canada, Australia, and England.

Maj. Cochran has received the honor of having the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) name its annual law enforcement advocacy award after him. NAMI’s Sam Cochran Criminal Justice Award honors outstanding work in the criminal justice system to deal fairly and humanely with people living with mental illness. In 2000, Maj. Cochran also received the City University of New York John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement News Person of the Year Award.

Brittany Snow

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Brittany Snow, an actress with a diverse résumé of film and television performances, is a passionate advocate for creating positive change and helping others. In addition to reprising her character in Universal’s hit film Pitch Perfect 2, Ms. Snow can also be seen on the second season of DirecTV’s drama “Full Circle,” and in the recently released drama feature Dial A Prayer, where she stars opposite William H. Macy.

In 2013, Brittany was showcased in a powerful performance for the Lifetime Movie Network’s Call me Crazy: A Five Film. She appeared as the lead in the indie suspense-thriller 96 Minutes, was recently seen in Syrup opposite Kellan Lutz and Amber Heard, and served as executive producer in the thriller Would You Rather. Ms. Snow starred with Abigail Breslin in the film Janie Jones, the film Petunia alongside Thora Birch, and the Independent Spirit Awards-nominated feature, The Vicious Kind, which premiered to rave reviews at Sundance 2009. Prior to that, Ms. Snow starred in the hit Prom Night and the indie film Finding Amanda, opposite Matthew Broderick. On the small screen, Ms. Snow starred on NBC’s dramedy “Harry’s Law” opposite Kathy Bates, recurred on FOX’s sitcom “Ben and Kate,” and appeared in a recurring role on FX’s original series, “Nip/Tuck.”

A native of Tampa, FL, Ms. Snow began her acting career appearing in and lending her voice to numerous national commercials. She also starred in theater performances including the national tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

In September 2010, Ms. Snow co-founded the Love is Louder movement with The Jed Foundation to support anyone feeling mistreated, hopeless, or alone. Since then, thousands of individuals, campuses, and communities have used Love is Louder’s programs, events, and clubs to address issues such as bullying, body image, discrimination, and depression. Join the movement at www.loveislouder.com.

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Entertainment Industry Leadership


Founded in 1986, Pixar Animation Studios—a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company—is an Academy Award®-winning computer animation studio creating a new generation of animated feature films that explore serious emotional themes about growing up. Its latest film, Inside Out, ventures inside a child’s mind to present a unique and clever portrayal of the feelings and emotions that shape mental health in childhood.

In the film, five Emotions are hard at work in the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind: Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), Fear (voice of Bill Hader), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling), and Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith). Inside Out explores the work of these emotions to guide Riley through a difficult transition as her family relocates to a new city and she struggles to fit in.

Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter was inspired to make this movie after seeing his own young daughter deal with the emotional changes associated with growing up and imagining how the world looked through her eyes. Geared toward a young audience that is often hard to reach with important messages about mental health, the film invites discussion between children and parents about places in our mind that can be scary, unfamiliar, and difficult to navigate.

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Honorable Mention


  • About Alex
  • The Railway Man


  • "Grey's Anatomy"
    Addiction and Recovery Storyline (Season 11, Episodes 7-8)
  • "Mom"
    Series (Season 2)
  • "Nashville"
    (Series (Season 3)
  • "Parenthood"
    Series (Season 6)


  • A Boston State of Mind
  • A Voice at the Table
  • AS I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM
  • Autism in Love
  • Blue
  • Champion: The Legacy of Jackie Nitschke
  • "Dogs of War"
    Docuseries (Season 1)
  • Hear Our Voices
  • One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp
  • The (Dead Mothers) Club
  • The Fix
  • The Journey
  • The Last Patrol
  • Walking Man
  • Wounded Places: Confronting Childhood PTSD in America's Shell-Shocked Cities

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Last Updated: 09/09/2015