INclude has gathered a team and board with extensive experience in mental health, advocacy, law, policy, technology and best practice services around the world. What binds us together is our outrage at the discrimination and poor treatment faced every day by millions of people trying to access the U.S. mental health system. Our commitment is to working toward a world where everyone who needs it has access to an informed, unbiased navigator to help empower their mental health decision making.
Judith E. Klein
Judith E. Klein is a human rights lawyer who founded and directed the Mental Health Initiative at the Open Society Foundations beginning in 1995. The Mental Health Initiative focused on ending the unjustified and inappropriate institutionalization of people with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities by advocating for the development of community-based alternatives, and for deinstitutionalization. For the past 22 years, Klein has pioneered the development and replication of innovative community-based support and services models that allow people to live dignified lives, as equal citizens, in their local communities.
Having been a tireless advocate for social and economic inclusion at the Open Society Foundations, Klein is now leading INclude – The Mental Health Initiative, an independent nonprofit. INclude builds on Klein’s 22 years of work. INclude will work with partners to seek systemic means of achieving sustainable social and economic inclusion for people with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities.Prior to working at the Foundations, Klein, a member of the state bar associations of Florida and Michigan, litigated on behalf of people with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities in the United States. Klein has a BA in Justice from the American University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami.
Bebe Smith, MSW, LCSW
Bebe Smith, MSW, LCSW is a clinical social worker and mental health advocate. From 2017-2021, she served as mental health director and project coordinator for the Crisis Navigation Project at Southern Regional AHEC. She is a former clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and social work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her clinical and educational work focused on providing humane and evidence-based treatment and services to persons who live with schizophrenia and other persistent mental distress. In 2005, she helped develop OASIS, the first early psychosis program in North Carolina. She was a founder and co-director of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health from 2009-2012. From 2012-2015, she led a pilot of Critical Time Intervention (CTI), a team-based intensive case management model for people with complex social needs. She trains nationally and internationally in the CTI model and other psychosocial treatment approaches. She was the NASW-NC Social Worker of the Year in 2012 and won the Bryan Public Service Award at UNC in 2015.
Principal, Sarapis, President Sahana Software Foundation, Technology Executive
Devin works at the intersection of the nonprofit sector, the free/libre/open-source (FLO) movement, and grassroots community organizing initiatives to help each benefit from the best practices of the others.
He began his career as an entrepreneur who developed a challenge-based crowdfunding platform for nonprofit organizations. During this experience, he realized that, even more than a lack of funding, it was a lack of collaboration among nonprofits that was limiting the sector’s effectiveness. Since then, Devin has been applying FLO methodologies to civil society’s challenges by developing and deploying software tools and operational techniques for a wide range of groups including software development communities, grassroots organizing initiatives, conventional nonprofit organizations, agriculture networks, disaster relief coalitions and technology-focused startups.
He regularly speaks about disaster relief and urban resilience at events organized by groups such as: the American Red Cross, US Department of Defense, American Institute of Architects, International Association of Emergency Managers and New York City Emergency Management, and the United Nations.
Devin holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Center for Bioregional Living.
Strategic Communications Consultant
David Nadiradze is an arts manager with exceptional experience in campaigning and raising awareness in various topics in different societies such as mental health, disability rights, arts advocacy, voluntary blood donation, and public health online advocacy for the past ten years. He is an author and organizer of many creative activities internationally such as multimedia exhibitions, creative online campaigns, science and innovations festivals, and national awareness-building campaigns.
Having strong marketing and technology skills, David oversees INclude's digital communications and holds an MFA degree in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University.
Virgil is a mission-focused, non-profit leader with 30 years of experience focusing on the healing power of community, creativity, and philanthropy. He has served as Executive Director and President of seven not-for-profit organizations and founding board member of several others. He was also a turn-around agent for a health care system, a professor for master’s students in philanthropy and is a consultant to other visionaries. He helps good people and organizations accomplish great things through philanthropy and helps distressed families to find a recovery path for their loved ones with mental health challenges. Virgil has an MBA from Western New England College, with a focus on non-profit creativity; a BA in philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa from Ripon College; and Certification as a Development Director from the Grantsmanship Training Center in Los Angeles.
Certified Peer Support Specialist
Garrett Greenland is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, Recovery Coach and Job Coach, supporting people in their recovery journeys to find their strengths and resilience, and meaning in their lives. For the past four years he has worked with the non-profit Turning Point Foundation in Ventura, California in these roles.
Garrett also works independently as a peer mentor, offering emotional support, sharing knowledge and skills, providing practical assistance, and connecting people with resources and opportunities, all with the aim of helping them achieve long-term recovery.
Garrett is certified in WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plans); Crisis Intervention Teams (community partnership of law enforcement, mental health and addiction professionals, people with mental health challenges, their families and other advocates); and Mental Health First Aid (a national program to teach skills to respond to signs of mental health challenges and substance use). He is also trained in HIPPA Awareness and Suicide Prevention. For the past ten years Garrett has been successfully working on his own recovery program, and is passionate about using the wisdom of his lived experience to inspire hope that allows people to live their dreams.