About the Speakers

Kathy H. Kliebert  Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Kathy H. Kliebert
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Appointed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Kathy H. Kliebert became secretary of the state's Department of Health in March 2013 after a long-term career in public service in Louisiana. She has been a leader in the Department for more than 25 years, where she has led efforts to promote independent living for individuals with developmental disabilities and transform behavioral health care services for hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Kliebert served as the Department's Deputy Secretary, where she provided leadership to the agency's program offices, including the Offices for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral Health, Public Health, and Aging and Adult Services. She also served as the coordinator for LDH's Human Services Interagency Council (HSIC) which convenes the state's local governing entities that provide developmental disability and behavioral health services.

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Secretary in 2011, Kliebert led the Office of Behavioral Health, where she managed the merger of the Department's mental health and addictive disorders offices to better serve Louisianians in need. She spearheaded the development and implementation of Louisiana's new approach to both delivering and financing behavioral health services for approximately one million Louisiana children and adults through a fully integrated, single-point-of-entry system.

Kliebert has dedicated the bulk of career to serving individuals with developmental disabilities through the Department's Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), which she led as Assistant Secretary for six years. During her tenure, OCDD successfully completed a multi-year transition to move individuals out of institutions and into community-based services, reducing the number of individuals living in institutions by more than 26 percent. Prior to leading the office, Kliebert was diversification director of the Metropolitan/Peltier-Lawless Development Centers in New Orleans and Thibodaux, where she led the expansion of community-based options for people with developmental disabilities. She has over 20 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker and has a master's degree in social work. She also serves as Secretary of the Louisiana Educational Television Board and as a member of the Louisiana Children's Cabinet.

Susanna Visser, DrPH, MS

Susanna Visser, DrPH, MS
Acting Associate Director of Science, Division of Human Development and Disability, National Center on Birth Defects and Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Susanna Visser, DrPH, MS is the Lead Epidemiologist of the Child Development Studies Team in the Division of Human Development and Disability at CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Visser leads CDC's ADHD program. Her expertise includes the design and analysis of population-based epidemiological studies of neurobehavioral and mental health conditions. Lead author publications include research related to generating population-based estimates of ADHD, rates of medication treatment among youth with ADHD, and factors associated with ADHD medication treatment. Dr. Visser served as the committee epidemiologist for the American Academy of Pediatrics' most recent ADHD diagnostic and treatment guidelines committee. Dr. Visser currently directs community-based epidemiologic studies of mental disorders of childhood, including ADHD, a national follow-back survey of children with ADHD and Tourette syndrome, and participates in federal longitudinal research investigating developmental outcomes of youth with physical and social risk factors.

Ryan Bilbo, GIS Manager

Ryan Bilbo
GIS Manager, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals

Earned a BA in Economics and Masters in Public Administration from LSU, and has 11 years of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Business Intelligence experience.

Jeff Capobianco, PhD

Jeff Capobianco, PhD
Director of Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health

Jeff Capobianco has 20 years of clinical and administrative experience in healthcare, with extensive background in primary and behavioral healthcare integration, evidence-based practice implementation, use of learning organizations, and Lean Six Sigma methodologies. He ran integrated health and family psychoeducation implementation learning communities and chaired the Michigan Family Psychoeducation implementation steering committee. He was a research investigator at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and the director of research and new program development for the University of Michigan Health System-based Washtenaw Community Health Organization, a four-county behavioral health managed care organization. He is co-author of Implementing Evidence-based Practices in Mental Health: A Field Guide, published by the National Council. Capobianco consults with behavioral health organizations on using evaluations and performance measurements in integrated health efforts.


Mary Margaret Gleason, MD, FAPP
Director for Infant Mental Health Services, Tulane University

A Pediatrician and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Dr. Gleason serves as the director for Tulane Infant Mental Health Services.  She is interested in the clinical care of high risk young children and their families. In her academic work, Dr. Gleason is interested in early identification of childhood mental health disorders, early childhood mental health disorders in high risk children, especially reactive attachment disorder, and the factors that shape treatment decisions by families and providers. She has developed a screening tool to identify young children at risk for mental health concerns (Early Childhood Screening Assessment), that has been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has also coordinated an effort to define the evidence base related to preschool medications and to develop evidence-informed treatment algorithms to guide responsible treatment decisions. In addition to other leadership positions in child psychiatry, she serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Early Brain and Child Development Leadership Workgroup. With colleagues, she received the 2011 Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement and is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

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