Steering Committee

Melissa Robinson Graves, LMFT

Melissa Robinson Graves, LMFT

School-Based Therapy Program Manager

Melissa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 18 years of experience serving children, adolescents, adults and families in community, school and private settings in Florida and Georgia. She has extensive experience developing programs in private, non-profit and government sectors, managing multi-million dollar budgets, and implementing start-up of system change. She has worked extensively in mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare systems including positions with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Interagency Directors Team, a workgroup of the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council. In 2015, Melissa joined CHRIS 180 as the Director of Training where she led efforts to educate social service professionals and educators on understanding and implementing trauma-informed care practices at the individual and organizational levels. In 2018, she became Director of Strategic Initiatives, executing and sustaining external and internal strategic initiatives such as school-based mental health services, addressing community trauma and employee engagement/recognition activities. Melissa earned her BA in Psychology from Georgia State University and her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University.

Dimple Desai, M.S.W.

Dimple Desai, M.S.W.

Evaluation Team, Steering Committee

Dimple Desai is a research associate II at the Georgia Health Policy Center supporting research and evaluation efforts within the Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health. Her areas of interest include program development as well as coordinating research and evaluation studies. She has significant experience in providing training and technical assistance to public health agencies and national grantees and expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research. Desai’s current projects include evaluation of multiple school-based mental health service initiatives, and supporting Georgia’s contributions to SAMHSA’s System of Care Expansion.

Anne Kagi

Anne Kagi

Project 180 Grant Project Manager

Anne Kagi has a background in organizational development, program evaluation and community outreach. With Project 180, Anne manages process improvement for school-based data collection and compliance with federal grant reporting. She also supports budget oversight, evaluation of trauma-focused programming, and monitoring progress towards grant goals and objectives. 

Working with agencies that support children, youth and families, Anne has guided nonprofit teams through needs assessments, strategic planning, and grants management. She specializes in helping organizations find effective ways to include the people they serve into decision making and implementation planning. Anne earned a Masters in Public Administration in 2011 from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University while working at the Central New York Community Foundation. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College, where she discovered a passion for outdoor leadership while guiding groups on wilderness journeys. Anne works remotely from Seattle where she lives with her husband and son.

Jennifer Packard, LCSW

Jennifer Packard, LCSW

Project 180 Director

Jen Packard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with nine years of experience. She is the Director of Project 180 and a Clinical Supervisor, trainer, and therapist at CHRIS 180. Ms. Packard is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT),trained in the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) Framework, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and The Seven Challenges. In addition to these evidence-based models, Ms. Packard practices from the paradigms of interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy. She incorporates play and art therapy principles and techniques in her work. Ms. Packard earned her BFA in Contemporary Dance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 1999 and earned her MS in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2008.

Chris Purdy

Chris Purdy

Atlanta Public Schools Turnaround Liaison

Christopher is an educational leader with over a decade of public service at the local, state and federal level. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of Sociology from the State University of Fredonia in 2007, and then went on to obtain his Master of Science in Education in 2009 from Nazareth College of Rochester. Christopher’s career focus has been in the field of urban education, spanning multiple geographic areas in the country. He first started teaching in the Rochester City School District, then spent six years in the District of Columbia Public Schools as a teacher leader and Special Education teacher, before moving to Atlanta Public Schools to work on their Turnaround Program.

Chris also served eight years in the Army National Guard, eventually separating from service honorably as a Sergeant/E-5. During this time, he completed a tour of duty to Iraq, where we commanded an armored vehicle in a convoy escort team, which patrolled the main supply route through central Iraq. Chris also facilitated company and battalion level training and was deployed to Thailand to participate in a training mission alongside the Thai Royal Marines.

Outside of his professional life, Christopher is actively engaged in civic life and community building. He is the Chapter President of the Atlanta Chapter of Veterans for American Ideals – an organization of veterans dedicated to advocating for refugees. Chris is also an active member of his neighborhood association and Neighborhood Planning Unit.

Marni Segall

Marni Segall

Evaluation Team, Steering Committee

Marni Segall is a research associate I at the Georgia Health Policy Center. She works with the Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health team. Her research interests include child and adolescent health and development, health disparities, social determinants of health, violence prevention, chronic disease prevention, and health promotion.

Segall has expertise in disability science, psychoeducational assessment and diagnosis, and cognitive, learning, emotional, and behavioral disorders. She also has experience in program development and implementation, project coordination, quantitative and qualitative research, and policy analysis.

Her current projects are focused on school-based mental health services and community-based programs and services for youth, emerging adults, and families.

Brittney Walters, LCSW

Brittney Walters, LCSW

Clinical Director of CHRIS Counseling Center, CHRIS 180

Brittney joined the CHRIS 180 family in 2017 and brings a diversified background of Mental Health experience to the team. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She obtained both her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development and Master of Social Work at the University of Georgia. Brittney has broad experience in treating children, adolescents, and adults of all ages and has worked with a range of diverse populations as well as within various levels of care. Prior to joining the CHRIS 180 team, Brittney worked for several years at a local Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility as Unit Director and Clinical Program Manager. In those roles, she was responsible for supervising the long-term care and treatment of approximately 60 children with both acute and chronic psychiatric disorders, complex trauma backgrounds, and co-occurring developmental disabilities. Brittney has also worked extensively with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Through her work at various Community Service Boards, Brittney’s passion for community-based mental health became self-evident. It is her goal to continue to work with underserved populations and to dedicate her life to breaking down barriers and increasing access to mental health services for all individuals. As Clinical Director at CHRIS 180 Counseling Center, Brittney is honored to work with a robust team of Clinical Supervisors, Therapists, Community Support Individuals, and Administrative Staff. She aims to ensure that individuals receive the most effective and highest quality mental health services both in the clinic, as well as in the community.