Positively impacting the lives of those affected by Mental Illness will take the help of all of us. There is no too little, there is no too much!
The driving force behind the foundation is Jennifer Ayers-Moore's desire to share her understanding of the plight of family members of normal individuals who sink into the darkness of mental illness.
Her first-hand experience growing up with her brother Nathaniel gives her an authoritative perspective on the challenges family members face, and the benefits they can gain from organizations willing to help them through these traumatic times.
The Foundation launched in 2008 after the publication of a book about Nathaniel, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music, by Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez. The book was followed by the film "The Soloist" starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. These two highly-visible projects helped elevate the nation's conversation about mental illness, giving Jennifer the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to begin helping what could eventually be thousands, even millions, of families.
Jennifer and Nathaniel need your help to continue their fight to keep public awareness about mental health's effects on society at the forefront of the nation's consciousness.
We are completely committed to spreading the value that artistic expression makes in the advancement of wellness and treatment. Further, we will continue to strengthen our collaboration with mental health and arts organizations to identify and exhibit the work of the artistically gifted and provide grants to worthy nonprofit organizations that embody the foundation's mission.
Jennifer Ayers-Moore, Board Chair and Founder
Jennifer is the sister of Nathaniel Anthony Ayers and witnessed her brother’s gradual progression from an extremely charming and intellectual young man to the abyss of schizophrenia. She has been a constant source of support for Nathaniel throughout the years. The strength and experience she gained throughout a 30-year journey is what drives her work with the Foundation.
Jennifer is functioning as Executive Director while this position is vacant.
Course Study: Kevin Coleman Mental Health Center, Mental Health Detection in Youths. Kent State University – Elementary Education/Communications, National-Louis University – BA, Behavioral Science.
Anthony Moore, Board President
Tony has more than 25 years experience working in corporate America. He has worked for companies such as IBM and BellSouth in various senior level management capacities, including Managing Consultant, Strategic Alliance Manager, Director of Business Development, Sales/Marketing Manager and Systems Engineering. Tony is a seasoned entrepreneur and has owned several businesses including a trucking company, a restaurant, a consulting company and a real estate brokerage firm. He is a former Active Duty and Reserve Army Officer and a cum laude alumnus of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
Cassady V. Brewer, Board Member, Legal Counsel - Morris, Manning and Martin
Cassady Brewer is a partner in Morris, Manning and Martin, LLP’s tax, real estate capital markets, exempt organizations, and wealth planning practice groups. Cassady focuses his practice in the areas of income tax planning, business formations, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and limited liability companies, tax controversy, tax-exempt investments in real estate, and wealth transfer and protection.
Cassady also serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Real Estate Tax Subcommittee on Environmental Tax issues. Brewer participated in the drafting of the Georgia Limited Liability Company and Limited Liability Partnership Acts and is a frequent speaker at local and regional seminars and workshops concerning federal and state tax matters, especially partnership and limited liability company issues and tax planning for wealth transfer. Atlanta Magazine named him as one of its “Georgia Super Lawyers” for 2007 in the tax field.
Dr. Barbra Lattimore, Board Member, Director, Fulton County Department of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Addictive Diseases
Dr. Lattimore serves as the Director of the Fulton County Department of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Addictive Diseases, which is one of the largest public behavioral health organizations in the Southeast United States.
Under her leadership, the department opened a 22-acre campus to provide behavioral health services to children and adolescents, and launched a comprehensive Mental Health Treatment Diversion program to provide behavioral health services to divert people with mental illness from being incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail for committing misdemeanor offenses. The department also collaborated with community-based organizations to place these individuals into treatment, opened a state-of-the-art substance abuse center, established a DUI Court that places people with multiple DUI convictions into treatment, launched an innovative Juvenile and Substance Abuse Prevention Program and established a Geriatric Program to provide behavioral healthcare to senior citizens.
Dr. Lattimore also is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Argosy University in metropolitan Atlanta. Dr. Lattimore holds a Ph.D. in Community Health, M.S.A. in Health Services Administration, M.Ed. in Counseling and a B.S. Degree in Psychology.
Michelle served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc. (NCBM) for over 25 years. In that capacity, she developed experience in nonprofit management, interfaced with U.S. presidents, members of Congress, state legislators, governors, and other elected officials. Her expertise lies in leadership, program and budget development, fund-raising, policy analysis, marketing and public relations. She also has served as an independent consultant, assisting the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) develop a community outreach program to raise awareness relevant to child safety issues. The recipient of numerous awards, Michelle has a BS degree in Education from the State University of New York, at Oswego and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Krasnoff/Foster ProductionsDr. Rhonda Mattox
UCLA Dept. of PsychiatryRobert M. Bilder Ph.D.
ABPP Chief, Medical Psychology & Neuropsychology David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA