Mental Health: Real Talk, Real Solutions
A panel of experts will convene to share mental health best practices and resources you can offer your community. Join us for an open discussion of questions and answers that can help you address this important health issue.
Anthony Llanes Rodríguez
Anthony Llanes Rodríguez is a severe Hemophilia A patient. He has studies in Psychology and a professional certification as Educational Evaluator and Therapist. He has more than 10 years of experience working with children and youth in special education and offering educational talks in Puerto Rico and the United States raising awareness about bleeding disorders. Committed to the cause within his community, since 2016 he has served as a Volunteer, Camp Director and Board Chair of his organization. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Asociación Puertorriqueña de Hemofilia y Condiciones de Sangrado (APH).
Chris Bombardier is executive director of Save One Life, an international nonprofit that provides direct financial aid to patients with hemophilia in developing countries. Chris was a board member of Save One Life from 2012 to 2019. During that time, Chris was actively involved on the program and scholarship committees. A mountaineer, Chris became the first person with hemophilia to successfully climb the Seven Summits including Mt. Everest and dedicated his climbs to raising funds for Save One Life. He eventually raised over $250,000 and helped 75 children receive sponsorships. Chris began his career as a professional research assistant with the University of Colorado Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center after graduating from Doane College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He later worked with GutMonkey, an experienced-based education company that works with people with chronic medical conditions. Through his travels around the world for the Seven Summits, and his work with Save One Life, Chris discovered his passion for global health work and returned to school. He recently earned his master’s in global health from Northwestern University in 2020. During Chris’s climb of Mt. Everest a documentary crew followed his journey and created the film, Bombardier Blood. This film has been screened at dozens of bleeding disorder community events, film festivals and is now available to stream on most platforms.
Debbie de la Riva, LPC
Debbie is the Founder of Mental Health Matters Too, a therapist for Better Help, and former Executive Director, Lone Star Bleeding Disorder Foundation. Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor who has worked with HFA to conduct quarterly trainings for the bleeding disorders community over the last year. Debbie is the mother of 27 year old son with severe hemophilia A
Having personal and familiar experiences with bleeding disorders, autoimmune disease, PIDD/SAD, epilepsy and cancer, Kelly’s experience is seasoned by nearly three decades of managing chronic health conditions. She draws on both her personal journey and professional expertise to empower, educate, inspire, and empower those she serves. She radiates sincerity and uses life lessons combined with years as a teacher, to proudly lead and serve the bleeding disorders community.