First Lady Deborah Bryant, Honorary Chair – With a heart for service, First Lady of Mississippi Deborah Bryant has dedicated her professional and personal life to caring for those around her.

She has worked tirelessly through her H.O.M.E. (Healthcare, Outdoors, Mansion/Military, and Education) platform to improve the quality of life for Mississippians of all ages. In 2014, Deborah traveled the entire state as part of her “Read Across Mississippi” program. She read to students in all 82 counties to promote literacy and bring attention to reading disabilities. Last year she added volunteerism and veterans as her part of her platform. Now she is zeroing in on middle school aged children with her “Mississippi Matters that Matter” initiative.

She has been honored as a Women of Distinction Laureate by the Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi, the recipient of the “Women of Excellence Award” from the Mississippi Diabetes Foundation, and received the Chrysalis Award from the Canopy Children’s Solutions. In May of 2016, William Carey University awarded Mrs. Bryant an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of her tireless efforts in promoting literacy and her volunteer work following natural disasters throughout the state, especially the tornado that struck Louisville, MS, in 2014. Winston County also presented her with the Spirit of Hope Award following the recovery work she participated in for several months there.

Deborah and her husband of 39 years, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, have two grown children. Daughter, Katie, and her husband, Stephen, and children, Henry and Eliza, live in Madison, MS. Their son, Patrick, lives in Austin, TX.

Scott D. Miller, Ph.D. is a co-founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavior health.  Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results.  He is one of a handful of “invited faculty” whose work, thinking, and research is featured at the prestigious “Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference.”  His humorous and engaging presentation style and command of the research literature consistently inspires practitioners, administrators, and policy makers to make effective changes in service delivery.

Scott is the author of numerous articles and co-author of Working with the Problem Drinker: A Solution Focused Approach (with Insoo Berg [Norton, 1992]), The “Miracle” Method: A Radically New Approach to Problem Drinking (with Insoo Kim Berg [Norton, 1995]), Finding the Adult Within: A Solution-Focused Self-Help Guide (with Barbara McFarland [Brief Therapy Center Press, 1995]), Handbook of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Foundations, Applications, and Research (with Mark Hubble and Barry Duncan [Jossey-Bass, 1996]), Escape from Babel: Toward a Unifying Language for Psychotherapy Practice (with Mark Hubble and Barry Duncan [Norton, 1997]), Psychotherapy with Impossible Cases: Efficient Treatment of Therapy Veterans (with Mark Hubble and Barry Duncan [Norton, 1997]), The Heart and Soul of Change (with Mark Hubble and Barry Duncan [APA Press, 1999] and Bruce Wampold [2nd Edition, 2009]), The Heroic Client: A Revolutionary Way to Improve Effectiveness through Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Therapy (with Barry Duncan [Jossey-Bass, 2000], and Jacqueline Sparks [Revised, 2004]), The ICCE Feedback Informed Treatment and Training Manuals (ICCE Press, 2012), The Cycle of Excellence (Wiley, 2017), and Feedback Informed Treatment (APA, 2017).

Nick Hughes calls Mississippi home but was born and raised in Southern California where he and his twin brother survived all odds. They were the first in their family to graduate from University, Azusa Pacific University to be exact. They never knew their father. Their mother was a struggling addict, and holding nothing against her, now understand that she was fighting for her life as well.

Three paternity tests were needed to figure out who Nick’s father was. Throughout his childhood he and his brother saw lots of chaos and their child-like hearts were tested often. Nick grew up in 7 different homes, with different people and different family dynamics in each one. In the midst of the madness and the chaos Nick and his brother, Nathan, always had the bond of being twins. Nick believes that God used their bond to create stability and strength in their hearts which protected them from the chaos surrounding them.

When they met the van den Raadt family as teenagers, their lives changed forever. At the start of High School Nick and Nathan’s best friend, John, had them over constantly. John’s family quickly became their family and they did what he did. John, Nick and Nathan went to church together and eventually the three all went off to college together to play football.

Nick received his B.A. in Psychology. After graduation, he left the U.S. to teach in Malawi, East Africa for two years where he also studied theology in Africa. When leaving Africa, Nick transferred from African Bible College to Reformed Theological Seminary of Jackson. He finished my M.Div. at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Today, Nick is an ordained minister and one of the pastors of students at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, Mississippi. He is married to Bryce Wheatley Hughes and together they have a dog named Jozy.

Teresa Mosley received a B.S. degree in Special Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. After 10 years of teaching students with special needs, Teresa obtained her Master’s of Education in School Psychometry from Mississippi College. Currently, she specializes in dyslexia assessment and is the lead psychometrist at the Mississippi College Dyslexia Education and Evaluation Center. Teresa also serves as an adjunct instructor in the graduate studies program at Mississippi College. In 2015, Teresa was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to serve on the Mississippi State Board of Mental Health. As a “suicide survivor”, she is passionate about suicide prevention awareness and shares that passion whenever she is afforded the opportunity to do so. Teresa lives in Clinton, MS with her husband, Ken. Her daughter Emily is a junior at the University of Alabama, where she is majoring in Advertising. Teresa also has a daughter, Elisabeth, who is eternally 15 years old.


Taheti Watson has over 15 years of experience in human resources, leadership development and employee engagement. Taheti has always had a passion for people and believes that employees will perform at a higher level when they have been given the tools needed to succeed, feel that their opinion matters and feel valued. Taheti holds a Bachelor in Management from Belhaven University and a Masters in Workforce Development from The University of Southern Mississippi.  She is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Human Capital Institute (SPHR) and through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM –SCP). Taheti is a native of Chicago IL, and was partially raised in Mississippi.