Tamlin Hall - Founder
Tamlin Hall is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of IAMHOLDENON, a progressive grassroots initiative that uses interdisciplinary arts, education and humanities to absolve mental health "othering" and prevent teen suicide. A coveted HUMANITAS Prize winner for television writing and telling underrepresented stories, Hall received his MFA from UCLA. Hall has won numerous directing awards for his feature film directorial debut, Holden On, a true story social impact teen drama about Hall's childhood friend, Holden Layfield. The award winning film portrays the complexity of mental illness and suicide in teens, offers insight to prevention, and opens the door to conversation about this difficult but critical community concern. The film was a Georgia Film Critics Association Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema nominee.
Hall has guest lectured at various colleges and been invited to speak to various businesses, organizations and conferences around the country. Partial list includes: UCLA, University of Georgia, New York Film Academy, Georgia House of Representatives, Mental Health America (MHA) - Central Carolinas Chapter, Georgia State Board of Education, Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy.
Hall is currently co-writing a film adaptation of a #1 New York Times bestselling book, A Child Called "It", for the Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated production company, FOR GOOD.
Hall is a State of Georgia General Assembly Honoree for his exemplary work in Advocacy and the Arts.
Mike Angstadt - Chair
Mike Angstadt has served in both the public and private sectors in Leadership positions for the past 35 years. These include Director of Child and Adolescent Services for the Personal Growth Center and Executive Director of the F.D. Roosevelt Outdoor Therapy Program. Both of these agencies were components of the State organization that now bears the name of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
For twenty-two years he led Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc., a private-not-for-profit as their Executive Director. Twin Cedars is a multi-service agency offering 25 programs in Columbus, LaGrange, and Macon, GA as well as Auburn and Opelika, AL. There continuum of care spanned from prevention services, through community mental health, CASA, Child Advocacy Centers, camps, schools, and intensive residential treatment focused on children and youth that have experienced sexual trauma.
Mike incorporated Angstadt Consulting and Teambuilding Services, Inc. in February of 2017 and serves as the LLC’s President. He is, also, an adjunct faculty member of LaGrange College.
He and his wife Jan are the proud parents of four grown daughters and five grandchildren. They reside in rural Troup County, Georgia.
Morgan Melton - Vice Chair (Teacher Liaison)
Morgan Melton was born and raised in LaGrange, GA and graduated from Callaway High School. After teaching for five years in Troup County, she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where she has been teaching high school English and implementing the IAMHOLDENON Initiative in her classroom for the last three years. She received her B.S. from Lagrange College in 2009 where she won a Research Writing Award and received her M.S.Ed. from the University of Phoenix in 2012.
Charles Hall - Treasurer
Charles Hall has over two decades experience working with governance boards, volunteer committees and providing direction in conference planning and management. He is the CEO/President of Association Services Group, where his company has twice been honored as 1of the 100 fastest growing UGA alumni businesses in the State of Georgia and recognized as one of top twenty companies on the ‘Best Places to Work in GA’ list by Georgia Trend magazine and the GA Society for Human Resource Management.
Kelly Veal - PhD, LPC, CAADC
Dr. Kelly Veal has served as a multidisciplinary team-member and a treatment provider for three
Accountability Court programs in her community for over 9 years. Her work with Accountability
Courts has inspired her to serve as an advocate for nation-wide availability of Accountability
Courts for offenders who have substance-use disorders. As a part of her advanced professional
training, she has conducted research on the efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing (EMDR) for chemically addicted populations. This research has fueled her passion
to advocate for evidence-based trauma treatment in all substance abuse programs across the
Dr. Kelly J. Veal received her PhD in Counselor Education from Auburn University in 2015. She
is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Counselor (CAADC). Dr. Veal owns a private practice in LaGrange called The Veal Group,
LLC. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at
LaGrange College. Dr. Veal has extensive experience working with addicted populations and
trauma. As a part of her advanced professional training, she is certified in Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
Dr. Veal’s approach integrates evidence-based techniques such as eye movement desensitization
and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral therapy as well as holistic,
alternative approaches such as adrenal fatigue coaching, weight loss coaching, aromatherapy,
and mindfulness meditation.
Keyal Loveland graduated from Auburn University with a dual degree in Communication & Psychology. With a decade of professional experience in the music and event planning industry, Loveland currently serves as the Director of Sweetland Amphitheatre in LaGrange, GA. The 2,500 seat Amphitheatre provides an intimate outdoor venue for star-studded performances and community events.
Loveland has worked with Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Gregg Allman, Pixies, Jason Isbell, Primus and many other award winning musicians both regionally and nationally.