Focus Friday – Friday May 15th 8:30 am ZOOM Virtual Meeting

Focus on: Dealing with the Stress of Covid-19 on our Business and Families

Published Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Focus Friday – Friday May 15th 8:30 am ZOOM Virtual Meeting

Focus on: Dealing with the Stress of Covid-19 on our Business and Families

Join the Lake Norman Chamber in a virtual presentation of Dealing with the Stress of Covid-19 on our Business and Families. The program will take place on Zoom Friday, May 15th at 8:30-10:00 am, recorded and later aired on the Chamber’s Face Book site.

Our speakers are Dr. Karla Lever – Atrium Health and Dr Michael Clark – Novant Health and emceed by 2020 Lake Norman Chamber Public Policy Chair Jeff Tarte. Joining Tarte is Bill Russell, President & CEO of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Focus Friday is Presented by Novant Health and sponsored by WSIC FM and Business Today /Cornelius Today.

Focus Friday will discuss the impact from Covid-19 on the mental health of businesses and employees. We will explore with our Behavioral health experts and the implications and warning signs for the following:

-  long durations of confinement 

-  remote work productivity and habit changes

-  suicide considerations

-  methods to maintain mental health during the pandemic

To view the program Live on ZOOM, you must RSVP to and a Zoom link will be sent to you Thursday evening. Absolutely no phone in calls are allowed.  The program will be recorded and aired later Friday on the Chamber’s Social media site: Face Book and Twitter

About our Speakers:

Dr. Karla Lever – Atrium Health

Dr. Karla Lever is a behavioral health specialist, licensed therapist and director of Atrium Health Employee Assistance Programs offered to external employers and internal Atrium Health teammates, covering more than 180, 000 lives.

Dr. Lever earned both her doctorate in counselor education and her Educational Specialist Degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of South Carolina. She has worked extensively in mental health in inpatient and outpatient settings for nearly 20 years and has also performed adjunct duties for graduate programs in clinical mental health and school counseling.  She has focused her recent research on compassion fatigue, outcome studies in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) setting and EAP viability. Her areas of interest and study are employee health and leadership development, with a particular emphasis on emotional intelligence and strategies to increase effective leadership teams.

 Dr Michael Clark – Novant Health

Michael Clark, MD is a psychiatrist currently serving in Novant’s integrated care initiative with primary care practices across Greater Charlotte.  Being board-certified in both Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, he qualified to deliver care and consultation across the age range.  Since completing a psychiatry residence and child psychiatry fellowship at UNC, Dr. Clark has gained broad experience over twenty years in the field of mental health.  Initially he entered the private sector and delivered outpatient and inpatient care.  During that time, Dr. Clark was medical director over an adolescent psychiatric unit at Alamance Regional Medical Center.  Since 1999, he worked full-time in the public sector within The Guilford Center, eventually becoming medical director.  There he also delivered care in their outpatient clinics and in their crisis/emergency unit, working to assure patient needs were met in the appropriate level of care.  Later, he served as associate medical director for Partners Behavioral Health Management, the agency responsible for oversight and administration of public mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services over an eight-county area.  Within in the public sector, Dr. Clark had promoted integrated care through collaboration with CCNC, work within primary care settings, and development/support of integrated care/opioid initiatives.

In addition to the mentioned associations, Dr. Clark is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce represents 850+ businesses in Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius, and the greater Lake Norman region.