Cinda Johnson, assistant
professor and special education program director in the College of Education, and
her daughter, Linea Johnson, ’10, are active
volunteers with BringChange2Mind, a mental health anti-stigma and awareness
campaign initiated by actress Glenn Close. The Johnsons met Close last month at
the “Change a Mind, Change a Life” event in St. Louis, which was co-sponsored by
BringChange2Mind and the Karla Smith Foundation. The following night Close
threw out the first pitch at Busch Stadium before the St. Louis Cardinals took
on the N.Y. Mets. Proceeds from the game went to the BringChange2Mind campaign.
The game lasted 20 innings! Cinda and Linea spent the last 12 innings with
Close discussing health issues while keeping an eye on the game. Linea graduated
from SU in December with a bachelor's degree in creative writing. She writes a blog for
BringChange2Mind, which has nearly 12,000 Facebook members.