During the seminar, you will have the opportunity to hear from national experts in grief, trauma, health and wellness and more. Below is a list of the speakers and presenters who will be in attendance.
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Bonnie Carroll is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer, the surviving spouse of Brigadier General Tom Carroll, a former staffer in the Reagan and Bush White Houses, and the President and Founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the leading national Military Service Organization providing comfort, care, and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. Ms. Carroll founded TAPS following the death of her husband in an Army C-12 plane crash on November 12, 1992.
Jennifer Baldwin, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCPAT
Jennifer graduated with a master’s in art therapy from The George Washington University and has been working as a clinical art therapist in Northern Virginia/D.C. Metro area since 1997. She is board certified in art therapy and a certified grief and trauma therapist through the Wendt Center for Healing in Washington, D.C. and a licensed professional clinical art therapist in the state of Maryland. She has successfully blended the areas of art therapy and traumatic grief when working with people of all ages by using art therapy techniques and interventions alongside traditional talk therapy to help support the difficult journey of grieving. Jennifer enjoys presenting and conducting training for clinicians and community members through programs that include the Health and Wellness Program through the Falls Church City Public School and the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®. Providing opportunities for the non-artist to experience creative expression as a healing tool is an important mission for Jennifer. Her career spans working with a variety of private and public agencies, including hospice. She currently works as part of a private clinician’s group, NoVa Grief Support and Counseling, dedicated to educating and supporting those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. In addition, Jennifer is adjunct faculty at The George Washington University in the Art Therapy program and a certified art therapy supervisor.
As the Vice President for TAPS Survivor Services, Audri oversees immediate and long-term survivor outreach, support, and resource and program development. She holds a Masters in Psychology and has advanced training in death, dying and bereavement through the Center for Loss & Life Transition and the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). Through her dedication, Audri, a Navy veteran herself, honors the life of her first husband, CTRSN Jason Springer, USN.
Frank Campbell, PhD, LCSW, CT
Dr. Frank Campbell is the former Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center and the Crisis Center Foundation in Louisiana. He is currently the Senior Consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting, where he works with communities on forensic suicidology cases. It was due to his more than 20 years of working with those bereaved by suicide that he introduced his Active Postvention Model (APM), most commonly known as the LOSS Team (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors). The model has now been replicated in countries as diverse as Australia, Singapore, Northern Ireland, Canada, and America. His work with survivors and victims of trauma has been featured in three Discovery Channel documentaries. Dr. Campbell received the Louis Dublin award at the 2010 American Association of Suicidology Conference. He is a past president of AAS and received the Roger J. Tierney Award for service. He was named Social Worker of the Year in Louisiana and was the first John W. Barton Fellow selected in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Bob is an NBA Cares Ambassador, member of the TAPS Board of Advisors, and currently the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Special Advisor Officiating Development/Performance. He has served as the NBA's Vice President of Referee Operations and Director of Officials for years, after 25 seasons as an NBA referee. Prior to his career in professional basketball, Delaney was a highly decorated New Jersey State Trooper who went undercover to infiltrate the mafia; causing his own post-traumatic stress journey. His firsthand experiences coupled with a passion to better understand mental health makes him an expert on the subject. His efforts to educate and bring attention to the topic of post-traumatic stress have entailed visits to military troops around the world, including multiple trips to Afghanistan and Iraq. Described by General Robert Brown, U.S. Army Four Star Commander of the Pacific, as the "person who related to soldiers better than any visitor I have seen in my 36 years in the military," Delaney authored a book on the topic, Surviving the Shadows: A Journey of Hope into Post Traumatic Stress. He is also the author of Covert: My Life Infiltrating the Mob. His most recent book, Heroes are Human-Lessons in Resilience, Courage and Wisdom from the COVID Front Lines published in September 2022. He is involved with the Harvard Global Mental Health Trauma Recovery Program and Delaney has been invited to present at the world-wide prestigious Collective Trauma Summit 2023. He has been the subject of numerous media outlets and shows, Dr. Sanjay Gupta CNN.
Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT
Dr. Pamela Gabbay has spent the last 25 years working with grieving families and nationwide bereavement organizations. She is the Director of Operations and Training for The Compassionate Friends, a co-founder of The Satori Group, and a national trainer for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Additionally, Dr. Gabbay is the co-author, along with Andy McNiel, of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). In her previous role as the Director of the Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children, Pamela worked extensively with local communities and with grieving adults, children, and their families. She also created and served as the Camp Director for Camp Erin-Palm Springs, a bereavement camp for children in Southern California. For many years, Dr. Gabbay was an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University. She served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG) and was the President of the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She is currently serving on the Credentialing Council of ADEC. Each year, Dr. Gabbay presents and conducts trainings at multiple national conferences, including the National Alliance for Children's Grief (NACG), The Compassionate Friends (TCF), the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and Hospice Foundation of America (HFA).
Robin Goodman, PHD, ATR-BC
Dr. Goodman is a psychologist and art therapist in private practice with a specialty in trauma, medical illness, and grief. Currently, she is also Associate Director of Public Education and Bereavement for Child HELP Partnership. Previously, she established child life and behavioral health programs at pediatric cancer services at Mt. Sinai and New York Univeristy (NYU) Medical Center and served as Executive Director and bereavement program director for A Caring Hand Founded in Memory of Billy Esposito and Co-Director of the New York University Child Study Center 9/11 Child and Family Recovery Program. She has served in leadership roles at the National Child Traumatic Stress and professional organizations. She is committed to increasing mental health awareness through various media and developed Caring for Kids After Trauma and Death: A Guide for Parents and Professionals. She also developed Making Connections, a child and family grief group curriculum. Book credits include, Childhood Revealed: Art Expressing Pain, Discovery and Hope, The Day Our World Changed: Children’s Art of 9/11, Ready to Remember: Jeremy’s Journey of Hope and Healing, and Rosie Remembers: Forever in Her Heart.
Ashlynne is Deputy Director, TAPS Policy and Legislation. She is the surviving daughter of SFC Jeffrey J. Haycock, who died in an Army training accident on April 12, 2002, and Nichole C. Haycock, an Air Force Veteran who died by suicide on April 25, 2011. She graduated with a bachelor’s in political science from American University in 2013. Before joining the TAPS staff, Ashlynne attended the Good Grief Camp for seven years and volunteered as a Good Grief Camp mentor for four years. As TAPS Policy and Legislative Deputy Director, she advocates on behalf of surviving families and also serves on the VA’s Advisory Committee on Education.
Terah Herman-Saldaña has been a teaching artist for over 15 years and is a full-time member of The Theatre Lab staff, serving as the Director of Youth Programs and the Development/Outreach Manager. She is a full-time member of The Theatre Lab staff, serving as the Director of Youth Programs and the Development/Outreach Manager. In addition to her work at The Theatre Lab, she has worked as a teaching artist at Imagination Stage, West Chester Academy, The Center of Science and Industry, Starfire, Kennedy Heights Arts Center, The University of Kentucky, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She is an alum of the U.S. Department of State International Exchange program, in which she took The Theatre Lab’s Life Stories program to Malaysia. She is also a recipient of the National Theatre Conference’s Emerging Professional Award. She holds an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. in Theatre from Capital University. She has also received improvisation training through The Second City.
Heidi Horsley, PsyD, LMSW, MS
Dr. Heidi Horsley is a licensed psychologist, social worker, and bereaved sibling. She is the Executive Director of the Open to Hope Foundation, and co-hosts the award-winning weekly cable television show and podcast, Open to Hope. Dr. Heidi is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, and has a private practice in New York City. She has co-authored eight books, and has been interviewed on numerous podcasts and television shows, including 20/20. She serves on the advisory boards for TAPS and the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation. For 10 years she worked for the FDNY-Columbia University Family Guidance Program, helping families of firefighters killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Her psychology doctoral dissertation was on the sudden death of a sibling. Heidi’s son served 6 years in the military and is an army veteran.
William G. (Bill) Hoy, DMin, FT
With more than 35 years of care for the dying and bereaved, Dr. Hoy is Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities at Baylor. He is widely regarded as an authority on the role of social support in death, dying and grief and his experience includes more than 20 years leading bereavement and pastoral care programs in hospice care. Dr. Hoy has authored more than 125 articles and book chapters as well as six books. His books include Road to Emmaus: Pastoral Care with the Dying and Bereaved (Compass, 2007); Do Funerals Matter? The Purposes and Practices of Death Rituals in Global Perspective (Routledge, 2013) and Bereavement Groups and the Role of Social Support: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice (Routledge, 2016). In addition to his role with students at Baylor, he is a frequent presenter among groups of professional colleagues in health care across the United States and Canada. Dr. Hoy is active in the Association for Death Education & Counseling on whose board he served from 2012 to 2020 including six years as an officer. He also holds advisory board positions with Our House Grief Support Center in Los Angeles, California, Pathways Volunteer Hospice in Long Beach, California, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) in Washington, D.C.
Rachel develops and supports programming in the outdoors across the TAPS network. Rachel connects survivors with the healing power of nature and encourages participants to reconnect with their inner strength by creating emotionally safe and understanding environments. As a survivor honoring the life and death of her brother, Marine Lance Cpl J. Kyle Price, she understands the valleys and mountaintops we experience along the journey after loss. Rachel resides in Southern Illinois, has a background in communication and event management and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Education with a degree in Recreation Therapy.
Rayanne Hunter is a Mind-Body Nutrition Coach, yoga instructor and wholehearted advocate of outdoor therapy in any form. A yoga enthusiast for most of her life, she enjoys sharing it with her son and daughter and in her work. Specializing in grief, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress. She uses her knowledge from a variety of training backgrounds, interests and personal experiences to help people explore the person they are meant to be. Having grown up in a military family, she served in the Army National Guard and is the surviving spouse of SSG Wesley Hunter. Leading to a passion for working with military and their families, including gold star families. Hoping to guide those who are grieving, dealing with injuries, or struggling with everyday life stressors by using body movement, yoga, meditation, reiki, modern shaman techniques, woman circles, outdoor therapy, mind/body nutrition and eating psychology principles. Always looking for ways to inspire people to grow; in their lives, in their transitions, in learning to embrace, trust and love themselves again. Rayanne has hosted events, mentored, led workshops and grief care groups with TAPS since 2010. She also volunteers with Heroes on the Water, Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center, and privately works with individuals and small groups.
Erin serves as the Director of Women's Empowerment for TAPS. Within the past decade, Erin has built transformative programming within the retreat and seminar programs with an emphasis in women's empowerment, art, mindfulness and nature based healing. At the heart of her workshops and programs is the desire to create spaces where survivors can feel safe to explore the difficult questions surrounding identity and purpose after loss. Erin resides in the Pacific Northwest and is the surviving partner of Army Ranger Corporal Jason Kessler. Along with a degree in counseling, her educational background includes nonprofit leadership, religious studies and art history.
Rachel is a heart-minded author, speaker, and consultant helping her audiences embrace life’s challenges at work and at home. Overcoming her own adversity following the sudden death of her husband coupled with her experience in the management of large corporations, she is fully aware of the seesaw created when personal and professional challenges collide. Rachel was instrumental in creating and supporting all programs at HeartLight Grief and Loss Center in Denver as a facilitator, board member, and executive director. She has served as a Board of Director on numerous not-for-profits including Soaring Spirits International (Camp Widow) and Denver Grief Network Alliance and is a member of TAPS advisory board. Rachel has been speaking passionately to national audiences for 20 years, her work has been featured in numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, and her books (Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time, Living with Loss, One Day at a Time, and Grief in the Workplace) have received international acclaim.
Andy McNiel, MA
Andy is the Senior Advisor of Youth Programs for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Andy is an author and trainer on topics related to grief, bereavement, and end of life. He has been an advocate for healthy children, teenagers, and families throughout his career. He is a co-founder and an executive partner with The Satori Group, LLC, a national education, management, and consulting company focused in the area of grief and loss. He is the former CEO of The National Alliance for Grieving Children, Executive Director of The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama, and Director of Counseling Services for Hospice of Martin and St. Lucie (now Treasure Health) in South Florida. He is a trainer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He is the co-author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals.
Jenna Preston, PsyD, LP ART-BC
Dr. Preston is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist. She earned a Master's in Art Therapy from The George Washington University in 1996 and was an adjunct professor at George Washington University from 2010 to 2014. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the American School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. in 2016 using her spouse's Post 911 GI Bill. Her career and training includes serving children, adolescents, and adults within community mental health, inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, correctional, residential substance abuse settings, and a unique opportunity to work with the Metropolitan Police in Washington, D.C. Dr. Preston is a proud (retired) military spouse. Her husband retired from the Air Force in 2015. While stationed overseas in England from 2003 to 2006, she opened a private art therapy practice serving military children and spouses. Currently, Dr. Preston works as a Clinical Psychologist at Buckley Space Force Base in Aurora, Colorado serving active duty military from all six branches, their spouses, and military children.
Crystal Mai Purdy
Crystal Mai Purdy has worked in the funeral service industry for over 17 years and is currently the location manager of Lincoln Memorial Park & Funeral Home. Crystal is an avid public speaker and has a personal passion to educate the veteran community on funeral benefits; what they are, and mainly, what they are not. She also provides heart-felt, motivational messages about the beauty, significance, and privilege of working in the funeral industry. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing community and agency support during law enforcement line-of-duty deaths. She is a former Board member of Military Honors by the Pipes, Consano, and served in leadership positions for veteran non-profit organizations, Team Red, White, and Blue, and Operation Enduring Warrior. Crystal enjoys coordinating meaningful and resourceful events that help connect veterans to their community and develop powerful relationships with each other, and passionate veteran supporters. She also enjoys participating in physical activities that challenge endurance to raise awareness for veteran organizations.
Madeleine Regina is a director, actor, producer, and acting coach who primarily operates out of the Washington D.C. area. Madeleine works in many capacities at The Theatre Lab, including in their youth, adult, and Life Stories programs. Though she works on many different audio drama projects, Madeleine most notably is the co-producer of Feminist Fairytales, an audio drama that reimagines the genre of fairy tales through a feminist lens. As an actor, you will soon be able to see her perform in "How the Light Gets In" at 1st Stage (Kat). In addition, she is a Meisner Acting Coach with the Matthew Corozine Studio in New York, and a Master Teacher with ArtStream's Inclusive Theatre Companies. When not making art, you can usually find Madeleine buried in a book or cuddling her little dog Boba.
Amal Saade has been teaching on the Theatre Lab youth faculty since 2007, and the Life Stories faculty since 2010. She is currently on the theater faculty at the Lab School of Washington, and has also taught at ArtStream, Inc., Imagination Stage, and Jamestown Elementary School. She is a graduate of The Theatre Lab’s Honors Acting Conservatory, and has performed at theaters including Theater J, Olney Theatre, 1st Stage, Rorschach Theatre, Taffety Punk, Young Playwright’s Theatre, and The Source Theatre Festival. She holds a Masters in Theatre Education from Catholic University.
Jason serves as a TAPS Youth Programs Advisor. For more than two decades, Jason's life work has been helping youth and adults find inner strength, form meaningful connections, and experience personal transformation through physical and emotional challenges. In honor of his dad and sister, Jason created a national wilderness program for at-risk and grieving teens, which has been featured in Backpacker Magazine, the Denver Post, in the Associated Press. He provides presentations to high schools, universities, and conferences on grief and finding resilience. He previously served Judi's House as Outreach and Education Manager and Outward Bound as the National Outreach Director. He has continued to foster connection and healing for almost two decades, by incorporating his life-long love of nature and fitness into helping others find that same purpose.
Carla Stumpf Patton, EDD, LMHC, NCC, FT, CCTP
Carla is the Senior Director, Suicide Postvention & Prevention for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. She has been with TAPS since 2008 and oversees programs and services provided to those impacted by suicide loss. She is the surviving spouse of Sgt. Richard Stumpf, an Active Duty Marine Corps Drill Instructor and Gulf War combat Veteran who died by suicide in 1994, several days before their only child was born. She is trained in Crisis Response Planning, Psychological Autopsy Investigations, and certified as an ASIST trainer in suicide first aid. Carla is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Fellow of Thanatology. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in professional mental health counseling, and a doctorate of education in counseling psychology for which she completed her dissertation research on military families bereaved by suicide. She is remarried to a retired U.S. Marine, also a suicide survivor widower, with whom she shares five children.
A study in contrast, Nancy Thompson-Yonehiro, is a combination of angst and attitude. Her engineer mind and artist heart have pulled her in different directions since studying as a mechanical engineer distracted by her art studio. Though she excelled at complex calculus proofs, she did not love it the way she loved art. Fate intervened when Thompson-Yonehiro married her husband. For 25 years, his career took them around the globe, allowing her to become immersed in local cultures and each destination's art. Throughout the years and the miles, she taught English and art, wrote for local newspapers, ran a pottery studio, developed traveling pattern-making seminars, designed unique interiors. When the opportunity to focus full-time on art-making, Thompson-Yonehiro taught herself metalsmithing, developed a jewelry line, and immersed herself in enameling. Much of her art can be found at the Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28 at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, where she is the Gallery Coordinator. Thompson Yonehiro's work can also be found online at AngstAndAttitude.com or on Instagram at AngstandAttitude. From tiny metal creations to wall-swallowing works of art, Thompson-Yonehiro has no preferred metal or gemstone. She creates pieces that are intuitive and intense, dimensional, and occasionally articulated. She trusts her creativity to lead. She enjoys the journey of creation and enters it with only one expectation: make interesting work.
William Wagasy, a former Notre Dame football player under Coach Lou Holtz, William graduated with an accounting degree and a second major in philosophy in 1996. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University in 2000 and his master’s in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine in 2001. Following the attacks of 9/11, he enlisted in the Navy. He is a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL, having completed four combat tours from 2002 to 2012, three to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. After his time in the Navy, he served as the Director of Veterans Outreach for the Gary Sinise Foundation and continues to be an official ambassador for the foundation as well as sitting on the Advisory Board for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the Board Council for Hope for the Warriors, the West Coast Host Committee for the Navy SEAL Foundation and also on the Selection Committee for the Orange County Community Foundation's veteran initiative. Today he is the Vice President of National Sales, National Commercial Services for Commonwealth Land Title Company as well as for Fidelity National Title Group for Home Builder Services.
Candace Wheeler is Director of TAPS Government & Legislative Affairs. As a staunch military family advocate with over 30 years' experience, Candace works to protect the rights and earned benefits of surviving families. TAPS is committed to improving support provided by both federal and state governments, and advancing policy and legislation to strengthen the families of the fallen. During the 116th Congress, Candace led efforts to finally eliminate the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) – Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) offset, commonly referred to as the "Widow's Tax". The TAPS policy team was instrumental in creating a new strategy, educating Congress, garnering support from veterans and military service organizations, and empowering surviving spouses to advocate on their own behalf. Candace is also a leading advocate for the families of those who died as a result of illnesses connected to toxic exposure while serving in the military, and represents TAPS on the Toxic Exposure in the American Military (TEAM) Coalition. As the former President of The Military Coalition (TMC) and Chairman of the Board for the National Military Family Association (NMFA), and Spokesperson for the Save Our Benefit Coalition, Candace has championed military families before Congress, State Legislatures, Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA). As a military spouse, Candace is committed to strengthening the military and veteran community, their families, caregivers and survivors.
Benjamin Wolfe, MEd, LICSW, FT
Benjamin is a grief, loss and transition trainer and consultant after 28 years as director and grief therapist of St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Grief Support Center in Duluth, Minnesota, where he provided life-threatening illness and bereavement counseling (from any cause of death) for all ages. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Fellow in Thanatology as well as a former president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and has received a number of awards, including the ADEC Service Award in 1994, the ADEC Death Educator of the Year Award in 2011, the first-ever Senator Paul Wellstone Legacy Award presented by the Minnesota School Counselors Association in May 2004 for his work with schools and communities in crisis, and in May 2005 was selected as “Employee of the Year” by St. Mary’s Medical Center. He was appointed by the National Kidney Foundation from 2001 to 2005 to the eleven-member National Donor Family Council Executive Committee, and currently serves on the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Advisory Board. He consults and trains internationally and has given over 2,200 presentations dealing with grief and loss. He was a clinical member of the Northeastern Minnesota Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) team, and in 2013 was awarded the regional “Friend of EMS Award.” In addition to chapters in books, he has authored numerous articles related to grief and loss and served for ten years on the St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Bio-Ethics Committee. Additionally, for over 25 years Ben taught university graduate courses on death and dying, and for 23 years he also taught a course on life-threatening illness at the University of Minnesota, Duluth School of Medicine.
Lisa Zucker, MSW, LCSW, CT
Lisa is the owner of GriefTREE, a grief and trauma therapy practice offering Therapy, Resources, Education, and Events in South Florida. She is passionate about her work in the grief field, from her therapy practice where she leads a team of grief and trauma clinicians in providing individual and group therapy to offering trainings and workshops for various organizations, schools, and groups, Lisa is dedicated to educating and supporting the community. She has served on boards including Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies infant mortality review board and the Area Agency on Aging & Disability Resource Center for Broward County. Following the tragic events in 2019 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Lisa was a founding member of Professionals United for Parkland where she served on the board, assisted with trainings, provided and continues to provide pro-bono therapy services to families impacted by the shooting, and continues to serve in an advisory capacity. During this time, Lisa also became trained in additional trauma interventions including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Since 2021, Lisa has led workshops at TAPS seminars, an organization that has grown very close to her heart because of her love for the military and Veteran community that began with her husband’s Army service starting in 2002. After unexpectedly losing her father in 2019 and then unexpectedly and traumatically losing her brother in 2021, Lisa felt a strong drive to expand her therapy practice to reach more people who are grieving or had experienced trauma, knowing that this helped continue her family legacy of serving the community and caring for others.