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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Kim Burditt, MSW
Kim has been with TAPS since January 2013, when she joined the Survivor Care Team to provide outreach to military suicide loss survivors. Kim is currently the Senior Manager of Programs and Trainings for TAPS Suicide Postvention, where she is responsible for the programming, planning, content development, and execution of a wide range of events, retreats, trainings and reunions, including TAPS’ annual suicide survivor seminar. Kim is a certified ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Trainer, has a B.S. in communications and a master's degree in social work. Prior to TAPS she provided older adult suicide prevention trainings around the state of Massachusetts. After the suicide death of her only sibling, USMC veteran Jon Hoffman, in 2010, Kim’s heart is in caring for and walking alongside all loss survivors and those who care for them, especially those touched by suicide.
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.
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. Dr. Campbell was also elected by the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP) to receive the Dr. Norman Farberow Award for his international contributions on behalf of those bereaved by suicide. 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.
General Martin E. Dempsey, US Army (Ret)
General Dempsey retired as the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in September 2015, after previously serving as the Army’s 37th Chief of Staff. Past assignments have taken him and his family across the globe during both peace and war from platoon leader to combatant commander. He is a 1974 graduate of the United States Military Academy and a career armor officer. General Dempsey’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with “V” Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. In addition to his Master's degree in English, he holds Masters' degrees in Military Arts and National Security Studies. Dempsey now brings his extensive leadership qualities to the Chairmanship of USA Basketball. Elected to the post by the board of directors, Dempsey will lead USA Basketball through the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. General Dempsey and his high school sweetheart, Deanie, have three children who each have served in the U.S. Army. They have nine wonderful grandchildren. General Dempsey is a member of the TAPS Board of Directors.
Jill Harrington-LaMorie, DSW, LCSW
Dr. Harrington-LaMorie is in private practice in the greater Washington, D.C., area, where she works as an adjunct professor, grief educator, trainer, writer, and consultant. She is the creator and lead Editor of a new, novel, and creative grief and loss textbook, published by Routledge, entitled Superhero Grief: The Transformative Power of the Loss. The book is the first of its kind to explore theories, concepts, creative practices as well as lived stories from the bereaved using modern-day superhero narratives. Dr. Harrington is also a surviving spouse, TAPS volunteer, and proud parent of two adult children.
As the Co-Director of Women's Empowerment & Senior Advisor, TAPS Outreach and Engagement, Erin is a grief professional with over a decade of experience in the nonprofit space. Since she came on staff with TAPS in 2011, she has buillt transformative programing within the retreat and seminar programs with an emphasis in women's empowerment, art, mindfulness and nature based healing. Erin is the surviving fiancee of Army Ranger Cpl. Jason Kessler. Along with a degree in counseling, Erin's educational background includes Nonprofit Leadership, Religious Studies and Art History. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Erin currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
As Senior Coordinator of TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postvention, Jennifer coordinates postvention projects like the TAPS National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar, Home Hase Intensive Clinical Programs, and psychological autopsies. Since losing her husband of 17 years, 1SG Ronald Keeling in 2009, Jennifer has had a desire to support and care for all loss survivors by walking alongside them on their grief journeys.
Don Lipstein is the surviving father of Navy MA2 Joshua Lipstein, who died by suicide in 2011 while serving on active duty for five years in the U.S. Navy. Josh was 23 and the eldest of Don's three children. Don reached out to TAPS almost immediately after Joshua's suicide and was able to find hope and healing through the connections he made. He joined the TAPS team in 2012 as part of the Peer Mentor Team overseeing suicide survivor connections, recruitment, and training. Since 2016, Don has reached out to fathers and male survivors in his role with the Survivor Care Team, where he offers support by sharing his experiences and offering care, strength, and hope.
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 and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He is the co-author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals.
Melinda Moore, Ph.D.
Dr. Melinda Moore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. She is in private practice in Lexington, Kentucky, and routinely trains clinicians in suicide-focused treatment. Dr. Moore serves on the board of the American Association of Suicidology as the chair of the Clinical Division and is the co-lead of the National Action Alliance’s Faith Communities Task Force. She recently published The Suicide Funeral: Honoring their Memory, Comforting their Survivors (Wipf & Stock) with her co-author Rabbi Dan Robert. She conducts suicide bereavement research at Eastern Kentucky University with an emphasis on Posttraumatic Growth (www.posttraumaticgrowth.com). She received her Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.
Kim Ruocco, MSW
Kim Ruocco develops comprehensive, peer-based programs that offer comfort and care to all those who are grieving the loss of a service member to suicide. Kim also provides suicide prevention education and is an internationally renowned speaker, providing trainings to both military and civilian audiences. Kim is a military widow; her husband, Marine Major John Ruocco, was a decorated Marine Cobra helicopter pilot who died by suicide in 2005 while preparing for a second Iraq combat deployment. She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Services and a master's degree in Clinical Social Work.
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.