Featured Speakers

National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
October 8 - 11, 2021
Dallas, Texas

Featured Speakers

National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
October 8 - 11, 2021
Dallas, Texas

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.

Make sure to also download the TAPS Events app. Recommended session schedules for different grief programming and speaker information are all built into the easy-to-navigate app.

 

Alexis Ackel

 

Alexis Ackel

Alexis has taught and practiced yoga for over two decades. As a scientist, she is fascinated by the capacity of the brain to heal itself and how neuroscience can interface with the ancient practice of yoga to help modern day warriors and their families. She has been interested in sharing yoga with trauma survivors for many years and has worked with sexual assault survivors and grieving children in the past. Alexis currently volunteers with Warrior Spirit Project as a trauma-informed yoga teacher.


 

Karen Anderson Fignon

 

Karen Anderson Fignon, MA, ATR-BC, GC-C

Karen is a board certified art therapist and grief counselor. Since 2010, she has co-facilitated the Artful Grief: Open Art Studio at the TAPS National Conferences and National Suicide Survivors Conferences. She has been a flight attendant for American Airlines for nearly three decades, where she provided support to co-workers following 9/11 and flight 587 in 2001. At home in Connecticut, she offers workshops using art and meditation for healing life’s transitions, losses and grief. Karen’s father and two brothers served in the Navy, which cultivated her understanding of military culture. Karen’s personal experience of grief is shaped by the loss of her 48 year old brother. She has two grown children and two cats that are still growing and continue to inspire her own healing.

Kim Burditt

 

Kim Burditt

As Senior Manager of Programs & Logistics for TAPS Suicide Prevention & Postvention program, Kim has planned and executed a wide range of TAPS events, including the TAPS National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar each year. After the suicide death of her only sibling, USMC veteran Jon Hoffman, Kim's heart is in caring for loss survivors, especially those touched by suicide. She is currently pursuing a masters in social work.

Bonnie Carroll

 

Bonnie Carroll

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.

 

Sessions: Opening Session | God Winks


 

Dr. Frank Campbell

 

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.

Ange Marie Dwyer

Ange Marie Dwyer

Ange Marie Dwyer is a mixed media artist, teacher, tutu wearer and writer that currently lives in Colorado. Drawing on her life experiences as a woman and U.S. Army veteran, Ange Marie travels throughout the country teaching the healing power and fun of creativity and art to military service organizations and non profit groups. She has been a volunteer with TAPS for 4 years, teaching break out art sessions for the TAPS youth program during national and regional events. Her hobbies include making tacos, playing with her two dogs and exploring vintage shops. She is also a wife to a veteran and a mother to two young men.

Brandon English

 

Brandon English, MSW

Brandon has been the Director of Loss & Healing Programs at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) since 2016. He has been in the bereavement and loss field for over 10 years. Prior to his work at AFSP he was the State Program Director for Mothers against Drunk Driving and Program Manager at Comfort Zone Camp a bereavement camp for children. He has also done extensive work with Gold Star families. He has presented at conferences, seminars, and events across the country on grief and loss, suicide bereavement and children and grief. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from High Point University and a Master of Social Work from The University of North Dakota. 

Robert Fogarty

RX (Robert) Fogarty

RX (Robert) Fogarty founded Dear World in 2010 and is now a sought after advisor to companies, non-profit organizations and universities who believe a requirement to high performing teams is an individual’s ability to share and listen to stories with skill and sincerity. Fogarty has traveled the world interviewing, coaching and photographing extraordinary people including Syrian refugees, Boston marathon bombing survivors, national champion athletes, Fortune 100 CEOS, college students and even his elementary school’s current students. Fogarty is a graduate of the University of Oregon, was born in Omaha, Nebraska and tells people he came of age in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jacque Francona

 

Jacque Francona

Jacque has been involved with the Home Base Program since its inception in 2009 and joined the staff as a member of the Family Outreach Team in August 2012. Francona is a Military-connected mother of four—one son and three daughters. Her oldest daughter is the proud and ever-concerned sister of three Military siblings. Jacque’s son served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 with 3rd Battalion/4th Marines. Her son-in-law is a Captain in U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He deployed to Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2011-2012 with 1st Battalion/6th Marines. Jacque’s youngest daughter is a Youngster at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Jacque received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona 1982 and practiced in the medical surgical and home health fields before devoting herself full time to raising her family.

Jon Ganues

Jon Ganues

Jon is a graduate of Colorado Technical University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with Information Technology. He is a retired U.S. Army Warrant Officer who served 21 years on active duty. Jon is a lifetime Honorary Member of the Board of Directors for the Henrico County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and a former Peer Mentor for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Jon is also an active member of the Virginia Defense Force (VDF).

Margaret Grado

 

Margaret Grado

Margaret is a U.S. Army veteran and certified yoga teacher. She has completed multiple trainings specific to yoga and trauma, including Unbreakable Training from the Baptiste Foundation and Mindful Yoga Therapy. Margaret is currently enrolled in Warriors at Ease training and is a volunteer teacher for Warrior Spirit Project.


 

Shelley Grove

 

Shelley Grove

Shelley is a certified yoga teacher and yoga therapist. The focus of her work is on the integration of trauma, chronic pain and addiction. She is the Steady Warriors Mission Ambassador for the nonprofit Warrior Spirit Project where she provides educational workshops, one-on-one sessions, trauma-informed yoga classes and Integrative Restoration (iRest®) meditation to veterans, first responders and their families living with post traumatic stress, chronic pain, addiction and traumatic brain injuries.

Betsy Hart

 

Betsy Hart

Betsy is the wife of an active duty Naval Aviator and knows first-hand the joys and struggles of military life. Over the last 18 years, she and her family have found their way through nine moves, six deployments and countless detachments. She has spent the last 14 years as a full time mom to three military children. In addition to her adult life experience, Betsy is the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and a child and family therapist. Home Base’s mission to heal the invisible wounds of war is deeply personal to her. Betsy has a degree in Communication from Florida State University. She served as a volunteer for Home Base for 18 months before joining the team as a Family Outreach Coordinator at the end of 2018.

Jennifer Keeling

 

Jennifer Keeling

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.

Andy McNiel

 

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.

Renee Monczynski

 

Renee Monczynski

Renee serves as the Manager for the TAPS Young Adult Program, providing guidance and mentoring to military surviving children and siblings through service projects, experiences, campouts, and seminars. She served active duty in the United States Marine Corps and as a reservist in the United States Navy. Renee is the proud surviving spouse of Matthew S. Monczynski, who served faithfully in the United States Navy. After her military service, Renee earned a BA in Early Childhood Education and taught for 5 years. Ms. Monczynski then earned her BA in Psychology and served as a Veterans Advocate for American Legion, defending the rights and benefits of her fellow veterans. She volunteered as a group leader with TAPS for six years before joining the staff to continue her work with the bereaved children of our fallen military.

Dr. Melinda Moore

 

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.

Gene Morrissey

 

Gene Morrissey

Gene served in Vietnam as an Infantry Platoon Leader with the US Army. As a result of his service in combat he sustained significant physical and psychological injuries. He now manages these conditions successfully without medication thanks to exercise, meditation, and other practices. After retiring from a successful financial management career in corporate America, he began focusing his energies on community service, especially for Veterans. Gene now volunteers with Warrior Spirit Project as the Community Engagement Ambassador for the Leadership Team, as an advisor for community garden projects, and as a Level 1 iRest® meditation teacher for the Steady Warriors program.

Carla Stumpf-Patton

 

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.