Featured Speakers

National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
October 7 - 9, 2022
Dallas, Texas

Featured Speakers

National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
October 7 - 9, 2022
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.

 

Jennifer Baldwin

 

Jennifer Baldwin, MA, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCPAT

Jennifer graduated with a Masters in Art Therapy from The George Washington University and has been working as an art therapist in the 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. She has successfully blended these areas of expertise 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 is adjunct faculty at The George Washington University in the Art Therapy program and a certified art therapy supervisor. Throughout her career she has led workshops and clinician training providing opportunities for the non-artist to experience creative expression as a healing tool. Jennifer has worked with several agencies, including hospice and currently works as part of a private clinicians group dedicated to educating and supporting those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Audri Beugelsdijk

 

Audri Beugelsdijk

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.


 

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.

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. 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.

Stacie Fredriksson

 

Stacie Fredriksson

Stacie serves as a Home Base Family Outreach Coordinator and brings to Home Base 10+ years of non-profit experience working with service members, veterans and their families. A veteran herself, Stacie served 14 years in the Air Force on active duty as an intelligence officer supporting flying and space operations as well as an ROTC instructor at the University of South Florida before transferring to the Air Force Reserves where she served the last 9 years of her career at USCYBERCOM, retiring in 2016. Stacie is married to her husband, also an Air Force veteran and together they have two children and two dogs who keep them both busy and focused on the importance of living each day to the fullest! A native of Texas, Stacie has adapted to New England and enjoys spending time outside, cooking, reading and traveling.

Jacque Francona

 

Jacque Francona

Jacque serves as a Home Base Family Outreach Coordinator and 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 attends 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.

Pamela Gabbay

Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT

Dr. Pamela Gabbay has served the bereavement field in many capacities during her 25-year career. She is a co-founder of The Satori Group, a national organization providing education and consultation to the end-of-life, death, and bereavement fields. Pamela is a national trainer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and is the co-author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals. Previously, Dr. Gabbay was the Director of the Mourning Star Center and Camp Erin-Palm Springs, where she worked extensively with bereaved children, teens, and their families. Pamela was also an adjunct faculty member in the psychology department at Brandman University. Additionally, she served as the President of the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, as well as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC).

Dr. Gabbay holds a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and earned a Master of Arts degree in Cognitive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. She earned her Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. Pamela conducts nationwide trainings and presentations for organizations including: the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing, ADEC, the National Alliance for Grieving Children, the Compassionate Friends, the Childhood Grief and Traumatic Loss conference, Hospice Foundation of America, and the American Association of Suicidology.

Betsy Hart

 

Betsy Hart

Betsy serves as a Home Base Family Outreach Coordinaotr and 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.

Ashlynne Haycock

 

Ashlynne Haycock-Lohmann

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.

Jason Howland

 

Jason Howland

Jason brings proven leadership, project management, and educational instruction, resulting in expertise managing multiple large-scale and high-risk projects, as well as engagement of diverse teams and human behavior at all organizational levels. His leadership skillset includes 20 years of military service and is rounded out by expertise in Strengths-Based Leadership and Six-Sigma (yellow belt) certifications, with graduate education as a Project Management Professional. Jason has a Master's Degree in Human Relations and certifications as a trauma informed yoga/meditation instructor, Four Lenses facilitator, and NETA personal fitness coach.

Jenny Howland

 

Jenny Howland

Jenny is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in neuropsychology and a passion for service and expertise in providing life-improving human performance and resilience tools for military, first responder, and civilian populations. This passion is propelled by a unique combination of strong clinical diagnostic skills, demonstrated cognitive neuroscience research experience, accoladed public speaking, and background in program management and evaluation. Jenny has training and certification in other holistic areas,including mindfulness/ meditation, integrative wellness/medicine, trauma-informed yoga, nutrition, heart rate variability, and biofeedback.

Jenna Michalik Preston

 

Jenna Preston, PsyD, LP ART-BC

Dr. Jenna 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 2010-2014. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the American School of Professional Psychology, Washington DC in 2016. 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 - 2006, she opened a private art therapy practice serving military children and spouses. Currently, Dr. Preston works as a Clinical Psychologist at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado serving active duty military from all six branches, their spouses, and military children.

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. He is the co-author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals.

Jason Stout

 

Jason Stout

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

 

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.

Candace Wheeler

Candace Wheeler

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.