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.
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.
As the Vice President for TAPS Survivor Services, Audri oversees operations of immediate and long term survivor support including the National Military Survivor Helpline, Survivor Care Team, Peer Mentor Program, Online Community, and Youth Programs. With a Masters in Psychology, her work is a testament to her passion for the TAPS mission and her wish to offer a place of gentle understanding and comfort to military families. Through her dedication, Audri, a Navy veteran herself, honors the life of her first husband, CTRSN Jason Springer, USN.
Thom Dennis, DMIN, LCPC, CT
Thom is the Bereavement Coordinator at NorthShore University Health System and has helped individuals and families come to terms with the death of loved ones for more than 25 years. Currently, he works as a hospice grief counselor, comforting the bereaved from diverse spiritual, religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. He also maintains a private counseling practice in Chicago, Illinois.
Emily joined the TAPS staff in 2014 following seven years of volunteer service as a Good Grief Camp Group Leader. As she outfitted young survivors in super coper capes at the National Seminar, she also worked on behalf of veterans and military families at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and for the Department of Veterans Affairs. A believer in the need for mental and physical connection and resilience, Emily uses her training in multiple fitness modalities to shape and inform TAPS programming for seminars, workshops, special events, and Women's Empowerment program. She lives in Boston, where she recently added a M.S. in Emergency Management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy to her academic work at Rhodes College (Memphis, TN) and Georgetown University (Washington, D.C). Laughter through years is her favorite emotion.
Grace Seamon-Lahiff, MFT
Grace Seamon-Lahiff is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and currently getting her doctorate at Catholic University. She serves TAPS as the manager for Research and Impact Assessment. Grace has worked in both health care and outpatient mental health care settings providing therapeutic services, connecting clients to appropriate treatment facilities, creating prevention and intervention education classes based on community culture values, and collaborating with physicians, mental health professionals, and other care providers in order to ensure that clients are receiving comprehensive, quality education and care. More recently, she has used her research experience to market and develop a preventative mental health education curriculum for the Marine Corps based on existing Marine Corps skills and values and the skills and theory found in experiential therapeutic practices and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Carla Stumpf-Patton, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC, FT, CCTP
Carla 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 has been with TAPS since 2008 and oversees programs and services provided to those impacted by suicide loss. 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.