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.
Session: Opening Session
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.
Sessions: Opening Session
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.
Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv
Session: Grief: What Helps When It Hurts
Dr. Doka is Senior Bereavement Consultant to Hospice Foundation of America and a TAPS Advisory Board member. He is the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). He is a prolific author, editor, and lecturer; past president of ADEC; and a member and past chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement (IWG). In 2018, the IWG presented Doka with the Herman Feifel Award for outstanding achievement in thanatology. He received an award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education from ADEC in 1998. Doka is an ordained Lutheran minister and a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York.
Dr. Heidi Horsley, Psy.D., LMSW, MS
Dr. Heidi Horsley is the executive director and founder of the Open to Hope Foundation, an internet-based resource offering hope for those grieving a death. Heidi hosts a weekly award-winning podcast and television show called "Open to Hope" and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University. She has a private practice in New York City and has co-authored eight books. Heidi is a proud military mom, her son currently serves in the National Guard, and deployed to Afghanistan last year. She serves on the advisory board of TAPS, the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, and the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation. Heidi is a licensed psychologist and social worker. For ten years, Heidi worked on a 9/11 FDNY-Columbia University research team, with families who had lost a firefighter in the World Trade Center. Heidi dedicates her work to her brother Scott, and cousin Matthew, who died together in a car accident at 17 years old.
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.
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.
Kimberly serves as the Manager of TAPS Youth Programs, providing direct support to families and children, developing age appropriate curriculum standards for grief work and coping skills, and creating and setting systems in place for Youth Programs. She has always had a love for the care of children having worked as a nanny, a dance instructor, supporting children on the autism spectrum in group home settings, and directing a Parent As Teachers program. Kimberly first came to TAPS as a survivor after her fiancee, SSG Josh Rath, was KIA January 8, 2009 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. After receiving much care and support from TAPS, Kimberly became a peer mentor to other survivors, and a volunteer. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology, and her Masters in Clinical Psychology with a focus on children and adolescents. Kimberly currently lives in Alabama where she enjoys outdoor activities and anything to do on the water.