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.
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.
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.
L. Mark Hensley, MTS, DMin, PT-Csp
Dr. Hensley is Bereavement Services Manager at VITAS Healthcare. He received a Master of Theological Studies with a focus on ethics from Methodist Theological School in 1990 and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. Hensley has worked as a chaplain for over 30 years, beginning his career as a Chaplain Assistant then Chaplain for the 11147th Armor Battalion in the Ohio Army National Guard. His military assignments provided vital field experiences. Dr. Hensley has worked directly with families in hospice for nearly a decade. In his current role as Bereavement Service Manager, Hensley coordinates with Chaplains, Music Therapists, and Social Workers developing different types of interventions and plans of care for at-risk factors to encourage successful bereavement of loved ones. Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, Dr. Hensley has hosted a virtual Parental Loss Support Group for Adults that is available nationwide. He is certified as a specialist in Pastoral Thanatology through the American Academy of Grief Counseling.
Erin serves as the Director of Women's Empowerment for TAPS. Within the past decade, Erin has built transformative programming within the retreat and seminar programs with an emphasis in women's empowerment, art, mindfulness and nature based healing. At the heart of her workshops and programs is the desire to create spaces where survivors can feel safe to explore the difficult questions surrounding identity and purpose after loss. Erin resides in the Pacific Northwest and is the surviving partner of Army Ranger Corporal Jason Kessler. Along with a degree in counseling, her educational background includes nonprofit leadership, religious studies and art history.
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.
Emily serves as the Director of Health and Wellness as well as co-directs the Women's Empowerment Program for TAPS. Emily comes to a veterans and military service career following time spent at multiple non-profit organizations, several prestigious think tanks, and the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. To the Women’s Empowerment program, she brings a passion for fitness, movement, and the mind-body connection. Emily is a 1,000 hour registered yoga instructor and is certified in multiple fitness modalities. Laughter through tears is her favorite emotion.