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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.