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 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.
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.
Pamela Gabbay, EdD, FT
Dr. Pamela Gabbay has spent the last 25 years working with grieving families and nationwide bereavement organizations. She is the Director of Operations and Training for The Compassionate Friends, a co-founder of The Satori Group, and a national trainer for The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Dr. Gabbay is the co-author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children, A Practical Guide for Professionals. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). In her previous role as the Director of the Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children, Pamela worked extensively with local communities and with grieving adults, children, and their families. She also created and served as the Camp Director for Camp Erin-Palm Springs, a bereavement camp for children in Southern California. Previously, Dr. Gabbay was an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University. She served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG) and was the President of the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She is currently serving on the Credentialing Council of ADEC. Each year, Dr. Gabbay presents and conducts trainings at multiple national conferences, including the National Alliance for Children's Grief (NACG), The Compassionate Friends (TCF), the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and Hospice Foundation of America (HFA).
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.
Renee Monczynski, MAOL
Renee is the creative director of the TAPS Young Adult Program that was established in 2016, specifically for surviving children and siblings. Since the sudden death of her husband when they were both active duty, she found healing and new purpose among her military family and peers at TAPS. Renee has a passion for education and volunteerism, earning multiple undergraduate degrees in education and psychology with a concentration in child development, culminating in a MA in Psychology - Organizational Leadership, from Southern New Hampshire University. She has spent her life in service to others through volunteering in several organizations including Young Marines as a training officer, Gold Star Wives Inc. as the Education Chair, National Board, Marine Corps League and TAPS as a military mentor and group leader. Renee has presented the TAPS Young Adults Program to the professional communities of Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and the National Alliance for Children's Grief (NACG).