Featured Speakers

Western Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
November 18 - 20, 2022
Los Angeles, California

Featured Speakers

Western Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
November 18 - 20, 2022
Los Angeles, California

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.


 

Audri Beugelsdijk

 

Audri Beugelsdijk

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.


 

Dr. Frank Campbell

 

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

 

Bonnie Carroll

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.

 

 

Bill Hoy

William G. (Bill) Hoy, DMin, FT

With more than 35 years of care for the dying and bereaved, Dr. Hoy is Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities at Baylor. He is widely regarded as an authority on the role of social support in death, dying and grief and his experience includes more than 20 years leading bereavement and pastoral care programs in hospice care. Though primarily a bedside clinician, Dr. Hoy has authored more than 125 articles and book chapters as well as six books. His books in print include Road to Emmaus: Pastoral Care with the Dying and Bereaved (Compass, 2007); Do Funerals Matter? The Purposes and Practices of Death Rituals in Global Perspective (Routledge, 2013) and Bereavement Groups and the Role of Social Support: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice (Routledge, 2016). In addition to his role with students at Baylor, he is a frequent presenter among groups of professional colleagues in health care across the United States and Canada. Dr. Hoy is active in the Association for Death Education & Counseling on whose board he served from 2012 to 2020 including six years as an officer. He is an Advisory Board Member for TAPS.

Becky Lomaka

 

Becky Lomaka, MA, CT

Director of Grief Support and Education at O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills, California. In her role at O’Connor, Becky provides education and resources on death, dying and bereavement to healthcare and hospice partners, faith communities, as well as the community at large. She is an instructor for the Institute for Exceptional Funeral Service, whose focus is to bridge the educational gap between Mortuary Science School and on-the-job Training. Becky served on the Board of Directors for The Association for Death Education and Counseling. Locally she serves on the Board of Directors for Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council, the Advisory Council for the Trauma Intervention Program, the Board of Directors of Orange County Tremble Clefs and is a community educator for the Orange County Advance Care Planning Partners. Becky holds a deep belief that “Education is our most powerful tool in our efforts to help the community learn more about how to cope with death and the journey of grief after loss.” Through workshops, seminars and in-service programs, Becky is spreading awareness and changing grief-care for the better. Her true passion lies in normalizing the grief experience and helping to create a world in which grief is embraced, understood and respected.

Andy McNiel

 

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.

Lisa Zucker

Lisa Zucker, MSW, LCSW, CT

Lisa Zucker, owner of Grief TREE, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Thanatologist with a private practice in South Florida. Lisa and her team of clinicians offer therapeutic services to people who have experienced losses of all kinds. In 2018, Lisa was honored to be awarded Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Broward chapter. She has served on boards including Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies infant mortality review board and the Area Agency on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Center for Broward County. Following the tragic events in 2019 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Lisa was a founding member of Professionals United for Parkland where she served on the board, assisted with trainings, provides pro-bono services to families impacted by the shooting, and continues to serve in an advisory capacity. During this time, Lisa also became trained in additional trauma interventions including EMDR. After unexpectedly losing her father in 2019 and her brother in 2021, Lisa expanded her therapy practice to reach more people who are grieving or had experienced trauma, knowing that this helped continue her family legacy of serving the community and caring for others.