Dr. Brackett, Ph.D., is Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. His research focuses the role of emotional intelligence in decision-making, relationships, mental health, and both academic and workplace performance, as well as the impact of emotional intelligence training. He has published over 100 scholarly articles and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning. He is the co-creator of RULER, an evidence-based approach to teaching social and emotional learning that has been adopted by more than 1000 public and private schools reaching nearly one million students, including their educators and families. Dr. Brackett serves on a wide-range of Advisory Boards, including CASEL and Born This Way Foundation. For the last three years, he has collaborated with Facebook on three projects: (1) tools to help adolescents manage online bulling, (2) The Bullying Prevention Hub that provides resources for children, families, and educators; and (3) inspirED, a resource center to help high schools build more positive learning environments. He regularly consults with school systems and corporations around the world and his research has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine; he also is a frequent guest on National Public Radio. He also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art.
Kevin Carroll, Best-Selling Author, Expert on Creativity & Innovation, Agent for Social Change “Play@Work: Unleashing Growth through Creativity and Innovation”
Kevin Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three books, “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball,” “What’s Your Red Rubber Ball?!” and “The Red Rubber Ball at Work.” As an author, speaker and agent for social change (a.k.a. the Katalyst), it is Carroll’s “job” to inspire businesses, organizations and individuals—from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren—to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful business and personal growth. Carroll has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as the ESPN, Nike, Starbucks (his words appeared on 17 million Grande cups), The National Basketball Association, Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Procter & Gamble, Discovery Channel, Capital One and many others. Carroll has dedicated his life to advancing sports and play as a vehicle for social change. He was honored to address the United Nations as part of the UN Year of Sports for Development and Peace in 2005 and to serve as the host of the Beyond Sport Summit & Awards that featured Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2009. Carroll holds a Master of Science degree in Health Education from St. Joseph’s University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication with a minor in Physical Education from Angelo State University.
Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S., Prof. of Pediatrics, Univ. of PA School of Medicine
“Seven C’s of Resilience: Preparing Children to Thrive through Good & Challenging Times”
Dr. Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves Philadelphia’s homeless youth as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research, and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. His goal is to translate the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches parents, professionals and communities can use to prepare children and teens to thrive.
Dr. Ginsburg has more than 125 publications, including 34 original research articles, five books, a multimedia textbook for professionals, and internet-based and video/DVD productions for clinicians, parents and teens. He has received over 30 awards recognizing his research, clinical skills, or advocacy efforts including The Young Investigator Award and a visiting professorship from The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, The Lindback Award for distinguished teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, and The Humanism in Medicine Award given to the Penn faculty member who “demonstrates the highest standards of compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients.”
Will Hornyak, Storyteller, Instructor, Marylhurst University Communications Dept.
“Imagine That! Storytelling as a Practice in Mental Wellness”
“Storyteller par excellence….” The Oregonian newspaper
Storyteller, writer and educator Will Hornyak has offered workshops in storytelling and professional communication for Intel, Doc Marten’s Shoes, Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric (Europe), Thyssen Krupp (Europe), the American Cancer Society and numerous other corporate and non-profit organizations. He helps individuals and organizations alike to find and develop the stories that communicate their values, vision and mission. A strong advocate for storytelling as a “change agent” in personal and collective life, he teaches storytelling in communication at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon and performs throughout the United States. He will be a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee in October 2016. He lives in Milwaukie, Oregon not far from the Willamette River.
Lynn Todman, Ph.D., M.C.P., Executive Director, Population Health, Lakeland Health System
“Social Determinants of Mental Health: Promoting Mental Wellness & Equity”
Dr. Todman is an author, speaker, researcher, and thought leader committed to influencing what matters to community health. Lynn’s career has focused on identifying and addressing the social and economic factors that undermine the welfare of urban communities. Currently, Lynn is the Executive Director for Population Health at Lakeland Health System in St. Joseph, Michigan. In her role, she is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the hospital system to improve the health of the regional population and to reduce health disparities. In addition, Lynn continues to contribute her expertise in a variety of on-going projects that support community health initiatives.
Prior to her role at Lakeland Health System, Lynn was Vice President for Leadership in Social Justice and Executive Director of the Institute on Social Exclusion at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago. At Adler, her work drew from diverse fields such as economics, political science, sociology, public health, psychology, anthropology, nutrition sciences, human development, and systems’ dynamics to identify and address the myriad social factors that impact emotional wellbeing and shape mental health outcomes. Lynn earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Master’s in City Planning (M.C.P) and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mary Arnold, PhD, Professor and Youth Development Specialist, College of Public Health, Oregon State University
Dr. Mary Arnold is an Extension Youth Development Specialist with the Oregon 4-H Program, and Professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Dr. Arnold works exclusively with the 4-H Youth Development Program, providing leadership and capacity building for program planning and evaluation. Dr. Arnold’s work focuses on the translation of adolescent and positive youth development research and theory into youth program practice. She is also a Governor appointee to Oregon’s Youth Development Council where she is leading efforts to bring positive youth development principles to juvenile crime prevention and juvenile justice programs.
Doug Barrett, CADC 1 & CPS, Prevention Activities Coordinator, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Suislaw
For more than 17 years, Mr. Barrett has worked in numerous ways promoting culture, traditions, and wellness for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians. Doug is a Certified Prevention Specialist, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Native Wellness Trainer. His Tribal skills also include 18+ years as weaver, canoe skipper, drummer and singer, culture preservation, and arrow head maker. He has served for 10 years on the Culture Committee, participated in Project Venture Training, and is always working for the betterment of the whole Tribe. Doug has three wonderful daughters and four grandchildren.
George Baskerville, MS
George is an adjunct faculty for the University of Oregon, Substance Abuse Prevention Program, where he has taught ‘Mindfulness in Alcohol and Drug Treatment’ for the past eight years. His past work experience includes being a Mental Health and Addiction counselor for about 20 years and a yoga instructor for 12 years. He continues to do evaluations for court mandated clients with alcohol and drug problems. George spent two years in India studying yoga and meditation and has attended numerous retreats including a 10-day silent retreat. He continues to practice yoga and meditation on a regular basis.
Lynette Black, Associate Professor, Oregon State University Extension Service, 4-H Youth Development
Lynette Ranney Black is 4-H Youth Development Faculty for the Oregon State University Extension Service. She earned a Master’s degree in the field of Youth Development and has been working closely with youth in the development of their resiliency skills for more than a decade. Her programming includes a focus on psychological first-aid skills and natural disasters; and mental and behavioral health skills for leadership development.
Elizabeth Bouvier-Fitzgerald, LPC, Clinical Supervisor SBHC, MMH, Deschutes County
Elizabeth is a graduate of Lesley University in Cambridge and holds a dual master’s in expressive psychotherapy and mental health counseling. She has 10 years direct experience working with individuals across the lifespan but has always enjoyed working with and advocating for underserved and acute populations impacted by generational trauma and poverty. Currently she is supervising clinicians working at integrated sites and trains her team in the principles of The Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed care as well research and practices related to the study on Adverse Childhood Experiences. Elizabeth was born in Providence Rhode Island, and currently lives in Bend with her husband and their dog Ratchet.
Helen Teresa Buckland, PhD, MEd, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Since 1974, Dr. Buckland has been an educator and counselor, working with adolescents and young adults and starting in 2007, began doing behavioral health research. She has presented locally, regionally and nationally on the topics of Appreciative Inquiry, Appreciative Living Learning Circles and the use of both to decrease loneliness and social isolation and increase hope, happiness, and well-being in young adults with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. In addition, her experience as a mother of a young adult with schizophrenia, as a sibling of adults with mental illness, and as a volunteer with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for the past two decades, has allowed her to learn a significant amount about the needs and interests of young adults with mental health conditions as related to improving their quality of life. Currently Dr. Buckland works as a program manager and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. She teaches Research Methods and Nursing Ethics to undergraduate nursing students.
B Grace Bullock, PhD
Dr. Bullock is the author of “Mindful Relationships: Seven Skills for Success,” an evidence-based approach for those seeking to create mindful, effective personal and professional relationships. She is a visionary psychologist, scientist, journalist, educator and yoga and mindfulness expert whose research, practice, teaching and writing integrate principles of applied neuroscience, cognitive-behavioral psychology, psychophysiology and contemplative science and practice. Dr. Bullock is the Founding Director of the International Science & Education Alliance, a firm that provides strategic visioning, research, program evaluation and assessment design for organizations specializing in health and human services, leadership development and education. She recently served as Senior Research Scientist on the Ethics Education and Human Development Initiative at the Mind & Life Institute, and is the former Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.
Meghan Caughey, MA, MFA, Senior Director, Peer and Wellness Services, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
Meghan Caughey, M.A., M.F.A. is the Senior Director of Peer and Wellness Services for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare in Portland. She designs and implements wellness-informed peer service programs and works at the federal level as part of the SAMHSA Wellness Steering Committee and Subcommittee on Research and Evaluation. She is a national consultant to community and state mental health, public health, and primary care organizations on the design and implementation of wellness- informed peer support programs and peer workforce development. She is an instructor at Portland State University where she teaches the Peer Wellness Specialist training. She has served on the Oregon Medicaid Advisory Committee and the Traditional Health Worker Commission. Meghan has an MA and Master of Fine Art ( MFA) in visual art and currently shows her work at the J.Pepin Gallery in Portland.
Her work in health system reform helped create the legislative mandate for the use of peer wellness specialists in Oregon in Coordinated Care Organizations. She is passionate in her advocacy work as it is informed by her personal experience of over one hundred psychiatric hospitalizations. Her life is evidence that recovery is possible.
Meghan Crane, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Washington County Public Health
Meghan Crane is the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Washington County Public Health. She is coordinating the Garrett Lee Smith demonstration site grant that aims to implement the Zero Suicide initiative in a broad health system. She is a member of the regional try-county prevention team and an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trainer.
Nina Danielsen, Health Promotion Coordinator, Clackamas County Behavioral Health
Nina Danielsen is the Health Promotion Coordinator for the Clackamas Behavioral Health Division. She is a program planner for local mental wellness and suicide prevention initiatives, and is a member of the regional prevention team. She is a Mental Health First Aid trainer.
Karen R. Elliott, J.D., Consultant, Resilience Strategies NW
Karen R. Elliott, founder of Resilience Strategies NW, is passionate about capacity building for health, wellness and resilience. Her experience as a public health professional, coalition leader, and attorney drives her interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to addressing complex health issues. She graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (B.A., Psychology with High Distinction). She continues to pursue training in resilience science, culture, and trauma-informed care. Karen has participated in the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute and studied health message design at the University of South Florida, Public Health Field School. She presented on collaborative leadership and resilience at both the “Pathways to Resilience” Conference, hosted by the Resilience Research Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia (2015), and the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research (SIETAR-USA) Conference, “Pioneering Intercultural Leadership: From Awareness to Action,” in Portland, Oregon (2014). Karen collaborates on resilience and leadership projects with her long-time colleague, Kathryn D. Scott, DrPH of KD Scott Consulting, LLC.
Tom Etges, MD
Dr. Etges has been a Board-certified Family Physician since 1992, providing inpatient and outpatient family medicine. He enjoys working with people seeking a Western medical opinion, and those interested in integrating medical acupuncture, nutrition, and lifestyle changes into their current medical care. Tom has a special interest in treating gastrointestinal disturbances, acute and chronic pain disorders, women’s health issues, food and environmental allergies, stress disorders, depression, anxiety and sports injuries. From 2008-2012, Tom provided integrative medicine and acupuncture services at A Healing Space. Prior to moving to Eugene, Tom was a partner in a family medicine practice providing primary care and obstetrics at Klamath Medical Clinic in Klamath Falls, OR from 1993-2008. He opened his solo family practice office in 2012 in Eugene. Tom began instructing for the Helms Medical Institute [HMI] in 2011, teaching medical acupuncture to civilian and military physicians. In 2013, he accepted the position of Faculty Preceptor for HMI. Tom also serves on the Board of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the largest organization in North America for physicians practicing medical acupuncture.
Naomi Feil, M.S.W., A.C.S.W.
Naomi Feil is the developer of the Validation method and Founder of the Validation Training Institute. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York, she began working with the elderly. During that time, she became dissatisfied with the traditional methods of working with this population, which led her to develop Validation. In 1982, she published her first book, Validation: The Feil Method, which was revised in 1992 and 2014. Her second book, The Validation Breakthrough, was published in 1993 and updated and revised in 2002. Feil and her husband have made many films and videos about aging and Validation, and she is a popular speaker in North America and Europe. Since 1989 she has toured Europe 3 times a year offering workshops in Validation to participants in Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, France, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain, and Austria. Her books have been translated into French, Dutch, German, Italian, Finnish, Danish, Swedish, Spanish and Japanese.
Lindsey Hayward, MBA, Director of Education, United Way of Lane County
Lindsey Hayward is the Director of Education at United Way of Lane County. Through her leadership, United Way has been able to convene partners in education and health to launch community wide initiatives and align strategies that support families including a county wide community health needs assessment, C.C.O and County funded parenting education, and recently the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program project. She sees parenting education and support as a key prevention strategy for families in Lane County.
Wendy Hoffman, MS, NCC, CZT, Mental Health Specialist, Kidco Head Start
Wendy Hoffman has been working in the mental health field with Kidco Head Start for 28 years. She works directly with Head Start parents, doing parenting classes, home visits and counseling. She holds a MS Degree in Counseling from Oregon State University. She started exploring the Zentangle Method about eight years ago and attended the certification classes for the method last June. She is a Certified Zentangle Teacher and has started teaching classes and working with individuals using this art-based method in the last year.
Isaiah Holt, Board Member, 7th Step Foundation of Oregon; personal trainer and change agent
At the age of 18, Isaiah was involved in a gang related shooting in which three people were shot, including himself. For his involvement in the crime, Isaiah was sentenced to 7.5 years in the Oregon State Penitentiary. While serving his sentence, Isaiah enrolled in college classes and entered an intensive training program to become a licensed electrician. Ultimately, he made the tough decision to waive the offer of early release in order to finish his apprenticeship, and is now a licensed electrician. During his incarceration, Isaiah also became active with the Community Partners Reinvestment Program through Volunteers of America, which provides the path for young men to get back on track after incarceration and helps families break the cycle of gang association. Upon release, Isaiah made conscious choices to continue to rehabilitate himself. In addition to his work as an electrician, he is a personal trainer, Jr. Board President of 7th Step Foundation of Oregon, community board member for Restorative Justice, semi-professional football player and a change agent.
Ana Hristic, MA, CSWA, QI Analyst, Clackamas County Behavioral Health Centers
Ana Hristić obtained a Master’s in Psychology from Boston College, and a Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University. The heart of Ana’s education, however, comes from years of direct service experience working with children, teens, and families in special education, acute residential care, therapeutic wilderness camps, foster care and adoption, and outpatient mental health. Ana seeks to facilitate open dialogue and collaborative skill building among social service professionals, building individual and group resilience and healing & confronting the impacts of burnout and secondary stress. Ana integrates into her work her study and practice of meditation and contemplative practice, along with formal and informal education and research, as well as the voices of many individuals she has been honored to work with (clients, colleagues, and mentors alike).
Chris McFarland, MPH, DOA Counselor Milestones Family Recovery, Corvallis, Oregon
Chris McFarland is a drug and alcohol counselor at a local residential facility for adolescents. He started work there upon obtaining his Masters of Public Health degree from Oregon State University in 2016. Chris started work in addictions in 2012 while fulfilling his internship requirements during his undergraduate studies at Oregon State University. Chris also does work for the Benton County Health Department working in harm reduction and on homelessness issues within his local community. He also sits on the Institutional Review Board at Oregon State University as a prisoner representative. Chris is passionate about promoting harm reduction practices and advocating for vulnerable populations within his community.
Carol Metzler, Ph.D., Science Director & Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute
Carol Metzler received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon and is a Senior Scientist and Science Director at Oregon Research Institute (ORI) in Eugene. She conducts research on parenting practices and child development, and evaluates the efficacy of family interventions for reducing behavior problems in children. She is particularly interested in research on promoting a public health framework for improving parenting practices and in evaluating the effects of delivering parenting information through media-based approaches. She is involved in research projects to develop and evaluate video- and web-based approaches to providing parents of young children with parenting education and support, and to integrate these programs into pediatric primary care. In addition, Dr. Metzler is engaged in efforts to summarize what is known about evidence-based programs for children and families and how these programs can be effectively moved into practice through better integration of science, practice, and policy. As Science Director at ORI, Dr. Metzler works to build awareness of the research done at ORI and to build collaborative partnerships between ORI and other research and practice entities.
Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., Director, International Center for Clinical Excellence
Dr. Miller is a co-founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavior health. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results. He is one of a handful of “invited faculty” whose work, thinking, and research is featured at the prestigious “Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference.” His humorous and engaging presentation style and command of the research literature consistently inspires practitioners, administrators, and policy makers to make effective changes in service delivery. Scott is the author of numerous articles and co-author of many books including “Handbook of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Foundations, Applications, and Research” (with Mark Hubble and Barry Duncan), “The Heroic Client: A Revolutionary Way to Improve Effectiveness through Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Therapy” (with Barry Duncan), “The ICCE Feedback Informed Treatment and Training Manuals,” and “REACH: using your Clinical Effectiveness to the Next Level”
Kathleen Perkins, PhD, Writer – Teacher
Dr. Kathleen Perkins is the author of an award-winning memoir, “Flight Instructions: A Journey Through Guilt to Forgiveness”. This workshop evolved out of her personal journey of healing through writing. This workshop is a preview of the more extensive writing program she is offering at spiritual centers in Oregon and Washington and at local libraries. Kathleen has been a practicing therapist for over 25 years. Her education includes a Master’s and PhD in Social Work.
Charlotte Peterson, PhD, Psychologist
Dr. Charlotte Peterson has been a psychologist in private practice for over thirty-five years specializing in Child Psychology, Prenatal, Postpartum, and Infant Mental Health with a particular focus of helping parents promote positive psychological development in their infants and toddlers. Dr. Peterson has served as Vice Chair of the Oregon Healthy Start Advisory Board, a member of the Lane County Perinatal Mood Disorder Project, and the Lane County Infant Mortality Commission, and the Founder and President of the Oregon Network for Infant Mental Health (ONIMH) for ten years. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she taught at the University of Oregon. As a sought-after speaker, Dr. Peterson has presented her findings at many regional, national, and international conferences including the Opening Keynote Address at the International Society for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine in Heidelberg, Germany. Her recently published book, “The Mindful Parent: Strategies from Peaceful Cultures to Raise Compassionate, Competent Kids,” is available in English in five countries throughout the world, and a Korean version is currently being translated by a publisher in that country.
Maria Gdontakis Pos, MA, MFT, M.Ed, State Coordinator & Instructor, Mental Health First Aid Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs
Maria Gdontakis Pos is the Statewide Coordinator and Instructor for Mental Health First Aid. She holds a Masters in Counseling and a Master’s in Education. She has worked in Mental Health for many years including working as a therapist for over 4 years, and has experience in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Maria assists with coordinating Mental Health First Aid and Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk trainings throughout Oregon and provides support to instructors. Maria is passionate about promoting mental health awareness and supporting those struggling with mental health issues.
Ginny Rake, PSS, Program Coordinator, Project ABLE, Inc.
Ginny Rake comes from a background of childhood trauma and abuse, as well as facing adult mental health challenges and considers herself not only a survivor, but also a “thriver” who loves life, appreciates the small things, and loves to laugh and to learn. She has raised 3 children, one with special needs. Ginny has been a program coordinator with Project ABLE for 6 years. Her education in recovery and mental health has been gained through life experience and her work at Project ABLE where she was first introduced to peer support and the recovery based approach to wellness. She considers the last 6 years with Project ABLE to have profoundly changed her for the better, both personally and professionally, and that witnessing the powerful, positive impact providing something as simple peer support can have, is “beyond incredible.” Ginny is a certified Peer Support Specialist as well as certified WRAP Facilitator. She also has over 30 years’ experience in various organizational settings, facilitating, training and managing groups and programs.
Sharma Rapoport, MA, LPC
Sharma Rapoport, LPC, has practiced as a Child & Family therapist for over six years, leading individuals and groups to achieve a greater sense of well-being through an Interpersonal Neurobiology Framework. Sharma is in private practice in Eugene Oregon, and supervises counselors at The Child Center.
She has been involved with Portland State University’s certificate program in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and is currently in a yearlong intensive with Bonnie Badenoch, a leader in the field. Sharma brings a unique and creative background to the counseling field, and shares that with others through workshops and presentations.
Mae Salas, MA, MS, PSS, Human Resources Volunteer Manager, Project ABLE, Inc.
Mae Salas, lifelong learner and trauma survivor, gained her professional experience within the social services field. Straight out of high school Mae went to work for a non-profit organization advocating for community integration for individuals with developmental disabilities. Her experience led her to specialize in behavioral modification for individuals with autism. Mae returned to school to earn a BA degree in human resources while supporting a local non-profit in Las Vegas, Nevada as a human resources manager. Working so closely with individuals with mental health issues, Mae worked toward an MA degree in Psychology. With her degree, she supported individuals through psychosocial rehabilitation and basic skills training services. Most recently, Mae gained an MA in Adult Education and Training. Mae is new to the peer support movement; however, she has the heart of a peer support specialist and advocates for individuals with mental health issues through training and support at Project ABLE, Inc.
Kathryn D. Scott, DrPH, Owner, KD Scott Consulting, LLC
Kathryn D. Scott, DrPH is a public health professional who founded KD Scott Consulting, LLC in 2009. Her interest in resilience first began while she pursued her doctorate in community health sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles. During that time, she was a National Institute of Mental Health fellow studying risk factors for and outcomes to interpersonal violence. The role of social support was a key focus of her studies. After fifteen years working with local and state health departments, she has returned to her mental health roots by collaborating with her long-time colleague, Karen R. Elliott, J.D. of Resilience Strategies NW, on leadership and resilience projects. Kathryn also has a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Purdue University, and she did her post-doctoral work with the Alcohol Research Group in Berkeley, California.
Holly Serrano MSW, CDCIII QMHP, Director of Intensive Services, South Lane Mental Health
Holly has been working with individuals experiencing extreme emotional and mental stress in the Portland, Eugene and Cottage Grove communities since 1986. She has a Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University and received the John Garlington Cultural Competency Award in 1998. Holly experienced childhood misfortunes and inter-generational family addiction that impacted her views on life’s experiences. Her love of learning, spirituality and creativity were resiliency factors that changed her mind… and her brain… to achieve recovery. Holly shares how to increase the potency of recovery with children, adolescents, families, individuals experiencing extreme emotional and mental states and with individuals lost in experiences with substances at South Lane Mental Health.
Krista Shultz, M.S., Early Interventionist, Early Childhood CARES
Krista Shultz grew up in various small mountain and desert communities in California and for the past 12 years has made her home in Eugene, Oregon, where she is raising her two teenagers. She enjoys a variety of activities in the natural world, especially kayaking, trail running, and hiking. Krista holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University (Savannah, GA), and a master’s degree in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Oregon (Eugene, OR). She is nearing completion of a Graduate Certificate in Ecopsychology from Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR). Ecopsychology is the study of the relationship between humans and the natural world. Krista has 15 years of experience as a special educator and she currently works for Early Childhood CARES (University of Oregon), providing early intervention/early childhood special education services to children in Lane County, Oregon. Krista has a special interest in finding creative ways to make experiences in nature accessible to all.
John Spence, PhD, Native American Therapeutic Horsemanship LLC
Dr. Spence serves as Adjunct Instructor, School of Social Work, Portland State University, as well as a
Consultant, Tribal Best Practice, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and for the Native American Rehabilitation Center NW. Previous positions include Tribal Liaison, Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, Director of Social Services for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and Consultant, DHS/Addictions and Mental Health, Tribal-State Incentive Agreements. He holds a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Washington. Dr. Spence is co-author of two publications, “Tribal Best Practices: A Native American Horsemanship Program for Indian Youth,” and “Provider and State Perspectives on Implementing Cultural-Based Models of Care for American Indian and Alaska Native Patients with Substance Abuse Disorders.”
Stephanie Sundborg, MS, Training and Consultation, Trauma Informed Oregon
Stephanie Sundborg is part of the Trauma Informed Oregon training and consultation team at the Regional Research Institute at Portland State University. Stephanie spends a majority of her time training groups and organizations around Oregon about Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and consults with organizations that are implementing TIC in their agencies. Stephanie has extensive research and work experience focused on early childhood and adverse conditions. She was part of the formation of the Early Learning HUB of Central Oregon, and also worked for public health as the evaluator of Project LAUNCH, an early childhood wellness initiative in Deschutes County. With an MS in cognitive neuroscience, Stephanie is particularly interested in the neurobiology of trauma and toxic stress and the developmental implications related to attention, memory, executive function, and emotional regulation.
Lynne Swartz, MPH, Executive Director, Parenting Now!
Lynne Swartz received her Master of Public Health at Oregon State University and is the Executive Director of Parenting Now! (formerly Birth to Three). In her capacity at Parenting Now! she works to fulfill the vision that every child is raised by a nurturing, skilled parent. As a former research scientist at Oregon Center for Applied Science, Ms. Swartz created and evaluated online and other media-based interventions for families. Ms. Swartz recently completed a clinical trial evaluation of Parenting Now!’s curriculum Make Parenting A Pleasure. Parenting Now!’s role in the Triple P project is to provide social media materials to support the project, as well as administer the online component.
Kathy Turner, Regional Prevention Coordinator, Clackamas County Behavioral Health
Kathy Turner is the Regional Prevention Coordinator for the Portland Tri-Counties- Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington. She manages the regional Get Trained to Help training website and provides coordination for several behavioral health prevention initiatives including the Providence “Mental Health and Media” grant that was awarded to the region in the fall of 2015. She is working specifically with Clackamas County to support the implementation of Zero Suicide with the Health, Housing and Human Services Department. Kathy is a certified QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Trainer and offers trainings to community partners throughout the region. She is committed to building a system that includes opportunities for mental health.
Chris Van Schaack, MS, Laughter Host, LAUGHING TO THRIVE
Chris Van Schaack discovered the practice of Laughter Yoga three years ago in Portland. Immediately seeing the value of adding laughter to his life, he completed leadership training. Chris manages the Hawthorne Laughter Club and supports Portland Laughter Clubs. In developing the practice of LAUGHING TO THRIVE, Chris draws upon the principles of Non Violent Communication and Interpersonal Neurobiology. Chris’s career work has centered on building and maintaining environments for people, plants and animals. He has degrees in Business and Environmental Education. He is grateful to have a practice that allows one to be witnessed in a life affirming way to come to know one’s true nature and build up from there!
Ruth Vargas-Forman, PhD, Options Counseling
Ruth is a Chilean psychologist with a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Salamanca in Spain. She worked at OHSU in the Torture Treatment Center for fifteen years offering mental health services to asylum seekers from Central and South America. She has collaborated extensively with national and international human rights organizations in providing and promoting culturally sensitive psycho-forensic evaluations. In addition, Ruth has been offering expert testimony at the Inter American Court of Human Rights. She is the author of a book that documents the experiences of indigenous Mapuche leaders in the justice system in Chile and their search for justice at the Inter American System of Human Rights. Ruth has been teaching at graduate and under graduate levels in Chile and in the USA. Currently she is providing therapeutic services at Options Counseling Services in Eugene and traveling to Chile every year to document human rights abuses against indigenous communities and environmental leaders.
Elaine Walters, MS, Executive Director, Trauma Healing Project
Elaine Walters is the founding Executive Director and lead trainer at the Trauma Healing Project, an organization that provides professional and community training and direct healing support for survivors. Prior to this position she coordinated the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program for the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force in Oregon and the Domestic Violence Intervention Project in Lane County working within two large healthcare organizations. For the last 20 years she has been a consultant, trainer and community organizer working to address and eliminate intimate violence. She has designed and facilitated workshops and trainings on many related topics and has provided direct services and support to youth and adults impacted by violence, abuse and other forms of trauma and oppression. She is involved in the effort to expand accessible trauma healing resources and to implement trauma-informed care practices regionally and statewide.