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Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium

2022 Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Kelly Posner
2022 Keynote Speaker

Kelly Posner​, PhD

Dr. Kelly Posner is a Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University and her work is saving lives all over the globe. The former President of the American Psychiatric Association noted her work with the Columbia Protocol could be “like the introduction of antibiotics.” The U.S. Department of Defense said her work is “nothing short of a miracle” and that “her effective model of improving the world will help propel us closer to a world without suicide.” The CDC noted that her work is “changing the paradigm in suicide risk assessment in the US and worldwide.”

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Kheya Ganguly M.A.
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Kheya Ganguly M.A.

Kheya Ganguly M.A. Director of Trauma Prevention and Resilience Development Vermont Department Of Mental Health Bio: Kheya Ganguly is currently the Director of Trauma Prevention …

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Ryan Price, MPA

Ryan Price, MPA Area Director American Foundation For Suicide Prevention Vermont Chapter Bio: Ryan is a nonprofit leader who has spent over a decade working …

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2022 Workshop Facilitators

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Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D.

Cheryl Gagne, Sc.D. Senior Associate C4 Innovations Bio: Cheryl Gagne is a senior associate at C4 Innovations.  Her areas of interest and expertise are workforce …

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Heather White

Heather White Area Director AFSP Vermont Bio: After nearly losing her life to post-partum depression and suicide, Heather White dedicated her personal and professional life …

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Kristy Hommel, M. Ed. ECE

Kristy Hommel, M. Ed. ECE Youth Outreach and Ending The Silence Program Coordinator NAMI Vermont Bio: Kristy Hommel currently works for NAMI Vermont as the …

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Kurt Michael, BA, MS, PhD

Dr. Kurt Michael is the Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University.

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Maureen Monahan, PhD

Dr. Monahan is a Project Administrator at the Suicide Prevention– Training, Implementation & Evaluation (SP-TIE) Program at the Center for Practice Innovations at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. She assists in the development, dissemination, and evaluation of suicide prevention programming for mental health professionals across New York State.

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Nina Gutin, Ph.D.

Nina Gutin, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center Bio: Nina J. Gutin, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Pasadena, California. …

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Terri Lavely, MS

Terri Lavely, MS AFSP VT Chapter board Bio: Terri Lavely MS, QMHP has been employed at Northeast Kingdom Human Services Inc (NKHS) since 2004, supporting …

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Tripti Sharma, MA LPC

Tripti Sharma, MA LPC Senior Trainer Partners for Children’s Mental Health Bio: Tripti Sharma MA, LPC is a Senior Trainer at Partners for Children’s Mental …

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Yvette Bonilla, LMSW

Yvette Bonilla, LMSW Owner and CEO Suicide Care Consulting Services, LLC Bio: Yvette Bonilla, LMSW, is the Owner and CEO of Suicide Care Consulting Services. …

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