Keynote Speakers


Dese’Rae L. Stage

Dese’Rae L. Stage

Dese’Rae L. Stage, an award-winning artist, mom, suicidologist, and activist will Bring Resiliency Into Focus with personal stories.
July 1, 20205301 min read
Pata Suyemoto, Ph.D.

Pata Suyemoto, Ph.D.

Dr. Pata Suyemoto is a feminist scholar, writer, educator, diversity trainer, mental health activist, jewelry designer, and avid bicyclist.
July 2, 20203632 min read
Jennifer Kelliher

Jennifer Kelliher

Jennifer Kelliher has been the Managing Director of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention since 2012.
July 3, 20202831 min read
Hasan Davis, J.D.

Hasan Davis, J.D.

For more than 25 years, Hasan has held to the belief that each child can and will succeed as long as adults in their world create hope.
July 4, 20203621 min read

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Additional Speakers


Alison Krompf, MA

Alison Krompf, MA

Alison received her BA in Psychology from Colgate University, a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont.
July 7, 20203051 min read
Amber Leventry

Amber Leventry

Amber Leventry is a queer, nonbinary writer and advocate. They live in Vermont and have three kids, including twins and a transgender daughter. Amber’s writing appears in many publications including Romper, Longreads, The Temper, The Washington Post, and Parents Magazine.
July 21, 20204451 min read
Auburn Watersong, BA, M.Div

Auburn Watersong, BA, M.Div

For more than twenty-five years, Auburn Watersong has been a tenacious advocate for those struggling with the effects of trauma and toxic stress that result in part from systemic oppression, violence, abuse, and poverty.
July 21, 20201992 min read
Becky Stoll, LCSW

Becky Stoll, LCSW

Becky Stoll serves as Vice President for Crisis and Disaster Management for Centerstone.
July 5, 20202051 min read
Brittany Rhoads, LCMHC

Brittany Rhoads, LCMHC

Brittany Rhoads, LCMHC is an Adult Outpatient Clinician at Lamoille County Mental Health Services (LCMHS). LCMHS is a Designated Agency, serving Vermonter’s within the county.
August 14, 20202011 min read
Caitlin Jelinek, MPH

Caitlin Jelinek, MPH

Caitlin Jelinek is very passionate about analyzing data to understand and survey populations at-risk for suicide, and how these data can help influence public health decision making.
July 3, 20202061 min read

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Casey Doerner

Casey Doerner

Casey is the Health Systems Educator and Wellness Nurse Lead for the SASH program.
July 4, 20202831 min read
Catherine Marrin, MSW, LICSW

Catherine Marrin, MSW, LICSW

Catherine Marrin, MSW, LICSW Is Team Leader for the Integrated Health Team and supports the behavioral health social workers imbedded in primary and specialty care clinics in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
August 14, 20202221 min read
Charles Gurney, LICSW, LADC

Charles Gurney, LICSW, LADC

Charles Gurney is the Substance Use and Aging Specialist for the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, State Unit on Aging, and the Vermont Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Use Programs.
July 4, 20202321 min read
Elaine de Mello, LCSW

Elaine de Mello, LCSW

Elaine de Mello is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the mental health field since 1978 as a clinical program manager in inpatient and community settings
July 5, 20202142 min read
Jaskanwar Batra, MD, MHA

Jaskanwar Batra, MD, MHA

Jaskanwar Batra, MD, MHA is a board-certified psychiatrist currently serving as Vice-Chair of Clinical Operations at Stony Brook Medicine in New York.
July 5, 20202161 min read
JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D., MCHES, FASHA, HC

JoEllen Tarallo, Ed.D., MCHES, FASHA, HC

Dr. JoEllen Tarallo is Executive Director of the Center for Health and Learning (CHL), a comprehensive health promotion organization, and Director of the VT Suicide Prevention Center (VT-SPC).
July 3, 20201872 min read
Joseph Smith, US Army Veteran, Suicide Survivor

Joseph Smith, US Army Veteran, Suicide Survivor

Joe Smith served for 6 1/2 years in the United States Army as an Infantryman deployed to serve in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the 101st Airborne Division.
July 3, 20202101 min read
Keith Clark, US Air Force Veteran

Keith Clark, US Air Force Veteran

Keith Clark was a member of the U.S. Air Force before becoming a police officer in 1991. He was a patrol officer in Dover, VT before becoming a patrol sergeant with the Bellows Falls Police Department in 2000.
July 5, 20202372 min read
Kurt Michael, BA, MS, PhD

Kurt Michael, BA, MS, PhD

Dr. Kurt Michael is the Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University.
July 5, 20202112 min read
Larry Davidson, Ph.D

Larry Davidson, Ph.D

Larry Davidson is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, where he founded and directs the Program for Recovery and Community Health.
July 5, 20202021 min read
Mary T. Mcquiggan, LICSW

Mary T. Mcquiggan, LICSW

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has focused her work on supporting adolescents and their families with navigating the health care and education systems in Vermont.
August 17, 20202121 min read
Melissa Southwick

Melissa Southwick

Melissa Southwick is the Assistant Director of the SASH (Support and Services at Home) program. Melissa has dedicated her career to helping older adults age in place.
July 4, 20202301 min read
Peter Espenshade, MA, CRC

Peter Espenshade, MA, CRC

Peter Espenshade is proud of his long-term recovery and has been the president of Recovery Vermont and VAMHAR since 2013.
July 5, 20201981 min read
Rebecca  Bell, MD, MPH

Rebecca Bell, MD, MPH

Dr. Bell is a Pediatric Critical Care physician at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM.
July 5, 20202171 min read
Rebecca Chaplin

Rebecca Chaplin

Rebecca Chaplin, MS, MSW is Social Work Care Coordinator assigned full time to a OBGYN specialty care practice through a unique partnership between Northwestern Counseling & Support Services and Northwestern Medical Center.
August 14, 20202221 min read
Reid Plimpton, MPH

Reid Plimpton, MPH

Reid is the Project Manager for the federally funded (HRSA/FORHP) Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC), a member of the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers , where he provides assistance to organizations while they develop, implement, and expand telehealth programs.
July 21, 20201851 min read
Sarah Squirrell, MS, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Mental Health

Sarah Squirrell, MS, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Mental Health

Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner of Vermont Department of Mental Health, has over 20 years of experience in community mental health and nonprofit leadership with a focus on Vermont’s young children and families.
July 7, 20201701 min read
Steve Broer, Psy.D.

Steve Broer, Psy.D.

Steve Broer, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist & Director of Behavioral Health Services at Northwestern Counseling & Support Services.
August 14, 20202111 min read
Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth, Ph.D

Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth, Ph.D

Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth, a licensed psychologist and highly experienced public speaker, is an expert in mental health promotion, suicide prevention, postvention, and behavioral health crisis care.
July 5, 20201982 min read
Tom	Delaney, PhD

Tom Delaney, PhD

Dr. Delaney is based in the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program in the UVM Larner College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.
June 29, 20202071 min read
Tracy Dolan, MS

Tracy Dolan, MS

Tracy Dolan, Vermont Deputy Health Commissioner, provides overall leadership for a range of public health programs in the department, and manages coordination of services with the Agency of Human Services and other departments and agencies throughout the state.
July 7, 20201881 min read
Victor Armstrong, MSW

Victor Armstrong, MSW

Victor Armstrong joined North Carolina DHHS as Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services in March of 2020
August 14, 20202312 min read
Xusana Davis, Esq.

Xusana Davis, Esq.

Xusana Davis works to identify and address systemic racial disparities and support the state’s efforts to expand & diversify Vermont’s population.
August 6, 20202322 min read

Presentations

Zero Suicide Pathway to Care: Addressing the Challenges of Systems Engagement

Zero Suicide Pathway to Care: Addressing the Challenges of Systems Engagement

In this workshop, there will be a discussion on those practices and methodology and ways to overcome obstacles.
Widening the Lens: Social Justice and Racial Equity in Suicide Prevention

Widening the Lens: Social Justice and Racial Equity in Suicide Prevention

In order to begin to address the disparity in efforts around suicide prevention, we need to widen our lens to include a perspective of social justice and racial equity.
The Nature and Roles of Mental Health Peer Support

The Nature and Roles of Mental Health Peer Support

This workshop addresses the history, nature, and roles of peer support and what we have learned about its evidence and benefits, and how it can be applied to suicide prevention.
Telehealth & Suicide Prevention: Supporting Mental Health Clients Remotely

Telehealth & Suicide Prevention: Supporting Mental Health Clients Remotely

Engage with “telehealth guru” Reid Plimpton from the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC) as he shares Telehealth 101 for Mental Health Providers which provides an overview on subjects such as: how to choose a telehealth platform, equipment needs, HIPAA considerations, reimbursement, licensure, and an orientation to readily-available telehealth resources through the NETRC, and other national organizations.
Suicide Prevention in Vermont: Comprehensive Systems Overview

Suicide Prevention in Vermont: Comprehensive Systems Overview

This session has been designed for those who are new to the VT Suicide Prevention efforts and provides an overview of key partners, major initiatives & activities as well as the foundation of our work – the VT Suicide Prevention Platform.
Strategies for Engaging Students in Success

Strategies for Engaging Students in Success

In this workshop, Hasan will explore the foundation of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and the impact of non-cognitive engagement on student culture, behavior, and norms.
Reframing Resiliency: Doing More And Asking Less Of The LGBTQIA+ Community

Reframing Resiliency: Doing More And Asking Less Of The LGBTQIA+ Community

Leventry will provide personal stories from their own experiences while highlighting statistics from national and local surveys that confirm the LGBTQIA+ community suffers a disproportionately higher rate of self-harm, suicide ideation, and suicide compared to straight, cisgender peers.
Recent Suicide Prevention Trends: What Have We Been Learning?

Recent Suicide Prevention Trends: What Have We Been Learning?

The presenters will present recent trends in Vermont suicide and related data. Special populations that will be described include youth, LGBTQ+, Persons of Color, females and older adults.
Leveraging your Experience While Honoring the Sacred

Leveraging your Experience While Honoring the Sacred

Join Elaine as she examines experiences in the aftermath of suicide, to include perspectives of loss survivors and first responders.

Lets Talk: System Growth for Human Growth. Evolving Systems to Fit the Needs of All

In a time where human connection and accountability is so illuminated, is this an opportunity to disrupt and redefine our personal systems of accountability, care, and connection?
Lethal Means Safety and Suicide Prevention: New Approaches for Firearm Safe Storage Counseling

Lethal Means Safety and Suicide Prevention: New Approaches for Firearm Safe Storage Counseling

Drs. Bell and Delaney will present an innovative approach they have developed for training providers on how to engage clients/patients on firearm safe storage practices, both for suicide prevention and as a broader approach to firearm injury prevention for children and families.
Integrating Suicide Focused Care in Primary & Specialty Care

Integrating Suicide Focused Care in Primary & Specialty Care

In this workshop, presenters will describe a model for Integrated Behavioral Health & the application of Collaborative Assessment of Suicide (CAMS) in primary and specialty care practices.
Improving Resiliency for Older Adults at Risk for Suicide

Improving Resiliency for Older Adults at Risk for Suicide

Learn about the approach of care coordinators and wellness nurses who perform screenings, provide education and intervene as necessary with counseling, make referral to specialists, and assist in living well connecting their older adults with peers.

Drowning while Flying High: When a Leader Struggles with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

Law Enforcement leaders deal with intense levels of stress which can and often do lead to depression and suicidal ideation.
Comprehensive Suicide Prevention in K-12 Schools

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention in K-12 Schools

The workshop is designed to inform school mental health providers and educators on the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of CAMS and CALM with students in K-12 schools.
Community Collaborations for Zero Suicide: The Lamoille County Experience

Community Collaborations for Zero Suicide: The Lamoille County Experience

A panel of collaborators share some of the stories, challenges and successes, and their vision for the future which is now shared.
Care Transitions: Best Practices, Innovation, and Community-based Connections

Care Transitions: Best Practices, Innovation, and Community-based Connections

Join us in examining practical examples of innovative strategies to build a ZERO GAP in care transitions for those with identified suicide risk.
Bringing Resiliency Into Focus

Bringing Resiliency Into Focus

In a series of snapshots, Dese’Rae L. Stage, an award-winning artist, mom, suicidologist, activist, and MSW student, will share her experiences with suicidal thoughts (and sometimes more) over the course of her lifetime.
Away from No way: Every Child Has a Story, Every Story Deserves Heroes

Away from No way: Every Child Has a Story, Every Story Deserves Heroes

Hasan will share the simple strategies his personal champions employed to help him complete the “JD shuffle” and go from Hasan Davis Juvenile Delinquent to Hasan Davis Juris Doctor.

A Veteran’s Perspective on Suicide Survival and Prevention

This Ted-style Talk covers Joe’s personal experiences as a United States Army Veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and as a suicide attempt survivor.

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