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HFA Program Presenters


HFA has been privileged to include many notable experts and moderators in its programming over the past 26 years, including Charles Corr, PhD; Nancy Hogan, PhD; Karla Holloway, PhD; Bruce Jennings, MA; the late Richard Payne, MD, the late Cokie Roberts; Donna Schuurman, EdD; Sherry Schachter PhD; and the late William Lamers, MD.

Below is a complete listing of our speakers from 2020 onward. We are grateful for their willingness to share their expertise to advance hospice and bereavement care through HFA programs. 
 
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20201029_Charmayne_Adams_008-(1).jpgCharmayne Adams, PhD

Dr. Adams is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a fully licensed counselor in the state of Nebraska and a nationally certified counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Her clinical background focuses on working with individuals with a history of trauma or in crisis including traumatic loss. Her research focuses on teaching about trauma, stress response and coping, systemic and emotion-focused clinical interventions, and the application of attachment theory in clinical and academic settings. Both clinically and academically Dr. Adams is focused on social justice counseling and empowering clients to examine barriers and use their strengths to overcome life’s challenges.
 
 
A person posing for the cameraDescription generated with very high confidencePatti Anewalt, PhD, LPC, FT

Dr. Anewalt is Director of the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss with Hospice & Community Care. The focus of her clinical practice, writing and teaching is on issues related to end of life, grief, compassion fatigue and crisis response, presenting at the national, state and local level. Dr. Anewalt is a Fellow in Thanatology with the Association for Death Education and Counseling and a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. She is a frequent presenter at the national, state and local level. At the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss Dr. Anewalt oversees a wide variety of bereavement services for adults, children and teens, serving close to 9,000 hospice and community bereaved each year. A disaster mental health specialist and instructor for the American Red Cross, she serves on several community crisis teams, providing trainings, debriefings and support when local tragedies occurs.
 
download.jpgCarrie Arnold, PhD, FT, MEd, RSW, CCC

Dr. Arnold obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology, a Master of Education (Counselling), both from the University of Western Ontario, and a PhD (Psychology) from Saybrook University. She is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and is an approved service provider with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada. Dr. Arnold provides psychotherapy to adolescent and adult clients in the areas of grief, loss, and trauma. Her publications include articles on issues related to the experiences of adolescent girls, attachment and loss, and an edited volume entitled Understanding Child and Adolescent Grief: Supporting Loss and Facilitating Growth (Routledge).

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Arthur-Alua_Square.jpgAlua Arthur, JD

Alua Arthur is the Founder and Executive Director of Going with Grace, an end-of- life planning, training, and support organization. As a certified death doula and attorney, Alua is able to focus on her clients' practical and emotional needs while giving them the space to contemplate the end of life. She has created and facilitates a death doula training program and is the author of the Going with Grace Guide to Completion: The First 10 Steps in Completing the Affairs of Your Loved One's Life

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Jennifer Moore Ballentine, MA

Jennifer has more than 20 years’ experience in hospice and palliative care, healthcare ethics and public policy, adult education, and nonprofit leadership. She currently serves as CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, a statewide nonprofit focused on improving the experience of serious illness through system change. Prior positions include Executive Director, California State University Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care; Vice President, Hospice Analytics; Executive Director, Life Quality Institute; and Director of Professional Programs, Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. Ballentine has chaired the Denver Community Bioethics Committee and served on several bio- and clinical ethics committees including the San Diego County Medical Society Bioethics Commission, Centura Health at Home Ethics Committee, and the NHPCO Ethics Advisory Council, as well as the Board of Directors for the Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum. Jennifer has authored text chapters in ethics for the Certified Senior Advisors, Oxford University Press, and Hospice Foundation of America, as well as peer-reviewed and trade journal articles and professional curricula. She holds a Master’s degree with graduate honors in End-of-Life Studies from Regis University, a certificate in gerontology from University of Colorado–Colorado Springs, and a Bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Oberlin College.

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Jacquelyn J. Benson, PhD, MA

Dr. Jacquelyn J. Benson is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Palliative Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Benson is a family gerontologist whose program of research has a translation focus aimed at enhancing the psychological and social lives of older adults and their caregiving families. Much of her work focuses on testing and implementing psychosocial and behavioral interventions designed to promote healthy lifestyles, positive social connections, and better mental health outcomes for family caregivers of older adults living with cancer, dementia, or other serious illnesses.

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Joy Berger, DMA, FT, BCC, MT-BC

Joy is Founder/CEO of Composing Life Out of Loss, equipping individuals and end-of-life care organizations nation-wide with empathic, 24/7 education resources for end-of-life care professionals, families, and the communities they serve. Joy’s 25+ years of hospice service span providing direct patient care with all hospice populations; leading hospice and palliative care educators locally, regionally, and nationally; and prolific teaching and writing for professionals in end-of-life care, grief counseling, home health, and the arts. For her direct patient care, Joy was honored with the National Heart of Hospice Psychosocial/Spiritual Care Award by the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals.
 
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Susan Bluck is Director of the Life Story Lab and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She obtained her BA (Psychology) from the University of British Columbia, Canada, her PhD (Social Ecology) from the University of California, Irvine, USA, and did her postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany. Dr. Bluck is a lifespan developmental psychologist with an emphasis on adult development, aging, and the end-of-life. Her research examines the ways that individuals use memories of life’s experiences (i.e., autobiographical remembering, life stories) to serve adaptive psychosocial functions in their current life context. Her contributions to both theory and measurement development are highly cited. Her empirical work demonstrates memory’s adaptive psychosocial functions: maintaining self-continuity, and developing intimacy and empathy in relationships. In her most recent work, funded by the National Cancer Institute, she collaborates with health professionals in palliative care to examine the last chapter of the life story - death-related events. Her theoretical and empirical work appears in such journals as Psychology and Aging, The Gerontologist, Memory, and Death Studies.

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J-Blueford.jpg Jillian Blueford,  PhD, LPC, NCC, CT

Dr. Jillian Blueford is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the school counseling program at the University of Denver, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado, and is certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement. Over the years, Dr. Blueford has provided grief counseling to individuals of all backgrounds in various settings, including schools, outpatient facilities, and currently in private practice in the Denver area. Further, Dr. Blueford is a grief and loss scholar, who has conducted research and scholarship via her dissertation, peer-reviewed publications, webinars, podcast features, and several regional, national, and international presentation. Seeking that all counseling professionals are equipped and competent in grief counseling, Dr. Blueford also works with other educators and clinicians as Co-Chair of the Grief Counseling Competencies Task Force to develop key competencies for the training programs.

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BordereTashel_6259-(1).jpgTashel C. Bordere, PhD, CT


Dr. Bordere is Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science and State Extension Specialist in Youth Development at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she teaches Childhood Death and Bereavement, Black Families, Adolescence and Young Adulthood, and Lifespan Development. She is past editor of The Fourm (Association for Death Education Counseling), past board member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and past Chair of the People of Color/Multicultural Committee. Dr. Bordere has conducted numerous workshops, consultations, trainings and published works relating to diversity and resilience through loss, including her recent co-edited and co-written book (with Darcy Harris), Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief. Dr. Bordere was featured on NPR, "Teens and Grief," and in Hospice Foundation of America's "Living with Grief: Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss." Her research focuses on adolescent adjustment to death and loss, with emphasis on assaultive violence, homicidal death, coping and grief among African American youth. She also studies New Orleans death rituals. Dr. Bordere developed SHED Grief Tools to educate and equip teachers with tools to support youth coping with death and non-death loss in the context of school settings.

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PaulineBoss20210104-0307-(1)-Headshot.jpgPauline Boss, PhD
 

Dr. Boss is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a former president of the National Council on Family Relations. She practiced family therapy for over 40 years. With her groundbreaking work in research and practice, Dr. Boss coined the term ambiguous loss in the 1970s and since then, developed and tested the theory of ambiguous loss, a guide for working with families of the missing, physically or psychologically. She summarized this research and clinical work in her widely acclaimed book Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief (Harvard University Press, 2000). In addition to over 100 peer reviewed academic articles and chapters, her other books include Loss, Trauma, and Resilience: Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss (W. W. Norton, 2006) and Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief (Jossey-Bass, 2011). Her most recent book is The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change (W. W. Norton, 2022). Her work is known around the world wherever ambiguous losses occur, and thus her books are now available in 18 different languages. For more information about Dr. Boss, her writings, and the ambiguous loss online training program, see www.ambiguousloss.com

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Brassil.jpgMichelle Brassil, MD 


Michelle Brassil is a palliative care physician at Banner North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, CO where she also serves as the Ethics Committee Chair. She completed her residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – Harvard Medical School before completing her fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. When she and her family moved to Colorado in 2020 she educated herself on the Colorado End-of-life Options Act, and has had the privilege of serving as the attending physician for various patients pursuing Medical Aid in Dying.

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DSCF3861A.jpgMolly Brooks RN-BC, CHPCA

Molly Brooks the Executive Director of Clinical Innovation at Capital Caring Health, a provider of hospice, palliative and advanced illness care in the Mid-Atlantic region. In her role she is responsible for evaluating and implementing new models of care and technologies that enable greater efficiencies while preserving improved outcomes. She obtained her degree in nursing from Park University in Kansas City, Missouri. She holds specialty certifications in Gerontology and also Hospice and Palliative Care Administration. Molly's 26 year career as a registered nurse has included work in medical-surgical oncology, long term care and 17 years in hospice roles. Molly is also the co-founder of Hero's Bridge, a nonprofit that address social determinants of health in veterans age 65 and over. 

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Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW, FGSA, APHSW-C
 
Karen Bullock is the Ahearn Endowed Professor in the Boston College School of Social Work. Her practice interests include health disparities and health equity in serious illness care; aging and gerontology; and hospice, palliative, and end-of-life care decision making. Her research focuses on cancer care, social support for older adults, diversity, equity, and cultural factors influencing health care outcomes. She has served as Principal Investigator and/or Co-Investigator for over $5 million in federal grant funding focused on equity and inclusion for workforce development, aging, and health network sustainability. Dr. Bullock is a John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar and serves on several national boards and committees, including the Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) as vice-chair and the immediate past chair of the American Cancer Society (ACS) Oncology Social Work Research Peer Review Committee. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Roundtable Committee on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness and a member of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC).
 

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Laurie Burke

Dr. Burke is a licensed clinical psychologist who maintains an active private practice in Portland, OR that is dedicated to serving grieving individuals, with a primary focus on assisting traumatically bereaved adults (e.g., individuals grieving losses from homicide, suicide, fatal accident). She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Memphis where she continues to conduct bereavement research. Her research and publications bear on death, dying, loss, and grief processes, with an emphasis on violent death bereavement, complicated grief, and complicated spiritual grief (CSG)—a spiritual crisis following loss reflected in the griever’s struggle with God and/or his or her spiritual community. Dr. Burke, who is one of the leading experts in the study of CSG, led the development and validation of the Inventory of Complicated Spiritual Grief (ICSG), and its revised version, the ICSG 2.0.

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A person wearing a suit and tieDescription generated with very high confidenceJohn Cagle, PhD, MSW

Dr. Cagle is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, School of Social Work with a substantive interest in improving care at the end of life. As a translational health services researcher, his efforts have focused on identifying effective models of care and support for dying patients and their families – and implementing those models into routine clinical practice. His research is informed by nearly a decade of clinical work as a hospice social worker. Dr. Cagle completed his PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University where his dissertation thesis explored the needs and experiences of informal caregivers of advanced cancer patients. After being awarded his doctoral degree in 2008, he trained as an NIA-funded postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute on Aging as well as the University of California, San Francisco, Division of Geriatrics. His current research examines disparities in care at the end of life, psychosocial barriers to pain management, and improving palliative care outcomes in long-term care settings. His research has been supported by a number of public and private entities, including the Hospice Foundation of America, the National Palliative Care Research Center, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the Foundation for Care at the End of Life.

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download-(2).jpgAmy Calligan, RNCM

Amy Calligan is a regional pediatric registered nurse case manager for Capital Caring Health. For almost 20 years, Amy has been a passionate advocate for her patients and sees her work with pediatric hospice patients as a way to enhance the quality of the child’s life during what she feels are their most vital moments.  

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Rev. Carla Cheatham, PhD, MDiv

Rev. Carla Cheatham began her career in psychosocial services with an MA in Psychology, certification in trauma therapy, PhD in Health & Kinesiology, and MDiv before working 10 years as an interfaith healthcare chaplain and bereavement coordinator. Carla is a national keynote speaker and consultant focusing on emotionally intelligent and resilient professionals and organizations, Chair of NHPCOs Ethics Advisory Council, former Leader for NHPCO’s Spiritual Caregivers Community, Adjunct Professor at Seminary of the Southwest, and Assistant Professor for University of Maryland’s MS in Palliative Care. She publishes books and videos about resilience, communication, boundaries, grief, healthy leadership, service recovery, and emotionally competent professionals. 

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Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and a Senior Scientist at CancerCare Manitoba Research Institute. His research in palliative care has resulted in more than 300 career publications, broaching, broaching diverse topics such as depression, quality-of-life, suicide, vulnerability, spirituality, and existential distress. He has also led a large program of research on dignity within the healthcare setting, which includes the development and study of Dignity Therapy. He is the co-founder of the Canadian Virtual Hospice, co-editor of The Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine (Oxford University Press). His latest book is entitled Dignity in Care: The Human Side of Medicine, published by Oxford University Press. He is an Officer in the Order of Canada, and an inductee into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

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Steve-Connor-photo-(1).jpgStephen R. Connor, PhD

Dr. Connor is the Executive Director of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) with 350 organizational members in over 100 countries. Connor has worked in palliative care continuously for the past 44 years as a researcher, licensed clinical health psychologist, consultant, author, educator, advocate, & executive. For 11 years he was VP for research and development at NHPCO. For the last 20 years he has worked on global palliative care development in over 25 countries. He is a trustee of the International Children's Palliative Care Network and the International Work Group on Death, Dying, & Bereavement; a board member for the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation; on the scientific advisory board of the (US) National Palliative Care Research Center; is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Pain & Symptom Management; and serves on several WHO technical advisory groups. Connor has authored 5 books and over 130 peer reviewed journal articles, reviews, and book chapters on issues related to hospice & palliative care.

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elizabeth-crunk.jpgElizabeth Crunk-Sikhuashvili, PhD, NCC, LGPC
 

Dr. Crunk-Sikhuashvili is a mental health counselor and an Assistant Professor of Counseling at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples who are coping with a range of concerns, including grief and loss, depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, relationship concerns, breakup recovery, self-esteem, family estrangement, family of origin concerns, chronic illness, and stress. In particular, she specializes in treating diverse issues in grief and bereavement, including complicated grief, anticipatory grief, non-death loss, and life transitions. Dr. Crunk’s specialized training and nine years of research experience in grief and loss equips her to help
individuals navigate these challenging experiences.

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Curtis.jpgRandall Curtis, MD, MPH
 

Dr. Curtis completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University then an internal medicine residency and pulmonary and critical care physicain and palliative medicine residency and pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Washington. He is a pulmonary and critical care physician and palliative medicine physician at Harborview Medical Center at the University of Washington. He also holds the A. Bruce Montgomery- American Lung Association Endowed Chair in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and he is the founding Director of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. He has an active research program with over 25 years of continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health and has also received funding from a number of foundations including the Cambia Health Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Greenwall Foundation. His Research focuses on improving palliative care for patients with serious illness as well as for patients' families. He has authored mor than 300 peer-reviewed research articles and more than 150 editorials and chapters. He is also committed to mentoring in palliative care research and is th director of two T32 awards and a K12 award from the National Institutes of Health to train palliative care researchers of the future. Dr. Curtis has been the recipient of several awards for his research and teaching in palliative care and in 2017 he was named one of the 30 visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

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2020-institute-daniel.jpgTerri Daniel, DMin, CT, CCTP

Dr. Terri Daniel is a hospice and hospital-trained spiritual care provider and educator certified in death, dying and bereavement by the Association of Death Education and Counseling and in trauma support by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. The focus of her work is to assist dying and grieving individuals to discover a more spiritually -spacious understanding of death, grief, and beyond. She conducts workshops throughout the U.S., and also teaches in the Interreligious Chaplaincy program at the Graduate Theological Union and the Spirituality and Mental Health program at the University of Redlands. She is the founder of the Conference on Death and Afterlife Studies and the Ask Doctor Death podcast. Terri has a BA in Religious Studies from Marylhurst University, an MA in Pastoral Care from Fordham University, and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

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Monica-Delaney.pngMonica Delaney, ATR-BC, LPC, Hospice Child Life Specialist

Monica is an art therapist and licensed professional counselor. She has worked in pediatric hospice and children’s grief counseling since 2018. Prior to that, she has had experience with children and adults receiving organ transplants, in outpatient oncology/hematology, and in private practice, as well as with children and teens with emotional and behavioral disabilities. She is an adjunct faculty member of The George Washington University Art Therapy Program.

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Thom Dennis, DMin, LCPC, LMHC, FT

Thom is the creator of the Grief River® model. With over 30 years of experience supporting individuals and families as they navigate their way through some of life’s most turbulent and troubled waters, Thom brings real-world, practical knowledge applicable to all interdisciplinary team members working in hospice and palliative care. With a professional career immersed in pastoral care and counseling, he has served in various culturally diverse settings, including parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy, and for the past 18 years as a hospice bereavement services coordinator and grief counselor. Thom is currently on staff at the mental health clinic at Midwest Medical Center in Galena, Illinois, where he also maintains a private psychotherapy practice and offers Grief River® weekend workshops and retreats. As an artist, poet, and riparian, he strives to integrate into his personal life the wisdom he’s been exposed to as a companion of the bereaved.

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A person wearing a suit and tieDescription generated with very high confidenceKenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv

Dr. Doka is Senior Vice President of Grief Programs at Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) and the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). A prolific author and editor, Dr. Doka serves as editor of HFA’s Living with Grief® book series, its Journeys newsletter, and numerous other books and publications. He has been a panelist on HFA’s Living with Grief® program for 29 years. Dr. Doka is a past president of ADEC, a former board member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement, and an Advisory Board member to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). He is the recipient of The International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement’s prestigious Herman Feifel Award and ADEC’s Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education. In 2006, he was grandfathered in as a Mental Health Counselor under New York’s first state licensure of counselors. Dr. Doka is an ordained Lutheran minister.

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Craig Dresang

Craig is CEO of YoloCares, Sacramento Valley’s first established hospice and community-based palliative care program. He is a writer, educator, hospice advocate, and an end-of-life columnist for the Davis Enterprise. Crais is a board member for Joshua’s House in Sacramento, the first hospice residence for the homeless on the West Coast. During his 20+ years in palliative care he chaired the Nonprofit Hospice Coalition of Northern California and raised $50 million for the construction of four hospice residences in the Chicago area. In 2020, his organization secured a $1 million research grant from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation to better understand and address barriers to care for rural and indigenous populations. He holds two degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and he has been a frequent guest instructor and lecturer at both the Kellogg School of Management and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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hfa-Gary-Fink-pic.jpgRabbi Gary S. Fink, DMin

Gary S. Fink, DMin, is Senior Vice President of Counseling and Family Support at Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, MD, where he supports the counseling departments, directs the Spiritual Counseling staff, and leads interfaith community outreach efforts. He served as a congregational rabbi for more than 25 years, retiring from the pulpit to establish a pastoral counseling practice specializing in grief, life-limiting illness, and end-of-life issues. Rabbi Fink was ordained at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and earned a doctorate at Howard University Divinity School, concentrating in end-of-life care. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Thanatology. Rabbi Fink was selected as a panelist for the 2011 HFA Living with Grief® program focusing on Spirituality and End-of-Life Care and authored a chapter in the accompanying textbook. Since then, he has served as a panelist for a variety of programs sponsored by HFA.

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A person posing for the cameraDescription generated with very high confidencePamela Gabbay, EdD, FT

Dr. Pamela Gabbay has served in many capacities during her 25-year career. Currently, she is the Director of Operations and Training for The Compassionate Friends. She is also 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. Previously, she was the Director of the Mourning Star Center, where she worked extensively with bereaved families. Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG). She holds a Fellow in Thanatology (FT) from the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and earned her Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University. Dr. Gabbay conducts nationwide presentations for organizations including NACG, Hospice Foundation of America (HFA), ADEC, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), and the Childhood Grief and Traumatic Loss Conference.

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Maria-Georgopoulos_1.jpgMaria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT

Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, is Director of the Bereavement Services Department at Calvary Hospital. She is responsible for 32 bereavement support groups in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan that serve hundreds of adults, children and teenagers each year; leads a team of 7 bereavement counselors; and spearheads Calvary's efforts to expand teh Hospital's professional learning programs in the New York area. Prior to Calvary, Ms. Georgopoulos worked in the mental health profession in other settings including The American Red Cross of Greater New York as a Caseworker after 9/11. In addition to her work in bereavement, Ms. Georgopoulos is a licensed mental health counselor with a private practice in NYC and provides counseling for diverse populations of people with varying difficulties.

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Carlos-Graveran.jpgCarlos Graveran

Carlos has nearly 30 years of experience in various facets of the healthcare industry. Before his appointment in July of 2016 to his current role as Executive Director, Frederick Health Hospice, he honed his skills working with pharmaceutical, home health and hospice organizations; most recently as Vice President of Operations for VITAS Healthcare. He is a passionate advocate for hospice and end-of-life care with demonstrated knowledge of hospice operations, leadership, financial management and strategy development. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Carlos is also a very proud US Army veteran (Paratrooper, 82nd Airborne Division).

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Harnetiaux.jpgBryan Harnetiaux

Bryan has been a Playwright-in-Residence at Spokane Civic Theatre in Spokane, Washington, since 1982. Thirteen of his plays have been published; these works include commissioned stage adaptations of Ernest Hemingway's The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Killers, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Long Walk to Forever, all published by The Dramatic Publishing Company. Bryan's work has been perfromed throughout the United States. His play National Pastime, about the breaking of the color line in major league baseball in 1947, has received many productions, including an Equity waiver production at Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, California and Equity production at (former) Stamford Theatre of NYC. Bryan has a cycle of plays on end-of-life, Vesta, Dusk, and Holding On ~ Letting Go. All of these end-of-life plays (Holding On ~ Letting Go in abridged form) are licensed in clinical settings addressing end-of-life issues (medical and professional conferences, etc.) through Hospice Foundation of America (www.hospicefoundation.org). Bryan is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

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Joanne L. Harpel, MPhil, CT, JD
 

President of Coping After Suicide, LLC, is an international authority on suicide bereavement and  postvention response. She is Certified in Thanatology (death, dying, and bereavement) and has over 20 years’ experience addressing the questions, emotions, and complexities that arise in the aftermath of suicide. Joanne’s full-service practice includes; working directly with grieving individuals, couples, and families, facilitating national and international suicide bereavement support groups, advising educational institutions, workplaces, and faith communities, training mental health clinicians, health care professionals, clergy, funeral directors, first responders, and educators, and frequent appearances as an invited presenter and media guest. Her work has been recognized with the two most prestigious awards available in the field: the American Association of Suicidology’s Survivor of the Year Award and the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s Farberow Award. Joanne has spoken on suicide bereavement and aftercare at the United Nations, on Capitol Hill, and for the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Northern Ireland National Health Service, Hospice Foundation of America, and New York State School Boards and Funeral Directors Associations. She's trained the chaplains of the U.S. Army and Veterans Administration; the  Psychologists affiliated with the South Korea National Police Agency; the crisis response team of a large public university; and the psychiatry, pediatrics, nursing, and social work departments of major medical centers. Over two decades she’s collaborated with hundreds of organizations, including the NIMH, WHO, Columbia University Schools of Social Work and Journalism, the University of Melbourne, HBO, and Sesame Street. 

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Wanda.jpgRev. Dr. Wanda Henry-Jenkins, MHS, MASF, DMin

Reverend Wanda Henry-Jenkins is Bereavement Services Manager for Vitas Healthcare in Chicago and an HFA Hospice Hero. She has worked in healthcare for more than 50 years as a nurse, chaplain, and bereavement volunteer manager. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Rev. Dr. Henry Jenkins, who is also known affectionately as “Reverend Wanda,” has been a co-leader of Vitas’ national online support groups. For her groundbreaking work with families of sudden death and homicide, she was awarded the Miss Clairol Take Change Award, the National Association of Social Worker's Public Citizen Award, the National Council of Negro Women's Tribute to Black Women Community Leaders, and the University of Pennsylvania's Black Health Conference Nursing Award. Rev. Dr. Henry-Jenkins is the author of Just Us: Overcoming and Understanding Homicidal Loss and Grief, and Hard Work: A Guided Journal for Survivors of Murder Victims. She writes workbooks for individuals coping with death and loss. She is featured in several videos: At Death's Door, Beyond Death's Door, and Children Grieve Too. She was a panelist on the Hospice Foundation of America program, Diversity and End-of Life-Care and also appeared several other HFA programs, including Intimacy and Sexuality During Illness and Loss and Living with Grief Since Covid-19. This year, Rev. Dr. Henry-Jenkins successfully defended her dissertation to obtain a doctorate in ministry.

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William-Hoy.jpgWilliam G. Hoy, DMin, FT

Dr. Bill Hoy has taught at Baylor University since the spring of 2012. He is widely regarded as an authority on the sociocultural history of funeral rites, the topic of his most recent book: Do Funerals Matter: The Purposes and Practices of Death Rituals in Global Perspective (Routledge, 2013). He brings nearly 20 years of clinical experience in palliative care to the Medical Humanities faculty, directed pastoral care and bereavement programs at two southern California hospices. From 1985 to 1995, Dr. Hoy served as a pastor in the Los Angeles area. Besides teaching at Baylor, he is a popular lecturer for groups of caregiving professionals around the United States and Canada, delivering about 40 keynote presentations and workshops every year. his books include Guiding People through Grief (Compass, 2007) and Road to Emmaus (2008). He has also authored more than 100 book chapters, educational pamphlets and journal articles over the last 25 years, including a chapter on African American celebrity funerals for a forthcoming book to be published by University of Quebec Press.

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NickJehlen_Headshot_Square.jpgNick Jehlen

Nick is the founder of Common Practice and the lead designer of the games Hello and My Gift of Grace, which have been used by families and organizations around the world to support more and better conversations about living and dying well. Applying his background in human factors engineering and design, Nick has been creating innovative social interventions for over 20 years. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with housing and voting rights advocates, healthcare staff, state employees, student groups, human service organizations, and returning veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to build tools that create social change and empower communities. His work is informed by his ongoing study of Gandhian nonviolent methods and social movements. Nick grew up in Somerville, Massachusetts and now lives in New York city with his wife, Amber. 

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Bruce Jennings, MA 

Bruce Jennings is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, and he is Senior Fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature, a nonprofit research center based in Chicago that studies environmental ethics and policy. He came to Vanderbilt in 2015 from the Yale University School of Public Health, where he taught ethics from 1996-2014. He is in active collaboration with The Hastings Center where he served as Executive Director in the 1990s and where he is now Senior Advisor and Fellow. He also works with an environmental policy institute called the Center for Humans and Nature where he is a Senior Fellow. In 2011 Mr. Jennings was named Editor-in-Chief of the standard reference work in the field of bioethics: Bioethics, 4th Edition, 6 vols. (Macmillan Reference USA, 2014). Mr. Jennings has been active in the health policy and end of life care arenas and has published widely on ethical issues in hospital treatment decision making, palliative care, and hospice. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and the Board of Trustees of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State. He served as ethics consultant for numerous hospitals and nursing homes, including the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Wyle Cornell Medical School. With Mildred Solomon, he was the co-founder of the “Decisions Near the End of Life” program, an educational and practice change program that was conducted in over 200 hospitals in 20 states from 1990-1996.

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Adrienne-Jones-Adamczyk.jpgAdrienne Jones-Adamczyk, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, ACHPN, HEC-C

Adrienne Jones-Adamczyk is the Senior Clinical Ethics Specialty Program Director for Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. She completed a Master of Bioethics from Harvard Medical School in May of 2023, and brings over 14 years’ experience as a board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse to the clinical ethics space.

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A person wearing glassesDescription generated with very high confidenceJohn (Jack) R. Jordan, PhD

Dr. Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pawtucket, Rhode Island where he has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other traumatic losses for more than 35 years. He is the Clinical Consultant for Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Professional Advisor to the Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He is Co-Chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. This Task force has recently released postvention guidelines for the United States, titled Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines. For over 30 years, Jack has provided training nationally and internationally for professional caregivers and has helped to lead many healing workshops for suicide survivors. Jack has published over 50 clinical and research articles, chapters, and full books in the areas of bereavement after suicide, support group models, the integration of research and practice in thanatology, and loss in family and larger social systems. He is the co-author of four books: After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief – 2nd Edition (2015 – self-published); Grief After Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors (Routledge, 2011), Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs (Springer, 2012); and the newly published, Attachment Informed Grief Therapy: The Clinician’s Guide to Foundations and Applications (Routledge, 2016).

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KEAGLE,-Headshot.jpgAshley Keagle, LMSW

Ashley is a licensed social worker and the Director of Life Transitions - Mercy Doula program for People Inc., one of the leading agencies in services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In this unique and innovative effort, Ms. Keagle has capitalized on the gap in service for end-of-life care, companionship in dying and the beauty of vulnerable space. 

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Corey-L-Kennard-(1).jpgCorey L. Kennard, MACM

Corey L. Kennard, MACM, is Pastor of Amplify Christian Church, manager of Patient Experience at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and also serves as an activist in the field of healthcare. His holistic approach (body, mind, and spirit) serves as the foundation for his desire to see all human beings treated with dignity, honor, and respect in all facets of life. Corey has been involved in the field of healthcare for over 20 years with over a decade of experience in the areas of Palliative Care and Hospice. He currently seeks to enhance the patient/family experience in healthcare settings. His work has also included leading a spiritual care team at one of Detroit's largest hospitals, and formerly serving as a Faculty Lead for Duke University's Institute on Care at the End Of Life (ICEOL) national training program called, "Appeal." He had also served as a National Advisory Board Member for the Hospice Foundation of America, and as a Co-Director of a Community Faith "Advance Care Planning" Project for the University of Virginia. Corey Earned a Masters Degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and carries out his passion for people as a daring and devoted agent of change.

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CKerr.jpgChristopher Kerr, MD, PhD

Christopher Kerr, MD, PhD, is the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer for Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo. Alongside direct patient care, Dr. Kerr’s focus is in the areas of leadership and patient advocacy. He has overseen the integration and expansion of palliative care into hospitals and developed a large home-based program for both adults and children and has published on innovative program models that are designed to better align patient/family services to the complexity of needs inherent to advanced illness. Dr. Kerr’s background in research has evolved from bench science toward the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patients’ dreams and visions at the end of life. Although medically ignored, these near-universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning, as well as insight into the life led and the death anticipated. To date, the research team at Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo has published multiple studies on this topic and documented over 1,500 end-of-life events, many of which are videotaped. Dr. Kerr’s work was published in a recent book called Death Is But a Dream.

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Timothy W. Kirk, PhD, HEC-C

Timothy Kirk is Department Chairperson and Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York, York College, specializing in healthcare ethics with an emphasis on hospice and palliative care. He also holds an appointment in the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Kirk is a board-certified ethics consultant with MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care, one of the largest hospice and palliative care programs in New York State, and consults nationally with hospice and palliative care organizations. Together with Bruce Jennings, he is editor of Hospice Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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Kodanaz,-Rachel_200pix.jpgRachel Kodanaz

Rachel is a heart-minded author, speaker, and consultant helping her audiences embrace life’s challenges at work and at home. Overcoming her own adversity following the sudden death of her husband coupled with her experience in the management of large corporations, she is fully aware of the seesaw created when personal and professional challenges collide. Rachel was instrumental in creating and supporting all programs at HeartLight Grief and Loss Center in Denver as a facilitator, board member, and executive director. She has served as a Board of Director on numerous not-for-profits including Soaring Spirits International (Camp Widow) and Denver Grief Network Alliance. Rachel has been speaking passionately to national audiences for 20 years, her work has been featured in numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, and her books Finding Peace, One Piece at a Time (summer 2019), Living with LossOne Day at a Time, and Grief in the Workplace have received international acclaim.

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A-Kuchar-Headshot.jpgAllison Kuchar, MBA, MSHCA, CHES

Allison is the Manager of Capital Caring Kid’s hospice and palliative care program, where she provides primary administrative, operational, and logistical support for all pediatric-directed programs, including those related to complex care coordination, access to care, business development, and provider/family education within the scope of concurrent hospice and palliative care for children. Allison is a graduate of the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC) where she completed master’s degrees, in Business Administration (MBA) and Healthcare Administration (MSHCA). She earned a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral and Community Health from the University of Maryland (UMD) and she is credentialed as a practicing Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Certified End of Life Specialist (CEOLS) concentrating on community outreach, advocacy, and health education planning and promotion within the hospice, palliative care, end-of-life, and greater healthcare continuum fields.

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A person wearing a suit and tie smiling at the cameraDescription generated with very high confidenceDale G. Larson, PhD

Dale G. Larson (B.A, University of Chicago; Ph.D, U.C. Berkeley) is Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. A clinician and researcher, he is a Fulbright Scholar, a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, and member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. Dr. Larson was Senior Editor and a contributing author for Finding Our Way: Living with Dying in America, the national newspaper series that reached 7 million Americans. He is the author of The Helper's Journey: Empathy, Compassion, and the Challenge of Caring (2020) and his publications on end-of-life issues, stress in professional caregivers, grief and grief counseling, and self-concealment are widely cited, both in the scientific literature and in the popular media. In 2016 he received the Death Educator Award from the Association of Death Education and Counseling, and in 2017 was International Educator for the Australian Center for Grief and Bereavement. 

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Headshot_Sherman-Lee.jpgSherman A. Lee, PhD

Sherman A. Lee is an associate professor of psychology at Christopher Newport University. Lee studies negative feeling states, such as anxiety and grief, and the role personality and religion play in those emotional experiences. He also teaches courses in the psychology of death, dying, and bereavement (Thanatology). The creator of the Trait Sympathy Scales, Islamophobia Scale, Persistent Complex Bereavement Inventory, and the Coronavirus Anxiety Scale, he is currently researching the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the psychological well-being of people around the world.

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Vickie-Leff_CC.pngVickie Leff, MSW, LCSW, BCD, APHSW-C

Vickie Leff is the Executive Director of the APHSW organization. She has over 35 years of clinical practice experience in healthcare including oncology, palliative care and hospice. Vickie served on the board of SWHPN for many years, developing and implementing their educational and mentorship programs. She also serves as a subject matter expert and presenter to several national educational organizations & institutions. Vickie has published articles in Health Affairs, JPSM and other journals related to moral distress and resilience, in addition to providing blog posts for PalliMed. She also works with Project ECHO related to hospice and palliative care resilience initiatives. She is an Adjunct Instructor at the UNC School of Social Work in Chapel Hill. Vickie received her MSW from Simmons School of Social Work in Boston in 1984 and a BA in Political Science from Ithaca College.

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Wendy Lichtenthal, PhD, FT

Wendy Lichtenthal is Director of the Bereavement Clinic and Associate Attending Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Chicago, her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania, her clinical psychology internship at Payne Whitney/Weill Cornell Medicine, and a postdoctoral research fellowship in psycho-oncology at MSK, where she was Chief Research Fellow. Dr. Lichtenthal’s research has focused on grief and bereavement, meaning-making, intervention development, and cancer survivorship. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the T.J. Martell Foundation, and Cycle for Survival. Dr. Lichtenthal was the recipient of the Kawano New Investigator Award from the International Psycho-Oncology Society in 2012, the Research Recognition Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling in 2019, and the Outstanding Clinical Care Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society in 2023. As a licensed clinical psychologist, her clinical practice focuses on supporting bereaved individuals as well as breast cancer patients at the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center.

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Arion-Lillard_cc.pngArion Lillard-Green, MTS, BCCC, BCPC

Arion Lillard-Green is a Spiritual Counselor with Goodwin House Palliative Care and Hospice in Falls Church, VA. In addition to her work as spiritual counselor,Arion is an advocate for making health education and health literacy accessible to all people through inclusion. She is also dedicated to making an impact on chronic illness within the African American community through outreach. Arion believes providers must build relationships earlier in the health continuum to truly meet the spiritual and medical needs of the dying. Most recently, Arion has served as a contributor to the development of provider resources and tools  aimed to assist hospice and palliative care organizations with diversifying patient populations.  She serves as a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Diversity Advisory Council, a commissioner on the City of Alexandria’s Commission on HIV/AIDS, and consultant to organizations building programs to expand their reach to underserved communities. Prior to embarking on her hospice and palliative care career, Arion attended Indiana University (BAJ), Christian Theological Seminary (M.TS), clinical pastoral education and residency with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (BCCC, BCPC). She looks forward to completing her Master of Health Administration from George Mason University this fall.

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sonya-happy-hour-headshot-42433-portrait-(4).jpgSonya Lott, PhD


Dr. Lott has been a licensed psychologist for more than three decades. She maintains a multi-state online private practice, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD). She is a frequent presenter on PGD at professional conferences, and often shares information about acute and prolonged grief and the impact of the pandemic on grieving on national podcasts (WYNC and WBUR) and in other media including The Washington Post and CNN.com. Dr. Lott is also the founder and CEO of 4 CEMPSYCH, LLC, a company that provides continuing education in multicultural psychology for mental health professionals. 

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PAM.jpgPamela A. Malone, PhD, LCSW-S, Fellow in Thanatology

Pamela A. Malone, PhD, LCSW-S, Fellow in Thanatology maintains a private clinical practice in which she provides individual, couples, and family therapy. Her clinical experience spans over 30 years in a variety of settings. She is a clinical supervisor for master's level clinicians specifically for hospice social workers. Dr. Maloneis an Assistant Professor-in-Practice at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work where her favorite course to teach is Death and Dying. Research, presentations, and publications focus on loss and grief during adolescence. Her book, Counseling Adolescents through Loss, Grief, and Trauma is published by Routledge and available on Amazon.

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Marcus_2018.jpgJenna Z. Marcus, MD

Dr. Marcus co-created a Palliative Care Mobile Unit to help COVID-19 patients and their families. She and her colleagues traveled the emergency department, intensive care unis and medical floors initiating end-of-life conversations, establishing health care proxies and discussing advance directives. Dr. Marcus is a gynecologic oncologist at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. She serves as Assistant Professor in the Division of Gynecological Oncology at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is Director of Robotic Surgery of the Institute's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health. She serves on the board of several national committees within the field including, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.

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Leah McDonald, MD

Dr. McDonald is a current Fellow in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Hope Health and Brown University School of Medicine in Rhode Island. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at NYU/Bellevue and is interested in improving primary palliative care and hopsice skills provided in critical care settings and the Emergency Department.

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McGinley,-Headshot-(2).jpgJackie McGinley, PhD, LMSW
Dr. McGinley is a licensed social worker and Assistant Professor with the Binghamton University Department of Social Work. Dr. McGinley’s research focuses on the intersection of disability, aging, serious illness, and end-of-life care. Through her work, Dr. McGinley seeks to improve care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families as the end of life nears and through bereavement. 


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Doneila-McIntosh-headshot1.jpgDoneila McIntosh, MDiv, MA

Doneila is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Doneila has a Master of Divinity in Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She is a psychotherapist at the African American Child Wellness Institute (AACWI) in Minneapolis. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, she worked as a chaplain for nearly 10 years. A systemic interventionist, Doneila primarily works with couples and families. She specializing in compassionate grief therapy helping clients navigate the intersections of trauma, grief, and loss. She utilizes the African Centered Wellness Model© to work with clients and is also trained in a variety of modalities including Mindfulness Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Self-Compassion (MSC). Doneila’s research aligns with her previous work as a chaplain where she explores the intersections of disenfranchised grief among African American families, particularly in the aftermath of violent death.

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Jennifer McKenna, BS, CTBS

Jennifer has been with the Gift of Life Donor Program since 2012. She worked as a Team Leader for the Transplant Information Center for nine years and is currently a Clinical Night Supervisor. She works with donor families and oversees clinical activity for both organ and tissue donation, from referral to recovery. Throughout her tenure, she has served as an author and facilitator for many training materials, classes, and workshops. She is a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist, member of The Organization for Transplant and Donation Professionals (NATCO), and serves on the faculty of the Gift of Life Institute coaching OPO professionals to have effective and compassionate conversations with donor families.

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mcniel-andy.jpgAndy 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, 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 Children’s Grief, 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 and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He is the co-author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals.

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A person smiling for the cameraDescription generated with very high confidenceMatt Metevelis, MDiv

Matt is the Spiritual Care Supervisor at Nathan Adelson Hospice. He has a degree from Hillsdale College where he graduated cum laude with major concentrations in history and philosophy. After teaching for a year in Ohio, Matt entered Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota to begin training for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. During his preparation for ordination, Matt completed Clinical Pastoral Education in the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio where he completed his clinical hours on a cardiac “step down” floor and served on call. He also served as an intern pastor for a congregation in Tacoma, Washington. After graduation from seminary with a Master’s in Divinity, Matt moved to Las Vegas where he began working as a chaplain at Nathan Adelson Hospice in 2009. In 2010, Matt was ordained and installed as an Associate Pastor for Community Care at Reformation Lutheran Church in Las Vegas. Matt works now as the Spiritual Care Supervisor at Nathan Adelson, overseeing the care of patients and their families for spiritual and bereavement needs. He also is an occasional contributor to crossings.org, an online theological journal.

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A person standing in front of a book shelfDescription generated with very high confidenceThe Reverend Paul A. Metzler, DMin

Rev. Metzler has served more than 40 years as a clergy member, therapist, and grief counselor. He was the Director of Community and Program Services for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice and Palliative Care and the Director of The Center for Living with Loss, a bereavement education and counseling center of the Hospice & Palliative Care Associates of Central New York. During his years of active service, Rev. Metzler was a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. He is a regular contributor to Hospice Foundation of America's Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement. 
 
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Lara Moretti, LCSW, FT

Lara has presented to hospitals, schools and various professional groups about grief, donation and transplantation in her role as Director, Family Support Services for Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia, PA.  Lara has been with Gift of Life since 2003.  She has presented to numerous national organizations, including the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), The Organization for Donation and Transplant Professionals (NATCO), Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO),  Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), the Society for Transplant Social Workers, Transplant Games of America and for the Gift of Life Institute. Several times a year, she leads a didactic, “Communicating with a Grieving Family” for all new clinical staff at Gift of Life Donor Program.  Lara obtained her BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and her MS in Social Work from Columbia University (New York, NY). Lara is a licensed social worker in the state of Pennsylvania and is a Fellow in Thanatology through the ADEC.

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A person wearing a suit and tieDescription generated with very high confidenceRobert A. Neimeyer, PhD

Dr. Neimeyer is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, and maintains an active consulting and coaching practice. He also directs the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, which provides training internationally in grief therapy. Since completing his doctoral training at the University of Nebraska in 1982, he has conducted extensive research on the topics of death, grief, loss, and suicide intervention. Neimeyer has published 30 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy: Assessment and Intervention and Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning, the latter with Barbara Thompson. The author of over 500 articles and book chapters, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process, both in his published work and through his frequent professional workshops for national and international audiences. Neimeyer is the Editor of the respected international journal, Death Studies, and served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Distinguished Research Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, elected Chair of the Interantional Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement, and given the Research Recognition, Clinical Practice and Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Most recently, he has received the Phoenix Award: Rising to the Service of Humanity from the MISS Foundation, been given ADEC's Lifetime Achievement Award, and been recognized as an Honored Associate of the Viktor Frankl Association for his lifetime contributions to the study of meaning.

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Angela Novas, MSN, RN, CRNP

Angela is Senior Medical Officer at Hospice Foundation of America. She graduated from The George Washington University, Washington DC, with an MSN in Nursing/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (ANCC). Angela completed her postgraduate studies in palliative and hospice care, including Practical Aspects of Palliative Care (PAPC), from Harvard Medical School, received her Palliative Care Certificate from University of Colorado, and completed her Board Certification as an Advanced Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse (ACHPN). 

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Mary-Frances-O-Connor-headshot.jpgMary-Frances O'Connor, PhD

Dr. O’Connor is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona Department of Psychology, where she directs the Grief, Loss and Social Stress (GLASS) Lab. She earned a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona in 2004 and following a faculty appointment at UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, she returned to the University of Arizona in 2012. She served for three years as Director of Clinical Training in the Psychology Department. Her research program focuses on the wide-ranging emotional responses to bereavement. In particular, she investigates the neurobiological and psychophysiological aspects that vary between individual grief responses via functional neuroimaging, immune, and endocrine analysis. Dr. O’Connor also researches difficulties adapting following the death of a loved one, termed prolonged grief (newly included in the revised DSM-5). She believes that a clinical science approach toward the experience and physiology of grief can improve psychological treatment. Dr. O’Connor’s recent book, The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss (2022; HarperOne) has garnered praise from peers and literary critics alike and has led to speaking engagements around the world. Dr. O’Connor is a highly sought-after speaker, giving numerous talks and workshops to community organizations around the world, including in-service trainings to healthcare professionals and volunteers at hospices. She has authored research papers published in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals, from American Journal of Psychiatry to NeuroImage to Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Dr. O’Connor’s work has been discussed in the New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, and Scientific American

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Otten.jpgSheila Otten, LCSW

Sheila is in private practice in Louisville, KY living out her passion providing education and support to children and families and is also an instructor at the University of Louisville. She worked in community mental health supporting children and families in crisis and went on to serve as the primary Social Worker with the Kourageous Kids program at Hosparus Health for five years. After returning to university as a non-traditional student, Sheila obtained her BSW in 2012 and her MSSW with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2013 from the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. Sheila continues to be a strong advocate for empowering families during a time of suffering to build resiliency.

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lisa-headshot-square.jpgLisa Pahl, LCSW

Lisa Pahl is co-creator of The Death Deck and The E•O•L Deck, tools that inspire meaningful conversations on what matters most in our lives and in our deaths. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over seventeen years of experience within hospice and emergency medicine, Lisa helps people cope with illness, dying, and grief. With a passionate belief that peace at the end begins with meaningful conversations over time, Lisa engages people in talking about and preparing for this important stage of life.

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2018_02_27_Death_12502.jpgRev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat, MPA


Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat is Executive Director and Co-Creator of the Alameda County Care Alliance Collaborative (ACCAC), a faith-based program in partnership with local clinical, academic, and community organizations engaging 25 faith-based organizations and their pastors in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties of Northern California. The ACCA Advanced Illness Care Program™ assists persons needing advanced illness care and their families/caregivers to manage physical, psychological, spiritual, and advanced care planning needs. Rev. Perrilliat has over 25 years of experience as a change agent in healthcare, marketing and communications, biotechnologies and community organizations. Over the last 15 years, she has focused on end of life care program development and educational training iin the African American, Latinx and Asian communities. As part of VITAS Healthcare, Rev. Cynthia established a targeted compassionate care approach to communities of color, which was adopted and replicated across the 17-state footprint of VITAS. She also served as faculty member of the Duke University APPEAL program, a Palliative Care Educational Curricu.um for African Americans at the end of life.

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A person posing for the cameraDescription generated with very high confidenceTherese A. Rando, PhD, BCETS, BCBT

Dr. Rando is a clinical psychologist in Warwick, Rhode Island. She is the Clinical Director of The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss, which provides mental health services through psychotherapy, training, supervision, and consultation, and specializes in: loss and grief; traumatic stress; and the psychosocial care of persons with chronic, life-threatening, or terminal illness, and their loved ones. Since 1970, she has consulted, conducted research, provided therapy, written, and lectured internationally in areas related to loss, grief, illness, dying, and trauma. She also has provided expert witness testimony in legal proceedings involving illness or bereavement. Current professional foci include treatment of complicated mourning, loss of a child, the interface between posttraumatic stress and grief, anticipatory mourning, specialized intervention techniques in the treatment of traumatic bereavement, and the integration of EMDR into intervention with grief and mourning. Dr. Rando holds a doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and has received advanced training in psychotherapy and in medical consultation-liaison psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University Medical School and University Hospitals of Cleveland. A former consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Hospice Education Program for Nurses, she developed its program for training hospice nurses to cope with loss, grief, and terminal illness. Her current research interests focus on the operations and courses of anticipatory and postdeath mourning; development of a short-term treatment protocol for survivors of traumatic loss; construction of a self-help program for coping with the sudden death of a loved one; and integrating EMDR with group intervention for traumatic loss survivors. 

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A person in a blue shirtDescription generated with very high confidenceJoAnne Reifsnyder, PhD, MSN, MBA, FAAN

Dr. Reifsnyder is Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer for Genesis HealthCare. In this role, she is responsible for leader development, nursing strategy and clinical quality, safety and efficiency. She serves on the Board of the Hospice Foundation of America and is the past President of the Board of Directors for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), the National Gerontological Nurses Association (NGNA) and Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Reifsnyder was inducted as Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2015. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychosocial oncology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Maryland, an MBA from George Washington University, a Master’s Degree in nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, and a BSN from Holy Family College.

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Leslie R. Robinson

Leslie is a therapist in private practice, who spent 30+ years working in many diverse capacities within underserved and marginalized communities, and she proudly served as a Department of Defense Reintegration Speaker nationwide during the drawdown from Afghanistan. In 2009, Leslie founded Trance4mation Games, the overall Company for her Keep It Real Inclusion game, Warrior Spirit Veteran Reintegration Games, RECHARGE Beyond the Bars Re-entry games, and STREETS, a board game which addresses the gang and street lifestyles, all utilized by over 100,000 people nationwide. Just launched is REMEMBRANCE – a resource to help people to process and to heal grief and loss of a loved one with friends, family and loved ones. All of these Restorative Communication games provide safe, structured spaces to have engaging and profound conversations, generating understanding, empathy, healing and LOVE! Leslie has developed and facilitated workshops on leadership development, diversity and inclusion, mental health, professional development, veteran reintegration and service learning on college campuses nationwide. She has appeared on PIX 11 News, Good Day New York, Al-Jazeera America, The Security Brief series on Reelz TV, WBAI’s On The Count, and numerous national radio broadcasts and podcasts.

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DeniseRollins.jpgDenise Rollins, PhD, MA

Dr. Rollins is a master life coach, speaker and executive director of the Whole Heart Grief & Life Resource Center in Frederick, Maryland, where her team offiers one-on-one coaching and group support services. She holds a doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Eastern University and a masters in thanatology from Hood College. Dr. Rollins has conducted workshops for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors and presented at the Association for Death Education and Counseling national conference. In addition, at the Gary L. Rollins Funeral Home in Maryland, she partners with her husband, Gary, in managing the business and providing aftercare services. She has more than 20 years of experience in corporate America, where her roles included training, human resources and diversity. Dr. Rollins' personal experience with loss changed her career path. She is author of 2Grieve 2Gether: A Journal from the Heart Helping Survivors & Supporters Navigate the Healing Process, an autobiographical account of her own grief journey.

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Billy-Rosa_cc.pngBilly Ro​sa, PhD, MBE, ACHPN, FAANP, FAAN

BIlly Rosa is Chief Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center, New York. He received his BSN magna cum laude from NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing (2009); was valedictorian of his MSN class, Hunter College (2014); and completed his PhD and Master of Bioethics as an RWJF Future of Nursing Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania (2020). Dr. Rosa spent one year with the Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda, East Africa (2015-2016), contributing to the curriculum content for the first Masters-prepared nursing cohort in the country and completed MSK’s interprofessional hospice and palliative medicine clinical fellowship (2017). He is the editor of four books and has contributed more than 150 academic publications. Dr. Rosa has been recognized with numerous distinctions, including the international Spirit of Renewal Award from Sigma (2017); national Public Health Service Award for Distinguished Practice in Nursing from the American Nurses Association (2020); and the national Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse of the Year Award from the Hospice & Palliative Credentialing Center (2021). He was most recently named to the Crain’s New York Business Notable in Health Care 2021 list. He serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and American Journal of Nursing, and as a board/committee member for multiple global health and palliative care organizations. Dr. Rosa is an International Council of Nurses Global Nursing Leadership Institute Scholar, an American Psychosocial Oncology Society Health Equity Scholar, and the International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care U.S.A. Advocacy Focal Point. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Association of Nurse 4 Practitioners, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

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cpp-henk-schut.jpgHenk Schut, PhD


Dr. Schut is the coordinator of the international Master Clinical Psychology (CP) of the Department Clinical Psychology. He is coordinator of the master's course Loss & Psychotrauma and he coordinates the master's thesis in the Master CP. At postgraduate level Henk provides education in the field of research ethics, bereavement and coping. Within the postgraduate curriculum in Clinical Psychologist (Central RINO Groep Utrecht ) he serves as professor of Scientific Research and Innovation. Henk was involved as co-promoter with various PhD projects in the field of bereavement (Dr. I. Dijkstra , Dr. T. van Vliet , Dr. Wijngaards-De Meij, Dr. M. Eisma and Drs. C. Newsom ) and eating disorders (Dr. B. Boon and Dr. W. Mensink ). With Margaret Stroebe he developed the Dual process model of coping with bereavement. The books he has edited include: Handbook of Bereavement Research, Consequences, Coping and Care (2001); Handbook of Bereavement Research and Care; Advances in Theory and Intervention (2008); and Complicated Grief: Scientific Foundations for Healthcare Professionals (2013).

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A person posing for the cameraDescription generated with very high confidenceHeather L. Servaty-Seib, PhD, HSPP

Dr. Servaty-Seib is a Dean’s Fellow for Analytical Assessment in Purdue’s Honors College. She is also Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Educational Studies Department of the College of Education where her primary scholarly areas include adolescent/college student bereavement, loss/gain impact of life events, and support and communication in the grieving process. Professor Servaty-Seib received her BA (honors) from Concordia College in 1992 and her Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas in 1995 and 1997. She teaches Honors courses connected to her research—most recently courses entitled Death and Dying and Loss. Dr. Servaty-Seib is a past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and received the ADEC 2013 Death Educator Award. Much of her recent scholarship has been focused in area of college student bereavement including a co-edited volume (published by Jossey-Bass) entitled Assisting Bereaved College 4 Students, an edited volume of narratives by grieving college students (published by Jessica Kingsley), and empirical articles published in journals such as The Counseling Psychologist and Death Studies. She is on the editorial boards of four academic journals including three of the top research journals of the field of thanatology.

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Frank-Sesno_100pix.jpgFrank Sesno 

Frank is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, a former anchor for CNN, and a longtime moderator of HFA's Living with Grief® programs. He is an Emmy-award winning journalist and creator of PlanetForward.org, a user-driven web and television project that highlights innovations in sustainability, and he is the author of Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions and Spark Change.

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shear-hr_cropped.jpgM. Katherine Shear, MD

Dr. Shear is the Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry and the founding Director of the Center for Prolonged Grief at Columbia University School of Social Work. Dr. Shear is a clinical researcher who first worked in anxiety and depression. For the past 25 years, she has focused on understanding and treating people who experience persistent, intense grief, which is now an official diagnosis called Prolonged Grief Disorder in the ICD-11 and DSM-5. She developed and tested Complicated Grief Therapy/Prolonged Grief Disorder Therapy; a short-term, strength-based intervention that helps foster adaptation to loss, and confirmed its efficacy in three large NIMH-funded studies. Dr. Shear is widely recognized for her work in bereavement, including both research and clinical awards from the Association for Death Education and Counseling and invited authorship of articles for Uptodate and the New England Journal of Medicine. Her work includes more than 330 peer-reviewed publications. She’s developed several widely used assessment instruments and a PGDT instruction manual.

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Darcia L. Simpson, BS, MDiv, PhD, CT

Dr. Simpson is an integral member of the transdisciplinary care team at Hospice of the Western Reserve. As a full-time Spiritual Care Coordinator/Chaplain, she collaborates with physicians, registered nurses, social workers, and other healthcare professionals to assess patient and family spiritual needs, identify spiritual problems, develop goals of care, and implement appropriate interventions. Additionally, she is an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) where she is part of the Reflective Practice in Medicine program. In addition to her 23 years of experience in chaplaincy, spirituality, and hospice care, Dr. Simpson is an active advocate for equal access to health care, geriatric and dementia education, hospice, and end-of-life issues in Northeast Ohio. Dr. Simpson is the 2023 recipient of the NEOMED College of Medicine Faculty award for Medical Ethics and Humanities, and the 2022 recipient of the H. Peter Burg Faculty Award for Excellence in Palliative Care.

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A close up of a personDescription generated with very high confidenceBrad Speaks

Brad is the President and CEO of Speaks Family Legacy Chapels. He runs three funeral homes, a cemetery, a crematory, and a pre-need operation in the Kansas City area.  Brad is a past president of the Selected Independent Funeral Homes association, the largest group of family-operated funeral homes in the world. He is a Rotarian and a former pastor, and he currently serves on the Funeral Service Foundation Board of Trustees. Brad is a graduate of Graceland University with a double major in History and Political Science.

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2017heatherstang-(3).jpgHeather Stang MA, C-IAYT
 
Heather is the author of Mindfulness & Grief and is the host of the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast. She has a Master’s Degree in Thanatology and is a certified yoga therapist in the Phoenix Rising tradition. Heather is on the Board of Advisors for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), and partners with survivor and grief professional organizations on self-care and meditation for grief, including the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation, National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), Maryland Hospital Association, and the LiveOnNY Organ Donation Network. Heather facilitates Meditation for Grief Groups online and offers free guided meditations on her website at MindfulnessAndGrief.com.

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Gary L. Stein, JD, MSW
 
Gary Stein is Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work – Yeshiva University (New York, NY, USA), where he is a tenured faculty member in the master’s and doctoral programs. He is also the director of the Gerontology and Palliative Care Programs for MSW students and for clergy, and Continuing Education. He is PI of the study, “Project Respect: Experiences of seriously ill LGBTQ+ patients and partners with their healthcare providers,” published in Health Affairs Scholar in October 2023. Prof. Stein has been Vice Chair of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network from 2006 to 2020. He was awarded the Health and Aging Policy Fellowship, a Fulbright Specialist Program Award, and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network’s 2017 Career Achievement Award. Prof. Stein received his JD from New York Law School and MSW from Rutgers University.

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download-(1).jpgDavid Steinhorn, MD, FAAP
 
Dr. Steinhorn is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School with residency in pediatrics and fellowship training in pediatric hepatology and critical care medicine. He completed post-doctoral training in 1997 in hospice and palliative medicine at Hospice Buffalo in New York and has been continuously board-certified in those specialties. Dr. Steinhorn has served on the faculty at University Hospital and Clinics in Minneapolis, SUNY-Buffalo, rising to full professor at Northwestern University, UCDavis Medical Center, and most recently George Washington University. After 35 years as a PICU attending and 25 years developing hospice and palliative programs in three major children’s hospitals and serving as medical director at George Mark Children’s House near Oakland. Dr. Steinhorn has additional training in energy medicine, yoga, meditation, and shamanism, studying with teachers from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, the Four Winds Society, and Dr. Carl Greer. He was recognized in 2019 by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a pioneer in integrative medicine. Dr. Steinhorn currently serves as a pediatric palliative care consultant developing programs for Capital Caring Kids in the Washington region.
 

stillion.jpgJudith Stillion, PhD
Dr. Stillion is Professor Emerita of psychology and currently serves as a consultant on a variety of subjects including end-of-life issues, meaningful aging, positive psychology applied to grieving and dying, and facilitation of grief groups. Dr. Stillion’s varied career includes teaching and counseling in the public schools and at the university level. She also served as Associate and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Western Carolina University, Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs for the University of North Carolina System, and founding Director of the Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Stillion has co-authored or co-edited four books and numerous chapters and articles in her field of expertise, which includes suicide across the life span, aging, positive psychology applied to grief groups, and gender issues in death and grief.
 
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cpp-margaret-stroebe.jpgMargaret Stroebe, PhD

Dr. Stroebe is Professor Emeritus at both the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University, and the Department of Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She has specialized in the field of bereavement research for many years. With Henk Schut she developed the Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement. Her book publications include Bereavement in Later Life: Coping, Attachment, and Developmental Influences (2007) with Robert Hansson. She edited Complicated Grief: Scientific Foundations for Health Care Professionals (with Henk Schut and Jan van den Bout) in 2013. Her current interests still cover theoretical, empirical, and reviews of the bereavement area (e.g., critical evaluation of coping models, intervention efficacy; implementation of network analyses; health consequences) as well as investigation of the “mini-grief” of homesickness. Her honors include an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, the Scientific Research Award of the American Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and the title in 2011 of Officer of the Order of Orange Nassau, in the Netherlands.

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kathie-supiano.pngKatherine P. Supiano, PhD, LCSW, F-GSA, FT, APHSW-C
 
Dr. Supiano is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, and the director of Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program at the University of Utah College of Nursing. She teaches Interdisciplinary Approaches to Palliative Care for graduate students in Pharmacy, Social Work and Nursing, Geriatric Care Management and in the Interprofessional Education Program. Dr. Supiano’s research is in clinical interventions in complicated grief, suicide survivorship and prison hospice. She has been a practicing clinical social worker and psychotherapist for over 30 years. Her clinical practice has included care of older adults with depression and multiple chronic health concerns, family therapy, end-of life care, and bereavement care. Dr. Supiano is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, a Fellow of Thanatology, and a founding member of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network. She received her PhD in Social Work at the University of Utah as a John A. Hartford Foundation Doctoral Fellow.
 
 
vanscoy-(1).jpgLJ Van Scoy, MD

Dr. Van Scoy is a pulmonary and critical care physican at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Humanities and Public Health Sciences. As a physicain scientist, she directs a research program that centers around end-of-life issues and includes advance care planning, communication and end-of-life decision-making. She is also the co-director of the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core at Penn State. She is the director of Project Talk, a research program that studies the impact of innovative conversational tools, including an end-of-life conversation game ("Hello") and a novel graphic ICU communication tool ("Let's Talk"). She recently partnered with the Hospice Foundation of America to lead a national community-engagement project to evaluate and disseminate the "Hello" game across 27 states and more than 1,200 people living in underserved communities. Dr. Van Scoy serves as a methodology consultant for a wide variety of mixed-method projects and topics. She has served as a qualitative and mixed-methods consultant on a variety of projects, including large, randomized controlled trials, pharmacological drug trials and education projects.

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William-Villanova.pngWilliam Villanova

William Villanova is the President of Frank E. Campbell - The Funeral Chapel in NYC, the President-Elect of the New York State Funeral Directors Association and a recipient of the NFDA 2019 Pursuit of the Excellence and Best of the Best Awards. William is a licensed Funeral Director in NY and CT and a Member of Hudson Valley Community College Mortuary Science Advisory Board. A Leader in his profession, he has dedicated the better part of 30 years to implementing and promoting the highest standards in funeral service.

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Screen-Shot-2021-01-06-at-1-37-19-PM-(1).pngBeverly Wallace, MDiv, PhD
 

Dr. Wallace is currently the associate professor of Congregational and Community Care at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Dr. Wallace has authored several articles and book chapters including Narratives of Grieving African Americans About Racism in the Lives of Deceased Family Members; A Womanist Legacy of Trauma, Grief, and Loss: Reframing the Notion of the Strong Black Woman IconHush No More: Constructing an African American Lutheran Womanist Ethic; and is the co-author (with Paul Rosenblatt) of African American Grief. Her current research agenda includes understanding community trauma and end-of-life decisions among older African Americans. She is also in the process in writing her second book, African American Grief – Revisited.

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1_picmonkeyed-(002).jpgKarla T. Washington, PhD, LCSW
 

Karla Washington, PhD, LCSW, researches interventions intended to promote the cultural, spiritual, and biopsychosocial wellbeing of patients, families and communities facing life-limiting, serious illnesses. Dr. Washington’s research applies digital health solutions in the linked fields of palliative and hospice care. Her current projects include: an intervention to support and educate rural hospice family caregivers controlling pain and various distressing issues in the home setting as well as a cognitive-behavioral intervention randomized clinical trial for caregivers of family members with cancer who are receiving palliative care in the outpatient setting.

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A person wearing a suit and tieDescription generated with very high confidenceJ. William Worden, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Worden is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and holds academic appointments at the Harvard Medical School and at the Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology in California. He is also Co-Principal Investigator of the Harvard Child Bereavement Study, based at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Recipient of five major National Institutes of Health grants, his research and clinical work over 40 years has centered on issues of life-threatening illness and life-threatening behavior.Dr. Worden has lectured and written on topics related to terminal illness, cancer care, and bereavement. He is the author of Personal Death Awareness; Children & Grief: When a Parent Dies, and is coauthor of Helping Cancer Patients Cope.  His book Grief Counseling & Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner, now in its fifth edition, has been translated into 14 foreign languages and is widely used around the world as the standard reference on the subject. Dr. Worden’s clinical practice is in Laguna Niguel, California.
 
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Yopp-photo.jpgJustin M. Yopp, PhD

Dr. Yopp is a psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Yopp directs the pediatric psycho-oncology consultation service within UNC’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. He also co-leads the Widowed Parent Program at UNC and is co-author of The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life. Prior to coming to UNC, Dr. Yopp worked at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Zitter-photo.jpgJessica Zitter, MD, MPH

Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH, specializes in Critical Care and Palliative Care medicine, and practices at the public hospital in Oakland, California. She is the author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York TimesThe Atlantic, the Huffington Post, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other publications. Her work is featured in the Oscar and Emmy-nominated short documentary, Extremis, and her forthcoming film, Caregiver: A Love Story. She is a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of dying in America.

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