2019 Keynote Speakers
Dr. Covington is an internationally recognized clinician, organizational consultant, lecturer, and author and is a pioneer in the field of woman’s issues, addiction, trauma, and recovery. For more than 35 years, she has created gender-responsive and trauma-informed programs and services for use in public, private, and institutional settings.
Dr. Hart is the chair of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. He is also the Ziff Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. He is the author of the award-winning book, “High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society.”
Dr. Hellman currently serves as a professor in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and Founding Director of the Hope Research Center. Dr. Hellman's current research is focused on the application of hope theory to predict adaptive behaviors and hope as a psychological strength that buffer strength and adversity among those impacted by family violence.
Esmé Wiejun Wang
Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of the New York Times-bestselling essay collection The Collected Schizophrenias and the novel The Border of Paradise, which was one of NPR's Best Books of 2016. She received a 2018 Whiting Award, was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in 2017, and was the recipient of fellowships to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Born in the Midwest to Taiwanese parents, Esmé lives in San Francisco, and can be found at esmewang.com and on Twitter @esmewang.
Deanna Ackerman, MSW, LSW, DRCC, Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc., Parsippany, NJ
Deanna Ackerman attended the University of New England where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work, and is currently a Licensed Social Worker. She began her career working with adolescents with complex behavioral needs where she provided comprehensive and individualized treatment planning until her employment at the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris (MHAEM) in 2008. Ms. Ackerman began her tenure with Integrated Case Management Services program before transitioning into the legal system. In 2018 she was promoted to the Director of Involuntary Outpatient Commitment and Collaborative Justice Services (CJS) and at MHAEM.
Vanessa Adams Harris (Muscogee Creek), Lions and Butterflies Artswork, Tulsa, OK
Vanessa Adams-Harris (Muscogee-Creek) is an artist/actor, producer, director, documentary filmmaker, playwright, docent, human rights community/activist, peace builder. She majored in anthropology and art at the University of Tulsa. She has performed significant works nationally and internationally, and has received numerous awards for portraying Lena Baker, a domestic worker and victim of domestic violence sentenced to die for killing her abuser. She served as panelist at the 2015 Indigenous Artist Gathering, “Listening and Really Hearing, So We Can Heal” and was co-presenter at the 2018 Women Are Sacred Conference in “Resilience: Walking in Ancestral Footprints, Carrying Our Medicine”.
Linda Allegro, PhD, New Sanctuary Network, Tulsa, OK
Dr. Linda Allegro is the Director of New Sanctuary Network of Tulsa, an advocacy organization that supports individuals under the imminent threat of deportation in Tulsa County. She has a PhD in Political Science and has been a fierce defender of asylum and migrant justice for over twenty years.
Su An Phipps PhD, RN, Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK
Su An Phipps is the Founding Director of Healthy Women, Healthy Futures Oklahoma. HWHF was developed from her clinical practice as an LMFT and involvement with local Healthy Start programs. Su was an Assistant Professor at OU’s College of Nursing for over 20 years, teaching graduate research, MCH nursing, and family health promotion, while actively involved in Tulsa's MCH community. Dr. Phipps graduated with her BS in Nursing from the University of Utah, her M.S.from the University of Arizona, and PhD from OSU. While her LPC and LMFT licenses are currently inactive, she has incorporated mental health practices in HWHF to address behavioral health in community settings.
Aaron Ashworth, MA, CMIII, LPC, Oklahoma Military Department / Contractor, Broken Arrow, OK
Aaron Ashworth graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Licensed Professional Counseling. He has spent the last 15+ years working in ministry, mental health, and the military. Aaron is a 3x war veteran having served on the initial push into Iraq serving two tours and then a third tour to Afghanistan in 2010. Aaron is married to Rosie Ashworth, an educator and coach at Bixby High School. Together they have four boys who are full of life and energy. Aaron's focus is to serve God, Country, Community, and Family in all he does.
Deirdra Assey, MA, CSG Justice Center, New York, NY
Deirdra Assey is a policy analyst at the Council of State Governments Justice Center where she provides technical assistance to programs planning and implementing criminal justice and mental health collaborations; she also works on projects under the CSG Justice Center’s courts portfolio. Prior to joining the organization, Deirdra worked for Hudson County's Screening Center at Jersey City Medical Center, where she was a civil commitment evaluator. She also worked with the Hudson County Crisis Intervention Team and has trained with various local law enforcement agencies. Deirdra received her BA and MA in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Susan Bachmann, MEd, LPC, RPT, NCC, EMDR Certified Therapist, and Author, Family Therapy and Renewal Center, Tulsa, OK
Susan Bachmann is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist, EMDRIA certified EMDR therapist and a certified Amen Clinic Brain Health Coach. She has a full time private practice and is the co-author of the book, Why Aren't You Over This By Now? How Trauma Messes You Up and What To Do About It, published on Amazon in 2018. Prior to becoming a therapist she worked for over 20 years as a Certified Public Accountant and financial accountant in both for-profit and not-for-profit industry.
David Bard, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Dr. Bard is a health services researcher with expertise in methodology, bioinformatics, analytics, and behavioral science. His research interests include prevention efficacy and effectiveness trials, biomarker studies, and the applied science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). He is currently Director of the Center on Ecobiological Research of ACEs and Resilience (ERACER) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and Associate Professor and a Children’s Hospital Foundation Endowed Chair in the Department of Pediatrics.
Sara Barry, MEd, LBP, INTEGRIS Behavioral Health Services, Oklahoma City, OK
Sara Barry, Licensed Behavioral Practitioner and certified psychometrist, serves as the Business and Community Development Liaison for INTEGRIS Mental Health and the James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit. In this capacity, she works to help develop new programs and to educate others about mental health, addiction recovery and the mind/body/spirit connection. Ms. Barry has been in the field for over 25 years. She is passionate about her job and she loves the people that she works with. Her favorite thing in life is spending time with her daughter, her “village” (friends and family) and other people who make her laugh and/or use her brain.
Kristy K. Boone, Premium Impact, LLC, Oklahoma City, OK
Kristy K.Boone lives in Oklahoma City, and is the Founder of Premium Impact, LLC, a sales, marketing, and event-consulting service company. She currently serves on the Freedom School of OKC and the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma boards, and is the chairman-elect of the Oklahoma Chamber Virtuosi board. She has been awarded the 2007 Big Sister of the Year award through Big Brothers Big Sisters of OKC, and has been inducted as a Melvin Jones Fellow through Lions Club International. Kristy performs musical and comedically-improvised theatre locally and at national festivals, leads corporate leadership, sales and team-building workshops, and facilitates strategic-planning sessions
Jennifer Brady, DO, Oklahoma State University Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Tulsa, OK
Dr. Brady is a third year psychiatry resident at Oklahoma State University with a special interest in addiction psychiatry. She particularly enjoys working with adolescent and underserved populations. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, fitness, and music.
Jedediah E. Bragg, MSW, PhD, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK
Jedediah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow & Community Faculty at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. Jedediah engages in research exploring the use of social simulation as an educational tool for undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, Jedediah is a Senior Research Fellow with the Hope Research Center focusing on assessment of hard-to-identify populations, in particular the sexual and gender minority population. Jedediah’s data analysis techniques allows for more nuanced ways off assessing human sexuality, & through the use of structural equation modeling the exploration of how both micro- & macro-level social supports impact levels of hope and flourishing.
Florence Breslin, MS, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK
Florence Breslin is a co-Investigator at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research site of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. Her research interest began in pre-clinical addiction research at the University of Virginia Center for Addition Education. She then moved into adult human neuroimaging research at the Center for Health Behavior Neuroscience at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The ABCD study allowed her to pursue her interests of brain development and function during addiction. Her current research focuses on contextual factors, such as parenting and screen time, that influence adolescent brain development and mental health.
Michael Brose, MSW, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK
In 1993, Mike Brose became Mental Health Association Oklahoma's executive director at a time when the Association could only house 12 people, and Mike could count his staff members on one hand. Today, the Association owns and manages over 1,300 units of housing dedicated to serving Oklahomans impacted by mental illness and homelessness. Under Mike's leadership, the Association became a statewide agency in 2014 and is now a partner agency of the Tulsa Area United Way and United Way of Central Oklahoma.
Mechelle Brown, Historical Speaker, BS, Greenwood Cultural Center, Tulsa, OK
Mechelle Brown is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Greenwood Cultural Center (GCC), a non-profit organization that preserves African-American heritage and promotes positive images of the African-American community by providing educational and cultural experiences encouraging intercultural exchanges and facilitating cultural tourism. She has implemented and managed several award-winning programs such as the Summer Arts Program, GCC’s Performing Arts Program and the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Summer Program. During her 20-year tenure, Ms. Brown has contributed to the development of several pictorial exhibits on culture and race.
Taylor Burns, LCSW, Private Practice, Tulsa, OK
Taylor Burns is a licensed clinical social worker whose work experience includes clinical and administrative roles in Oklahoma and Alaska. This includes his being Chief of Social Services at Alaska Psychiatric Institute in Anchorage, and Executive Director of the Alaska Chapter of NASW. Taylor currently has a full-time private practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Burns worked on the GLBT Issues Committee in Alaska for ten years. Taylor feels fortunate to have attended training on Transgender Care at an international level. He attended the WPATH Symposiums in Atlanta, Georgia in 2010, and in Bangkok, Thailand in February of 2013. Both were five days long and he attended tracks on children and adolescents. He also attended training in Atlanta Georgia in 2016. Mr. Burns has organized a group for transmen, a group for parents of transgender children, a group for transgender teens and a group for children under age 12. He has provided training on ethical transgender care to local, state and national groups. He and Dr. Carlozzi serve as co-leaders of the support group for parents of transgender children and teens at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
Kaiping Burrows, PhD, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK
Kaiping Burrows is a Clinical Research Scientist at Laureate Institute for Brain Research, where she has been since 2012. She was a postdoc in neuroscience at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center from 2010 to 2011. She received her PhD in Nutritional Science from Sun Yat-Sen University of China in 2009. Much of her work at LIBR involves appetite change and diet intake in depression, as well as blood biomarkers in psychiatric disorders.
Steven Byers, Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK
An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Steven Byers received his BS as a dual major in Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma. He then attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan where he received his MA in Psychology with a concentration in Personality Assessment & Development. Dr. Byers’ main academic foci involves enhancing undergraduate & graduate education through his teaching at NSU. He emphasized the important of divestment and community research within diverse context. As a part of his emphasis on culture and diversity, Dr. Byers views himself as a multicultural psychologist.
Jason Cagle, BS, Information Technology, Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc., Nowata, OK
Jason Cagle currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc in Oklahoma. He was appointed to this position in March 2018. Mr. Cagle specializes in collaborative brainstorming and researching in order to find the missing links necessary to bridge the communication gap between multiple platforms. He is a proven technology strategist and innovator with more than 25 years of experience leveraging technology to enhance automation/integration, communication, decision making, and productivity for organizations in diverse industries. His experience lies in providing Health Information Technology (HIT), Computer/Network Information technology and telecommuni
Josh Cantwell, MSW, LCSW, Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Nowata, OK
Josh Cantwell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Clinical Director of Special Programs at Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc. (GLMHC). During his decade of service, he has held many roles and orchestrated the development and oversite of multiple programs, including an Intensive Outpatient Program for SUD treatment, a Medication Assisted Recovery Program serving individuals diagnosed with an Opioid Use Disorder, and a Court Involved Populations program serving local, state, and federal offenders. Josh has developed over 20 therapeutic games for children, adolescents and adults, focusing on mental health and substance use issues and is a co-author of the therapeutic workbook, Imp
Al Carlozzi, EdD, LMFT, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Al Carlozzi, a licensed health service psychologist and an LMFT in Oklahoma, is Professor Emeritus of Counseling and Counseling Psychology at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He served in several administrative positions during his forty years at OSU, including Director of the OSU-Tulsa Counseling Center from 2006 to 2019. He has provided counseling services and supervised the provision of services to transgender and gender diverse clients, and he has conducted numerous continuing education workshops on treating transgender persons and their families. Dr. Carlozzi has collaborated with the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in Tulsa, placing graduate students there as counselors, and he has served as co-leader of a support group for parents of transgender children and teens for the past eight years. He is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and he is co-editor and author of the book, Transgender and Gender Diverse Persons: A Handbook for Service Providers, Educators, and Families, published by Routledge in 2019.
Carter Check, CCC, MDiv, Eastern Oklahoma VAHCS, Muskogee, OK
Carter Check, M.Div., is a Clinically Certified Chaplain with the Eastern Oklahoma VAMC. Chaplain Check is fully integrated into the Behavioral Medicine programs as a member of the Executive Mental Health Council, Suicide Prevention Team, Substance Use Disorder Team and the REAL Moral Injury Clinics where he co-created the REAL workbook and co-leads the REAL Moral Injury Clinic group therapy model with the Chief of Social Work Steffanie Ward, the first model of their kind in the VA.
Tessa Chesher, DO, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, OK
Dr. Chesher is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. Dr. Chesher specializes in infant mental health and pediatric consultation-liaison. She completed an Irving B. Harris Fellowship in Infant Mental Health and was on the faculty at Tulane School of Medicine before moving back to Oklahoma where she continues to focus on the mental health needs of young children. Dr. Chesher collaborates with partners throughout Oklahoma to provide consultation and education on infant mental health.
Ashleigh Chiaf, MPH, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK
Ashleigh Chiaf, MPH is the Project Manager for the Food and Alcohol Behavior (FAB) study, which is one of the projects supported by the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA). Her position with the FAB study focuses on how alcohol and other drugs affect certain vitamins in the body like folate. Additionally, her current research aims to understand how folate status may affect a variety of health behaviors among women of childbearing potential. She plans to pursue a doctorate degree in Biomedical Sciences at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.
Jimmy Clare, MA, MS, LMFT-S, Family Hope House, Tulsa, OK
Jimmy is the Clinical Director at Family Hope House. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies and Gerontology from Southern Nazarene University and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Nazarene University. Jimmy also holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Management. Jimmy is trained in Level One Theraplay, a Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner, a Circle of Security Facilitator, a Training for Adoption Competency Trainer and is currently pursuing trainings to become a Registered Play Therapist with a focus in attachment and family relationships. Jimmy approaches counseling from a systemic perspective
Tia Claybrook, MS, Oklahoma State University - Center for Family Resilience, Tulsa, OK
Tia Claybrook is a PhD student at Oklahoma State University (OSU) majoring in Human Development and Family Science. In her studies, Tia is examining the protective effects of the school environment on buffering against adversity for children from trauma. Tia serves as a Graduate Associate at OSU’s Center for Family Resilience (CFR) where she has been involved with PAX Good Behavior Game (PAX GBG) since 2015. In June 2017, Tia attended the PAX Teacher Training in Stillwell, Oklahoma where she was certified as a PAX Teacher. She became a PAX Partner in May 2018 after attending a PAX Partner Training.
Sara Coffey, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, OK
Dr. Coffey is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSUCHS). Dr. Coffey completed her adult psychiatry residency at the University of Chicago and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Coffey is a regionally known speaker on the effects of trauma in the classroom and integrated care. Dr. Coffey is currently contracted with the Department of Mental Health to provide technical assistance in the implementation of Oklahoma Health Homes. Dr. Coffey serves as a consultant for the Department of Human Services Child Welfare.
Janna Colaizzi, PhD, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK
Janna Colaizzi, PhD is a research associate faculty at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) site of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. Her research interest in early neurocognitive and neuroendocrinological development began at the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Developmental and Psychophysiology Lab and expanded through her postdoctoral positions researching stress, neurological functioning, and neuroimaging at OSU and LIBR. Her position with the ABCD study focuses on the effects of stress and other environmental factors on adolescent brain development, specifically, early risk factors for addictive behaviors.
Janine Collier, MA, Family Safety Center, Tulsa, OK
Janine brings over 20 years of combined experience in the government and non-profit sectors directing programs, supervising staff and working with offenders, victims and their families in the community and the penal system addressing life skills, parenting skills, anger management, trauma, mental health and substance abuse. She actively seeks to create a trauma informed work environment to also lessen the incident of vicarious trauma experienced by staff. Janine serves as the Director of the Polyvictimization Program at the Family Safety Center, an organization that promotes safety and justice through co-located multi-disciplinary agencies who provide services to victims of violence.
Suzi Craig, Mental Health Connecticut, West Hartford, CT
Suzi Craig is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Policy of Mental Health Connecticut. She brings more than 20 years of strategic planning, marketing, creative direction, fundraising, and community engagement expertise to MHC. Her ability to cultivate trusted, mutually beneficial relationships has resulted in a long track record of wins at MHC and at her previous positions in both the business and non-profit worlds, including book publishing in NYC, strategic brand consulting, public broadcasting, and Connecticut’s startup eco-system. Suzi is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and is a nationally certified yoga teacher. She lives in Connecticut with her family.
Ann Dapice, PhD (Lenape/Cherokee), T.K. Wolf Inc., Skiatook, OK
Ann Dapice (Lenape/Cherokee) received a PhD in psychology, sociology and philosophy from the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. She has taught and/or served as administrator at a number of universities in Pennsylvania, Vermont and Oklahoma, teaching courses in the social sciences and Native American Studies. Director of Education and Research for T.K. Wolf, Inc., a 501(c)(3) American Indian organization, her research has been reported to professional and lay audiences. Book chapters include “Stalking of Indians, Coincidence or Conquest”; “Violence in the Brain”; “Betrayal, Revenge and Religion: Selective Denial of Violence”; “Bullying Then and Now.”
Teresa J. Deck, MS, LPC, Green Shoe Foundation, Edmond, OK
Teresa is a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2002. She completed her B.S. from Baylor University and her M.S. in Psychology Counseling from University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has EMDR and PIT training. During her counseling career she was employed with a Community Mental Health Center and held the positions of Supervisor, Manager, Director of Adult Outpatient Programs including Screening and Assessment, Substance Abuse programs, Case Management, Homeless programs, Drug Court, and Clinical Counseling Services. She has been at Green Shoe for over 2 and1/2years providing intensive week long retreats for individuals who experienced childhood relational trauma.
Margaret den Harder, MPA, Oklahoma Policy Institute, Tulsa, OK
Margaret (Maggie) den Harder obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle Pacific University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Before beginning work as a Mental Health Policy Fellow at Oklahoma Policy Institute, Maggie spent time as the writer of the City of Tulsa’s Resilient Tulsa, an action-oriented equity strategy. While at OK Policy, Maggie has focused on maternal mental health as she believes improving care for mothers will improve family resiliency. Maggie’s other research interests include measuring and evaluating systems of care, family dynamics and stability, economic security-related stress, and intergenerational trauma.
Ashten Duncan, MPH, CPH, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Ashten Duncan, MPH, CPH is a third-year medical student attending the OU-TU School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, OK. Ashten recently completed a Master of Public Health degree at OU-Tulsa. He has conducted a number of studies on hope theory and its applications to different populations. As part of his work with the Tulsa Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Ashten conducted a community-based project that involved a hope-building small group intervention for the homeless men and women being served by the Mental Health Association Oklahoma.
Kelly Dunn, MD, OSU Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Tulsa, OK
Dr. Dunn is a board-certified Psychiatrist and currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at OSU Center for Health Sciences. She received her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed her Psychiatry Residency at OU-Tulsa. She enjoys seeing lives transformed with holistic, evidence-based addiction treatment providing not only medication-assisted treatment for addiction, but also treatment for problems that lead to addiction at OSU's new Addiction Medicine Specialty Clinic.
Hana Fields, Harm Reductionist, SHOTS - Stop Harm on Tulsa Streets, Tulsa, OK
Hana Fields is a Tulsa native and community activist. Hana is also a former heroin user and her main point of focus is direct action. Hana is the volunteer and street outreach coordinator for SHOTS, her compassion and love for people who use drugs is unmatched.
Bart Ford BS, CG(ASCP), Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK
Bart Ford is a doctoral candidate in the PhD program of the Department of Biological Science at The University of Tulsa. Mr. Ford researches how early life stress and depression affect the adaptive immune system with Dr. Jonathan Savitz at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. He has published articles on the topic of adaptive immunity in depression in peer reviewed scientific journals such as JAMA Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine. Recently, he has presented research at The University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences Grand Rounds and at the Scientific Meeting of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society.
Sara Gadd, MHS, St. John Health System/Ascension, Tulsa, OK
Sara Gadd is the Human Trafficking Program Manager for St. John Health System. In this role she oversees the Human Trafficking Education and Response Program to train healthcare providers to identify and respond to the needs of victims of human trafficking. Ms. Gadd is also responsible for coordinating ongoing awareness and education opportunities in the community and collaborating with law enforcement and other agencies that battle human trafficking. She is also the co-chair of the Child Trafficking Task Force in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. Ms. Gadd is a volunteer Chaplain for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and is a member of the Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident/Peer Support team.
Kami L Gallus, PhD, LMFT, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, OK
Kami L. Gallus is an Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Gallus has extensive experience training mental health professionals in family level intervention and extensive research and clinical experience focused on the systemic understanding of trauma, mental health, and resilience.
Lauren Garder, LPC NCC, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Moore, OK
Lauren Garder is a Licensed Professional Counselor at ODMHSAS. Garder is the project manager for Unite OKC, a first-of-its-kind in the nation partnership between ODMHSAS and Palomar, Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center, linking mental health systems and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Prior to this, Garder worked with survivors of sex trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in both Oklahoma and Colorado. Garder has testified as a domestic violence expert witness and trains on topics related to trauma-informed practice, domestic and sexual violence, sex trafficking, and the intersection of those with mental health and substance abuse.
Jesse Guardiola, MS, Tulsa Police Officer, Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa, OK
Mr. Guardiola is a Tulsa Police Department Officer, born in the U.S. to immigrant parents, overcame destitution and became the first in his entire extended family to graduate middle school, high school, and earn two science degrees, including a Master’s of Science in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership from Oklahoma State University. Officer Guardiola is concurrently the Hispanic Outreach Director of the Tulsa Police Department and President of a nationally recognized consulting firm. His research and expertise focuses on Business Development Strategies linked to Hispanic Behaviorism and successful Hispanic Immigrant and 1st Generation Outreach.
Lesley Gudgel, MHR, Sprouts Child Development, Tulsa, OK
Lesley Gudgel has over 24 years of clinical experience in early childhood development. She has worked as a member of multidisciplinary pediatric teams focused on early screening, diagnosis,and intervention. Lesley has a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Development and a Master's of Human Relations/Counseling. She serves on several community advisory boards and is a trainer/consultant for groups including parents/foster parents, child care providers, Head Start, Educare, churches and various public schools. She directed the LINK Project, was Founder/Director of the CARE Program at the Laura Dester Shelter, and currently serves as Founder and Executive Director of Sprouts Child Development
Ashley Gunnells, MSW, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK
Ashley is the Housing Solutions Intake and Referral Coordinator at Mental Health Association Oklahoma. She previously spent two years interning with the association where she worked alongside the Street Outreach and Rapid Response Coordinator and the Chief Empowerment Officer. She has earned a BA in Psychology from Oklahoma State University and an MSW from the University of Oklahoma. Ashley is passionate about ending the stigma associated with mental illness.
Andrea M. Haddox, BSW, MSW Candidate, SHOTS - Stop Harm on Tulsa Streets, Tulsa, OK
Andrea Haddox, moved to Tulsa six years ago and began her education at Tulsa Community College. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from NSU and is currently finishing a Master’s Degree at OU. Andrea is a former heroin user and has a passion for implementing harm reduction programs in Oklahoma.
Natasha Halliday MA, CYC, Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Toronto, ON
Natasha Halliday is a Child and Youth Care Practitioner and speaker. She received her BA in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria, and recently completed a Masters in Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University. Though the bulk of her practice has been with children and youth Natasha has experience working with adults as well. Natasha is a sought-out speaker who has spoken at conferences, mental health forums, churches and community organizations. Natasha is also an instructor in the Child and Youth Care Program at Centennial College. Natasha has a passion for fostering resilience and promoting the use of mindfulness to promote mental well-being.
Michael J. Hanes, MAT, ATR-BC, LPC, Arcadia Trails INTEGRIS, Edmond, OK
Michael J Hanes is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist-Board Certified. He received his Master’s of Art Therapy from Wright State University in 1990 and his license as a professional counselor in 1996. Michael has over 25 years of experience working with mental health and substance use disorders in a variety of settings, including acute hospitalization, residential, outpatient and corrections. He is a well-respected author, having multiple publications in peer reviewed journals. He is author of the book Roads to the Unconscious: A Manual for Understanding Road Drawings. Michael has lectured at national and international conferences.
Heather Hanks, MSW, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Heather Hanks is a graduate research assistant at the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma. Her work with Ricky T. Muñoz focuses on adverse childhood experiences, the influence childhood trauma has on adult mental health, and the role hope plays in mitigating the effects of those experiences.
Robert G. Harmon, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK
Through a Tulsa Area United Way Innovation grant, Rob Harmon became the employment specialist for a program within the Mental Health Association Oklahoma called A Better Way, which connects panhandlers to jobs in the community. Since day one, Rob has been reaching out to employers all around Tulsa, looking for those who understand the need for hiring individuals who have been on the outside looking in. Teaming up with businesses that sincerely get what A Better Way is doing, he has been able to inspire hope and resilience in 67 different participants who were hired in the first year of the program's existence, exceeding the program’s initial goal.
Brittany Hayes, JD, Oklahoma Policy Institute, Tulsa, OK
Brittany Hayes joined OK Policy in October of 2018. She is a licensed attorney, having graduated with highest honor from the University of Tulsa College of Law in May of 2018. Brittany earned her Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Oklahoma State University in May of 2011 before teaching history and coaching debate at Charles Page High School in Sand Springs. Brittany’s passion for policy work and advocacy reignited while working with the Community Advocacy Clinic, Immigrant Rights Project, and Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office. Her research and policy interests include mental health, criminal justice, education, and the problems at the intersection of all three areas.
Carolyn S. Henry, PhD, LMFT, CFLE, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Carolyn S. Henry is a Professor in Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Henry is a highly published and exceptionally skilled family therapist, family science educator, and family and adolescent researcher. Dr. Henry focuses on the integration of theory, research, and application in her work. Dr. Henry currently emphasizes family resilience perspectives in her scholarship, including the advancement of the conceptualization of family resilience. Dr. Henry is a Certified Family Educator and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy.
Stacy W. Hester, 3C-Concepts, Eagle OPS & Oklahoma Veteran Alliance, Tulsa, OK
Stacy W. Hester graduated with a BA in English from Northeastern State University, and spent 8 years serving as an active duty Marine. He is owner of 3C-Concepts, a service disabled veteran owned small business where his focus is serving veterans through Speaking, Training, and Program Development. He's developed best practice, veteran specific programs at the local, state, and national, including Justice For Vets, the largest advancing justice for veterans organization in the world. He speaks regularly at national conferences, and to policy makers as an advocate for veterans, and is also founding partner of an impact organization called Eagle OPS Veteran Foundation where their mission is c
Bruce Hodson, PhD, Muscogee (Creek) Nation Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Services, Tulsa, OK
Bruce Hodson is a licensed clinical psychologist with a history of professional practice in a variety of clinical and educational settings. His involvement in multiple roles in the Oklahoma Psychological Association and his past service as a member and chair of the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners of Psychologists nurtured his interest in professional ethics standards and regulatory law. He has become a familiar presenter on these subjects within the Oklahoma health care community for over two decades.
Kathy Hoppe, DMin, LMFT, Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System, Broken Arrow, OK
Kathy Hoppe is a licensed marital and family therapist with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. Her experience includes inpatient and outpatient practice serving children, adolescents, and adults, providing employee assistance services, as well as mediation and counseling for employees. In addition, she has more than 8 years of experience in the field of disability services. Dr. Hoppe has also served as an adjunct faculty member for several universities. She is a Compassion Fatigue Specialist and completed her doctoral work in this area. Currently, she is the Director of Admissions for Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System in Tulsa, OK.
Bret A. Hubbard, DO, ABOFP, Axis Health Care, Bixby, OK
Bret A. Hubbard, DO, a board certified family practitioner, has extensive experience working with people struggling with chronic pain, other chronic illnesses, and addiction. Dr. Hubbard practices family medicine in Bixby, Oklahoma. He holds a specialty DEA licensure for buprenorphine/naloxone treatment for chronic pain and chronic opioid maintenance. Dr. Hubbard also specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and addiction as well as numerous other complex medical conditions.
Rebecca L. Hubbard, PhD, Oklahoma State University, Bixby, OK
Rebecca L. Hubbard, a Human Development and Family Science Instructor at Oklahoma State University, has extensive experience working with children and adolescents as well as their families. Dr. Hubbard is focused on fostering childhood mental health, family resilience, and mental health stigma reduction through her roles as a mental health professional, a translational researcher, and a higher education instructor.
Deborah J. Hunter, BS, BHCMII, Family & Children's Services, Tulsa, OK
Deborah J. Hunter is a poet, essayist, actor, teaching artist, workshop facilitator and social justice activist. She was selected as a 2018 Pinnacle Award Woman of the Year, 2013 Oklahoma Poet Laureate finalist and winner of the 2000 Jingle Feldman Artist Award. A staunch and longtime advocate and educator on issues pertaining primarily to mental illness and homelessness, her poetry and performances often speak to the realities of those populations. Her chapter, “Violence and the Homeless Population: Perpetrators or Victims” appears in the academic series, Violence and Abuse in Society: Understanding a Global Crisis (Dr. Angela Browne-Miller, Editor).
Katy Day Inhofe, JD, Pause4Paws, Inc., Tulsa, OK
Katy Inhofe is the founder and President of the Board of Directors of Pause4Paws, Inc., a Tulsa nonprofit that provides short term pet foster care to individuals experiencing mental illness, addiction or homelessness who need critical medical, mental health or addiction treatment. She received her B.A. in 1987 from Washington University in St. Louis, and her J.D. with honors, in 1992 from the University of Tulsa Law School. She was a partner at Conner & Winters, LLP in Tulsa, practicing corporate law until she retired in 2014. She served on the Board of Directors of the Tulsa SPCA from 2010-2014. She has also been an active member of the Mental Health Association Oklahoma Board of Directors.
Alicia Irvin, PhD, Turnkey Health Clinics, Tulsa, OK
Dr. Alicia Irvin is a psychologist and Mental Health Administrator at David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center for Turn Key Health Clinics. Dr. Irvin graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2008 with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist in Oklahoma. Her specialty areas include: corrections, forensics, juvenile offenders, severe mental illness, and geriatrics.
Johnna James, MSNAL, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma City, OK
Johnna James, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, serves as the Tribal Liaison for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS). Prior to joining ODMHSAS, she worked for tribal Indian Child Welfare and Youth Suicide Prevention programs. Johnna is responsible for facilitating tribal partnerships with the state in the field of mental health and substance use disorders. She also delivers training and technical assistance to tribal program and community partners. Johnna earned her undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma prior to earning her Master’s Degree in Native American Leadership from Southeastern State
Kelly A. James, PhD, LPC, NCC, CCTP, CATP, CPC, RPT-S, EMDR Trained, Dr. Kelly A. James-Foundational Solutions, Tulsa, OK
Dr. Kelly James has a private practice in Tulsa and is a full-time Associate Professor at ORU Graduate Professional Counseling Program. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional, Certified Professional Coach, Emotion Code Certified, Body Code Certified (in progress), and EMDR Therapy trained. James co-authored a book, Why Aren't You Over This By Now? How Trauma Messes You Up and What To Do About It, published on Amazon in 2018. James has been working in the mental health field since 1997 with a variety of clients including children, adolescents, and individuals who have experienced traumatic life experiences.
Lissa James, MS, LPC, Grand Lake MHC, Nowata, OK
Lissa James has worked in Community Mental Health for 40 years. She is a Licensed Professional She has experience with adults and children, therapy and rehabilitation, mental health and substance abuse and providing direct outpatient care. She has assisted with on-call and crisis intervention needs, mental health counseling to assist consumers in understanding, coping and overcoming behavioral health issues and is a Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager. She currently serves as the Clinical Director for CQI, PI, CC and Wellness Champion for Grand Lake Mental Health Center.
Erv Janssen, MD, Community Service Council Board of Directors, Tulsa, OK
As a Board Member of the (Tulsa) Community Service Council, he us acutely aware of the timeliness to understand more about the immigration impact, build capacity for connecting and creating opportunity to learn from each other by convening and communicating. All of this influences the future of individuals, families and our community. He strongly supports the value of the promotoras program seeking to address the needs of individuals and families of the Latino communities. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Tulsa Comunidad de Esperanza faith community.
Captain (Retired), Misty Anne Jobe, MA, United States Army, Honoring America's Warriors, Oklahoma City, OK
Misty Anne Jobe served for almost 11 years in the military as a Medical Service Corps Officer, where she served as the Programs Manager for Suicide Prevention, Risk Reduction and Resilience and as a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the Oklahoma Army National Guard. She assisted in developing a Behavioral Health Case Management Team, one of the first in the Nation, which increased awareness of prevention and recovery in soldiers, implemented methods to increase early identification of behavioral health issues in soldiers who had recently returned from deployment, and to integrate civilian, military and veteran service systems across Oklahoma.
Jenice Jones, MHR, (PhD candidate), Just the Beginning Inc., Tulsa, OK
In 2009, Jenice Jones founded Just The Beginning Inc., a nonprofit 501 c(3) organization equipped to serve her home state of Oklahoma. Weekly at David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Jenice teaches Empowerment Program developed from the organizations four pillars of restoration, H*E*A*L. Today, Jenice is completing her doctorate in Public Policy and Administration specializing in Law.
Leslie Keenan, LMFT and Registered Play Therapist, Family Hope House, Inc., Tulsa, OK
Leslie is the Executive Director and a founder of Family Hope House. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor and Registered Play Therapist. Additionally, Leslie is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention Practitioner, Circle of Security Facilitator and Training for Adoption Competency Trainer. Leslie graduated with her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Nazarene University and holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Oklahoma. Leslie has experience as a teacher in the public school setting and providing psychotherapy in the home, school and clinic-based settings. Leslie is also an Adjunct Professor at Southern Nazarene University.
Kaitlin Keiswetter, MA, LPC, Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Tulsa, OK
Kaitlin Keiswetter has been involved with mental health, children, and adolescents for 13 years; acting as an LPC for 6 of those years. Before moving to Tulsa, Kaitlin lived in Kansas and worked in an adolescent drug rehabilitation center, an equine assisted learning facility, and at a psychiatric hospital. Kaitlin has been in the Tulsa area since 2013 working in various outpatient and inpatient settings. Morton Comprehensive Health Services has employed Kaitlin as an outpatient therapist, providing counseling services in an area high school as well as seeing clients in office since 2016.
Demita Kinard, Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa, OK
Demita has spent 24 years in service with the Tulsa Police Department and I am currently serving as the Community Mental Health Officer. She is licensed clinical mental health counselor (LPC), experienced at both individual therapy and crisis intervention. Demita graduated of the University of Tulsa, Northeastern State University and Oklahoma State University. My passion is to give back to the community that has given me so much.
Maria Elena Kuykendall, Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK
Maria Elena Kuykendall, a native of Bolivia, is on the staff of the (Tulsa) Community Service Council as Community Advisor for The Power of Families Project. She also coordinates a promotoras team (community peer educators) and teaches promotoras training through Tulsa Community College. She has built important community collaborations and assists families with child development assessment, monitoring and referrals. She serves as a Community Connections Board Member and a member of the Coalition of Hispanic Organizations. In Bolivia she obtained her academic degree in psychology and served 12 years supporting marginal populations through early childhood education and assistance for women.
Elizabeth Kunreuther, LCSW, LCASA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Raleigh, NC
Elizabeth Kunreuther is Clinical Instructor, University of North Carolina Department of Psychiatry's WakeBrook Addictions and Detoxification Unit. She was Family Intake Coordinator for UNC's TEACCH Autism Program for over ten years and Family Recruitment Coordinator for the UNC CIDD Autism Research Registry. Elizabeth is the co-author of the book Drinking, Drug Use and Addiction in the Autism Community.
Valerie Larson-Howard, LCSW, LLC, MUSED., Tulsa, OK
Valerie Larson-Howard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty years experience providing therapy for kids, teens, and adults. In her practice, she utilizes skills and techniques from a wide-range of therapeutic modalities. However, she believes one of most powerful ways to help her clients is by incorporating literature and therapeutic journaling into her work with them. She is inspired by Flannary O’Connor who said, “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” This quote serves as a guide for Larson-Howard while she uses writing to assist her clients in facing difficult feelings, processing trauma, and making sense of their often chaotic world.
Emily Lau, MHR, LPC, Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Tulsa, OK
Emily Lau, LPC, has been involved with aspects of Mental Health for over 30 years. From working within an Oklahoma police department to working in a local high school, she has been able to cultivate and develop an expansive knowledge of the needs and resources of the Tulsa community. Emily has been counseling professionally for the past 5 years. She has been a Lead Therapist and currently manages 10 therapists and provides therapy for clients as the Director of Behavioral Health at Morton Comprehensive Health Services. Emily has helped create Morton’s Integrated Behavioral Health Program and expanded services to recently include psychiatric medication management.
Blong Lor, LPC-Candidate, Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice, Tulsa, OK
Blong Lor is a graduate of the Master’s of Science Program in Counseling from Northeastern State University. He is currently under supervision for licensure as a professional counselor. Blong is a proud member of the Oklahoma Hmong community, in which he hopes to help grow and modernize. Blong dedicates his time and devotion to serving the Tulsa community and further expanding his own multicultural competence. He is currently employed at the Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice as a Mental Health Therapist, working with delinquent youth and their families through counseling and psycho-educational classes.
Chantelle Lott, MS, Oklahoma State University - Center for Family Resilience, Tulsa, OK
Chantelle Lott currently works at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Family Resilience as the Prevention Coordinator. Chantelle has a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership. She utilizes both fields of study in her profession to guide individuals to become the best they can by while promoting the importance of education. Chantelle has worked with Oklahoma’s elementary schools for three years, supporting them with implementation of PAX Good Behavior Game as their PAX Partner by providing small group trainings and follow-up support. Chantelle has seen the benefits of implementing PAX in the classroom, not only for students, but also for teachers.
Sean Lovell, C-PRSS, BHWC, NorthCare, Oklahoma City, OK
Sean Lovell was once quite the rabble-rouser. Nowadays though, he laughs when he shares stories of his years of impassioned activism. Those experiences, ranging from civil disobedience to lobbying legislators, entrenched in him a dedication to social change. He serves society differently today, having traded activism for advocacy, and applies the lessons of his past to his work today. As a C-PRSS at NorthCare, a CCBHC in Oklahoma City, he works amongst an agency of innovators. And as the need to rethink mental healthcare continues to grow, Sean is dedicated to ensuring that the professional peer advocate - voice of the voiceless - becomes an indispensable role in future models of care.
Pete Luitweiler, Oklahoma Veteran Alliance w/Community Service Council, Tulsa, OK
Peter E. Luitweiler graduated college from Dartmouth College, BA and an MBA from their Tuck School of Business. Peter would go on to serve heroically in Vietnam in the U.S. Army where he would receive from the Vietnamese the Bronze Star with Valor equivalent for acts of bravery and heroism during The Tet Offensive. Peter would finish his time in the Army as a First Lieutenant, and go on to a successful career within the energy industry where he worked with Gulf Oil and would eventually retire as VP from Citgo after a 40 year career. Following retirement Peter would discover a new passion, returning to his roots of service by serving those who have served and often battle to transition.
Katie Luna, LCSW, Katie Luna, Counseling and Consultations, TULSA, OK
Katie is 2014, Master of Social Work, graduate from OU-Tulsa. She 12+ years in the mental health field, beginning as a peer counselor at a domestic violence center; prior to this she has 8+ years in the medical field. She currently own/operate a private practice providing mental health services to various populations, including first and second-generation immigrants. Katie also consults with attorneys and provides biopsychosocial evaluations to immigrant families for their United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) court process. She presented as a panel member at the 2017 Zarrow Mental Health Symposium on Islamophobia, social injustice & discrimination.
Jeff Martindale, PhD, OKC VA Medical Center, Stillwater, OK
Dr. Martindale is a counseling psychologist with a PhD in counseling psychology from Texas Tech University. He currently serves as a program director for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He oversees the Intensive Community Mental Health Recovery Services (ICMHRS) for Veterans in the Oklahoma City and surrounding areas. His specialty areas include community-based care, severe mental illness, geropsychology, and provision of mental health services via telemedicine in the private sector.
Victoria McArtor, MFA, MUSED., Tulsa, OK
Victoria McArtor holds a master’s in fine arts in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry from Oklahoma State University and is co-founder of the MUSED. Organization. Previously a professor at the University of Tulsa and currently the principle of a creative copywriting agency, McArtor teaches students and businesses the art of language. In 2016, McArtor authored a book of poetry called “Reverse Selfie” which analyzes our culture’s massive migration toward narcissism. Since its publication, the book has inspired a 6-week critical and creative writing workshop and has been taught to over 200 at-risk and alternative school students.
Valerie McGaha, PhD, LADC, LPC, Oklahoma State University - Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Valerie McGaha is an Associate Professor of the College of Education, Health, and Aviation at Oklahoma State University. She is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. Her research interests center around multicultural counseling, psychosocial adolescent development, mental and addictive disorders, at-risk adolescents’ court-mandated interventions, and suicide prevention and education. In her scholarly work, she has examined individual and collective factors related to academic, personal, and social success of various populations.
Dr. Greg Meyer, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK
Dr. Greg Meyer is currently Visiting Associate Professor of Professional Counseling in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry, Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his MA in professional counseling from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, and his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Auburn University. He is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia, and has a variety of research interests, including spirituality and self-awareness in the counseling relationship, as well as the interplay between spirituality and humanism. He has written or presented on topics including reflective practices and training, qualitative methods of research.
Susan Miller, MSW, LCSW, The Tristesse Grief Center, Tulsa, OK
Susan is the most senior employee at The Grief Center, having worked here since 2009. She has been in the social work field for 32 years and has held director positions at St. John’s and Hospice of Green Country, to name a few. She currently serves as Clinic Manager, sees individual clients, and facilitates loss-specific groups on site. She was named 2017 Employee of the Year.
Julie Miller-Cribbs, PhD, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, Tulsa, OK
Julie currently serves as the Director of the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. Her current research amplifies factors pertaining to vulnerability, strengths, and functioning in the arenas of diversity, health, and community life. Her publications have appeared in various journals, she has authored educational material utilized in textbooks and course outlines related to cultural diversity, and she is the author of three books. She has presented her research at over 50 national and international conferences. She has taught at both the MSW and doctoral level primarily in the areas of Social Welfare Policy, Health Policy, Advanced Social Work Practice and Research.
Shantel Mitchell-Cooley, AM, LCSW, Generations Psychology and Counseling, LLC, Oklahoma City, OK
Shantel Mitchell-Cooley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice who treats individuals living mental health concerns due to chronic illness, Caregiver Stress, and early stage Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Shantel has an undergraduate from Oklahoma Baptist University and her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Work Administration. She began her work at Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center working with a collaborative Diagnostic Team. Since that time she has worked in various settings including Nursing Homes, Mental Health Crisis Centers and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Lucinda Morte, MS Counseling, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK
For over a decade, Lucinda has provided behavioral health treatment with a specialization in the criminal justice population in California and Oklahoma. She believes that treatment and advocacy are key components to help clients understand trauma history, by teaching commitments and tools of the Sanctuary model to provide hope in clients that things can and will change.
Robert W. Mouser, LPC, LADC/MH, Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice, Tulsa, OK
Robert Mouser earned his Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern State University and is currently in the process of finishing his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Oklahoma State University. Robert is licensed and a state board approved supervisor for both LPC and LADC/MH. He has a strong and personal passion for providing therapeutic services, education, resources, and time to youth and the community. Robert finds joy in family and volunteering his time to serve the community. Robert currently serves as the Clinical Supervisor at Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice and Community Advocate and Camp Clinical Director for the Tristesse Grief Center.
Ricky T. Muñoz, JD, MSW, Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Ricky T. Muñoz is a professor of social work at the University of Oklahoma. His research centers on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. He has dozens of publications on such matters and is a regular presenter at both the Zarrow Symposium and at national conferences such as that of the American Psychological Association.
Reverend Alvaro Nova Ochoa, MDiv, Comunidad de Esperanza, Tulsa, OK
While living in Colombia, Reverend Ochoa was active in mission and community development, including work with the promotoras programs. In the transition to the United States, he has personal and unique observations and experience with the U.S. immigration process. Through his local, national and international networking he has presented and facilitated discussion on immigration issues, relating to the fear, intimidation, confusion and demoralization families experience.
Jessica Orvis, MS, LPC, The Tristesse Grief Center, Tulsa, OK
Jessica Orvis is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health. She has worked with all ages to assist in their unique experiences of trauma and grief.Jessica provides both individual and group therapy sessions with areas of focus including pregnancy and infant loss, suicide loss, general death loss, and life losses such as divorce. She has been trained in Complicated Grief Therapy and EMDR. Jessica also co-facilitates an annual event for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Lastly, she responds to crisis situations in the Tulsa area, teaches CEU's, and educates throughout the community on grief in general.
Tina L. Peterson, MSW, PhD, MPH, CSW, University of Oklahoma Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, Norman, OK
Dr. Peterson is an alumnus of the Southern Regional Educational Board’s Doctoral Scholars Program (SREB) and the Council on Social Work Education’s Minority Fellowship Program. She is a tenured, associate professor in the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work. She teaches courses in social work practice, social work with groups, gerontology, and spiritually sensitive social work practice. Her research focuses on aging within the context of intergenerational caregiving. Currently, she is researching issues affecting older grandparents raising adolescent grandchildren and self-management of hypertension in African-American women family caregivers.
Heidi T. Pham, MSW, LCSW, Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice, Tulsa, OK
Heidi Pham is an alum of the University of Tulsa and University of Oklahoma, and is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In her current position, Heidi specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of youth exhibiting delinquent and other problematic behaviors. She is passionate about working with adolescents and is an advocate for delinquency prevention and trauma-informed care. In 2017, Heidi became the first mental health therapist to be employed within a juvenile detention center in the state of Oklahoma. She now currently serves as the Clinical Assessment Coordinator for the Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice.
Julia Reed, LCSW, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
After growing up as a military brat, Julia Reed started her life in Oklahoma through the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work. This experience connected her with community leaders and visionaries who were mentors and shapers of her a career in social work. For the first 23 years of her career, Julia worked in nonprofit agencies serving diverse populations and has a passion for serving children, young people, and families. Her social work career has provided experiences in many settings, including hospitals, juvenile justice, and nonprofits. She served as the Assistant Director of Catholic Charities, as the Chief Operating Office at Sunbeam Family Services, as a consultant and trainer for the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers. For the past five years, Julia has served at the University of Central Oklahoma as the senior director of the Center for Counseling and Well-Being.
Janet F. Reynolds, MA, Mental Health Connecticut, Canton, CT
Janet Reynolds is the lead instructor and co-creator of Mental Health Connecticut's Write On! program. She is an award-winning writer and editor and former high school English teacher. Reynolds has created nine magazines, is an award-winning investigative journalist and is a seasoned editor and marketer who understands how to tell a story and how to get that story out into the world. She is also starting The Invisible Memoirs Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping the disenfranchised understand, tell and, when interested, share their stories. Reynolds holds a Masters in English Literature from Trinity College and lives in Connecticut with her family.
Noe Rodriguez, MA, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK
Noe Rodriguez, has worked with people experiencing chronic homelessness in Tulsa, Oklahoma for ten years. In his current position as the Rapid Response Homeless Outreach Coordinator for the Mental Health Association Oklahoma, he facilitates connections with needed services such as employment and permanent housing. Rodriguez has a further background in service and ministry, earning a Master of Arts in Ministry and Culture from Phillips Theological Seminary.
Shelby Rowe, MBA, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma City, OK
Shelby Rowe is the youth suicide prevention program manager for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuses Services, and the 2016 Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year. A public health professional, crisis intervention expert and suicide attempt survivor, Ms. Rowe has been a leader in the suicide prevention movement at the local, state and national level since 2007. She currently serves on the Consumer Survivor Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Clinical Advisory Board for Crisis Text Line. Ms. Rowe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy, and a Masters in Business Administration.
JoAnn Ryan, DO, 4EVERGRN, Tulsa, OK
An osteopathic physician for over 30 years, JoAnn Ryan promotes optimal health throughout her sphere of influence. She is currently active in promoting efforts to make cannabinoids legally available. Dr. Ryan is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU/CHS). She chaired both Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine departments, and was Medical Director of the Clinic system at various times. In addition to her work at the university, Dr. Ryan was Medical Director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections A “Tulsa Girl” by birth, and at heart, Dr. Ryan is active in the community. A former board member at Mental Health Association Oklahoma, and board president at Resonance Center, she was winner of the Mayor’s Pinnacle award for medicine.
Tina Ryker-Bevans, MSW, LCSW, Foundations of Change, LLC, Broken Arrow, OK
Tina Ryker-Bevans is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from the OU with her BA in Political Science in 1998 and with her Master of Social Work in 2001. She worked with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors for over 15 years before moving to the VA in 2009. At the VA, Tina worked as the Tulsa Suicide Prevention Coordinator with high risk Veterans then at the Tulsa Vet Center with combat Veterans and military sexual trauma survivors. In November 2017, she began her private practice, and she co-founded the Oklahoma Social Work Summit in 2018. She served on the NASW-OK Board of Directors and as Chairperson of NASW-OK Conference Committee.
Tayrin Saldivar-Hernandez, CREOKS Behavioral Services, Tulsa, OK
Tayrin Saldivar-Hernandez serves as the Bi-Lingual Multicultural Directors Services, for CREOKS Behavioral Health. In her current position she designs and promotes the Immigrant Parent Student Outreach for Tulsa Public Schools, she provides bilingual Mental Health Services for the Hispanic Immigrant Community, supervises and provides consultation to other clinicians within the agency. Tayrin has approximately 12 years of Mental Health experience serving underserved populations, training and building diverse cultural competent teams in Oklahoma.
Jonathan Savitz, PhD, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK
Jonathan Savitz is a Principal Investigator at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and an Associate Professor in the Oxley College of Health Sciences at The University of Tulsa. His lab uses blood-based inflammatory and immune markers and experimental medicine designs to examine how inflammatory processes affect the healthy and diseased brain. Ultimately, this research can help to identify new treatments for depression that are based on modifying the inflammatory process.
Deborah Shropshire, MD, OU Children's Physicians, Oklahoma City, OK
Dr. Shropshire is a pediatrician with OU Children's Physicians in Oklahoma City. She provides medical care to children at the Pauline Mayer foster shelter and in the Fostering Hope clinic at OU, and also serves as the medical director for foster care for OKDHS, assisting case workers, working on projects related to foster health issues, and providing training on the health of foster kids. She loves to engage her audience in the story of foster kids, and to encourage others to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves".
Autumn Slaughter, MSCP, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Autumn Slaughter holds a masters degree in counseling psychology from Southern Nazarene University, is pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Tulsa, and is a current Schweitzer Fellow. Slaughter also performs as a poet and her poetry has been featured throughout the city. She serves as the mental health ambassador for the Tulsa, poetry non-profit MUSED., as well as the education liaison for Buddy, a mental health-themed, a literary journal based in Denver. In 2018, Slaughter worked with MUSED. to design and implement poetry coping-skills workshops at a Tulsa adolescent crisis center and a residential adolescent inpatient hospital.
Annie R. Smith, LMSW, MPH, St. John Health System/Ascenion, Tulsa, OK
Annie Smith, LMSW, MPH is the Director of Community Engagement at St. John Health System. She oversees St. John Health System’s human trafficking education and response program, working to train healthcare providers to identify and respond to victims of human trafficking. The program and accompanying healthcare protocol are the first of their kind in the Tulsa area. Her role includes facilitating the work of a multi-disciplinary task force, working very closely with healthcare providers at St. John Health System, and other service providers within the community for education and delivery of care. Annie holds a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health.
Honorable Kenneth M. Stoner, Oklahoma County District Court, Oklahoma City, OK
Ken worked in the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, first as an intern and then as a prosecutor, for 5 years. He served as Lead prosecutor on thousands of criminal cases, conducted or supervised over 200 preliminary hearings, and handled more than 30 jury trials to verdict. Representing individuals accused of crimes in which the underlying issue is substance use/abuse, addiction or mental illness fostered Ken’s desire to develop a unique holistic practice. He created a collaborative model that offered a full treatment plan in addition to legal strategy at the onset of representation. This was done in conjunction with an addiction specialist also located in his office.
Suzanne Switlyk, MA, DRCC, Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc., Parsipany, NJ
Suzanne Switlyk has provided services to adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses since graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology. Ms. Switlyk furthered her education by obtaining a Master’s of Public Administration. Suzanne has worked with the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris Inc for several years and has been able to transition from her role in case management to Quality Assurance Coordinator. As Quality Assurance Coordinator, Suzanne has been able to monitor performance improvement measure and collaborate with over 16 programs to improve services to consumers.
Jose Vega, Dennis R. Neil Equality Center, Tulsa, OK
Jose Emmanuel Vega serves as Program Director for Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) and the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Oklahomans for Equality seeks equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer individuals. He has been involved with OkEq for five years, first as a volunteer, then as an advisory board member and subsequently as staff. He is passionate about the inclusion of diversity, eliminating homophobia, advocating for LGBTQ hate crime protections and rights, education and community relations. Jose serves on many community groups boards and task forces and has won award for his community involvement. Jose is inspired to work toward a more inclusive Tulsa where everyo
Steffanie Ward, LCSW, Eastern Oklahoma VAHCS, Muskogee, OK
Steffanie Ward, MSW, LCSW has worked for Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System for 10 years, prior to coming to the VA, she worked for the State of Oklahoma in Child Protective Services for 10 years and was a therapist with Family and Children’s Services working in the Child Abuse and Trauma Department. Since the fall of 2017, Ms. Ward and Chaplain Check have collaborated with REAL: a transdisciplinary approach to conduct Moral Injury Group Therapy to Veterans with much success.
Mary Waters-Bilbo, EdD, LPC, Northeastern State University, Tulsa, OK
Mary Waters worked for fifteen years at all levels in school counseling: elementary, middle, and high school. She also spent two years as the coordinator for elementary school counselors. In these roles, Mary enjoyed building programs that supported students’ resilience and well-being. Her most meaningful school counselor position was supporting immigrant families and students at Newcomer International. Mary transitioned to higher education in 2012. At Northeastern State University, Mary teaches a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses. At heart, she is still a school counselor and enjoys supporting students’ career and academic plans.
Dr. Natasha Williams, C Psych, Allied Psychological Services, North York, ON
Dr. Natasha Williams is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Dr. Williams is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA), Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the American Psychological Association (APA). She is a trainer with the Adler Graduate Professional School and a guest facilitator/trainer with CAMH in topics such as culturally adapting cognitive behavioural therapy for the English-speaking Caribbean community. Dr. Williams is the co-Director of Allied Psychological Services and she operates an anti-oppressive private practice to clients from diverse ethno-racial backgrounds, gender and socio-economic backgrounds.
Carisa Wilsie, PhD, Oklahoma University Child Study Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Dr. Wilsie is a licensed Psychologist working at the Child Study Center. Children from birth to 18 years are served at our agency. Our mission is leading health care -- in patient care, education and research. Through our combined efforts we strive to improve the lives of all people. Our vision is to be the premier health system for advancing medical care, education and research in the state, and to be among the leaders nationally.
Jody Worley, PhD, University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Dr. Jody A. Worley has been a faculty member in the Human Relations department at the University of Oklahoma since 2006. His primary research interests are in three distinct but related areas: Research methodology, organizational behavior/work-related issues (e.g., work-life integration, workplace diversity, and occupational burnout), and community psychology (e.g., quality of life issues for children and minorities). Dr. Worley is currently working in collaboration with the Family Safety Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to better understand polyvictimization among survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence.
Yui Yamaoka, MD, PhD, Pediatrics Fellow, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Yui Yamaoka is a research fellow at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. She has engaged in research related to child adversity, positive parenting practices, prevention for child fatal maltreatment, and Child Death Review. She worked as a resident and pediatrician in Japan from 2009-2013, and obtained PhD in Human Care Sciences (2015) and Medical Sciences (2016) from University of Tsukuba, Japan. Yui received two years scholarship from Nippon Foundation to study abroad as a postdoctoral researcher in 2016-2018 and another two years scholarship from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 2018-2020 to continue her research projects at OUHSC.