KEYNOTE & SPECIAL GENERAL SESSION SPEAKERS
Kate Kripke, LCSW is a perinatal mental health specialist with a private practice in Boulder, CO. She founded the Postpartum Wellness Center of Boulder in an effort to bring skilled and appropriate perinatal mental health support to women and families around Boulder County, CO. Outside of her practice, Kate is committed to increasing education and reducing the stigma and shame surrounding postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) link PPD. Through these efforts, Kate coordinated a project through Boulder County Public Health that focused on promoting early detection and treatment of postpartum depression, she is a state coordinator for Postpartum Support International, is the Director of the Boulder County Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Task Force, and she sits on the Pregnancy-Related Depression State Advisory Committee convened by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In addition, Kate also conducts frequent training on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders at hospitals and health centers for obstetricians, pediatricians, educators, doulas, and nurses. Kate has been a regular contributor to Postpartum Progress since 2010. She’ll be speaking at Everyday Self-Care: Honoring Ourselves, Body & Mind.
Pauline Campos is the author of the Amazon Best-Selling memoir, BabyFat: Adventures in Motherhood, Muffin Tops, & Trying to Stay Sane. As Latina Magazine’s #DIMELO love, advice, & relationship columnist, Pauline’s no-hold-barred approach to Giving Solicited Advice has endeared her to the 4.5 million readers who like to stop her in public restrooms and tell her that she’s hysterical. Pauline is the Aspiringmama with the blog to match, a writing coach and freelance editor, and is founder, publisher, editor, and heads up the rest of the crew at www.girlbodypride.com. Her mission as a body image, eating disorder, and mental health advocate and coach, is to inspire women to love themselves where they are in the present moment in order to find true peace and happiness in all aspects of their lives.
In her spare time, Pauline is an award-winning artist, photographer. Her photograph, “Mexican in Maine”, was featured in the From Her: An Art Show About Women For Women show presented by the El Pueblo de Los AngelesHistorical Monument and El Pueblo Park Association and another,”FacePaint”, has earned her the recognition of her peers, most notably as a BlogHerPhoto of the Year honoree. Pauline also has been recognized as a 2015 Top Bloguera by #LATISM, was a Hispanicize TECLA 2015 TECLA Best Parenting Blogger nominee. She also has been featured on NPR’s Latino USA with Maria Hinajosa, Ray’s Latino Talk podcast, and on Redbook Magazine online.
Pauline’s second book, On Raising Wonder Woman: Reflection, Perceptions, & Well-Placed F-Bombs, is coming soon! Pauline’s art and photography be found on Etsy, Society 6, and RedBubble. She lives in northern Maine with her daughter, The Husband, who rescue dogs, a beta fish, a moose, a flying squirrel, and a bear. Special General Session – Sweeping it Under the Rug: Breaking the Stigma of Maternal Mental Health in the Latino Community.
Dr. Nicole Letourneau
Dr. Nicole Letourneau RN PhD FCAHS authored Scientific Parenting: What Science Reveals About Parental Influence (2013). She is Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing and Cumming School of Medicine (Pediatrics & Psychiatry), holds the Palix/ACHF Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health, and was Canada Research Chair in Healthy Child Development. She leads the CHILDStudies.ca Program studying parenting, attachment and child development in the context of maternal depression and other stress. She develops evidence to guide best practice in parent-child support and intervention, such as her MOMS Link program. She has attained over $32 million in research funding, with nearly $9 million as lead. She has received many honors, including Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2007), Excellence/Merit Research awards from Canadian nurses’ provincial associations (2011 & 2015) and named one of four Change Agents by Alberta’s Apple magazine (2016). She has published 120+ peer-reviewed papers, 14 chapters and 80+ opinion-editorials. She will be speaking at Successful Peer Support.
Melanie Mendez-Gonzales is a blogger, speaker and online media entrepreneur. On her blog QueMeansWhat.com, Melanie shares stories and news on education, entertainment, culture and family. Over the last five years, she has built an online community addressing issues that are important to American Latino families. To open conversations about women’s issues, she has served on the TEDx San Antonio Women organizing committee for the last two years. She’s a wife, a mom of two boys and proud Tejana. Find her on social media as @mendezgonzales or @quemeanswhat. She will be speaking at Special General Session – Sweeping it Under the Rug: Breaking the Stigma of Maternal Mental Health in the Latino Community
Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody
Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH is a clinician and researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Faculty Development in the Department of Psychiatry and Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Pediatrics. She is the Director of the UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Program of the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders, a comprehensive clinical and research program that includes the first Perinatal Inpatient Psychiatry Unit in the US. Dr. Meltzer-Brody is the recipient of multiple NIH-funded grants that investigate epidemiologic and genetic predictors of postpartum mood disorders. She is the founder and lead investigator on the Postpartum Depression: Action Towards Causes and Treatment (PACT) Consortium that developed and launched the PPD ACT app—a global initiative aimed at understanding why some women suffer from PPD and postpartum psychosis (PPP) and others do not—critical knowledge that will improve detection, prevention and treatment of these conditions. Postpartum Progress is a critical partner of the PPD ACT initiative.
Dr. Meltzer-Brody maintains an active clinical practice, has published over 80 manuscripts, currently participates in clinical trials research in women’s mood disorders, and serves as the mental health consultant for the North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card. She is a frequent contributor to the media including the New York Times, NPR, Huffington Post, and Time Magazine. In 2012, the Triangle Medical Journal selected Dr. Meltzer-Brody as one of the “Top-10 Woman in Medicine” and she was also selected as an inaugural Sanders Clinician Scholar at UNC to develop a novel program to address physician burn-out syndrome. Additionally, in March 2015, she was selected as a HealthCare Hero by the Triangle Business Journal for her work with physician burnout and maternal depression and was awarded the UNC School of Public Health Arnold D. Kaluzny Distinguished Alumni Award. She will be speaking at Health Disparities in Maternal Mental Health: What can be done?
BREAKOUT SPEAKERS, PANELISTS, & WORKSHOP LEADERS
Kristina Grum is a wife and the mother of 3 daughters. She is a Certified Parent Educator who has over a decade of experience working with children & parents, including being a classroom teacher. She was diagnosed with postpartum depression, postpartum OCD, and postpartum anxiety after the birth of each of her children – yes, all threetimes. It’s her passion to help all parents shift their parenting from barely surviving to thriving and to find the happiness that can seem elusive. She currently teaches parenting classes in her local area & online and writes an informational parenting blog, www.ThrivingParents.net. Session title: Parenting Dreams vs. Realities.
Shannon Hennig is a health care professional, consultant and passionate maternal mental health advocate who is currently the Research Coordinator at Postpartum Progress. She holds a Bachelor of Communication and Culture degree from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts in Integrated Studies from Athabasca University where she studied the social and cultural influences that contribute to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. As a survivor of severe perinatal depression accompanied by panic disorder and post‐traumatic stress disorder, she understands firsthand the shame and fear that can accompany a mental health crisis and the stress it puts on partners and families. She firmly believes in the power of peer support as an essential piece of a holistic approach to recovery and advocates for the inclusion of the ‘patient‐voice’ in health care planning, delivery and research. Shannon lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and son. Session title: Postpartum Progress Research and You.
Laurie is a survivor of postpartum anxiety and OCD. She has two daughters, ages five years and five months. Since being diagnosed in 2010, she has been active in the maternal mental health community and has supported various initiatives within the state of Maryland. She helped form a postpartum support group at Sinai and in 2013, she and Samantha co-led Climb Out of the Darkness Team Baltimore, which, at $15K+, was recognized as the top city for fundraising for the global campaign that year. Session title: No Such Thing as a Small Climb.
Samantha Dowd, CFRE
Samantha is a two time survivor of postpartum anxiety. She has a four year old son, Lincoln, and a one year old daughter, Lizzie. Since being diagnosed with PPA she has become active in the maternal mental health community and is a former board member for Postpartum Progress. She and Laurie were instrumental in starting a support group for moms at one of the local hospitals since there were no support groups in the Baltimore region. Session title: No Such Thing as a Small Climb.
Jasmine Banks, M.S. Community Counseling
Jasmine leads our annual event, Climb Out of the Darkness. She holds a B.S. in psychology and communications, as well as a master’s degree in Community Counseling. She is a survivor of postpartum psychosis, and lives in Arkansas with her two children. She also blogs at Just Jasmine, and you can follow her on Twitter at @djazzo. Session title: No Such Thing as a Small Climb.
Katherine Stone created PostpartumProgress.com, the world’s most widely read blog on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, in 2004. In 2011, she expanded on that work by founding the nonprofit Postpartum Progress Inc. In 2014, Katherine won the Iris Award in Industry Influence – Philanthropic Work, a category that included such illustrious fellow nominees as the UN Foundation and ONE. She was also named as one of 15 Influential Patient Advocates to Follow by HIT Consultant. In 2012, she was named one of the fiercest women in America as part of More magazine’s annual Fierce List. She also was listed among the most influential mom bloggers in 2011 and 2012 by Babble, and was selected as a WebMD Health Hero for her PPD advocacy work. Additionally, she won the 2010 Bloganthropy Award, given for using social media to make a difference, and a 2011 Media Award from Mental Health America, given for outstanding coverage and portrayals of mental health issues during the previous year. Katherine has a BA in journalism from Michigan State University. Prior to founding Postpartum Progress she was in corporate marketing at The CocaCola Company. She lives in Atlanta, GA, with her husband and two children, and is a survivor of postpartum OCD. Speaking at Welcome and Closing.
Jenna Hatfield is the Online Awareness & Engagement Manager for Postpartum Progress. She is an editor and award-winning writer, having won a SWPA Media & Mental Health Awards in 2012 and the 2014 BlogHer Voices of the Year for a piece on mental illness, among others. She is an everyday mom to two boys and a birth mother involved in a fully open adoption with her daughter. She experienced postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety after the birth of each child as well as antenatal depression while pregnant with her daughter. She makes her home in Ohio. Session title: Social Media Clinic.
Olivia Scobie, M.A., CPCC, ACC, MSP
Olivia Scobie is a family coach/counselor, doula, and founder of Postpartum Support Toronto. After beating postpartum depression/anxiety (twice) she became a staunch advocate for reducing stigma about perinatal mood disorders and breaking down barriers to treatment for marginalized groups. Ask her about her favorite research and practice areas of focus, such as maternal ambivalence, queer parenting, incarcerated mothering, and family policy. She also loves cheap scotch and zombie movies, so you can ask her about those as well. Session title: Reducing the Impact of Societal Pressure on Motherhood with Community Supports.
Bianca Sprague, CLD, CLE, CBE
Bianca Sprague is a doula and business consultant for doulas. Originally from Vancouver, she had her daughter shortly after moving to Toronto, with her family and support network 4000km away. This struggle for community while suffering from PPD inspired her to build bebo mia, a community that connects women to their intrinsic value and power through education and support. The perfect juxtaposition to her gentle birthing and family support practices, Bianca plays All-Star RollerDerby the catalyst for kicking her PPD! Session title: Reducing the Impact of Societal Pressure on Motherhood with Community Supports.
Heather Coleman survived postpartum psychosis in 2008 after the birth of her daughter. By 2010, she had found Postpartum Progress and shared her own personal experience, “Naked On the Side of the Road: One Mother’s Story of Postpartum Psychosis.” Katherine Stone named Heather one of the Top Ten Writers on Postpartum Depression & Related Illnesses for 2010. This recognition gave Heather the courage she needed to continue to share her story publicly. She auditioned for and was included in the inaugural cast for a show called This Is My Brave. Heather went on to represent This Is My Brave at the 2015 Mental Health America Conference in Washington, DC. As a mental health advocate, Heather is passionate about the fact that “storytelling saves lives.” She currently resides in Maryland with her husband and their two children. Session title: The Power of Storytelling.
Graeme Seabrook is a mom of two from Charleston, SC. After suffering with postpartum depression and anxiety following the birth of her son, Graeme sought out support groups online and in her area. Those groups saved her and turned her into a fan of and advocate for peer support. Graeme writes about her journey with maternal mental illness and parenting with PTSD on her website, postpartummama.org. She leads a community focused on selfcare on Facebook and streams live tips about surviving PPD and thriving through selfcare on Periscope. Graeme is writing a book for mother considering a second child after a maternal mental illness and in her spare time she runs a vacation rental management company. Session title: The Power of Storytelling.
Ariane Aramburo is the Executive Producer and Co‐Anchor of the Morning Edition on KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. Ariane is a seasoned journalist having worked in several news markets and has hosted countless events during her career. Ariane is the proud mom of a beautiful baby girl named Amelia who was born in September of 2015. After experiencing Postpartum Depression during her maternity leave, Ariane used her platform as a journalist to air a four‐part series on the topic. It focused on her personal struggle as well as other moms who suffered and the resources available to women in Alaska. The series received an overwhelming response from the public. Ariane continues to advocate for maternal mental health and hopes her story shows other moms that you don’t have to suffer in silence, no matter who you are or what you do. Session title: The Power of Storytelling.
Film producer, Weight Watchers leader, Ready. Set. Shine and momsTOmoms founder, Teen Mom Mentoring Program Coordinator at Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies and Warrior Mom Ambassador. She wears many hats but a common thread connecting them all is maternal mental health. Astounded at the lack of resources here in Palm Beach County, Florida for new moms, she set out on a mission to bring awareness to a topic that no one wants to talk about. She recently received the 2015 Voice Award from the Palm Beach County Action Alliance for Mental Health and her film, Dark Side of the Full Moon is now a tool being used by colleges, nursing programs and non-profits around the world. Session title: The Power of Storytelling.
Claire is the Executive Director of Healthy Start, Healthy Future and Founder of the Life With A Baby program. Claire started Life With A Baby after her own struggles with social isolation and depression. Life With A Baby serves over 52,000 users across Canada. Claire is passionate about supporting parents, developing collaborations, reducing social isolation, and building healthy a healthy future for the next generation. Session title: Leaders in PPD Support.
Lisa Tremayne, RN, C-PPD, CBC, CBE
Lisa Tremayne, RN, C‐PPD, CBC, CBE, A Maternal Child Health nurse, has over 20 years of experience on OB units. In 2007, Lisa became an advocate for women’s Maternal Mental Health and began a working relationship with the New Jersey Family Health Consortium, finding support and resources for new moms struggling with Postpartum Depression. In 2011, she joined Monmouth Medical Center as the Childbirth Education Manager and saw an opportunity to start a PPD Support Group, which quickly became a success. In 2015 Lisa started the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program at MMC which is currently the only intensive outpatient program of this kind in NJ.
Since surviving Postpartum Anxiety/OCD after the birth of her triplets in 1998 and the birth of her fourth child in 2000, Lisa has become a tireless advocate for PPD, using her voice to decrease the stigma surrounding Postpartum Depression/Anxiety. She is committed to helping ensure pregnant and new moms have reliable, effective and evidence based treatment so they know recovery is possible, that there is hope and that you will get better.
Lisa is a volunteer for Postpartum Progress both as a Warrior Mom Ambassador, lending her voice to her local community wherever it is needed, and as an annual Climb Leader since the COTD inception in 2012. She is also trained as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Session title: Leaders in PPD Support.
Cheryl is originally from London, England and has a BA in English and a background in writing, editing and journalism. Since moving to the States in 2009, she has volunteered for organizations including Program for Early Parenting Support and the American Red Cross in Seattle. She is a California state coordinator and warmline volunteer for Postpartum Support International, and runs Supporting Mamas’ weekly drop-in support group and monthly moms’ coffee meetup. Following her own experience with postpartum anxiety and OCD, which she talks about in the Supporting Mamas blog, Cheryl founded Supporting Mamas (www.supportingmamas.org) in 2015, a 501c3 non profit that is dedicated to addressing the serious lack of support for moms with perinatal mood & anxiety disorders in Santa Clara County. She currently lives in San Jose, California with her husband and two mutinous preschoolers. Session title: Leaders in PPD Support.
Sheila Duffy, Director of Pacific Post Partum Support Society has 19 years of experience as a postpartum support group facilitator, telephone support counselor and educator. She is dedicated to the society’s mission to provide support and end the isolation and distress experienced by many women and their families with the profound life change that accompanies the birth or adoption of a child. She has a tremendous gift at facilitating challenging topics and building empathy for stigmatized mental health issues. She has facilitated numerous postpartum community workshops and trainings across B.C. and Canada. Sheila resides in Vancouver with her husband and two children. Session title: Leaders in PPD Support.
Kelly Bauer is a mother, wife, writer, and storyteller. On her blog, MotherhoodMisfit.com, she discusses motherhood, her journey through Postpartum Anxiety and OCD, and her experience with grief after losing her unborn daughter, Clara, to Spina Bifida, 22 weeks into pregnancy. Aside from the blog, she can be found pretending to know how Twitter works @kbauerwrites. Session title: Mompostors: Why Real Moms Feel Like Frauds.
Ashlee Rahmlow, LCSW
Ashlee is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides therapeutic services as part of a collaborative model with primary care providers. After personal experiences with postpartum depression and anxiety, Ashlee received the PSI Certificate in Perinatal Social Support Network Development and founded Mom 2 Mom Oshkosh, a program offering support through telephone, email and an in-person group. Ashlee has become a passionate advocate for mothers and continues to serve as a volunteer State of WI co-coordinator for PSI. Session title: Self-Disclosure & Healthy Boundaries in Peer Support.
Andrea is a Licensed Clinical Social worker in the state of North Carolina. After experiencing antenatal and postpartum anxiety her interest in maternal mental health flourished. She has been volunteering with Postpartum Education and Support (NC) for 4+ years. Andrea has obtained the PSI Certificate in Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care and is currently participating in PSI’s Social Support Webinar program. Session title: Self-Disclosure & Healthy Boundaries in Peer Support.
Alexia Johnstone, MA, LMHC
Alexia is a licensed mental health counselor and expressive arts therapist. In 2011, Alexia experienced perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, as well as PTSD from her child’s premature birth and stay in the NICU. Alexia has worked in community mental health for the past decade, and specializes in traumainformed child, adolescent, and family therapy, particularly within educational settings. Today, Alexia is transitioning her practice to include working with mothers affected by mental health issues, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through her new private practice. She provides professional training on PMADs to community mental health agencies working with new mothers and their families, and is an active peer support volunteer and advocate. She is a Team Massachusetts Worcester County Climb Out of the Darkness 2016 Co-leader. Session title: Self-Disclosure & Healthy Boundaries in Peer Support.
Joyce Miner, LMHC
Joyce Miner is a licensed mental health counselor in Massachusetts working primarily with children and their parents on a variety of mental health needs. Her main goal in working with parents has always been teaching them to be an advocate for their children and being able to identify and meet their needs emotionally. After her son was born, at three months postpartum, she was rocked with anxiety, intrusive thoughts, insomnia and panic attacks. This impacted her work significantly because the clinical content that was being discussed in her therapy sessions became suggestible. She believes in using her lived experience to help show empathy while maintaining healthy and professional boundaries. She feels that she has more empathy for clients and thinks that sharing lived experiences validates others and helps eliminate the feeling of being the only one who feels this way. Joyce is a Warrior Mom Ambassador and volunteer for Postpartum Progress. Session title: Self-Disclosure & Healthy Boundaries in Peer Support.
Margaret Rice, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, WHNP-BC, ONP-C
Margaret Rice is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Boston, Massachusetts. She specializes in Adult Primary Care, Women’s Health, Orthopedics and Substance Abuse. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Policy and Management at Providence College, Providence, RI and Masters of Science in Nursing at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA. Currently, she is working as an Adult/Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA and as a Substance Abuse Nurse Practitioner at Norcap Lodge Comprehensive Addictions Program in Foxboro, MA. After experiencing antenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety in 2014, she has been advocating for mothers with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and has recently started a local support group for moms in the suburban Boston area. Session title: Self-Disclosure & Healthy Boundaries in Peer Support.
Ali Kozoll has been empowering women by teaching them to become comfortable with their bodies and able express themselves through movement since 2005. She is Director of Teacher Training & Curriculum Development for S Factor, a dance-based movement practice that teaches women the language of their bodies. During her struggle with postpartum depression, she found that using movement as a type of mindfulness practice helped her to stay present, become embodied and be more gentle and loving toward her postpartum body. Frequent self-expression through dance was instrumental in her healing and recovery process and she is very grateful for the opportunity to share the practice with fellow Warrior Moms at this year’s conference. As a full-time working mama to one four year old boy, Ali strives to playfully balance her life’s calling to enhance the lives of women and her deep love for her family. Workshop title: Body Love: Mindfulness Through Movement.
Amy-Rose White, LCSW
Amy‐Rose White, LCSW is a perinatal and couples psychotherapist in private practice and founder and Executive Director of the Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. She specializes in reproductive trauma and maternal mental health treatment. She is the Southwest Regional Coordinator for Postpartum Support International as well as co‐founder and former Executive Director of WellMama Maternal Mental Health Services in Eugene, OR. She has twenty years of social work experience with perinatal and multi‐stressed families and a passion for trauma responsive care, prevention of birth trauma PTSD, promoting early childhood mental health and child abuse prevention. She is also the proud mother of two rambunctious boys and a survivor of PPD and PPPTSD. Session title: Do What You Can Do: Volunteer Advocacy.
Sandy Celauro suffered and recovered from postpartum depression, anxiety and OCD in 2011. Determined to share her story, help other women and raise awareness, she wrote a memoir titled Dancing on the Edge of Sanity, using the pen name Ana Clare Rouds. Celauro attended the 2014 PSI conference and the 2015 Warrior Mom Conference, and she is a PSI volunteer coordinator. Also a certified instructor in MOSSA Group Active and Zumba, Celauro loves physical activity and enjoys encouraging others to stay healthy and fit. Exercise and movement have helped Celauro manage her lifelong struggle with anxiety and played an important role in her recovery from PPD. Workshop title: Warrior Mom Dance Party.
Born and raised in Maryland, Emily has Old Bay in her veins. She suffered PPA after the birth of each of her three children born in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Having been raised by freethinkers, Emily is devout in her faith in secular humanism. She has been a yoga practitioner since 1996 and a yoga teacher since 2011. When she’s not advocating for maternal mental health or teaching yoga, she can be found working as a labor and delivery and postpartum Doula. In her “free time” she maintains a fruit and vegetable garden large enough to feed her family and spends as much time outdoors as the weather will allow. Workshop title: Yoga & Meditation.
Sarah is a Warrior Mom Ambassador and a hardworking advocate in her community of Gainesville, FL. She has a background in Electrical Engineering, however, since experiencing postpartum depression, and it leading to major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder, she has felt the need to help moms in her community. To be able to do this more effectively, she has begun working on her Certificate of Public Health. She also loves cross stitch and knitting and enjoy creating her own cross stitch patterns. Workshop title: Warrior Mom Cross Stitch.
Danielle Nelson, LSW
Danielle is a mom of three and social worker living in Maine. She loves the ocean, reading, fiber arts, writing, cooking allergy friendly food for her family and dreaming about Jamie Fraser. She sometimes blogs at www.velveteenmama.com. Workshop title: Handwork as Stress Relief – Warrior Mom Yarn Circle.
Kristin Jacobsen is a nationally certified pre- and postnatal fitness instructor, with certifications in Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby, Stroller Barre and Body Back, and FIT4MOM running. She has one seven-year-old daughter and is the proud owner of FIT4MOM DuPont & Lacey in Washington state. She believes that that fitness is for everybody and is committed to advocating for health and wellness wherever you are on your journey. Kristin is a Climb Out of the Darkness® team leader, four years running, and is a Postpartum Progress Mental Health First Aid Instructor Scholar. Workshop title: Warrior Mom Walking Group/Warrior Mom Running Group.
Tara Pringle Jefferson is the founder and chief curator of Bloom Beautifully, a self-care subscription box designed to help overwhelmed women find their inner peace. She is also host of the national #HereWeGrow Self-Care Retreat, which draws women from around the country for a weekend of reflection and sisterhood every fall. In 2015 Tara released The Good Life: Pep Talks for Solopreneurs based on her years running a business as a one-woman shop. When she’s not speaking to help women live more authentically joyful lives, she’s catching up on new episodes of Veep and old episodes of Scrubs. She lives with her husband and two children in Ohio. Workshop title: Your Self Care Plan.
Candice Brothers is a fine artist that studied painting and printmaking at The Art institute of Boston at Lesley University. After many adventures she and her husband settled in the woods of Pepperell, MA. Candice stays at home to raise her two busy boys. In between light saber battles and epic LEGO building, Candice finds time to support moms in her community and online. She loves leading her Climb Out of the Darkness event at Walden Pond, Concord MA and being a volunteer through the Warrior Mom Ambassadors program at Postpartum Progress. Candice strongly believes in telling her story to let other moms know they are not alone in the struggle of maternal mental illness. Workshop title: Color Me Calm.
Natasha Thomas, MD
Dr. Natasha Thomas is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Diplomat of the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. She specializes in reproductive psychiatry, focusing on the psychiatric care of women during pregnancy and the postpartum period, mood and functioning changes associated with menstruation and menopause, and recovery from sexual trauma. She is a certified sex therapist and provides counsel to individuals and couples hoping to reestablish, or create, healthy sexual functioning and positive attitudes about intimacy. Dr. Thomas also treats adults facing concerns such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD and more.
She is a Daytona Beach, Florida native and began her educational career at Spelman College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Writing. In 2006, she graduated from Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami with her Doctor of Medicine degree and a passion to pursue training in Psychiatry. She was accepted into the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at the University of Maryland/Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, which is rated as one of the top 10 psychiatric hospitals in the United States (#6). While there, she was selected to serve as a Chief Resident. Dr. Thomas has enjoyed practicing in the Metro Atlanta area for the past 6 years and in 2014 earned a certificate in sex therapy from the Florida Postgraduate Sex Therapy Training Institute.
Dr. Thomas believes it is an honor to serve as a psychiatrist and truly enjoys her work with her patients. She also enjoys family time, reading, travel, dining, and the arts. Session Title: Preparing for Another Child After PPD.
Betsy Schwartz, MSW
Betsy Schwartz oversees the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program at the National Council for Behavioral Health; MHFA is a public education program taught throughout the USA by over 10,000 instructors. This international program is an evidence based practice positioned to become as common as First Aid and CPR. In addition to MHFA, Ms. Schwartz has led a project designed to foster innovative social work education program linking integrated care academic education with field placement experiences in 28 graduate schools in the US. She led an integrated care initiative working with national voluntary health organizations to increase access to behavioral healthcare for people with chronic illnesses. Ms. Schwartz also leads collaboration with private foundations including a national partnership with the Born This Way Foundation, a program created by Lady Gaga to address youth mental health issues.
Prior to coming to the National Council, Schwartz was CEO of the Mental Health America of Greater Houston for 30+ years. During her tenure, she was a consultant to the National and Texas MHA. She led the nonprofit to expand its mental health initiatives, becoming a national leader in women’s mental health and jail diversion initiatives for adult and juvenile justice systems while expanding the organizations’ ability to build community collaborative solutions. Schwartz is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and WK Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Alliance. Her awards include being the recipient of the Houston Psychological Association’s Public Citizen of the Year award and a 2000 Houston “Women on the Move”.
Full agenda and schedule will be made available to Warrior Mom® Conference attendees October 1st. The general schedule is as follows:
Friday, October 14th, 2016
7:30am – 12:00pm Breakfast & Morning Sessions
12:00pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Sessions
4:00pm – 5:00pm Self-Care Workshops
6:45pm – 9:45pm Warrior Mom® Dinner Banquet
Saturday, October 15th, 2016
8:00am – 12:00pm Breakfast & Morning Sessions
12:00pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Sessions
4:00pm – 5:00pm Self-Care Workshops
5:00pm – 5:30pm Closing Ceremony