2015 Warrior Mom™ Conference Agenda

Friday, July 10th

9:00pm Warrior Mom Meet & Greet (optional evening activity – more info to follow)


Saturday, July 11th
8:30-9:30am Registration & Social Breakfast
9:30-10:00am Opening Keynote, Katherine Stone
10:00am-12:00pm Educate & Empower: Panel and Moderated Discussion on Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders, Dr. Ruta Nonacs, Mara Acel-Green, Dr. Lekeisha Sumner, & Peggy Kaufman
12:00-2:00pm Break-Out Lunch in Back Bay Boston, Postpartum Progress Hosts & NICHD Discussion Groups
2:00-3:00pm Thriving After Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Kate Kripke
3:00-4:00pm Expanding Outreach to Underserved Communities, Divya Kumar
4:00-5:00pm Self-Care Workshops
6:30-9:30pm Warrior Mom Celebration Dinner (you must RSVP)
Sunday, July 12th
8:00-9:00am Social Breakfast
9:00-10:00am Making the Most of Your Advocacy Online, Speakers TBD
10:00am-12:00pm MotherWoman Introduction and Sharing Groups, Peer Facilitators, Annette Cycon & Liz Friedman
12:00-1:00pm Closing Keynote, Katherine Stone & Deborah Rimmler

2015 Warrior Mom Conference Speakers

Mara Acel-Green, MSW, LICSW, is a psychotherapist in Watertown, MA and owner of Strong Roots Counseling. Mara has a specialty in pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to her private practice and adjunct faculty position at Northeastern University, she is the past President of the Board of Directors of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Massachusetts. Mara facilitates Clinical Conversations, a peer learning community for Boston based perinatal mental health clinicians. Mara’s written work can be seen on Huffington Post as well as on her website at www.maragreen.com. Mara was trained at Smith School for Social Work and obtained a certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Boston University.

Annette Cycon, LICSW, is MotherWoman’s Founder and Director of Training. She has designed and facilitated support groups for women for over 25 years. Annette designed, with Ms. Friedman, the MotherWoman Support Group Model and the MotherWoman Support Group Facilitator Training. She leads MotherWoman’s Support Group Facilitator Program across the country and is currently writing the MotherWoman Support Group Curriculum for postpartum mothers.

Liz Friedman, MFA, is MotherWoman’s Program Director and Founder of the Postpartum Support Initiative. In 2010, she won the TEDWomen contest for her work with MotherWoman. With Ms. Cycon, she has designed specialized trainings for professionals on perinatal emotional complications as well as the MotherWoman Support Group Model and the MotherWoman Support Group Facilitator Training. Ms Friedman sits on the Massachusetts Postpartum Depression Commission and is a co-investigator on research with psychiatrist Dr. Nancy Byatt of University of MA Medical School on Barriers to Care. Liz experienced a severe perinatal emotional crisis after the birth of her first child over 12 years ago. That experience served as the catalyst to her life’s work at MotherWoman.

MotherWoman supports and empowers mothers to create personal and social change by building community safety nets, impacting family policy and promoting the leadership and resilience of mothers.



Peggy H. Kaufman, M.Ed., LICSW is Director of The Center for Early Relationship Support at Jewish Family and Children’s Service. Peggy is on the graduate faculty at the Infant-Parent Training Institute at The Center for Early Relationship Support. Peggy has worked in various capacities with postpartum women providing direct service, supervision, and developing support and clinical intervention programs. In addition to work with mothers and mothers and babies, Peggy directed the Child Study Center at Pine Manor College and served as the child development specialist on a National Institute of Mental Health Grant at Harvard Medical School.

Peggy is presently on the Governor’s Postpartum Depression Commission and the Board of the Massachusetts Association of Infant Mental Health. For the past thirty years Peggy has been leading workshops and training locally and nationally in the areas of perinatal emotional health, infant mental health and parenting.

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 she 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.

Divya Kumar, Sc.M., CLC, PPD has a Masters in public health and is certified as a postpartum doula and lactation counselor.  In 2013, she developed a state-funded perinatal support pilot program in four community health centers in Massachusetts.  She currently provides perinatal support for women and families at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, one of the four pilot sites.  In addition, she facilitates support groups for new parents and conducts workshops about the transition to parenthood.  She has worked in the women’s health field for 16 years and has provided sexual health education, anti-violence programming, and advocacy for survivors of violence.  Divya tells it like it is and brings honesty, compassion, camaraderie, and humor to her work with new families.  She is also the mother of two children.

Dr. Ruta Nonacs received her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and her Ph.D. from Rockefeller University in New York. She completed her residency in psychiatry and her fellowship in perinatal and reproductive psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently she is a staff psychiatrist with the Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Clinical Research Program at MGH, with an appointment as an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Nonacs has received several honors and awards, including a NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) Young Investigators Award for her work on postpartum psychiatric illness in women with bipolar disorder. Her current research has focused on the course and treatment of major depression in women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She has expertise in the treatment of women with postpartum depression (using medication, as well as psychotherapy).

Her work has been published in a number of scientific journals and books in the area of women’s mental health.  She is the author of A Deeper Shade of Blue: A Woman’s Guide to Recognizing and Treating Depression in Her Childbearing Years (Simon & Schuster).

Dr. Lekeisha Sumner, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified clinical psychologist with specialization in both clinical psychology and medical psychology. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Alliant International University and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. A frequent commentator on psychological science, she has written extensively on trauma and the intersection of culture and gender in health and well-being and is an active member of the American Psychological Association.  She was commissioned by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to serve on the Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Peripartum Women committee. Dr. Sumner maintains an independent practice in Los Angeles, CA.

Lauren Hale is a two-time survivor of perinatal mood & anxiety disorders. In addition, she experienced antenatal depression during pregnancy with her second daughter. After the birth of her second daughter, Lauren was called to seek out other survivors of Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. She began blogging when she was pregnant with her son less than a year after the birth of her second child. Within 3 years of his birth, she began #PPDChat on Twitter, a community which holds moderated chats at 9:00pm ET every Monday. #PPDchat also now has a closed Facebook group with over 400 members and Lauren is working to develop an independent website for the #PPDChat community.  Visit her blog at My Postpartum Voice.

Katherine Stone is the founder and director of Postpartum Progress Inc., a national nonprofit that raises awareness of and supports women who have maternal mental illness.

In 2014 Katherine won the Iris Award in the category of Industry Influence – Philanthropic Work at the Mom 2.0 Summit. In 2013 she won the Health Activist Hero Award at the annual WEGO Health Awards, and was placed in Babble.com’s Mom BloggerHall of Fame. In 2012, she was named one of the fiercest women in America as part of More magazine’s annual Fierce List. She also has been selected as a WebMD Health Hero, and received the 2010 Bloganthropy Award, given for using social media to make a difference, as well as a 2011 Media Award from Mental Health America, given for outstanding coverage and portrayals of mental health issues during the previous year. Katherine has been featured by CNN, the Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL, PBS, The Today Show, HLN, ABC News, iVillage, Health.com, the Washington Post and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution among others. Prior to joining the world of bloggers and tweeters, she spent seven years in marketing at The Coca-Cola Company. Follow her on Twitter at @postpartumprog.

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