Presenters & Speakers

Keynote Speakers

FRIDAY | Betty Moseley-Brown, President of the Women Marines Association

Betty Moseley Brown was installed as the 19th President of the Women Marines Association on September 4, 2012, at the National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is known across the nation as a Veteran’s advocate and she is never shy about sharing an “OOHRAH” with her audiences. Betty Moseley Brown is no stranger to Veterans and their benefits and services. She is an example of how many Veterans transition from wearing the uniform to serving Veterans and their families; she does this as a passion and a career.

Betty enlisted in the Marines in 1978 and served until 1992 in various billets, from a MEPs Liaison to canvassing Marine Corps Recruiter. Betty worked as a federal government employee with the Marine Corps at MCRD San Diego before joining the Department of Veterans Affairs in San Diego and later moving to Washington, DC. In 2004, Betty Moseley Brown assumed the position of Associate Director, Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC and earned her Doctorate of Education in 2006 from the University of Sarasota.

In September 2016, Dr. Moseley Brown was awarded the Dickey Chapelle Award; honoring the memory of the late Dickey Chapelle, an American foreign correspondent who first covered Marines in combat at the Battle of Iwo Jima and was killed while on patrol with a Marine Corps infantry unit engaged in combat operations against enemy forces during the Vietnam War. The award was established by the Marine Corps League to extend recognition to a woman who has contributed substantially to the morale, welfare, and well-being of the officers and men and women of the United States Marine Corps.

Betty Moseley Brown is honored (and humbled) to lead the many women who have earned the Eagle, Globe and Anchor and especially those who are members of the Women Marines Association.

SATURDAY | Ret. Major Margaret Witt, Veteran and Author: “Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights

Margaret “Margie” Witt is a decorated, 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who made history in 2010 with her successful constitutional challenge to a notorious law— known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT)—that prohibited known gays and lesbians from serving in the U.S. military. Three months after she was ordered reinstated, Congress repealed the law.

Margie was born in 1964 in Tacoma where she became, among other things, a four-sport varsity athlete at Curtis High School and a two-sport varsity athlete at Pacific Lutheran University. She received her Nursing degree from PLU in 1986 and joined the U.S. Air Force the following year. She was on active duty for over eight years and, among other assignments, served as an operating room nurse at the Wiesbaden Regional Medical Center in Germany where she tended to soldiers wounded in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. After transferring from active to reserve duty, she joined the 446 AES at McChord AFB where she served an additional ten years.  She served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch. While serving with the 446th she received a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 1998. Since then her work (as a civilian) has mostly been as a physical therapist for Spokane-area school districts and the Veterans Health Administration. In 2012 she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University. She is currently the supervisor Rehabilitation Services at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Portland. Most recently she has assumed the authorship of Math for Meds and Dimensional Analysis for Meds textbooks for nurses, created and authored for decades by Anna Curren.

In her Air Force career, Margie logged nearly 2,000 hours as a flight nurse before being suspended, in 2004, when the Air Force announced it was pursuing her discharge under DADT. After prevailing against the Air Force and the U.S. Government at trial, she reached a settlement agreement and retired from the Air Force. She continues to speak out about her challenge to DADT and to campaign for equal rights and protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. She lives with her wife, Laurie Johnson, in Portland Oregon.

A book signing for “Tell: Love, Defiance, and the Military Trial at the Tipping Point for Gay Rights” will be held after Major Witt’s keynote.

In 1993 Margie Witt, a young Air Force nurse, was chosen as the face of the Air Force’s “Cross into the Blue” recruitment campaign. This was also the year that President Clinton’s plan for gays to serve openly in the military was quashed by an obdurate Congress, resulting in the blandly cynical political compromise known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Contrary to its intent, DADT had the perverse effect of making it harder for gay servicemen and -women to fight expulsion. Over the next seventeen years, more than 13,000 gay soldiers, sailors, marines, coast guard, and airmen and -women were removed from military service. That is, until Margie Witt’s landmark case put a stop to it.

Tell is the riveting story of Major Margaret Witt’s dedicated and decorated military career as a frontline flight nurse, and of her love and devotion to her partner—now wife—Laurie Johnson. Tell captures the tension and drama of the politically charged legal battle that led to the congressional repeal of the controversial law and helped pave the way for a suite of landmark political and legal victories for gay rights. Tell is a testament to the power of love to transform hearts and minds, as well as a celebration of the indomitable spirit of Major Witt, her wife Laurie, her dedicated legal team, and the brave men and women who came forward to testify on her behalf in a historic federal trial.

Workshop Presenters

Panel: Women of Color Rising Above Adversity in the U.S. Armed Forces

Chloe Elliott | Chloe Elliott is an Air Force veteran, proud wife, and mother who is excited to use the power of computer programing languages to create software applications for web and mobile. She is a genuine life-learner who enjoys brainstorming ideas and believes with all her being that; everything can be improved upon. Chloe comes with a diverse set of work experience in: Retail, Merchandising, Outside/Inside Sales, Marketing, Admissions, Military Intelligence, Government, Energy, and Hospitality industries.

Chloe holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from University of Oregon and a Master’s degree in Business from Concordia University. Recently she has completed a Python language computer programing course from PDX Code Guild. In her spare time Chloe enjoys; heirloom tomato gardening, conceptualizing knitting patterns and programming apps for her iPhone.

Fay Stetz-Waters | In November of 2017, Fay Stetz-Waters became the 45th Oregon Circuit Court Judge in Linn County. She is the first person of color, first LGBTQ person, third woman, and second Marine to hold this position in Linn County. Fay Stetz-Waters was born in 1966 in Baltimore where she attended the oldest all-girl public high school in the country. She enlisted in the Marine Corps at seventeen as a Military Affiliated Radio System and remembers a time Morse code was the only link between family and their loved ones stationed on ships around the world. Fay served her community as a 911 dispatcher for twelve years. After that she attended Lewis and Clark Law School, graduating in 2005. She clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice, volunteered for the National Crime Victims Law Institute, served as a board member for the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence, and a member Council of Western Governments Multidisciplinary Team. She worked as a poverty law attorney, administrative law judge, Parole Board hearings officer, and civil rights investigator. Throughout her career, her respect for law and order, her work ethic, and her commitment to public service has been inspired by her time in the Marine Corps.

Kim T. Gray | Kim T. Gray is a Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) specialist with the Bureau of Land Management. She manages geospatial data, which includes working with data stewards, conducting geospatial analysis, writing and modifying Python scripts, creating maps, and troubleshooting software and hardware issues. Kim retired from the United States Coast Guard after serving twenty-one and a half years on four cutters and three shore units, in the performance of law enforcement, vessel and facilities inspections, polar operations, aids to navigation, and instructing personnel on the use of electronic navigation. Kim has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Systems Technology, with a career studies certificate in GIS, as well as an undergraduate certificate in Instructional Design and Delivery from American Military University, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saint Leo University, and an Associate’s degree in Fine Art Photography from Northern Virginia Community College.Kim’s hobbies include large-format photography and skeet shooting.

Nakeia Daniels | Nakeia Daniels is an industry professional whose business acumen, focus, and clarity of vision have assisted multiple companies through rapid and continuous transition and growth. Nakeia began her career in the United States Army at the age of 19 (serving 4 active, and 4 reserve years), and has been a public servant ever since. From the US Army, she transitioned into the state employment, as a Finance Specialist with the Maryland Transportation Authority, excelling in customer service, finance administration, business development, and sales management, and was later promoted into a senior-level Executive position in the Maryland State Highway’s Office of Equal Opportunity. Nakeia currently serves as Governor Kate Brown’s Affirmative Action Manager in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion/Affirmative Action, and has recently accepted the position of Veteran Policy Advisor to Governor Brown. Nakeia has completed a BA in Organizational Management and an MBA in Business and Marketing. Nakeia is a veteran, military spouse, mother of three, and is currently in the dissertation-phase of her Doctorate of Business Administration.

Kristin Gyford | Kristin has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a Clinical Social Work Associate and Licensed Masters Social Worker with the state of Oregon, as well as Certified Addictions Counseling Candidate with the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO).  She is trained in and utilizes evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) & Motivational Interviewing (MI). Kristin has worked in a variety of community mental health settings for the past 16 years including intensive outpatient programs, recidivism programs (Jail Diversion/Adult Drug Court) and child welfare. Kristin’s special interest include: working with veterans, Multicultural Issues , and trauma. She is bicultural and fluent in Spanish.  She served four years in the United States Air Force, AFSC: 3M0X1(Morale, Welfare and Recreation) stationed at Luke Air Force Base. Luke AFB is a major training base of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), training pilots in the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Panel: Women Veterans Program Managers

Ami Reno, LCSW, MPA | Ami Reno is the Regional Lead Women Veterans Program Manager for the Northwest Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), serving veterans at eight VA Medical Centers in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Ms. Reno’s career with Veterans Affairs began in 1998 as a social work MSW intern, coordinating inpatient discharges at the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from BSU in 1999 and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from BSU in 2007. Upon earning her MSW degree, she worked in the Boise community, providing case management; individual psychotherapy; group counseling; and crisis intervention for low-income, mentally ill adults and children. Then, in January 2000, Ms. Reno returned to the Boise VA as discharge planner for the Stepdown Unit. Over the subsequent 18 years of her VA employment, Ms. Reno has worked for the Boise VA as a Supervisor of Medical/Surgical Social Work and a Women Veterans Program Manager for the Boise VA. She has been a Regional Lead for the VISN 20 Northwest Network since 2011.  Ms. Reno currently resides in the Boise area with her husband and son. She and her family enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, bicycling and camping.

Taher Christensen, LCSW | Taher Christensen is the Women Veterans Program Manager at the Roseburg VA Medical Center and clinics in Eugene, North Bend and Brookings. Taher has been working with the VA for 9.5 years and has experience working in the Homeless program, Substance Abuse, Polytrauma and Transition in Care Management programs. Prior to coming to the VA, she worked for Child Welfare and Community Works in Jackson County. Taher is married to a retired Special Forces Soldier and they had their first child, a baby girl, in January 2018. They love traveling, spending time in national parks, and having outdoor adventures!

Jeanne A. Cone, RN, BSN | Passion about healthcare, quality of care, systems, and how this translates into improved quality of life for individuals has been the driving force behind a 43 year career in the health care field. Jeanne Cone started in a hospital setting as a nurse aid, a unit clerk and then a Registered Nurse. After attending The Christ Hospital School of Nursing, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Miami University while working full time. Experience in nursing includes ENT, plastic surgery, telemetry, surgical intensive care, cardiac catheterization lab, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and neurosurgery. Registration as a vascular sonographer and a registered health sanitarian have also occurred along her career path. Working in Public Health for 15 years encompassed a wide range of community services from well-baby care and disease outbreak investigation to code enforcement and rabies control. In 2010 Jeanne moved from the mid-west and took a position with the Jonathan M. Wainwright VA Medical Center located in Walla Walla Washington, serving areas in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. The northwest has been a great fit as she and her husband enjoy the outdoors. Jeanne has served as the Women Veterans Program Manager for 3.5 years.

Doina Cismas Jeffery, MSN, RN | Doina Cismas Jeffery is the Women Veterans Program Manager at the Southern OR VA Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City, OR,  outside or Medford.  She oversees women’s health care services at the main site in White City as well as two community clinics one in Grants Pass and one in Klamath Falls.  Prior to coming to the White City VA, she served as Director of Community Health Clinics for the New Mexico VA  Health Care System for 6 years.  She worked at the VA in Spokane, Washington as the Associate Nurse Executive for 3.5 years before moving to New Mexico.  Her experience includes Critical Care Nursing, Nursing Management, and a Consultant/Surveyor for Acute Care with Washington State Department of Health.  She has also worked as a Nursing Recruiter and on the side taught Nursing for Walla Walla University.  She is married to a wonderful husband and has a daughter, Christina, who is 13 years old.

Sarah Súñiga, PhD | Sarah Súñiga is the Women Veterans Program Manager for the VA Portland Healthcare System, which includes the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA campus as well as 9 community-based outpatient clinics. She is a clinical psychologist and has been at VAPORHCS since 2006 working with the PTSD Clinical Team and Substance Abuse Treatment Program.  Her training and prior research has been in the area of traumatic stress (childhood and adulthood sexual and physical abuse) among low income women from marginalized communities. She is also currently serving in the US Army Reserve as one of the Officers in Charge in a Combat Operational Stress Control (COSC) medical detachment.  In 2012 she deployed to Afghanistan where she was responsible for setting up COSC clinics and providing mental health services in combat areas. She shares her home with her fur companions: one dog and two cats.

Jana Iverson, BSN, MHS | Jana Iverson is the Women Veterans Program for the Boise VA Hospital and 5 Clinics that located throughout southern Idaho and in Burns, OR.  She also is the Women’s Wellness Clinic Manager on the Boise VA Campus.  She oversees women’s health care services at all 5 clinic sites as well the clinic located on the main campus Hospital.  The main campus has women who elect to travel as far away from Baker City to get their care at the Women’s Clinic.  Prior to coming to the VA Health Care system, she worked at the local trauma ICU unit for just over 20 years both as a bedside RN as well as a charge nurse.  She continues to work as a Flight Nurse on the weekends to keep her skills current.  She is raising two amazing sons, Gavin, 19 and Kyle 16.  If she isn’t found outside in her yard, she can be found watching her sons play their sports, tennis and lacrosse.

Workshops: Burn Pits, Dirty Water, Toxins: Presumptives and Benefits | What You Need to Know About Filing a MST Claim

Gus Bedwell | Gus Bedwell is a six-year Army veteran and a long time Oregonian. Following his discharge from the Army, Gus returned to Oregon with his pregnant wife to start a family. Gus began his career in veteran advocacy in 2001 as a Disabled Veteran Outreach Specialist with the Oregon Employment Department where he worked for two years, refining his skills and deepening his knowledge regarding veteran benefits and claims. In 2005, Gus accepted a position as State Veteran Service Officer with the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA). While at ODVA he led a pilot project called the Campus VSO working with several schools across Oregon. This experience allowed him to refocus his advocacy work as the Military and Veteran Resource Coordinator at Oregon State University in 2012. In 2014 Gus accepted a position with Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs as the Training and Development Specialist. During this time he has trained over 100 County Veteran Service Officers and other claims specialists in Oregon. Gus holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Western Baptist College (Corbin University) and in 2017 was awarded a Masters in Adult Education and Leadership from Oregon State University. Gus is an accredited Veteran Service Officer with the following organizations: Blinded Veterans Association, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Non Commissioned Officers Association, The Retired Enlisted Association, and the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs.

Workshop: Employment: Matching Military KSA with Civilian Jobs

Tonja Pardo | Tonja Pardo is the Director of US Department of Labor, Veterans Employment Service. She served 7 years in the US Army in Psychological Operations in South America. She is the Grant Officer Technical Representative for 5 Oregon Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants, federally funded Stand Down grants, and the WorkSource Oregon Jobs for Veterans State Grant. She and her staff investigate discrimination cases against members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve forces, and veterans via the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights (USERRA) federal law, as well as federal Veterans Preference (VP) employment complaints. The DOL VETS office also promotes employment opportunities between Oregon Companies and veterans through statewide veteran hiring initiatives. 

Rosemarie D. Harding | Rosemarie D. Harding, Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP), WorkSource Clackamas. She served in the US Army and Army National Guard for over 33 years, retiring as a Colonel in 2009. Rosemarie has a wealth of experience in military intelligence and logistics type positions and completed a combat tour in Afghanistan (Project Officer for the Afghanistan Defense University). Positions include Detachment, Company and Battalion level commands, Writer/Instructor, Battalion S3 Training Officer, Support Operations Officer, Intelligence and Security Officer at Brigade and State levels and a Joint Staff Logistic Planner. She has also held positions as a Middle/High School Teacher, Defense Contractor, and Adult Basic Skills Instructor. Since 2014 she has worked with veterans including those with significant barriers to employment such as homelessness, service-connected disability, extended unemployment, incarceration, lack of education, or underemployment, and has worked with 18-24 year old veterans and spouses of veterans to help them get back into the workforce. She continues to be a strong advocate for veterans with memberships in NGAUS, ESGR, American Legion, and VFW. Rosemarie is a lifelong learner, having completed Master’s Degrees in Education and Public Administration.

Shannon Langley | Shannon grew up in Las Vegas, NV and joined the US Army right out of high school. She served 6 years in the US Army as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical specialist and was fortunate to be stationed overseas in Germany as part of the 12th Chemical Company, 1st Infantry Brigade. After completing her assignment in Germany, she was transferred to Fort Bragg, NC where she served with the C Company, 50th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade. While stationed on Fort Bragg, she advanced to the rank of Sergeant and served as the Battalion Nuclear, Biological and Chemical training subject matter expert, as well as the Battalion Training Sergeant, overseeing the military training of 600+ personnel. She completed her enlistment with an honorable discharge and moved back to the Northwest with her husband and two sons. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Personnel Psychology and Human Resource Management from Washington State University and worked in the HR, recruiting and career counseling field for several years prior to joining the Oregon Employment Department. During her time with OED she has fulfilled many roles from Business and Employment Specialist to Veterans Representative. Currently, she is the State Veterans Program Coordinator for OED’s Veterans program and is proud to oversee a program that employs 20+ Veterans representatives that are tasked with providing one-on-one intensive employment services to veterans with barriers to employment and disabilities at multiple WorkSource locations.

Workshop: Getting Your Benefits

Carrie Lucas, Deschutes County VSO | Carrie Lucas is a Veterans Services Officer and advocate in Deschutes County. She is accredited by the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs. To date, Carrie’s passion for advocacy and attention to detail has resulted in the largest award of an appeals case granted to a veteran of Deschutes County Veterans’ Services. Her approach to assisting veterans not only focuses on the individual, but to the family unit as well. She understands the significant impact that military service can have on our veterans and their families, and strives to network with other community entities to best support our honored citizens. Her previous experience in the medical field has been integral in providing comprehensive knowledge that supports veteran’s claims for service-connected disabilities as well as understanding and applying the laws, rules, and regulations that govern veteran benefits. Carrie lives in Redmond, OR with her husband and three children. She enjoys the activities that Central Oregon has to offer, and spends her free time researching history at the National Archives.

Workshop: Medicare and VA Benefits

Jeremy Woodall | Jeremy Woodall has worked for Oregon veterans for over five years with the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. He is the Program Director and an accredited Veteran Service Officer (VSO) at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon, which he has helped stand up since its opening in 2014. A seven-year Army Reservist/Ohio National Guardsman, he is well aware of many of the opportunities and challenges veterans face. Jeremy has a keen sense of empathy and compassion, organizational care, and humor and energy which he brings to his service to the veterans he serves at the OVHL. Outside of serving veterans, Jeremy enjoys an active hobby of building farmhouse tables and a part-time gig as a piano tuner/technician. He lives in Stayton with his wife of 20 years, Heidi, their 13-year-old daughter, Quinci, and 12-year-old son, Copeland.

Workshop: Mindful Stretch Deep Yoga

Stephanie O’Donnell-Peters | Stephanie has been an LMT for seven years and has been teaching yoga for three years. The style and energy of her classes use all the rotations possible in the body to not only affect the physical body and physical benefits of yoga, but will also start to work into the energetic body. This style will leave you feeling calm, relaxed, invigorated and blissful. It will also allow your body and mind to start working together as one. 

Workshop: Military Sexual Assault/DV & Trauma

Amanda Juza-Hamrick, LICSW | Amanda grew up in Blue River Oregon, near the McKenzie River. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Norwich University, The Military College of Vermont in 2002. She spent her summers fighting wildland forest fires in the Willamette National Forest before she commissioned into the Army as a Transportation officer in December of 2002. While on active duty Amanda completed two deployments to Iraq with the 96th Transportation Company out of Fort Hood, TX. She served as a Convoy Commander and Operations Officer. Amanda resigned her commission as a Captain in December of 2008. Amanda worked for the Portland VA Medical Center’s inpatient treatment program for veterans overcoming homelessness and substance abuse while earning her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. Amanda worked at the Portland Vet Center as a readjustment counselor from March of 2011 until March of 2016 when she came to the Central Oregon Vet Center, where she currently is the Director of the Vet Center, the Women Veterans Rep and the primary Military Sexual Trauma Counselor.

Workshop: Prepare to Care

Carmel Perez Snyder | Carmel Perez Snyder is AARP Oregon’s Director of Advocacy & Outreach. She has spent more than 10 years as an advocate with AARP on issues of caregiving, fraud and Livable Communities and veterans. She comes from a military family and raised her children on Air Force bases in Texas, Virginia and Japan.

Workshop: Professional Development

Alice Quesenberry | Alice Quesenberry is the Director of Manufacturing at Qorvo in Hillsboro, Oregon. Qorvo designs and makes semiconductors for radio-frequency systems for wireless and broadband communication. She attended the United States Military Academy, West Point earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned into the US Army in 1994. On active duty, she trained at Fort Bliss, Texas for her branch, Air Defense Artillery, and served in Germany and Saudi Arabia. She joined Qorvo (formerly TriQuint Semiconductor) in 2000 and also served in the US Army Reserves, working from Vancouver Barracks in a training unit until 2004. She received an advanced degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Lehigh University in 2013. She lives in Sherwood with her three high-school aged children and is known for making amazing chocolate cakes and carving huge pumpkins.

Workshop: Red Cross: Mind Body Workshops

Sandy Ramirez | Sandy Ramirez has been a Disaster Mental Health Responder for the Red Cross since 1998. She has worked with our Disaster Action Teams (DAT), deployed nationally and throughout our region including the Oregon Wildfires and just returned from the California Wildfires. As an Army Brat and wife of a Vietnam veteran, she was drawn to our Services to Armed Forces program and has been facilitating Reconnection Workshops for military personnel and their family members for the past three years.

Workshop: Serving in Silence, a LGBTQ Veteran Perspective

Nathaniel Boehme (he/him/his) | Nathaniel has extensive experience working with veterans and servicemembers and their families in crisis since 2012. He has managed and developed programs and provided direct services to veterans and their families in Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ LGBTQ Veterans Coordinator, a first-of-its-kind position. Nathaniel has a Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology, and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. He has a Master’s degree in Sociology at Washington State University. He has served over sixteen years in the U.S. Air Force in various components, was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and continues to serve in the Oregon Air National Guard as a Munitions Systems Craftsman. 

Workshop: TBI/PTSD

Maya Elin O’Neil, Ph.D. | Dr. Maya O’Neil is a licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist at the Portland VA where she works on the Rural Telemental Health, PTSD, and Neuropsychology Services. She is also faculty in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health and Science University, and recent K12 Scholar with the OHSU AHRQ PCOR K12 program. Prior to K12 funding, she was a Core Investigator for the VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program and AHRQ Scientific Resource Center. She has led projects related to suicide prevention, mental health, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, dementia, neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, and evidence synthesis methods. As a clinician, Dr. O’Neil primarily conducts evidence-based mental health treatments for depression and PTSD (e.g., Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT, and Behavioral Activation), neurocognitive assessments, and cognitive rehabilitation with an emphasis on working with Veterans who are recently post-deployment and military service, and who often have PTSD, TBI, and other mental and physical health comorbidities. She supervises fellows and interns on the PTSD, Neuropsychology, and Inpatient Mental health rotations. She currently serves as principal- or co-investigator on six grants investigating mental health and cognitive functioning.

Workshop: Work, Family and Personal Life: Finding your Rhythm

Carrie Summers-Nomura | Carrie Summers-Nomura currently works for Morrison Child & Family Services’ Therapeutic Foster Care program as the Training Coordinator, designing and facilitating trainings for foster families. She is skilled in trauma-informed care as well as collaborative problem solving. Before coming to Morrison, she worked as a college instructor for 15 years, specializing in challenges faced within the family and unions which function as family. She has an MS in Sociology from Portland State University with specific emphasis on forms of oppression experienced by families. She has been a strong advocate for women and children for over 25 years working in multiple domestic violence services, partnering with local non-profit agencies serving families, and educating foster families how to nurture and support children who have experienced trauma.

Workshop: Write for Your Self: Learn How to Heal, Empower, and Grow with Paper and Pen

Jessica L. Lloyd-Rogers | Jessica L. Lloyd-Rogers is an award-winning writer with more than 40 years of publishing experience. She freely admits that writing saved her life and she has been journaling on and off since before she left home at the age of 14. For more than three decades she has created and facilitated writing workshops in places as varied as libraries, juvenile hall, homeless shelters, schools, and community education classes. Topics have focused on journalism, creative writing, poetry, non-fiction and journal writing. As a veteran (US Army ’75-’78) recently diagnosed with MST/PTSD, she has returned to her journal as a healing tool.