Kevin Hines is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (19 years of age), he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall, and the only one to regain full physical mobility. He is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. Today, Kevin dedicates his life to saving lives by spreading the message of hope and sharing his art of living mentally well. He is one of the most respected and admired voices of lived experience. Kevin’s story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder for us to love the life we have.
M. David Rudd, PhD is President at the University of Memphis. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (National Academies of Science) committee for the Assessment of Resiliency and Prevention Programs for Mental and Behavioral Health in Service Members and their Families. He continues his affiliation with the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah, as co-founder and scientific director. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Division 12 and Division 29), the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (a founding fellow). He was recently elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Scholar of the National Academies of Practice in Psychology. He has authored several books, including Treating Suicidal Behavior (2001, Guilford, 2nd printing in 2004) and Suicide Science: Expanding the Boundaries (2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers), The Assessment and Management of Suicidality: A Pocket Guide (Professional Resource Press, 2006, The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (with Joiner, VanOrden, & Witte) from the American Psychological Association Press, and the recently published Managing Suicide Risk in Primary Care (with Craig Bryan). Dr. Rudd has testified seven times before the U.S. Congress, both House and Senate, on issues related to veterans and suicide.
Jenna Heise has over 22 years working in the field of behavioral health as a nationally certified counselor and administrator in all types of setting with all ages. She graduated with her Bachelors from Texas Tech University and then her Master’s degree in Creative Arts in Therapy and Counseling from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She has served as the statewide Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Behavioral Health Program Services division with the Health and Human Services Enterprise in Texas since October 2010. She oversees all suicide care services in the public mental health system, implements/analyzes suicide prevention legislation, is project director for the federal statewide youth suicide prevention grant and serves as the subject matter expert for suicide prevention. She graduated in December 2014 from the Health and Human Services Commission Leadership Academy. In 2013 she was the recipient of the annual Division’s Vision and Mission Award and then had the honor of the distinguished Exceptional Employee Award in 2015. She was recognized by the field of Suicide Prevention in Texas in 2013 with a new award created for her dedication, entitled, Statewide Systems Suicide Prevention Leadership Award at the annual suicide prevention statewide symposium where she has been a plenary speaker for the last several years. Along with presenting at several National and statewide webinars, presentations and workshops on Suicide Prevention, Jenna is trained in several best practice suicide prevention, intervention and postvention programs and is a Master trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and Ask about Suicide to Save a Life. She has written statewide RFP’s for suicide prevention as well as been a federal peer reviewer for several Suicide Prevention federal grants. She contributed to two articles outlining her statewide suicide prevention strategies and the intersection of crisis services and zero suicide efforts in Texas that appeared in National Council on Behavioral Health Magazine (2013, 2015). She serves as Faculty for the Zero Suicide Institute presenting and training in Zero Suicide Academies and Workshops nationally. In 2015 and 2016 she was invited to the White House for two special events focusing on suicide prevention.
David V Sheehan, MD MBA DLFAPA
David V. Sheehan, M.D., M.B.A. is Distinguished University Health Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He was Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychiatric Research and Director of the Depression and Anxiety Disorders Research Institute at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences. He completed his residency training in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. At Harvard Medical School, where he was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, he was on the full-time faculty for 12 1/2 years. He was the Director of Anxiety Research and Director of the Psychosomatic Medicine Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has written over 550 abstracts and 300 publications including a bestseller The Anxiety Disease (which sold over ½ a million copies). He has edited / served on the editorial board of 9 books/monographs and is the author of 2 eBooks on suicidality. Cumulatively, his publications have been cited over 25,000 times (ResearchGate) and over 26,000 (Google Scholar). He has been invited to give over 2000 lectures in 69 countries throughout the world on anxiety and mood disorders, suicidality, measurement based care, psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry. He was elected as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a Charter Member of the National Academy of Inventors. Among other honors, he has been included in “The Best Doctors in America” published by Woodward/White Inc. every year from 1992 until his retirement in 2010.
Dr. PrettyPaint has 35 years of experience as an educator and researcher. She is a leading authority on student retention, indigenous evaluation, and prevention with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities and schools. Dr. PrettyPaint serves as vice president for indigenous knowledge transfer at KAI. She provides administrative oversight and management for a holistic, evidence-based, strategic, cultural approach to training and technical assistance (TTA), community-based planning, implementation, data collection, data analysis, and reporting. Dr. PrettyPaint has delivered TTA on community readiness assessments, strengthening service delivery systems, strategic action planning, substance abuse prevention, and mental health promotion. Dr. PrettyPaint provides TTA to: tribal governments; county, state, territory, and federal agency representatives; elementary and secondary schools and post-secondary colleges and universities; public and private consumers; Indian health organizations; national organizations; researchers; evaluators; advocates; and key leadership stakeholders.
Carrie Holliday, PhD ARNP
Carrie Holliday is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at Washington State University College of Nursing. Her area of research includes a wide range of topics related to suicide including assessment, risk management and treatment and suicide training for healthcare providers. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner, she practices in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In practice, her areas of expertise include suicide, substance use, adolescents and working with the AI/AN population.
Ms. Kirkwood is the Youth Suicide Intervention Coordinator for the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). She was responsible for developing Oregon's legislatively mandated Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan (2016-2020) and its implementation and is charged with implementing the 2015 Oregon law (SB 561) requiring Community Mental Health Programs (CMHPs) to report suicide deaths to OHA.
SB 561 charges OHA with organizing CMHPs in 36 counties to work with medical examiners and other authorities to report suicides of individuals 24 years or younger within 7 days of death. This reporting allows OHA to identify clusters and potential clusters and provide technical assistance or funds to avoid contagion. The legislation also requires OHA to provide technical assistance to CMHPs as they develop information-sharing and postvention protocols in cooperation with schools, youth-serving agencies and other partners.
David Dickinson, MA
David A. Dickinson, Regional Administrator, SAMHSA Region X, has 40 years’ experience in the field of behavioral health, working in clinical service delivery as a counselor, program manager, and agency director, as well as serving in leadership positions in State government in Kansas and Washington. His clinical career also included service delivery in California, Colorado, and Oregon. Prior to his position as SAMHSA Regional Administrator for DHHS Region X, David served as the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) in the Department of Social and Health Services, State of Washington.
Rep. Steve Eliason earned his Bachelors of Science in accounting and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah. He currently works as a Finance Director at the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics and lives in Sandy, Utah. He is the President of the Board of Trustees for The Road Home and Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, he is also a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives representing District 45 since January 1, 2011.
Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall is a former high school principal, student service director and associate superintendent with the Provo City School District. He has been involved with suicide prevention for the past twenty years and has personally been involved with over fifty-three suicides as a first responder or consultant. For over fifteen years Dr. Hudnall has been the team leader of a state-wide suicide crisis team that has responded to over twenty youth suicides including a fourth grader who took his life on a school campus and a suicide contagion where five students from one school took their lives. He is the founder of HOPE4UTAH, a non-profit grass roots organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in Utah. The school-based program, “HOPE Squads” has been responsible for over 1,000 students referred for help and is in over 200 schools Dr. Hudnall was invited to testify before the United States Surgeon General on suicide in Utah and has trained over 40,000 Utah residents in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. In July 2015 Dr. Hudnall was invited by Dr. David Jones from the White House to participate in a national webinar on African Americans and suicide in the U.S. He is considered as one of Utah’s leading experts in community and school-based suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.
Retired Magistrate Judge Jack Varin graduated from the University Of Idaho College of Business in 1968 and the University of Idaho Law School in 1971. He served as the Camas County Prosecuting Attorney for 12 years and was in private practice until his appointment to the bench in 1985. In 2007, he retired after 22 years of judicial service, the last 13 years as a juvenile court judge serving 5 south-central Idaho Counties. From 2007 to 2013 he served as a Senior Judge working with the Administrative Office of the Supreme Court. During his judicial career he served on many court and other statewide committees and commissions including several committees focusing on mental health and substance abuse and the courts involvement in these cases. In 1996 he was awarded the Kramer Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration by Idaho Supreme Court. In 2006 he was awarded the John Schuler Award by the Idaho Juvenile Justice Association for Outstanding Contribution in Juvenile Corrections. He and his wife Cindy now enjoy visiting and babysitting their 4 grandchild.
John R. Reusser, LCSW
Idaho Native and founding Director John Reusser began his career in crisis intervention as a volunteer at the Crisis Clinic of King County in Seattle, becoming a trainer, paid phone worker and phone room supervisor there before returning to Idaho to work on the Region IV IDHW Mobile Crisis Unit and in the St. Alphonsus emergency department. He is a member of the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention, a board member of the Livewilder Foundation, Contact USA, and Radio Boise. John is also a Designated Examiner, and a Certified ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Trainer. John enjoys parenting his 11 year old son, mountain biking, hosting a show on our local community radio station, Radio Boise, and fortune telling.
Dr. Terresa Humphries-Wadsworth, Ph.D. is the Director of Suicide Prevention at the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming. She is a licensed psychologist. With over 25 years of experience specializing in rural community mental health and substance abuse treatment, she has worked extensively as a clinician and community change advocate. She has developed an innovative hospitalization diversion treatment approach for working with suicidal clients in rural communities ,called Family Centered Brief Intensive Treatment (FC-BIT). In prevention, she is co-developer of a Community Readiness for Suicide Prevention assessment that focuses on substantive activity, capacity, and sustainability of effort in suicide prevention. Over the past several years, Dr. Humphries-Wadsworth has led efforts in suicide prevention at the community, regional, state, and national levels. Her work has attracted the attention of the American Association of Suicidology, the Suicide Prevention Research Center, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Misty Vaughan Allen, MA became the Suicide Prevention Coordinator of Nevada in December 2005. She works together with local advisory groups and community coalitions, providing oversight and leadership to launch new suicide prevention programs in communities across Nevada. Ms. Allen is currently part of the Safe Schools Healthy Students Commission with the Washoe County School District. As the Suicide Prevention Coordinator, she facilitates the development of Nevada’s Suicide Prevention plan consistent with the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Ms. Allen graduated with her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She began her journey to prevent suicide as the coordinator for the Suicide Prevention Hotline of Nevada, a program of the Crisis Call Center in Reno. Ms. Allen advocates for suicide prevention resources to help create change for Nevadans. She is the proud mother of Luke and Madelynne who assist her with suicide prevention events across the state.
Suicide Prevention Plan Program Manager, WA Department of Health
When I was six years old, my family moved from a third world country to California, and I learned two lessons that have always stuck with me. First, the world is full of very different yet amazing people and cultures. And second, with my loving family and the opportunities I've had, I am more fortunate than many people.
My journeys took me across several continents and nonprofit work introduced me to working with children, the poor, the sick, the mentally ill, and the traumatized. It is through these experiences that I realized my greatest passion is advocating for human rights and empowering the oppressed.
Along with my M.A. in Forensic Psychology, these experiences have increased my cultural understanding, adaptability, counseling skills, and firsthand knowledge of many human rights issues. I recently received my Master of Social Work focusing on management, policy, and evaluation. I am looking for new opportunities to continue advocating for underserved communities.
Kim Kane, MPA
Kim Kane, MPA is the Program Manager for the Suicide Prevention Program in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Public Health. Before coming to IDHW, Kim was the Program Director for the Idaho Lives Project, which fosters connectedness and resilience throughout Idaho school communities to prevent youth suicide. She is a member and co-founder of the Idaho Governor’s Council on Suicide Prevention and the former Executive Director of the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho (SPAN Idaho). Kim is a certified trainer with the Sources of Strength ongoing youth well-being program and with the QPR Institute for the QPR (Question, Persuade & Refer) suicide prevention program. She also is trained in the Certified Psychological Autopsy Program from the American Association of Suicidology. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, and a master’s degree in public administration, both from Kansas State University.
Arnold W Thomas is a member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Nations of the Great Basin region in the Western United States. Mr. Thomas has received National certification as the first ever Chaplain from the American Indian Tribal Faith traditions. In 2011, he was ordained as a “Holy One”. From 2004 through 2014, he conducted Traditional Ceremonies for the Salt Lake City Veteran’s Medical hospital. Arnold obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1999 and is the owner of a successful motivational speaking consulting firm, White Buffalo Knife Incorporated, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Charlotte Roderique is a member of the Burns Paiute Tribe. She has worked and been involved with tribal issues, tribal causes, and tribal government for 49 years. Her education began at Chemawa Indian School, public school, and culminated with graduation from Chilocco Indian School, Chilocco, Oklahoma.
After graduating from high school, she entered a college prep program at the University of Denver. While attending the University, she followed the Native Militant Movement along with many Natives in the Denver area. Native rights have always been a motivator in her life. Her involvement with tribal issues started when she returned to Oregon and volunteered for the Burns Paiute Colony’s Business Committee, she interpreted many documents and worked with the committee to seek Federal Recognition, which was concluded in 1968–the Wada-tika Band of Northern Paiutes became the Burns Paiute Tribe. After tribal recognition, the tribe began work on establishing a land base and the Burns Paiute Reservation was secured in 1972. She worked in tribal administration for a number of years then moved 150 miles south and took a position with USPHS as a Substance Abuse/Mental Health Specialist, retiring after 23 years. She returned home after retirement and has served 6 years as a Tribal Council Member, Chair for the Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation, President of the NUMU Allotment Association, and numerous other native and community activities and organizations. She is very committed to the preservation of “Mother Earth” and vocal on protection efforts for those who cannot speak for themselves—water, plants, wildlife, soils, and air—to name a few.