About Our Presenters
Rebecca Ayling is a social worker who received her master’s degree at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. She began her formal social work career in 2008 with New Hampshire’s Division of Children, Youth and Families and then England’s Children’s Services programs. In 2015 Rebecca began to work in counter trafficking internationally, after an impactful internship experience (2005) in India. In 2017 Rebecca returned to the United States and began working with Child and Family Services of New Hampshire (now Waypoint) to build a Human Trafficking Victim Services Program.
Tana Bridge, PhD, LMSW is a professor of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. Her advanced studies include a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Wayne State University. Dr Bridge is recognized for her passion, expertise, and skills in engagement. She has a 25-year track record of excellence in teaching, service, and professional consulting.
Dr. Bridge’s expertise in trauma, ethical practice and collaboration are common threads in all areas of engagement. Dr. Bridge currently serves on many local and state-wide committees and is the Governor’s appointed chair to the State of Michigan Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. She is well regarded for training across the United States in trauma, vicarious trauma, and ethics.
Dr. Bridge has several awards and certifications. She is the recipient of a Trauma and Loss Consultant of the Year Award from the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and the Marshall Service Award, Excellent Teachers Engaging Alumni Award and the distinguished Ronald W. Collins Award. She is licensed in both clinical and macro practice. She holds several advanced certifications including Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional.
Dr. Adam Burch joined the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services in January 2019 and is tasked with reducing the unnecessary prescription of opioids for pain related to chronic. He brings 10 years of clinical practice experience teaching chronic pain patients how to achieve a higher quality of life without permanent dependence upon prescription pain medications using evidence based self-management strategies.
Jude Thaddeus Currier, LICSW Currently in private practice, Jude has been a social worker for over 30 years. His experience in the field has been wide ranging, including child protective social work, home based psychotherapy, emergency room psychiatric assessment and community mental health. Today Jude’s private practice focuses on helping parents create and maintain healthy, safe and balanced home environments for their children. As one of only a few Spanish speaking clinicians in the State of New Hampshire, Jude has intersected with the Latino community for most of his career and strives to make mental health services available and approachable to those representing all races, cultures, orientations and faiths. Jude has been a proud member of NASW since 1992.
Patrick Dawson, Derry NH Police Department was born and raised in New Hampshire. He attended Plymouth State University for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. He has worked for a variety of agencies, ranging from a sheriff’s department to municipalities and from a department with only four sworn officers to over sixty officers. The focus of his Master’s degree was to research and attempt to better understand stress in law enforcement and preventative measures. He is currently a Patrol Sergeant with opportunities to focus on advanced drug and alcohol impairment, crime scene processing, interview and interrogations, accident reconstruction, and crises negotiations.
Bette Freedson, LBette Freedson, LCSW, LICSW, CGP, is a clinical social worker, a certified group psychotherapist, and popular speaker. Ms Freedson is the author of Soul Mothers’ Wisdom: Seven Insights for the Single Mother. Her new book is Other Realms, Other Ways: A Clinician’s Guide to the Magic of Psychotherapy. Bette is a contributing author to Ericksonian Therapy Now: The Master Class with Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD (Zeig, Tucker, 2018.) She was a guest blogger for Somatic Psychotherapy Today from 2016-2018. Trained in clinical hypnosis, Bette Freedson specializes in stress management, creating resilience for children and parents, recovery from trauma, and the development of intuitive insight. Bette Freedson is an proud member of NASW since 1985, currently participating on the roster of the specialty practice section on Children, Adolescents and Young Adults. (CAYA) Bette resides and practices in South Berwick, Maine.
Sarah Gilman, MSW earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire, where she graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2006. She has been working as a Medical Social Worker for over 15 years. She has worked in a variety of medical settings to include Home Health, Hospice and Palliative care. She has presented and facilitated at numerous community events. Sarah has worked as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Manchester Community College in Manchester, NH. Presently, Sarah is a Care Manager within the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and she is the chair of the practice counsel for Continuing Care Managers.
John C Gramuglia is the former Chief of Mental Health for the Vermont Department of Corrections and the former President of the Vermont NASW. Currently, he is an adjunct professor in the University of Southern California’s Virtual Academic Center and has a private practice in Plymouth, NH. Mr. Gramuglia has been a trainer for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of Brown University since 2009, specializing in clinical supervision and delivering addiction treatment. Mr. Gramuglia has a 25 year plus history of working with both adults and adolescents.
Megan Kolb, MSW, earned her M.S.W. from Simmons College with a concentration in Mental Health and Addictions in 2018. Megan has worked at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for the last 2 years as a Social Worker in both the Emergency Department and currently Critical Care areas. As the only Level 1 Trauma Center in New Hampshire, she has created social work practices and protocols to better serve all patients in both the Emergency Department and Medical ICU. Megan is the Chair of the Social Work Practice Council through the Office of Care Management and currently undergoing supervision to obtain her LICSW. Proud member of NASW since 2018.
Whitney Hammond, MSW MPH is the Director of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening Section at the Department of Health and Human Services in New Hampshire. She has worked in this position for the past 8 years overseeing the cancer, diabetes, heart disease, oral health, arthritis and asthma programs. Prior to that she worked as a Consultant at Dartmouth College where she helped organizations to develop delivery systems to implement evidence-based recovery services. She is passionate about addressing population health through clinical and community strategies with a focus on serving individuals who experience disparities in health related to social issues.
Carol Hart, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Tilton, NH. She has long been interested in the stewardship of our planet in the context of her lifelong journey of spiritual inquiry. In 2001, Carol began studying subtle energy, earned certification in Thought Field Therapy and became a member of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP). She is the ACEP NH State Representative, on the membership committee, and is also a member of the New Hampshire Medical Reserve Corp and Behavioral Health Response Team. Proud member of NASW since 1996.
Chelsey Helmke, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker serving children and families through a private play therapy practice on the seacoast. She graduated from Wheelock College with her BSW in 2014 and completed her MSW through the University of New England in 2015. Chelsey worked in community mental health in Maine until she launched her private practice. She is trained in play therapy, attachment based techniques, and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Chelsey is a proud member of the NASW and serves as co-chair of the Children’s Issues Committee for NH NASW.
Savitri Horrigan is a Population Health Program Manager at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) based out of Manchester, NH. Her work is focused on advancing equity and opportunity by transforming the system of care so all people have sexual and reproductive freedom. Part of her role includes leading outreach efforts with communities affected by inequality and oppression, poverty and homelessness, trauma and mental health challenges, incarceration, and substance use disorders. A MSW graduate of University of Connecticut, Proud member of NASW since 2017 and chairs the Diversity Awareness Committee in NH.
Gerri King, Ph.D., social psychologist and organizational consultant, works with educational, social service, healthcare, corporate, industrial, non-profit, and governmental clients throughout the United States and abroad. Gerri is also a facilitator and keynote speaker, presenting at numerous multinational, national, and regional conferences and seminars throughout the year. Dr. King’s expertise includes a wide range of topics such as supervisory skills, team building, resolving conflicts and effective communication, motivating workforces, the dynamics of change, strategic planning, why people avoid success, and the changing role of leadership in the 21st century, creating a Blame-Free and Gossip-Free work environment. Dr. King facilitates staff and executive retreats, departmental and cross-departmental conflict resolution efforts, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning sessions, and mission & vision development. Gerri is a founding partner and President of the consulting and counseling firm Human Dynamics Associates, Inc. of Concord NH and the author of The Duh! Book of Management and Supervision: Dispelling Common Leadership Myths.
Maria Koehler, MSW is a continuing care manager at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s Worker’s Compensation Center. She has worked in healthcare for 10 years in Care Management and also helped to create the Honoring Care Decisions program advocating for patients when they were unable to speak for themselves, and held an organizational faculty position for Respecting Choices. She holds an Excellence in Quality award from DHMC for QI work done at the NCCC and is involved in shared governance. She graduated with honors from the MSW program at University of New England and holds a degree in Psychology from Ball State University.
Kelly Laflamme leads the Endowment for Health’s Healthy Aging Initiative, where she has helped to establish the NH Alliance for Healthy Aging and the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging. For ten years, she directed the foundation’s work to advance health equity, and created the foundation’s place-based Immigrant Integration Initiative. Kelly previously coordinated the New Hampshire Child Advocacy Network and worked as a Program Assistant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She earned a Master’s in Public Administration at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from La Salle University.
Sarah Lovell received her MSW from Boston University in 2017 and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Sarah has been working with adults living with brain injury since 2014 in both acute care and community-based settings. As the Members Services Coordinator at Krempels Center in Portsmouth, NH, Sarah supports individuals living with brain injury and their families adjust to life post-injury through their involvement in the Krempels Center community. She is passionate about helping individuals living with brain injury identify their strengths, goals, and next steps in life.
Rebecca MacKenzie, Rebecca MacKenzie, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Claremont, NH and Windsor, VT. She began sharing her concern for environmental degradation and its effects on all life in a graduate class on International Social Work in 1999. She has focused on this work as a community advocate since 2011. Her work with the International Transformational Resilience Coalition creates conversations within the public and private sectors to build capacity for resilience due to the unfolding climate crisis. She is a member of the NH Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team. Proud member of NASW since 1997.
Laura Milliken, Esq., is the Director of Spark NH, the governor-appointed early childhood advisory council. She is an attorney who has spent her career working with and on behalf of families, particularly low-income families and victims of domestic violence. In 2011, Laura decided she wanted to help families before they were in crisis – by moving to the prevention side of the work. She believes strongly that by ensuring all families have equal access to the developmental opportunities for their children that build healthy brain architecture, we can prevent the kinds of crises she addressed for years and create thriving communities for NH.
Ken Norton, LICSW is the Executive Director of NAMI NH, Ken developed NAMI NH’s Connect Suicide Prevention program, and has served as a subject matter expert for SAMHSA, DoD, and the VA and presented nationally and internationally. Ken has lived experience as a family member with: mental illness, addiction and suicide.
Jennifer Rabalais is Co-Director for the Center on Aging and Community Living and Project Director for the Institute on Disability (IOD), at the University of New Hampshire, where she advances strategies that support older adults to live and age in communities of their choice. For over 20 years, Jennifer has worked on programs for older adults, individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as chronically and acutely ill populations in community-based settings. She coordinates the NH Alliance for Healthy Aging, participates in the NH Coalition for Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Aging, and serves on the Board of NAMI NH. She earned a Master’s in Psychology from Pepperdine University.
Lee Pozzi Rush, LICSW is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire, where she has served as MSW Field Coordinator for many years. Her teaching interests include student field instruction, supervision, ethics & the use of technology in social work. She also maintains a private practice in Bedford, NH. Her professional workshops have included: a two day workshop series on Clinical Supervision as well as 3 hr workshops: “Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice”, “Ethics in Housing First”, “Ethics and the Use of Technology in Social Service”, and “The Use of Boundaries in Social Service Delivery”. She also presented at the first and second NH-NASW Conference on the topic of “NASW’s Code Revisions – Addressing Ethics and Technology”.
Bernie Seifert, LICSW, earned her MSW degree from Boston University in 1984 and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Hampshire since 1988. She is currently the Director of Adult Programs at NAMI NH, and is also on staff at the Northern New England Geriatric Education Center at the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging. She has been involved with NASW for many years, having served as the NASW NH Chapter Board President from 2015-17, and currently as a member of the NASW Board of Directors at the national level. Proud NASW member since 1986.
Lawrence Shulman, M.S.W., Ed.D. is a former Professor of Social Work and Dean at the School of Social Work, the University at Buffalo. He is been leading his own pro-bono direct group work practice, usually with single parents, married couples, students suspended from school for violence, and persons with AIDS in early recovery. He has done extensive research on the core helping skills in social work practice, supervision, and child welfare. Dr. Shulman is used widely as a training consultant in direct practice, family work, group work, supervision, field instruction, administration, residential treatment and the skills of working with other professionals. Dr. Shulman published numerous articles on practice and is the author of ten books. These include: Dynamics and Skills of Group Counseling, 2011; The Skills of Helping Individuals, Families, Groups and Communities, 8th Edition, 2018, both by Cengage Publishers; Mutual Aid Groups, Vulnerable and Resilient Populations and the Life Cycle,3rd edition, 2005 (Co-edited with Dr. Alex Gitterman of Columbia University), Columbia University Press. Dr. Shulman was the author of the entry on supervision and consultation in the last three editions of the Social Work Encyclopedia, published by the National Association of Social Workers. He has also authored a book entitled Interactional Supervision, 3rd edition, published in 2010 by the National Association of Social Workers Press.
Brooke Sheehan is a Doctor of Social Work, graduating from Walden University in 2019, as well as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her graduate degree from Springfield College School of Social Work in 2015. She currently works in the field of corrections and has been involved in this type of work since 2014. Brooke has had experience working with both incarcerated male and female populations, as well as with incarcerated individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. She has a particular interest in gender responsive treatment for female offenders and ways to better connect incarcerated mothers with their children. Proud member of NASW since 2019.
Tammy Sollenberger, LCMHC has 15 years experience working in the mental health field. She was introduced to IFS during the Cape Cod Institute with Dick Schwartz in 2014. She began her own IFS therapy and completed level One and level Two trainings. She has been a program assistant at level one and level two trainings and became Certified in 2019. She hosts a podcast based on the model entitled, “The One Inside: An Internal Family Systems Podcast.” She has a busy private practice in Dover, NH.
Dina Solomon, Dina Solomon graduated with her MSW from SF State University in 2004. She has worked with adolescents in group homes and emergency shelters in California and Pennsylvania. She moved back to NH in 2009 when she completed a year-long intensive course in Trauma TreatmentStudies at the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA. She has been in private practice for over10 years where she works with individuals struggling with complex PTSD and associated challenges using various approaches, including EMDR. She is a solo parent who loves to cook,eat, be outside, read, work and hang out with friends and family. Proud member of NASW since 2009.
April Viverette is a licensed clinical social worker in Texas who has a variety of experiences in behavioral health, case management, healthcare, and quality improvement. April works as an adjunct faculty lecturer of social work, a behavioral health counselor, a mobile assessment emergency room evaluator, and a business development consultant. April also has a Master's of Business Administration also is managing director at Lirpa Interests, LLC, currently offering immigration psychological evaluations to immigration attorneys, educational webinars, and clinical supervision services to social workers and social work graduates. April has a variety of social work experiences in addition to behavioral health including case management, healthcare, and quality improvement. She is a first year social work PhD student at Our Lady of the Lake University with research interests of: Social policy, African American health disparities, behavioral health and addictions, managed care, immigration, social work in business, management, administration, and leadership, tele-health and social work, and program development and evaluation