KEYNOTE: Gary Lee Price

Gary Lee Price

Uplifting, helping others, and joining hands with others in brotherhood and sisterhood are essential parts of the life and work of Gary Lee Price. Through his art, Gary found a life path of positivity. Despite a childhood of abuse, domestic violence, and the loss of both parents at a young age due to murder-suicide, Gary forged ahead determined to find the beauty in life. His passion for art and belief that art empowers and lifts the human spirit has only grown stronger. Blessed with many generous and selfless mentors, his dream is to pass those gifts on to others.

Gary’s sculptures are collected and installed in thousands of public and private collections all over the world. His sculptures are also frequently purchased and donated to help support great causes locally and internationally. “I hope I can assist the world in visualizing a place where fences and boundaries, both real and imagined, are non-existent, a place where bias and prejudice are long forgotten, and finally, a place where acts of kindness, mutual respect, and love are everyday happenings.”

Gary resides in Buckeye, Arizona, with his beautiful wife, Leesa Clark Price. Together they have nine children and 15 very energetic grandchildren. View Gary’s work at www.garyleeprice.com and www.statueofresponsibility.com

Plenary: John R. Jordan, Ph.D.

John (Jack) Jordan

John (Jack) Jordan is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where he has specialized in work with survivors of suicide and other traumatic losses for more than 40 years. Jack is currently semi-retired, but he has maintained a clinical practice as a grief therapist, working primarily with suicide loss survivors. He has also served as the Clinical Consultant for the Grief Support Services of the Samaritans in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Professional Advisor to the Loss and Healing Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He also served as the Co-Chair of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. In 2015, this Taskforce released postvention guidelines for the United States, titled Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines.

For over 45 years, Jack has also provided training nationally and internationally for professional caregivers and has helped to lead many healing workshops for suicide loss survivors. Jack has published over 50 clinical and research articles, chapters, and full books in the areas of the practice of grief therapy, bereavement after suicide, support group models, the integration of research and practice in thanatology, and loss in family and larger social systems. He is the co-author of four books: “After Suicide Loss: Coping with Your Grief – 2nd Edition” (2015 – self-published); “Grief After Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors” (Routledge, 2011), “Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope with the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs” (Springer, 2012); and “Attachment Informed Grief Therapy” (Routledge, 2016).

Plenary Speaker: Kathie Supiano, Ph.D., LCSW, F-GSA, FT, APHSW-C

Kathie Supiano

Kathie Supiano is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and the director of Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program at the University of Utah College of Nursing. She teaches Interdisciplinary Approaches to Palliative Care for graduate students in Pharmacy, Social Work and Nursing, and Geriatric Care Management. Dr. Supiano’s research is in clinical interventions in complicated grief, prevention of adverse grief outcomes, suicide survivorship, overdose grief, and prison hospice. She has been a practicing clinical social worker and psychotherapist for over 35 years. Her clinical practice has included the care of older adults with depression and multiple chronic health concerns, end-of-life care, and bereavement care. Dr. Supiano is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and Fellow of Thanatology. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network, the Board of Directors of Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker Certification Board, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Utah as a John A. Hartford Foundation Doctoral Fellow.

Kimberly Anderson, MFA, MA, AMFT

Kimberly Anderson

Kimberly Anderson is a transgender woman embarking on the second half of her life, reinventing nearly every aspect of who she is. She was raised in an orthodox Mormon home, living as a boy on a horse farm in rural Northern Utah. Anderson has both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University. For over twenty-five years, she was a practicing documentary and fine-art photographer and was a university lecturer for ten years in Utah. She has worked all over the world with an emphasis in Asia and Scandinavia. She was married for twenty years to a woman, and together they have raised two children. Currently, Anderson is a recent graduate of the University of San Francisco with an MA in Counseling Psychology. She has been practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas with concentrations on Native American populations, adolescents, eating disorders, and trauma. Her particular specialty is working with LGBTQ+ youth and their families transitioning through various journeys of faith and spirituality. Anderson is the photographer and author of the Mama Dragon Story Project, an ethnographic study which features portraits and autobiographical essays from over 135 Mormon moms who have decided their love for their LGBTQ+ child is greater than religious dogma. Anderson has pursued a new spiritual path based on truth, science, and love.

Allison Foust, MHA, CHES

Allison Faust
 

Allison Foust, MHA, CHES, serves as the Suicide Prevention Administrator at the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) in the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH). Allison provides oversight for the state coalition, the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition, and is responsible for implementation of the Utah Suicide Prevention State Plan. She works to guide and support community leaders and organizations by engaging them in evidence-based strategies. Allison is a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Weber State University.

Marianna Krall, LCSW

Marianna Krall

Marianna Krall is a licensed clinical social worker who, after graduating from the University of Utah, has established a thriving career focused on crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Marianna has gained extensive clinical skills working in a multitude of emergency rooms and psychiatric settings, where she has experienced the significant impact of suicide and mental illness first-hand, on a clinical level. In her current role as the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center’s Suicide Prevention Outreach and Education Specialist, she proudly serves our nation’s veterans by spreading both education and awareness of suicide prevention, specifically regarding the veteran population.

Michael J. Staley, Ph.D.

Michael Staley

Michael J. Staley, Ph.D. is the Suicide Prevention Research Coordinator at the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner. Staley oversees epidemiology related to suicide and drug overdose mortality in Utah, as well as conducts major research efforts to better understand vulnerable populations at higher risk of suicide.

Michael Tragakis, Ph.D.

Michael Staley

Dr. Michael Tragakis (Pronounced Truh-GAY-kiss) is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with our nation’s veterans for over twelve years. He currently serves as the Suicide Prevention Clinical Director in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center. Prior to this role, he served as the Coordinator of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy team at the VA, with intensive training in that treatment. He has a passion for teaching and mentorship and has won numerous awards for his contributions to learning. Dr. Tragakis has enjoyed educating students and staff in numerous evidence-based psychotherapies, including Social Skills Training for Severe Mental Illness, Interpersonal Therapy for Depression, as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Tragakis is also proud to be an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Department of Psychiatry at his alma mater -- the University of Utah. “GO UTES!!”

Robin Hatch

Robin Hatch

Robin Hatch has been the Prevention Coordinator with Northeastern Counseling, covering the Northeastern District for over 17 years. She has been a prevention champion and has worked hard to reduce substance use and suicide by addressing stigma and promoting collaborative partnerships. During her professional career, Robin has been awarded the 2014 Excellence through Community Action Award, the 2015 Merlin F. Goode Prevention Award, the 2019 Duchesne County School District Extra Degree award, and most recently the 2019 Governor’s Award.

Kimberly Myers, MSW

Kimberly Myers

Kim works as the Assistant Director with the Utah Department of Human Services-Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and is focused on supporting strategies to support healthy individuals, families, and communities across the prevention, treatment and recovery continuum. Prior to this she worked as the suicide prevention and crisis services administrator working to reduce suicide rates and build healthy communities. She has also worked in health policy, youth mentoring programs, with youth and families involved with juvenile court, and with youth experiencing mental health and substance use disorders. Kim received her Masters of Social Work from Portland State University and her Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice from Weber State University.

Randy M. Huntington, LCSW

Randy Huntington

Randy Huntington is Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Division Director at Wasatch Mental Behavioral Health, Designated Examiner, and psychotherapist. In addition, he has his own private practice. Over the past 25 years, he treated patients both at residential and outpatient settings. His specialty areas are focused on people who suffer from: anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline and narcissistic personality disorder, suicide prevention, marital conflict, addiction, bereavement and loss, crisis intervention, assistance and support with law enforcement, and critical incident stress debriefings. He is past adjunct faculty at Utah Valley University Police Academy. He has presented several times on the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness on local, state, and national levels. Over the past 18 years, he has been trained as in instructor in a self-assessment personality measure to optimize relationships and communications called persogenics. Randy loves the outdoors, relationships, family, and enjoying the unique moments of what life has to offer. He is invested in the wellness of our community and those who serve in it. He is married and has four children.

Laura Summers, MPP

Laura Summers

Laura Summers, MPP, serves as the senior health care analyst at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, conducting research on health care data, policies, and impacts to the Utah health care sector. She has expertise in health care, economics, and public policy. Summers’ research focus is state-level health reform, with a particular focus in Medicaid, public health, and health insurance markets.

Steve Wright

Steve Wright

For over 15 years, Steve has been recognized as a leader in cause-based marketing and behavior change communications. He has lead programs from both the public and private sector such as Click it or Ticket, ParentsEmpowered.org, WayToQuit.org, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Smithsonian, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, UseOnlyAsDirected.org, and SlowTheFlow.org.

Steve’s successful social cause work has garnered national recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for best public service campaign, National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors for innovation in prevention, and from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for modern and effective behavior change. 

With a Masters in Professional Communications, Steve helps clients develop communications plans, brand strategies, social media engagements, public relations outreach efforts, and digital advertising initiatives.

Born in British Columbia, Canada, with a passion for innovation and creativity, Steve spends his time outside the agency as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University teaching his approach to creativity through divergent thinking. Steve also enjoys outdoor adventure including skiing and biking Utah’s mountains and exploring Utah’s unique rural communities on his Harley Davidson.