KEYNOTE: Anne Moss Rogers

Anne Moss Rogers

Anne Moss Rogers is a certified suicide prevention trainer, TEDx storyteller, NAMI Virginia board member, and the award-winning author of Diary of a Broken Mind. After her 20-year-old son, Charles died by suicide June 5, 2015, Anne Moss chronicled her family’s tragedy in a newspaper article that went viral, and her blog, Emotionally Naked, has reached millions.

She has been featured in the New York Times and was the first suicide loss survivor ever invited to speak to at the National Institute of Mental Health. Her second book, Emotionally Naked: A Teacher’s Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk, through Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Publishing brand, was published August 2021. A UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus, Anne Moss currently lives in Richmond, VA with her husband. Her surviving son, Richard, is a screenwriter and filmmaker in LA.

Plenary: Rheeda Walker, PhD

Rheeda Walker

Dr. Rheeda Walker is an award-winning Professor of psychology, a fellow in the American Psychological Association and a leading scholar who has published more than 60 scientific papers on African American mental health, suicide risk, and emotional resilience. Dr. Walker's impact has extended beyond academia with the release of her first book, The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health, which lays out practical strategies for addressing psychological well-being. Dr. Walker’s charismatic approach and practical vision for addressing life challenges has led to numerous appearances on Good Morning America, The Breakfast Club radio show, and NPR, among others.

Rebecca Andreasen

Rebecca Andreason

Rebecca Andreasen received a master’s degree in Public Health from BYU. She is the grant manager of Project AWARE (Advancing Resiliency and Wellness in Education) and co-chairs the ASD (Alpine School District) Suicide Prevention Coalition.

Jennifer Bitton

Jennifer Bitton

Jennifer has worked 27 years as a Utah Educator with seven of those years in administration. Heading up Wellness at Westlake High School and serving on the Social, Emotional and Wellness leadership team with Alpine District; she leads her district in bringing forth solutions like Wellness Centers and more.

Melissa Bostwick

Melissa Bostwick

Melissa Bostwick is a K-12 Director of Social and Emotional Well-being. She received a master’s degree in School Psychology from Bucknell University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from BYU. She endorses prevention by supporting a district-wide social and emotional well-being approach for students and adults.

Paul Feyereisen

Paul Feyereisen

Paul has over 25 years in leadership and strategy. As the founder and Chief Impact Officer of IM, Paul leads a team of professionals from K-12, Higher Ed, and Social Work to bring forth the most comprehensive solutions into education to address the social-emotional health of the rising generation.

Taryn Hiatt

Taryn Hiatt

As a dedicated advocate, Taryn shares her story and passion to give hope and educate our communities about suicide. She is a founding member of the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and currently serves as the Area Director for Utah and Nevada. Taryn is a passionate advocate for change and has been featured in both US News and The Huffington Post. She has testified before Congressional Members in Washington DC to increase awareness and support for better access to mental health services and to promote healthy discussions about suicide. Taryn has used her lived experience and the loss of her father to suicide as a catalyst for change. She is widely respected throughout Utah for her hard work and dedication to saving lives. Taryn is a graduate of Utah Valley University with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and hopes to be accepted into the MSW program at UVU.

Josie Jesse

Josie Jesse

Josie is originally from Montana, and she still holds to those roots for her grounding. She is a parent of two amazing girls. Josie is a proud US Air Force Transgender Veteran. Josie knew at the tender age of 7 that she was a girl and even had the courage to tell her mother, who was not accepting. After fighting and struggling with who she was for the majority of her life, she transitioned and came out in 2016. In 2018 she had confirmation surgery at the University of Utah Health as their first-ever confirmation surgery. Josie believes in equality for all and stands up and fights for this. Since she came out in August 2016, she has been sharing her story of being a survivor and what she has lived throughout her life via Real Talk with Josie, a podcast. She hopes to help people find strength, confidence, understanding, and how not to let anyone tell you who you are or what you are worth. Josie now serves as the co-chair for the American Foundation Suicide Prevention Utah Chapter. She also works with the Zero Suicide Initiative at the University of Utah. As an attempt and loss survivor, she shares her lived experience to save lives, bring awareness and education of mental health and suicide issues.

Kim Jones, PhD

Kim Jones

Dr. Kim Jones received a master’s degree in School Counseling Psychology and a PhD in Educational Leadership from BYU. She currently works as an Educational Services Director in the areas of social and emotional well-being and response to intervention.

Detective Analiese Langs

Randy Huntington

Det. Langs has served as a police officer for just over 4 years. For the last year and a half Det. Langs has served with the Orem Police Department. In January 2021, she began serving in the Mental Health Response Team within Orem PD.

Angelea Panos, PhD

Angelea Panos

Dr. Panos is a licensed psychologist, social worker, and marriage and family therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavior Science at Utah Valley University.

Patrick Panos, PhD

Patrick Panos

Dr. Patrick Panos is a licensed neuropsychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience in mental health practice. He is currently a professor at the University of Utah and specializes in community-based interventions and outcome research.

Andrea Paxman

Andrea Paxman

Andrea Paxman is the Director of Counseling and provides professional development and support to elementary and secondary school counselors in Alpine School District. She obtained a master’s degree in School Counseling Psychology from BYU.

Andy Proctor

Andy Proctor

Andy Proctor, is a PhD candidate studying the psychology of adult friendship. He is also a digital marketing professional and is the Director of Marketing at the Cook Center for Human Connection. With his foot in both the academic and marketing worlds, he has a unique edge as both a marketing expert and a wellbeing thought leader. Andy is the host of the More Happy Life podcast with over 150 episodes interviewing well-being experts, therapists, researchers, TED speakers, Olympians, New York Times bestsellers, and social media influencers. His podcast has been mentioned in the New York Times, Fox Business, ABC News and other media outlets nationwide. He has been a special guest speaker for city libraries, men’s groups, podcasts, church groups, YouTube channels, and television stations to talk about the science of human flourishing. He is a published author and his writing on mindfulness and the science of well-being have been featured in both academic and religious publications and podcasts worldwide. Andy is a board member of TEDxBYU and is the co-chair of the Utah Positive Psychology Association.

John Robbins, PhD

John Robbins

Dr. John Robbins serves as Core Faculty for the MS CMHC Program for Walden University. He is also an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Reid Robison, MD

Reid Robison

Reid Robison, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer of Novamind, a mental health services organization brining innovative evidence-based treatments to clinics across Utah. He has led over 200 clinical trials in psychiatry, including studying ketamine as a novel strategy for treatment-resistant depression. Reid is founder of the Polizzi Free Clinic, and adjunct faculty at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.

Jennifer Morgan Smith, LMFT

Jennifer Morgan Smith

Jennifer Morgan Smith has served as a clinician in the mental health field for 25 years, focusing on the power of connections and remaining open to learning continually. She is also an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Lori Thorn

Lori Thorn

Lori Thorn is a Student Services Director on the social and emotional well-being team with a focus on crisis response and suicide prevention. She obtained a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from BYU.