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 was the past 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. Bridge has been a proud member of NASW since 1989.

Brandy Brown, LCSW is the Program Manager for The Gender Clinic Program at Maine Medical Partners/ The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for Tufts University School of Medicine. Brandy received her MSW and BSW at the University of Southern Maine and is currently pursuing a DSW. Brandy is an advocate for improving LGBTQ+ healthcare, with a clinical focus on best practices in transgender health within pediatrics, as well as improving overall systemic competency and functionality within a large healthcare system. NASW affiliation includes: NASW-ME Board President and Chair NASW- ME LGBTQ Advocacy committee.

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, 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 has been a 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-Lard, LICSW earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire in 2006. She worked as a Medical Social Worker for 15 years in Hospice and Palliative care in Concord, NH. Since 2017 she has been working at DHMC in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, as a Continuing Care Manager-SW. Sarah is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support to patients and their families who are diagnosed with cancer, throughout the continuum of care. She is actively involved with shared governance and has served as Chair of the CCM Practice Council, as well as, on the Coordinating Council. Sarah is passionate about learning and sharing knowledge, having presented at several professional workshops and lectures related to self-care, compassion fatigue, coping with illness, grief and loss, anxiety and managing stress.

John C Gramuglia, MBA, LICSW, MLADC 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 at the University of Nevada, Reno 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.

Celia Grand, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice specializing in healing trauma for over 30 years. Celia’s quest to create a safe environment for psycho-spiritual healing has led her to combine eastern philosophy with cutting edge neuroscience and state of the art psychotherapy treatments. Celia has also taught advanced psychotherapy methods, EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. She currently promotes health and wellness offering the REPLENISH Healing Retreat series and the REPLENISH Healing Circle which combines eastern philosophy practices with psych-emotional healing practices.

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.

Amelia Hogan has been a Child Protection Service Worker in New Hampshire for over six years. She specializes in working with trans youth, opiate misuse, and teen parents. Amelia has a BA in cultural anthropology from Bennington College, and interned at an orphanage in Kenya while earning her degree. She previously worked for NARAL Pro-Choice Washington as a Community Organizer and Field Manager. Amelia has a background in caring for medically and developmentally complex children, specializing in seizure disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She co-owns and creates art for Red Echo Collective on Etsy. However, her primary professional qualification is having been raised by a social worker!

Cynthia Hogan, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker, who will soon retire from practicing as a therapist at the Family Health Center at Concord Hospital. The early years of her career were in child protection at DCYF, learning about trauma and the importance of attachment first hand. She went on to work at Casey Family Services, particularly loving her work in post-adoption services. Children have taught her in those years of experience what adverse childhood experiences have done to them, and what it is they need. She has presented the learnings from these children in arenas from support groups to national conferences, always focusing on the importance of the child’s story. Cynthia’s BA in psychology was from University of Colorado-Boulder, and her MSW is from UNH.

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.

Michael Lawless, MSW, LICSW, MLADC has worked in a variety of clinical settings providing direct services to clients with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. He has served as a contract manager for the Bureau of Drug & Alcohol Services, trainer in the community and has extensive experience working with legally-involved clients. He works for the State of NH’s Employee Assistance Program and has a small private practice in Manchester, NH. In addition to his clinical work, he has extensive experience in providing supervision and training on a number of topics.

Kimberly Livingstone, PhD, MSW After many years in Social Work practice managing services for people with severe mental illnesses and histories of homelessness, Dr. Livingstone began teaching at Plymouth State University in 2017. Her areas of service and scholarship include homeless services development and program management. She has a particular interest in evidence-based models such as Critical Time Intervention (CTI) and House First and in youth homelessness. Since 2017 she has been involved in work in New Hampshire to implement CTI programs and in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project. Proud Member of NASW.

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.

Ken Norton, LICSW was until recently 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.

Aimee Burke Valeras, PhD, LICSW is a proud member of NASW since 2001. Dr. Valeras is faculty with the NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and the Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency at Concord Hospital Family Health Center. She received her undergraduate and Masters of Social Work degrees from Boston College and her Doctorate in Social Work from Arizona State University. Dr. Burke Valeras recently coedited the book Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Evaluating the Evidence, Identifying the Essentials. She has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of integrated behavioral health and primary care, disability and illness identity, and qualitative research methodology. She lives in Concord, NH with her husband and three children and enjoys ride her e-bike and hiking.

Andrew S. Valeras, DO, MPH, FAAFP is the Associate Program Director for the Dartmouth Hitchcock Leadership-Preventive Medicine Residency and a core faculty physician at NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. He received his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy from Boston College, his Doctor of Osteopathy from Midwestern University, and his Masters of Public Health at The Dartmouth Institute. Dr. Valeras completed both the NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency and was designated an American Academy of Family Physicians Fellow in 2019. Dr. Valeras currently seeks to integrate quality improvement and systems based thinking with the clinical practice and education of family medicine providers in integrated teams. Dr. Valeras does this through the [Systems] course, taught via 400 hours of longitudinal experiential learning, over three years for primary care teams. Dr. Valeras served as President of the Board of Directors for the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association 2019-2020 and currently serves as Chair of Concord Hospital Medical Group Governance Council.