Meet Our Keynote Speaker, Becky Haas

Becky Haas is a unique subject matter expert in the field of trauma-informed care. In 2015, when beginning her journey to create a more resilient community, there were not many discipline-specific trainings available.  This prompted hours of research to identify trauma-informed best practices in various fields.  Based on her findings, Becky has created and implemented trainings for police, healthcare providers, educators, human services professionals, domestic violence programs, at- risk youth programs, and more.  Becky also teaches the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System and Futures Without Violence, Coaching Boys into Men programs.  To meet a growing demand for organizations to offer these trainings internally, Becky has developed several Train the Trainer programs. 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Creating Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Focused Communities

Drawing on her community-level experience, Haas will share compelling reasons for communities to become trauma-informed and resilience-focused as an upstream approach to addressing the challenges around addiction, homelessness, incarceration, and more. Communities can mitigate the impacts of trauma and build resilience by employing advocacy, education, and collaboration strategies. This presentation will include lessons learned in creating a trauma-informed system of care in Northeast Tennessee. Haas will highlight how to recognize emerging champions and present attendees with a call to action.

Breakout Session Speakers

Deanne Deaville, CNC, ANC

Deanne Deaville is a nutrition expert, best-selling author and corporate trainer who helps stressed and overwhelmed professionals gain increased clarity, productivity, energy, and more fulfillment from life. Before embarking in the area of corporate training 

in wellbeing, Deanne Deaville worked for 20 years as a marketing manager in Silicon Valley as well as launching and heading up a capital equipment company in the semiconductor test industry. Then, still reeling from the shock and trauma of an alcoholic husband who took his own life, followed by her grim cancer diagnosis, things clearly needed to radically change. Deanne turned her non-stop life of chaos to one of thriving and high energy through targeted nutrition and pattern disruption techniques. She’s done more than read books and take classes, Deanne has practiced her skills through extreme challenges and not only survived, but has thrived. Deanne is an engaging speaker, and holds classes in areas such as stress management, cognitive health and performance, among other topics. She is a certified nutritional consultant, a certified trainer the Canfield Success Principles, a certified coach in leadership development and is a trained facilitator. She holds a B.S. degree (honors) in Health and Wellness. Learn more by visiting HealthyByHeart.com. Deanne enjoys photography and just about anything in nature. You can reach her at .

Jeff L. Vollmer, MA, LCPC

Jeff Vollmer is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience providing trauma and crisis interventions in the community and hospital settings. Jeff has an extensive knowledge of the interplay between the needs of the community, and the limitations imposed by insurance companies and other payer sources. He is an advocate for crisis intervention reform.

Carol Dahlen, BSHS, CMHC, CTP-C, PsyD

Dr. Carol Dahlen is the Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Behavioral Consultant for the Merrillville High School. Dr. Dahlen holds certifications in trauma as a Trauma Practitioner Clinical, Social & Emotional Learning, Restorative Practices (discipline through non-punitive measures), and The Virtues Project™ (character development). She is a member of several committees 

within the school district. In addition, Carol Dahlen assists with the school district’s educational diversity & inclusion workshops and professional development programs in trauma and SEL. She also assists with Merrillville’s Alternative School Program in the role of Behavioral Consultant and Therapeutic Counselor. Carol Dahlen holds a doctorate in psychology from California Southern University.

Danielle Hart, MAOL, CYT-220 HR

Danielle, affectionately known ‘Dani’ is a native of Indianapolis, IN currently residing in Gary, IN. As the daughter of two parents who are leaders in a faith ministry, service has always been something she has seen modeled, and she challenged herself to define what that looked like for her. SERC is the manifestation of all the experiences and tools she has gathered along the  

way. SERC exists to aid the community in restorative practices that lead to healing from life’s daily challenges. Her areas of expertise: Human Development & Family Studies, Organizational Leadership, Facilitation, Curriculum Development, Mental Health First Aid Certified, Certified Yoga Teacher- 220 HR

Amy Carter, MSW, MPA, CCAP

Amy is the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at the Indiana Community Action Poverty Institute. Her favorite part of her job is talking about public policy and poverty with interested individuals and groups. She discovered her love of the legislative process when working toward her MSW, and expanded her knowledge with an MPA, both from IU. She believes deeply that people can and do make change with small actions like calling their legislators. She has been

at the Institute for 5.5 years and cannot imagine NOT working to end poverty. Top 5 Strengths: Communication – Individualization – Includer – Positivity – Input.

Michael Cortina, Trauma Resolution Expert, MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Michael Cortina is a Trauma Resolution Expert for high-achieving professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, and veterans among others. He is a healer, national keynote speaker, trainer, serial entrepreneur, event host, and sought-after international authority on Brain-Based Healing and mindset transformation work. Michael is the Creator and developer of The Cortina Method© – a brain-

based healing methodology to resolve trauma. People who struggle with overcoming trauma and PTSD across the U.S. and around the world, hire Michael for his services. He was selected as one of only three providers nationally to provide brain-based healing to veterans and special operations forcesfor Operation Warrior Resolution during its inception. Throughout Michael’s career, he has transformed the lives of thousands of people who have gone on to live an optimal life free of PTS(D), guilt, anger, shame, anxiety, addiction, blame, fear, and physical pain. He has spoken to audiences of 600 attendees, has provided The Cortina Method Master Classes & Trainings throughout the country, and has been featured in ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS & CW along with 400+ publications and media outlets. Michael is on a mission to bring The Cortina Method & brain-based healing to the masses so that millions of people can overcome and heal from trauma and PTS(D). He envisions them achieving brain optimization for peak performance & emotional wellness!

Leah Kyaio, M.Ed.

Leah R. Kyaio, M.Ed is CEO/Founder of With Respect LLC. She is the architect of Badass Trainer Bootcamp, Teach/Lead Like Their Lives Depend On It, and Diversity Done Differently. She has been a teacher and trainer for more than twenty-five years. Leah operates from a perspective of tools-driven learning as the way to drive 

real change. As a result, everything she does is about building, nurturing, and expanding your personal and professional toolbox.Additionally, Leah leans into the research and brings it all together in new and exciting ways that serve to make learning clear, fun, and life changing. Her work comes through a lens of resilience, integrating the science of trauma and recovery. Best of all, she uses everything she teaches in her everyday life, practicing what she teaches. Leah also believes in the symbiotic relationship of learning which means we are all simultaneously teachers and learners. She loves nothing more than to engage in dialog that explores what you think and how you see your learning. Be sure to take any opportunity you can to enjoy Leah’s writing, teaching, training, and – especially – laughing.

Hope Gilchrist, LCPC

Hope Gilchrist, LCPC, is an international best-selling author, advocate, mental health clinician, certified Prepare-Enrich facilitator and certified transformational mediator. Hope is the owner of A Rey of Hope Counseling Services and CEO/Founder of Hope Gilchrist Enterprises, LLC; a multidimensional consulting and coaching firm which provides training, solution, and strategy for those looking to find professional, mental, and behavioral 

solace. Hope’s professional experience consists of addressing the needs of a broad age span which includes work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and bariatric clients. Hope is best known for her mastery in instructional advocacy and constructing several trainings to include emotional IQ, work/life balance, how trauma affects learning, understanding mental health, Are you eating your feelings?, challenging blind spots and self-care. Hope is also the proud author of “Am I a Bully?” and “I’m Sorry Randall” and co-author of “Success Chronicles Volume I: You Define Your Own Success.” She is inspired by the healing and restoration of others.

Jamie Matthews, Ed. S. Counselor Education, B.S. Public Relations

Jamie Matthews is the founder and president of Overcoming Adversity, LLC. Armed with a heart for helping and five years of experience teaching and counseling at-risk youth in Title I schools, she seeks to dismantle the negative impacts of childhood trauma through awareness and practical tools. Encouraged by the hope of resilience, she partners with several schools 

and organizations in the Pee Dee and surrounding providing research-based learning opportunities that pave the way toward systemic change. Mrs. Matthews served on the planning board for a fully Compassionate School in South Carolina, where she also presented to the South Carolina Public Charter School Board and was commended for her insightful perspective on childhood trauma in schools. Mrs. Matthews presented at the South Carolina Montessori Alliance Virtual Conference in 2020, where she shared the risks of Adverse Childhood Experiences with over 300 educators across several states. She has collaborated to receive grants from Francis Marion University and The School Foundation targeting sensory needs of students in Florence One Schools. Jamie was a guest host on several podcasts, including Third Thursday at Florence One Schools, highlighting Social Emotional Strategies for teachers and House Of Hope – Positive Parenting In A Pandemic. She serves in her church as a volunteer leader in women’s discipleship and enjoys spending time with her husband, six-year-old daughter and 18-month-old son on adventures.

LaToya Ogidan, LMSW

In the early years of her life, LaToya experienced sexual abuse as a child and sexual assault as a teen. In response to the abuse, LaToya become a mother at the ages of 13, 14 and 17. LaToya was determined to make a better life for her and her children and in 2003, with 

God’s help LaToya reached beyond her limitations and grabbed her dreams by earning her Bachelor’s and Masters degree in Social Work. Her life resume is filled with work as a social worker, adjunct professor, crisis intervention counselor, mental health therapist, sexual abuse counselor and Certified Life and Relationship Coach. Her goal and mission in life is to help other women become empowered to not just live their lives but to help others overcome adversity. She is dedicated to helping women live out their full potential through empowerment, education and encouragement.

Claude Ann Poupolos, LCSW

Claude Ann Poupolos is a therapist in Northwest Indiana and has been practicing for more than twenty years. Claude Ann has experienced first-hand how trauma can impact one’s life as a teenage mother and a high school drop-out. Claude Ann has sought tools and techniques 

that are down-to-earth and practical to assist others in managing and/or resolving their mental health disturbances. She is constantly seeking ways to alleviate the devasting pain and agony trauma can cause. Claude Ann is a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LCAC) and holds a license as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Indiana and Illinois. She completed a nine (9) month Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies with the celebrated Psychiatrist, Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. author of “The Body Keeps the Score” and is currently affiliated with Institute of Rapid Resolution Therapy,Inc., and studies with the founder of RRT, Jon Connelly, PhD.

Amanda Zelechoski, JD, PhD

Dr. Amanda Zelechoski is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and attorney, specializing in trauma. She is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Purdue University Northwest, and is board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, having worked clinically with adults, children, and families in a variety of settings. As Director of the Psychology, Law, and Trauma

Lab, her research examines the intersection between psychology, law, and trauma, particularly for underserved populations. Most recently, she conducted research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and parents, which led to the creation of Pandemic Parenting, a free digital resource hub and non-profit organization. In addition to her roles at Purdue Northwest, Dr. Zelechoski provides training and consultation to mental health, education, and legal agencies. Her teaching, research, and community outreach efforts have won numerous awards, including, most recently, the APA Division 56 Award for Media Contributions to the Field of Trauma Psychology, the APA Division 37 Child and Family Citizen Psychologist Award, and the Indiana Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Community Service in Psychology. Dr. Zelechoski’s work has also been featured in most major news and media outlets, including ABC News, CNN, NBCLX, The Washington Post, The New York Times, AP News, Parents, National Geographic, WebMD, and VICE.

Leslee Sims, MSW, LSW

Leslee Sims, MSW, LSW is a higher education professional and Licensed Social Worker with extensive experience in career coaching, counseling, and consultation, as well as working with individuals experiencing challenges related to life transitions. She is also a psychotherapist in private practice with Pillars of Wellness and a Field Instructor with the IU School of Social Work at IU Northwest. Additionally, Leslee works with a local nonprofit organization that promotes awareness and understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma through education,

research, consultation, and support. She is passionate about empowering individuals and communities. Leslee received a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University and a Master of Social Work from Indiana University School of Social Work, with a Concentration in Mental Health and Addictions. During clinical practicum experiences, Leslee had a sub-focus on trauma, and has completed further training in this area as well as in a variety of psychotherapy methods. Leslee is particularly focused on ACEs, the brain science behind trauma, resilience, and educating and creating awareness on these issues to better serve client populations, leading to improved wellbeing and stronger communities.

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