Grit & Grace
A FREE VIRTUAL EVENT
Registered guests will receive a link to the recording of the conference to view at your convenience.
Laura Goff, LAc, MSOM, RYT-200 (she/her)
Founder of Beacon Acupuncture and Grow Your Glow Self Care Program
Acupuncturist | Yoga and Qi Gong Teacher | Self Care Strategist
Laura Goff, is an acupuncturist and yoga & qi gong teacher. As a healer and teacher, she sees patients and students finding relief and healing when new habits, rituals and patterns are created and practiced that address and heal the root of the pain or dis-ease.
Teaching people how to create new patterns and build the structures and rhythm to support their practice is what Laura is passionate about. Laura’s multi-disciplined approach creates many “aha” moments that make the practice of healing fun, curious, inspiring and celebratory.
Meghna Singh (she/her)
Community and Global Public Health Student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health
Meghna Singh is a Community and Global Public Health student at the University of Michigan, with minors in Spanish and Education. Her passion for mental health advocacy and suicide prevention efforts was sparked when her community faced two youth suicide clusters. She previously worked as a Student Associate Study Coordinator for the Healthy Minds Study for Secondary Schools (HMS2), an online study assessing high school students mental health, well-being, and service utilization nationwide at the Healthy Minds Network.
She currently serves as the Walk Chair (President) for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at UM which hosts the annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk and educates the community about suicide prevention. Additionally, she is the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of Project Safety Net, a non-profit organization focused on mobilizing community support and resources in Palo Alto and the Bay Area for youth suicide prevention and mental wellness through community education, outreach, and policy advocacy.
In her free time, she enjoys watching football and baking.
My name is Angelica Chiketa Mkorongo. I live with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I am a stability Leader. I am an African Woman, born in the village. I was educated in the best schools in Zimbabwe. I went to University in Europe and came back home with unresolved issues. My African culture and religious beliefs played a significant negative role in my Mental Health Journey.
As a peer specialist, I encounter many Africans living in Africa and the diaspora not being comfortable talking about their mental health issues at home and abroad. I want to educate people, peer supporters, counselors, and specialists on how to approach mental health talk without offending anyone. I feel my mental health challenges robbed me of my life. So I have dedicated my life to helping others. I love farming and dogs.
Stacy Thrall is a Certified Health Coach, Stability Leader and Mental Health Advocate. She recently received a CDC Health Equity Grant to train six community health-equity leaders in the Living Proof Advocacy Coaching Framework and to train six community health-equity advocates to share their story with a call to action. Stacy has been a long-term member of NAMI, the National Alliance On Mental Illness and has been a past board member of her State Organization in Vermont. Stacy is currently on the Board of Directors for Northeast Kingdom Human Services, the Designated Agency in her community.
Stacy lives in rural Vermont with her husband and their dog, Luke. She was diagnosed with Bipolar one in 2008. She was honorably discharged from the United States Army after eleven years of service. She holds two Associate of Science Degrees, a BA in Gerontology and she is a Mastery Level Certified Health Coach.
Stacy enjoys hiking, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and lifelong learning.
Tonya Ingram is a poet, mental health advocate, & kidney transplant hopeful. She has graced the stages of The Getty Museum, Madison Square Garden, The JFK Center for Performing Arts, as well as the pages of The New York Times and Marie Claire. Her collaboration with Buzzfeed amassed over 4 million views (and counting)! Tonya has published three books of poetry, exploring the necessity of taking care of oneself, even when you don’t feel worthy.
Tonya Hall – MFT, CADC I –Regional Outreach Manager, Monte Nido, and Affiliates
Tanya Hall has 20+ years of behavioral health experience ranging from counseling and therapy with at-risk adolescents and their family members, to clinical utilization review for three different inpatient behavioral health hospitals.
Tanya received her bachelor degree at the University of Idaho and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from George Fox University. Tanya has been a certified drug and alcohol counselor. In addition to being a therapist, she has also taught online bachelor level human service classes for 15 years. Tanya has served in roles such as therapist, program director, director of utilization review, teacher and outreach specialist.
Currently, Tanya is a Regional Outreach Manager for Monte Nido Eating Disorder Treatment Programs. In addition to business development, a large part of this role is community education and helping to share resources, to bring awareness and help with the movement to destigmatize mental health, eating disorders and substance abuse issues. This includes serving on community task forces, sponsoring events with shared focus, participating in educational presentations and networking with community providers.
In her free time Tanya enjoys spending time with her 8 year old son and husband, watching Netflix, playing card games and playing with her two bunnies.
Diane Kaufman, MD, ASHA International Board Member
Imagination and creative expression have always been Diane’s source of release, insight, and renewal. Diane is a child psychiatrist, poet, lyricist, and artist. She is an Arnold P. Gold Foundation “humanism in medicine” awardee. Amongst Diane’s many creative works, her story, “Bird That Wants to Fly,” inspired a children’s opera by Michael Raphael, performed by Trilogy: An Opera Company, and narrated by the actor, Danny Glover.
Diane suffered trauma starting at a very young age, and experienced episodes of anxiety, depression, hypomania, mania, and suicidal ideation. She graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa from Mount Holyoke College. While attending Downstate Medical Center, Diane attempted suicide and required hospitalization. She went on to complete internship, residencies and fellowship (pediatrics, psychiatry and child psychiatry) at New York University/Bellevue Hospital.
Prior to her moving to Portland, Oregon in 2014, Diane was an outpatient child psychiatrist for twenty-eight years at UMDNJ, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in Newark (now Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences). She was Assistant Professor at New Jersey Medical School and was Medical Director of both Preschool Services and the Crisis Intervention Mobile Outreach Program. Diane secured many grants on behalf of children’s well-being, such as Parents are People Too!, a parenting and child abuse prevention program rated “exemplary” by the Children’s Trust Fund. Diane also initiated UMDNJ’s Poetry in Medicine Day, inspired Creative Arts Healthcare, and developed the Cry of the Heart poetry contest.
Upon her move to Oregon, Diane initially worked as a child psychiatrist at Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland. Since November 2016, she provides child psychiatry care and treatment at Mind Matters, PC in Hillsboro.
Diane is the founder of Arts Medicine for Hope and Healing. For more information, please see www.artsmedicineforhopeandhealing.com.
Genevieve Reaume, Emcee
Genevieve is an Emmy-award winning reporter for KATU News in Portland, Oregon. She grew up in Portland, graduated from Jesuit High School and then traveled to the Midwest for college.
She graduated from the University of Missouri, the world’s first journalism school, and then came back to the best coast to start her career in journalism.
In late 2018, Genevieve was selected to be a reporter on KATU’s groundbreaking youth mental health campaign, Kind Is Better. For more than a year, she was able to tell the stories that often went untold, the stories about mental illness and suicide, in an effort to shatter the stigma. It’s unchartered territory for journalism, as for decades experts told journalists not to cover suicides, in fear of copycat attempts.
It was through that project she learned about ASHA International and recognized the powerful work ASHA was doing in the community. She loves that ASHA understands the power of storytelling and is honored to be on the board.
Nearly a year ago, Genevieve married her high school sweetheart. They’re obsessed with their two-year-old golden retriever, Oakley.
She feels very blessed to be working in the town she grew up in and to be back home with her family and best friends.