MEET OUR 2020 SPEAKERS

Keynote: JARDIN DOGAN, M.Ed., Ed.S

Doctoral Candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky

Jardin Dogan, M.Ed., Ed.S., is a Ph.D. candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky. She is originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina, and a two-time graduate of Clemson University. Her research and practice have a three-pronged focus:

  • Racial identity, racial trauma, and mental health
  • Sexualities, sexual pleasure, intimacy, and relationships
  • Drug use, incarceration, and racial health disparities

Jardin engages in healing community work through volunteer and consultation projects with local organizations seeking resources for Black mental health. You can learn more about her work at jardindogan.com or on Instagram @blkfolxtherapy. 

SUBJECT: Black Mental Health Matters

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Jardin Dogan

Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen

JENNIFER ALLEN

Writer, Advocate, Teacher, Special Needs Mom, and Traveler

Founder and editor of Wonders Within Reach, a Top Ten Disability Travel Blog and Top 30 Disabled & Special Needs Child Parenting Blog, Jennifer Allen's global experience has opened doors for local implementation. Jennifer is passionate about a world that welcomes everyone and has worked with a variety of organizations to make it an advancing reality.

SUBJECT: Seeing the World Through Inclusion Colored Glasses: Practical Ways to Recognize the Need and Improve Inclusion in the World Around You.

KIM BRISTER

Sr. Director, Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion at WellSpan

Kim Brister has a total of 23 years’ experience with WellSpan Health and seven years with DENTSPLY Inc.  Kim has worked in many areas of Human Resources; which include Diversity and Inclusion, Talent Acquisition, and Employee Relations.  Kim is passionate about Diversity in the workplace and developing an environment of inclusion. She has been a presenter of diversity and related topics both at WellSpan and with local organizations.  Kim has bachelor’s in business and an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration both from the University of Phoenix.

KEYNOTE SUBJECT: Dimensions of Racial Injustice

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Ali Gosch

DR. ALLISON M GOSCH, LCSW

Owner/Counselor, Silver Lining Support Services

Allison is a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) and a Pennsylvania-Licensed Clinical Social Worker
(LCSW). She is currently working at Alvernia University as a Professor and as the Field Director
for the Master of Social Work program. In 2019, Allison started a mental health private practice
in Jonestown, PA (Silver Lining Support Services). The practice focuses on the needs of the
individual, while assessing their overall wellness and support systems.

Ali's presentation will clarify the connection between organizational climate and resiliency of stakeholders in the midst of different types of crisis’. This interactive presentation will allow participants to also explore their roles in their organizations and how they can be an active member in their organizational’s climate.

SUBJECT: The Connection: Organizational Climate, Crisis, and Resiliency

DR. MITCHELL CRAWFORD

Director of Addiction Services for WellSpan Philhaven

Dr. Mitchell Crawford was born and raised in Lancaster, PA and has returned to the region to serve as the Director of Addiction Services for WellSpan Philhaven. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Harvard and focused his training on the treatment of addictions. He has published journal articles, a book chapter, held leadership positions, given grand rounds and presented at various levels of meetings, including at the national level, on topics in the field of addictions.

SUBJECT: Addiction: What Does it Look Like?

An exploration into our current understanding of addiction ranging from important historical events and societal perceptions to brain chemistry and treatment availability.  A primary goal will be to allow a safe space to stimulate dialogue.  The hope is that each participant will take away a greater understanding of the challenges individuals struggling with addiction face and that participants are able to identify ways to be more inclusive in their everyday lives.

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Mike Ritter

Public Education Coordinator for Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County

Mike is a Certified Trauma-Competent Professional, a credential he earned from Lakeside Global Institute, where he now works as a part-time trainer. His primary work, however, is as Public Education Coordinator for Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County, where he has been working for a decade to end and prevent power-based personal violence locally. Mike earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and two Bachelor’s degrees from Penn State in psychology and sociology.

SUBJECT: Get Curious, Not Furious: Using Brain Science to Build Relational Bridges Instead of Walls

We are still surviving the waves of an emotional pandemic, entering an extremely contentious political season, there is racial tension – more than ever we need to discuss how to be kind and compassionate neighbors and to show up for one another, even at times when we don’t get each other.  Using what we know about how the brain works, participants will learn to engage in tough conversations from a place of compassion.

DAVID SAUNDERS

Director of Health Equity, Pennsylvania Department of Health

In May of 2016 David Saunders joined the Pennsylvania Department of Health as the Director of Health Equity. In addition to more than 30 years of non-profit management experience, David brings with him extensive knowledge in the fields of education, public health, disparities and youth development.
He has collaborated on health disparity reduction initiatives, developed cutting edge programs targeting underserved communities, and established state training institutes; collaborating with state, county and local officials.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lincoln University and a Master’s in Education from the Pennsylvania State University. He comes to the Commonwealth after serving as School Health Education consultant with the California Department of Education and having held leadership positions at the American Cancer Society, YMCA.
In April 2020 David took on the massive task of developing a collective response to COVID 19 and the implications of the pandemic on vulnerable populations in the Commonwealth. 15 population groups were explored from a variety of angles using 12 stakeholder groups with an eclectic membership including government, academia, non-profit, and healthcare. 60 recommendations were developed that seek to mitigate the affects of the pandemic both now and in the future.
He is married, and has two children. In his spare time, he engages in community service activities through his fraternity (Alpha Phi Alpha), and church. For fun, he roots for New York sports teams, walks and hikes, and collects R&B and soul albums from the era of music from 1970-85.

SUBJECT: Public Health, Equity, & a Pandemic

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David Saunders

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Sharice Johnson

Sharice Johnson, MS, CLC

Youth Development Specialist, Advocate, Mentor, Wellness Instructor, Certified Life Coach

Sharice Johnson is a champion for women and girls empowerment, with over 14 years specializing in character and leadership programming for adolescent youth. Passionate about her work, Sharice created an all-girls leadership conference called Girls Grace. Sharice holds a Master of Science degree in Youth Development Leadership from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Delaware State University. Sharice’s presentation will aim to intrinsically motivate your passion in advocacy and leadership.

SUBJECT: Empowering Women & Girls: Using Your Passion to Lead

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