Rev. Dr. Naomi Paget BCC, FBI Chaplain/Crisis Interventionist, is Chm. of the National VOAD Emotional/Spiritual Care Committee, Red Cross Disaster Spiritual Care Div. Advisor, Denver Seminary CISM Team, and Dir. of the CA Disaster Relief Chaplain program. She is a certified crisis chaplain, instructor and curriculum writer, published author, ICISF instructor, awarded Fellowship in American Assoc. of Experts in Traumatic Stress /National Academy of Crisis Management, consulting for several national and international organizations in trauma and disaster care.
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator Counselor Education
Southern Illinois University
Debra Pender, PhD. LCPC, has served on the Southern IL CISM team for 30 years. Dr Pender is an active researcher in the CISM field, focusing on research about the quality of the group process and the impact of group leadership skills on the CISD outcomes. She is a Train the Trainer for the Group Crisis Course. She has developed a Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counseling. She is currently an associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Counselor Education Program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.
Micheal Pietrus is Director of Mental Health First Aid and the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s international award winning anti-stigma initiative Opening Minds. In February 2015, Opening Minds received the Innovator Award from the organizers of the 7th Together Against Stigma Conference in San Francisco as the “program which creates a major impact through new approaches that inspire new possibilities and/or disrupts prevailing views.” Under Micheal’s leadership, the Commission launched Opening Minds, its 10-year anti-stigma/anti-discrimination initiative which is the largest systematic effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness in Canadian history. Micheal is a founder of the Global Anti-stigma Alliance, which is composed of more than 20 international organizations working to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
Dennis Potter is a certified social worker who helped to form one of the first community based Crisis Response Teams in Michigan. Dennis was also one of the founding members of the Mid-West Michigan CISM Team and the Michigan Crisis Response Association. Dennis is recognized at the highest level of Expert by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
He has been a presenter at the last ten International Critical Incident Stress Foundation World Congresses. Dennis was awarded the ICISF Excellence in Training and Education Award at the 2011 World Congress.
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Employee of the government of British Columbia as a Forest Professional for the past thirty years. Volunteer deputy coordinator and peer with the CISM Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) program since 2004. The group is ICISF trained and we provide CISM intervention services voluntarily. Volunteered with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Victim Services program from 2000-2015 providing support to victims of crime and sudden death.
Assistant Professor of Health & Human Performance / Athletic Training Education Program Director
Concordia University Ann Arbor
Michael Pringle is an experienced educator and athletic trainer with over 30 years experience. Michael has experience working in the collegiate, high school, and clinical settings as a clinician, Head Athletic Trainer, Assistant Professor and Athletic Training Education Program Director. He is also trained in individual and group critical incident stress management as a practitioner and instructor. Michael is also skilled in creating and implementing educational curriculum on various topics.